Immigration Bills In Jeopardy After Dramatic GOP Bickering On House Floor

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, had an angry confrontation with House Speaker Paul Ryan after confusion erupted over which version of an piece of immigration legislation the House of Representatives was set to vote on, with Meadows later claiming in a statement that “the leadership compromise bill omitted key provisions that had been agreed upon beforehand.”

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Both men became animated – pointing fingers at each other to the point where reporters in the press gallery could hear the the heated discussion – such as Politico’s Jake Sherman who live-tweeted the drama. 

Meadows could be heard telling Ryan “It doesn’t matter anymore,” and “I don’t care anymore.” 

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Meadows reportedly got in Ryan’s face over which of two similarly-named immigration bills the House is expected to vote on tomorrow. 

The more conservative legislation has been dubbed “Goodlatte,” after the bill’s author, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. But a second bill, commonly called the “compromise” bill, has also been referred to as “Goodlatte,” since he’s a sponsor of that package as well. Notably, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., rebranded the compromise bill “the president’s bill” instead of the “leadership” bill. –Fox News

In order to clear things up, GOP leadership handed out talking points to lawmakers about the “compromise” bill – however Meadows claimed that the “talking points don’t match the text,” and “are not really for prime time.”

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This was a communication issue where the leadership compromise bill omitted key provisions that had been agreed upon beforehand,” Meadows spokesman Ben Williamson said in a statement. “We are working to resolve it.”

Several GOP lawmakers told Fox News that they were disturbed at the spat between Ryan and Meadows – with one source saying that a few members who were previously a “hard yes” on the immigration legislation are now “squirming” after the confrontation. 

 

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