“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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.