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Jackson Lee Sees Future For Jackson Resolution

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) appears with Michael Jackson in this ABC News Channel 7 video.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) says she doesn't believe the Democratic leadership has taken her resolution memorializing Michael Jackson off the table forever, and is still hopeful the measure will be considered, even if not immediately.

"This is not a resolution that any of us introduced to pass this week," Jackson Lee said in a telephone interview with the Sleuth late Thursday night. "I want this to be like good wine."

The congresswoman said she never intended for the lengthy resolution to be taken up this week, or even next, and that she doesn't believe House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has closed the door on bringing the resolution to the House floor later in the 111th Congress.

Pelosi, however, certainly seemed to convey that the Jackson resolution will not see the light of day. She told reporters earlier Thursday that while there is "lots of sadness" over Jackson's passing, "I don't think it's necessary for us to have a resolution."

There has been a feeling among Democratic leaders that interrupting their work on landmark health care legislation in order to honor a pop star whose eccentric behavior included sharing a bed with young boys and taking drugs may not, perhaps, be the wisest political move.

The speaker said individual members are free to express their sympathy or praise Jackson's work any time they wish, but legislating those feelings via a resolution would "open up to contrary views that are not necessary at this time." (Hello, Peter King! The Long Island Republican last week expressed disgust with the media frenzy over Jackson's death and labeled the singer a "pervert" and a "pedophile.")

Jackson Lee, who is no relation to Michael Jackson but became personally fond of him when she hosted the pop superstar on Capitol Hill in 2004, said she interpreted Pelosi's comments simply to mean there won't be a resolution any time soon.

"It's a question of timing. . . . I expect this will take some time," Jackson Lee said, noting that the resolution must first go through the committee process. In this case, since the resolution focuses on Michael Jackson's humanitarian efforts, the measure will be referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, according to Jackson Lee.

But there may never be enough time to convince the Congressman Kings of Congress that they should vote for a measure that hails Michael Jackson as "an American legend and musical icon." Jackson Lee called Rep. King a "good friend" but she said there is "no evidence that what he said (about Michael Jackson) is true."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 10, 2009; 5:46 AM ET
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I agree with the thoughts of Congressmen King. Michael Jackson may have been the best Afro performer to draw a breath but he is not a person I would want my kids to look up to.

Posted by: TAMPADUDE | July 10, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes a good wine isn't appropriate for consumption. Enough of the idolization of MJ. His family, peers, fans and the media fenzy were enough to imortalize him in history. As for his humanitarian efforts, one gives without the expectation of receiving adolation and alocades. When we have soldiers dying every day in the MidEast, it seems overkill to honor a person who lived in his own world at Neverland, was accused of crimes against children (and subsequently paid off the parents) and obviously abused prescription drugs. Enough! What social redeaming qualities did he have to merit this type of resolution. We have enough on our plate with the economy, health care, the War in the MidEast, housing slump, global warming, and failing businesses. Congress and the House should spend their time on the issues they were elected to solve for their constituents. Get to work!

Posted by: rallen311 | July 10, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

For all you people that HATE Michael Jackson, which one of you inspired people to feed children in Africa when no one else was thinking of it? Which one of you were convicted in the media of Child Molestation without any proof whatsoever? Which one of you have given millions to charity? WHICH one of you have inspired millions to be better humans? NONE OF YOU! So get off your high horses and let the man and his accomplishments and failures speak for themselves. Nobody is forcing you to worship Michael Jackson, but for you to just hate for the sake of ease that it comes to you, think again about the ease with which this man overcame the hatred you put upon him while he was here and know that in death he will overcome you too. Especially if I have anything to do with it!

Killing someone for a rumour is the stuff of backwards society and those who cannot think for themselves. If there was every any proof that MJ harmed any child no one would be stupid enough to ask for him/ her to be honored. Congresswoman Lee is trying to lift up MJ for his Humanity! NOt some stinking rumour which is proven untrue! TWICE!

A person like me would give up on haters like these that the WP has decided to post, but MJ would give you a chance to rethink it.

If we left the world to people who only see the worst in others this would truly be hell. They tried to prove to MJ that this is hell and I think they are right, but for Michael Jackson and his accomplishments. His success is the only reason I believed in this country at all as a young person. If he would have listen to these detractors, how many would be lost? How many would be dead? How many would be in pain? Apparently tens of millions!

Posted by: DesavedAgain | July 10, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

This woman is worse than pathetic, she is using a dead celebrity to get her name in the headlines.

That aside, let's not forget that MJ was JUST AN ENTERTAINER. He didn't help the sick or cure diseases, devote his life to charitable causes, etc. If we take this road to the its logical conclusion, Congressional resolutions will be based on music sales and box office receipts.

Again, this would be merely pathetic if Lee genuinely felt this resolution was appropriate, but she's not that stupid - this is just a cynical ploy to gain attention for herself by taking advantage of the grief felt by others.

Posted by: bpai_99 | July 13, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I think it will be a matter of time before the resolution is passed. King and Pelosi are now two political hacks that I now have lost respect for.

Posted by: Hachiko | July 13, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Just once, and I mean just once, would I like to see Shirley Jackson Lee do something that was not RACIALLY MOTIVATED. I live in Houston and she is on the news only when she can make an issue, any issue, a racial issue. She even flew her buddie John Conyers (D-MI) down to Houston to have a hearing about an issue that she made into a racial issue about the Harris COUNTY District Attorney's office over which she had no jurisdiction to get on the news, which demonstrates that she does not know the difference between county, state and federal law. She travels around our area with her friend, a former crack dealer turned Muslim community activist, Quannel X, and his Black Panther thugs stirring up racial issues and providing demonstrations FOR A PRICE ($20,000.00 on one). I just thank God that her "duties" keep her in Washington, D.C., most of the time. She's Nancy Pelosi's problem, it looks like.

Posted by: ROYSTOLL2 | July 14, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Sheila Jackson Lee is grandstanding for Michael Jackson, in part, to please her mostly Afro-American voting constituents who resent how she fiercely supported Hillary Clinton over President Obama in the presidential campaign. She is routinely voted the biggest publicity hog in Congress, and has her staff monitor all funerals so she can show up in front of any news cameras, like at the Michael Jackson Memorial. In Texas she is famous for supporting and spending taxpayer money on her favorite causes: Afro-American welfare and the betterment of illegal immigrants. She demands special treatment on airplanes and goes through more staff than any other congressperson. She keeps getting re-elected in a highly gerry-mandered district, but one of these days the voters will figure out how she promotes herself and hurts the United States.

Posted by: donwayne69 | July 14, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

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