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 Rep. Neugebauer
Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Tex.). (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Tex.) has done the honorable thing. Not only has he stepped forward as the "baby killer" shouter, but he also released a statement that reflects a dignity and comity that I wish he had displayed last night.

Last night was the climax of weeks and months of debate on a health-care bill that my constituents fear and do not support. In the heat and emotion of the debate, I exclaimed the phrase 'it's a baby killer' in reference to the agreement reached by the Democratic leadership. While I remain heartbroken over the passage of this bill and the tragic consequences it will have for the unborn, I deeply regret that my actions were mistakenly interpreted as a direct reference to Congressman Stupak himself.
I have apologized to Mr. Stupak and also apologize to my colleagues for the manner in which I expressed my disappointment about the bill. The House Chamber is a place of decorum and respect. The timing and tone of my comment last night was inappropriate.

Yes, the House Chamber is a place of decorum and respect. Members should never forget that. The American people deserve better than what Neugebauer, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) have given them.

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 22, 2010; 2:52 PM ET
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Well, okay then.

Posted by: creatia52 | March 22, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The House Chamber is a place of decorum and respect. The timing and tone of my comment last night was inappropriate.

- Rep. Randy Neugebauer
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And your comment was dishonest. Nothing is changed by health care reform when it comes to abortion. This is just more rabble-rousing and fear-mongering by a shameless G.O.P.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | March 22, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I get it... He wasn't saying "baby killer" to him, he was only saying it near him.

That clears that up - except for the veracity part.

Posted by: Goombay | March 22, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

The House Chamber is a place of decorum and respect. The timing and tone of my comment last night was inappropriate.

- Rep. Randy Neugebauer
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And your comment was dishonest. Nothing is changed by health care reform when it comes to abortion. This is just more rabble-rousing and fear-mongering by a shameless G.O.P.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | March 22, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Let's examine the facts.

A. You haven't read the bill because it's not AVAILABLE for you to read. As promised by ObaMAO during his campaign - LIE 1

B. Neugebauer was part of the process and there for has far more knowledge than you do about the contents of the bill.

C. LIB 1diots like you always think you have the answers. But how is that possible if you don't know any of the questions???

So it would appear that once again some LIB no nothing thinks he's smarter than the rest of us even though the facts prove other wise. You are happy that they passed so called healthcare reform. But this bill only covers 30 million people (those who already live off of the tax payers) so you will pay more for less so they can get free healthcare. Doesn’t make much sense to me. But in a year or two when it kicks in and your taxes go up, your insurance premiums go up and you find that the REAL COST has not gone down don’t come crying that you we’re mislead. We’ve been telling you this for a year. Unless you lower the costs the doctors have then you will NOT lower the cost we pay. It’s just that simple.

Posted by: askgees | March 22, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

An idle observation: In Mass. which has a health care plan similar to what was enacted, abortions have been declining since it was enacted.

It makes one wonder whether inaction is the TRUE baby killer.

Posted by: AMviennaVA | March 22, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

The House is a chamber of decorum and respect? Seen much c-span lately?

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | March 22, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Threaten Mr. Neugabauer with a cut off of cotton subsidies, and he will do as you wish, perhaps even sacrificing a few infants on the Congressional steps for you.

Posted by: Martial | March 22, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Another piece of excrement in a chamber filled with excrement.

Posted by: scon101 | March 22, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Let's examine the facts.

A. You haven't read the bill because it's not AVAILABLE for you to read. As promised by ObaMAO during his campaign - LIE 1

B. Neugebauer was part of the process and there for has far more knowledge than you do about the contents of the bill.

C. LIB 1diots like you always think you have the answers. But how is that possible if you don't know any of the questions???

So it would appear that once again some LIB no nothing thinks he's smarter than the rest of us even though the facts prove other wise. You are happy that they passed so called healthcare reform. But this bill only covers 30 million people (those who already live off of the tax payers) so you will pay more for less so they can get free healthcare. Doesn’t make much sense to me. But in a year or two when it kicks in and your taxes go up, your insurance premiums go up and you find that the REAL COST has not gone down don’t come crying that you we’re mislead. We’ve been telling you this for a year. Unless you lower the costs the doctors have then you will NOT lower the cost we pay. It’s just that simple.

