Congress Takes Time to Debate… Nickelback? [VIDEO]

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The House of Representatives is typically used to argue for and against new legislation. These are normally very mundane sessions and include Republicans and Democrats arguing amongst themselves ad nauseam. To the surprise of many, however, the Canadian rock band “Nickelback” was the topic of conversation last week in the House during a discussion on voting rights provisions.

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The bizarre encounter began with Democratic Congressman Mark Pocan of Wisconsin began speaking ill about the 90s band.

“Seventy-seven thousand people did comment. Only four wanted to keep this provision. That’s probably about the percent of people who think Nickelback is their favorite band in this country. It’s pretty low,” he said in a joking manner.

Rodney Davis, who is a Republican Congressman for the state of Illinois, took offense to Pocan dissing his favorite band. “Why would you criticize one of the greatest bands of the ’90s?” he asked with a puzzled look on his face.

Pocan, who looked visibly taken aback, simply replied “Wow.” Davis decided to double-down on his love of the band by stating: “I actually do have a Nickelback song on my running playlist that I listen to on a regular basis.”

He added an additional dig as he stated: “I know he did not mean to offend the many, many thousands upon thousands of Nickelback fans in his district in Wisconsin.”

Towards the end of the banter, Pocan made light of the situation by stating this was “one more reason why there’s a difference between Democrats and Republicans.”

Pocan concluded by thanking Davis for being a good sport. “I will just wrap by saying, I appreciate that very brave admission of your fandom for Nickelback, that’s very brave, and I do recognize that.”

It’s definitely a nice change of pace from all the normal antagonism between the isles. Although heated discussions are often the norm on the House Floor, it’s nice to see that even Congress can make jokes from time to time.