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. james

    I liked MJ but enough is enough! Don't you democrats waste another dime of OUR TIME!

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

    This is the first time this dimwit has shown any intelligence.

    July 9, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. Pat in IL

    If she would that kind of good judgement in other, more important, issues, she'd be great. In reality, there are hundreds of " American legends and musiical (and other) icons".

    July 9, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. Mike b

    Micheal tried to heal the world, Peter King is an IDIOT!!!!

    July 9, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. history repeats

    great! the time waisting american people proposing resolutions in congress to honor MICHAEL JACKSON!!! how about we put our energy in helping our neighbors that are in foreclosure or the 1 in 6 people in this world that are dying of hunger. maybe people can pay attention to whats happening in the world right now like honduras, darfur and iran. how about people spend their time wisely?! no? ok great...america is the paris hilton of the world! completely clueless over here.

    July 9, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. 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 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. tired of big gub'ment

    Why is pelosi talking about Michael Jackson instead of doing what her job is? Time to get off the soapbox and start reading these bills.

    Enough with the MJ coverage. Congress, stop wasting your time and ours talking about entertainment news and start working on your job.

    July 9, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. swin5

    Hey, Michael Jackson must be a great man. After all, he finally got me to agree with Nancy Pelosi about something.

    July 9, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Matt from Toronto, Canada

    Pelosi is right. There are far more important things to be concerned with than the death of one musician.

    July 9, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Ceceile

    This is so sad. The American judicial system only seems to work when the majority of caucasians agree. When they don't agree with the systems outcome they change the ruling, by demonizing individuals in the media. It's a sad day in America because this so highlights the racial divides that still exist. We've come a short way baby! Hidden racism has come a long way baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am also digusted by the media's downplay of the number of viewers of the Michael Jackson memorial. Its no surprise! God knows the truth.

    Resolution 600 should pass in the House of Representatives.

    July 9, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Melissa W

    Yay for Nancy Pelosi!

    July 9, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. David Dunn

    For once I agree with Pelosi.

    July 9, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. Bev

    For once, I agree with Pelosi. Enough of all this.

    July 9, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. gt

    good call ,,,,

    July 9, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. Esther B

    how about our Soldiers - true heroes

    July 9, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. jim

    That 's just like them too say one thing ,and do nothing at all !!!!

    July 9, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. MonRob

    Pelosi is right.

    Let the man rest. We've had enough of M.J. for now.

    The toxicology report will bring more of him soon enough.

    And you know what, grant you he was a good entertainer (though not my taste), but that is it. There are plenty of entertainers that give money to charities. A God he is NOT.

    July 9, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. Bill in Illinois

    Oh my god!!! Finally something that I agree with Nancy Pants on. This must be the first thing that she has done that had any connection to common sense. I give her an A+ for this one!!!

    July 9, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. bob in LA

    He was Mr. Michael Jackson- not Saint Michael Jackson.
    An incredibly talented artist that gave millions of us hours of pleasure.
    He has no passed- as have millionsof other talented people before him.
    Can WE let him resti n peace?

    July 9, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. DT

    Peter King is absolutley correct. And Jackson-Lee is a waste of space on the House floor.

    This is the first time I've ever said this, but... kudos to Pelosi . *shivers*

    July 9, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. indy

    come on guys get to work on the important issues like the BCS bowl selection and steroids in baseball

    July 9, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. John G

    "A resolution, I think, would open up (debate) to contrary views that are not necessary"

    Dissent is patriotic madame speaker

    July 9, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Garry

    Craziness! A resolution??
    No..He is gone, he was great, remmebr him as you like..But ENOUGH already!

    July 9, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. Polar Bears Against Palin

    Once again, limp wristed middle-of-the road liberals are afraid to take a stand because they are scared.. Democrats should be more worried about the progressive left in this country come 2010 and 2012. Not so much the Republicans. Because we are getting sick of this crap already. The progressives played a huge role in sweeping Democrats into power. If we don't show up at the polls on election day, you have Republicans in charge again. You brought it all on yourselves.

    July 9, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Larry

    You've gotta be kidding me. Enough is enough!

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