A small but powerful group of conservatives warned House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Wednesday that his job would be in jeopardy if he doesn’t hold firm on a conservative immigration bill that has little chance of passing in the Senate.
“It is the defining moment for this speaker,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. “If he gets it wrong, it will have consequences for him. It will have consequences for the rest of the Republican Party.”
The threat to Ryan’s speakership comes amid a frustrating series of losses for conservatives in the House, who on Wednesday reiterated their anger at Republican leaders for getting behind a spending deal last week that raises budget caps by $300 billion.