By Mike Soraghan - 09/15/09 03:44 PM EDT
As House Democratic leaders prepare for an official scolding of Rep. Joe WilsonJoe WilsonGOP fears next Trump blowup House GOP urges Obama to drop veto threat against defense bill Overnight Cybersecurity: Fight over feds' hacking powers moves to Congress MORE, cracks are appearing in the support for it among rank-and-file members.
Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.) announced Tuesday that he won't vote for the "resolution of disapproval" that would formally reprimand Wilson (R-S.C.) for yelling, "You lie!" at President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaCannabis conversation urged at North American Leaders Summit Obama: 'There's still work to do' for gay community Our most toxic export: American politick MORE during last week's joint session.
Hodes said he believes Wilson should apologize for his "reckless" conduct, but he said that the reprimand is distracting from the healthcare debate.
Republicans are expected to unite against the resolution, using some of the same arguments as Hodes, so the loss of Democratic votes could cause problems. But at least 39 Democrats would have to vote against it for it to fail.
Also, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has suggested he may abstain from the vote.
"I don‘t think it's a big deal," he said on MSNBC last week. "I think what we should take it as — it is unusual — it's a sign of how effective the president was."
The resolution was expected to be discussed at a noon meeting of the House Democratic Caucus.