October 1st, 2009
12:55 PM ET
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GOP opts against new Grayson resolution Tuesday

GOP opts against new Grayson resolution Tuesday.
GOP opts against new Grayson resolution Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Republicans will not offer a resolution Thursday asking that Rep. Alan Grayson be condemned for charging that the GOP health care plan calls for those who get sick to die quickly, but Republicans did not rule out taking future action against the controversial Florida Democrat.

"No resolution will be introduced today. Mr. Grayson's actions on the floor were an embarrassment to this Congress and warrant an apology both to his colleagues and, more importantly, to the people of his district who he insulted on the House floor," said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Georgia Rep. Tom Price, who chairs the Republican Study Committee.

"It is the job of the Speaker to ensure the House runs with proper decorum, and we would hope that she would not tolerate such behavior. As Mr. Grayson has shown no remorse for his antics, we have called on the Speaker to take the appropriate action to resolve this matter. Any future decision on a resolution will rest on the ability of the Speaker to control her members."


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  1. dora

    Watch "Countdown" for Wednesday (9/30) and look at the string of invectives used by the Republicans, prior to Rep. Grayson's display. I would only expect an apology from Grayson, after all of those other Reps. went first.

    October 1, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    Thank you Congressman Grayson for telling the truth, unlike the liar "congressman" Wilson.

    Your honesty and dedication are appreciated by those who can think for themselves.

    October 1, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. Jeanine

    The GOP has got to be kidding. After "death panel et al. this summer and finally a democrat throws it back at them and they start to whine, give me a break. i just have one thing to say to the GOP about health care. It was okay to make sure that the Iraqi's in their consititution got universal healthcare for all their citizens paid for by US taxpayers money, but your own citizens you oppose giving them the same thing. Really what is wrong with you people. You get healthcare paid for by me and the rest of the country for life....Yet I will be denied healthcare because of a prexisiting condition and yes if I get sick because I can't afford healthcare I will die. So stick your decorum up your lily white butts.

    October 1, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. No Incumbents 2010

    Grayson didn't violate House rules because he didn't insult an individual member by name. The Repukes are idiots if they thing keeping this story alive is good for them. Repukes are just bringing attention to the fact that they have no health care plan to reduce costs and expand coverage.

    October 1, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. dora

    Watch "The Rachel Maddow Show" for Wednesday (9/30) and look at the string of invectives used by the Republicans, prior to Rep. Grayson's display. I would only expect an apology from Grayson, after all of those other Reps. went first.

    October 1, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. Christina

    Mr. Grayson should not apologize for telling the truth. Republicans are playing politics with lives hanging in the balance, with American's desperate for help with paying for healthcare and with Big Pharma costing American's billions in drug cost. Republicans just don't get it they do not understand the plight of the middle class and the working poor. Mr. Grayson is my new HERO for being one of the only democrats to stand up and call it exactly how it is. Please do not back down Senator Grayson and other democrats please have enough guts to stand shoulder to shoulder with him. American's need your help.

    October 1, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. JS007

    While his comments were a bit hyperbolic Grayson basically stated the truth. The GOP does not CARE if people die as long as campaign contributions from insurance companies keep flowing.

    October 1, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. Vote out all republicans!

    Why should he be punished for telling the truth? The republican health care plan is simply this = don't get sick and if you do find charity.

    October 1, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. Keeth in California

    Grayson is no Joe Wilson, no matter how much the GOP claims he is. Grayson did not single out one individual. He singled out the whole GOP, which members of the GOP have done to the Dems as well - and have called them socialists, terrorist sympathizers, anti-American, and many, many other nasty things. Grayson is correct. Without a GOP health care plan, the default GOP plan IS "Don't get sick or die quickly." Period. Truth hurts.

    October 1, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Sharon W.

    He spoke the undeniable truth ! Too bad those scoundrels are upset.The party of arrogance & hate agendas,who want this once great country to FAIL ! They are all unhinged,and sick with "out of power" psychosis!They should spend a weekend at any large inner city Trauma Unit,and witness the pain & anguish from patients,families and most importantly the STAFF !

    October 1, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. Kate in SW Fla

    Yeah, someone probably gave them the clips of 6 Republicans saying much worse about the Democratic "death Panel" and "Drop Dead Seniors" comments by these lunatics. That is all they have said for the past 4 months, how the Democrats were going to kill people, unplug grannies. The level of their hypocrisy is only outdone by their contempt for their constituents.

    October 1, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Jesus healed the sick

    Go Grayson, thank you for telling the truth about the rethuglican so called health care plan. Where was the rethuglican outrage when that clown called the President a liar??????

