A plan to let farmers grow genetically modified crops developed by Monsanto Co. during legal appeals has drawn criticism from food-safety advocates and backers of open government over how the proposal became law.
Mitt Romney caused a stir while campaigning in Ohio today when he said he opposes a Republican- backed plan to let employers opt out of providing health coverage for contraception -- and then quickly moved to stress his support for the measure.
Senate Democrats say Republicans in close re-election races will suffer for voting to let employers and insurers refuse to cover birth control and other health services that violate their religious beliefs.
Democrats say this week’s U.S. Senate debate on birth control will help their candidates among women and independents in the November election. Republicans call it an opportunity to rally religious voters.
A failed effort by the Republican hierarchy to drive U.S. Senate nominee Todd Akin out of the Missouri race underscores the party’s weakness with women voters that might cost it the White House and control of Congress.