A Bunch of Squishes Chosen for the Super A House Committees

From RedState.com, By: Daniel Horowitz (Diary), December 3rd, 2012 at 09:58 AM –

John Boehner

John Boehner

It’s not enough to merely elect conservatives to the House as rank-and-file members. As we’ve seen the past few weeks, it’s all about getting the right people into leadership and important committee assignments. Unfortunately, the roster of major committee chairmen is quite dismal, to say the least. Worse yet, it appears that the top 3 ‘Super A’ domestic policy committees will once again be filled with squishes.

In 2011, the 3 most important committees – Ways and Means, Appropriations, and Energy & Commerce – had the lowest ratings from conservative organizations.

Committee Heritage   Action Club   for Growth FreedomWorks Madison   Project
Appropriations 62.31 58 62 -23.95
Energy & Commerce 65.4 67.93 70.43 -16.58
Ways & Means 66.23 65.55 68.45 -15.45
T & I 66.58 67.55 68.70 -13.59
Ed & Workforce 67.57 68.17 68.83 -13.59
Armed Services 69.31 69.49 71.29 -12.92
Agriculture 70.54 71.31 72.12 -12.23
Financial Services 69.45 70.06 72.88 -10.33
Natural Resources 73.19 76.46 77.27 -9.65
Homeland Security 70.17 70.28 71.28 -9.58
Science & Tech 73.23 76.05 75.68 -9.23
Foreign Affairs 71.38 73.75 73.63 -7.88
Veterans Affairs 75.85 78.31 78.31 -5.5
Judiciary 77.32 81.81 80.14 -4.7
Budget 78.91 83.18 82.86 -3.3
Small Business 72.53 73.93 73.67 -2.97
Oversight & Gov Reform 78.39 81.96 79.96 -2

So are we going to improve headed into the 113th Congress? Not likely.

Here are the new members of Ways and Means:

Heritage   Action Club   for Growth Madison  
Tim   Griffin (AR) 67 67 -11
Mike   Kelly (PA) 55 54 -20.5
Tim   Scott (SC) 86 92 3.5
Todd   Young (IN) 75 77 -3.5

Here are the new members of Appropriations:

Heritage   Action Club   for Growth Madison  
Tom   Rooney 69 59 -14
Chuck   Fleischmann 79 86 -7.5
Jeff   Fortenberry 59 49 -33
Jamie   Herrera Beutler 63 53 -12.5
David   Valadao (CA) Freshman Freshman Freshman
David   Joyce Freshman Freshman Freshman

Here are the new members of E&C:

Heritage   Action Club   for Growth Madison  
Ralph   Hall 67 72 -20.5
Billy   Long 78 78 -12
Bill   Johnson 62 70 -7.5
Renee   Ellmers 66 59 -11
Gus   Bilirakis 67 58 -15

As you can see, it’s more of the same, especially given the fact that none of the solid freshmen were put on these committees. Appropriations is especially depressing given that Jeff Flake will no longer be on the committee.

Let’s face it: we will never cut spending without conservatives on Appropriations. We will never implement a pro-growth flat tax without conservatives on Ways and Means. We will never restore the free market and implement a proper replacement of Obamacare without conservatives on E&C.

This is a long-term strategy, but conservatives better begin playing this game. Otherwise, the establishment will continue to put our guys on C committees.

Cross-posted from The Madison Project

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