In response to the rule change offered by the Obama administration Friday on the issue of contraception coverage at religious organization, John Boehner spokesman Michael Steel gave the following statement, expressing concern that the change doesn’t go far enough:
The Catholic Church and others in our nation’s religious community are not yet convinced the President’s mandate doesn’t constitute an attack on religious freedom, which has been a fundamental American right for more than 200 years. It’s clear that these organizations were not included in developing the so-called compromise offered today. The President should take up the Bishops’ offer to find a resolution that respects all Americans’ Constitutional rights. In the meantime, the House of Representatives, led by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will continue to work toward a legislative solution that achieves that same goal.