Resolution against Wilson for outburst passes 240-179

House members formally scolded a defiant Rep. Joe WilsonAddison (Joe) Graves WilsonDems target Trump administration's use of military planes in defense bill debate Trump's effort to secure the border is making America safe again Legal immigrants can commend Trump on his efforts to end illegal immigration MORE on Tuesday evening for his "You lie!" outburst after he refused Democratic demands that he apologize on the House floor.

The House passed a "resolution of disapproval," considered the mildest form of punishment for a member, by a 240-179 vote that fell largely along partisan lines. Seven Republicans voted to rebuke Wilson, while 12 Democrats voted against the measure.

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Wilson addressed the chamber, but did not apologize for shouting at President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaHolder: DOJ, FBI should reject Trump's requests The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Frenzy over Kennedy retirement rumors | Trump challenges DOJ Asian American and Pacific Islander community will be critical to ensuring successful 2018 elections for Democrats MORE during the joint session last week.

"I think it is clear there are far more important issues than what we are doing right now," Wilson said. "It is time we move on."

Republicans didn’t defend Wilson's finger-pointing shout at Obama during the joint session. But they stressed that Wilson had already apologized privately to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerGOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan Can Jim Jordan become top House Republican? Tensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP MORE (R-Ohio) called the resolution a "partisan stunt."

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), who did almost all the talking for the Democratic side, said it wasn't partisanship, but enforcing the rules and decorum of the House.

"Silence gives consent," Clyburn said. "We cannot be silent because we cannot consent to his conduct."