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US Reps. stripped of assignments want answers

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Three of four conservative Republican Congressmen stripped of their plum committee assignments are demanding answers.

U.S. Reps. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, Justin Amash of Michigan, and David Schweikert of Arizona made the request in a letter sent Friday to Speaker John Boehner. They said they wanted a written explanation by the close of business Monday.

Those three lawmakers, along with Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina, lost their assignments last Monday after they bucked party leaders on key votes. Jones' name isn't on the letter.

Meanwhile, Huelskamp sent another letter Friday to Boehner requesting that he be reseated on the budget and agriculture committees, citing his "expertise and experience."

Huelskamp sent copies of the letters to the media. He says he and the people of Kansas "deserve answers."

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