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The Joe Wilson Resolution

September 15, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

UPDATE: The resolution has been adopted by a vote on 240-179. See below for more detailed vote information.

Original post:

The House is preparing to vote this afternoon on a symbolic resolution to condemn Rep. Addision “Joe” Wilson [R, SC-2] for shouting “You lie!” at President Obama during his healthcare speech to a joint session of Congress last week. See video of the incident here.

Here is the full text of the resolution, via the House Majority Leader:

H. Res. 744

Raising a question of the privileges of the House.

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.

House Republican Leader John Boehner is urging Republicans to vote against the resolution, arguing that Wilson has already apologized to the President and that the resolution sets a bad precedent of nitpicking behavior. But Democrats argue that the decorum rules of the House specifically ban this kind of behavior and that the rules must be enforced.

UPDATE: The resolution has officially been passed by the House.

The final vote tally was 240-179, with 7 Republicans siding with Democrats on the resolution to condemn Wilson, and 12 Democrats voting with Republicans against it. Five Democrats voted “present.”

I’ll update again as soon as the full roll call details are available online.

UPDATE 2: Full roll call details can be seen here.

Here are the 7 Republicans that voted with the Democrats in favor the resolution:

Rep. Anh Cao [R, LA-2]
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson [R, MO-8]
Rep. Jeff Flake [R, AZ-6]
Rep. Bob Inglis [R, SC-4]
Rep. Walter Jones [R, NC-3]
Rep. Thomas Petri [R, WI-6]
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R, CA-46]

Here are the 12 Democrats who voted against it:

Rep. Michael Arcuri [D, NY-24]
Rep. William Delahunt [D, MA-10]
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords [D, AZ-8]
Rep. Maurice Hinchey [D, NY-22]
Rep. Dennis Kucinich [D, OH-10]
Rep. Daniel Maffei [D, NY-25]
Rep. Eric Massa [D, NY-29]
Rep. James McDermott [D, WA-7]
Rep. Gwen Moore [D, WI-4]
Rep. Gene Taylor [D, MS-4]
Rep. Harry Teague [D, NM-2]

The 5 Democrats who voted “present”:

Rep. Eliot Engel [D, NY-17]
Rep. Bill Foster [D, IL-14]
Rep. Barney Frank [D, MA-4]
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter [D, NH-1]
Rep. Ike Skelton [D, MO-4]

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Displaying 1-30 of 53 total comments.

  • Anonymous 09/15/2009 11:52am

    Get Real! Where was John Dingell when all the Democrats yelled at President Bush!
    Joe Wilson was the only MAN who spoke the truth and you want to censure him???
    Grow up!

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    Anonymous 09/15/2009 1:19pm

    They did not yell “You Lie” at Bush giving an address even when he was lying about Iraq’s nuclear weapons.

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    Anonymous 09/15/2009 4:03pm
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    President Bush used the term Weapons of Mass Distruction. a single weapon can be used as a weapon of mass distruction if it’s used to kill many people it doesn’t have to be nuclear.

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    floydSmoot 09/15/2009 4:46pm

    Yeah, we know. There wasn’t a single weapon, be it conventional, biological, chemical, or nuclear.

    Thanks for clearing that up.

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    Anonymous 09/16/2009 8:18am


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    Anonymous 09/17/2009 6:55am

    actually your wrong again………… There was roughly 75-100 missles found buried in the desert, these were not nuke’s, not anything Bush said would be there(yes he was a liar) BUT, these missles’s did fall under the UN sanctions of weapons they were NOT ALLOWED to have. But yes Bush was a lying piece of trash that needs to be tried for war crimes, and treason!!!

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    Anonymous 09/17/2009 5:26am

    Actually your wrong. They called him a liar, and a looser (which he was)

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    Anonymous 09/15/2009 2:22pm
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    You are obviously a pathetic conservative dumb ass!!! Are your parents brother and sister?

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    Anonymous 09/29/2009 5:47am

    Spoken like a true Dem. thug

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    Anonymous 09/15/2009 4:00pm
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    Congressman Joe Wilson apologised and President Obama accepted. To accept an apology is forgiveness and he should not be punished. What about those who booed President Bush and rolled their eyes in disaproval of President Bush while he spoke. Charlie Rangel needs not only to apologise, but step down as revelations continue to show that he has ignored the country’s tax laws, which, as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, he is responsible for writing.

