“Our country has upheld this issue since our founding, and I think the House is going to work, again, through the regular order with real deliberations about how we protect the religious freedom of the American people,” the Ohio Republican said. “That’s the issue, and we’re keenly focused on it.”
The Speaker made a rare floor speech Wednesday saying essentially the same thing. Many observers pointed to Boehner’s Catholic background in making the argument. Pelosi is also Catholic.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.