Saturday, October 27, 2007
Akaka Bill: House of Representatives Fails to Muster Enough Votes to Overcome Promised Veto
The ill-considered proposal for a Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act (known in the Senate and elsewhere as the "Akaka Bill") was brought to a vote in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. It passed--but the margin was 216-153. Mercifully, Bush's spokesman has said he will veto it, and the vote was insufficient to overcome such a veto.
The vote was largely party line. All of the nays came from Republicans, except one--Maxine Waters. (Bless her. She and I finally found something we could agree on.) Most of the yeas came from Democrats. There were, however, 39 defectors among the Republicans. The 39 were:
Rob Bishop--Utah, Mary Bono--Calif., Virginia Brown-Waite--Florida, Ken Calvert--Calif., Chris Cannon--Utah, Tom Cole--Okla., Tom Davis--Va., Phil English--Penn., Mary Fallin--Okla., Wayne Gilcrest--Md., Ralph Hall--Texas, David Hobson--Ohio, Timothy Johnson--Illinois, Joseph Knollenberg--Mich., Ray LaHood--Illinois, Stephen LaTourette--Ohio, Frank LoBionda--N.J., Frank Lucas--Okla., John McHugh--N.Y., Candice Miller--Mich., Tim Murphy--Penn., Steve Pearce--N.M., John Peterson--Penn., Jon Porter--Nev., Ralph Regula--Ohio, Dennis Rehberg--Montana, David Reichert--Wash., Rick Renzi--Ariz., Thomas Reynolds--N.Y., Jim Saxon--N.J., Christopher Shays--Conn., Mike Simpson--Idaho, Chris Smith--N.J., Mark Souder--Indiana, Michael Turner--Ohio, Greg Walden--Ore., Jerry Weller--Illinois, Heather Wilson--N.M., C.W. Bill Young--Fla.
Nine Republicans did not vote, including San Diegans Brian Bilbray, Duncan Hunter, and Darrell Issa, all of whom were probably dealing with the fires here in town, and Bobby Jindal, who was probably dealing with the election in Louisiana.
UPDATE: Maxine Waters states in the Congressional Record that her "nay" vote was cast in error. She intended to vote in favor of the bill.