Posted by: askgees | March 22, 2010 3:54 PM
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Want to examine some facts? Let's try reality, and not conservative fantasy and lies.

1. The bill IS available to read online - this is the Senate bill
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h3590eas.txt.pdf

and this is the reconciliation bill -
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h4872rh.txt.pdf

Obama promised and delivered - you're either ignorant or lying.

2. Neugebauer was as much a part of the process as all the other Repubs - i.e., an obstructionist. What he knows about the bill can probably be written on the head of a pin.

3. If you're an example, conservatives haven't a clue and don't even know how to ask relevant questions. The bill "only" covers 30 million? For one thing, that's a huge percentage of those currently without coverage. Secondly, these are people who DON'T "live off" the government - they have jobs, but don't have insurance at work and make too much to qualify for Medicaid. Third, they're not going to get free health care. Fourth, if you already have insurance, nothing changes (i.e.,you won't be paying more for less).

The reason it doesn't make much sense to you is that you don't understand any of it. Typical

Posted by: luridone | March 22, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

blah blah blah...
So it would appear that once again some LIB no nothing thinks he's smarter than the rest of us even though the facts prove other wise...
blah blah blah

Posted by: askgees | March 22, 2010 3:54 PM
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Thanks for proving that I'm smarter than you are, askgees.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | March 22, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

yeah right,you were calling stupak a baby killer.you piece of crap cant give an honest apology.bet your grandchildren are proud of you.go home and keep teaching them bigotry and racism,so they can say my grandfather is a hero.

Posted by: donaldtucker | March 22, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post certainly has very high standards when it comes to the decorum of Republican Members of Congress. Would that their reportage on Democrats were equal to their standards for others.

Posted by: krush01 | March 22, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post certainly has very high standards when it comes to the decorum of Republican Members of Congress. Would that their reportage on Democrats were equal to their standards for others.

Posted by: krush01 | March 22, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

"While I remain heartbroken over the passage of this bill and the tragic consequences it will have for the unborn..."

I guess he doesn't understand that with the passage of this measure, more women will have access to health care that would PREVENT unintended pregnancies in the first place.

Posted by: MzFitz | March 22, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Well, credit to Neugebauer for owning up, since it looked like Republicans were willing to hide his identity. His apology is appropriate. Perhaps he should simply be reprimanded, rather than censured. But definitely one or the other.

Posted by: EvilOverlord | March 22, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

One might rise to ones feet and reply "Woman Killer". These folks are opposed to language in the bill that protects the life of pregnant women and allows abortion in the case of rape and incest. They also oppose any private insurance to protect women.

Posted by: johnrmcl | March 22, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Yet another childish act of disrespect by the GOP. The right thing to do is resign you immature *$$.

Posted by: dcperspective | March 22, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

and fewer poor mothers would have lack of money for health care for their children as a reason to add to the abort side of the ledger.

Boehner should have been looking toward his side of the aisle when he claimed that folks hadn't read the bill. If he has, then he's a liar himself.

the pro life crowd should stop crawling over each other for better scores from the pro life orgs and, along with the orgs, actually do something to reduce the need for abortions, like:

1. Borrowing from Dr. Laura, who thinks whining over Roe is stupid, raise daughters not to get pregnant, or have abortions if they do.

2. To go along with one, have our schools deal with self esteem issues among teen girls so they don't see sex as a way to gain self esteem, or cope with the lack of same, in the first place.

3. have our schools deal with teen boys, so they don't think knocking up a girl with self esteem issues is cool to begin with.

4. work in our churches to have parents not disown, pastors not judge, and parishioners not shun, to the point where our daughters won't fear being disowned, judged and shunned.

5. work on social programs to make it possible to pursue a career or education and raise a child, so that having a child doesn't seem like the end of the life their parents/peers etc. expect of them for the prospective mother.

