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Rep. Meadows: Immigration Bill Won't Come on Pelosi's Terms

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By    |   Thursday, 08 February 2018 02:36 PM

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi can stand and speak on the floor of the House all she wants, but that doesn't mean an immigration measure will be included with the current budget vote, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said Thursday, even though he does think an immigration bill will come up eventually.

"I do see a commitment to bring an immigration bill to the floor," the North Carolina Republican told CNN's "New Day" host Chris Cuomo. "Will it be on Nancy Pelosi's terms? Absolutely not."

He said he does think, though, that "100Democrats or more" will come across the floor and vote for a pending budget bill either Thursday night or early Friday.

"But there is an immigration debate," Meadows said. "There is going to be an immigration vote. The president is committed to that. The speaker is committed to that, and certainly, we have to get that done. But on Nancy Pelosi's terms, that is not going to happen, no matter how long she stands on the House floor and speaks."

However, the Freedom Caucus does took an official position Wednesday night that it could not support the pending budget bill, because it involves spending that's "eye-popping and eyebrow-raising."

"We have to figure a way to not only fund the military, but we've gotten to a point where we hold our military men and women hostage so we have to figure a way to correct that," said Meadows.

"Deficit hawks" on Capitol Hill had come out in force when Republicans were talking about giving taxpayers money back in their pocket with tax reform legislation passed in December, he continued, but they are nowhere to be found when it comes to how money will be spent.

Another tax cut bill is coming out on April 15, he said, when he and Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., will present a bill to make tax cuts permanent for individuals, as they are for corporations at this point.

Meadows also discussed the resignation of White House aide Rob Porter, and said it came as a shock to him when he read reports alleging spousal abuse.

He said he does think there should be someone held accountable for Porter's hiring, but still, the resignation comes as a shock to people who know Porter as a person who "gives the demeanor of being the last person you would suspect of this kind of behavior."

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House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said Thursday House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi can stand and speak on the floor of the House all she wants, but that doesn't mean an immigration measure will be included with the current budget vote.
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