Thomas Massie and Jim Bridenstine demand actionPosted by Editorial Staff on January 9, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Thomas Massie and Jim Bridenstine issued the following statement:
According to the Congressional Record, Congressmen Daniel Webster and Richard Nugent, Members who voted against John Boehner as Speaker of the House, have been kicked off the Rules Committee. This retribution compromises the ability of Members of Congress to faithfully represent their constituents and subverts our representative democracy.
The Speaker must immediately reinstate these Members. No Member should be punished for voting according to his or her conscience.
We expect other Members of the House of Representatives to condemn this act of political retribution.
Massie was an outspoken opponent of the re-election of John Boehner as the speaker of the house. He was joined by 25 other congressman in voting against Boehner. Now many of those who voted against Boehner are facing retaliation from the speaker.
Boehner acknowledged the discipline of Webster and Nugent in a Mafioso sounding speech last Wednesday stating that they were removed, “Because of some of the activities on the floor…two of our members weren’t put back on the committee immediately…We’re going to have a family conversation,” Boehner said.
This has many Americans asking about the way things are being done in Washington. If congressman can be punished by the speaker for voting a specific way, then how can constituents be insured their congressmen are representing the will of the people, instead of voting based on fear, intimidation, and what looks like school yard bullying?
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