Congress threats are increasing dramatically and aggressively since Obama's health care reform bill came into focus. Many Democratic congressional members have received menacing phone messages, obscene fax transmissions, broken windows shattered by bricks thrown at offices in New York, Arizona, and Kansas, as well as other forms threats. The FBI is heading the investigation behind the persons responsible for the threats to Democrats across the nation. No arrests have been made as of Wednesday but the culprits will most likely be identified and prosecuted.
House Majority Leader, Seny Hoyer, a Democrat from Maryland assures that all of the threats are "getting attention from the proper authorities." No word on if Congress has upped the ante in terms of security to protect members of Congress from the onslaught of potential danger. An uprise in threats began Friday as Obama's bill drew nearer to the finish line. The first instance at Democratic Representative Louise Slaughter's district office in Niagara Falls, New York early Friday morning, for her support of Obama's healthcare reform bill. Slaughter responded publicly to the attack by blaming Republicans. Slaughter stated: "It's more disturbing to me that Republican leadership has not condemned these attacks and instead appears to be fanning the flames with coded rhetoric." A separate yet similar incident occurred at a Rochester, NY, Democratic Party office over the weekend. A brick was tossed through a window with a note stating "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice" attached.
House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio release a statement condemning the threats. He stated: "violence and threats are unacceptable. That's not the American way. We need to take that anger and channel it into positive change."
Congress' sentiment regarding the threats is united. All members of the House and the Senate are dicouraged by the angry and aggressive response the health care bill has evoked.