McMorris Rodgers Calls Health Bill an ‘Internal’ Terrorist Attack

Posted November 3, 2009 at 11:11am

House Republican Conference Vice Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), who is leading this week’s campaign by GOP women to attack the House Democratic health care bill, on Tuesday compared the proposal to an “internal— terrorist attack.

McMorris Rodgers initially avoided endorsing comments made Monday by her colleague, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), who warned that America has “more to fear from the potential of that bill passing than we do from any terrorist right now in any country.— Foxx’s comments kicked off a week centered on House Republican women taking the lead for the GOP in the health care debate.

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.—

McMorris Rodgers said House Republican women haven’t discussed as a group whether they are united behind Foxx’s comments, although she tried to clarify what she thought Foxx, known for delivering incendiary remarks, meant.

“We have lots of people that express their opinions in various ways,— said the Washington Republican. “I think what she was getting at is more of just a concern at how [the Democratic plan] is going to fundamentally change America’s health care system.—