Congressional Black Caucus to Honor Whitney Houston

Congressional Black Caucus to Honor Whitney Houston

The Congressional Black Caucus will honor Whitney Houston with a resolution to be read at her funeral.

Published February 17, 2012

The Congressional Black Caucus is preparing a resolution honoring singer Whitney Houston, who tragically died unexpectedly at age 48 on Feb. 11. CBC chairman Emanuel Cleaver told the Huffington Post that it would not be a formal House resolution and will be signed only by the chamber’s Black members. Houston’s family reached out to the caucus and asked that it send something that could be read at the service.


Cleaver also said that he had decided against filing an official resolution because Congress isn’t getting much of anything done lately. He also didn’t want to deal with any potential opposition.


“No family deserves to have a debate over whether or not a deceased loved one should be honored,” Cleaver said.


New Jersey Rep. Donald Payne, however, does plan to introduce an official resolution this week to commemorate the life and accomplishments of Houston, who grew up in his district.


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Written by Joyce Jones


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