House Dems consider resolution against Wilson

Democrats demand the congressman apologize to President Obmaa on the House floor


Alex Koppelman
September 12, 2009 12:40AM (UTC)

Earlier this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was resisting calls from her fellow Democrats to censure Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., for interrupting President Obama's speech Wednesday night. Now, after some lobbying from her colleagues, she's reportedly changed her mind.

The Hill reports that a House Democrat -- probably Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. -- "will introduce a 'resolution of disapproval' Monday or Tuesday unless Wilson formally apologizes on the House floor."

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Wilson has, of course, already apologized to Obama himself, and the president said he accepts the congressman's apology. But that was prompted by Republican leadership, and Wilson's actions were a violation of the normal House rules of decorum, so Democrats want an apology from the floor as well. A spokesman for the congressman has said he won't be doing that.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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