6. do some serious work in the inner city among minorities to break the unmarried mother problem that is correlated to the abortion rate among minorities

7. Shut up about Roe. reversing it wouldn't do anything except send the issue back to the states, most of which would allow it, and lead to nothing but increased traffic from states that ban it.

Posted by: JoeT1 | March 22, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Why do all the nuts come from the South especially Texas?

Posted by: tom_walker | March 22, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Well, since many people who shout silly expressions like 'baby killer' have committed bombings and murders, we can cut this guy a break and just say that he is someone with no manners.

Posted by: revbookburn | March 22, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Give Rep. Neugebauer credit for offering a genuine apology. He didn't just say he was sorry if his remark offended anybody; he said his remark was inappropriate. There's a difference, and he did it the right way.

Posted by: kenger1 | March 22, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

kenger1: that is a fair point - acknowleding that what you said is inappropriate is honorable. assuming, of course, that the rep is telling the truth about saying "it's a" before 'baby killer,' which no one heard and could just be a good rescue attempt.

and even if he is (I have no reason not to give him the benefit of the doubt) that still leaves the fact that the bill does not now, and never did, fund abortions, leaving the rep simply misguided or a panderer to the pro life "scorekeepers" who will mark down anyone who doesn't advocate the death penalty for moms and their doctors

Posted by: JoeT1 | March 22, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Once the dust settles and US citizens realize the enormity of Republican lies, abuse, and intentional deception, there will be a backlash. In a sense, their best friend has been President Obama who tackled the perennial bugbear: health care reform. Certainly, without that monumental issue distracting them, citizens would have already raised a cry and hue to rid Washington of those who crashed our economy.

Posted by: Reesh | March 22, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

He knows he made a mistake. People make mistakes every now and again. Bet no one here is immune. "Tend to the beam in thine own eye"

Posted by: kchses1 | March 22, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

A parasite like yourself lacks the credibility to judge what the American people want or deserve.

Posted by: pcannady | March 22, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

askgees, you obviously know nothing about the bill. It does not cover just 30 million people, it covers all of us. The insurers can't drop you now if you get sicker than they believe you are. They can't keep you from getting coverage if you are already ill. Maybe you should read the bill: it's only been on the books since Christmas. And take boehner with you when you do,

Posted by: mikel7 | March 22, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Bunk! Rep. Neugebauer, you know and the rest of the world knows, you called a fellow Representative a vile, name that could cause one of your tea bagger nutcases to take out his anger on Rep. Stupak. Furthermore, with your gray hair, you're old enough to behave yourself and, if you can't contain yourself, perhaps you'd better remove yourself back to Texas because the whole rest of the country doesn't think like you.

Posted by: MNUSA | March 22, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of B.S. We all know that he was calling him a baby killer and it's insulting that he came up with some kind of "spin" on it.

God, I hate politicians.

Posted by: Anna_Maria | March 22, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Is this guy Phil Gramm's bastard son? He looks just like him, in the picture and in the TV clips- amazing.

Posted by: edismae | March 22, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

The new Healthcare Bill is most certainly Pro-Life. Of the 32 million Americans who will now have preventive healthcare many will be saved from premature death with early detection, estimates of 45,000 saved each year. Countless thousands of poor mothers will now have proper pre-natal care preventing many premature and sick babies from being born into this world. And contrary to all the scare talk, this bill does not provide money for abortions. This is very much a Pro-Life bill. Godspeed President Obama, and Thank You.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | March 22, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

If Congress would just let us have the same health care program they have, we wouldn't be wasting all this time and energy.

Any Congresspersons want to trade health insurance with me?

If my taxes are paying their salaries, why can't I have the same health insurance as them?

And while I'm on the subject of Congress, whatever happened to term limits?

Posted by: 21stCenturyCaveman | March 22, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

My question for Neugebauer who referred to, "the tragic consequences [the healthcare bill] will have for the unborn, is simple.

"How do you know?" "How do you KNOW that the consequences of the bill will be tragic."

Isn't it possible that this bill will be very, very good for America?


