Censure Joe Wilson

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Speaker Pelosi,

During President Obama's September 9, 2009 address to a joint session of Congress, Representative Joe Wilson, who represents South Carolina's 2nd district, shouted "You lie!" after President Obama refuted the claim that his health care plan would provide coverage for illegal immigrants.

It is within the power of the House to hold Mr. Wilson accountable for his actions. Article I, Section 5 of the United States Constitution states that "Each House may punish its Members for disorderly Behavior."

Please tell Mr. Wilson that heckling the President of the United States in the chamber of the House of Representatives is disrespectful and will not be tolerated. We call on you to employ your constitutional power to punish Mr. Wilson and censure him at once.

Tell Mr. Wilson that such offhand insults to the President of the United States are uncalled for.