March 22nd, 2010
04:47 PM ET
5 years ago

Clyburn: Texas Republican should apologize to the entire House

House Democratic Whip James Clyburn wants Rep. Randy Neugebauer to apologize to the entire House.
House Democratic Whip James Clyburn wants Rep. Randy Neugebauer to apologize to the entire House.

Washington (CNN) – A leading House Democrat told reporters Monday that Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, owes the entire House of Representatives an apology for his outburst during Sunday night's health care reform debate.

Related: I made 'baby killer' comment, Neugebauer says

House Democratic Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina said Neugebauer's apology to Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Michigan, was inadequate. "He needs to go the well. He disrupted the decorum of the House of Representatives…It was wrong," Clyburn said after the health care reform bill's signing ceremony in the Capitol.

But Clyburn's colleague, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland was content to move past the controversy over Neugebauer's comment. "He's apologized. He shouldn't have done it. It was inappropriate. He's apologized. I don't think further action is needed."

Clyburn also slammed Republicans for cheering on a protester who yelled out in the House chamber earlier in the day. The individual was removed from the chamber for disrupting the floor debate by yelling out opposition to the health care reform bill. Republicans on the floor could be heard cheering as the U.S. Capitol Police took the person out.

"Next thing you know, it's going to be 15, 20, 30 people," Clyburn said of the protester.

Clyburn also said the level of rhetoric has gotten worse since South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson's, outburst during President Obama's joint address to Congress last fall.

"These guys make up their own rules," Clyburn said, suggesting that the GOP is ignoring regular order in the House.

Referring to House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, Clyburn said "he needs to take control of his conference."

Updated 4:47 p.m.: The spokesman for Minority Leader Boehner has responded to Rep. Clyburn's comments. "My impression is that Rep. Boehner was satisfied with the tone of the debate, which focused on the serious factual arguments against the Democrats’ job-killing government takeover bill," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told CNN.


Filed under: Abortion • Health care • James Clyburn
soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. kf

    I agree that an apology is needed. Last night the Republican's acted like a bunch of school children on a playground.

    March 22, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. Pam Cook

    Is this gentleman going to pay or better yet fix all these innocent angels that will be unwanted and terribly mistreated ?

    March 22, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. Rick-in-Sacramento

    Just what we need – an Al Sharpton clone!

    March 22, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. Crickey

    Yea, but if it had been someone yelling for something he was against it would be fine, all of these oversensitive, arrogant politicians are all whiners. Get a life dude.

    March 22, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. LacrosseMom

    Only one on the blogs....... eh? Yes, Rep. Clyburn, Rep. Neugebauer's shouting "baby killer" is rude and despicable.

    Its like the SC nutcase shouting "Liar!"

    Honestly, Republicans are losing all touch with reality!

    March 22, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Uncle Buck

    I'll take Clyburns comments one further, the entire GOP should appologize to the American people for being ignorant, lying, fools who have done nothing noteworthy over the last 10 years other than help themselves and the rich get richer at the expense of the other 80 percent of Americans. As a people, we Americans are in a far worse shape now then we were before the year 2000.

    March 22, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. Leon

    Misconstrued? No the purpose of this crap is perfectly clear. Shout out a popular line aimed at your conservative base back home and you get free publicity. All the corporate money in the world does not buy publicity like this. They half apologize and take their ill gotten gain all the way to the constituent suck-up bank.

    March 22, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. save my state.

    Don't you dare say your sorry about anything. Don't give the soaicalist the satisfaction.

    March 22, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. Josh in TN

    It is too funny how the party of no looks down thier arrogant noses at other cultures as if they are so together, but as we see at the highest levels they are the ones who don't know how to act in public. They don't know how to show respect for authority. Sore loosers.

    March 22, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. blaqmajik

    It makes me sick to see these republicans act like children because they are not getting their way. This is getting out of hand, and someone needs to step in and play nanny and get them under control.

    March 22, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. Tim

    Divide and conquer. It's how the aristocracy gained control eons ago, and it's how they will always maintain it.

    March 22, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. Jim in Florida

    No, he shouldn't apologize. Enough of the anti free speech left wing Democrats using the gullible and inept media to wail and moan when the truth is spoken.

