October 1st, 2009
12:55 PM ET
5 years ago

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. Lisa P

    I'll be sad if the Republicans really have decided to quit flogging this incident. Their insistence on keeping Grayson's words in the news has given me several opportunities to repeat them to friends and colleagues, to much laughter and agreement. Really, the Republican "plan" could not have been more succinctly summed up, not even by the Republicans (for obvious reasons).

    In the meantime if rude and loutish behavior is now suddenly out of order in the House may I suggest the entire Republican Caucus be censured for the manufacture of false outrage and mindless generation of hot air (though maybe that last part belongs in a Climate Change bill...) :-)

    October 1, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. Paulette

    Excuse me??? You can insult the sitting US President at a joint session and NOT apologize but DEMAND an apoolgy from one of your membders for "insulting" the house?

    October 1, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Slappy White

    They're backing down because what Grayson had to say about them and was both true and clever.

    October 1, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. KG, MN

    I applaud Rep. Grayson. He is my new hero.

    October 1, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. Boon

    Again Repubs are fighting words instead of building this country. They want their comfortable money generating seats while doing nothing. Repubs, get over it and start building this country instead of protest to bring down opposition. You lost the election and it is your responsibility to support the President with advices and solutions, not fighting words only.

    October 1, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. Ohio Annie

    Spare me, please. Rep. Grayson's comments are long overdue. Those impeding healthcare coverage for Americans who are dying without it should indeed be held accountable. It is the Republican naysayers who deserve censure.

    October 1, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Simmy

    Republicans realized that they would look even more foolish censoring someone who made comments that are mild in comparison to most made by them, beginning with Hong Kong Sue's pink tornado during the election.....The fact that these rogues can cry 'foul' in light of all that they have done, shows how out of touch and delusional the party has become.....

    October 1, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Another day, another point for Grayson. I wonder how many the GOP will give him by failing to simply shut the heck up and move on (or by...and don't hold out hope on this one...altering their position on reform so Grayson's statement ceases to be a correct characterization of it).

    Grayson 3: GOP 0

    October 1, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Jay

    CNN Please explain to us all how the Congressmans' words are controversial? Habe you ever called to words of Sarah Palin controversial ? How about Bohner Grassly and the rest of the Republicans? Come on his words are not controversial they are the truth! Where is your plan Republicans?? What is your plan? Tax cuts and bleeding the paitent is no plan that just die quicker!!!

    October 1, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. USA

    Over 44,000 Americans die every year because the insurance companies deny them care.

    A shocking TRUTH that has first of all to be stated as an American reality, even though so shameful. It has to be confronted and not delayed.

    Those elected officials siding with the insurance companies to support such attrocities MUST be called out.
    They are elected to represent their constituents and not the insurance companies.

    Thank you congressman Grayson.

    GOD Bless congressman Grayson.

    GOD Bless the United States of America.

    please post this CNN
    Thank you

    October 1, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Rob

    Grayson is proof that libs are know-nothing, fear-mongering opportunists who are only out for themselves. Odd, a Congressperson is supposed to serve the people they represent. The libs on the other had will bend, break, ruin every single aspect of this great country just to keep themselves in office. And they'll lie to the people every step of the way.

    Pathetic.

    October 1, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. Jilli

    Graysons comments were mild in comparison to what we've seen and heard from republicans. I applaud his comments.

    October 1, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. Rebeccainca

    He was right and is right
    Of "her members"

    Just further proof he couldn't be more correct...they don't even claim membership in the house

    They're doing nothing but nothing

    They have plenty of nothing and nothings good enough for them

    Sick and Tired of Republicans in this country

    October 1, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. Andrea

    Rep. Grayson, thanks for saying what so many others in congress have been afraid to say. You are a wonderful man.

    October 1, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. Connie, Indiana

    Who is anymore a embarassing member of Congress, than Michelle Bachmann? Maybe they should make her apologize for all the stupid carp she says.!! Oh that is right she is a "REPUBLICAN" different rules for different folks.

    October 1, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Sharon

    If so, they should have stopped the Repubs from standing in the house day in and day out hollering about death panels and death to the elderly if the Public Option is in health reform. They are such hypocrits. They ned to remember that not only is the world watching, so are the voters.!!!!!!!

    October 1, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. Bob H

    Grayson's just saying what we're all thinking.

    The republicans ARE nothing but a bunch of knuckledraggers.

    October 1, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Stud

    He shouldn't have to apologize. Republicans can dish it out but sure can't it.

    October 1, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. Kim

    Next..........move along......nothing unusual here.

    Has anyone seen Joe the Plumber?

    October 1, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. LacrosseMom

    The Republicans are such hypocrites!

    45,000 Americans die every year, due to lack of healthcare!

    IF 45,000 Americans were dying because of terrorist attacks, you can bet that the Republicans would DO something to STOP THE KILLING!

    However, 45,000 Americans DIE EVERY YEAR from lack of Healthcare and the Republicans DO NOTHING TO HELP!

    SHAME ON THE REPUBLICANS!

    October 1, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. Grahame

    He won't offer because if he did then the GOP would have to explain their remarks about death panels. Hope Sarah Palin reaps what she sows

    October 1, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. Robert J

    This is pathetic! After the crap the Bush admin and Republicans before him have created in not only this country but the world, these small minded idiots expect an apology when they can't even do the job they were elected to do? Can you Repub's show me in the constitution (that Bush / Cheney and Republicans trashed) where apologizing is for the betterment of this country? If you have such weak and tender egos get out of Washington and let the Democrats work.!

    October 1, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. Barbara Independent in NY

    Everyday the GOP manages to prove what hypocrits they really are.

    October 1, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. NANCY

    BRAVO!!!! Finally someone realizes you have to use the dirty tactics used by the Republicans to reach them. Grayson is correct that everyone who has done NOTHING for health care owes the dead and their families an apology. If this does not pass I really think this should be voted on by the people themselves. The spoiled brats in Washington should lose their FREE INSURANCE FOR LIFE if they can't pass this. NOBODY in the government should recieve $ from any insurance companies, banks, investment, ..... that seems to cloud their thinking on a for sure NO BRAINER on what the people want. How can ALL Republicans be against this – this is truly insane. "A HOUSE DIVIDED CAN NOT STAND" (ABE LINCOLN)

    October 1, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. Bluebonnet

    You illustrous speaker (and that's a laugh) won't do squat because he's a democRAT! Just like she lets Rangel go unchallenged. Rangel is (and should be) an embarrasment to his party!!! But let a Republican do/say such, boy, she's up like her usual jack-in-the-box way, making waves!!! Such hypocrisy!!

    October 1, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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