By Mike Lillis - 03/05/12 10:01 PM EST
Democrats seized on the episode by calling Fluke to testify before the Steering and Policy Committee the following week. Her statement before that panel led Limbaugh to call her a "slut" and a "prostitute."
"She wants to be paid to have sex," Limbaugh said on his Feb. 29 show. "She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex."
On Saturday, Limbaugh apologized in a statement posted on his website, and repeated that apology on his radio show Monday.
A number of GOP leaders — including several Republican presidential contenders — took the rare step of distancing themselves from the conservative radio host over the initial comments, and with Limbaugh's apology they're hoping to put the episode behind them.
Miller's remarks, however, are a clear indication that Democrats — who have hammered Republicans for being out-of-touch with women's health issues — are hoping to keep the incident in the headlines for as long as possible.
"Time will not redeem Rush Limbaugh and there is no acceptable apology given his history of hateful and hurtful speech," said Miller, a close ally of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). "He chose his malicious words carefully and now he must take full responsibility and face the consequences for them."