WASHINGTON--House Democrats are proceeding Tuesday with a resolution sanctioning Rep. Joe Wilson, the South Carolina Republican who yelled "you lie" during President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress last Wednesday.
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer from Maryland and Majority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina are bringing the resolution, which says the outburst "was a breach of decorum and brought discredit to the House of Representatives."
From Democratic Leaders on why they are doing this, even though Wilson apologized to White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel after the outburst: "The House general code of conduct requires that, "a lawmaker shall conduct himself at all times in a manner which shall reflect creditably on the House of Representatives." These are the standards members are held to when they take the oath of office. Despite the request of leadership of both parties, Rep. Wilson has refused to apologize on the House Floor, as is considered traditional, when a Member breaches House rules. Therefore, the House is compelled to respond."