Friday, June 09, 2006

Akaka Bill Fillibustered

TheHawaiiChannel. reported The U.S. Senate began debating on Wednesday the long-stalled Native Hawaiian Recognition Bill at the U.S. Capitol. The bill needed 60 of the 100 senators to vote for it, but only 56 did with 41 voting against it. Thursday's vote effectively kills the bill.

Finally the Fillibuster has been used to block a bad bill
Proponents of the legislation said the Akaka Bill would have established a process to clarify the political and legal relationship of Native Hawaiians and the federal government, relating to the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy. The Akaka Bill was introduced six years ago.
Actually it would have opened up a can of worms, enabling some Native Hawaiians to get concessions like are given to Indian Tribes, when they have never lived together like Indian Tribes.
The bill had faced opposition from a number of groups including several Native Hawaiian groups and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The commission spoke out against the measure. The commission's draft report said the Akaka Bill was discriminatory and divisive.

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