Some Republicans in the House of Representatives are warning subcommittee chairmen not to vote against procedural motions on the House floor — or risk giving up their posts.
A Politico report
details the warning, which claims three committee chairmen have issued orders to their Republican underlings that voting against the rules outlined for the committee just will not fly.
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway of Texas, Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop of Utah, and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce of California have issued the order to vote along party lines, according to Politico.
Bishop told Politico his warning, which came Wednesday night, was to ensure his committee is run the way he'd like it to be run.
"On a procedural issue, especially a rule, if you feel strong enough against something, you should also feel strong enough to remove yourself from the situation in which you would be a distraction to what we are trying to do on the committee," Bishop said.
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio did not order his committee chairmen to issue the order, reports Politico, but the party leadership did stress to its chairmen that members in subcommittee chair roles will vote in line with the party.
The crackdown comes on the heels of Boehner's removal of two GOP members
on the House Rules committee after they challenged his re-election as Speaker last month.
Reports say Boehner is trying to get House Republicans back in line after several close votes during the last Congress.
Last month, 25 Republicans voted
for someone other than Boehner to serve as House Speaker. The rebellion was brief
, and now Boehner is trying to refocus his troops under the new Congress.
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