Neugebauer To Clyburn: “Not Gonna Do It! What I Said Was The Truth!”
Under pressure from disingenuous and politically manipulative critics from the Left like Rep. James Clyburn to apologize to the entire House for his "It's a baby killer" remark, "I'm not gonna do it!" said Rep. Randy Neugebauer. Neugebauer held a blogger conference call this afternoon to discuss the issue, insisting he has no intention of issuing any more apologies for telling the truth as regards the seriously flawed bill.
The bill, a Big F*cking Deal according to VP Joe Biden, will enable the use of taxpayer funds to subsidize elective abortions for the first time in over 30 years. All honest, objective observers agree on that aspect of the now newly-signed law.
Neugebauer's remark apparently came as the House was to consider a motion to re-commit, which Neugebauer cited as a time of heightened emotion on the floor, especially for Republicans. What role emotion may have played in Biden's far more offensive blurt at the signing ceremony is unknown. Progressive Democrats consistently mischaracterized or ignored opposition from their own moderate membership, as well as Republicans throughout the health care debate.
Neugebaur had already briefly responded at RedState. The call gave him an opportunity to extend his remarks. heh! They can do that on blogs, now, yanno! On the call, Neugebauer said it's going to require people willing to take tough stands if America is to move away from a culture of "entitlement," back to the one of "empowerment," it's traditionally been. He went on to reinforce his intention of doing just that in this case.
While the floor of the House was the wrong place to shout out my objection, the fact remains that this legislation will kill babies. And yet, in the face of bi-partisan opposition, Democrats passed the bill anyway.
Citing the emotion on the floor as progressive Democrats used everything from bribes to threats, passing the admittedly flawed bill against bi-partisan objections, Neugebauer feels any clarification issued thus far is more than enough to satisfy critics. He also indicated his having the support of House GOP leadership in that regard.
"I will apologize when they repeal this bill," said Neugebauer, also stating "what I said was the truth." A pdf file via the US Conference of Catholic Bishops highlights the issues here. More on their position highlighting the RTL issues within the bill available here. As opposed to long held US law and government policy, the HCR legislation does allow for taxpayer dollars to fund abortions, including elective abortions for citizens, paid for by the tax dollars of others.
Referencing Clyburn's call for an apology, he said, "For what? I was out just speaking the truth?" adding, "I won't apologize for doing the right thing," though Neugebauer has already acknowledged it was unfortunate that it came on the floor as it did. "Not gonna do it," he said, as regards an apology to the House.
Neugebauer sounded genuinely offended, saying Democrats stooped to using the unborn as a "bargaining chip" to move the bad bill across the finish line. He said he found that "unacceptable," claiming it led him to make the emotional but accurate statement. He also vowed to work to repeal the bill. Perhaps it can be replaced, as Raul Ryan suggests.
A side note, as indicated in the WSJ today, what does seem to be dead is any notion of a Democrat being truly Pro-Life. It remains unclear if they'll ever get around to apologizing for the fraudulent fund raising some of them have conducted in that cause over the years.
Pro-life Democrats, R.I.P. Bart Stupak's vote for the health bill shows that in the end you can't count on pro-life Democrats.