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    floydSmoot 09/15/2009 4:50pm

    First, Wilson is not being punished; he’s making bank by all the donations of the Becktards so excited by his rebel yell.

    Second, Rangel should indeed get the hell out if found guilty.

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    Anonymous 09/16/2009 7:14am

    Mr. “Get Real”—— Section 246 of HR 3200 states that the benefit is NOT extended to illegal immigrants…Both you and Joe Wilson need to read the actual document before you speak.

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    Anonymous 09/16/2009 7:33am

    Wake up, whether it is true or not don’t you realize that with one stroke of the pen all illegal immigrants become citizens through granted amnesty.

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    Anonymous 09/16/2009 11:32am

    That provision has no teeth because every amendment posed to check the citizenship of a patient has been struck down. There’s a loop hole the size of the St. Louis Arch.

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    Anonymous 09/17/2009 7:02am

    Your right that is what it says…. but the current health care programs say that also!! What both current and preciding lack, is a provision implimenting what it states. Whithout that provision it will be a “political loophole” for the illegals to continue to get health care. If we cannot impliment it, it will not work, and implimintation WILL NOT happen without a provision providing it!!

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    myboysmom 09/18/2009 6:42am

    Hello! I’m with you! They’re wasting time on this just to take our focus away from what they are trying to sneak by us!

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    Anonymous 09/29/2009 9:07am

    I don’t really care much if Joe is chastised… He did what he did. It was wrong. It was rude. Its over.

    Move on and solve the health care issue, global warming, and dangerous waring by reason of sound judgment.

    Get on with it.

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  • RickDavies 09/15/2009 12:02pm
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    Please, most of Congress are liars and cheats. Condemning one means they should all be condemned for one thing or another. Talk about hypocrisy at its finest…

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    savetheclocktower 09/15/2009 12:43pm

    This is the worst kind of equivocation — that we’re not allowed to scold anyone for anything because nobody is without sin. How about, instead, we hold everyone responsible for everything?

  • KMJ 09/15/2009 12:11pm

    This is yet another demonstration of a dual standard whether you’re a Democrat or Republican… when will you all quit wasting time and focus on the “change” we’re all promised once you bankrupt the country? Hypocritical, irresponsible, (pseudo) public servants.

  • Anonymous 09/15/2009 12:14pm

    Harry Reid also called Bush a liar and a loser. Double standard for sure – but that’s the way it’s been for six months now.

  • Anonymous 09/15/2009 12:29pm
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    If you are going to crucify one person for outbursts, you must do it for all! Go back and fine, sanction, force an apology from all those who heckled, audibly laughed at and “booed” George W. Bush’s speeches, regardless of race, political affiliation or content….. what’s fair for one is fair for all. Besides, Joe Wilson only spoke of what many, many others were thinking, myself included. Democrats need to grow up and stop pointing fingers at the Republicans. Remember, when one finger is pointing away at someone else, 4 are pointing right back at you!

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    floydSmoot 09/15/2009 1:13pm

    Really? Provide one example when Bush was audibly “heckled” on the house or senate floor.

  • Anonymous 09/15/2009 12:54pm

    Well thank god they got that taken care of. Now we as a nation can move forward and put this whole tragedy behind us. I applaud the bravery of congress to put aside something as trivial as healthcare or foreign wars to get a petty slap on the wrist officially on record. It’s good to see they know where their priorities are.

    So, how many of our friends and family were killed in the desert for no reason today? Anyone know?

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    Anonymous 09/15/2009 1:07pm

    Thank you. I was about to write a comment, but you saved me the trouble.

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    floydSmoot 09/15/2009 1:20pm
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    I think W is keeping track of the number of brave men and women he sent needlessly to their deaths.

    4344 so far in Iraq.

    830 in Afghanistan

    I concur with your analysis. Congress should make a priority of stopping Bush’s wars.

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    Anonymous 09/15/2009 4:10pm

    Watch videos of President Bushes’ speeches and you will see the disrepect given him. It was there for the whole world to see.

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