March 22nd, 2010
04:47 PM ET
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Clyburn: Texas Republican should apologize to the entire House

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="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. len colorado

    Representative Clyborn you are correct. This weekend's action by many Republicans and "Tea Party and right wing conservatives" have shown their true colors. They are hateful, fear mongers and unfortunately, racists. They do not care about the uninsured men, women and children. They do not care about the poor. They only care about big companies and the rich. Rush Limbaugh makes over $45 million dollars a year to preach hate and fear! Well, Mr. Limbaugh, hopefully you will leave the country like you said you would if health care passed, if not, we are anxious to see you pay taxes for a change.

    March 22, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  2. Pragmatic

    republicans behaving badly is now the "status quo" anymore and bohener thinks the tone of the debate. This type of behavior may appeal to the ( fill in your own adjective) but intelligent American's will soon sicken of the party that does nothing but carp & complain.

    How about republicans getting to work and show that they can do to create jobs, reform immigration etc ... but that requires adults – not republicans with no self control!

    March 22, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  3. jules sand-perkins

    Rep. Neugebauer should ponder his attitude underlying his outburst, focusing on why he considers women who have abortions "killers" while long-established law does not.

    March 22, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  4. Scott, Tucson

    One can rightly say that democrats are pro-abortion baby killers so whats the fuss?

    March 22, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  5. ca46

    Another GOP showing his true colors of ignorance. Why bother with the fake apology. GOPs are bitter and set this country back 100 years with there thinking.

    March 22, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. Kathy Irey

    Heck no, he shouldn't apologize....did Pelosi apologize to President Bush when he told her not to go to Syria and she did anyway? The entire Democratic Congress is a mockery.'ve got to be kidding. The Democrats and the President should apologize to the American people for saying we should have the same coverage they get and failed to deliver. Do not apologize...never... for the truth.

    March 22, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  7. Bubble of Sanity

    Is that the only picture of him that you have, or is he always like that?

    March 22, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  8. carmilla marino

    he should not give in to these nutjobs.these evil liberals that think they know more than anybodyelse do not deserve one.these people are arogant along with the president,they are taking this country in the wrong direction.i say throw them all overboard including obama!this guy did not call the man a baby killer,he said the bill is a baby killer.i have it own tape.proof!these people are LIARS!

    March 23, 2010 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  9. carmilla marino

    clyburn,your a people STOP the corruption and will all be fired come have a big battle on your hands!

    March 23, 2010 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  10. yvonne in nashville

    Self-control is difficult for children.

    March 23, 2010 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  11. Brian

    Why is it so hard to believe that America really doesn't want this bill this way? Maybe it SHOULD be 15 20 or 30 people protesting in the chamber! Our congress needs to understand that its their job to represent us and they are not doing that!

    March 23, 2010 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  12. Rick CT

    I heard part of the debate where Pelosi was yelling repeatedly "it's not true" when a Republican had the floor. But I guess that's OK because as a Dem, she's not subject to any rules.

    March 23, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. quincy in nashville

    Seems to be lots of confusion. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. There is no reason for the childish outbursts. Can we expect to make any progress this way. I don't think so.

    March 29, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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