Defazio standing by controversial remark

NORTH BEND, Ore.-- Oregon Congressman Peter Defazio (D) is standing by his remarks made last week on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives that questioned the patriotism of one Congressman.

During a debate on transportation and infastructure funding, Defazio asked Georgia Congressman Paul Broun (R) "Why do you hate this country so much?"

That remark not only stopped debate, but Broun, who is an ex-marine, says he wants an apology for the outburst.

Debate continued over the bills, but the controversy continued when Broun told Politico magazine last weekend that Defazio was "not man enough" to apologize.

KCBY asked Defazio after an event at a local restaurant if he had any plans of apologizing to Broun.

"There's ways to cut," Defazio said. "Let's end the war in Afghanistan. That saves us $100 billion a year. Let's put that money here. We're building roads in Afghanistan that they say they can't afford to build here. Some people don't have their priorities on straight."

Defazio went on to say they he only merely defending transportation projects that Former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Dwight Eisenhower supported and expanded during their administrations.