- Pat Roberts: 65%
- Jerry Moran: 74%
- Kevin Yoder: 77%
- Lynn Jenkins: 79%
- Mike Pompeo: 85%
- Tim Huelskamp: 92%
Washington Post: Who voted against Boehner.
Politico: Well-organized resistance:
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) — who was recently removed from key committees and supported Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) for speaker — sat on the House floor during the speaker vote brandishing an iPad. A message was displayed on the screen ticking off members of the House Republican Conference he hoped would oppose the sitting speaker. The title of the document: “You would be fired if this goes out.”
Politico: “Who are the Boehner resisters?”
Rep. Walter B. Jones, a North Carolina Republican who was booted from his committee assignments by Mr. Boehner and his party this year, voted for David M. Walker, the former comptroller general of the federal government, who pushes for action to cure the debt.
In addition to Mr. Jones, the Republicans who didn’t vote for Mr. Boehner were Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan, Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma, Paul Broun of George, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Steve Pearce of New Mexico and Ted Yoho of Florida.
Full text of John Boehner’s remarks, after re-election.
Kathryn Jean Lopez at National Review: “The speech sounded like a man looking at his own cross and pleading with his colleagues to take up theirs as well.”
However, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) told Human Events after the vote that “arm twisting” on Boehner’s behalf was “very intense” with threats that Republicans would lose plum committee assignments or campaign donations from the National Republican Congressional Committee if they opposed the speaker’s reelection.
Boehner won a bare majority in a vote that saw nine Republicans vote for other GOP members, and several others who abstained from voting or voted “present.” Two years ago, Boehner won all 241 available GOP votes.
Obama’s political victory: Getting the GOP to break its tax pledge is “One of the most consequential policy achievements of the last couple of decades.”
Breitbart: “a 41:1 ratio of tax increases to spending cuts.”
Tax increase for 77% of Americans.
Senate roll call vote. 89 vote yes, 8 vote no.
Sen. Rand Paul votes no: “The deal will do absolutely nothing to save this country.”
Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet (CO) votes “no” - “because the deal did not have meaningful deficit reduction.”
Video, Charles Krauthammer: The House Has Been “Neutered” By Obama
Corporate subsidies in bill – algae, movie studios - Tim Carney at The W ashington Examiner.
Paul Ryan votes “yes.” Erick Erickson: “…he’s not really a leader. He’s more a follower of leaders.”
Washington Examiner editorial:
Though GOP lawmakers talk a big game about wanting to limit government, they are susceptible to big government if they can be convinced that a given policy benefits big business. To show voters they truly believe in free enterprise, Senate Republicans should work to kill the corporate welfare agency known as the Export-Import Bank.
The Export-Import Bank, known as Ex-Im, is a government agency founded by a 1934 executive order from President Franklin Roosevelt. Its ostensible purpose was to promote U.S. exports by making loan guarantees to foreign buyers. Though Republicans raised a stink when the bankruptcy of solar panel manufacturer Solyndra exposed U.S. taxpayers to $535 million in losses, a large majority of Republican House members voted Wednesday to extend and expand Ex-Im by approving up to $140 billion in loan guarantees. Without congressional action, the agency’s charter would expire at the end of the month.
Since ObamaCare became law in 2010, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius has issued 1,231 compliance waivers to select unions and businesses as well as to politically-connected states. These waivers provide exemptions from having to comply with the burdensome requirements of ObamaCare. When Kansas Congressman Huelskamp gave his first speech on the House floor last January, he decried the favoritism being shown to labor unions and businesses with the resources to receive special “Annual Limit” exemptions from the law that is supposed to apply to everyone. Later in 2011, Congressman Huelskamp led the effort on Capitol Hill to force HHS to reveal the factors that go into the waiver process. (more…)
Heritage Action is the 501c4 lobbying arm of theHeritage Foundation. They’ve released whatDaniel Horowitz at RedState describes as “the first comprehensive conservative report card of Congress.” Horowitz writes, “We can now determine which members of the ‘Tea Party Congress’ drink a hardcore brew.”
Unlike most other scorecards, this one was designed to separate the men from the boys. Most traditional scorecards, and most prominently, the ACU annual report, tend to focus primarily on those votes which fundamentally divide the two parties. They fail to probe some of the more courageous conservative votes against party leadership.
To that end, any Republican who is even minimally conservative is expected to score at or near 100%. After all, at a minimum, any Republican should oppose Obamacare, vote down tax increases, and support the Republican annual budget. This is how the likes of McCain, Graham, and Chambliss have been able to achieve stellar scores. Except for those like Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, and Dick Lugar, most Republicans will vote with their party on the final roll call of major bills. In fact, anyone who is not on the list of 100% is someone who has voted with the Democrats in contravention to fundamental Republican values. A perfect ACU score should be the floor, not the ceiling, for a conservative voting record.
The Heritage Action scorecard digs much deeper.
In just the first seven months of the legislative session, they scored 30 votes in the House and 19 in the Senate, many of which dealt with obscure amendments that sought to cut spending beyond the comfort zone of GOP leaders. (more…)
From State Senator Tim Huelskamp:
More than twelve years ago, I took a solemn Oath…
I do solemnly swear that I will support the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the state of Kansas, and faithfully discharge the duties of the office of the Senate of the state of Kansas, so help me God.
The words are serious and weighty – and I take them seriously. They guide every action I take as a State Senator. And they should – for I gave my word.
However, when we look at Washington today, we wonder — how many take their Oath of Office seriously? How many have actually read the Constitution they claim to uphold? Not many it seems…
Taxes increase. Debt expands. Federal government gets bigger. Liberty decreases. Constitution has been forgotten. And then the pattern repeats. (more…)
From Tim Huelskamp:
National Pro-Family Leader Rev.
Louis Sheldon Endorses Tim Huelskamp March 6, 2009
“This is a crucial time for our nation, and we need leaders who have a clear record we can count on…and Tim Huelskamp is such a leader.”
National Conservative Leader Rev. Louis Sheldon, Chairman of the influential Traditional Values Coalition, announced his endorsement of Senator Tim Huelskamp for Congress…
“I am proud to officially announce my personal endorsement of State Senator Tim Huelskamp for Congress in Kansas’ first district. (more…)