The purge of conservatives from key committees last week was not a natural disaster.  It was perpetrated by leadership with the help of the rest of the 31 members on the Steering Committee.  They all need to hear from us.

Let’s take a step back and analyze what occurred last week.  It is not a normal occurrence for incumbent members in good standing to be thrown off their committees without warning.  It’s certainly not normal for a top finance expert (David Schweikert) to be thrown off the Financial Services Committee or a top agriculture expert from a major farming district (Tim Huelskamp) to be tossed from the Agriculture Committee.

With that said, it is quite stupefying that almost none of the members have spoken out against the purge.  After all, there were 31 members in the room when it happened.  Would they like to divulge how they voted?  Would they be willing to go on record as supporting the big government litmus test to sit on certain committees?  Are they willing to tell us which votes were scored on the magical leadership scorecard?

Moreover, where are the other freshmen members of the House.  Former Rep. Mark Neumann makes the point that the entire freshman class should send a letter to leadership asking that their colleagues be reinstated to their positions.  That is what happened when he was thrown off the Appropriations Committee for butting heads with Newt Gingrich.

Tomorrow, the members of the Steering Committee will make their final decisions and conduct the final votes that will determine all of the committee assignments for the 113th Congress.  There will be a push to reinstate the members who were deposed of their current assignments on account of their conservative voting records.  Each one of these members, especially Paul Ryan, owes it to Republicans to divulge where he/she stands on this issue and how they plan to vote tomorrow.  Nobody elected these people to raise the debt limit and to increase taxes.  They need to explain why support for what is antithetical to our values should serve as a litmus test for committee assignments.

Make sure these members are held to account.  Let us know what they say:

John Boehner
 OH-8
202-225-0600

Eric Cantor
 VA-7
202-225-4000

Kevin McCarthy
 CA-22
202-225-2915

Peter Roskam
 IL-6
202-225-4561

Cathy McMorris-Rodgers
 WA-5
202-225-2006

James Lankford
 OK-5
202-225-2132

Lynn Jenkins
 KS-2
202-225-6601

Virginia Foxx
 NC-5
202-225-2071

Greg Walden
 OR-2
202-225-6730

Tom Cole
 OK-4
202-225-6165

Hal Rogers
 KY-5
202-225-4601

Fred Upton
 MI-6
202-225-4986

Jeb Hensarling
 TX-5
202-225-3484

Pete Sessions
 TX-32
202-225-2231

Dave Camp
 MI-4
202-225-3561

Paul Ryan
 WI-1
202-225-3031

Lamar Smith
 TX-21
202-225-4236

Doc Hastings
 WA-4
202-225-5816

Tom Latham
 IA-4
202-225-5476

John Shimkus
 IL-19
202-225-5271

Mike Rogers
 MI-8
202-225-4872

Bill Shuster
 PA-9
202-225-2431

Pat Tiberi
 OH-12
202-225-5355

Steve Scalise
 LA-1
202-225-3015

Lynn Westmoreland
 GA-3
202-225-5901

Bob Goodlatte
 VA-6
202-225-5431

Ken Calvert
 CA-44
202-225-1986

Jeff Miller
 FL-1
202-225-4136

Cynthia Lummis
 WY
202-225-2311

Joe Heck
 NV-3
202-225-3252

Richard Hudson (incoming member)
 NC-8
N/A