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. dave

    What I truly don't understand is if there are about 70% of people in the USA who would like a Public Option where are they? Why aren't they making an uproar and demonstrating for their wishes?? Just like Michael Moore says Mr Obama can't do it alone..get out there make a noise!!!!
    At least Mr Grayson has put a bee under someone's bonnet..why is he the only one??? I don't understand it. I'm from Canada and I really don't know why everyone is so scared of Universal Health Care, it works fine up here in spite of all the rumors to the opposite. I don't pay a cent for any of my care, no deductibles, no co pays...NOTHING!

    October 1, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. southerncousin

    I can hardly wait to hear the libs who condemned Joe Wilson, defend this, These are the same people who applauded when that Iraqui wing nut threw his shoes at Bush and thought that it was really neat when David Letterman called Sarah Palin's 14 year old daughter a hooker. Liberalism thy name is hypocrisy. Kinda glad that the Republicans are showing the kind of maturity that we need and the dems, well they are just being themselves. No morals or ethics. Look who is their president.

    October 1, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. The Dude

    I guess that all of the footage of members of the GOP using the same type of hyperbolic rhetoric made them stop short of allowing their hypocrisy to be a matter of Congressional record. I guess that if he had just stood up and shouted, "You lie!," the Republicans would have been OK with it.

    October 1, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. JerryD

    "Mr. Grayson's actions on the floor were an embarrassment to this Congress and warrant an apology" " proper decorum"... Er ,, what about JOE WILSON!

    Further proof that the ReThugs will say and do anything...Each and everytime a congressman speaks at the podium, there needs to be an illuminated sigh flashing the amoun he/she took from the health care lobbyists

    Congressman Grayson, go get 'em! The American people appreciate you!

    October 1, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. Tired

    What a bunch of hipocrites!! The lies the GOP spewed over the last several months are worse than any of this. It's refreshing to see a Democrat finally stand up the bullies and that's what the GOP is–a bunch of bullies. If they don't win, they don't care–they will do and say whatever to be sure that nothing gets accomplished. It's very sad.

    October 1, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. S M R

    Mr.Grayson was telling the truth, so why would he be condemned?

    October 1, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Mike in MN

    The Democrats do realize when they fail to pass health care reform and get destroyed in the 2010 and 2012, it will be because voters can plainly see it is the Democrats who are obstructing the passage of a reform bill. Senate Democrats just voted out the public option and the liberal Democrats are still insisting on it and Obama is still voting present. In the meantime Republicans are powerless to stop Democrats from passing whatever they want and are unable to pass their own bill. And so the Democrats send this clown out in front of all of America and stage a campaign stunt that has nothing to do with anything preventing the Democrats from passing a reform bill. Who was that supposed to impress? Was this supposed to convince liberal Democrats to vote for a bill without a public option or was it supposed to get Blue Dogs to vote for a bill with it? Top notch stuff Dems., really impressive.

    October 1, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. jim

    our government sucks!!

    October 1, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    This is nothing like the "you lie" comment from the Neanderthal during the President's speech. This was during a House session devoted to debate.

    Besides how can all you neo-con Fable Followers be insulted by being called something you deny ever existed?

    Remember you Fable Followers think God produced a man and a woman who had 2 sons, that then "had their way" mom to populate the world.

    Neanderthal's roamed the land 350,000 years ago, have you forgotten that "intelligent design" did it all in 6,000 years?

    Where is your faith?

    October 1, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Roger in CA

    Anyone with an 8th-grade civics education knows that there is no recourse for incivility on the floor of the House, and Republicans have been infinitely more outrageous than Dems both during the debate about health care and, in general, over history.

    Typical GOP: complete lies and distortions about basic reality.

    October 1, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Trish

    My, my, but the republicans have all of a sudden become so sensitive to decorum issues within congress. What a shocker! It is okay to have a republican member of congress shout out an insult (which has been proven to be a lie) but not for a democratic member to illustrate an actual truth about the republicans. They can deal it out but they cannot take it. Alan Grayson has hopefully opened the flood gates for the democrats to start getting as tough as the republicans in this debate. Alan Grayson has my full support. The check is in the mail.

