Republicans were not willing to let go of the contraception debate during this morning’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The GOP misconstrued the administration’s contraception coverage requirement as an attack on religious liberty and argued that Catholic institutions would be required to offer birth control. During a particularly strange exchange, Rep. Mike Burgess (R-TX) even asked Sebelius if she supports requiring sterilization as a condition of citizenship:
BURGESS: If a state required sterilization as a condition of citizenship, would you be required to do that on the federal level?
SEBELIUS: Sir, I’m not going to answer that question.