Farm Bill vote costs Stutzman leadership post
US Representative Marlin Stutzman has lost his post with the House Republican leadership team. According to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Republican officials removed the Indiana Republican as an assistant whip, or vote counter, after he voted against the team’s rules for amending and debating the first farm bill.
Of the move, Stutzman said, “I did vote against the rule, and I knew it would cost me my position as assistant whip.” The representative says if you’re on the whip team, one of the requirements is that you have to vote for all the rules with leadership. “But I felt that it was not the right direction,” he says. “I just felt it was wrong, and (the farm bill) failed. I think that I proved that I was right under the circumstances.”
Stutzman has asked to be assigned to the House-Senate conference committee that will try to reach a compromise on the farm bill later this month.