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September 15th, 2009
06:48 AM ET

Rep. Wilson faces resolution of disapproval

From Deirdre Walsh
CNN Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House will vote Tuesday on a resolution of disapproval of Rep. Joe Wilson, the South Carolina Republican who yelled "you lie" during President Barack Obama's health-care speech to a joint session of Congress last week.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rep. Joe Wilson, R-South Carolina, shouts "You lie!" during President Obama's speech Wednesday night."]

The House Democratic leadership met Monday evening and agreed to move forward with a resolution of disapproval, according to two Democratic leadership aides.

The resolution "goes directly to the issue of his conduct on the House floor," said Kristie Greco, spokeswoman for House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina.

Discussion at Monday evening's leadership meeting was about "how this speaks to the breach of decorum alone, and not addressing the issue sets a precedent for bad behavior," Greco said.

"We're not the British Parliament for a reason," she added.

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Filed under: Controversy • Politics
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. jim vicalvi

    We need more Joe Wilson's in Congress. If the dems. try to censure him all of the Reps. should stand up and turn their backs on the speaker. Just like nasty pelosi and the rest of the dems. have done to the American people. 2010 can't come soon enough.

    September 15, 2009 at 2:00 pm |
  2. Mark62yearoldwhitemale

    Here is my problem with the Afghan and Iraq war. The money we are spending on these wars we could pay for health care. When we make provisions to give our people health care then we can spend money elsewhere. Not to mention all these bridges to nowhere and everything else like the space program, etc, etc....

    September 15, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  3. Mark62yearoldwhitemale

    Go Nancy

    September 15, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  4. connie

    Steven and all, if they stop all the perks the Rep's get and make them work year after year with no raises or reduced wages based on their performance we would see a big increase in how much they care about the common man. If they were not allowed to take money from ANY other source, and no trips paid by tax money, and also no outside participants like Lobbys or Special Interest Groups our Government would actually be FOR the people. Now we have a Government for the Government and very little reaches the public.

    September 15, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  5. Mark62yearoldwhitemale

    More of my family members who were against President Obama's health care plan are now for it. I believe they are seeing through the lies of the insurance companies by which they are paying the Republicans to spread them, The Republicans lie.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  6. jay m

    Rep Wilson, you should not act like a low class teabagger or a screaming townhaller, you are a Congressman, and should have a touch more class.

    September 15, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  7. lynn

    It will be interesting to hear how the Republicans try to rationalize this boorish behaviour on the part of Rep. Wilson,

    September 15, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  8. JEZEBEL58

    Rep.Wilson only apologized because he was told to do so,he has no regrets because of the first amendment,uncivilized and uncoot is another thing especially coming from someone who is a representative of the people.Resolution is not going to do anything because the cat's already out of the bag,people now will think that it's okay to disrespect their leader as they are doing now with all the placards with the Hitler and African witch doctor signs.

    September 15, 2009 at 8:39 am |
  9. Steven

    Rep. Wilson will only wear this resolution as medal on his chest!!!! His apology was as phony as a 3 dollar bill, a more fitting move by the house would be to immediately stop his "taxpayer funded,socialized free health care insurance" he receives as a member of Congress. It would be interesting to see how this neo-confederate bigot would feel about health care reform then!!!!!!!!

    September 15, 2009 at 8:04 am |