No Michael Jackson resolution in Congress
|The controversy that has followed Michael Jackson, in life and in death, reached the halls of Congress on Thursday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said she saw no point to scheduling a vote on a resolution honoring the pop icon.
Senior lawmakers had feared the resolution would set off an ugly debate that could hurt Congress' image and upset the Jackson family.
|At her weekly news conference, Ms. Pelosi dismissed the idea of members voting on a resolution introduced by Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee, Democrat of Texas, that would honor Michael Jackson. ... During the internationally televised memorial service on Tuesday, Ms. Jackson-Lee said she represented the entire Congress and promoted a resolution she had introduced in Congress on June 26, the day after Mr. Jacksonâ€™s death. ...
It calls Mr. Jackson a â€œnoted humanitarian,â€ an â€œAmerican legend and musical icon.â€
|Even before Pelosi's comments, some Democrats said privately they did not support the resolution and a divisive debate would hurt House efforts to muster the votes for priorities such as health care and climate change. ... Jackson Lee's resolution, introduced June 26, was in trouble early. It drew only one co-sponsor, Rep. Diane Watson, D-Calif., and was not endorsed by other black caucus members.|
Do you think MJ's death should be a matter for Congressional attention?