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. K. Owens

    I'm sure that to go forward with the resolution would just further increase the national deficit, huh? The resolution merely states what has been proven to be a fact for the past 40 years.
    Yet and still, this type of attitude towards Michael Jackson does not surprise me one bit (because it's not an election year is it?)…yet another one of Satan's crafty minions proving that the devil is always busy.

    July 9, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Jeffer65

    Congress has more important things to do right now. the economy, healthcare, etc. I'm sorry Michael Jackson is dead, but let's move on.

    July 9, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Ed E

    Hurray Nancy,

    Keep focused on what matters and don't get distracted. These resolutions are all a silly waste of time. Jackson's too controversial of a figure to take time away from all of the important issues facing us today.

    July 9, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. Marc L

    Talk about a complete and total waste of time and money. What business do our lawmakers have proposing a resolution on a famous entertainer. Don't they have actual legislation to deal with? You know, the kind that affects everyone's lives? Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee should be kicked out of the Senate for proposing such an assinine idea and not doing her job.

    July 9, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. Matt

    I agree 100%. Although I believe that Michael Jackson was one of the best and his passing is a terrible thing I also feel that we have bigger things in this world that our congress and politicians need to be focused on....... such as like the economy, health care and the middle east just to name a few... Our Tax money does not need to be spent on our politicans debating an issue like this.

    July 9, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Elmer

    Pelosi and Lee. What a combo. Both are gaining from this. Lee plays to the media and her constituency, and Pelosi looks like the voice of reason (out of character I might add). Playing both sides for mutual benefit. Bill Clinton would be proud – he is still the very best at this! It is so evident that I feel the need to congratulate them for being so transparent about it! First time in a while Nancy. Good for you. Now lets move on and solve the country's real issues.

    July 9, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Chicago Girl

    I am a huge Michael Jackson and Jackson Five fan. I remember when I first saw them on The Ed Sullivan Show, years ago. However, I don't find that a resolution is necessary. What's the point? His legions of fans already know he was an accomplished recording and performing artist, and that he was a noted humanitarian. How about a resolution to censor Rep. Peter King – his remarks are slanderous.

    July 9, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Ras-disputin

    You will never have any idea how much I despise this woman!

    July 9, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Deb

    Peter King needs to shut his mouth and keep his opinions to himself.

    July 9, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Eric

    A resolution for Jackson... You have got to be kidding!

    July 9, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. Diana

    I agree. Though Jackson was a humanitarian and will be missed by most, he was only an entertainer. It's silly to waste our taxpayer money over something like this.

    July 9, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Lisa in Shelton

    While I agree with the Speaker that it was good to squash this when there is so very much of political importance facing them; it could be lose/lose for Pelosi.

    Attempting to have Congress agree to honor the icon (who elicits a gamut of positive and negative reactions) would be difficult at best; but the fact that it is on CNN means it will likely get the Speaker blasted for insensitivity by some and had she let it go forward she'd be blasted by others for frivilous use of Congress's time.

    July 9, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Denise

    I don't blame Pelosi. We have more importan t issues

    July 9, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. Marty, Grand Rapids MI

    Thank you.

    July 9, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. vr2009

    Well...Sheila Jackson Lee got her free publicity from this stunt. There was nothing in it for Pelosi...and she has more important things to worry about – like Stimulus 2....AND Pelosi is very clear when she says "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," just like we couldnt open up the 1200+ page bills that have been passed because contrary views would have brought the truth out!!! Maybe Ms Lee should have prepared a 1200+ page resolution and named it Stimulus 2 and put a price tag of 500-600B – then the house would have signed it unread and they would have both been happy!!! What losers..Lee for bringing it up, and Pelosi for openly stating that she doesnt need debates....

    July 9, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. d1120

    I agree...he's gone...let it rest.

    July 9, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. Marilyn

    The very idea that congress would even spend time discussing this is absurd. Jackson was a private citizen and an entertainer. Nothing more. His fans need to get a grip on their hysteria and get on with their lives.

    July 9, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Michael H. Miller

    Thank you, Madame Speaker, for injecting some reality into this pandemic of Jacko-mania. It's time to move on.

    July 9, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. jake

    be careful ms pelosi because there is a whole lot of skeletons in your closet that need to come out. but as we know the members of congress watch each others back. "the exclusive club". mark my word it will come back to bite you. while you and the whole congress was quiet about that 9 billion dollars that disappeared over in iraq. there was not a peep out of you, cheney bush or bremmer about all that money. judge ye not...... how about frank s. accolades? one wave of his hand [mob] and you would disappear too.

    July 9, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. jeff

    congressional idiots have nothing better to do – i see

    July 9, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. Chayil

    It kills me how people insist that Jackson was a pervert and the such. Government Representatives that are supposed to strongly believe and support the justice system as examples to the rest of society seem to forget that he was acquitted of his charges. That being said....where do people get off making unjustified labels on a man that was clearly as the resolution states – an accomplished recording and performing artist, he was a noted humanitarian. This information is true and the resolution should be passed based on fact and not on personal opinion.

    July 9, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Sharon Northern Virginia

    Just let the man rest in peace. He had a memorial in a special way. Let the family move on. Stop with the resolutions or what about all of our fallen soldiers, where is their resolution (HR600)? When will Shelia Jackson Lee introduce HR600 for all the fallen soldiers who lost their life for her to be able to present such a resolution for MJ.

    Do not get me wrong MJ producted great music and did some great things and he had a full coverage memorial.

    July 9, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Pat F

    OMIGOD – Pelosi showing actual leadership?

    It's the first sign of the Apocalyse!

    July 9, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. Larry

    Thank you Nancy

    What a waste of time that would be

    If I even hear or see MJs name again I'm gonna puke

    July 9, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. slickingdom

    I think that Michael's biggest contribution was his work a humanitarian. For
    all that he was able to take, he put back in ten-fold with his time, money and
    talent. His donations to the United Negro College Fund, all profits for the
    single "Man In The Mirror" went to charity, his "Heal The World" Foundation
    in which he started. This list goes on and on. He is a proven role model
    when it comes to his work as a Philanthropist. Not to mention his legacy
    as a musician. The people that made those allegations (that Rep. Peter
    King is referencing) were purely after his money. Michael was never
    convicted of anything. May he rest in peace.

    July 9, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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