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Kansas May Be Unrepresented On Ag Committee

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Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins says it may not be easy to get a Kansan back on the House Agriculture Committee

Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp lost his seat on two committees, including the Ag committee, last week. He says it's punishment for not voting with Republican House leaders on some issues.

House speaker John Boehner's office would only say a range of factors played into the decision.

Jenkins says the three remaining members of the Kansas House delegation already serve on high-profile committees, like Appropriations or Ways and Means. House rules say if you serve on one of those powerful committees, you can't serve on a second.

“It’s a heavy lift to ask our colleagues to give one of us a waiver to go do that,” says Jenkins.

Jenkins says it would take a waiver for one of them to be allowed to take Huelskamp's place.

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