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‘Stand up and fight’: Mark Meadows leads Freedom Caucus charge. Will vote ‘no’ on bill until border wall funded

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House Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows says it’s “time to fight” on border wall funding and urged President Trump to veto a stopgap spending bill that does not provide any money for it.

“They know that he’s promised not once, not twice but three different times that he would get border wall funding, and here we are about to punt,” Meadows said on “Fox & Friends” Thursday. “And I would argue, it’s not a punt. A punt actually helps improve the field advantage. This is a fumble.”


Meadows joined other conservative lawmakers reacting to a measure passed by the Senate late Wednesday to continue funding the government and avoid a shutdown as Trump initially threatened if Congress did not approve $5 billion in border security funding, which would also include funding for the border wall.

“If we’re not going to fight now, when are we going to fight?” Meadows asked, noting the difficulty of getting funding for the wall after Democrats take the House in January. “Now is the time to fight.”

The North Carolina Republican pointed out that the American people, who still want the wall to be built on the U.S.-Mexico border, see that the president is getting “bad advice.”

“It’s what the vast majority of your viewers and the American people are saying. And it’s not that he is gutless, they believe that he is getting bad advice,” Meadows told Fox News host Ed Henry.

Meadows explained that the GOP “fumbled,” failing to secure funding for the wall despite having held the House, Senate and White House for nearly two years.

He also noted that a government shutdown would not be as apocalyptic as some fear, saying the “vast majority” of government would remain open. Meadows and his fellow House Freedom Caucus members reportedly plan to vote against a short-term bill that would fund the government until Feb. 8.

“The president many months ago said he wouldn’t sign another funding bill unless we gave him wall funding. So what did this House do? It passed a bill to fund the Department of Defense and passed a short-term [continuing resolution] CR and said, ‘You know what? We’re going to have that fight, but we’re going to have that fight after the midterms.’ You know what, Mr. Speaker? It’s after the midterms. And we’re here to say that we’re ready to fight on behalf of all the freedom-loving Americans to make sure we have secure borders,” Meadows told The Daily Caller News Foundation on Thursday.

“Mr. President, we’re going to back you up. If you veto this bill we’ll be there. But more importantly the American people will be there. They’ll be there to support you. Let’s build the wall and make sure that we do our job in Congress,” Meadows added.

Others echoed the senator’s call.

It remains to be seen if Republican lawmakers can effectively take care of the business Americans – and the president – expected them to address for the last two years.


President Trump called for an impromptu meeting with Republican House members at the White House:


Stay tuned!

Frieda Powers


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