House passes resolution disapproving of Wilson

Splitting largely along party lines, the body rebukes one of its members for calling President Obama a liar


Alex Koppelman
September 16, 2009 1:40AM (UTC)

The House of Representatives has just voted 240-179 in favor of a resolution that officially expresses the chamber's disapproval of the interruption of President Obama's speech last week by Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C.

"Whereas the conduct of the Representative from South Carolina was a breach of decorum and degraded the proceedings of the joint session, to the discredit of the House: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives disapproves of the behavior of the Representative from South Carolina," the resolution says.

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Support for the move came almost entirely from Democrats, though 12 of them broke ranks and voted against it; five of them just voted "present." Seven Republicans crossed the aisle to vote for the resolution.

Before the vote, Wilson took to the floor of the House to speak out against the resolution. Video of his remarks is below.

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Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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