Mark Meadows: Ryan, McConnell ‘Can Probably Keep Their Jobs’ if They Execute President’s Agenda During Critical September Window

By Alexander Bolton and Scott Wong  |  23 Aug 2017

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) is warning that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “could lose their jobs” if they fail to deliver President Donald Trump’s campaign promises, according to The Hill’s Alexander Bolton and Scott Wong.

Republicans infighting between moderates and conservatives is “at the brink of breaking out into open warfare” just ahead of a critical month for Congress and Trump’s agenda.

During a rally Tuesday night, Trump threatened a government shutdown over funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall, as tensions between Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continue to escalate.

From The Hill:

The Republican Party is at the brink of breaking out into open warfare with itself after months of straining to keep its internal divisions under control.

After shaking up his own leadership team out of frustration with its performance, Trump is firing warning shots at Capitol Hill and openly criticizing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Speaking at a rally in Phoenix Tuesday evening, Trump ramped up pressure on congressional leaders to deliver on one of his top campaign promises: a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” he told the crowd.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who was close to Trump during the 2016 campaign, is warning that Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and McConnell could lose their jobs if they fall short on tax reform and funding the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

“Bottom line: if Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell can get the president’s agenda done, they can probably keep their jobs,” Meadows said in an interview.

“If Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell can’t get the president’s agenda done, I don’t know that they get to keep theirs, nor do I know if I get to keep mine. We’ve got to deliver. It’s critically important we do that in a way that conservatives have long espoused,” he said.

GOP leaders, meanwhile, are scrambling to deflect blame.

Ryan is highlighting the number of bills the House GOP has passed, a tacit complaint that it is the Senate where Republican legislation is dying.

The House is focused on getting the Republican agenda executed, Ryan said at a town hall event on Monday.

“I wish I could say the Senate was moving as fast. Of the 300-plus bills we passed out of the House, 260 are still sitting in the Senate,” Ryan said. “So we got a ways to go. And we’ve got to get more work done.”

McConnell, behind the scenes, has been critical of Trump, who has unleashed a torrent of controversies since moving into the White House. In an explosive story published Tuesday, The New York Times reportedthat McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty over whether Trump can salvage his presidency.

Tensions between McConnell and Trump are at a boiling point.

Trump yelled at McConnell in a profanity-laced phone call on Aug. 9, during which he blamed the GOP leader for failing to pass a ObamaCare repeal bill and for not curbing congressional investigations into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to The Times.

Trump has also taken shots in recent weeks at Republicans who oppose his agenda, namely Arizona Sens. John McCain, who voted against the healthcare bill, and Jeff Flake, who disagrees with him on trade and immigration.

The president complained at the Phoenix rally that the ObamaCare repeal bill fell one vote short of advancing, a clear reference to McCain, and attacked Flake as “weak on borders, weak on crime,” without naming him specifically.

All of the friendly fire comes after one of the most difficult weeks of Trump’s presidency, in which he came under fire for saying both sides deserved blame for the violence that broke out in Charlottesville, Va., where white supremacists and those protesting them clashed.

And it comes ahead of a difficult month for Republicans that promises to divide them further.

Republicans must approve legislation raising the nation’s borrowing limit by Sept. 29, a battle that appears set to pit conservatives such as Meadows against both Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who wants a clean debt bill, and congressional GOP leaders, who are inclined to go along with him.

The administration says Congress should approve a “clean” hike to the borrowing limit, while conservatives want to add provisions to cut or restrict future spending.

“Why would we put a clean debt ceiling increase with absolutely no reforms whatsoever on the desk of a Republican president when we wouldn’t even do that with a Democratic president?” conservative Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) told The Hill on Tuesday.

Congress also must approve legislation to keep the government funded to prevent a shutdown by the end of September.

Most Republican lawmakers want to avoid a shutdown, but Trump has suggested it could be helpful to have one. He also sees the government-funding bill as a way to secure funds for the border wall — a proposal that is backed by Ryan but has its critics in the GOP.

All Republicans are facing pressure to score some wins this fall.

After Republicans won control of both Congress and the White House, Ryan vowed to go big and bold.

“The opportunity is now here. The opportunity is to go big, go bold and to get things done for the people of this country,” he said.

Yet besides the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, GOP leaders have accomplished little on Trump’s wish list during his first 200 days in office.

The lack of progress has been felt in the West Wing, where chief of staff Reince Priebus, chief strategist Stephen Bannon and press secretary Sean Spicer have all lost their jobs.

The question looming over Congress is whether the axe will start falling on Capitol Hill after another half-year of legislative disappointments.

No Republican in the House has the support to defeat Ryan, and Meadows is not putting himself forward as a candidate.

Ryan and Meadows also speak frequently, and the Freedom Caucus leader was careful to note that he himself could be replaced if there are not successes this fall.

A Ryan spokesperson declined to comment for this story.

But a top House GOP source said the lower chamber has passed a number of bills this year with little media coverage or fanfare. Many of those, including bills overhauling ObamaCare, the Dodd-Frank law and partial funding for Trump’s border wall, have been ignored by the Senate, the source said.

