The Joe Wilson ResolutionSeptember 15, 2009 - by Donny Shaw
UPDATE: The resolution has been adopted by a vote on 240-179. See below for more detailed vote information.
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:
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”: