Tensions Remain High Between N.H.'s Republican House Speaker, Conservative Faction
Republican leadership in the New Hampshire House of Representatives is again at odds with conservative members of the caucus. This time the argument is not over the state budget - but House rules.
Last week House Speaker Shawn Jasper criticized a group of far-right reps for sabotaging the house version of the state budget – making it the first time the New Hampshire House failed to pass a budget proposal in recorded history.
Now the speaker is telling leaders of the House Republican Alliance, many of whom voted against the budget, that unless the caucus is more transparent, they can no longer meet on Statehouse grounds.
“They are the only caucus that makes recommendations to the House and all I’m asking is that everyone knows how these recommendations are arrived at,” Jasper said in response to a letter he sent the HRA this week regarding his requests.