    October 1, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. Enlightened Voter

    But the rethugs had no problem with wilson calling the President a liar....how disgusting the rethugs are, they all need to be voted out of office.

    October 1, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. WDRussell

    The GOP-POS has gone from unimportant to worthless to pure evil in a very short period of time.
    Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

    October 1, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. Emma

    Strong language to describe a dreadful situation is provocative. And we do need provocation in the face of all the lies and faulty thinking by the Republicans (and Baucus) who are cronies of insurance companies.

    October 1, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. sara

    I am a Georgian and Tom Price do not represent Me, my community or my needs..... he's just like the rest, riding on the shirt tails of someone he knew, not on his own merits. I guess been a Doctor in Georgia wasn't "powerful" enough, he wanted the security of a "socialist" pension, to be a seat warmer. Now, did these Republicans DEMAND Joe Wilson to apologize to the Congress that he so insulted...... or the other president bashing republicans that has gone as far as saying the proposed "health care reform" would "kill Americans"...............are these people Nutty or what? Representative GRAYSON YOU TOLD THE TRUTH.......Now Joe Wilson's comments and action in the Chambers of Congress was a REAL EMBARRASSMENT for the entire Country...........those guys are silly and don't have a clue on priorities, morals and principals. Start reading the Headlines, and research these lobbyist paid off Senators and Representatives...............they're in the pockets of the Insurance Industry...............they won't win.

    October 1, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. mjm

    Look at the mug on that guy.

    Grayson was way out of line.

    The claim that an estimated 44000 people die every year because they are uninsured is completely inaccurate based on the study Grayson referenced.

    The so called study was about as scientific as a comic book. It was written by a public option advocate attempting to support his opinion that we need a public option. There was no possible way to reach there conclusion based on the information gained from this type of study.

    Even if it were true that 44000 uninsured die per year, it does not support that we need a public option. Co-ops would achieve the same goal of covering more Americans and it would cost less than a trillion dollar public option. Wisconsin farmers use co-ops today with great success.

    The Democrats are selling us out so that GM can dump employees in government health care on the tax payer’s dime

    October 1, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. David

    A.G., You're awesome.

    Repubs, Are you serious – an apology? Tell that nut-job Virginia Fox to apologize.

    October 1, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. JP

    The GOP need to step back ; replay their rethorics and everything that they have said during the Health Care debate then take the 2×4 from their eyes. Their hypocricy gives true believers a bad rapport. Senator Grayson didn't say anything worst than the GOP had said.

    October 1, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. Sherry

    As opposed to the GOP claiming Obama's Health Reform Bill included a "Death Panel?" Talk about double standards. Maybe the GOP should take stock of their own language before criticizing the Dems. I see no difference in the language from either side.

    October 1, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. Michael

    I'd like to be able to take this seriously, but it's too ridiculous for that.

    Republicans, demanding civility?

    Pot, meet kettle.

    October 1, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. tyrone

    Joe WIlson didnt give a apology on the house Floor so why should he. Just shut up u cry babies

    October 1, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. pc

    The ad was appropriate. Grayson had the guts to tell the truth. The American people already know the truth about the GOP. The don't offer any solutions for the uninsured. Hello America, did you not see the ad about the woman who had tumors and needed surgery??? What was the pathetic response of the GOP???? I applaud Grayson for having the guts to verbalize what Americans already knew about the GOP and healthcare. GOP DOES NOT CARE!!!

    October 1, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. Peoples Voice

    While the Speaker is at it, she can do something about the 4 Repugs who lied about the health care plan killing old and disabled people while speaking on the House floor.

    Oh! That's right. They are Repugs. The rules, like the laws, do not apply to them.

    They only have to get on their knees and ask Jesus to forgive them. Then they can stand back up and do it again and again...

    October 1, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  25. Kentuckywoman

    The following comments were previously made on the House floor by Republicans accusing the Democratic plans of being fatal to Americans. Will the Repuplicans ask that they be condemned also?

    Ginny Brown-Waite – R-FL:
    “Last week, Democrats released a health care bill that essentially said to America’s seniors, ‘Drop dead’”.

    Paul Brown – R- GA:
    “This program of government option is being touted as a panacea, the savior allowing people to have quality health care at an affordable price, is going to kill people.”

    Virginia Fox – R – NC:
    “Republicans have a better solution that won’t put the government in charge of people’s health care, that will make sure we bring down the cost of health care for all Americans, and that assures 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.”

    October 1, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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