Alabama Delegates React to Anthrax Exposure

On Capitol Hill, the nation's leaders are the latest targets of bio-terrorism. Anthrax spores infecting thirty-one people as hundreds more at the Capitol await test results. Alabama senator Jeff Sessions calling it another attack on America. Senator Sessions said, "This is a bio terrorist threat. I think we may see more in the future. I know federal investigators are working night and day to find the source."

Some of the key evidence, anthrax spores, may be floating through the air in three federal office buildings, even the U.S. Capitol. A threat so serious, most offices are quarantined. House speaker Dennis Hastert sending lawmakers and staff home Wednesday. But Alabama congressman Spencer Bachus says government is not closing, only getting closer to people. He said,"We're going to transfer all our activities to the district office so three will be no interruption in how we can respond to people and their problems."

Transferring business means bringing security risks home. In Bachus' Birmingham office, employees step-up security. Important, said congressman Bob Riley, still in the capitol. "Evidently, the anthrax the senate staffers were exposed to was a weapon grade variety and it's going to take a few days to set up the precautions necessary to protect the people on Capitol Hill." Alabama representative Robert Aderholt, checking his mail, said he's angry, not worried about anthrax. "The more we learn about anthrax, the more we learn you can fight it and that if you treat it early and those things are being done."

Several of those Alabama congressmen are returning home. While maintaining government business is their top priority, a close second is strengthening the nation against the threat of bio-terrorism. One way they're doing that is by asking the makers of the anti-biotic Cipro to step up production.