Speaker of the House John Boehner seems to have finally decided he needs to get something done on behalf of the country–or at least on behalf of his own reputation. He and the GOP leadership booted two of the party’s most conservative members off of the House Budget Committee.
Tim Huelskamp of Kansas and Justin Amash of Michigan, voted into office by Tea-Partiers in 2010, are among those who most often oppose Boehner when it comes to a vote. They both voted against last spring’s Ryan budget because it wasn’t drastic enough. Both also voted against raising the federal debt limit, and both oppose any tax increases. Boehner is now in the process of offering compromises to Democrats and the White House to avoid going over the so-called “fiscal cliff”–by way of tax hikes and automatic spending cuts–at the end of the year. With Huelskamp and Amash on the Budget Committee, compromise looked out of reach.
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