In what sounds like something that The Onion or Hard Times would write about ... the merits of the often criticized yet widely successful (they did sell 50 million albums worldwide) Nickleback caused quite the stir on the Congressional floor this week ...
During a House hearing about HR1, the House Democrats’ election reform bill aimed at expanding voting rights and eliminating the influence of money in politics, somehow the topic switched to the Canadian Rockers ... pretty weired - eh?
Democratic Representative Mark Pocan started things by saying:
“In 2016, when the census asked for comment on this, 77,000 people did comment and 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,”
To which Republican Representative Rodney Davis responded:
“Why would you criticize one of the greatest bands of the ’90s? I know my colleague from Wisconsin didn’t mean to offend the many thousands upon thousands of Nickelback fans. I actually do have a Nickelback song on my running playlist that I listen to on a regular basis and was ridiculed by that when I posted my playlist one time and I know some in this chamber even up on the dais are laughing about that.”
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