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. Mike in MN

    It just shows you what comes around goes around.
    I Wilson is held accountable for yelling what he believed to be the truth and was punished, so should Grayson.
    And from a broader perspective. The left put everything they had into demonize everything Bush did, now the right is blasting Obama with everything they got. Seems fair turnaround to me. The left claimed Bush stole the election and was not a legitimate president, so now you have the birthers from the right. Seems like a fair turnaround to me. Some on the left compared Bush to Hitler, and now some on the far right are comparing Obama to Hitler. I don't like the Hitler thing, but seems no more wrong for the right wing nuts to do this then it was for the left wing nuts to do it.
    Right now both sides are in full political battle mode and I don't see a national leader anywhere on the horizion who can put a stop to it.

    September 30, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Joshua College Station Texas

    Please don't apologize Mr. Grayson. You are not wrong.

    September 30, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. Ken

    This looks like a "tail-between-the-legs" moment for the congressional rightwingers. Somebody must have awakened from their birth-bagging stupor and pondered just how far away from reality the [R] trainwreck has ventured. These idiots talk about 'decorum'?'ve got to be kidding me....these guys are the new American Taliban, and decorum is NOT part of their playbook –just ask their Lord Rush - yet they want everyone else to show decorum to them? In this instance they were shown the 'truth' and all they can do is act like adolescent drama queens.

    September 30, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. special kay

    REPUBLICANS ARE SO FUNNY. When they paraded around stating the proposed bills in the House and Senate equated to nothing more than to KILL GRANDMA, DEATH PANELS, FREE HEALTH INS to ILLEGALS (which they receive anyway thru the ER), need I go on. As a young African American lesbian woman, I can promise you that I will NEVER vote for a Repub as long as I live. And I will be recruiting family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors to do the same.

    September 30, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. RepublicanturnedDemocrat

    The Republican's health care plan has nothing to do with health care... It has everything to do with DYING QUICKLY!

    September 30, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Diane

    Don't you dare apologize. No decorum was breached. All that was said was the truth. I listen everyday to Republicans spout off that as long as we are happy with our Health Care the rest of you can die!! I've never seen more heartless people and I'm ashamed that the rest of the world thinks this is America, its not!!

    September 30, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. Milo Ippolito in Atlanta

    How is this any different from the "death panels" comment coined by Republicans?

    September 30, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. JOE

    the GOP has become a complete joke.

    September 30, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. katiec

    The last thing Congressman Grayson needs to do is apologize, as he stated the way many republicans think.
    They have stooped to sewer tactics, once again putting big business over the survival of the American people. Their lies, fearmongering, inciting radical and racists behavior, all for the goal of party first, trying to destroy our president and the continuation of the diasters they brought upon our country.
    With their actions we do not have to worry about foreign terrorists as we have many here who want to destroy us and our country.

    September 30, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. I can see Canada from my house!

    So this is tit for tat....the only difference being that Grayson spoke to largely empty chamber, while Wilson screamed his sophmoric comment at the POTUS during a televised joint session of Congress. Get a grip, guys. You have no spine, no integrity, and no courage. You are the party that takes pride in rejecting everything, including personal responsibility, yet you demand others be held to a standard you will not adhere to yourself. People will tire of your antics when they realize that you have no strategy, no plan, no scruples: just a group of mindless chimps waiting for whatever Rush, or Mormon Glenn, or O'reilly, Coulter, et all, tell you to believe.

    September 30, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. M.R. in L.A.

    Anyone who's ever uttered the phrase "death panels" with a straight face has no standing whatsoever to criticize Grayson for his comments.

    September 30, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. Matt

    He shouldn't have to apologize.
    The Republicans are hypocrites.

    September 30, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. Marie Laveaux

    Comparing Grayson's comment to Wilson's outburst is ludicrous. Expressing an opinion about something on the floor of the Senate to your peers during a debate is not the same as a junior Representative calling the President of the United States a liar during a Joint Session of Congress. And while the analogy is crude, the Republican plan pretty much says if you can't afford insurance, tough luck.

    September 30, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. Dallas

    Didn't we just go through this with Joe Wilson?

    Is anyone else getting a sense of deja vu?

    September 30, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. Dinah

    I am so glad that I am no longer a Republican. They don't have one brain among the whole party. What a sad joke they have become.

    September 30, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Matt

    Plus, Rep. Grayson didn't interrupt the president's speech. Unlike Joe Wilson.

    September 30, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. Lori in St Pete

    Uh oh, a bunch of egomaniacs must have gotten inboxes full of angry constituent emails offering them one way tickets home next election cycle!

    September 30, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. Amanda

    Don't apologize Mr. Grayson. You are RIGHT and I congratulate you for saying the truth!!

    September 30, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  19. Limbaugh is a liberal

    For months now republicans have been talking about death panels and accusing the democrats of wanting to kill seniors. NOW they call such libels outrageous? Hypocrisy alert!

    September 30, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. Steph

    This is just stupid. Is that all the GOP has is games and NO. Please work on fixing our broken health care system.

    September 30, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. Jarod from San Diego

    Thats right get him... and after youre done, lets go after the nutcases that lied openly in Congress about ACORN, The War on Iraq, Death Panels, Torture, etc... play games if you like Mr Congresmman but we the voters WILL remember you and your tactics during the upcoming elections

    September 30, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |

    and Obama and the Democrates have death panels.

    September 30, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. Denise in MD

    Grayson is an idiot for saying what he said. But if Repubs move forward with condemning him for his statement, they need to also condemn themselves for their own "death panel" vitriol. Return to civility and intelligent conversation and none of these resolutions will ever have to be made.

    September 30, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. D. Tree

    Its true. The Republicans always say if you are uninsured "just go to the emergency room."

    The problem with this is that you go bankrupt or foot the taxpayers with the bill. And the worst that could happen is that you DIE on the waiting room floor, just like in the video CNN showed last year.

    People are dying in emergency rooms, and this is the Republican solution?

    September 30, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  25. Peter E

    For a party that has been likening Obama to Hitler, Stalin, and all the evils of the world bent on destroying Americans, the GOP sure gets upset if somebody uses their own words against them. Haven't they been accusing Obama of 'death panels' for over half a year now?

    September 30, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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