Tempers are flaring among House Republicans amid tensions over immigration.
Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump vows to stand with House GOP ‘1,000 percent’ on immigration Heckler yells ‘Mr. President, f— you’ as Trump arrives at Capitol Hoyer: GOP centrists ‘sold out’ Dreamers MORE (R-Wis.) and House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsConservatives express concern over House GOP immigration bill Trump vows to stand with House GOP ‘1,000 percent’ on immigration North Carolina governor recalls National Guard troops from border over family separation MORE (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.
“It doesn’t matter anymore,” Meadows told Ryan on the floor during the confrontation in comments that could be heard from the press gallery.
The North Carolina Republican then turned to Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloConservatives express concern over House GOP immigration bill Hoyer: GOP centrists ‘sold out’ Dreamers Wall Street Journal warns GOP may lose House and Senate over immigration MORE (R-Fla.) — who introduced a measure that would circumvent leadership and force votes of four immigration proposals and said, “I’ll sign the dang discharge petition. I don’t care anymore.”
Meadows later told reporters that he wasn’t serious about signing the petition, but he did acknowledge his frustrations with GOP leaders.
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.
The House is expected to vote on two broad immigration bills on Thursday — a hard-line measure and a compromise bill. GOP leaders are trying to win enough votes to get passage of the compromise measure, but are facing opposition from conservatives.
The bill would end the separation of children from their families at the border, which has sparked a political crisis for the GOP.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpConservatives express concern over House GOP immigration bill Poll: McSally holds 14-point lead in Arizona GOP Senate primary Trump defends Nielsen amid criticism over family separations MORE on Wednesday signed an executive order that will end the separations, but he said he still wanted legislation to do so as well. If the House fails to pass its two bills on Thursday, Republicans are likely to be in store for more negative headlines.