Rep. Tim Huelskamp Stands Tall in Budget Showdown

Yesterday, Heritage Action for America, Club for Growth, and Family Research Council released a joint statement announcing their opposition to the three-week continuing resolution on floor of the House of Representatives next week, and their decision to “key vote” the extension on their respective scorecards. In doing so, they joined Mark Levin, Erick Erickson, and others, who are calling for conservatives to step up and lead by blocking this legislation.

Freshman Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas just answered that call. In a bold statement late last night, Huelskamp announced his opposition to the short-term resolution:

We were elected to make bold changes to federal spending and to reverse our unsustainable deficits…By allowing President Obama and Senator Reid to stall a budget they should have completed 6 months ago, we are being distracted from even bigger tasks:  tackling the $1.1 trillion deficit in the President’s reckless 2012 budget and negotiating real budget reform, such as a balanced budget amendment, within a debt ceiling debate.

Additionally, this CR omits many of the priorities the American people demanded we pass in H.R. 1: stopping job-killing EPA regulations, defunding Obamacare, and denying taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and abortion.  By allowing continued funding of these liberal priorities, we are ignoring the mandate of the American people.

Quite frankly, this is a stunning display of leadership by any member, let alone a freshman. Declaring your opposition publicly this quickly both plants a flag and ensures that you have less of a chance of being picked off in the days ahead. It reminds me of when Pat Toomey got out early to rally his colleagues against the Medicare prescription drug bill, and when Mike Pence sent out an early release to do the same against TARP.

This is how you lead in the House of Representatives, and Huelskamp deserves a ton of credit for showing how it’s done in his first few months. Let’s see who joins him.

Originally posted at RedState

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  • Helen Hackett

    This guy is right on!!No more CR’s. Boehner should know enough not to fall for this trap, and not to let Reid get the upper hand. We had the momentum, and now messing around has wasted a lot of it. You were told Congress on Nov 2, WE are not messing around!! We want action and we want guts. No matter what you do, the Dems are still going vilify you and the media is never going to LOVe YOU. You better stay on the side of those who put you there.

    • Tom Rowlett

      Thank you, Rep. Tim Huelskamp. A problem that the Republicans have always had was not standing strong for the ones who put them in office. If they don’t now, then we will remember and replace them.

  • Helen Hackett

    This guy is right on!!No more CR’s. Boehner should know enough not to fall for this trap, and not to let Reid get the upper hand. We had the momentum, and now messing around has wasted a lot of it. You were told Congress on Nov 2, WE are not messing around!! We want action and we want guts. No matter what you do, the Dems are still going vilify you and the media is never going to LOVe YOU. You better stay on the side of those who put you there.

    • Tom Rowlett

      Thank you, Rep. Tim Huelskamp. A problem that the Republicans have always had was not standing strong for the ones who put them in office. If they don’t now, then we will remember and replace them.

  • Nick

    It’s a great statement. Perfect. But will it matter? The Republican Leadership has already made clear that they will not include language in the upcoming CR to de-fund ObamaCare. Speaker Boehner already said he’s not (going to be seen to be) shutting down the government, despite the fact that Republicans lost virtually nothing by the last shut down. They’re going to make a bunch of deals to get cuts, but they will raise the debt ceiling. Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy and all the other spineless and gutless leaders of the House are gonna try to spin this as a victory for them. Boehner is from my home state of Ohio, so we know him. Hardly inspiring to anyone. Cantor is nothing but a little suck up; aiming to placate whenever he can. These two are only concerned with how the media portrays them. And that’s it. They hope to get away with a Middle of the Road, Ruffle-No-Feathers job of leading. I’m afraid the only thing that will keep them in line is a LOT more of open warfare by thrown gauntlets like this one. The Conservatives in the House need to let the Leadership know they’re on thin ice if Boehner, Cantor, et.al. think they ought to have their approaches rubber-stamped into action.

  • Nick

    It’s a great statement. Perfect. But will it matter? The Republican Leadership has already made clear that they will not include language in the upcoming CR to de-fund ObamaCare. Speaker Boehner already said he’s not (going to be seen to be) shutting down the government, despite the fact that Republicans lost virtually nothing by the last shut down. They’re going to make a bunch of deals to get cuts, but they will raise the debt ceiling. Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy and all the other spineless and gutless leaders of the House are gonna try to spin this as a victory for them. Boehner is from my home state of Ohio, so we know him. Hardly inspiring to anyone. Cantor is nothing but a little suck up; aiming to placate whenever he can. These two are only concerned with how the media portrays them. And that’s it. They hope to get away with a Middle of the Road, Ruffle-No-Feathers job of leading. I’m afraid the only thing that will keep them in line is a LOT more of open warfare by thrown gauntlets like this one. The Conservatives in the House need to let the Leadership know they’re on thin ice if Boehner, Cantor, et.al. think they ought to have their approaches rubber-stamped into action.

  • Don Kiltau

    I am a conservative but support the Senate Gang of Six budget resolution plan. I urge you to compromise and support this plan. I also support a balanced budget admendment but there is a time and place for everything. The house must also compromise.