President Donald Trump has placed House Speaker Paul Ryan in the crosshairs of the far-right members within his conference once again. Trump had shifted the future of 800,000 young immigrants to Congress and will end with a vote on major spending bill that Trump negotiated with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Ryan’s job only seems to be getting harder.
“We should have stayed here and put together a plan clear back in July on the debt ceiling,” Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio and a member of the House Freedom Caucus, lamented Thursday about leadership’s decision to go home for recess. “Lack of preparation sometimes puts you in a position where the choices aren’t great. We should have prepared sooner that’s why we said stay here not take the longest August recess in we’ve taken in 12 years in a non-election year.”
Virginia Rep. Dave Brat, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, said on MSNBC Thursday that “everybody likes Speaker Ryan. It’s just, we’ve got to aim at a target and hit it.”
“Paul, to his credit, is always a nice guy and a gentleman to everybody, right?” Brat said. “But we need to lead and like this vote coming up, it’s going to be won with a majority of Democratic votes and 100 to 150 Republicans are going to vote against the big bill tomorrow.”
A senior congressional source maintained GOP leaders went united in pushing for longer extension of the debt ceiling increase and had the treasury secretary on their side but in surprising meeting, Trump sided with Democrats.
RSC Chairman Mark Walker questioned whether the package should even get a vote.
“Should it even come to the floor? That’s a leadership decision, not mine,” Walker told reporters about the package to increase the debt limit.
Walker also suggested Ryan could have put up more of a fight.
“He didn’t lead on it but at some point you either push back or you just kind of roll with it,” Walker said about Ryan, adding, “I think we as a conference as well as our leadership could do more in pushing back sometimes to stay consistent with what we promised the American people.”
Conservatives are also watching Ryan carefully now ,”Under these circumstances, we will see a speaker who I’ll say is significantly more sympathetic than I am to the subject of this matter and less sympathetic to the rule of law,” said immigration hardliner and Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King. “If this DACA thing comes forward … you’re gonna see a divided Republican conference.”