GOP congresswoman: Health bill like internal terror attack

A House Republican leader seconds a colleague's remarks about Democratic reform plans

Published November 3, 2009 9:25PM (EST)

For House Republicans, this week was supposed to be about showing off their female members. Unfortunately for them, though, those members have made the story about something entirely different.

Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., was the first to pull her conference off message, saying Monday, "I believe we have more to fear from the potential of [the Democrats' healthcare reform] bill passing than we do from any terrorist right now in any country."

On Tuesday, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., who's heading up the effort by the House GOP women, was asked about her colleague's comments. According to Roll Call, McMorris Rodgers initially tried to get out of backing what Foxx said, but she eventually went in a different direction. The paper reports:

But when pressed on whether the bill represented something as grave as a terrorist attack, McMorris Rodgers drew a line between the nature of terrorism and the effect of the Democratic proposal.

“I would say it’s the difference between an internal versus an external attack. Yes,” McMorris Rodgers said. The Democratic bill “is internal. This is rocking our foundation.”

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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