July 9th, 2009
06:17 PM ET
5 years ago

Pelosi: House won't take up Michael Jackson resolution

Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the House will not take up a resolution honoring Michael Jackson.
Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the House will not take up a resolution honoring Michael Jackson.

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."


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soundoff (308 Responses)
  1. Spelmanite08

    WOW. I'm not surprised. And if people knew what Sheila Jackson Lee is up to as of right now. Its a House Bill HR8 regarding the funds generated by artists and how much more she's trying to give to record labels which would tax African American radio stations out of business.

    That HR 848 – the Performance Rights Act recently introduced in the United States Congress – “could put many black owned radio stations out of business. And force others to abandon their commitment to provide free music, entertainment, news, information, and money losing formats like gospel.”

    Sheila Jackson Lee should never have had the honors of providing MJ or any other artists anything. She's a hypocrit and I feel for the African American communities in Houston, TX.

    July 9, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Annie

    As a Texas Democrate, I hang my head in shame that one of our own would waste taxpayer dollars on something like this. Dear God, I miss Ann Richards and Molly Ivins. Texas politics is a vast wasteland these days. It's a sad day when I am looking to T. Boone Pickins for inpiration.

    July 9, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. Rose

    I NEVER agree with Pelosi but this time I agree all the way, it is about time she got something right.

    July 9, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. Lori Parry

    The MJ coverage is getting out of hand , we all have to think about his children and how they must feel losing the one person they knew as " daddy ". But we must not forget the charity he has done and why he was so beloved . And as for Peter King , what ever happened to innocent until proven guilty ? No way for anyone in this world to pass judgement on Mj , he was never convicted of anything and it was wrong of you to do so , Mj was a victim of the media and you are still making him a victim after death , not fair at all to his legacy or his children .

    July 9, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. LIP

    Interesting.
    Jackson was a great entertainer and had lots of backing to make him one. People do like to ride those waves of success.
    As far as the remarks that he was never convicted must mean that he was therefore innocent. Not.
    I recall the withheld testimony and the kids whose parents received millions to keep their mouths shut, so you got to wonder. Maybe, once the noise dies down, they will come out of the woodwork and start looking for book deals.

    July 9, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. B.H.

    Jackson died people, try to get passed it.
    This is certainly a sad commentary about what people in this country think is most important.

    July 9, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. Chaun

    Dutch, how can MIchael Jackson be listed as the most charitable person? Hasn't Bill Gates given over a billion dollars to charity over the years? Maybe even several billion? I can't pretend to know what MJ has given, but I can't see it approaching those kinds of numbers.

    July 9, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. Joyce

    Actually, the honor should be for his humanitarian efforts. I don't think Hendrix and company could say the same thing.

    Sure, MJ was a weirdo in many levels but not known to many are his charitable contributions and humanitarian efforts. Only recently have they surfaced.

    Again, like him or not, he was one of heck of a talent that few tried to copy and he Influenced many people for decades.

    I do agree with Pelosi. I just think that many posters in here are very judgemental of Jackson. Appreciate that you have witnessed such a talent in your lifetime. People around the world paid tribute to that telent – even in areas like Pakistan and Beirut. Yes, go google it.

    He was not proven guilty of those charges. What King said was absolutely deplorable. Why can't he judge his fellow Republicans who have been cheating their wives and lying to their teeth in public?

    I do hope this gets posted by CNN.

    July 9, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. phonix86

    Dutch,

    Time to buy the latest version of the Guiness Book of World Records. Bill Gates should be on the list as the most charitable person.

    July 9, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. Paul

    Allthough M.J. was a great entertainer, far too much is being made of his death......We have soilders fighting for our freedom and dying everyday, those are the ones we should mourn for at all times!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 9, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. Ron

    Screw jacksons resolution..not needed. The people uninterested in jacksons death far far outnumber those interested.

