Predictably, Boehner retaliates against internal opposition

Predictably, Boehner retaliates against internal opposition

[Ed. – Obviously, he was going to make some move of this kind.  We will learn something predictive for the next two years from whether he keeps it at a minimal gesture, or goes for blood on the floor.]

Hours after 24 Republicans voted against Boehner, GOP leaders removed two members from a key committee. By late Tuesday, Reps. Daniel Webster and Richard Nugent, both of Florida, were stripped from the powerful House Rules Committee, which governs the legislative process, including amendments and changes to bills before they reach the House floor for debate.

Webster was one of three candidates who announced they were running against Boehner.

A former House speaker for the Florida Legislature, Webster received 12 votes. …

Republican leadership would not confirm whether other Republicans who voted against Boehner would lose their committee assignments.

But GOP lawmakers told the Examiner that others could feel repercussions, including Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., who could lose his chairmanship of a Financial Services subcommittee.

“If that happens, all hell is going to break loose,” said Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., a conservative who voted for Boehner. “If the leaders feel the discontentment was contained with just 24 people, they are wrong. They are going to find that number grows exponentially.”

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