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. Rowena from Knoxville, TN

    You have got to be kidding. I think Nancy Pelosi is right. We have so many issues we need to address, this just goes too far. Not all of the country feels Michael Jackson deserves all of this adulation, and it is interesting to me that people weren't this "goggling" during his life and trials.

    For his family, his children especially, I feel very sad. Losing a parent, your only parent, is horrible. May they, and his siblings/parents find peace after their loss. The rest of this insane coverage, and these proposed resolutions should stop so we can get back to the truly important news in life – like all of the deaths in Afghanistan – why aren't those soldiers being recognized through a resolution in congress?

    Enough already!

    July 9, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. Felonious Monk

    I believe that there are numerous issues of more substance than this one.
    Being from Texas, I wish Rep. Jackson would focus on problems, and not just getting her face and name in the news.

    Shame on you Rep. Jackson for not doing what should be your "job."

    July 9, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. Independent Again

    Yes we have the economy worsen by the weeks, stimulus failing as predicted because it was not stimulus but a giant pork bill that only spent 14% to date. The rest is allocated for next year. Yet we were told we have to pass immediately because this is the worse since the Great Depression. Now we are told they misread, that it is even worse, and oh lets have a 2nd stimulus. WT....!!! If u screwed up b/4 we should now trust u to get it right this time!!???? U have socialist in Europe telling him to stop spending!!!

    Our president is MIA and is more concerned about the global warming/climate change con job. Polar bears are not dying, sea levels are not rising. We have one of the coolest June on record this year, there is no need to nail the struggling industries and taxpayers with more cost at a time when the economy awful!

    July 9, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Pam Los Angeles, CA

    This is America, where you are innocent until proven guilty. Michael was acquitted, and found by experts to NOT fit the profile of a pedophile, but instead, a regressed child. Michael Jackson was a victim of child abuse, and a victim of abuse from our society, who had to turn his message of love and peace into something perverse.

    July 9, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. Felonious Monk

    I believe that there are numerous issues of more substance than this one.
    Being from Texas, I wish Rep. Jackson would focus on problems, and not just getting her face and name in the news.

    Shame on you Rep. Jackson for not doing what should be your "job."
    This appears to be a complete waste of valuable time at this critical moment in time.

    July 9, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. Get a Life !!

    While I do not agree with Peter King, I applaud Pelosi for finally doing something right. There are people in the United States more deserving than MJ.

    July 9, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. Dennis

    This has to be one of the few times I agree with Nancy Pelosi.

    July 9, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. Mamanomia

    Absolutely correct decision made...anything other than that would have been ludicrous and totally out of place.

    July 9, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Ms. White

    I hope the family sues the fool from New York for defamation of character.
    Hail to the King of Pop...RIP Mike... We love You

    July 9, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. Tania

    Wise move on her part. Every time some celebrity dies there will be a resolution?

    July 9, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. J.Crobuzon

    The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones. In this case I think both good and evil will be kept on life support for months by media reports.

    July 9, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. mypitts2

    For the record: Elvis never had a resolution. There were resolutions recognizing the 50th anniversary of Rock N Roll, and he was mentioned in several sections.

    There was a resignation noting the designation of Graceland as a historic landmark, and that was used as a way to write out for the congressional record his contributions to rock n roll.

    The Jackson family must do everything in its power to save Neverland, inter Michael there and create a permanent monument to his contributions as well as create a revenue-generating vacation destination.

    July 9, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. Ron L

    The bottom line is this,
    Michael was an extremely creative musician and performer. If he wasn't the BEST ever , he is in the top 5.
    BUT...and this is a HUGE but....
    Personally he was a COMPLETE MESS!!! And because of this there is NO WAY he should have the Congress honor him. I am a huge fan of his work but when the Congress of the worlds GREATEST nation decides to pass a resolution to honor a person they have to be a bit more normal (for lack of a better world). Michael had just to many issues and acted to weird to be given such a RARE honor.
    Nancy Pelosi is doing the right thing by nipping it in the bud before it gets any more attention.

    July 9, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. Proud American

    Why not, Michael Jackson has never been convicted of anything. Think of him what you will, but be fair.

    July 9, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. kcl

    Controversy aside, is this what we need to busy ourself with in the US legislature? Pelosi is right, why open it up to discussion which would invariably address the negative aspects of his life. If we really want to honor him, don't do that to him.

    July 9, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. Mara

    Good. We should be honoring teachers, not entertainers.

    July 9, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Mark

    my tax dollars are paying for this discussion? Geez, really?

    July 9, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. dblzap

    Good decision!

    The last thing congress wants to do is honor a person who had a track record like MJ!

    Guilty or Not he never regained his good reputation, and why did he have to settle out of court more then once?

    July 9, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. Cowboy in West Texas

    I don't think congress needs to have a resolution to honor Jackson. He did a lot – accomplished a lot – but so have a lot of Americans. May he rest in peace.

    July 9, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. Shawnda Rose

    I believe N. Pelosi is having a hard time getting past the music of Michael and has ignored the very important humanitarian that was Michael. I hope at some point she realizes that it is important to always look at the whole picture and just the albulm cover. As for Rep. King unless Michael put his hands on you, you have no right to make such statements. I don't know you, but could easily call the media and make the same statements about you. Be very careful throwing stones from a glass house.

    July 9, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Randy in Pa

    What the --!!!!!!!

    I'm surprised someone in our Government doesn't try and make a "Michael Jackson" holiday. We can celebrate it instead of Easter.

    This is the first time I've agreed with Pelosi.

    July 9, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. DRC

    Wow, never agreed with Pelosi in my life until now. I guess now she will have time to pursue Amnesty for illegal aliens and look for more ways to tax those of us who pay taxes.

    July 9, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. sms29s

    She is right. What is the use of stirring this up? His family and fans are grieving. Let it lie. Nothing can be done about it now, and if some awful thing is ever proven, there would be Congress with this egg on its face.

    July 9, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. Julia

    Well good for her! That was the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard of when Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said that at the Memorial. You would think he was some kind of Great American Hero the way they were carrying on! I mean he was an just an entertainer who made tons of money. He could afford to be generous while trying to hide the fact that he had a thing for little boys. He was one very SICK and disgusting puppy!

    July 9, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. marlene

    Thank you Speaker Pelosi! The House did officially have a "moment of silence" in the week following Mr. Jackson's passing. Let that be enough.

    July 9, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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