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

Pelosi: House won't take up Michael Jackson resolution

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/18/art.pelosihand0618.gi.jpg caption="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. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Nancy I stand behind you on alot of things, but not on this. Congress should vote on this resolution. I'm not saying this because I'm a huge MJ fan, but because he was a huge HUMANITARIAN on behalf of this country not to mention an American icon. It says alot when you're cited in the Guiness Book of World Records for being the most CHARITABLE person. As Congresswomen Lee stated, "facts are facts."

    July 9, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Joe in NJ

    If there's a resolution for Jackson then I want one for Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, et. al.

    July 9, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Good – now stop the time-wasting BCS crap that is being bantered around. DO SOMETHING FOR THE COUNTRY - NOT SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS. Also, foreign resolutions do NOT do anything but waste time.


    July 9, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. RYAN

    This is the only good decision Nancy Pelosi has ever made...congratulations

    Please CNN, stop talking about Michael Jackson or you will lose one more viewer

    July 9, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. No one famous

    Any why exactly are we tying up congress for this crap. So what, an entertainer died. Move on to the business of governing this great country!

    July 9, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. mark

    you're kidding, right? what a joke.

    July 9, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Kat

    The House has far more pressing matters to attend to than the death of a celebrity. This is not a government matter! Michael Jackson will be remembered forever regardless of whether or not the government makes any kind of an official gesture - it's time to let him rest in peace and stop making a spectacle of it.

    July 9, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. RI Moderate

    What?? And miss an opportunity to pander to the 'bread and circus' vote?

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

    There is no need for it, why waste the time. Pelosi needs to take responsibility for her lying about water boarding.

    July 9, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. carlo

    I'm very disappointed that Pelosi allowed outside pressure to cause her to step back from this very minor gesture that is done every day on the Floor. As the days have come and gone, events surrounding Jackson are gaining more clarity, and its starting to look like his accusers are the evil ones here.

    Everyone who has ridiculed him for his skin should be ashamed. Turns out he was telling the truth all along.

    July 9, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. Henry Miller

    As the Spendthrift-in-Chief of the so-called "stimulus" travesty, Nancy Pelosi has cost the US $3,214,869.28–that's over 3 million dollars–for every minute of the existence of the present administration. Just think of the $192,892,156.86–that's 193 million dollars–it would have saved the country if she'd spent an hour debating Michael Jackson rather than looking for more outrageous new ways to ruin the country's economy.

    July 9, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. Dont blame me

    That is the first SANE thing that Pelosi has said in YEARS!!!!

    July 9, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. tad

    finally, something that Nancy has said makes sense

    July 9, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    I guess the House is not the House of all people! It should be voted on...that's democracy!

    July 9, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. Casy

    I can't believe I actually agree with this bumbling idiot!!!

    July 9, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. Bill

    Finally, Pelosi's actaully saying something worth listening to!

    July 9, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Bridgette

    I am a huge Michael Jackson fan and even I thought that was a bit ridiculous. That is just totally not necessary. I think it is time we let MJ rest and let the family heal. Let's move on. Death is the one thing that is guaranteed in life. He was human like everyone else and he was born to die. Now let him RIP.

    July 9, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. KirksNoseHair

    I don't often agree with Pelosi (despite the fact that I'm a Democrat) but on this I agree with her 100%

    July 9, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. Kelby In Houston, TX

    I knew this was going to happen...
    The United States Govt. has never been willing to honor African Americans without putting up some sort of resistence. There is always some sort of problem or excuse.
    That's okay...It's no problem...Michael Jackson is still the greatest performer the world has ever seen...and we don't need no stinking congressional resolution to know that.

    And let's be honest. They are not taking up the resolution because they are afraid of what a republican might say.

    The people of America know that the G No P is irrelevent, but somebody forgot to tell the Democrats

    July 9, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. john

    FINALLY! a voice of reason, he is dead, let it go already.

    July 9, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. Julia

    I think it makes sense not to pass a resolution. There are so many important things that Congress fails to get around to, why waste their time with this? It's not the federal government's responsibility to mourn the loss of former pop stars.

    July 9, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. GOPer

    Thank You

    July 9, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. D. D.

    A resolution is not that difficult unless more people have Peter King's mindset.
    This great entertainer can be quickly remembered for his children's sake, Speaker.

    July 9, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. DJones

    Geez, why don't we just make him into a saint?

    July 9, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. Jefferson Handcock

    Jackson is not a saint like Elvis...........

    July 9, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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