Ryan urges GOP unity after farm bill failure, discharge petition

Ryan urges GOP unity after farm bill failure, discharge petition
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFormer Speaker Boehner's official portrait unveiled Krystal Ball issues warning to Biden supporters Saagar Enjeti: Crenshaw's conservatism will doom future of GOP MORE (R-Wis.) on Tuesday urged unity among House Republicans following last week’s failed farm bill vote and an insurgent effort by centrist Republicans to force immigration votes.

During a GOP conference meeting, Ryan highlighted some of the party’s accomplishments and told members that it’s critical to come together as a team.

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“He said we need to start acting like we’re in charge of the place, and being divided doesn’t help,” said Rep. Mark AmodeiMark Eugene AmodeiTrump's defenders are running out of options Avoiding the snake in the grass: Let's not allow impeachment to divide us GOP group calls out five House Republicans to speak up on Ukraine MORE (R-Nev.).

“His message was unity. 'Let's do business. Let's do what we’re up here to do,'” added Rep. Roger WilliamsJohn (Roger) Roger WilliamsLive coverage: Zuckerberg testifies before House on Facebook's Libra project Population shifts set up huge House battleground The 27 Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump from taking military action against Iran MORE (R-Texas.).

Following his remarks, everyone stood up and applauded, according to a person inside the room.

But Ryan also expressed frustration that conservatives tanked the GOP farm bill on Friday and that some moderates are trying to use a discharge petition to circumvent leadership and set up a series of floor votes on immigration.

“He was frustrated … I think he used the word 'crap' once. For Paul Ryan, 'crap' is pretty blue language,” Amodei said. 

Ryan told reporters after the meeting that the farm bill flap was “regrettable,” but argued that legislation sometimes fails — including the previous farm bill.

GOP leaders also promised members that they would hold a series of immigration votes during the third week of June, though the details of the process are still being worked out.

Despite the commitment from leadership, Rep. Jeff DenhamJeffrey (Jeff) John DenhamEx-Rep. Duffy to join lobbying firm BGR Former GOP Rep. Walters joins energy company TikTok faces lawmaker anger over China ties MORE (R-Calif.) said Tuesday that more Republicans will soon be signing on to the discharge petition.

“We’re adding more today,” Denham told reporters after the conference meeting. “We’re continuing to roll out more Republicans this week.”

Ryan was supposed to stay in Wisconsin for his son’s graduation from junior high on Tuesday night, but he flew back to D.C. because the Speaker felt it was so important to address the conference after the failed farm bill vote, according to Rep. Joe BartonJoe Linus BartonLongtime GOP aide to launch lobbying shop Katie Hill resignation reignites push for federal 'revenge porn' law Shimkus says he's been asked to reconsider retirement MORE (R-Texas).

--Updated at 1:02 p.m.