House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Monday he would not vote to sanction Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) for interrupting the president's address last Wednesday.
Boehner instead insisted the congressman's apology to President Barack Obama last Thursday -- which Obama accepted -- was sufficient.
"Last Thursday, Speaker Pelosi said that she believed it was time to move on and discuss health care. I couldn’t agree more, and that’s why I plan to vote ‘no’ on this resolution," Boehner said in a statement. "Instead of pursuing this type of petty partisanship, we should be working together to lower costs and expand access to affordable, high-quality health coverage on behalf of the American people.”
House Democrats are expected to introduce their resolution either Monday or Tuesday. They charge that Wilson's outburst, in addition to undermining civility, violated House rules that explicitly bar lawmakers from questioning the president's integrity. The White House, however, has steered itself clear of the entire ordeal.
UPDATE: Wilson tried to do the same on Monday. Despite Democrats' strong insistence, Wilson did not apologize to his fellow lawmakers, choosing instead to devote his first speech since the incident to discussing healthcare reform.