“Let me just make one other point. For 30 years, we’ve had a federal law that says that we’re not going to have taxpayer funding of abortions. We have had this debate in the House. It was a very serious debate. But in the House, the House spoke. The House upheld the language we have had in law for 30 years that there will be no taxpayer funding of abortions. This bill that we have before us, and there was no reference to the issue in your outline, Mr. President, begins for the first time in 30 years allows the taxpayer funding of abortion.”
Update: Later in the afternoon, Speaker Nancy Pelosi took issue with Boehner’s remarks. She said, “I don’t want our listeners or viewers to get the wrong impression” when it comes to abortion funding. “Mr. Boehner, the law of the land is that there is no public funding of abortions and there is no public funding of abortions in this bill,” Pelosi says.