House Admonishes Wilson for 'You Lie!'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 15, 2009 4:47 PM CDT
In this photo provided by FOX News, Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., appears on "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009.    (Freddie Lee)

(Newser) – The House formally admonished Joe Wilson today for his "You lie" outburst during President Obama's speech. The vote was 240-179, with 12 Democrats and seven Republicans voting against party lines. "At issue," declared House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer during debate, "is whether we are able to proceed with a degree of civility and decorum that our rules and our democracy contemplate and require." But GOP leader John Boehner dismissed the resolution as a "witchhunt. ... My goodness, we could be doing this every day of the week."

When he took the floor prior to the vote, Wilson refused to back down. "I think it is clear to the American people that there are far more important issues facing this nation than what we're addressing right now." He said Obama had "graciously accepted my apology and the issue is over." The House historian's office said the resolution marks the first time in the 220-year history of the chamber that a member had been admonished for speaking out while the president was giving an address.

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Sep 16, 2009 9:47 PM CDT
hey corneelus , do you really think delay is not the worst ? pls review what I have said about him in the past ,.... john jr. bonner is a faint whiff of sufuric ass gas compared to the toxic cloud that is the of the former speaker and waiting for a prison jumpsuit tom de layspicable
Sep 16, 2009 7:49 AM CDT
"His words rang true"? Except, of course, that according to and a reading of the proposal, Wilson was the one who was lying.
Sep 16, 2009 7:37 AM CDT
It must be nice to get money to oppose health care reform & also be a racist. What a bonus for Joey boy.