House conservative rejects ‘any suggestion of a coup on the speakership’

House conservative rejects ‘any suggestion of a coup on the speakership’
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Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsKey conservative presses for shield law after seizure of NYT reporter’s records The Memo: Trump's legal troubles pile up despite release of IG report Wray defends FBI after 'sobering' watchdog report MORE (R-N.C.) said in an interview published Thursday that the House should take the lead in proposing an immigration reform bill, but denied that the issue could lead to a change in GOP leadership.

“Any suggestion of a coup on the Speakership is not only not what I said but was not in the context of what I said,” Meadows told Politico.

“I think it’s incredibly important that the House go ahead with a conservative immigration bill," he continued. "And to suggest that the Senate could beat us to a vote on that particular initiative would indicate that we are being derelict in our duty to represent the people in the people’s house.”

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Meadows’s latest comments come a day after he said the looming immigration vote is a “defining moment” for Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWhite House faces growing outcry over migrant family policies John Legend slams Paul Ryan for Father's Day tweet, demands end to family separation Trump faces Father’s Day pleas to end separations of migrant families MORE (R-Wis.).

“If he gets it wrong, it will have consequences for him but it will also have consequences for the rest of the Republican Party,” Meadows told Politico.

Ryan has yet to bring an immigration bill to the floor, despite urging from conservative Republicans who support legislation from Rep. Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteWhite House faces growing outcry over migrant family policies FBI agent who sent anti-Trump texts offers to testify on Capitol Hill Gowdy: House will use 'full arsenal' of constitutional weapons to get DOJ, FBI compliance on subpoenas MORE (R-Va.).

The Senate, meanwhile, has seen a number of proposals surface, though lawmakers are still working to find a deal that would win enough support to pass.

Meadows, who chairs the conservative House Freedom Caucus, previously criticized Ryan for his handling of a budget deal passed last week that drastically increases spending caps, saying Republican leadership “caved.” 

“The swamp won and the American taxpayer lost,” Meadows said last Sunday on CBS's “Face The Nation.”