House Republican leaders have demoted another defiant colleague in their bid to impose party discipline on procedural votes.
Second-term Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina lost his subcommittee chairmanship shortly after Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) expressed anger over rank-and-file Republicans voting against party-backed "rules" governing individual bills.
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Such votes traditionally divide along partisan lines and are seen as matters of party loyalty.
Meadows was among 34 Republicans who voted against a recent rule that allowed consideration of "fast track" trade negotiating powers for President Barack Obama. GOP leaders support the bill.
House oversight committee chairman Jason Chaffetz (CHAY'-fits) of Utah said he alone decided to remove Meadows as chairman of the Government Operations Subcommittee.
Meadows said in a statement: "No one should be punished for voting their conscience and representing their constituents."