Posted by: paul6554 | March 22, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

This episode as well as the ones outside Congress yesterday show a truly disgusting side of America. What has the Republican Party become under Limbaugh, Beck and the Cheneys? They are the new KKK leaders, lying and spewing hatred to mobilize ignorant mobs.

Of course, in the near future, those who spat and insulted will avail themselves of the benefits of Health Reform. In contrast, Limbaugh, Beck, and the Cheneys are so rich they can buy a hospital if they get sick.

Posted by: FedUp1 | March 22, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Come on, Mr. Capehart.
Please don't be so naive.
Rep. Neugebauer didn't "do the right thing."
He flat-out lied, as is habitual with GOP House members when they misbehave and make fools of themselves in the Well of the House.
Who does Rep. Neugebauer think he's kidding?
He deliberately insulted Rep. Stupak.
Just like Rep. Wilson, he knew exactly what he was doing.
The rule of the mob reigns in GOP mentality, it appears.
We're not fooled.
He didn't say "It's a babykiller"; even the C-Span tape is clear.
He called out "Babykiller" to Bart Stupak repeatedly and enjoyed the spectacle as he was doing it.
They get their kicks by striking out at anyone they don't agree with because they have a law -- either go along with them or rue the consequences.
And while they're at it, they'll make it as hot as possible for anyone who dares defy them by acting with independence.
They have no respect for the places they choose to parade their venom.
I have a lot of respect for you, Mr. Capehart and often perk up when you visit MSNBC for commentary.
But in this case, please do yourself a favor and don't try to give this guy cover.
He doesn't deserve it.
And your kindness will not even slow them up until the next time.
Believe me.
I live in Texas and know what I'm talking about.
Even our own Rep. Ted Poe has fallen in with these mobsters and he used to be a State District Judge!
There's no accounting for chosen fellow travelers.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | March 22, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Spoken like a true gentleman. I didn't beat her, I just smacked her around a little bit.

Posted by: mradams | March 22, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

No, Jonathan. It would have been honorable if the Congressman had been honest rather than making up the ridiculous lie that he was yelling at the bill, not Stupak. There is no honor here. He had no choice but to come forward because he would either have been identified anyway or would have saddled the GOP with this unflattering storyline for days. And by lying about what he said, he was able to get away with a non-apology apology. DON'T LOWER YOUR STANDRAD FOR WHAT COUNTS AS HONORABLE.

Posted by: uh_huhh | March 22, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Just get to the punch line already.

Wear your, WE HATE WOMEN, tee shirts so we know you're a member of the club, and we'll move on to the next topic of discussion.

Posted by: bkru | March 22, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

"A Wah, A Wah, A Wah, A Wah!!!"

- Blubbering John Boehner

Posted by: gradya3 | March 22, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Why didn't he just tell us that he has a weird, involuntary cough that sounds like "baby killer"?

At least this squirm would be funny.

The one we got is just disgusting.

Posted by: Ms_Morgan | March 22, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

capehart, you naive gullible little sponge,if you honestly believe that honorable apology i have a bridge in alaska you would love. decorum is something the racist hate-filled repugs will never know.wilson's liar screech proves that the tea bagging repugs are like the kkk without the sensitivity and intelligence.

Posted by: ninnafaye | March 22, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Capehart is a sap---and Neugebauer is a liar. He said "Baby killer," not "It's a baby killer." Listen to the freaking tape.

Idiots like Neugebauer are a dime a dozen and will fall of their own weight.

Influential saps, like Capehart, are far more dangerous.

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Posted by: LeannaBlanka | March 23, 2010 6:54 AM | Report abuse

"The timing and tone of my comment last night was inappropriate." -- Neugebauer

Tsk, tsk! His grammar is as bad as his manners. Plural subject, singular verb. I guess they don't teach standard English usage in Texas. They're too busy trying to figure out how to religify (how's that for coining a word?) the textbooks and rewrite social history. Rep. Neugebauer should apologize to all the qualified English teachers who struggle to acquaint students with the fundamentals of their native tongue.

