WASHINGTON (CNN) –The House of Representatives will not take up a resolution honoring the late entertainer Michael Jackson, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday.
Pelosi called Jackson "a great, great performer" and acknowledged there is "lots of sadness." But the speaker said at a press conference that while members could express their sympathy on the House floor, she added "I don't think it's necessary" to pass a resolution.
"A resolution, I think, would open up (debate) to contrary views that are not necessary at this time to be expressed in association with a resolution whose purpose is quite different," Pelosi explained.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, who spoke at the memorial service for Jackson on Tuesday in Los Angeles, has introduced HR 600, "Honoring an American legend and musical icon."
The resolution states, "Whereas Michael Jackson was not only an accomplished recording and performing artist, he was a noted humanitarian."
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., criticized the media's extensive coverage of Michael Jackson's death earlier this week, calling Jackson a "pervert," a "pedophile," and "child molester."
Wow Nancy got one right.
Good decision, he's dead get on wit life yall have country to govern...he's not more special then any American I dont care how much money he had...
nothing in this life is more important than the celebration of the life of this giant of modern music and humanity. Long live the gloved king of pop and down with Peluzi!!!!!!!!!! Let her disappear in the night with Obama too!!!
Pelosi is against anything that will cause a debate! And Sheila Jackson Lee can probably devote the money spent chasing the hearses so that she can speak at the service in more useful ways to further her poor district! In spite of this she is re-elected each and every time! This is beyond ridiculous. There is no money involved, of course Pelosi is not going to support it...if Sheila Lee had said that MJ's fans need a stimulus to elevate them from their sorrows then Pelosi would have made sure it passed without debate!
Thank you , Madam Speaker!
Finally, one person who is not afraid to refuse to participate in the circus surrounding Jackson's death!
Lisa......First you say he did a lot for the African American race, then you call him a humanitarian. A humanitarian is someone who contributes greatly and has a profound benefit on humanity in general. That includes people of all races. Although, I thought he was very talented, he didn't improve my life or the lives of most people I know.
Thank yoyu for not considering it – there are far more important htings Congress should be doing instead of things like this & whether the College football campionship is done right. How about actually fixing something now!
Mr. King's comments are DESPICABLE – and factually incorrect.
Apparently this LAWYER only understands the meaning of ACQUITTAL when it suits him...
Apparently this MAN has no shame, defaming the dead before they are even in the ground.
The only thing worse than Mr. King are the New Yorker's who continue to support him.
One of the few smart moves Pelosi has made.
Enough already! Micheal Jackson hasnt been a great entertainer in almost 20 years. He was just a freak since then! Lets have a Jerry Garcia or Jimmy Hendrix resolution because both of those MUSICIANS were ten times more talented and both died from drug abuse. Give it a rest!
Mrs. Pelosi is either jealous or a very dominant woman that takes
advantage of her government's position.
You want to be the "Star of the Show" no matter what. If you are such
a good catholic, remember that "pride" is a sin.
You are an arrogant woman that is damaging your Party.
Finally I can agree with Nancy Pelosi. Why didn't Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas choose to recognize Ed McMahon, a war hero. No, she would like to honor a drug head weirdo entertainer. Yes, he could sing and dance but the only war he ever served in were the ones he created for himself. Sheila Jackson, you should be impeached. Please people, get over this crazy notion that a entertainer is some kind of god.
The coverage of Jackson has to stop, this is insane! This is one of the most irresponsible levels of coverage I have ever seen. There are REAL issues in this country! This is like the time CNN broke away from General Wesley Clark, because Paris Hilton was "getting into a truck"! CNN you are maddening! Please give us news and not gossip and crap!
Nancy Pelosi is the biggest weakling to have ever been Speaker of the House. She needs to go back to working at McDonalds. Ya, that is where she belongs...flipping burgers!!!
while i am not fully informed on the way the united states runs its government (yes i am canadian boo hiss)
should Rep. Peter King not have been reprimanded for his libelous comments? does this not leave not only himself, but the whole house open to a lawsuit since they did nothing?
this behavior does not speak volumes for the way your representatives feel about the citizens of your country.
We should fire the CONGRESS
Pelosi is right on this decision.
Finally, some common sense and sanity from a politician!
Let's take it to the people and petition Pelosi for the resolution. As far as Rep. Peter King what evidence does he have to support his allegations. He needs to do some real work and get some ideas on how to straighten out the country. That he sit by and let Bush put us in the worst depression since 1940. And had nothing to say. Michael was not convicted of any crime. I like CNN I look at you every evening. But to me you are being very disrespectful talking about what color Michael was and he had no hair. And there keeping his brain do you have love ones how would you feel. That is sick I lost my son and stuff like that would break my heart. STOP IT.
"nothing in this life is more important than the celebration of the life of this giant of modern music and humanity."
This is what America has come to.
It's like Georgia when Strom Thurmond and Lester Maddox both died the same week. I thought it would never end.
How old was Pyscilla when Elvis started dating her? I rest my case!
I am a long time critic of Pelosi.............she got it right this time
I thought the resolution was a little silly, but then I think most of their resolutions are silly. How about we just conduct business and forget all the extra stuff? If they are going to do all this extra stuff – Michael Jackson is as deserving at the next guy. He was a great entertainer and a humanitarian and deserves recognition as such. Since he has never been convicted of anything, there should be no discussion needed.
First time I agree with Pelosi. This Jackson tribute has gone to far.