House Republicans have created a website to highlight their work during the first seven months of the Trump administration: Didyouknow.gop.

In the Senate, McConnell appears safe. Republican lawmakers largely rallied to his defense after Trump tweeted criticism of their leader.

McConnell’s allies say he has rock-solid support in the Senate GOP conference. Even after the contentious healthcare debate, which left a few senators — such as Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) — frustrated over the process, no one openly called for him to step down.

Similarly, Trump’s attacks on Flake, who is up for reelection next year, have not gone over well with the GOP conference.

A McConnell spokesman declined to respond on the record.

Still, there’s no question Republicans are feeling the heat.

The Times reported Tuesday that Trump and McConnell have not spoken to each other in the weeks since the president punched back at McConnell for suggesting he had “excessive expectations” about the legislative process.

TAGS MITCH MCCONNELL STEVEN MNUCHIN RON JOHNSON JOHN MCCAIN JEFF FLAKE PAUL RYAN

RINO MCCAIN Pre-Judges WHITE “RACISTS” Exonerates Radicals BLM, AntiFa

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By Rick Wells

During his Tuesday Infrastructure press conference Tuesday, which turned out to be a question and answer session about the Charlottesville incident, President Trump clarified “which John McCain” a reporter was referencing in a question by asking if that’s the same one that killed the Obamacare repeal in the Senate.

In his subsequent answer President Trump was kinder than he could have been, stating to the questioner that he was sure McCain must know what he was talking about in his reference to the “alt-right” in Charlotte and their involvement in the chaos. There are few things the propagandists love more than quoting RINO McCain as if he were a sage of establishment GOP wisdom. The reporter couldn’t define or identify the “alt-right” but maybe McCain would take a shot. A cheap one, most likely.

McCain offered his comments for the consumption and the use of his leftist allies after the press briefing, tweeting, ” There’s no moral equivalency between racists [and] Americans standing up to defy hate [and] bigotry. The President of the United States should say so.”

Could the impossible be happening? Is McCain coming to his senses? Does he mean that there is no moralequivalency between a group with a permit legally protesting the removal of historical public monuments and the racist leftist BLM, communist and AntiFa  thugs who attacked them?

Is he recognizing that looking the other way as the same tactics were used by the same groups against Trump supporters, innocent Americans, was a mistake, as they are now being implemented as a matter of routine by the leftists? Is attacking Americans of any description with baseball bats, sticks, balloons filled with urine and feces and other implements of destruction not as acceptable to McCain as they are to his Democrat comrades?

White people are finally standing up to the racist attacks by McCain, liberal Democrats

Some white people are finally standing up to the racist attacks against their heritage by liberal Democrats intent on removing every trace of American culture as they repopulate our country with third world foreigners. They are defying leftist hate and bigotry, is that what McCain was referencing?

If so that’s exactly what President Trump just said. Maybe McCain was napping and missed it. It’s more likely that bought and paid for Soros globalist tool McCain is not joining with President Trump in acknowledging that there were two sides to the conflict.

McCain is joined at the hip with the neocons and globalist liberal leftists. He’s taking the politically expedient, PC route, declaring that white people are wrong to defend themselves and that racist black agitators and commies thugs have a right to beat the crap out of them.

That’s how it is in today’s politically correct, morally incorrect America, a shadow of its once former greatness that is being actively destroyed by the traitors within, like John McCain and his DC swamp mates.

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Donald Trump Taunts Mitch McConnell: ‘Get Back to Work’

by CHARLIE SPIERING10 Aug 2017

President Donald Trump continued to needle Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for failing to pass an Obamacare repeal.

“Mitch, get back to work and put Repeal & Replace, Tax Reform & Cuts and a great Infrastructure Bill on my desk for signing,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Thursday. “You can do it!”

Earlier on Thursday, Trump challenged McConnell for failing to pass an Obamacare repeal.

“Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn’t get it done,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!”

Yesterday, Trump challenged McConnell on Twitter after the Senate majority leader criticized his “excessive expectations” about what could be done in Congress.

“Senator Mitch McConnell said I had ‘excessive expectations,’ but I don’t think so,” Trump wrote on Wednesday. “After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?”

McConnell repeatedly complains that he is “not a fan” of Trump’s use of Twitter.

“I’ve been, and I will be again today, not a fan of tweeting, and I’ve said that to him privately, and other events publicly,” McConnell said on Tuesday. “I think it would be helpful if the president was a little more on message.”

But Trump appears eager to distance himself from the Senate majority leader for his failure to pass an Obamacare repeal.

Despite their public clash, Trump endorsed McConnell’s preferred candidate to replace Sen. Jeff Sessions in Alabama, suggesting that he is not entirely at war with the Senate leader.

“Senator Luther Strange has done a great job representing the people of the Great State of Alabama. He has my complete and total endorsement!” Trump tweeted Tuesday night.

