Acknowledging his difficulties over the last year, Boehner argued the dissension within his own Conference is simply a by-product of his efforts to “look to the people, not politicians.”
“This is not a majority full of Members willing to trade their votes away for the promise of a pork-barrel project … I make no apologies for this. Yes, things are harder. But I wouldn’t have it any other way,” he said.
Boehner also hammered the administration’s contraception rule, vowing to block it legislatively.
“What’s ultimately at stake is a First Amendment right and fundamental American value that has stood for two centuries,” Boehner said, adding that “one thing is for certain: This attack on religious freedom cannot — and will not — stand.”
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.