House Republicans are accusing Democrats of creating a brouhaha over Rep. Joe Wilson's “You lie” comment in order to distract the public from their foundering health care proposals.
The House GOP leadership on Tuesday took aim at a move by Democrats to rebuke Wilson over the words, which he let fly when President Obama, appearing before Congress, said that his health care reform bill would not cover illegal immigrants.
The House Tuesday afternoon will take up a resolution disapproving of Wilson's outcry.
“Our economy is struggling, families are hurting, and yet, this Congress is poised to demand an apology from a man who has already apologized,” Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence, R-Ind. “It‚Äôs a disappointment to millions of Americans.”
Republican leaders expect some of their members to vote for the resolution, which came after Democrats became outraged over Wilson's refusal to publicly apologize on the House floor. But many lawmakers, including some Democrats will vote against it, including Boehner.
“While Democrats want to change the subject, the American people are concerned about the costly government takeover of our health care system,” Boehner said. “What I think what the American people are saying is, ‚'stop.' Let's hit the reset button, and let's start over. “