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Fri Dec 16, 2011, 04:55 PM

Another Setback for Hawaiian Recognition

Jesse Broder Van Dyke

By Chad Blair 12/16/2011

U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye is fond of saying, "There's more than one way to skin a cat."

Hawaii's senior senator is referring to his skill in maneuvering legislation favorable to the islands.

This week, however, the cat remained un-skinned as members of the U.S. House killed a provision in a bill that could have led to federal recognition of Native Hawaiians.

"This provision remained an active item of discussion between the members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committee until the very end," the senator said in a statement released Friday. "Unfortunately, it was opposed by members of the House, who wanted a variety of devastating anti-environmental riders which, if the Senate accepted, would have set back our nationís air and water protections for many years to come."


I get the feeling Inouye wants to get this done before his time is up. Damn the Republicans, and especially Mr. McCain and Mr. Jon Kyl for being the lead opponents just about every time: http://www.dkosopedia.com/wiki/Akaka_Bill

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