Lawmaker says unifying GOP like gathering 230 frogs

The job is actually a little harder than Benishek says — there are currently 233 Republicans in the House, three more hypothetical frogs to put in the wheelbarrow.

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According to the Mining Gazette, Benishek pointed to the farm bill as an example of how hard it can be to keep Republicans unified. In that case, GOP leaders called up a bill that would have cut $20 billion in food stamps, but the bill was rejected 195-234 when 62 Republicans decided the bill did not cut enough.

The farm bill vote was by far the biggest public display of disagreement in the GOP ranks this year, although the party has split on other votes. In April, for example, Republicans voted 101-122 on a bill extending a national battlefield preservation program after Heritage Action for America called on members to reject the bill.

That bill still passed on the strength of Democratic support but was called up by GOP leaders under a suspension of House rules, a process normally used for noncontroversial bills.

Benishek said Republicans need to be prepared to make compromises on legislation, given that they only have a majority in the House.

"When you have only one [chamber of government], you have to get more incremental improvements instead of saying, 'Nothing's good enough unless it's perfect,'" he said.

He did say, however, that he supports as much delay as possible in implementation of ObamaCare.

"I think the longer we can put off any implementation of the law, the better," he said.