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 MeadowsGraham to renew call for second special counsel Hillicon Valley: Sanders finds perfect target in Amazon | Cyberattacks are new fear 17 years after 9/11 | Firm outs alleged British Airways hackers | Trump to target election interference with sanctions | Apple creating portal for police data requests Graham: Obama, not Trump, politicized DOJ and FBI 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 RyanCorey Stewart fires aide who helped bring far-right ideas to campaign: report GOP super PAC hits Randy Bryce with ad starring his brother Super PACs spend big in high-stakes midterms 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 GoodlatteVirginia reps urge Trump to declare federal emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence Republicans mull new punishments for dissident lawmakers Republicans ready to grill Bruce Ohr as Trump-DOJ feud escalates 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.”