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. Rick

    Let's see... he didn't write any of his songs, he didn't play an instrument, he didn't invent anything worthwhile, Bill and Melinda gates have given away 100 times as much money as him... Let's face it, his contribution to society is that he taught us how to do the 'moonwalk'.

    One of the more laughable comments I heard was a guy on O'Reilly who said that he was the greatest child prodigy ever – more talented than Mozart! People who lack historical perspective crack me up.

    July 9, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Liz

    Wow Nancy got one right.

    July 9, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. DT

    Good decision, he's dead get on wit life yall have country to govern...he's not more special then any American I dont care how much money he had...

    July 9, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. roscot

    nothing in this life is more important than the celebration of the life of this giant of modern music and humanity. Long live the gloved king of pop and down with Peluzi!!!!!!!!!! Let her disappear in the night with Obama too!!!

    July 9, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. vr2009

    Pelosi is against anything that will cause a debate! And Sheila Jackson Lee can probably devote the money spent chasing the hearses so that she can speak at the service in more useful ways to further her poor district! In spite of this she is re-elected each and every time! This is beyond ridiculous. There is no money involved, of course Pelosi is not going to support it...if Sheila Lee had said that MJ's fans need a stimulus to elevate them from their sorrows then Pelosi would have made sure it passed without debate!

    July 9, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Moonbeam

    Thank you , Madam Speaker!
    Finally, one person who is not afraid to refuse to participate in the circus surrounding Jackson's death!

    July 9, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. Hardline

    Lisa......First you say he did a lot for the African American race, then you call him a humanitarian. A humanitarian is someone who contributes greatly and has a profound benefit on humanity in general. That includes people of all races. Although, I thought he was very talented, he didn't improve my life or the lives of most people I know.

    July 9, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Jane

    Thank yoyu for not considering it – there are far more important htings Congress should be doing instead of things like this & whether the College football campionship is done right. How about actually fixing something now!

    July 9, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. Carolyn

    Mr. King's comments are DESPICABLE – and factually incorrect.

    Apparently this LAWYER only understands the meaning of ACQUITTAL when it suits him...

    Apparently this MAN has no shame, defaming the dead before they are even in the ground.

    The only thing worse than Mr. King are the New Yorker's who continue to support him.

    July 9, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. daunt

    One of the few smart moves Pelosi has made.

    July 9, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. AcidEatingLiberal

    Enough already! Micheal Jackson hasnt been a great entertainer in almost 20 years. He was just a freak since then! Lets have a Jerry Garcia or Jimmy Hendrix resolution because both of those MUSICIANS were ten times more talented and both died from drug abuse. Give it a rest!

    July 9, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Dania Alvarez

    Mrs. Pelosi is either jealous or a very dominant woman that takes
    advantage of her government's position.

    You want to be the "Star of the Show" no matter what. If you are such
    a good catholic, remember that "pride" is a sin.

    You are an arrogant woman that is damaging your Party.

    Good luck!!!!

    July 9, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Ann

    Finally I can agree with Nancy Pelosi. Why didn't Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas choose to recognize Ed McMahon, a war hero. No, she would like to honor a drug head weirdo entertainer. Yes, he could sing and dance but the only war he ever served in were the ones he created for himself. Sheila Jackson, you should be impeached. Please people, get over this crazy notion that a entertainer is some kind of god.

    July 9, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. David

    The coverage of Jackson has to stop, this is insane! This is one of the most irresponsible levels of coverage I have ever seen. There are REAL issues in this country! This is like the time CNN broke away from General Wesley Clark, because Paris Hilton was "getting into a truck"! CNN you are maddening! Please give us news and not gossip and crap!

    July 9, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. Knocklehead

    Nancy Pelosi is the biggest weakling to have ever been Speaker of the House. She needs to go back to working at McDonalds. Ya, that is where she belongs...flipping burgers!!!

    July 9, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. tracy

    while i am not fully informed on the way the united states runs its government (yes i am canadian boo hiss)
    should Rep. Peter King not have been reprimanded for his libelous comments? does this not leave not only himself, but the whole house open to a lawsuit since they did nothing?
    this behavior does not speak volumes for the way your representatives feel about the citizens of your country.

    July 9, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. white supremacist = al qaeda =hamas = terrorism

    We should fire the CONGRESS

    July 9, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. joe salters

    Pelosi is right on this decision.

    July 9, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Don

    Finally, some common sense and sanity from a politician!

    July 9, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Donna Gross

    Let's take it to the people and petition Pelosi for the resolution. As far as Rep. Peter King what evidence does he have to support his allegations. He needs to do some real work and get some ideas on how to straighten out the country. That he sit by and let Bush put us in the worst depression since 1940. And had nothing to say. Michael was not convicted of any crime. I like CNN I look at you every evening. But to me you are being very disrespectful talking about what color Michael was and he had no hair. And there keeping his brain do you have love ones how would you feel. That is sick I lost my son and stuff like that would break my heart. STOP IT.

    July 9, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. Richard L

    "nothing in this life is more important than the celebration of the life of this giant of modern music and humanity."

    This is what America has come to.

    July 9, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. Bubba

    It's like Georgia when Strom Thurmond and Lester Maddox both died the same week. I thought it would never end.

    July 9, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. Robin

    How old was Pyscilla when Elvis started dating her? I rest my case!

    July 9, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. Obama Victim

    I am a long time critic of Pelosi.............she got it right this time

    July 9, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  25. Diane

    I thought the resolution was a little silly, but then I think most of their resolutions are silly. How about we just conduct business and forget all the extra stuff? If they are going to do all this extra stuff – Michael Jackson is as deserving at the next guy. He was a great entertainer and a humanitarian and deserves recognition as such. Since he has never been convicted of anything, there should be no discussion needed.

    July 9, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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