John Boehner is barreling through conservative charges that the speaker is not doing enough to defund Planned Parenthood, keeping his eyes toward a busy fundraising schedule while a potential government shutdown looms over a fractured House.
In an interview with Politico Sunday, Boehner sidestepped repeated criticisms from members of the House Freedom Caucus that his leadership has undercut a conservative agenda.
“I don’t think they understand I’m as conservative as they are. When I voted regularly, I had the eighth most conservative voting record in Congress. And the idea that I’m the establishment, that I’m some RINO, is just laughable. It really is,” he said from Seattle during a fundraising trip.
Congressional leadership has pushed against conservative threats to reject the spending measure needed to keep the government open unless Planned Parenthood’s more than $500 million in federal grants is stripped from the bill.