Posted by: momsablogger | March 23, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

When people show you who they are: BELIEVE THEM
Good 'ol birther boy Randy showed his respect and class for the House!

Just like the vile hate spewing lying TEABAGGERS they have no grace or sense of decorum.

BTW: Teabaggers: Dick Armey has your checks-Just turn in your vouchers:

Posted by: suec716 | March 23, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

He even looks like a pathetic pea brain!!

Posted by: kimkimminni1 | March 23, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

yes, the Constitution promises all Americans the right to LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. WHY IS IT THAT PRO LIFE PEOPLE CAN ONLY DEAL WITH THE RIGHT TO LIFE BEFORE BIRTH.
HEALTH CARE HELPS YOU TO LIVE, LIVING GIVES YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO PURSUE YOUR DREAMS, TO DEFEND YOUR COUNTRY AGAINST NATIONAL AND FOREIGN TERRORIST AND PURSUE YOUR IDEA OF HAPPINESS.
THERE IS A SAYING REGARDING "HE WHO PROTEST TOO MUCH". I WONDER HOW MANY OF THESE RIGHT TO LIFERS HAVE ABORTED OR HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER OR GIRLFRIEND WHO ABORTED A FETUS. AS A PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE I NOTICED THAT POOR PEOPLE HAVE MANY CHILDREN RICH AND MIDDLE CLASS WOMEN HAD LOTS OF D & C'S.
IT ALSO SEEMS THAT THE PRO LIFE FOLKS SUPPORT WARS AND CAPITAL PUNISHMENT.
IT CONFUSES ME AS MUCH AS THOSE WHO PRACTICE HATRED ARE NEITHER SEXIST NOR RACIST AND AS WE KNOW, FROM YEARS PAST, MANY IN THE KLAN HAD BLACK BLOOD. MAYBE INSTEAD OF BIRTH CERTIFICATES THERE SHOULD BE A DNA TEST RESULTS IN THE PROFILE OF THESE FOLKS.

Posted by: sm98yth | March 23, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

"Apoligies" like his are sort of like saying, "it's a small price to pay to get to do what you want". HE WANTED TO DO EXACTLY WHAT HE DID. He is a repukican
liar, right? Just grandstanding and getting
his smirky, putrid face in the news, no one knew who he was before. He's from Texas, need we say more? They are the best grandstanders and liars in the country.

Posted by: patriotgmalou | March 23, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

What is wrong with you people? All of you who are blasting this guy are spewing the same filth. Unbelievable. Are you not capable of common decency? Whay are you all filled with such hate that you can only offer insults and defamatory comments? Our country is not going down because of health care reform. It is going down because of the inability to have a discussion without contemptuous and vile comments...left or right. Please make an attempt to look inside yourself and remove your hatred. We are all in this together whether you like it or not.

Posted by: RockTheRedGreat8 | March 23, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

While his apology says the right things, we need to realize that most normal people wouldn't shout out like that in their company staff meetings, much less in the House Chamber.

Posted by: jgmann | March 23, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

"Apoligies" like his are sort of like saying, "it's a small price to pay to get to do what you want". HE WANTED TO DO EXACTLY WHAT HE DID. He is a repukican
liar, right? Just grandstanding and getting
his smirky, putrid face in the news, no one knew who he was before. He's from Texas, need we say more? They are the best grandstanders and liars in the country.

Posted by: patriotgmalou

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patriotgmalou, I'm with you 100% right up to ". . . no one knew who he is before." But then you added "He's from Texas, need we say more? They are the best grandstanders and liars in the country." As a native-born Texan, and one who strives to avoid this "representative's" kind of bullsh*t in my own words and conduct, I'm going to have to respectfully ask you to reconsider your blanket damnation of all of us. Your remarks are entirely uncalled for, unfair, and grotesquely wrong. *SOme* Texans fit the bill -- as do folks from every state in the Union and in every U.S. possession. Everywhere on the *planet,* for that matter.

Posted by: MekhongKurt1 | March 23, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

The American people deserve better than what Oboobma and the vile and ridiculous Pelosi have given them.

Posted by: thebump | March 23, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

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