'You lie' - GOP's Wilson admonished by House

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has voted to admonish Rep. Joe Wilson over his "You lie" outburst to President Barack Obama during the president's health care speech to Congress last week.

The 240-179 vote on the resolution of disapproval reflected the sharp partisan divide over the issue.

Democrats insisted that the South Carolina Republican take responsibility for what they said was a serious breach of decorum.

Republicans characterized the vote as a political stunt.

Wilson himself would not back down on his position that he owed the House no apology.

Surrounded by Republican supporters, Wilson said Obama had "graciously accepted my apology and the issue is over."


Congressman Mike Rogers, a Republican, voted against the resolution to punish Wilson. Democrat representatives Artur Davis and Bobby Bright voted for it.

Davis, in a release, said " It is time for those of us in the center to exercise our First Amendment rights to tell our loudest, most extreme voices to sit down and learn some decency."

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