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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."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 13, 2009; 3:23 PM ET
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Please immediately stop wasting time, space and attention on this grandstanding Congresswoman who is using the grief over a man's death to raise her profile.

Posted by: bpai_99 | July 14, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Most of these kinds of actions pass with little or no fanfare because they are lost in the noise of other more important actions. Jackson-Lee doomed her effort when she elected to make a high profile resolution.

Posted by: JMP5 | July 15, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

In her Texas congressional district we know that everything Rep. Sheila does has a high-profile slant to it. Publicity is more important to her than really helping her constituents. She inserts herself into celebrity funerals and press conferences the same way she notoriously hogs the coveted aisle position every year at the president's State of the Union speech. She sponsors more useless "humanitarian" resolutions than just about anybody in Congress, and her success record for handling constituents' casework is way below average. Maybe that's because she hires and fires more aides than any other congressperson. In Texas she's a joke, and we all miss the great representative she replaced, Ms. Barbara Jordan.

Posted by: donwayne69 | July 15, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I think it's a little premature to be doing this. For all the good that he did he took two steps back for every one forward. Now that they are in the process of dissecting him it appears worse rather than redeeming. I say forget about it.

Posted by: skybride56 | July 15, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

"She inserts herself into celebrity funerals and press conferences the same way she notoriously hogs the coveted aisle position every year at the president's State of the Union speech."

Have you ever (how could you not) seen Shelia walking down to the TWO aisle seats it takes to handle her girth? She & Nadler need at least two to handle their well-endowed rear ends.

Posted by: nickthimmeschearthlinknet | July 16, 2009 1:40 AM | Report abuse

The proposed resolution is a good indication of the folly of our elected officials. They conisitently fail at doing the right thing in important matters, and can somehow find the time to honor someone who repeatedly displayed bizarre behavior.

Posted by: masssgt | July 17, 2009 5:48 AM | Report abuse

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