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. Anonymous

    This is exactly what is wrong with the government of this country!!!!!

    July 9, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. CT native

    I TOTALLY agree with Mr. Peter King from NY. Jacko was an entertainer who lived his live outrageously. His personal conduct was beyond American. His talent is not denied, however all his actions ( ? humanitarian ? ) are suspect in my opinion. What ever he did – it was solely to make MONEY. Money is the route of all our problems at present. The sham of the funeral cost CASH STRAPPED California big time. It should not have been allowed. Who the h-ll is jackson anyway?

    July 9, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. Connie in Tennessee

    She is absolutely right. There have been a lot of great entertainers. Congress should be focused on solving the many problems facing us today. That is the reason we send them to Washington.

    July 9, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Beatrice

    I like Nancy Pelosi but I disagree with her on this. Anyway Michael Jackson is a legend and his legacy will only grow with time.

    July 9, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. mk

    Rep. Petr King, R-N.Y should START WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR. And, not believe everything in tabloids.

    July 9, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. Dave P.

    I think Nancy one of the reasons he is being honored besides his musical stature, but also for being in the Guiness Book of World Records for being the one artist with the most charitable contributions of all time.

    July 9, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. contrary views that are not necessary

    you mean like he has nothing to do with the recession, loss of jobs, war(s)

    he should be debated as much as the college football playoffs

    please stay on the nation's business, we have a lot to do, people are suffering

    July 9, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. David from WI

    Oh sure Rep. Peter King calling MJ a perv is so much worse than the THIRD IN LINE TO THE PRESIDENCY OF THE UNITED STATES calling the CIA (as a whole) lairs.

    Pelosi is not making us safer when she undermines the effectiveness and morale of a main agency charged with keeping us safe.

    So much for her oath. Oh wait it doesn't benefit the Democratic party to stand up for the CIA.

    Her and her scheme to get a Dem elected has scarred this county and has done lasting damage to our republic.
    I am sure her and others of her ilk will do more damage by blaming others AGAIN (Bush, CIA, etc) and keep the hyper partisan national wound festering to help her party keep power (its a sicking tactic but it seemed to work)

    July 9, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. fjh3q

    Nancy's just jelous because MJ's had more plastic surgery then she has!

    July 9, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Padraig

    The Senate and the House of Representatives have bigger issues to worry about and need to spend there time on working to resolve our current economic crisis.

    July 9, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. adele

    At the end of the day, we should and history will remember Michael Jackson for all his contributions to music and charities. He bridged a generation and nothing will ever take that away. Politicians only think about their careers and how it would affect those careers, whether supporting this or not. Again, all those who are without sin cast that first stone (especially Peter King). Michael will live on as did Elivs, Frank, etc. Let's take it there and work more in how we can be more charitable to each other. God Bless the Jackson family.

    July 9, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Tiffany in Seattle

    Our legal system and public is such a joke.

    So quick to judge we are...MJ is the ONLY famous person I know who has capture the attention and love from around the whole world...Yet we cannot even recognize him, his accomplishments and humanitarian efforts publically because it would be taboo!!??

    Interesting our own government doesn't follow the stance of 'Innocent until proven guilty". Worries me that we have people representing us that admit they do not believe in that statement.
    I guess the legal system (gov't) and the people can successfully find a way to convict and punish the accused even if it isn't behind prison walls.

    July 9, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. Peter E

    While I don't think he was innocent, technically it was never proven that he committed any of those henious acts. I think the only crime that was ever proven was that he gave alcohol to minors. It's okay though, in America you're guilty until you prove your innocence, thanks to the tradition that the media acts as the judge and jury!

    July 9, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. SC resident

    I go with Pelosi..... it'd open up a can of worms. Let people remember the extraordinary memorial service, and leave it at that.

    July 9, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. Mark

    Sheila Jackson wants a resolution. Pelosi doesn't. The saddest part of this is that, going on two weeks of incessant coverage, it's not obvious who is better representing the will of their constituents.

    On the bright side, it's not like there's anything else to fix in this country.

    July 9, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. Mrs. Helms

    I'm with Representative King

    July 9, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. Terf

    I'd agree with Pelosi on this one. And while I don't appreciate Peter King's tone on the matter, he's right about the media's over-coverage on things such as Jackson's memorial service.

    July 9, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. wethepeople

    I think it's appropriate at this time, the speaker sdecision. But I do appreciate Sheila Jackson Lee's important reminder: The Constitution states that one is innocent until proven otherwise...that is the law of the land.

    July 9, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. Kel

    Good for her. I know he was great, but quite frankly, I'm getting sick of all of the Michael Jackson coverage. In fact, if they really respected Michael, they would stop speculating and let his family alone. We don't need him in politics, too.

    July 9, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. LIZ

    This is the very first time I have EVER AGREED with Pelosi...Elvis, Paul Newman, Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton and the list goes on–did not get a resolution...

    July 9, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Limbaugh is a liberal

    For a party who molests Congressional pages, the GOP is sure holier-than-thou!

    July 9, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. Mike in NYC

    No matter how talented, any White entertainer with Jackson's, um, proclivities, wouldn't have stood a one in a trillion chance of being feted the way Jacko is.

    IMHO, MJ was innocent the way OJ was.

    July 9, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. Jessie

    She needs to carve out more time to supress any CIA information that was related to her about torture. Oh the moral high ground of the Dem's – it is non-existent. Hypocrites to the end.

    July 9, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. ChristineYancy

    This is horrible...This man has contributed billions of dollars to charity. How can she keep a straight face and do this? She has people in her ear. Be your own person Mrs. Pelosi!!! A resolution are just words......Unbelievable!!!!

    July 9, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. Kevin ( Atlanta )

    I think it is very sad when the rep.from your state does not want to past a resolution honoring you or put it on the floor for a vote . Madam Speaker forgets that the people of California elected her to office and she must face those people again to stay in her seat. "So what goes around comes around "

    July 9, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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