Saturday, October 02, 2010


Honolulu Civil Beat - October 1, 2010

The US Congress went home to campaign for re-election, leaving a slew of unfinished business until after the November 2 election at the earliest.

In addition to legislation on energy, immigration, gays in the military and extending the Bush tax cuts, no action was taken on the Akaka bill despite the desire of Hawaii's congressional delegation.

With the House expected to fall to Republicans and the Senate's Democratic majority likely to shrink, the last, best chance for federal recognition of Native Hawaiians may lie in a lame-duck session before the 112th Congress is sworn in come January.

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