Though many Americans likely thought the debate over Nickelback’s musical merits — or lack thereof — was finally over, the issue was revived on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives last week.
According to FOX 10, as lawmakers engaged in the prestigious process of lawmaking, debating elections-related House Resolution 172, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) brought up the Canadian band while discussing the practice of counting prisoners as residents of the district where the prison is located.
"I would just like to add in 2016 when the census and the federal register asked for comment on this, 77,000 people did comment. Only four wanted to keep this provision. Everyone else wanted to change this out of the 77,000," Pocan. "That's probably about the percent of people who think Nickelback is their favorite band in this country. It's pretty low."
Republican Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois did not take kindly to Pocan’s insult, asking, "Why would you criticize one of the greatest bands of the 90s?”
Pocan replied, "Wow. Another reason why there is a difference between Republicans and Democrats found on the floor of Congress today.”
Davis admitted later that he listens to a Nickelback song with regularity, even posting an image showing the song "If Today Was Your Last Day" on his playlist to Twitter.
It might be worth noting that a 2016 Public Policy Polling survey revealed that Nickelback had a higher approval rating than President Donald Trump.