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. Lauren

    I agree with Pelosi on this one, Michael Jackson was a great performer, but a resolution by congress honoring him is not necessary nor is it a priority especially since the economy, healthcare, and the two wars are crucial, important issues that we need to focus on right now.

    There may come a time in the future, after the important issues have been solved, when lawmakers have the time and the energy to devote to something like this, but right now is not the time.

    July 9, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. Darlene

    It's not often that Pelosi and I agree on things, but I think she has this correct. This is a time of grieving and reflection for family, friends and fans of Jackson and to open up the floor (so to speak) would possibly bring up and out alot of ugliness associated/alledged from his past. To get political involvement at this point is unnecessary.

    July 9, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. Don Beal

    Good. Michael Jackson was a good entertainer in some people's eyes, but he was hardly a humanitarian. He was not a respectable person in the eyes of many people in this country and should not receive any official honor from this country.

    July 9, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Bob in Pa

    The wizard may have given her a brain after all.

    July 9, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Eli O

    was there any house resolution for Elvis. If so then MJ deserves one
    cos both died of the same circumstance.

    July 9, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Stephanie

    Mr. Peter King,

    I believe the law states "innocent until proven guilty" and for someone who is suppose to represent the people, the law, and to make a public statement such as yours is misrepresenting the American Justice System.

    July 9, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. bob in omaha

    yes dems digg your own graves i love it

    July 9, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. william gair

    Sheila, I like MJ too but don't bring such things to the Hill.

    July 9, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. Steve (the real one)

    I wonder how many liberals are going to attack this liberal as a racist. I can just imagine the hatred if this was a conservative who denied the resolution. As hard as this is for me, I agree with Pelosi. I'm almost sure that will never happen again!

    July 9, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. David

    Thank God someone stopped all the madness. He was great, but please spare me all the praise, if he had no money he would had been in prison along time ago and we all know want for, need we go there.

    July 9, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. Carl

    1st thing I have agreed with her on in a long time.

    July 9, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. Krejaton

    Congratulations Pelosi-first thing you have done right as speaker!

    July 9, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Amy

    I think Congress should recognize this resolution. Michael Jackson was a great humanitarian. It would show that people in this country recognize that true giving is the greatest form of change. While it may open up contrary views, I do think they are necessary views to be made out in the open. Humanitarianism is being lost in today's world of recession. We as a people need it and this nation needs it at this time of doubt. Michael Jackson was a world-wide known figure and we need to honor his accomplishments and his giving that society didn't do in his life but most certainly can do in his death. It's sad people cannot get past media and tabloid junk to see the real Michael Jackson that believed in peace, hope, love and equality for all...exactly what we need in this world today.

    July 9, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. kmiller

    Thanks you Nancy ! ,,,, I think it about time the Government stayed on Government issues ! Dont waste our $$.... dont waste YOUR time.. our time...... Im sure the media and public will do just fine job of ' honoring' the perv..... I mean almost white singer.... I mean.... welllll nevermind.......

    July 9, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. Maurice, NC


    Good Call, Madam Speaker

    July 9, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. Jen

    More time wasted by the government when they have better things to work on.

    July 9, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. Mike Sk

    Smart move by Pelosi. the last thing we need is the GOP throwning around nasty words about Michael Jackson. Then the name calling by the Democrats back at the GOP could get rather nasty.

    July 9, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. yuri

    That 'll incite a lot of red-hot discussions on MJ, and currently, we do not need this, since we have much more important things to concentrate on, including several hot-button issues. MJ was an accomplshed artist in his own right and May his Soul rest in peace.

    July 9, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. Enough MJ...Lets talk G8 Summit....

    By 2050 most people now on earth age 40 or more will be dead and gone by then. Pres Obama yet another politician making PROMISES to cut emissions to whatever by 2050 is one promise he is sure he won't have to keep. Just more fancey rhetoric ! Believe ?...We don't think so !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 9, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. tony

    What a waste – writing legislation to honor Michael Jackson. We have be deluged with excessive coverage about him over the last two weeks. Other much more inportant things are happening all over our country and world. I'm sick of hearing about him. I want our elected officals to work on tackling real problems – the economy, loss of jobs, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, global warming, AIDS, the list goes on and on.....not some lunacy about Michael Jackson....

    July 9, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. Legna

    Please try to keep Pelosi's comments confidential. She is absolutely of no consequence to anyone or anything. Please note how many positive comments u get on her. I bet its less than 10% positive.

    July 9, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. rand

    I think this is a smart move. We've all been inundated by the media with death of MJ. Supporters of this measure are going to be very upset with what the opposition will bring to the table.

    Let's let Michael rest in peace. The congress has much more important things to tackle.

    July 9, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. Dan

    Finally, our esteemed Speaker does something right. Time to go back to work and save the planet, stimulate the economy, do her nails, hate Palin or whatever it is that she's good at...

    July 9, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. Charlotte

    Thank you, Nancy Pelosi. Jackson was a singer and a dancer. He was not a national hero or a great icon and does not deserve congressional resolution. Congress' job is legislating, not memorializing entertainers. Let MTV do it., let the Grammy Awards show do it, but quit wasting valuable time that should be spent on important business.

    July 9, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. Respect

    If we can honor Elvis, the pervert who met his future wife when she was 14 years old and developed a romantic relationship with her when he was 25, then we can honor Michael Jackson.

    If we can honor all the past presidents who were murders, rapist, abortionist, perverts, and evil men, then we can honor Michael Jackson. These men dead all kinds of enhumane things as slave owners.

    July 9, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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