March 22nd, 2010
04:47 PM ET
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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. Ancient Texan

    Randy owes nobody an apology! He spoke the truth and deserves a medal for promoting sanctity of life and for rebutting the arrogance of the bully Democrats.

    March 22, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. jrzshor

    will you apologize for not being able to get another job?

    March 22, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. Debby

    So now what does Clyburn want to do take away freedom of speech. I wish these black so called leaders would stop complaining about everything under the sun. This bill was very important to pro-life people so let them have their say already. Stupak isn't suffering over it, and you DemocRATS got your bill passed.

    March 22, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. Texas Jack

    Nobody owes any apology to "IMMORALS". Judgement day will take care of you people. I shall not judge but you will face the ultimate judge.

    March 22, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. scott from Michigan

    The GOP creates an atmosphere that people think they can scream racial slurs / Hateful remarks / display disrespectful posters ect of our President in Rallys / they are a party of HATE and It shows .....then they try and distance themselves.... Just Sick

    March 22, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Tulsa

    Boehner's response tells me everything I need to know. They lied, they will continue to lie. The Republican party is truly lost.

    March 22, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. Earl

    He should resign! If a Democrat said anything like that the Republicans would be having a hissy fit. Come to think of it they are having a hissy fit!

    March 22, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. Chrissy, Tx

    I don't think so! If anyone should apologize it should be the Democrats to the American people for ramming this health care bill down our throats! Mr. Clyburn should just shut up and march his ass out of congress!

    March 22, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. Todd

    The GOP better remember this when they're in the majority. They threw congressional civility out the window but will be the first ones to whine when it's thrown back in their faces.

    March 22, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  10. GOPer

    I Agree – This is disgusting behavior!

    March 22, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  11. MzCC

    This Reprenetative and any other that disrepect the house floor show be reprimanded and fined and they would stop this behavior.

    March 22, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  12. Hammerer

    Why? The truth hurts.

    March 22, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  13. John

    Clyburn: Texas Republican should apologize to the entire House

    Just like that equally loudmouthed GOP clown, Joe Wilson. And let us not forget Dick Cheney's vulgar comments to Senator Leahy a few years ago.

    Republicans are so full of themselves they have lost all civility and common sense.

    SITUATION: NORMAL

    March 22, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. il voter

    I htink he purposely did this.

    March 22, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. Vic of New York

    Your darned straight this guy should apologize! Those Repugnicans would be selling hateful comments to FOX (Full Of Xhit) News in a heartbeat had it been the other way around.

    These Right Wing Slugs and nothing but sleazes anyway.

    March 22, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. They call me "tater salad"

    That protester was a paid plant by the Republicans in case anyone was wondering...........Nice try though GOP morons!!!!!

    March 22, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  17. ToughLove

    CNN keeps blocking this comment that I've submitted multiple times!: We're a degenerate society that fights to provide healthcare for all OUTSIDE of the womb while allowing innocent babies to be literally torn limb from limb INSIDE the womb. It's true and the moderator doesn't like it.
    Who cares about "decorum" in a specific room while we allow the murder of human beings that "get in the way" of a career or education! Sick!

    March 22, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. Patti

    Republicans are classless hillbillies who use distortions, lies and fear to manipulate the weak minded populace into doing their bidding. They even lie in their apologies.

    March 22, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  19. LoveThyNeighbor

    He should STEP DOWN! This IS NOT becoming of a representitive of The United States of America. Where o' where did we become "divided??? During the Bush reigh of terror. That's when everything civil was thrown out the window along with the baby. We have more to fear with the Relics terriorism than the Taliban! Wilson should also do the same thing. We need MATURE/ADULT people representing us, NOT childish & immature "persons" playing bully and shouting. Didn't everyones mother teach them not to shout and turn things into a shouting match. SO-O-O-O unbecoming! He truly should be ASHAMED of himself instead of flaunting it!...Sam

    March 22, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  20. AmFem

    The hatred, and sometimes violent scenes that the right openly displays is very scary. I've been reminded, a couple of times this past week, of a very disturbing scene from "Lord of the Flies" Anyway, getting back to Neugebauer...

    Another neo-con, protecting the unborn, but giving no protection to the living who have no means of healthcare. Apparently, once you're born, it's okay to die, because you're poor and can't afford healthcare. Disgusting, but typical. I supported this bill, so Neugebauer owes me an apology too!!!

    March 22, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  21. CEE

    It's time for these southern Republicans to grow up and stop acting like spoiled children.

    March 22, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. Elizabeth Mourning

    Rep. Neugebauer should go to the hpuse and be soulful sorry for what he said.Accepting this behavior will only make it possible for many who disagree to say whatever they choose to say and to do what they choose to do. It is wrong and should not be accepted. I dont think he is truly sorry.

    March 22, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  23. Ed Geren

    I'm not surprised at the level of discourse in this country. The republicans have encouraged this boorish behavior and the Union will suffer for it. The GOP "leadership" is a joke.

    March 22, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  24. Is 4 years up yet?

    He dosent have to apologize for anything. He spoke the truth, Stupak is a baby killer along with everyone else who supported this bill. That includes morons like you Clyburn.

    March 22, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  25. ANTHONY

    Seriously... All these Republicans know is rude, immature behavior, justified with backward thinking and flat out wrong ideologies...
    I feel bad for all of you followers...
    Scream your objections all you want...

    MY PRESIDENT spends trillions to build MY country...
    YOUR PRESIDENT spent trillions to destroy the countries of OTHERS...

    Your complaints fall on deaf ears...

    March 22, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
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