With Republicans hitting the administration on gas prices, Democrats will no doubt continue pounding the GOP on contraception. The issue has grown into an all-out culture war, with the Democratic campaign arms regularly emailing supporters and charging that GOP candidates support policies on birth control that are harmful to women. On Friday afternoon, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sounded off on conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh for calling Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute." Fluke appeared before a House Democratic hearing and maintained that the Obama administration's rule on contraceptive coverage should be upheld.
"Personal attacks on a student — and all women — simply can't be ignored," the DSCC petition to supporters read. "Stand with us, and denounce Rush Limbaugh's vile attacks."
The Senate voted Thursday to kill a GOP amendment that would allow companies and insurance providers to opt out of mandated birth control coverage for religious reasons. Despite that setback, and the wave of Democratic messaging against it, House Republicans are still expected to bring up their own measure in the coming weeks. Boehner told colleagues the Conference would move forward with Rep. Jeff Fortenberry's (R-Neb.) proposal.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.