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House rebukes Joe 'You Lie' Wilson



The U.S. House of Representatives just voted on a resolution rebuking Rep. Joe Wilson, R-South Carolina, for his outburst during President Obama's health care speech last week.

There was a voice vote on the "resolution of disapproval" but Republicans asked for a formal tally, which passed 240-179. Florida broke exactly on party lines.

"Joe is a good and honest man," Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Brooksville, said in floor speech. "Just as it was wrong for my Democrat colleagues to boo former President Bush in this chamber, it was wrong for Joe Wilson to speak out of turn. The difference is that Joe Wilson apologized and the president very graciously accepted his apology. Every member in this chamber has uttered words they wish they could have said differently. I know Joe made this comment out of frustration because there seems to be a large gap between health care rhetoric and reality. What the president said did not match up with the bill that came before the House."

Miami Republicans Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart released a statement:

"What Congressman Wilson did during the President's speech last week was inappropriate. Congressman Wilson apologized publicly, as well as directly, to the President, and the President accepted his apology. The resolution filed by the Majority Congressional Leadership concerning Congressman Wilson today constitutes an attempt to divert public opinion away from the dismal failures of this Congressional Majority and the Administration, including a massive, so-called 'economic stimulus' which has not created jobs and has contributed to the dangerous indebtedness of the nation, and a health-care reform proposal which threatens to further increase unemployment and weaken the U.S. economy."

And Rep. Bill Young, R-Indian Shores, reportedly told Wilson he's got his back.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:18pm]


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