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."


Filed under: House • Michael Jackson • Nancy Pelosi • Popular Posts • Sheila Jackson Lee
soundoff (308 Responses)
  1. kate

    Who is Peter King anyways? And what rock did he crawed out from under.

    July 9, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. vs

    can Pelosi reverse the Bloomberg / MTA unfair hike ?

    May God have mercy on each one us !

    July 9, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. videodrome

    There is NO need for this resolution.
    Politicians, we have bigger problems in this country, like the economy. How about dealing with these issues first??

    July 9, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. Ron In California

    Well what do you know....Pelosi did something right!!

    July 9, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Grammymc

    SHAME on you Madam Speaker for being afraid to confront Mr King and the likes of him who have no regard for the United States Justice System that found Michael Jackson NOT GUILTY on all counts. They call themselves Christian but in reality they are Hipocrites. Lucky for them GOD forgives ALL sinners including hipocrites.

    July 9, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Charles

    You have GOT to be kidding me. Jackson was an entertainer. He had NOTHING to do with the United States government. He provided a service. The end. Thanks for some pretty songs, but can we get serious? It's stunts like this that make the U.S. a laughing stock.

    July 9, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. Karen

    Thank you Speaker Pelosi – you got this one right! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    July 9, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Dave in Massachusetts

    Rep. Peter King should sit down and shut up.

    July 9, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. anon

    Does Mr. King know that Michael Jackson was any or all of the things he accuses him of being? It never ceases to amaze me how judgmental we, as a society, are. One listens to news reports and scuttlebutt and assumes truth in all . . . a frightening reality in our society. Unless Mr. King (and others) know for a fact that Mr. Jackson was any of what he accuses him of being I would suggest he keep his opinions to himself. They are both ignorant and dangerous.

    July 9, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    DO the republicans have any ideas or plans on how to fix this country they destroyed other than to try and tear down our President who is actually working very hard to fix this country?

    July 9, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. Aj

    MJ did more for the world and he wasnt even political if not honor for being an entertainer at least honor for being one of the first real humanitarian ric flair was even honored why not mj

    July 9, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    It's plain old common sense: people shoudl just shut the heck up abou the negative stuff...let his kids mourn in peace for crying out loud.

    July 9, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. M. Wood

    Good for Pelosi, and I'm not even a democrat! I mean, GOOD GRIEF! Surely the government has much more important matters on their plate than honoring MIchael Jackson! I'm a Michael Jackson fan but I cannot figure out how exactly this has gotten so far out of hand and why his death is getting more coverage than some presidential deaths!

    Let's all get back to our lives and stop perpetuating this farce. If everyone loved him so much, where was the support when he was alive? Let's not waste tax dollars on him in addition to all the media coverage.

    July 9, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. Paul, CA

    As a lifelong Democrat, I cannot believe that I finally agree with Pelosi on something.

    July 9, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. Melissa

    Unfortunately, because I think Michael deserves recognition, Pelosi is right in this. The Republicans can't handle it.

    July 9, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    good for Pelosi.... Whacko doesn't need any more of our time.

    July 9, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. GMA

    Thank goodness!!! SHAME on Sheila Jackson Lee for even introducing this!! Get a Life, Sheila.......

    July 9, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. kate

    Peter who? Now go crawl back under your rock!?

    July 9, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Justice

    "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.""

    Is this slander?

    Had MJ been convicted of a crime? Would he not have gone to prison if he had been?

    Peter King is wrong and his voters should be sad they gave their vote for him.

    July 9, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. Party Crasher

    A voice of reason, finally.

    July 9, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. NY Democrat

    Stop wasting our tax dollars with things like this. This is what Congress is doing at our expense and we are starting to talk about a Second Stimulus. Get your priorities straight CONGRESS. We are getting a tax hike, it better be put to GOOD use!

    July 9, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Justice

    He was exonerated by a jury!!!

    July 9, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. European-American

    I'm from Texas and Sheila Jackson Lee is an idiot.

    July 9, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Ed from PA

    For the first time, I completely agree with something Pelosi is doing. The MJ coverage is already overblown to say the least – there should absolutely not be any kind of binding legislation based on him.

    A good question to ask: Why are our elected officials writing bills to honor Michael Jackson when they should be writing bills to improve our country?

    July 9, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. Sheryl

    After all he has done for the World and Charities to help the Poor & the SIck, it amazes me that the House doesn't see why it would be Historically correct to Honor him. He has done more as an individual than most Countries combined.

    July 9, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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