This afternoon the House will consider a resolution disapproving of the conduct by Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-2) during the joint session of Congress, September 9, 2009. It will be offered by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Majority Whip James Clyburn. Congressman Wilson’s outburst was a breach of decorum and brought discredit to the House of Representatives.
The House general code of conduct requires that "a lawmaker shall conduct himself at all times in a manner which shall reflect creditably on the House of Representatives." These are the standards members are held to when they take the oath of office. Despite the request of leadership of both parties, Rep. Wilson has refused to apologize on the House Floor, as is considered traditional, when a Member breaches House rules. Therefore, the House is compelled to respond.