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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soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Just because they decided against a resolution, that doesn't mean they're not being hypocritical! It was allright for them to go on endlessly about a Democratic bill that included :death panels" and other nonsense. You couldn't turn on the tv without hearing them whine about it. But they had a fit when Rep Grayson dared to speak about their version of a healthcare bill that "wanted people to die quickly" What gives? Are Republicans the only ones who can make ridiculous statements? Democrats are not allowed to say anything without being ridiculed? He was speaking the truth and that's something that Republicans aren't used to hearing or speaking!

    October 1, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. Adam from Ohio

    Oh, GOD, I can't take the fake outrage anymore.

    Listen, Republican swine: I'll believe in your supposed concern for House decorum when you take action against the likes of Virginia Fox, Jean Schmidt, and Michelle Bachmann. Until then, SHUT UP.

    October 1, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Hugo

    This guy is a MORON and I am ashamed to have him as a State representative. I watched his CNN interview and the basis for his comment is that 40,000 people died in America without healthcare insurance? What percentage of that 40,000 people died because they did not receive healthcare treatment, ZERO. What percentage of that 40,000 were illegally here or were vagrants junkie or alkies that were on the death spiral already? What percentage of that 40,000 people would have died regardless of having a healthcare policy or not? This guy is the classic example of the liberal lawyer turned politician that is destroying our great Nation in the thought that they know better for us. Why would 300 million people be forced into a healthcare program that they do not want that is to be administered by an inept government to protect 40,000 people that got health treatment anyway? We need someone to protect us from our Government!

    October 1, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Frank

    I guess Pelosi pointing out how many times Republicans have made statements about the President wanting people to die on the House floor must have hit home. After all if they make this resolution against this Democrat, the Democrats then can make a resolution on the 5 to 6 Republicans who have made the same types of remarks. After all it is a matter of record. The House recorder plus all the C-SPAN footage can be pulled.

    October 1, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. Jay Jay

    This is the best response to GOP for playing with the peoples' inteligence.....I love it.

    October 1, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Kirk

    Controversial? Nothing different than what Republicans have been saying for months now about the health reform bill: it will kill people... Republicans are a bunch of hypocrites that only get outraged when it suits them.

    CNN, give us a break... Grayson isn't controversial just because hypocritical Republican congressmen say so.

    Republicans LIE then they CRY

    October 1, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. jaye

    Good grief.... day after day we listen to the lying republicans, and nobody does or says anything about all their LIES....so, leave Grayson alone. Grayson is probably right on in his assessment.
    I'm sick of the republican party, and of the media that stands up for them.
    When is CNN going to grow a backbone and start calling out the republicans on their lies?
    The media is ruining this country....first they let Bush lead us into a war based on lies, and now they're trying to destroy the best president this country has had since Clinton.
    Shame on CNN for turning into fox news.

    October 1, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Gallimimus

    I'm impressed with this guy.

    October 1, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Nathan,

    I guess calling the President a liar in congress and accuseing him of setting up healthcare death squads is okay. The fact is that without healthcare you would be better off to die quickly.

    October 1, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Ryan, Council Bluffs

    He looks like a neanderthol himself.

    October 1, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Alan Goldstein

    The man spoke the truth. Why should he apologize?

    October 1, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. Pam

    As usual, the GOP's slanted version of what is proper decorum is glaring. Excusable is their minions' rants, untruths and twisted interpretations concerning the mythical death panels, the negative value of life and the interference of government to determines, via the doctor, who lives or dies. Kudos to a big man, with the courage to stand up against the Goliaths, and equalize the playing field.

    October 1, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. Mercedes

    I am proud of you Congressman Grayson for having the gust to tell it like it is. You have to be a former New Yorker to have the gust to say it like it is. You got my back and I will be making a donation next week.

    October 1, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. jon

    It's both incredible and sadly predictable how Nancy Pelosi has been complicitly silent in light of the disgustingly inciteful and hateful rhetoric spewing out of this guy's mouth. Inciting hate is truly something the Democrats are good at.

    October 1, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Babak

    Yeah! It's not the Congressman blurted out something completely inappropriate at POTUS right in the middle of his addressing Congress. Now THAT would be worth severe sanctions and expul.

    October 1, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. Ken, AZ

    If they plan to proceed with this, they should begin with Virginia Fox (NC) and the other lying republicans who have also made similar, and worse comments on the floor. This gentleman happened to tell the truth and the GOP doesn't like it. Show us your plan, with CBO pricing.

    October 1, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    The only embarrasement in the Congress is the Republicans who still don't have any type of health care reform thoughts in their dreams...If only they had to pay the same premiums and scrunity that the public does in order to receive health insurance then, and only then they may get their heads out of the sand (that's putting it politically correct)!

    October 1, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. Double Standards

    The Republican double standards always amaze me. They think it is perfectly all right for any Republican to stand on the house or senate floor and tell the most outrageous lies to the American people, regarding anything that the Democrats are trying to change. Yet one Democrat finally stands up on the floor of the house and tells...gasp, the truth and they want him hung drawn and quartered.

    Sorry Rethugs, but the truth is the truth and it only hurts when it shines the light in your dark little places. There is no solution to our problem coming forth from the Republican party. They are fine with the status quo, keep throwing money to the big insurance companies and pharmas who then give you the big campaign money.

    October 1, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. GOPer

    More absurd indignation from the GOPers that hypocritically fail to recognize the same rhetoric coming from its own ranks.

    Where is their feigned outrage to warrant the same apology from its Party of No members? GOPers apparently can't take what they dish. A double standard.

    Congressman Grayson spoke the truth and represents the families in his district and America that need health care passed once and for all. He has the courage to take a stand on principle.

    October 1, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. coolchange

    The GOPERS have been dishing it out ever since Obama was elected president, but they sure can't take it.

    Ridiculous!

    October 1, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. virginia for obama

    Did anybody see on CNN 4 against 1 on Grayson and then he SMACKED DOWN all of them on national TV including that instigating WOLF SPLITZTER. . . Hey! CNN, how about jumping on the GOPS for their behavior sometimes and Not be so obvious and bias.

    You might not show my comment but at least I know you read it.

    October 1, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. Bubble of Sanity

    Boy, I had never seen this guy's face until now. He has some nerve calling someone else a "Neanderthal." He looks like he just walked out of a cave and put on a poorly-fitting suit.

    October 1, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. JH

    Hard to ask for an apology when he speaks the truth!

    October 1, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. dave

    I wish the GOP stop playing games. Where is their plan? When Joe Wilson called Obama a lied at least we could fact check it. How do I know it don't say die nothing in writing to tell me different.

    October 1, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. tim b

    Not only does Mr. Grayson owe noone an apology, the Republicans can add hypocritical whining to their list of unsavory political tricks. The very people that accused Democrats of attempting to kill your grandparents are now complaining when someone tells the truth about their complete lack of plans for saving your health care. The worst part is that they still believe they have what it takes to win in 2010. If they win, we lose and those that vote for these people get what they deserve.....nothing worthwhile, Unless your a multi-millionaire of course.

    October 1, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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