September 30th, 2009
03:42 PM ET
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Republicans decide not to introduce Grayson resolution

Republican congressman Tom Price decided not to introduce a resolution condemning Democrat Alan Grayson.
Republican congressman Tom Price decided not to introduce a resolution condemning Democrat Alan Grayson.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Republicans changed course on Wednesday and decided not to move forward with a resolution condemning Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Florida, for saying that the GOP health care plan calls for sick people to "die quickly."

"It's a very simple plan," Grayson said in a floor speech about health care on Tuesday night. "Don't get sick. That's what the Republicans have in mind. And if you get sick America, the Republican health care plan is this: die quickly."

Tom Price, the Georgia congressman who chairs the conservative Republican Study Committee, announced Wednesday morning that he would introduce a resolution condemning Grayson for breaching House decorum.

But a few hours later, Price decided to hold his fire and give Grayson a chance to apologize to House Minority Leader John Boehner for his remarks.

"We thought that we would give Congressman Grayson an opportunity to do the right thing and recognize the comments that he made were disrespectful to the House and to the decorum," Price told CNN.

Price said Grayson, who hails from a conservative district in central Florida, "has maligned half, if not more than half, of his own constituents" who are Republican.

Asked if he will introduce the resolution if Grayson refuses to apologize, Price said "we'll certainly consider it."

He noted that House Democrats set a precedent for punishing bad behavior when they voted in favor of a resolution formally disapproving of Republican Joe Wilson for shouting "You lie!" at President Obama.

"That was the avenue that was defined by the Democrats in charge when someone breaches the decorum," Price said. "So we chose the same vehicle."


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soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their foolishness.

    I say both health plans need to be trash canned. The war is the most important issue, with the economy second and the security of this nation which goes with the war. Third is for the Supreme Court to step in and issue a warning for the Congress to participate with each other to get things done like our forefathers planned according to the constitution. Lastly if the ones of you who are praying for Obama. That is great. BUT YOU BETTER MAKE SURE YOU DO IT ACCORDING TO THE KORAN OTHERWISE HE WILL NOT HEAR IT FROM YOU INFIDELS.

    September 30, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. Paris Patt

    FANTASTIC !!!
    This means that the repub's are realizing that by trying to condemn the good Senator from Florida, they are spitting into the wind. Go get em Grayson !!! I'ts time that someone with courage stands up for the American people.

    September 30, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. Kevin Cantu

    This resolution needs to "DIE QUICKLY" yup I went there...lol and by the way Republicans.."YOU LIE" too.

    September 30, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. philip butchers

    Well, well, well, for once the Republicans are not hypocritical. I was concerned that they might deny that their health plan is to not get sick and if you do you should just die. They don't have any issues sending our young men and women to fight every war, anywhere, anytime without a plan or giving very careful thought to it. I have been wondering if they really have an issue with killing people, especially after they came up with the misinformation about death panels.

    September 30, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Centrist

    Correction: Congressman Grayson's district is actually moderate with slightly more Democratic registrations.

    Although Grayson's opinion against health-care opposition was strongly asserted on this issue, he is also well-known for his moderately bipartisan approaches as a congressional watchdog.

    September 30, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. Wayne

    I would call it a draw and move on. Republicans have often said unappropiate statements about our President and health care. Death panels, Socialism, not born in the US. Does any of these things sound familiar. You can't compare something said on the senate floor to the members, to direct insubordination to the President. Move -on Republicans, to the next set of stall tactics.

    September 30, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. welches, oregon

    GOP your name is mud.

    September 30, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. Cleaning up after W

    Grayson's comments and Wilson's outburst are apples and oranges. Joe Wilson interrupted the POTUS while he was addressing Congress on live television. Grayson's comments, regardless if you agree with them or not, did not childishly interrupt anyone and did not break any sort of rule. Republicans have made much cruder statements and resorted to far worse theatrics on the floor of Congress. This is simply about repubs trying to justify their bad behavior once again (We did it, but so did he!). Grow up.

    September 30, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. RAG

    Even they know what he said was true.

    September 30, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. dash

    Here's the site for the GOP "Basic Training" on Decorum and Civility in the House.

