The U.S. House voted 240 to 179 to disapprove of the South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” outburst aimed at the president during a joint session of Congress.
Tuesday afternoons’s debate surrounding the resolution to rebuke the conduct of Wilson pitted South Carolinians against each other. After Representative Rep. Steny Hoyer (D – MD) officially introduced the measure: Rep. Hoyer introduces resolution, Wilson took a moment to rebut, saying in essence, this is a waste of the House’s time: Rep. Joe Wilson on House Floor MP3 1:41
Then leaders from both parties went head-to-head, accusing each other of partisanship. Majority Whip Jim Clyburn says the measure is about conduct, not party: Rep. Clyburn explains motive of resolution MP3 1:32
Congressman Wilson’s outburst of “You lie!” to a comment made by President Barack Obama was, according to the resolution, a breach of decorum and brought discredit to the House of Representatives. Read the House resolution of disapproval
The House general code of conduct requires that “a lawmaker shall conduct himself at all times in a manner which shall reflect creditably on the House of Representatives.” These are the standards members are held to when they take the oath of office.
After Clyburn, a line of Republicans spoke on his behalf, including John Boehner of Ohio’s Eighth District: Ohio Rep. John Boehner opposes measure MP3 :24
After a voice vote that favored the resolution, Boehner called for a roll call vote.