Dem. Rep. George Miller: GOP Waging ‘Jihad’ Against American People By Opposing Obamacare

California congressman gaveled, chastised by Rep. Mike Simpson for using term 'jihad'


Rep. George Miller (D., Calif.) accused fellow California Rep. Tom McClintock (R., Calif.) of waging "jihad" against the American people by opposing Obamacare Wednesday on the House floor:

GEORGE MILLER: He was prepared to sacrifice the towns around yosemite when he was on the jihad against american citizens getting access to health care. He was fully prepared to sacrifice the parks and the economy and fire recovery. but you know what you found out in the last 24 hours? That millions of Americans went to find health care, to sign up for health care, to get access to health care. And millions of Americans decided you're doing the wrong thing in shutting down their government. So when you were on the jihad —

SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: The gentleman's time has expired.

MILLER: Shutting down the parks wasn't a problem. Shutting down NIH wasn't a problem.

SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: The gentleman's time has expired.

MILLER: Mr. Chairman, they thought it was —

SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: The gentleman's time has expired. The gentleman is out of order. The gentleman is out of order.

MILLER: Oh, ok.

SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: the gentleman is not recognized. the gentleman from virginia the gentleman from idaho.

MIKE SIMPSON: Mr. Speaker, I am disgusted that the gentleman from California would actually use the word "jihad" on the floor of the House. We should all reject his comments and he should be censored but I won't call for it.

The inflammatory comments came as the House considered legislation to fund the national parks and NIH.

Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) became embroiled in his own controversy over NIH funding Wednesday when he questioned why the Senate would consider legislation funding cancer treatment for children while government workers are furloughed:

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