Pelosi Shoots Down Resolution Honoring Jackson

(AP)
Two days ago, Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee stood onstage at the Michael Jackson memorial service and said she would introduce a resolution in the House of Representatives honoring Jackson as a "global humanitarian."

The idea prompted concern from House Democrats, thanks in part to the King Of Pop's mixed legacy – one that encompassed both revolutionary music and repeated legal troubles. One Republican member of the House, Peter King, complained about the tributes to Jackson, deeming him a "pervert." As Politico reported, Rep. John Yarmuth, a Kentucky Democrat, walked out of the House chamber when the Congressional Black Caucus called for a moment of silence for Jackson, saying the reaction to Jackson's death had left him "nauseated."

Now House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has stated that she does not support Jackson-Lee's effort. In a press conference Thursday morning, Pelosi said she doesn't "think it's necessary for us to have a resolution."

"What I have said to my colleagues over the years, and certainly as leader and as speaker, is that there's an opportunity on the floor of the House to express their sympathy or their praise any time that they wish," she said.

Pressed on why she opposed the resolution, Pelosi reiterated that House members could praise Jackson's life and work without a resolution.

"A resolution, I think, would open up to contrary views to -- that are not necessary at this time to be expressed in association with a resolution whose purpose is quite different," she said.

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