Two congressmen just debated whether Nickelback is good on the House floor



"I didn't think we were gonna talk about Nickelback on the floor today", Rep. Mark Pocan, a Democrat from Wisconsin, said Thursday after he himself broached the subject while stating his support for a criminal justice amendment to end prison gerrymandering, per WLS.

In the video clips below, Pocan mentioned that a 2016 census determined only four of 77,000 people who commented on the provision wanted to keep it.

Putting aside the fact that Nickelback didn't reach their peak until 2001's Silver Side Up album and can not be called "one of the greatest bands of the 90s", it was a little odd to see two politicians arguing across the aisle about a Canadian band.

Pocan tried to joke his way out of it by quipping, "One more reason why there's a difference between Democrats and Republicans".

Rodney Davis then indicated his appreciation for the much-maligned band, saying: "Why would you criticize one of the greatest bands of the 1990s?"

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"Wow, all right", said Pocan, who appeared truly surprised that anyone would hold such an opinion of the musical group, let alone profess it in such a public forum (I mean, this is going in the Congressional Record, where it will remain archived for all time, congressman!). "It's always good to have some good humor on the floor of the House", Davis relented, after confessing to enjoying a Nickelback tune on a jogging playlist. "And I think if you look at - Nickelback's your favorite band?"

Where do you stand on the great Nickelback debate? "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". "But this amendment's a bad amendment".

When Davis yielded the floor back to Pocan, the Wisconsin lawmaker illustrated why Congress is the most civil and tolerant legislative body in the world.

In the full exchange on C-Span, Pocan said he appreciates Davis' "very courageous admission".

Nickelback formed in 1995, in Alberta, Canada, however, the majority of their success came in the following decade. Last month, Slipknot reignited their beef with Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroeger.

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