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Rep. Issa Concedes His All-Male Anti-Contraception Hearing Was Not ‘My Greatest Success’

By Scott Keyes  

"Rep. Issa Concedes His All-Male Anti-Contraception Hearing Was Not ‘My Greatest Success’"

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Eight days after getting roundly-chastised for holding an all-male anti-contraception, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) admitted on Friday that the episode did not go as well as he expected.

“I won’t call it my greatest success to get a point across on behalf of the American people,” said the six-term congressman.

Issa, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, held a hearing on February 16 to discuss the Obama administration’s new regulation that requires employers and insurers to provide birth control coverage. During the hearing, Issa prohibited a woman who supported expanding access to contraception from testifying.

However, after enduring more than a week of embarrassment in the media, Issa was chastened while speaking at the California Republican Party’s Spring Convention in Burlingame:

ISSA: Right now there are attacks on the Constitution. Some of them are subtle, and some are less subtle. I’m just going to relate one thing to you. Last week there was a hearing that was spun, it was terrible spun. We all saw it. I won’t call it my greatest success to get a point across on behalf of the American people.

Listen to it:

One need look no further than a picture of the witness table at the hearing on women’s health to recognize why the episode was heavily criticized:

Hat-tip: @lhfang

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