But while Meadows stayed away from name-calling, outside conservative groups were more than happy to take shots at more moderate Republicans and their umbrella organization, the Tuesday Group.
As for the Speaker, he was also trying to take a long view.
"We have been encouraging people to talk to each other," said Speaker Paul Ryan, who said he wants GOP members to keep looking for ways to come to an agreement.
"We can keep working for weeks," Ryan told a group from his home state of Wisconsin, as he said there was "breathing room" in the Congressional schedule for such efforts.
The House leaves on Thursday for an extended Easter break, as lawmakers won't be back in Washington for legislative sessions until April 24.
After that, there are two more break weeks in May, before a busy schedule in the month of June.