September 30th, 2009
03:42 PM ET
13 years ago

Republicans decide not to introduce Grayson resolution

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Republican congressman Tom Price decided not to introduce a resolution condemning Democrat Alan Grayson."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Republicans changed course on Wednesday and decided not to move forward with a resolution condemning Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Florida, for saying that the GOP health care plan calls for sick people to "die quickly."

"It's a very simple plan," Grayson said in a floor speech about health care on Tuesday night. "Don't get sick. That's what the Republicans have in mind. And if you get sick America, the Republican health care plan is this: die quickly."

Tom Price, the Georgia congressman who chairs the conservative Republican Study Committee, announced Wednesday morning that he would introduce a resolution condemning Grayson for breaching House decorum.

But a few hours later, Price decided to hold his fire and give Grayson a chance to apologize to House Minority Leader John Boehner for his remarks.

"We thought that we would give Congressman Grayson an opportunity to do the right thing and recognize the comments that he made were disrespectful to the House and to the decorum," Price told CNN.

Price said Grayson, who hails from a conservative district in central Florida, "has maligned half, if not more than half, of his own constituents" who are Republican.

Asked if he will introduce the resolution if Grayson refuses to apologize, Price said "we'll certainly consider it."

He noted that House Democrats set a precedent for punishing bad behavior when they voted in favor of a resolution formally disapproving of Republican Joe Wilson for shouting "You lie!" at President Obama.

"That was the avenue that was defined by the Democrats in charge when someone breaches the decorum," Price said. "So we chose the same vehicle."

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soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. Steve (the real one)

    First Wilson and now this. Take the high road GOP! You can't defeat the liberals by acting like them. If Grayson told the truth, so did Wilson. Libs again trying to have it both ways! There are broken campaign promises to start! Or does that not count, liberals?

    September 30, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Don in Albuquerque

    Truth hurts, don't it.

    September 30, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. Jasmine in Germany

    Alan Grayson only spoke the truth.

    September 30, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. lynn

    There is certainly nothing to apologize for as congressman Grayson has told the truth. I wish my congressman Charlie Dent had a backbone instead of voting for the status quo.

    September 30, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. lynn

    Follow the money!

    September 30, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. miguel

    I never heard a single Republican apologize for the scandalous "death panel" lies..

    September 30, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. Chris D.

    This tit for tat is a farse....I watch CSPAN, and I've seen congress debate and hold court in their chambers(just last week Rep. King of Iowa atated that Obama worked for ACORN).......The congressman from Florida, was stating a blunt reality to what the GOP has offered in this healthcare debate,(also w/ full knowledge that health care reform wasn't a priority, until it was Obama's priority).
    This debate, or slander, can't be compared to the insult to the President in the Joint Session oif Congress.

    September 30, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Republicanssuckbigtime

    It is absolutely true. The GOP has been fighting health care reform because they could care less about anyone but their own greedy selves. Remember, these idiots are the same people who have lifetime pensions after one term (at full pay) and have great medical care (run by the government no less), so they don't ever have to worry.

    The GOP also fought such horrible programs as Social Security (as a safety net for old people - guess they don't like old people either), Medicare/Medicaid (those poor people just need to die don't they GOPers?). Remember that, GOP does not care about you AT ALL (unless you have lots of money like the insurance companies who are showering them with gold as we speak).

    As far as it being a moral question about taking care of our fellow Americans - well, let's face it - Republicans wouldn't know a Christian value or moral if it whacked them upside the head.

    What would Jesus think of these people?

    September 30, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Liberal4Obama

    Why? Cause they didn't wanted to look like hypocrites because they spent all summer ginning up lies about Death Panels?... Now thats a very inconvenient truth

    September 30, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. LacrosseMom


    IF 45,000 AMERICANS were dying because of terrorist attacks...... you better believe that the GOP would DO something about it! (like nuking the Middle-East)

    However, 45, 000 Americans die every year from lack of healthcare and the GOP ......... OBSTRUCT, LIE AND VOTE AGAINST HEALTHCARE FOR AMERICANS!

    September 30, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. Mike

    Well It is bascially the Republicans stance on healthcare.

    Just recently there was a republican congressman who told some woman who's friend lost their job, no insurance, and doesnt qualify for any assistance, and suffering from cancerous tumors that need to be removed, that she should seek out healthcare assistance from charities.

    Then you have Palin, and many others crying death panels, denial of care to women, republicans, veterans, children with disabilities, etc. If the dems actually do get a public option added in.

    September 30, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. R. Ramirez

    I didn't vote for the Democrats, but I swear I will never vote for a Republican again.

    September 30, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. republicans = scum of the earth

    Republicans are scumbags and child molesters. I wouldn't let one near my child if his life depended on it. I would encourage other parents to do the same. Keep your children away from republiscum.

    September 30, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. Dan, TX

    I am 100% sure that Grayson will be thrown out and so also all democrats one by one. Watch the fun. Media is also giving misinformation about Republican plan and those who comment here are saying that Republicans are talking about death panels while actually if you go to see, Obamacare has death panels. Read the pages. Do not simply comment here and say that Republicans are bad. Thank God they are at least trying to save this country from a disaster.

    September 30, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Phat Elvis

    petty republicans, this grayson comment is nothing like wilson's. but i guess nuance isnt your strong suit.

    September 30, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    Apparently, GOPers have a reall problem with something the rest of us call "analogies."

    September 30, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  17. Lynda

    Republicans every minute you spend putting up road blocks on this Health Care you are killing is your why should he apologize? Put a rag in the mouths of the GOP and lets get on with it......

    September 30, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. Diesel

    Florida is a BLUE State, and 65% of the people here Want the public option. He is speaking for most of us in our state as well as his district.
    The only people that are voting against it now are the ones that have taken Millions of Dollars from lobbiest...check how they voted and how much they collected from health insurances companies.
    I was almost surprised how many Republican's ( the party of purity) took money from Big Bussiness ...haha not really

    September 30, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. travis_bdboy

    Stop acting like whinny children and do the job you were sent there to daddy is stronger than your daddy

    September 30, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. joel palmer

    Good for Grayson!!

    It's time we called these gop hyenas what they are:


    GOP has no plan and no ideas

    September 30, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. Gus The Willie

    A clear cut and dry analogy, and the Republicans don't recognize their own rhetoric? And we should excuse them?....NOT!

    September 30, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    DO NOT APOLOGIZE Grayson!!! See if you can raise some funds behind the incident.

    September 30, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. Keeth

    More false outrage.

    September 30, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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