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Dissidents Pushed Off Prominent Committees

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Schweikert of Arizona was booted from the Financial Services Committee.

A similar dynamic was taking place in the Steering Committee’s action in filling vacancies on the Appropriations Committee, where new members in line with leadership replaced some of the chamber’s most unyielding critics of federal spending.

Among those leaving the committee at the end of this Congress are Flake, of Arizona, and Rep. Cynthia M. Lummis of Wyoming, who had both voted repeatedly against spending bills the committee’s GOP chairman and party leaders supported. Flake, an anti-earmark crusader and budget hawk, voted against all seven of the fiscal 2013 bills the committee brought to the floor. Lummis, also a budget hawk, rejected six, backing only the Defense spending bill.

Flake is leaving the House after winning election to the Senate, but Lummis asked to be released from the committee, according to her spokeswoman. Committee Chairman Harold Rogers of Kentucky said Lummis was seeking to return to the Natural Resources Committee.

Four of the six new GOP appropriators for the 113th Congress already served in the House and have shown that they may be counted on to help leadership pass spending bills. All four voted for each of the seven fiscal 2013 appropriations bills that reached the floor in recent months, as well as for the current CR.

The four returning GOP House members named were Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee, Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska and Tom Rooney of Florida, and their records left at least one conservative outlet unimpressed.

RedState.org, a website that cheered Flake’s appointment to the Appropriations Committee when it was announced in 2010, called the new panel members “A Bunch of Squishes.”

One GOP leadership aide said, “Changes are made for a variety of reasons, most often at the request of committee chairs.”

Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina, an outspoken conservative, was placed on the Financial Services Committee, something that a second leadership aide noted to demonstrate that voting record was not the only reason behind the changes.

Kerry Young and Daniel Newhauser contributed to this report.

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