Arizona Congressman David Schweikert was thrown off of the House Financial Services Committee by Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday because he voted against party lines.
Schweikert said he was simply trying to represent the people of Arizona when he was asked to leave.
"You're elected to represent folks in Arizona and vote your conscience," Schweikert told News/Talk 92.3 KTAR's Karie & Chuck on Tuesday. "I told the voters how I was going to vote and I have stuck to it. Apparently that's a novelty in Washington."
Schweikert said he and three other Republican leaders were booted from the committee for being "fiscally responsible" and disagreeing with spending policies.
"We made the budget last year and the appropriations bills, I thought, spent too much money," he said. "I marched down to the floor and voted against them and was somewhat vocal that we need to get our act together because we just can't afford the size and spending of this government."