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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 RyanPelosi and Trump go a full year without speaking Jordan vows to back McCarthy as leader even if House loses more GOP seats Barrett declines to say if Trump can pardon himself 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 AmodeiBipartisan lawmakers call for Postal Service relief Mnuchin details IRS challenges with cash-only marijuana businesses On The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare 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 WilliamsWarren, Porter to headline progressive fundraiser supporting seven swing state candidates The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Yoho apologizes for accosting AOC Ocasio-Cortez accosted by GOP lawmaker over remarks: 'That kind of confrontation hasn't ever happened to me' 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-RNC, Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy charged in covert lobbying scheme Bottom line Bottom line 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 BartonLobbying world Bottom line Ex-Tea Party lawmakers turn heads on K Street MORE (R-Texas).

--Updated at 1:02 p.m.