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A Bunch of Squishes Chosen for the Super A House Committees

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

Freedom

Works

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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