House members formally scolded a defiant Rep. Joe WilsonAddison (Joe) Graves WilsonLast living Nuremberg Trials prosecutor deserves Congressional Gold Medal Gallego leads congressional delegation to Ukraine Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan 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.
Wilson addressed the chamber, but did not apologize for shouting at President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDemocrats make final plea for voting rights ahead of filibuster showdown Biden nominates Jane Hartley as ambassador to UK To boost economy and midterm outlook, Democrats must pass clean energy bill 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 BoehnerDemocrats eager to fill power vacuum after Pelosi exit Stopping the next insurrection Biden, lawmakers mourn Harry Reid 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."