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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.


By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 9, 2009; 11:53 AM ET
 
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Comments

GOOD!

I could beleave it when I found myself agreeing with Rep. King.

Michael Jackson WAS a great musician/performer. "Thriller" will continue to be hailed as one of the greatest albums of the 20th Century.

Ergo, Jacko the Wacko is already in the rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

But I couldn't belave the coverage that his death got. I fealt bad for Farrah Fawcett being so quickly forgoten.

I don't understand why such a fuss was made. After all, we're talking about someone who hasn't had a Hit in nearly 20 years.
Hence, Michael Jackson was a Has-Been... who 'allegedly' molested children. (An innocent person wouldn't settle out of court by paying $20 MIL).

Also why did the funeral take so long?

What happened to funerals occurring three or four days after the death?
His waited eleven or twelve days.

He was a Johovas Witness... isn't one of their beliefs that if the body isn't buried soon enough, the soul is dambed to wonder the earth? You'd thnk that crazy notion would have encouraged them to hurry up and stick him in the ground.

Rep. King rightfully pointed out that no reasonable person would allow their children to be left alone with Michael Jackson.
What reasonable adult would want to be left alone with Michael Jackson? His fans, if at all possible, are freakier than he himself was. And that's pretty freaky.

But its like Michael Franti said:
"All The Freaky People Make The Beauty of the World"

Posted by: mcgrupp10799 | July 9, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Speaker Pelosi, is but one voice, not the "LAST" voice. This Resolution will come up for a vote, and will be excepted.

As far as Rep. Peter King,(R-NY),,,won't have to vote for or against the Resolution....He's going to be "VOTED OUT OF OFFICE", next year, so he won't matter.

All these "RACIST, and BIGOTS", in high places have got to go. That's why we vote, and that's why we support "REAL REPRESENATIVES".

Posted by: austininc4 | July 9, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

The gentle lady from Texas needs to focus on more important issues facing those who are struggling in her home town of Houston and the rest of Texas, this is not on the top of our agenda.

Posted by: bconner1 | July 10, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Jackson's passing has been noted and punctuated with grief and ceremony carried in all the media outlets. Let's not indulge in idolitary and praise him way beyond his merits. To go any further would be to diminish the sacrifices of service men and women, policemen, firemen and a raft of others who daily sacrifice and risk their lives in service to the public good for littleor no recognition. Keep in mind that popular culture has lost a fifty year old man whose age many of his fans refuse to acknowledge. Please keep Michael Jackson's real merits and age in perspective. He is gone and there is no reason anyone should profit from the memory of that loss.

Posted by: j1340 | July 10, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Good. Bob Hope is a fine example of an entertainer that put his own life on hold to entertain American troops who were stationed overseas in wartime. No one had to go on the floor of Congress to push an agenda to memorialize him and no one tried to hoist it on the nation either. Michael Jackson was a rock icon and the outpouring of affection his fans had for him and his friends had for him should be sufficient. This is just going overboard and is not necessary. We had wall to wall coverage of his death and his memorial service. Enough is enough. Let's move on.

Posted by: flcraker | July 10, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Rep.S.J.Lee,and Rep. D Watson, I hear your motion for Michael the child molester Jackson, But not one single word on the passing of a real American Hero Ed Freeman (Congessional Medal of Honor) winner who died the same your pervert Jackson did! You hoes wouldn't know a good thing to offer on the floor if your worthless lives depended on it! This liberal Government is a total disgrace before God!

Posted by: wildkat1tamer | July 10, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Well I never thought I would see the day when I agreed with Nancy P....but good for her! He was a great performer but come on...Ed McMahon was a Marine who served in 2 wars! No moment of silence for him! Michael choose to burn his candle at both ends and gave up his life for it. He had some sadness in his life but WHO HASN'T??? ...he had move opportunities than most...

Posted by: BillieS | July 15, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

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