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. Bill in CA

    Look out America, it's "You Die" vs. "You Lie".....Maybe the media will turn it into a WWE match to the death.

    September 30, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Tom B

    Remind me which Republican said no time should be wasted disciplining Wilson for his outburst? Oh yes – it was all of them....
    Remind me which Republican said Sarah Palin should be censured for calling the Democratic plan a bunch of Death Panels? Oh right – it was none of them... Nice consistency

    September 30, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Rob Johnson

    Grayson's comments were awkward, foolish, and about as subtle as getting hit over the head with a brick, but at least he didn't shout them out while someone else had the floor. I can see why Republicans aren't thrilled about having their position on healthcare summed up as "Don't get sick, and if you do, die quickly." But I don't see why it's a breach of decorum.

    Considering that the majority of the GOP didn't vote to admonish Joe Wilson for screaming "You Lie!" in the middle of a Presidential address, I don't see how they could possibly criticize somebody whose biggest crime was misrepresenting his opponent's position.

    If you censure everyone who does that, there won't be anybody left in Congress by the time you're done.

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

    I have to agree with Grayson. The GOP is bed with the insurance lobby so they won't reform health care no matter what. That's what they want, health care reform to "die quickly". Keep those lobbyist bribes....I mean donations coming. ChaChing$$$$$ Over $100 million so far. Yipee!!!!

    September 30, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. Fool me once shame on u, fool me twice... err...

    We need more Alan Graysons in the Democratic Party. He absolutely has nothing to apologize for. I hope that the next time rep Grayson debates health care, that he will bring those same signs again with him. That would be really cool!

    September 30, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. www.firedoglake.com

    If Republican leaders want to go down this road, then wouldn’t several Republican members of Congress have to be censured for the certifiably crazy things they’ve said on the House floor?

    There’s a big difference between what Grayson said and when he said it and what Wilson said and when he said it.

    The problem wasn’t that Wilson shouted "you lie," but that he spoke out of order during a joint session of Congress. Grayson had the floor when he identified the essence of the Republican health care reform proposal as amounting to “if you get sick, die quickly.”

    If the Republicans want to call attention to this characterization of their ideas for health care reform, GREAT!

    Besides, what could they possibly be aserting as a justification for censuring Grayson, that he hurt their feelings?

    September 30, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. AM

    Amazed to see how Reps find ways to waste time and money. They have no time to find a good solution for the problems.

    September 30, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Kim

    And Michelle Bachman?............

    September 30, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Nomoreteabaggers

    False equivalence. Republicans stand up daily and claim that Democrats are going to "pull the plug on grandmas" and that health care reform is about "death panels"...there are too many examples of their crazy claims. Grayson gave them a taste of their own medicine and I admire what he said. What's more, Grayson was right that they waved blank pages of "Republican Healthcare Reform" at the president- blank means no ideas – Republicans want to let people die from lack of healthcare.

    September 30, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. D. Tree

    The Republicans don't want everyone to go back and see how many times they said the same thing:

    – “Last week Democrats released a health care bill which essentially said to America’s seniors: Drop dead.” [Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL), 7/21/09]

    – “They’re going to save money by rationing care, getting you in a long line. Places like Canada, United Kingdom, and Europe. People die when they’re in line.” [Rep. Steve King (R-IA), 7/15/09]

    – “The Republican plan will] make sure we bring down the cost of health care for all Americans and that ensures affordable access for all Americans and is pro-life because it will not put seniors in a position of being put to death by their government.” [Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), 7/28/09]

    – “That’s exactly what’s going on in Canada and Great Britain today…and a lot of people are going to die.” [Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), 7/10/09]

    – “One in five people have to die because they went to socialized medicine! … I would hate to think that among five women, one of ‘em is gonna die because we go to socialized care.” [Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), 7/15/09]

    September 30, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. Mississippi Miss

    Please... no more legislation condemning anyone. I don't care if they spit on the ceiling. He said... she said...we all fell off the bed...

    This bickering has got to stop. Lollipops anyone?

    September 30, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. bcords

    apoligize this... what he said was the truth! this is another republican made up controversy to keep the media from reporting on their inability to or unwillingness to cooperate with anything this president wants to get done. they want to turn eight years of doing nothing into twelve years of doing nothing so they hope they can get obama out of office. problem is they dont have enough voters because the college students are getting too smart for them, and they've completely lost the blacks and latinos. they keep trying their scare tactics on the seniors but between them and the jerry springer crowd, thats just not enough!

    September 30, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. Oregon

    Condemning a man for telling the truth ... How very GOP of you Price

    September 30, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. Boomer in Mo

    Why should Grayson apologize for being truthful? If you don't have health insurance/can't afford to pay for it, it's because you are lazy and a drag on American society according to the Republicans in my family. You need to die and get out of the way. I did not hear how Grayson voiced his comment. If he yelled like a tea-partyer, then he should apologize for yelling, but not for telling the truth. There will be no health care reform until rich Republicans start dying from too little health care, too late.

    September 30, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. Peter

    NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH!! SO HELP ME GOD
    "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."
    Grayson you are right! you just forgot to add die quickly and leave the bills to your family !. While the insurance companies are enriching themselves and the politicians.

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

    There's a BIG difference between interrupting the president in the middle of his speech to call him a liar and the heated words coming from Grayson.

    If you can't see that...go use your nice insurance to get your head examined!

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

    Please. It seems curious that Republicans promote lies about rationed care (Price included) and death panel nonsense to scare people away from much-needed reforms.

    Then, the Grand Old Party of No continues to obstruct the bill to maintain the status quo, which actually IS rationed care from insurance companies that deny coverage and allow people to suffer (and yes, even die) for retention of greedy profits.

    Someone calls them out on it in not so politically correct terms, and all of a sudden the GOP jumped into victim mode again with their usual indignation. Give me a break.

    September 30, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. Sick of it

    This is insane! Repubs behave like 8 year-old children having a tantrum! I hope Grayson says he'll apologize when every Republican apologizes for similar comments they've made during these discussions on the House floor. This is NOT the same as the "You Lie" incident. All this is doing is making Americans want to vote out EVERY SINGLE congress person. FOCUS ON ISSUES... not on this childish arguing. If he is trying to make a point about the "you lie" thing... it's lost on me.

    September 30, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. Ren from Baltimore

    What a pile of hypocrites these Republicans can be. So, Why The Face, Rep. Price? Jump the gun?

    September 30, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. Ray

    Repubs are pro-big insurance. Insurance is a business that makes a huge profit by not paying out on elective AND necessary medical care.

    You do the math.

    September 30, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. AG

    How can this idiot equate the two? A verbal assault on the President of the United States in the process casting aspersions on his character "YOU LIE" and someone criticizing a POLICY POSITION put forward by some of the dumbest in the country who could not get it right even after TWO TERMS. PLEASE!!!!

    September 30, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. Minnesotan

    Two words to prove the GOP stupidity and hypocrisy: Death Panels.

    September 30, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. wycliffe

    I agree republican plan is "DO NOT GET SICK, AND IF YOU ARE SICK, DIE QUICKLY"

    September 30, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Chip

    What hogwash! Republican silliness leading to irrelevance. And the march goes on!

    September 30, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. Gary

    This resolution was as dumb as Nancy Pelosi's resolution about the congressman from south carolina. If we create a resolution everytime a congress person says something mean then we'll have like 10 per day. We need politicians with thick skin not thick skulls!!!

    September 30, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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