House Formally Rebukes Wilson for Outburst

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House members voted Tuesday to admonish Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina for his "You lie" outburst during the President's health care speech to Congress, Sept. 9.

The vote in favor a resolution rebuking the congressman for shouting at President Barack Obama was mostly down the partisan line, 240-179.  

Wilson had refused to apologize again for his outburst after the President accepted his personal apology.

But Democrats said he should apologize to Congress for what they call an unprecedented breach of decorum.
     
Wilson insisted his initial apology was sufficient. GOP leaders were backing him.      

The House has wide latitude in disciplining its members for their behavior. While not a formal reprimand or censure, the planned resolution would put the House on record as condemning Wilson's outburst.

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