    October 1, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. D. Tree

    Hey CNN; why don't report on the fact that its true: 40,000 Americans die every year because they don't have insurance!

    The GOP is doing everything they can to stop legislation that would provide coverage for all Americans – while they drag their heels, thousands of Americans are literally dying!

    October 1, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Terri

    When the truth is spoken a lot of people are often insulted. Truth can be insulting.

    October 1, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. Gus The Willie

    Darn when the tables are turned, it does hurt don't it? The Republicans will never learn.

    October 1, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. Happylady

    My, my. The truth hurts, huh?

    October 1, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Cheryl

    It is nice to see someone in the House have guts enough to speak the truth. Grayson is very refreshing. He has my support and my donation. It is about time someone on the Democratic site calls it as it is.

    October 1, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Hey GOP, the truth hurts sometimes... get over it!

    October 1, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. unshrub

    Grayson should apologize after all of the republicans and conservative talk show hosts apologize for all of their lies and disparaging remarks. This has to be one of the republican’s biggest bonehead ideas in a long time.

    October 1, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Allen

    Grayson was only speaking half truths. The complete republican health care plan is this:

    -Walk it off or die quickly-

    Oh well – at least he's trying.

    October 1, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. Bob in Pa

    Why bother ? Let the man talk, it's almost as humorous as listening to Al Gore on Global Warming.

    October 1, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. Sgt. USMC

    Aww poor republicans can't take a dose of their own medicine. Go crying to big mama! Everyday is another day where the GOP shows how sorry they truly are. What a shame.

    October 1, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. Cleaning up after W

    GOP....Your hypocricy is astounding and mind-numbing. You are only outraged when a Democrat uses these tactics against you. And on the countless occassions that your members have leveled these sort of accusations against our President and the Democrats, your silence has been deafening. SHUT UP AND GET TO WORK DOING THE JOB YOU WERE ELECTED TO DO!

    October 1, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. Brain Dead in Ohio

    "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..."

    Unless of course it involves the incredibly patriotic, and in no way racist or immature, action of shouting at the President Of The United States during an address to congress. That's allowed, and in no way demands apology.

    But this guy shamelessly summed up Republicans side to the hindering of Health Care reform... You can't do that. They spent so long formulating just the right justification, they'd hate for someone to translate their double speak.

    Like: Trust Health Insurance Companies, Not Your Government.

    October 1, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. deborah/kansas city

    OH, but it's ok for Republicans to talk about death panels, pulling the plug on grandma, plots to kill women with breast cancer, plots to kill handicapped people, plots to kill vetrans; plots to reestablish slavery only with white people slaves; plots to round up young people to send to reeducation camps, statements that the President of the United States is dangerous; or any other lies they choose to tell, that's not a problem? Just another continued example of their hipocrisy and petty sniveling. It's ok, if a Republican does it, but throw a whiney hissy fit for anything democrats do. This is exactly Republicans have been loosing elections and will continue to loose, They have nothing to offer but hate, lies, and obstruction. Stand up Democrats do what is right for the country despite Republicans.

    October 1, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Mike in MN

    Grayson is the single least qualified person to ever serve in the House of Representives. He never once addressed the fact that his own party is bitterly split over the pubic option to the point that a bill can't be passed. He blamed only Republicans, but at the end he indicated he wanted universal health care, must mean he supports the public option becasue there is no bill for universal health care. So where was the call for the Blue Dogs to support the public option, just blamed the Republicans. Total moron.
    If the Demcrats are serious about passing a bill they should write one that gets everyone covered, lowers costs with an exchange, tort reform and competition across state lines, does not have a public option or government takeover, does not cost a trillion plus dollars and does not add to the deficit, does not cover illegal aliens and does not threaten Medicare benifits to seniors. Many Republicans would vote for a bill like this.

    October 1, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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