September 15th, 2009
03:57 PM ET
11 years ago

House resolution over Wilson 'breach of decorum'

Congress is expected to vote this afternoon on a resolution expressing disapproval of Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina for his outburst during President Obama's speech last week. Full text of the resolution:

Whereas on September 9, 2009, during the joint session of Congress convened pursuant to House Concurrent Resolution 179, the President of the United States, speaking at the invitation of the House and Senate, had his remarks interrupted by the Representative from South Carolina, Mr. Wilson; and Whereas the conduct of the Representative from South Carolina was a breach of decorum and degraded the proceedings of the joint session, to the discredit of the House: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives disapproves of the behavior of the Representative from South Carolina, Mr. Wilson, during the joint session of Congress held on September 9, 2009.

Filed under: Congress • Joe Wilson
soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Independent

    This is certainly appropriate

    September 15, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Polar Bears Against Palin

    Wilson is trash. Run him out of town and back to the land of rednecks.

    September 15, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Fred the Moderate

    It matters little what side of the political spectrum you are on. decorum, rules and laws aid our country from going out of control. It gives the world an impression of who we are and how strong we as a nation have become. Breaking these and acting like a total rude bore like wilson reinforces the ugly American image we had under bush and distracts us from the real problems we are trying to solve.

    Let's forget about this oaf and move on!

    September 15, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Pee Wee

    Coming soon, the text of the rebuke of Charles Rangel for habitually breaking on the tax laws that he writes!

    September 15, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Sabrina

    Dems are so Dimwitted, he will just raise more money, when are you going to do some thing for the people, you always shoot yourself in the foot.

    September 15, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Anne E.

    This isn't enough. Had this taken place when Bush LIED us into war, the harshest of rebukes/censures would have been imposed, along with anything else within the scope of power of the Congress.

    September 15, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. elliott

    Wilson was simply telling the truth.

    I guess it's not ok to tell the truth about King Obama.

    Although, I seem to remember Princess Pelosi calling the CIA liars, and a few other Dems calling Prez Bush a liar........but I guess that was different, huh?

    September 15, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. sharon

    tHIS IS A VERY GOOD START...................BUT HE SHOULD BE OUT OF OFFICE. Remember this when it is his turn to be voted on/out.

    September 15, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Alan from rural Illinois

    We want to hear about how you are going to reform healthcare, not whether you think you have already apologized to the House and American people.

    Mr. Wilson, please do the right thing, apologize and step out of the spotlight. The drama you create is more becoming a prima donna than an "Honorable Gentleman from South Carolina".

    Or, is this all the Repbulicans have to offer on the healthcare reform?

    September 15, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. diamond j

    the demo-rats have shown dis-respect for years.

    September 15, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Bridgette

    I think some kind of action should be taken against him so that others won't think it is okay to disrespect the President. No matter who the President is or what he looks like it shouldn't be done.

    September 15, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. An Ex-Pub

    WOW! Will Wilson get to keep his keys to this make believe kingdom of idiots?

    September 15, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Jann in Denver

    Good, this redneck needs to know that what he did was unacceptable. If this resolution does not pass it will be yet another dirty stain on the reputation and integrity of the the American people and our government.

    September 15, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Kim-SC

    SO WHAT? There is absolutely no consequence for this nonsense except Wilson will rack in more money. Next they should do the same for Rangel since this is such a great way to address misbehavior of a politician. Rangel should be run through twice come to think of it...hahaha. We have nothing more pressing as a country to work on.

    September 15, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. Paul Ernest Show

    Wilson deserves to be even suspended from the house. These men and women are supposed to be of high integrity and to have Mr Wilson act in ways that insults the president is unacceptable. He not only insulted the president he insulted the American people and the institution of the presidency. The line has to be drawn. These violent outbursts among Republicans ought to be descouraged.

    September 15, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. ggb

    What hypocracy on the dems part! When do they apologize for their bad behavior and disrespect to Bush? The dems are on a power trip now that they have the majority....very scary indeed!

    September 15, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. JakeD

    Dems in Congress have said far worse things about President Bush and no "disapproval" resolution was brought against them.

    September 15, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. Matt Shine

    As a Dem, I can say that this was an utter waste of time. We KNOW that the House disapproves. We don't need a proclamation declaring it.

    September 15, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    That is fine with me. If my Rep. had done that, I might be calling for his head (to be voted out of office really if he didn't resign first). This is enough for me. Now that it is done, move on to more substantial things.

    September 15, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. Brain Dead in Ohio

    Go ahead and nail your false martyr to the cross, conservatives. You're all so convinced we (nearly 60% of the voting public) were trying to elect a "messiah," when typically it's you (conservatives) that put such faith in one man without truly learning his teachings.

    Now this guy Wilson, a man who at one moment offers apology, asks for money due to his actions... Tell me how that's different from a jailed child molester writing a book about the experience and making money off the book? That kind of moral fabric can be cut with a gentle wind.

    September 15, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. Melissa

    Pity its just words until action accompanies it.

    September 15, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. Neecy

    Well, Well, Well, looks who's talking about someone that doesn't have a clue.................... A prez. that didn't even know the price of gas when he was in office. These republicans are real ignorant.

    September 15, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. Kim

    Unemployment is almost at 10% and the Administration & Congress have spent more money than any other administration and they are wasting time on a resolution on someone who has already apologized and the apology was accepted. Nancy Pelosi is a disgrace.

    September 15, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Carlos

    They can vote on crap like this all they want to but the truth remains the same the cat is a liar.

    September 15, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. Tom from Los Angeles

    These guys get paid to waste time like this? Tax dollars at work.

    September 15, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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