Rep. Schweikert kicked off of Financial Services Committee
Arizona Representative David Schweikert is one of the smartest people in Congress. He truly understands how the economy works . . . the way a lot of other Congressmen should, but don’t. He seemed a perfect fit for the Financial Services Committee, so it seems like a bizarre decision that he would be kicked off.
And yet that is what has happened:
Red State: The Purge of House Conservatives Continues
Maybe it’s because he’s intent on repealing Dodd-Frank. Maybe it’s because he wants to use his committee assignment to advocate winding down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Perhaps it’s because of his opposition to the $1 trillion farm bill. Maybe it’s because he’s just too darn conservative to sit on an important committee.
Roll Call: Schweikert Booted from Financial Services Committee
GOP leadership has removed Rep. David Schweikert from his spot on the Financial Services Committee for bucking the party line too often. A person close to the situation said Schweikert was told that “his votes were not in lock step with leadership” as the reason for his ouster.
National Journal: Recalcitrant Republicans Lose Committee Spots
House Republican leaders, especially McCarthy, have been hamstrung by their relative lack of leverage over their own members. While whips in previous years have been able to wield influence over pet projects in a given member’s district, the lack of earmarks in this Congress has robbed party leaders of a stick to go along with a carrot to encourage falling in line. Committee assignments are one of the few goodies left at leadership’s disposal. Robbing these three members of their committee slots can’t be explained away as something done to accommodate incoming freshmen.