House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters today that Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) has done enough to apologize for his "baby killer" outburst during the health care reform vote Sunday, though Hoyer cautioned Republicans that it was actions like Neugebauer's that helped lead to some of the darker moments during the final 48 hours of debate on the bill this weekend.
Asked about Neugebauer during his weekly briefing with reporters, Hoyer read Neugebauer's apology letter for the outburst, in which Neugebauer said he had not meant to single out Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) -- as it appeared to most listeners -- but instead was referring to the entire health care bill when he shouted during Stupak's explanation of his es vote. Hoyer said he accepted the explanation, and Neugebauer's apology, though he said he and most Democrats didn't hear the remark the way Neugebauer said he said it.
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"He said he said 'it's', and I take him at his word," Hoyer said, adding, "I don't think we need to carry it any further."