Speaker of the House, John Boehner, punished three Reps who voted against a procedural rule on the trade deal last week by having them booted off the whip team.
Reps. Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.), Steve Pearce (N.M.) and Trent Franks (Ariz.) received notice Monday from Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) that they were off the whip team, i.e., “no longer a part of the GOP’s vote-counting operation.”
Scalise’s decision was based on longstanding whip team rules that stated members must ‘vote as a team on procedural matters’ but are free to vote against leadership on underlying legislation, the source said….
It came on the same day Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) chastised nearly three dozen Republicans for voting against the trade rule last Thursday.
‘I made it pretty clear to the members today I was not very happy about it,’ Boehner told reporters after a closed-door meeting with rank-and-file members at the Capitol Hill Club….
On Tuesday afternoon, Cristina Marcos, The Hill reported that the House pushed through a measure that would allow the House to vote on ObamaTrade again through the end of July. “The extension, attached onto a “rule” establishing parameters for floor debate on an unrelated intelligence authorization bill, sailed through on a vote of 236-189….”
The extension would give the White House until the end of July to bring enough Progressive votes on board to get the bill passed.
Six Republicans voted against the extension, i.e., Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Mo Brooks (Ala.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Walter Jones (N.C.), Thomas Massie (Ky.) and Bill Posey (Fla.).