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. Tony in Maine

    The Republicans are increasingly irrelevant. May the RIP – soon.

    September 30, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. The Bu

    I think the comment was in poor taste and I don't care what party you represent or that you feel represents your values, it is time out for foolish talk like this. We hear it from the right and now we're hearing it from the left. Can we just get the facts of what each side is saying so we can get a clear understanding of what's being proposed. This type of language helps no one and it serves no purpose.

    September 30, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. NJ

    OH MY GOSH THIS THE RICHEST THING I HAVE EVER HEARD !!!

    – Rush Limbaugh said death panels
    – Glenn Beck said death panels
    – Sarah Palin said death panels
    – Sean Hanity said death panels
    – Chuck Grassley said death panels
    – Michael Steel said death panels
    – John Boehner said death panels
    – Jim Demint said death panels

    on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on

    The send out mailers saying death panels. They made phone calls saying death panels. They took at adverstisements saying death panels.

    YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT PEOPLE WHO COULDN'T LIVE WITH THEMSELVES !!

    September 30, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Josh in TN

    Any thing the Repukes do any way is worthless these days.

    September 30, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. Dex Houston TX

    Stupid is as stupid does....Repubicans are a joke!

    September 30, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Cindy

    Business as usual on the Hill... We've elected a bunch of kids.

    September 30, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. Bryan

    So he should apologize for not making exactly who should die quickly......sorry rich Republicans, didn't mean you die quickly.

    September 30, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. unshrub

    Even republicans are realizing how stupid they sound. This is no where near the same thing as calling the President a liar. Congress does this to each other all of the time. It is interesting how many republicans started crying that they were being called names are the same ones who have been lying about the the healath care plan and about Obama.

    September 30, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Eli

    PLEASE, we all know why the GOP would even consider this. We all should also know this is totally different than yelling out in the middle of the Presidents speech.

    September 30, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. Big Ed

    It's time for all these theatrics, faux woundings and career-advancing ulterior motives to stop. Both sides. Everyone needs to be quiet and listen to the people who voted you into office TO DO A JOB!! That job is to make well informed, smart decisions based on fact, not rhetoric or a pre-determined political stand based on their political party's "platform" and do what is right for America. That is the every-day American, not Corporate America, or Special Interest America! Let these groups know AMERICA IS NOT FOR SALE! It was bought and paid for , by Americans for Americans by fighting and dying for OUR freedom, not some other country or a group's business interests!

    September 30, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Sheena1a

    I thought we had intelligent adults leading this country, but to my dismay, it seems like a bunch of bickering childrin, and that is very scary!!!!!

    September 30, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. An Ex-NC-Pub

    How about "you lie:" "unplug grandma," the death of the gay young man was "Not a hate crime, it was a hoax;" "death panels;" etc?
    The Republicans think everyone is as stupid as are they.

    September 30, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. Minnesota

    Your own house is full of crazy too isn't it GOP? How does it feel? Can't really call the kettle black here on this one can you?

    Too bad we don't have even close to as many crazies as you, but Grayson's stunt is just a grain of sand compared to the mountain of BS that is said and done and acted on by the GOP.

    September 30, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. No Incumbents 2010

    Repukes insisted that Grayson apologize for telling the truth while supporting Wilson's refusal to apologize publicly to the U.S. House for his rude outburst at Obama. HYPOCRITES ! ! ! !

    September 30, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. Orlando voter

    Grayson represents my district, and I support his comments wholeheartedly. The GOP's only proposed plan is to attack or obstruct any plan that changes the status quo for companies profiting off the sick by brokering their coverage like bookies taking bets. We're better than that and we deserve the right of a compassionate plan for all.

    September 30, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. Gerry

    Petty Republican retribution for the "You lie" shoutout at the President. Is it time to monitor the House speeches to make sure no one is insulted or brings dishonor to the House? Regular House debate usually includes the same. Yelling at the President during a joint session of Congress brings a lack of decorum and disrespect to the House of Representatives, the President and the Office of the Presidency. Showing a sign on the House floor during one minute speeches is standard fair for loudmouthed and simple-minded politicians of all parties. Petty retribution. Nothing more, nothing less.

    September 30, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Dave in Albuquerque

    Maybe Grayson can apologize right after Joe Wilson apologizes.

    September 30, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Libertarian

    So who REALLY is lying here? The Insurance companies REALLY want this type of plan. If you get sick, cost them as little as possible, and God forbid you try to fight a lengthy disease....you'll get dropped.

    So the repubs, being all concerned for the "capitalist insurance companies" are taking their side. Should we not add 1+1 and come up with 2???

    September 30, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Bush_Low_I.Q.

    Resolution condemning Rep. Alan Grayson, for saying that the GOP health care plan calls for sick people to "die quickly." ------------–> No Good – Waste of Time – Stupid.

    Resolution condemning Joe Wilson, for saying “You Lie.” ------------–> Good – Correct – Right.

    Because: ------------------–>
    1. It is not OK to Yell when someone or the President is Speaking. It is against the Decorum
    2. It is OK to speak out one’s opinion, when one has the turn to Speak. It is OK to speak in turn, but it is not OK to Yell at others.

    September 30, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Bob of Lompoc

    Congressman Grayson: Don't give an inch to the Cry Baby Price, You hit the nail right on the head. Boom! The Repubs started to sniffle. The Sissy Party of America -that's the Republicans.

    September 30, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Brook Mantia

    Aside from the fact that Grayson happens to be RIGHT - what is so different about what he said than what Republicans say about the President & the Democrats every day?

    All they ever do is accuse, judge & condemn. This is just more of the same. But people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

    Grayson should do like the Republicans and declare he's Done Apologizing!

    September 30, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. Angi's mom

    Both parties are childish, but who can argue with Rep. Grayson?
    If you're uninsured, the hospital bills alone will kill you.

    September 30, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. Travis from Chicago

    Republicans have no legs to stand on. They are the most hypocritical people on the planet. They care about nothing else but re-election. They and their supporters are the scum of the earth. Uneducated, ignorant, hillbillies. They are run by wealthy educated idiots who lead them like sheep to the slaughter. I pray for a day without Republicans on the planet. The most dispicable people ever.

    September 30, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. Haas

    Why are the Republicans wasting our money and our time? They don't have any solutions to fix this country but when a Dem speaks the truth they want to try to condemn him? They don't deserve to be in office!

    September 30, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. Jilli

    Is the gop finally showing some sense?

    They have, afterall, said much much worse. Their hypocrisy knows no bounds. I wish the gop would grow up so the dems wouldn't be the only adults in the room.

    September 30, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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