'You lie!' outburst forces House action

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders are planning a House vote early next week to admonish Republican Rep. Joe Wilson if he does not apologize on the House floor for yelling "You lie!" during President Barack Obama's health care address to Congress.

National attention from the heckling episode has money pouring into Wilson's campaign treasury and that of his 2010 Democratic challenger. Wilson had raised more than $700,000 since the incident as of Friday, according to the National Republican Congressional Committee. His opponent, Rob Miller, had received more than $1 million from 25,000 donors nationwide, his campaign manager, Lindsay Zoeller, said.

Democratic leaders initially showed mixed interest in punishing Wilson. But they decided at a meeting late Thursday they probably will propose a resolution of disapproval early next week if he doesn't apologize to Congress, said Brendan Daly, a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

While not a formal censure, the resolution, if passed, would put Congress on record as condemning Wilson's conduct.

Wilson told Obama he was sorry shortly after the incident Wednesday night. But he has refused requests from Republicans and Democrats to apologize on the House floor.

In a video posted on his campaign Web site, he said he let his emotions get away from him during Obama's speech but added, "I will not be muzzled. I will speak up and speak loudly."