Floor Speech in Response to Resolution Disapproving of Rep. Wilson's Outburst

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... held on september 9, 2009. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 2 of rule 9, the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer, and the gentleman from ohio, mr. boehner, will each control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i yield myself one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for one minute. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, and ladies and gentlemen of the house, none of us, none of us is happy to be here considering this resolution. i know i am not. at the same time, my colleagues, what is at issue here is of importance to this house and to our country. and that issue is whether we are able to proceed with a degree of civility and decorum that our rules and our democracy contemplate and require. the house code of conduct requires that each member, every one of us, each and every one of us conduct himself, and i'm quoting from the rule, at all times in a manner which shall reflect creditably on the house of representatives. there seems to be little or no disagreement that mr. wilson did not so conduct himself on the evening of september 9. senator john mccain was quoted as saying mr. wilson's behavior, and i quote, totally disrespectful. he went on to say, quote, there is no place for it in that setting or any other and he should apologize for it immediately. mr. wilson did in fact apologize to the president through mr. emanuel, the president's chief of staff. however, it was the house itself whose rules were offended and as mr. inglis, mr. wilson's colleague, a report colleague from south carolina, observed and again i quote, he should apologize to the house, to the house. for the rule violation. mr. inglis went on to add, that would end the matter. i have made a similar representation to the republican leader. and i believe that would have ended the matter. i know that is what the republican leaders of the house thought would be appropriate and what the republican leader talked to mr. wilson about doing. he said so to the press. indeed last thursday based upon what a republican leader told me, not mr. boehner, that morning it was what i expected mr. wilson to do. as a result i held open the last vote last week, or the time between the last vote and the very last vote, to give mr. wilson an opportunity to express an apology to the house. as all of us know, many members have done that in the past. reflecting upon conduct they thought was not appropriate. and as a result they came to this floor. that's happened on both sides of the aisle. where members have done things that they thought brought discredit to the house and they came to this floor, to that rot lot of rum and to this and to say -- to that and to think and to say, i apologize. mr. inglis is correct. that would have ended the matter. however, for whatever reason, mr. wilson has decided not to take any further action. in light of that, this resolution simply states the house's disapproval of mr. wilson's words and actions. his republican whip cantor is quoted as saying, obviously the president of the united states is always wull come -- welcome on capitol hill and he deserves respect and decorum. surely all of us believe that's correct. surely all of us, hopefully all of us, believe that when we invite a president of either party to come to this house and address a joint session of ...