    If the GOP wants to condemn Grayson, they need to do the same to Joe "you lie" Wilson. It is specifically written... "However, it is not permissible to use language that is personally offensive to the President, such as referring to him as a “hypocrite” or a “liar.”

    Hypocrites!

    September 30, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Sara

    Pleaseeee, give me a break.

    Republicans, Republicans, Republicans

    I Can't wait to see what you come up with next

    September 30, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. montag24

    Republicans can dish it out, but they can't take it.

    Good for Congressman Grayson. He was speaking the truth.

    September 30, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. Candice P.

    Alan Grayson has a reputation of being very unstable. For our nation's sake, he must be defeated.

    September 30, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. Kim-SC

    Next thing we will hear across the isle is Nana Nana Boo Boo. Are you kidding me? I think Washington should give the taxpayers a refund on the days when politicians think they have an acting career because you really suck at it!

    At the end of the day all these "players" in Washington (both sides) socialize together, they are still rich, and get free benefits at our expense and OH they have a JOB!

    I do not care who said what about who you BETTER get busy and find the JOBS that seem to be missing for millions of AMERICANS!

    September 30, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. tia

    How can libs say the congressman is telling the truth about this "plan" when for month they have all been screeming that the republicans have no plan. Or, at least not any alternative plans they are allowed to present?

    Now suddenly they are willing to admit there are alternative plans?

    September 30, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. MrManhattan

    Greyson was at the podium and recognized by the chair. The only thing he did out of character for a congressman was tell the truth.

    September 30, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Jim

    Apples and oranges. When a Democrat stands up in the middle of someone else's speech and yells something then introduce the resolution.

    Besides, you can't call him a liar if he's telling the truth. Oh, wait, telling the truth in Congress would be a breach of decorum, what am I thinking?

    September 30, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. TCM

    Being from Central Florida, Grayson and Kosmas both are highly disliked here....they are both one and done. During the summer break they continually dodged their constituents about healthcare townhalls. Grayson thought he was slick by renting a 50 seat building, filling it with hand-selected cronies...and then letting the media in to see a full house of "supporters." Many outside where intimidated by thugs.......Kosmas hid behind a tele-townhall, fielding only "choice," questions.....so, Grayson's a loser, and the people here in Florida despise this one and done clown; him and his, "....everyone should get a Disney vacation for a week mentality....."

    September 30, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. kaleto

    Yet another example of fear-mongering by dems.

    September 30, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. Frank

    What the republicans do not realize is that Joe Wilson yelled out "you lie" in a joint session in front of both chambers in Washington on live TV, while Alan Grayson made his comments in a much less publicized event that was not on national TV or in directed at the president. The difference is the setting in which the events happened, and the Joe Wilson incident was much worse because of the setting in which it happened. What hypocrites the republicans are. Why would anyone consider voting for these fakes?

    September 30, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. SaintGenesius

    The big differences between Grayson and Wilson are, of course, Wilson shouted at the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, out of order, and indirect violation of house rules. Oh, and of course, Wilson himself lied when calling the president a liar.

    Grayson had the floor and was speaking during a debate on healthcare reform. Oh, and of course, Grayson is correct that the GOP backing of the current healtcare system essentially calls for people not getting sick, and if they do, insurance companies will do everything possible to see that they die quickly. This is well documented by insurance industry whistle blowers.

    The Republicans once again prove they are petty, silly and, ultimately, unworthy of any support whatsoever.

    September 30, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. John in WV

    Grayson owes no one an apology. He spoke the truth. If you can't afford health care, can't afford the medicine you need, and can't go to the doctor because you are ashamed to tell your doctor that you can't afford the service he or she can provide, then how in hell does that enable you to live longer?

    September 30, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. mike721ct

    Why should Grayson apologize? He is telling the truth. Republicans should be the ones apologizing for making up lies about death panels.

    September 30, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. Emma

    His statement can never be compared with the "you lie" shouted out in the congressional chamber by a conservative Republican from the Confederate waving flag of South Carolina.

    If this Congressman is censored or admonished in anyway, then I say "IMPEACH" the congressman from South Carolina for his rudeness and lack of courtesy in the congressional chambers.

    September 30, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. Tom B

    Equivocating this with Joe Wilson's outburst is simply tomfoolery. One was a comment during his own speech – the other is an interruption of the President of the United States' else speech.

    September 30, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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