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NYPD investigates package sent to Rep. Weiner over health care

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) arrives for a

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) arrives for a House Democratic Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (March 18, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

The police department is investigating a threatening letter sent to the Queens office of U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner related to his support of national health care legislation.

The letter with suspicious white powder was discovered around 3 p.m. Thursday at his office in Kew Gardens and police were on scene.

Police say the letter was related to the sweeping federal health care legislation.

Workers were de-contaminated as a precaution and police were field testing the substance. More sophisticated lab testing would also be done.

Many Democrats around the country who supported the new legislation have had bricks hurled through windows and menacing obscenity-laced phone messages left.

Weiner says his first priority is to his staff. The office is closed.

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