Payback time apparently began Tuesday night against House Republicans who didn’t support John Boehner’s re-election as speaker.
Shortly after Boehner won a third term as speaker minus the backing of 25 House Republicans, Reps. Daniel Webster and Rich Nugent of Florida were apparently stripped of their seats on the House Rules Committee.
Webster and Nugent weren’t on the committee roster that was approved by unanimous consent on the House floor Tuesday. Both were committee members in the 113th Congress.
Webster ran against Boehner Tuesday and received 12 votes. Nugent voted for his fellow Floridian.
When asked whether the removal of Webster and Nugent from the committee was punishment for not backing Boehner, Doug Andres, a committee spokesman said in an email ‘Yes. Rep. Nugent and Rep. Webster are no longer on the Rules Committee roster.’
Telephone calls to their congressional offices weren’t answered Tuesday night.
The Hill, a Capitol Hill publication, reported that Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, accused Boehner of using ‘intimidation tactics’ against his foes.
‘Boehner kicked Webster and Nugent off Rules Committee 4 voting against Boehner. No room for intimidation tactics. I stand w/them,’ King said in a tweet, according to The Hill.