RALEIGH – The U.S. House of Representatives has been working on a compromise immigration bill, combining some features supported by illegal immigration hawks like the Freedom Caucus with elements that will earn the support of more moderate Republicans in order to achieve a critical mass on the House floor.
Mark Meadows has been instrumental in making sure that certain provisions were included in any such legislation. He was reportedly given assurances by House Speaker Paul Ryan.
But when the text of the compromise bill was released to members, those provisions were no where to be found. Meadows was furious, and reportedly let Ryan know it on the House floor for all to see…and hear.
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) June 20, 2018
Based on what I just saw, I don’t believe the house will pass the immigration bills tomorrow.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) June 20, 2018
“Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who is frequently a thorn in the side of leaders, could be seen having a heated discussion on the House floor Wednesday afternoon.
Following the discussion, Meadows threatened to sign a discharge petition backed by Democrats and GOP centrists who had demanded a series of votes on immigration members.
The Freedom Caucus leader is furious with Ryan because he claims two provisions were left out of a compromise immigration bill that all sides had agreed to include during the negotiations, though Meadows declined to say what those provisions are.
“There were things that were supposed to be in the compromise bill that we had all agreed to,” Meadows told reporters. “I finished reading it today. And I was told there were two things in there that are not in there.”
Meadows said the compromise bill is not ready for “prime time,” adding that he’s working to “get some changes” before Thursday’s vote.”
If there was any remaining doubt about Meadows and his willingness to fight for the policy positions of the House Freedom Caucus and conservatives across the country, this should remove it. CSPAN footage of the confrontation quickly made its rounds across political media Wednesday night and it backs up the reporting on the heated “discussion.”
With Speaker Ryan departing, wouldn’t it be nice to have such a freedom fighter in his place? One that also has the ear of the president and the class and grace to operate through out the diverse chamber.
Mark Meadows is a bad ass. Mark Meadows is a North Carolinian who doesn’t roll over for the Establishment, like some other politicians we’ve sent to Washington, D.C.