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updated 3/22/2010 2:02:46 PM ET 2010-03-22T18:02:46

Statement by Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, in reference to allegations that he called Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., a “baby killer” during Sunday night’s debate on the health care bill:

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.

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