LIBERAL TERRORIST SHOOTS AND KILLS GOP COMMITTEEMAN

Violent leftists continue attacking conservatives

Owen Shroyer | Infowars.com – AUGUST 10, 2017

Trey Owen 

A White Supremasist In a Black Body Dave Chapelle!! 😃😊
shrapbackshell 

Funny how you hear liberal nutjobs saying how trump and his supporters are so evil, yet they’re the ones that are shooting people..
The wraith 256 

All democrats and liberals are liars , murderer’s and traitors!
JackRyan1985 

Start carrying wherever you go folks, this is going to get worse before it gets better.
ancap 

these liberals want a war bring it!!!! Libertarians / Conservatives put up with Obama for 8 yrs. we didn’t throw temper tantrums.. but it’s okay, were the ones with the guns… liberals can’t even figure out which bathroom to use. but yet they want a civil war..
Cali Girl 

Loretta Lynch told the committee members under oath that her and Clinton just happened to run into each other at the airport in Phoenix and that they just chatted about their grandkids. Why would she have needed to take the time to have a paper drawn up with talking points?? All Democrats are corrupt liars!
brian faber 

LOCK SOROS UP HANG SOROS DRAG HIM THROUGH THE STREETS LIKE HE DID TO SO MANY PEOPLE

FREEDOM TAX: 6.5 million pay fine to avoid Obamacare…

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By Scott Rasmussen

August 9, 2017: The individual healthcare mandate requires every American to buy health insurance or pay a fine. In 2016, 6.5 million Americans chose to pay the fine rather than sign up for insurance on the Obamacare exchanges.[1]

The mandate has always been the most unpopular part of President Obama’s healthcare law, officially known as the Affordable Care Act. In addition to those who pay the fine rather than buy the mandated levels of insurance, 15 million people would drop their Obamacare coverage if it were legal to do so.

This does not necessarily mean that these individuals want to go without insurance. Obamacare requires every insurance policy to cover a set of what it defines as Essential Health Benefits.[2] The more benefits that a plan covers, the more expensive it is. Some people might prefer to buy less comprehensive insurance at a lower cost. For example, one option might be to buy insurance only for major healthcare costs such as surgeries or hospitalizations.

Since most Americans receive health insurance from their employer, the rising cost of healthcare is a key factor holding down wage growth. If the cost of benefits were the same today as a generation ago, the average pay for full-time workers would be more than $3,300 higher annually. Some people might prefer a bigger paycheck and less comprehensive coverage.

Healthcare policy analyst Bob Laszewski believes the ongoing unpopularity of Obamacare insurance coverage raises questions about “stability in the individual-health-insurance market.” He notes that “only about 40 percent of those eligible for subsidies have signed up for coverage. In what other business or government program would such a dismal acceptance by those it was targeted to serve be considered a success?”[1]

Laszewski was named the Washington Post’s Wonkblog “Pundit of the Year” for 2013 for his coverage of the Obamacare rollout.[3] Laszewski does acknowledge that “things may well be looking more stable if insurance-company profits are the only measure.” Hospital revenue has increased significantly since the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, there has been a growing consolidation of the healthcare industry through mergers and acquisitions.


Each weekday, Scott Rasmussen’s Number of the Day explores interesting and newsworthy topics at the intersection of culture, politics, and technology.

McConnell vents about Trump’s ‘excessive expectations’…

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By ALI ROGIN

Speaking at a Rotary Club gathering in Kentucky on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vented about how President Donald Trump‘s lack of political experience has led to him setting “excessive expectations” for legislative priorities.

McConnell, R-Ky., told the group in Florence that he found it “extremely irritating” that Congress has earned the reputation of not accomplishing anything.

“Part of the reason I think that the storyline is that we haven’t done much is because, in part, the president and others have set these early timelines about things need to be done by a certain point,” said McConnell, a Republican and the state’s senior senator.

Trump, a political newcomer, as McConnell noted, has a habit of declaring progress on major priorities that do not necessarily reflect the reality of lawmaking.

For example, as the House was in the midst of negotiations about its Obamacare replacement bill in February, Trump announced that Congress was in the “final stages” of its bill and said it would be ready for “submitting” in March. While the House bill was unveiled in March, that chamber didn’t vote on it until May, and health care votes continued until the end of July.

That sort of disconnect has led to Trump’s expressing disappointment when bills — chief among them health care reform — fail to end up on his desk, even though, as with health care, the political reality indicated all along how difficult it was going to be to pass legislation.

“Our new president, of course, has not been in this line of work before. And I think he had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process,” McConnell told the group. “So part of the reason I think people feel we’re underperforming is because too many artificial deadlines — unrelated to the reality of the complexity of legislating — may not have been fully understood.”

He urged the audience to judge this Congress “when it finishes,” or after the 115th Congress, which convened on Jan. 3, 2017, completes its two-year session. For comparison, he noted that President Barack Obama did not sign his signature Affordable Care Act into law until March of 2010, more than a year after taking office.

The White House has not yet responded to ABC News’ request for comment.