By Mike Soraghan - 09/15/09 09:42 PM EDT
House members formally scolded a defiant Rep. Joe WilsonJoe WilsonAutomotive industry promotes security best practices Overnight Healthcare: Mysterious new Zika case | Mental health bill in doubt | Teletraining to fight opioids Cotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation 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.
"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 BoehnerDem drops out of race for Boehner's old seat Conservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days 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."