Rep. Tim Huelskamp, the freshman Republican from Kansas who has very publicly butted heads with House GOP leadership, hailed the failure of Speaker John Boehner's "Plan B" on Thursday night as "a victory for Republican principles."
"Republicans should not be forced to vote for a 'show' bill that asks us to compromise on our principles. ... "For the last two years, 'the job creator' has been a priority; 'Plan B' kicks him to the curb. And, for the last two years – particularly in the last two weeks – we have been told that the problem is too much spending, not too much revenue; Plan B neglects our obligation to cut," Huelskamp said in a statement after leaders announced plans to scrap Thursday night's vote.
The freshman lawmaker -- who along with two other House Republicans was ousted from his committee assignments for opposing leadership on key votes -- also seized on the moment to take a shot at Boehner (R-Ohio) and his lieutenants.
"On a separate note, Republican leadership thought they could silence conservatives when they kicked us off our Committees," he said. "I’m glad that enough of my colleagues refused to back down from the threats and intimidation, thus preventing the Conference from abandoning our principles."