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Update: 'Baby Killer' Shouter Was Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas

Update at 2:15 p.m. ET: The member of Congress who shouted "baby killer!" last night on the floor of the House was Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, his office said in a statement released just a short time ago.

Neugebauer says:

"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 (Bart) 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."

Neugebauer's official website appears to be having some service problems at this moment.

We'll ask another question:

Our original post: "Should The Person Who Shouted 'Baby Killer' Last Night Step Forward?"

One of the hottest moments during yesterday's House debate over health care was when someone on the floor of the chamber shouted "baby killer!" as Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., was speaking.

Stupak, a "pro-life" Democrat, was explaining why he was satisfied by an executive order President Barack Obama had signed that affirmed current law banning federal funding for abortions except in cases of rape, incest or danger to the life of the mother.

Politico has done a good job isolating that tense point in the day:

No lawmaker (it sounds like a man was responsible) who was there has stepped forward to say it was him. Other lawmakers who may know haven't identified the shouter.

Columnist Jonathan Capehart at The Washington Post says the person "should have the courage to identify himself."

What do you think?

We'll hold the question open for 48 hours.