If this story is true, it’s a pretty big deal. The National Journal reports that the Republican Study Committee, made up of the most conservative members of the House of Representatives, has banned the Heritage Foundation from having a role in their planning meetings.
But after a summertime spat over agriculture policy, GOP lawmakers decided to push back.
According to several sources with direct knowledge of the situation, the Republican Study Committee—a group of 172 conservative House members—has barred Heritage Foundation employees from attending its weekly meeting in the Capitol. The conservative think tank has been a presence at RSC meetings for decades and enjoys a close working relationship with the committee and its members. But that relationship is now stretched thin, sources say, due to a series of policy disputes that culminated with a blowup over last month’s vote on the the farm bill…Still, the move to effectively kick Heritage out of the weekly RSC meeting represents “a seismic shift” in the relationship between the two institutions, according to one high-ranking Capitol Hill aide.
The acrimony can be traced to a pair of summer showdowns over agriculture policy.
I have to wonder if the hiring of Jim DeMint isn’t going to backfire on the Heritage Foundation in a big way.