Boehner decries hate-crimes add

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid abused “the legislative process” when they tacked hate-crimes legislation to the Defense Authorization bill, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R- Ohio) charged on Thursday.

The top-ranking House Republican told reporters that he will vote no on the defense conference report because of Pelosi and Reid’s decision to add controversial hate crimes legislation in order to placate the liberal wing of the party, upset that there is funding for Afghanistan in the defense bill.

“I cannot vote for the Defense Authorization bill with this hate crimes legislation attached to it, this is radical, social policy. It’s offensive to me and a lot of my members, that’s why I will vote no and will urge my colleagues to vote no,” Boehner said at his weekly press conference.

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