House Nears House Vote Reprimanding Joe Wilson

By Gorman Gorman

Sep 15, 2009 1:56pm

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl reports: The House is expected to take up the resolution of disapproval regarding Rep. Joe Wilson’s "You lie!" outburst sometime after 2pm.  The resolution will be short and sweet:  a simple statement that Congressman Wilson acted inappropriately when he shouted out during the President’s speech to the Joint Session of Congress.  There will be 60 minutes of debate; 30 minutes for each party. This will be a largely party line vote, but there are some notable exceptions. Rep. Bob Inglis – Republican of South Carolina – tells ABC News he will vote "yes" because he believes Wilson clearly violated House rules and should apologize.  Inglis’s view on this is not a popular one with his constituents or  his colleagues, but he told me he feels strongly about it.  "I’ve said privately to Joe and now I’m saying it publicly that he needs to apologize in the forum in which the offense occurred," Rep. Inglis told ABC News.  "We need to send a signal that, no, it wasn’t right.  We don’t need want anti-heroes out there."
On the other side at least two Democrats have said they will vote "no" on the resolution because Wilson has already apologized (although he apologized to the White House, not the House of Representatives).

"I think it's bad precedent to put us in charge of deciding whether people act like jerks," Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., told AP. "I don't have time to monitor everyone's civility." UPDATE: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said he would introduce the resolution this afternoon. He told reporters it was a “very mild resolution, but it is an appropriate resolution,” since Wilson “offended the good order of the House” while the president was a guest of Congress. The brief resolution, reviewed this afternoon by ABC News, states that Wilson’s comment “was a breach of decorum and degraded the proceedings of a Joint Session of Congress to the discredit of the House.”

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