Congressional debates can be become heated as members of America’s House of Representatives square off in opposition — and that includes when the debate is over one of Canada’s most maligned rock bands.
That was the case during Thursday’s debate over the Democrat-proposed H.R. 1 bill, which would tackle voting reform. And while the two political parties are deeply divided over the bill, apparently two members of Congress are even more divided when it comes to Nickelback.
Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan argued that only four out of 77,000 people wanted to keep a specific voting rights provision that the Republicans want to excise, and compared it to “probably about the per cent of people who think Nickelback is their favourite band in this country.” (Pocan seemingly has no idea the band is Canadian, eh.)
Republican Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois, however, is apparently a major fan of the Chad Kroeger-led band, and refused to let that statement stand. Why, he asked, would Pocan “criticize one of the greatest bands of the ’90s?”
Pocan tried to joke his way out of it by quipping, “One more reason why there’s a difference between Democrats and Republicans.”
Davis, however, was not having it, and used the remainder of his time on the floor to defend the B.C.-based rockers.
“I know he did not mean to offend the many thousands upon thousands of Nickelback fans in his district in Wisconsin,” Davis opined, adding, “And yes, I actually do have a Nickelback song on my running playlist that I listen to on a regular basis. I was ridiculed [for] that when I posted my playlist one time, and I know some in this chamber, even up at the dais, are still laughing about that.”