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. linda

    While the are going after wilson can you please show a little bit of truth and go after rangle for theft, lying and misleading on his taxes or is your outrage over wilson so partisian because he spke the truth. the democratics have lost my respect and i have always loved the clintons but even they are silent on all the things that have been going on. i am just a canadain wondering why the press cnn, and all the rest did not vett obama in the first place. to say you are shocked on some of his proposals etc. is untruthful because everyone knew his polices and ideas you just we[nt listening so you are now coming off as untruthful and arrogant.

    September 15, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. John in WV

    Just another republican brat that needs his butt spanked. And just like any other brat, he's going to kick and scream while he gets his whuppin'.

    September 15, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. center

    "Disapproves of the behavior..." I should say so!! Wilson was totally out of line and disrespectful to the Office of the President of the United States of America!!

    September 15, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. linda

    please excuse my spelling my sugar levels dropped off when i typed this.

    September 15, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Cincy Gal

    This seems to be a waste of time and space. What will this do exactly? It's not even really a slap on the wrist. And since when did it become some popular and "correct" to be so disrespectful of the Presidential Office or the one whose holding the office? I have a huge amount of respect for everyone that stands up and speak out about the wrong doing of an offical but please do try and tell me this is what has been happening here of late. This has become a shameful country indeed. Stop pointing the finger at others and take a look at all the ones pointing back at you. I bet you guys thought it funny to boo Bush 2 when he was on the floor. It's not so funny now, is it? I don't think the two events can really compare but the same principles apply, right?

    September 15, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Steve (the real one)

    I hope they wrote one for Rangel, Frank, and the pee-pee guy!!

    September 15, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. fereddie

    Throw the paper in the trash Joe, by the way where can I send my campaign donation. My friends and I wish to donate.

    September 15, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. MT

    The real 'breach of decorum' is having a Democrat reaching in my wallet every time I turn around.

    Interesting that all the pundits had their fun with Bush but now that President Obama is under fire....... its somehow shameful

    Grow a pair!

    September 15, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. New Age Democrat

    Congress at it's worst. Democrats need to stop wasting our money by such foolish endeavors.

    September 15, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. eolufemi

    Good resolution.

    September 15, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. HD

    Frankly I'm more irritated that my Congress spent time on this ridiculous resolution than I am about Joe Wilson's stupid outburst. He apologized, the President accepted – let's all move on.

    September 15, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. wanda

    Joe Wilson told the unspoken truth and it hurts the Dem party and they all know it...The truth came out and it is out of the box.........We all knew it and the Dem party thinks they had all of us fooled, but my hero Joe got the ball rolling and it is uphill from now on for the Dem party...The Dems have done nothing but lie, so it is time for the truth...The truth will stand when the world is on fire, thank GOD.....Joe Wilson might have saved us all and our country...........

    September 15, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Obama administration AKA "Looney Tunes"

    Who cares. Get to the issues that are about to screw up America. So Wilson hurt your feelings, not! You dems just want something to take the focus off your Government run health care programs.

    September 15, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. JAY

    Some thing should be done about Pelosi and her lying that she had no
    knowledge about waterboarding .

    Wilson apologized to the President , the president accepted the
    apology . That was the only apology he needed to make,

    September 15, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. Jon in CA

    You liberals are IDENTICAL to Islamic radicals!

    When Danish newspapers ran cartoons of muhammad – muslims went bizerk. Yet not ONE peep from the Islamic community over the thousands of innocent women/children killed by suicide bombings.

    When the "prophet" Obama was ridiculed by Joe Wilson – liberals are bent on his removal, public humiliation, etc. But if liberal organization ACORN is busted for promoting child prostitution and tax evasion – not ONE peep from you libs.

    Sad – you are so sad.

    September 15, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. Derrick Wayne Martin

    I am an Ame rican (I am asha med to admit it Although some of you may not consider me so because I am not %100 wh ite. Wilson needs to apologize the right way. No exceuses.

    September 15, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. Keeth in California

    If those are the House rules, then proceed with resolution, punishment, censure...whatever. Out here in the real world, when we break rules we previously agreed to, then we get punished in some fashion as well. If the GOP believe in a nation of laws and a House of rules, and if they really are the party of personal responsibility, then let Wilson account for his error in judgment. Politicians and professional sports stars seem to be the only people in our culture who can do any wrong and still not get punished or fired. Obviously I chose the wrong career.

    September 15, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. Farrell in Houston

    Wilson wasn't elected to be a member of the Sons of the Confederacy that have different protocol than the House which is the reason for his actions.

    September 15, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. Emma

    What would Thomas Jefferson have done? I have this belief that even during intense debates about the kind of Constitution we would live by, the folks who drafted it were more rational in their disagreements. Or not?

    September 15, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  20. Michael - Portage, Mi

    Those who think what Wilson did was OK probably also approve of the boorish behavior by Kanye West at the music awards the other night.

    This kind of behavior is wrong.....right is right no matter how few are doing it and wrong is wrong no matter how many are doing it.

    September 15, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    WHy are the republicans exstending this vote. they should have let the yea/ nay stand and let the resolution. republicans are exstending this. they are trying to make name s for themselves. if they were trying to move on they should have stopped arguing and let it happen. they know they are going to loose.

    September 15, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. Steph

    Most of his colleagues disapprove. The majority of American people disapprove. Why can't the man just apologize? Oh, he's too busy signing photos of his outburst. Well, that's a fine excuse not to apologize for degrading the proceedings of the joint session.

    He is a fine example for the young in America, an example of how NOT to behave!

    September 15, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. B

    JUST DO IT !

    This guy shouldn’t even be there...... disgusting arrogant jerk.

    September 15, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  24. Danny

    I hope the Democratic Representatives that vote for this bill were not among the huge number of Democratic Representatives (and Senators), that quite openly booed and hissed the President of the United States, George Bush, during his 2005 Inaugural Address. What hypocrisy!


    September 15, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. Harley

    Breach Of Decorum _ Well when the House booed Pres. Bush Or when Pelosi Called the CIA liars THAT'S OK !!! HYPOCRISY at it BEST !!!

    September 15, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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