The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Boehner last month told donors at a Las Vegas fundraiser that he was "hellbent on getting this done this year,” referring to immigration legislation.
The comment appears to run counter to recent public statements where Boehner has argued that conservative distrust of President Obama has made action on legislation nearly impossible.
But a spokesman for the Speaker said the quote does not reflect any change in position.
"Nothing has changed. As he's said many times, the Speaker believes step-by-step reform is important, but it won't happen until the president builds trust and demonstrates a commitment to the rule of law,” Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said.
The spokesman said he could neither confirm nor deny Boehner had made the “hellbent” comment.
So will Boehner continue to say "the right thing" depending on the audience until the next Presidential election comes around?