Dave Brat dismisses 'baseless' report that he is supporting Paul Ryan
Brat spokesman Jack Minor Jr. told AMI Newswire the Virginia Republican has not deviated from the position he took in a Washington Examiner op-ed published Friday. Brat described a letter he wrote to each prospective candidate for Speaker, asking "whether they could commit to ... 10 principles — on paper."
Brat wrote he had "yet to receive a written response from Congressman Ryan."
The principles Brat refers to include commitments to "support policies that secure the border and enable interior enforcement while opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants," and "empower committee members to choose chairs and craft reform legislation without fear of retaliation."
Illegal immigration has long been a hot-button issue in Republican politics, and Brat campaigned hard on the issue in his successful bid to oust former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the 2014 GOP primary.
North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows was among the handful of members who voted against House leadership on a procedural motion earlier this year and was then stripped of his subcommittee chairmanship. Meadows later filed a motion to declare the speakership vacant, an early sign of unrest in the GOP ranks with Rep. John Boehner's leadership.
Ryan's rise to the speakership is all but certain. However, Minor told AMI Newswire that Monday night, House and Senate leaders "in coordination with the White House budget office" are presenting the GOP conference with a legislative package addressing several controversial measures in order, Minor said, "to clear the path for Ryan."
Included in the package are measures agreeing to a new highway spending bill; renewal of the Export-Import Bank charter, a two-year budget agreement that, according to Minor, would "break the spending caps" put in place by the sequester; and other items.
Minor believes these items could lead to some second-guessing about Ryan.
"It will be interesting to see how House Freedom Caucus members greet these proposals," Minor said. "As for Rep. Brat, he remains committed to his position as stated in the Washington Examiner op-ed."