2019 Latin Grammys

Watch as Two Congressmen Hilariously Debate Over Nickelback

Richard Beland

The Democrats and Republicans found yet another disagreement on Thursday (Mar. 7) while debating the Democrats’ H.R. 1 bill, which would overhaul voting, campaign finance and ethics laws. The congressional divide had nothing to do with politics, but instead, over the often ridiculed yet highly successful band, Nickelback.

Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan mentioned that only four out of 77,000 people wanted a particular voting rights provision, and compared it to “probably about the percent of people who think Nickelback is their favorite band in this country.” Republican Rep. Rodney Davis was appalled and unwilling to stand silent at the slander, interrupting Pocan's point by asking why he would “criticize one of the greatest bands of the 90s."

“One more reason why there’s a difference between Democrats and Republicans,” Pocan joked before Davis used his time on the floor to elaborate on his support for the group that blessed us with "Photograph."

“I know he did not mean to offend the many thousands upon thousands of Nickelback fans in his district in Wisconsin,” Davis explained, and added, “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.”

For all those interested in which song Davis rocks out to while he jogs, it's "If Today Was Your Last Day," according to a screenshot he later shared on Twitter. Watch the debate go down below.


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