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A prominent member of the House GOP leadership is calling for Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI) to be stripped of his committee assignments and removed from the Republican caucus after the libertarian “gadfly” announced his decision to become an independent.
Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), the vice chair of the House Republican Conference, made the comments on social media Thursday, shortly after Amash penned an op-ed in the Washington Post announcing his departure from the GOP.
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“Amash left the Freedom Caucus now he’s leaving the GOP. The House GOP never left Justin Amash – we simply ran out of space for his ego,” Walker said. “However, we should make sure he leaves Conference and his committee”:
Amash left the @freedomcaucus now he’s leaving the @GOP. The @HouseGOP never left @justinamash – we simply ran out of space for his ego. However, we should make sure he leaves Conference and his committee.
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Amash currently sits on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which has investigative purview over governmental activities. For him to be removed from the House Republican Steering Committee, the committee would need to initiate a vote, much as it did in January when it ousted Rep. Steve King (R-IA) from his committee assignments after he used language some deemed offensive. Walker holds a seat on the committee, along with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), and several other high-ranking House Republicans.
Even prior to leaving the GOP, Amash was something of a pariah within the House Republican Conference because of his obstructionist tactics regarding federal spending. In 2017, he was one of only three Republicans to vote against an emergency funding package to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey. Amash also opposed border security efforts, as witnessed by his being the only Republican to vote against a resolution honoring the men and...
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