March 22nd, 2010
04:47 PM ET
8 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. annie against biased news

    Since when does anyone have to apologizes for speaking the truth? Every dem. who voted for this and the dem. who signs the bill is a baby murderer! Maybe clyburn should apologizes to the babies he will murder.

    March 22, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. Turn Texas Blue

    Im sorry.It seems we grow Republicans here like the stupid cabbageheads they are.45% of us are sane and educated here though and arent greedy, gun totting, book thumpers.They cant read but follow those that claim they can read.

    March 22, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. We're waiting

    Will the Democratic leadership apologize to the American people?

    March 22, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  4. BB

    Thank you for passing this bill.
    It is very much appreciated by me and my
    entire family.

    God Bless each and everyone of you!!!!
    This should have been put in place over 50 years ago.

    GO Obama!!!!

    March 22, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  5. John

    The Texas Representative in question is a buffoon.

    March 22, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. Bill

    Is this the U.S. Congress, or the South Korean congress. This act speaks volumes about the polarization/balkanization of America

    March 22, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  7. Mike in NYC

    Usual script: member of "conscience of the nation" minority demands that white apologize, white loses cajones, grovels, can't barf up enough mea culpas. We'll see soon enough if anything's different this time.

    Love the pompous pic. Bet he had a grand ole time throwing his weight around in the name of saving Obama's "legacy."

    March 22, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  8. Bob

    "Clyburn also slammed Republicans for cheering on a protester who yelled out in the House chamber earlier in the day...Republicans on the floor could be heard cheering as the U.S. Capitol Police took the person out."

    So were they cheering because the person was taken out? Or cheering because of what he was saying?

    Or is this an example of clever distortion of the facts?

    March 22, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  9. AnProf

    Why apologize for the truth? Babies will in fact, be killed, paid for by taxpayers' monies, overturning 30 years of precedent. Face the facts, Democrats.

    March 22, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  10. SLP

    He will after the democrats apologize for trampling all over the constitution. Emotions are running high in this country right now and even the most cool and collected of us may say a few things we regret. Our republic is being torn down by the very people who took an oath to protect it.

    March 22, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  11. christine case

    Why did I know it was some nut from Texas yelling out! I've lived in Texas most of my life and have never been more ashamed. We are the laughing stock of the country. I am a lost soul in this and feel as though I don't have a voice. Neither Mr. Perry or the rest of the nut cases from Texas represent my views. I am still hopeful that Democrats can make some headway in Texas. Our state ranks so low in all social issues and education for such a wealthy state that it makes me want to move back to the east where the civilized people live. Mr. Neugebauer or Mr. Nutso should go to the well and apologize to all Americans for his inappropriate comment. Our federal dollars are not paying for abortions. Keep going, President Obama! I'm with you all the way.

    March 22, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  12. Brook

    Isn't it typical of Republicans to excuse their own bad behavior, so quick to "move past it" with their weak "apologies," but always have a huge hissy fit of unabashed indignation over anyone else's? What a bunch of self-serving hypocrites.

    March 22, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  13. Ryan

    Republicans should apologize for existing and promoting low-education voters and racist rednecks for even be included in our political process. Let them all go to Texas or Alaska or whatever state they adore, break it off and ship them out to sea where they can live happy lives with no healthcare, tons of corporations dictating their sex lives, lack of basic public education, and low taxes for sickeningly rich d-bags.

    Enjoy yourselves.

    March 22, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. diridi

    Texas guy is an idiot...ok, still thinks, in 21st century, skin color prevails, stupid jerk thinks like 3rd one is bothered about skin is progressing...this idiot is sleeping drunk...ok, look, lot of stuff going on in texas's clear lake hospital, cheating, ect., ok, wake up....root out these GOP thugs, and idiots...ok...nation's benefit, progress is what we this color jerk, idiot...ok

    March 22, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. BS Bill Misleading Americans

    James Clyburn is nothing but a racist slob. The comment made, although maybe not appropriate on the house floor, is so true! Clyburn is a "Baby Killer" as well. I have listened to his racist comments all too long now. How this "whatever" ever made it to the house is beyond me. He is not qualified to work in McDonalds. His speaking leaves a lot to be desired. His annunciation of words and choice or vocabulary shows his ignorance and lack of education.

    March 22, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  16. wwf

    Lets see. The President has been called a liar and now a member of congress has been called a "baby killer". Of course it is ok when a member of the GOP does it. I also saw on tv where another member of congress was holding up a sign of the speaker of the house and slapping it. These are grown ups that are supposed to repesent our country? Such a fine example to set to the youth of our nation. I am neither a democrat or republican and for good reason. However, what I have seen the past week put out by the republicans will make me think twice come the next election. I do not reallly care for the health care bill, but it is better than waiting another 30 years to look at it again. I will also say that I am 59 years old and much of what the republicans have said about this bill is an out right lie. Spreading fear as usual. The other party is not telling all of the truth either, but at least they are not using fear to sell it. Sounds like the only tatic the repubicans have is fear. With that in mind, "Never underestimate stupid people in large groups". Last night was a large group.

    March 22, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  17. rositaCA

    these morons republicans should apologize to the ENTIRE COUNTRY
    Their behavior is a shame to the entire nation, SHAME ON THESE MORONS! Republicans can't understand they are in their positions because the people send them to work for them,,,,,,NOOOOO they live for disagreement, anger, contradiction and LOVE AFFAIRS!!

    March 22, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  18. james

    No apology needed....This is still America even though the dems forgot, If you can't stand the truth move to San Francisco via Baltimore

    March 22, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  19. Steve Lyons

    Obama should apologize to the entire nation for being so arrogant as to think he knows better that an entire nation what is better for us.

    March 22, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  20. Jenn, Philadelphia

    The Democrats have spent the better part of a year bribing and coercing their members and Rep. Clyburn has the nerve to suggest there's "decorum" in the House? Now that's funny.

    March 22, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  21. DWHGray

    Rep. James Clyburn is absolutely correct in that if the protester's actions are condoned, they can expect more of the same. Because if you give certain people an inch, they will take a mile.

    March 22, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  22. Fitz in Texas

    Frankly, Whip James Clyburn we don't care what you want.

    March 22, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  23. johntaxpayer

    Has anyone else noticed that thru the rancer and venom of the republican party; It has attracted a lot of fanatics, nuts and radicals to the party. A loss of civility and respect for each other as Americans has been fostered and a total lack of leadership on anything except to take down the president that the American people have elected.
    As a republican of over 30 years I'm ashamed of the party I proudly called mine until recently.
    Maybe Nov. will be a time of cleansing by the silent majority instead of the radicals and fanatics making all the noise.

    March 22, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  24. dan smith

    Actually there shouldn't be anymore apologies from people for telling the truth. Stupak has no morals whatsoever and it's time to call out ALL politicians for violating the Constitution they've sworn to uphold.

    March 22, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  25. dan smith

    No more apologizing for telling the truth.

    March 22, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
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