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.
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.