GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A conservative Republican Congressmen from Michigan who was among four stripped of plum committee assignments says he wants more answers.
Justin Amash of Michigan's 3rd Congressional District -- which includes Grand Rapids -- issued a statement Tuesday night saying he wants
Speaker John Boehner to release a "secret scorecard" used in the decisions.
A letter dated Monday
from Boehner to Amash that was released by Amash's office denies the use of such a scorecard.
Amash and U.S. Reps. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas and David Schweikert of Arizona made an initial request for information in a letter sent Friday to Boehner.
Those three lawmakers, along with Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina, recently lost their assignments after they bucked party leaders on key votes.
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Michigan is governed as a republic, with three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. The state also allows direct participation of the electorate by initiative, referendum, recall, and ratification.