Kansas Republican warns colleagues--if you want to be leaders, be careful what you support

McClatchy Washington BureauOctober 11, 2013 

Rep. Tim Huelskamp is warning fellow Republicans: If you want to be House leaders, supporting the reported party leadership idea for raising the debt limit could mean trouble.

 

The Kansas Republican is not happy about news that Republican leaders are offering to raise the nation's debt limit for six weeks without seeking any delay or dilution of the Affordable Care Act.

 

"If true, such an abandonment of conservative principles would dispirit, dismay, and anger the entire conservative base of the Republican party," he said.

 

Huelskamp issued this warning: "For any of my colleagues pushing such a deal, it would seriously jeopardize their future chances of becoming elected leadership in the House. Now is the time to stand firm—not capitulate to the Left."

 

And so, he said, "It is my hope that Republican leadership will not abandon our principled opposition to ObamaCare.  Claiming to oppose ObamaCare while simultaneously allowing 98 percent of it to move forward would be in direct contradiction to the Pledge to America and nearly every other campaign promise made by Republicans in the last three years.”

McClatchy Washington Bureau is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service