Huelskamp votes against Boehner for top post

1/5/2013

By MARY CLARKIN

By MARY CLARKIN

Special to The Telegram

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp did not give Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, his vote Thursday.

Boehner was re-elected Speaker, but Huelskamp, a Republican with homes in Fowler and Hutchinson, voted for Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.

Jordan has been chairman of the Republican Study Committee.

"My vote today was a vote of 'no confidence' in the current leadership of the House of Representatives," Huelskamp said in a statement.

"They have had two years to demonstrate conservative leadership, and have failed — as evidenced by deal after deal that neglects our principles of fiscal responsibility, limited government, free enterprise, and traditional values. While I congratulate Speaker John Boehner on his reelection," Huelskamp said.

He said he fears that unless the House "begins to stand as a beacon of conservatism" and offer an alternative to big government, the Democrats may take over the House in two years.

Boehner won another two-year term as Speaker with 220 votes to 192 for California Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Fourteen other votes — including Huelskamp's vote — were divided among other alternatives.

The three other Kansas Republicans serving in the House supported Boehner.

In December, House Republican leadership bounced Huelskamp from two prime committees: Agriculture and Budget. Huelskamp most recently split with Boehner when Huelskamp voted against the "fiscal cliff" legislation, because of the lack of spending cuts.

Some other House members bumped from a committee assignment also voted for someone other than Boehner Thursday.

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