NPR logo House Resolution 'Disapproving' Joe Wilson Outburst Passes 240-179

House Resolution 'Disapproving' Joe Wilson Outburst Passes 240-179

It was emotional, and predictable, the debate on whether to "disapprove" the outburst of Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) during last week's address to Congress by President Obama.

Democrats, who brought the resolution to the floor, argued that Wilson's "You lie!" violated House decorum; Republicans called it a "political stunt." For his part, Wilson said he had apologized to President Obama, that the president "graciously accepted" it, and therefore the issue "should be over."

Democrats have a majority in the House.

The vote was 240-179, with five abstentions. Twelve Democrats voted against the resolution, and seven Republicans voted for it.