    Obama has no intention of blocking any legialative move to allow Federal funds for abortion. Stupak is STUpid. He was used, in the same way that many of his lemmings in the Democratic Party were abused.

    Obama is a baby killer. Pelosi is a baby killer. Reid is a baby killer. The Democratic Party is the Party of Death.

    We need to flush this waste out starting in 2010.

    Oh yeah, and just maybe the politicians in Washington should have to exist under the health care "Socialist Smorgasboard" they are trying to pass off as health care reform.

    Those of us who have insurance will pay more.
    Those fo us who pay taxes going to pay a lot more.
    Until we can't pay no mo and go on the Obama Dole.

    March 22, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. Bill

    Just another crude, rude, childish Republican. We've come to expect this kind of behaviour from them.

    March 22, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. Concerned Canadian

    That would require class, but he's a Republican so it likely won't happen.

    March 22, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. Brian

    The Chinese have a proverb – a fish stinks from the head down. If Rep Boehner's position is that he felt the tone of the room was acceptable, then Rep. Clyburn is absolutely correct. We have already witnessed Baohner and fellow Republicans outright lying while within their aloted times – only to grandstand and perhaps build a video library for their re-election campaigns. The chambers of the Senate and Congress should be sacrosanct. These are the leaders of the country.This is not some fraternity vote about which beer to serve at the kegger.

    March 22, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. joec35

    I would be willing to bet that the majority of the democrats who voted for the 1017 page bill have'nt even read it. For anyone who thinks that insurance rates are going to be decreased because of this bill is a complete fool. The gov't dictates that people with pre-existing conditions have to be accepted and the rates go down? This will lead to higher premiums and higher taxes and ultimately the public option when the health insurance go out of business because they cant recoup enough money to take the bad risk. (the govt ultimate goal). Lets have a bloated govt try to run healthcare when they cant even operate on a balanced budget. This country is officially circling the toilet w/ these ignorant progressives running it.

    March 22, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. Joseph

    It is inappropriate for any member of congress to call out any inappropriate names of each others. However, did DAMEs apologize to George Bush when they called him "killer" and "loser". Clyburn and likes have a rule for themselve, but another rule for others.

    March 22, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. James Hayes

    I am ashamed of the Repubican"s leadership, they have got some of the
    party ready to kill the President. I do not understand their way of talking
    or thinking. Health Care has gone down hill for 8 years and everyone says it needs fixing. Why do they vote against our citizens all being able to have some kind of coverage, when they have the best that money can buy and does not cost them a penny. I am glad it pasted the House and
    clears the Senate. We hope they will regret their vote when they come
    up on the next election. They have it all and care nothing thing for the
    American Citizens. Thanks JimH

    March 22, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. Jon

    Clyburn is an idiot

    March 22, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. Aaron

    Congressman Randy Neugebauer's has the right to his opinion, no matter how misguided it may be. However, the inappropriate, childish outbursts has to stop. What example are they setting for all to see.? You can be passionate without being inappropriate. A standard needs to be set that if you have an outburst you should be asked to leave the session. No exceptions.

    March 22, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  21. Wharfratz

    'My impression is that Rep. Boehner was satisfied with the tone of the debate, which focused on the serious factual arguments against the Democrats’
    The Repubs arguments were, as always, fact free, and the tone was 'impending hysteria.'

    March 22, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  22. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    I think Texas should apologize to the rest of us for sending such a loudmouth ignoramous to the House of Rep. to begin with. What is in the Texas water anyway that is so harmful to human genes....Delay, then Bush, and now Neugebauer. There certainly have been some slimey rightwing toads coming out of Texas.

    March 22, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  23. forget bipartisanship

    sure sounds like the dems made up their own rules with this piece of garbage you passed.

    i suggest you start appolozing for legislating us into the abyss James.

    Forget bypartisanship, dem heads will roll in november.

    March 22, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  24. joe kiloz

    Apologies ? You're kidding. This guy deserves a ticker tape parade.

    March 22, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  25. Jeanne

    What decorum? This is the most corrupt group evah! They'd all be in prison for their bribery and vote buying if there were any ethics left.

    March 22, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
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