As much as Whitney Houston made a tremendous contribution to the music world, does she really deserve to have a resolution brought to the House floor? Sheila Jackson-Lee tried that when Michael Jackson died and was shot down because of his history of prescription drug abuse and addiction. I know I will get some flak for saying this, but whether you are black, white, Latino, Asian, or whatever, if you abused drugs, including prescription drugs, that led to your death, we don’t need to honor you with a resolution.
The Congressional Black Caucus will honor Whitney Houston with a resolution that will be sent to her family, in time for her funeral, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), said. This resolution won’t make it to the House floor for a vote, but will be signed only by the members of the CBC, per the family’s request and will be read during the funeral service.
Here’s the hitch: Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ) plans to introduce an official resolution that would be submitted for a House vote. That’s going to go down in smoke like Sheila Jackson-Lee’s resolution. We don’t need the distraction in Congress of a resolution that will go nowhere. Whitney Houston made her mark and no-one can dispute that but to honor her with an official resolution could be problematic if her death was the result of a drug overdose.