Congress Locks Horns Over Michael Jackson Resolution

From the looks of things yesterday in Los Angeles, deceased King of Pop Michael Jackson was a universally revered musical icon.

But on the other side of the country, in Washington, D.C., opinions are not so unified.

The Associated Press reports that a battle is brewing in Congress over a proposed House resolution that would “forever” honor the singer. While Texas Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee promised the resolution during yesterday’s memorial service, it must first be passed in Congress—and it’s running into some fierce competition from New York Republican Peter King.

King, who posted a YouTube video this week calling Jackson a “pervert, child molester, pedophile,” vowed on Tuesday to do “whatever I have to do” to block the resolution.

During the memorial on Tuesday, Lee, holding the framed resolution, took an indirect shot at King, noting that Jackson had been acquitted of all child molestation charges brought against him and adding, “We understand the Constitution. We understand laws and we know people are innocent until proven otherwise. That is what the Constitution stands for.”

Lee notes that the resolution—which highlights Jackson’s charitable and humanitarian efforts—will be debated on the House floor. So far, the resolution’s only co-sponsor is California Democrat Diane Watson—and a two-thirds majority is required for the resolution to pass.

Let us know in the comments section: Do you think Congress should officially honor Michael Jackson?