Michael Jackson Resolution Watch
Updated, 4:35 p.m. ET
After glancing at today's House floor schedule, we've concluded: Jacko got jacked.
A resolution memorializing Michael Jackson was sidelined last week, but the House will still see fit to take up a myriad of resolutions today honoring various (mostly obscure) figures and events in the world of sports, entertainment and tragic news.
Among them are resolutions honoring the following:
- John William Heisman, the namesake of the Heisman Trophy who died in 1936, for his contributions to the game of football;
- Victims of last month's Metro train accident in the District;
- The 30th anniversary of "Black Music Month";
- Professional basketball player and jazz musician Wayman Tisdale, who died recently, for his "exceptional character and for the example that he served as a testament to the powers of positive thinking";
- House legislative counsel M. Pope Barrow, Jr., who is retiring.
But no love for the King of Pop? Nope, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave him the Heisman-style stiff arm.
Pelosi said last week that, while there's "lots of sadness" over Jackson's passing, "I don't think it's necessary for us to have a resolution."
The resolution's sponsor, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.), holds out hope that the legislation will eventually come to the floor -- but only when it's ready, "like good wine" -- by way of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, to which the measure was referred.
So now, it seems, the ball is squarely in Rep. Howard Berman's (D-Calif.) court.
As Foreign Affairs chairman, Berman will decide the fate of the lengthy, 1,500-word resolution, which details the late pop superstar's humanitarian efforts and hails Jackson as "an American legend and musical icon."
C'mon, surely the committee could fast-track this resolution ahead of its work on, say, the missile threat in North Korea, or the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, or the unrest in Iran, right?
Probably not. Berman's committee spokeswoman, Lynne Weil, tells us, "Chairman Berman simply has nothing to say on the subject at the moment."
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