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Jordan: WSJ's Story on House Coup 'Completely Inaccurate'

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By    |   Tuesday, 12 September 2017 10:02 AM

House Freedom Caucus founding member Rep. Jim Jordan Tuesday strongly refuted an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, in which the publication's editorial board pushed Rep. Mark Meadows, the caucus' chairman, or Jordan himself, into openly staging a "coup" to replace House Speaker Paul Ryan.

"It's completely inaccurate," the Ohio Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "The patriotic thing and the right thing to do is what we told the voters we were going to do. Nobody is talking about change in leadership, and frankly, instead of The Wall Street Journal using six unnamed sources to write something that is not accurate, and this is not the first time, why don't they call us?"

In the op-ed, the board wrote that if the "Freedom Caucus is upset enough to contemplate a mid-session leadership coup, let's get it on now. Congress is entering a critical few months that will determine whether Republicans will have anything significant to show for their majority. If the fate of this Congress hangs in the balance, then it's unconscionable to wait and let the House fail. The manly—the patriotic—thing to do is force a debate and vote while there's still time to save the day."

"You know how many times they've called up Mark Meadows in his tenure in congress?" Jordan asked. "Zero. Why don't you just call us? We'll be happy to give you the truth instead of using false story after false story. This is not helping us get done what we told the American people we were going to do."

Jordan also denied the op-ed's argument that after Meadows and other members of the caucus got their demands met on healthcare reform, they started attacking the House leadership.

"We made the healthcare bill better, and 32 of 34 members of the Freedom Caucus voted for it," Jordan said. "We put it over the top. We made the bill better."

The Congressional Business Office said premiums would come down because of the revised bill, and Jordan said that was his caucus' objective.

"We didn't stop the healthcare bill," Jordan said. "It was six Republican senators who voted different than 18 months ago. That's the problem. Let's get focused on doing what we told the voters we were going to do on healthcare, on the border security wall and tax reform and tax cuts. Get focused on that and not have stories being written about those things. Focus on what we were sent here to accomplish."

Jordan also lambasted Congress for taking the "longest August recess that's happened in a decade."

"The Freedom Caucus said don't leave town," he said, because lawmakers needed to figure out what to do about Obamacare and tax reform.

"We should have stayed here, focused on getting done what we told the American people we were going to get done," Jordan said. "It was the longest non-election year break in over a decade. That's not how you solve the problems we were sent here to solve."

The most important thing the Caucus want, Jordan said, is to cap spending and get it back down to the 20 percent level or lower again.

Jordan noted that he voted against increasing the borrowing limit, but Trump wasn't given any options or choices.

"The choice was do you want a longer term debt ceiling increase that doesn't address the underlying problem, or do you want a shorter term debt ceiling that doesn't address the problem?" he said. "That's why we said put a cap on spending. I'll raise the debt ceiling if we address the problem. I think taxpayers would prefer that."

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House Freedom Caucus founding member Rep. Jim Jordan Tuesday strongly refuted an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, in which the publication's editorial board pushed Rep. Mark Meadows, the caucus' chairman, or Jordan himself, into openly staging a "coup" to replace House...
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