Dem resolution honors Whitney Houston

Rep. Donald Payne (N.J.) and 19 other House Democrats on Thursday introduced a resolution honoring the life of singer Whitney Houston, who died last weekend at age 48 and whose funeral will take place Saturday.

The resolution, H.Res. 555, recognizes Houston as a "world icon and a once-in-a-lifetime talent," honors her for her charitable work and extends the condolences of the House to Houston's family.

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"Ms. Houston not only had the voice of an angel but a heart of gold, Ms. Houston's humanitarian efforts are as impressive as her accolades," the resolution reads.

The resolution summarizes the life of Houston, the daughter of singer Cissy Houston, the cousin of Dee Dee and Dionne Warwick and god-daughter of Aretha Franklin. While noting her early modeling career and her string of successful albums, the resolution especially praises her rendition of the National Anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl, 10 days after the start of the first Gulf War.

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"Ms. Houston delivered the most stunning performance of the National Anthem before the 1991 Super Bowl, and more than 20 years later, her performance is not only one of the most spectacular moments in American sports history, but is also the gold standard for all Super Bowl performances."

In addition to Payne and 18 other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.) is also a co-sponsor of the resolution. Houston was born in Newark, N.J.

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