Pelosi: No Debate on Michael Jackson Resolution
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ruled out House consideration of a resolution memorializing Michael Jackson.
Asked this morning whether the resolution sponsored by Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Diane Watson (D-Calif.) should be brought to the House floor, Pelosi paused and then said very quietly, "Michael Jackson was a great, great performer. Lots of sadness there for many reasons."
But, Pelosi continued, members do have the opportunity to "offer sympathy or praise" for whomever they want on the House floor when they wish (presumably during floor speeches at the beginning and end of each day), so no legislation is required.
"I don't think it's necessary for us to have a resolution," Pelosi said, because in the case of Jackson, such a debate would be opened up to "contrary" views. The most glaring of those contrary views comes from Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), who lambasted the pop superstar last week as a "pervert" and a "pedophile."
It doesn't sound like the Michael Jackson resolution is a particularly high priority of the Congressional Black Caucus, either. The resolution was not a subject of discussion at last night's weekly CBC meeting, according to aides.
We're awaiting responses from Watson and Jackson Lee on Pelosi's decision not to have debate on their resolution.
Mary Ann Akers
July 9, 2009; 11:53 AM ET
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