Health Care

Following Bill O'Reilly Appearance, Weiner's Office Gets Letter With White Powder

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A Congressman who was one of the more outspoken supporters of the new health care law has received a letter in the mail containing a suspicious white powder. It's the latest threat against members of Congress who supported the bill. 

Rep. Anthony Weiner's office in Queens, New York got the letter with the powder Thursday afternoon. The person who sent it also wrote a note, complaining about the health care overhaul.

The FBI confirmed the letter, saying it “could be interpreted as threatening." It's not clear exactly what the powder is, but an NYPD field test indicates the powder is not hazardous. The FBI will conduct further testing. The office was closed as a precaution.

"The NYPD was immediately alerted and have responded appropriately by sending a Haz-Mat team," Weiner said in a statement. "My first priority is the safety of my staff and neighbors, and the authorities are currently taking steps to investigate and resolve the situation."

At least 10 members of Congress have reported some sort of threats, including obscenity-laced phone messages, since the bill was passed Sunday night.


Ohio Rep. John Boccieri, was one of those who received a threat. "Having flown missions in and out of Afghanistan, I know what it's like to be in harm's way. But I never imagined serving in Congress could feel the same," said Boccieri, a major in the Air Force reserve.

No arrests have been reported in any of the incidents.