Livid Mark Meadows ‘gets up in Paul Ryan’s grill’ in House floor showdown, leaves members ‘squirming’

A heated confrontation unfolded on the House floor between Speaker Paul Ryan and a top conservative leader over immigration legislation.


During a Wednesday afternoon vote on a proposed immigration bill, Rep. Mark Meadows got in Ryan’s face in an animated exchange in front of other lawmakers and onlookers.

The chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus confronted the Speaker for under a minute, with Meadows being heard saying, “I’m done! I’m done!” before turning and walking away.

The unusual argument centered around the immigration votes scheduled for Thursday as Meadows was seen repeating “it doesn’t matter” before he walked away, only to return again.

The North Carolina Republican confirmed to reporters that the confrontation was over a compromise bill that was different from the final text.

“There were things that were supposed to be in the compromise bill that everybody agreed to,” Meadows said, according to The Washington Post. “The talking points do not match the legislative text.”

According to Fox News:

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.

Adding to the confusion, the House has also been toying with a third piece of legislation, a modified version of the conservative Goodlatte bill.

To try to clear up the confusion, the GOP leadership handled lawmakers some talking points about the compromise bill. However, Meadows claimed the “talking points don’t match the text” and “are not really for prime time.”


“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.”

Republican House members told Fox News they were disturbed by confrontation.

Some members who were a “hard yes” on the immigration legislation were left “squirming” after what happened between Meadows and Ryan.


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