    July 9, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. Independant from NY

    Morons like Pelosi have long kept me from registering as a Democrat, but she's right on this one. Michael Jackson was a great performer, but that's it. Maybe if it was a great songwriter like Bob Dylan or musician like Yo-Yo Ma. We should not give MJ any more recognition than the enormous amount he's already received just because the music marketing machine pumped so much of its capital into this man. There are many more people who are 10 times more talented on this earth who go unrecognized.

    July 9, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. Kelby In Houston, TX

    Dear worried,
    My statement is still factual and correct. My statement is also historically accurate.

    July 9, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. RonC

    Tired..tired...tired of Wacko Jacko crapola over and over...who cares!!!

    July 9, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. Linda

    Finally some semblance of reason. NO we do not need a Michael Jackson resolution. He was an entertainer....period. Are we going to propose the Frah Fawcett Resolution too? This is insane, and I am happy Pelosi spoke up against a resolution. Enough is enough on MJ. Personally, I am weary of it.

    July 9, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. Dingleberriezzzz

    Go home Nancy Pelosi...u don't deserve the big salary you are getting for making such harsh decisions against good folk. Keep up the BAD Work!!!

    July 9, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. John

    Enough is enough. Jackson was a song and dance man. He couldn't even play a musical instrument. Show biz Celebrities dont deserve any honor by our country. America has sunk to a new low and the media are at the front of pushing our priorities down.

    July 9, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. LH

    Can't believe I actually agree with Pelosi on something!

    July 9, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. bz11

    Go easy on Shirley Jackson Lee...If she is not on TV blathering on about something, she begins to go through withdrawal. Her ticket to tv was to bring the resolution on which there had not yet been a vote. You also need to remember that she specializes in finding funerals to attend (in the Houston area) so she stays in the public eye. Since she thinks that Michael has done as much for the advancement of mankind as Dr. King, she will soon be issuing a proclamation honoring Marion Barry as Washington, D.C.'s best mayor.

    July 9, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. masm84

    Shame on you Representative Jackson Lee. How dare you waste our government's time with such an inane request while our nation is up to its neck in an economic crisis and health care reform debates. Lets keep our eye on the ball, shall we!

    July 9, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. Mac

    Well at last I agree with Pelosi. Leave this Michael Jackson crap to the "news channels" to line up to kiss his rear end and start focusing on the problems we have in this country.

    I grew up with Michael Jackson's music, starting with him as a cute kid and ending with him being accused by cute kids. Leave it alone and move on, or bare the rath of truly exposing his quirks...

    July 9, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. lightning

    Peter King I never heard of, but until now and I'm having a hard time believing he has a good heart or any good intentions for any human beings that he may govern. Not very impressed.

    July 9, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  23. MSFF

    The Jackson Family should pay for all the expenses of their elaborate funeral for their son/brother/father. The decedent certainly must have included in his Last Will that when he dies his Estate would pay!!!

    Good grief ... enough is enough is enough, Folks!!

    This type of coverage goes beyond the pale ... and California is NOT responsible for paying the tab!!!

    I don't see any reason why the children should not have been at the funeral. They're not THAT fragile ... and did anyone see the constant touching while the child was trying to speak. Amazing, isn't it, that this is the only time the children were allowed 'in the public eye.'

    These children will have years of therapy ahead of them . . .

    Let's pay attention to the children in the United States who go hungry every day ... and who have no health care!!

    July 9, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. mcloving

    I would like to know if "Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, who spoke at the memorial service for Jackson on Tuesday in Los Angeles" took the off or was she on the clock getting paid while at the funeral concert that was a waste of tax payers $$$ ...!!!!! what a joke people

    July 9, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. kelly patrick

    I don't think Speaker Pelosi was being disrespectful to Michale Jackson's memory. As her statement mentions, she was only acknowledging that should the resolution come to the floor some very nasty things might be said about Michael Jackson by the likes of representatives such as Peter King. This would have defeated the purpose of honoring Michael Jackson by Congressional resolution. I think she was trying to save his family and fans this grief. It also would only poison the atmosphere of Congress more than already exists there. Also, Congress needs to get on with its main responsibility of passing legislation on affordable health care, climate change, etc.

    July 9, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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