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senate Bill S. Res. 444

Honoring the Life and Achievements of Prince

Argument in favor

This honor is fitting for Prince, who leaves behind countless grieving fans and a lasting cultural legacy.

Tavares's Opinion
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05/04/2016
It would be a nice gesture to commemorate the positive impact he had on our culture with his ingenuity and creativity. I'm not saying he needs a holiday, but to honor him with an official recognition would do no one any harm.
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Michael's Opinion
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05/04/2016
Art is as important as any other issue. It is only right that we honor those who inspired us and challenged us.
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Diego's Opinion
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05/04/2016
Artists have always been the beating heart of any nation. Prince left an indelible mark on the American musical landscape. To not honor him would be a travesty
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Argument opposed

Honorary resolutions like this mean well, but serve as a distraction from Congress’ real work.

Alis's Opinion
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05/04/2016
I ADORED Prince. But this sort of thing is insane! Pass a budget. Fix the infrastructure! Fix the immigration system. Quit pretending to work while judging people who work hard & can't make ends meet!. You personify the term DEADBEAT!
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BTSundra's Opinion
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05/04/2016
Empty resolution, focus on something important.
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Steven's Opinion
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05/04/2016
Its official! Congress is retarded! Let the various music organizations celebrate and honor his memory. How about you legislate the country? The job you were elected to do!
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  • The senate Passed April 27th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
    IntroducedApril 27th, 2016

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What is Senate Bill S. Res. 444?

This resolution honors the life and achievements of Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson), a musician and cultural icon whose death shocked and saddened fans on April 21, 2016.

The resolution describes Prince as “a superstar composer, an amazing performer, and a music innovator with a fierce belief in the independence of his art.”

It lists a series of his accomplishments, including:

  • Selling more than 100,000,000 records;

  • Releasing 39 studio albums;

  • Reaching Number 1 on the Billboard 100 for five songs;

  • Having 40 different singles reach the top 100;

  • Winning seven Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe Award;

  • Entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, his first year of eligibility;

The resolution, which was introduced by Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), also praises Prince’s commitment to his home state of Minnesota.

According to the resolution, Prince leaves behind “millions of fans and a legacy of music that touched hearts, opened minds, and made the people of the United States want to dance.”

Impact

Congress, Prince’s family and friends, and Prince fans.

Cost of Senate Bill S. Res. 444

$0.00
A CBO cost estimate is unavailable, though because resolutions do not have the power of law, it is extremely unlikely this bill would impact the nation's spending or deficits.

More Information

In Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said in a press release:

“While the Senate may disagree on a lot of issues, today we agreed on one: Prince was a one-of-a-kind artist, fiercely independent and uniquely talented. For Minnesotans, Prince was our superstar next door… He will be missed.”


Of Note: The resolution was written in purple text — a color closely associated with Prince after the 1984 release of his album Purple Rain.


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Official Title

A resolution honoring the life and achievements of Prince.

    It would be a nice gesture to commemorate the positive impact he had on our culture with his ingenuity and creativity. I'm not saying he needs a holiday, but to honor him with an official recognition would do no one any harm.
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    I ADORED Prince. But this sort of thing is insane! Pass a budget. Fix the infrastructure! Fix the immigration system. Quit pretending to work while judging people who work hard & can't make ends meet!. You personify the term DEADBEAT!
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    Empty resolution, focus on something important.
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    Its official! Congress is retarded! Let the various music organizations celebrate and honor his memory. How about you legislate the country? The job you were elected to do!
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    So this is hard as I loved Prince. But the best way to honor him is by continuing to fund the National Endowment for the Arts as I'm sure he'd agree. His fans, the music industry, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have all honored him, as it should be. Fund the Arts.
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    Washington is supposed to be about governing NOT celebrity! Can we please get back to some kind of reality in Washington!!!!!
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    We have many things at hand that are very important. I respect Prince, but congress has better things to worry about that are actually important to all of Americans.
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    No but the government should be outing more efforts to stop the growing opiate problem in this country. If it ruined Prince's life it will ruin anybody's.
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    Art is as important as any other issue. It is only right that we honor those who inspired us and challenged us.
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    Makes about as much sense as changing faces on currency.....don't you folks have more important issues to work on?
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    Artists have always been the beating heart of any nation. Prince left an indelible mark on the American musical landscape. To not honor him would be a travesty
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    What about a budget, a Supreme Court judge, immigration reform, criminal justice reform, campaign financing reform, reestablishing the VRA? Stop wasting my money on these 'feel good' bills.
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    If Prince is to be honored it should be by his fans and the music industry.
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    That's not their job. That's not legislation, and it would be a waste of taxpayer dollars.
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    This is just not the job of the government, especially Congress. Let's leave knighting to the Brits. They're much better at it than we are.
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    Waste of time. You have bigger issues to deal with.
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    He is just a flawed man, just like the rest of us. How about we start honoring God again?
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    As great of a musician as he may have been, what are we honoring? The fact that he died because of a drug overdose? Not to mention why is this even an issue that we are perusing through one of the highest groups in the nation. It's trivial and they have much larger issues to handle.
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    Another "circus" proposal by those who are not doing their jobs. This man, his history and his legacy is already being celebrated around the country. You don't need to spend our tax dollars, to do the same. You are attempting to distract the public so we stay unaware of your agenda. It's not working.
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    Celebrate the drug induced death of a drug addict? Prince had the time and money to solve/save his life. He chose neither. We need addicted role models to guide our children on what Not to do in their lives.
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