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HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Pelosi Strikes Down Jacko Bill

Updated: 2:30 p.m.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said Thursday that she’s working on what to do next after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced earlier in the day that the Texas Democrat’s controversial bill honoring pop icon Michael Jackson would not be sent to the House floor.

“We’ll be in touch,— Jackson Lee said.

[IMGCAP(1)]“I don’t think it’s necessary to have a resolution,— Pelosi told reporters at a news conference, adding that such a bill would open the issue up “to contrary views.—

But Pelosi did call Jackson a “great, great performer— and note there was “lots of sadness— after his death. She added that Members are welcome to offer their personal tributes to the King of Pop on the House floor.

Jackson Lee and Rep. Diane Watson (D-Calif.) introduced the Jackson resolution, which praises the singer for his talent and humanitarian efforts, the day after the entertainer’s death.

When Jackson Lee spoke at Jackson’s Los Angeles memorial earlier this week, she held up a framed copy of the resolution, saying that Jackson is “someone who will be honored forever and forever and forever and forever.—

But the bill has been targeted by Republican critics in recent days, with many saying it is unnecessary legislation at a time when Congress has so much to do.

Perhaps most noteworthy are remarks from Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), who called Jackson a “pervert— and a “pedophile— and criticized the widespread attention given to the singer.

So much for forever and forever.

Birthday Wishes. Rep. John Dingell celebrated his 83rd birthday on Wednesday, and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) marked the occasion by singing his famed “Boehner Birthday Song— (here is him singing it in 2006 — it hasn’t changed a bit) to the Michigan Democrat on the House floor.

In fact, HOH hears the Ohio Republican led the entire chamber in a rendition of Boehner’s famous ditty — which goes “This is your birthday song; it doesn’t last too long; hey— — as Members were in the middle of a vote on an appropriations bill.

Steven T. Dennis contributed to this report.

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