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.
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.
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.