Apologize for 'You Lie,' or Else: Dems to Wilson

Lawmakers want apology on House floor
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2009 2:16 PM CDT
In this March 23, 2005 photo, U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., speaks during a public meeting about the need for Social Security reform at the Holiday Inn Express in Bluffton, S.C.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Apologizing to Rahm Emanuel apparently wasn't enough. Now House Democrats plan to vote next week on whether to discipline Joe Wilson for his "You lie!" outburst, the Washington Post reports. Aides say Democratic leaders want Wilson to apologize on the House floor for violating rules of decorum, but he says his apology to Emanuel should suffice. He faces a possible disapproval or reprimand.

"I said, 'Joe, I'm being pressed to count votes on a resolution to reprimand you,'” Majority Whip Jim Clyburn says. “'I don't want to do that. I think if you go down to the well of the House and apologize it will be the end of it.’ He said, 'I apologized to Rahm, and I think that's enough. I said, 'Rahm Emanuel is not a member of the House of Representatives and I am.'"