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.”
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.