The Missouri Republican who used Amy Winehouse to describe government addiction apologized for Monday's tweet on Tuesday.
"Although I do believe spending 42 percent more than we take in is an addiction, I certainly meant no disrespect to Amy, her family or her fans," Rep. Billy Long said, according to the Springfield News-Leader. "If anyone took offense, I sincerely apologize."
He added, "What happened to her was a senseless tragedy and drawing an analogy wasn't meant to minimize the loss of life."
Long's tweet Monday said: "No one could reach #AmyWinehouse before it was too late. Can anyone reach Washington before it's too late? Both addicted - same fate???"
Winehouse was found dead in her London home on Saturday. Although the singer's drug use has been implicated as the cause of her death, autopsy results were deemed inconclusive Monday.
Long called Winehouse a "true artist."