By Molly K. Hooper - 09/19/13 04:38 PM EDT
Stutzman, the first lawmaker to state his opposition to a funding bill that included money for ObamaCare, conceded, “Boehner has the toughest job in Washington as Speaker, but you never count him out."
After a week-and-a-half of second-guessing the House GOP leadership’s initial strategy to move a funding measure that would have set up a doomed Senate vote on defunding ObamaCare, conservatives left a closed-door party meeting in the Capitol feeling “good” about Boehner.
Stutzman disagreed with Senate Democrats, who say that there is a “civil war” in the GOP.
The congressman, who took a lead role in opposition to a five-year farm bill earlier this summer, also discussed his punishment in losing a deputy whip position, and his current role moving the food stamp bill, which is set for a vote on Thursday.