RELATED: Akaka Bill to be voted by House and Senate Committees
According to House minority staff, "(House) Committee Republicans have received word that an agreement on this bill has been reached, however we have still not been provided a copy of this agreement."
(And now it turns out that some of the same people whose opposition torpedoed the Akaka Bill earlier this year will be protesting in Downtown Honolulu Monday morning. Has there really been an agreement? If so what are the terms?)
ADV: Protest planned tomorrow against Akaka Bill 'sneak attack'
U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, is planning to insert the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009 into the Defense Appropriations Bill or one of several others coming before Congress this week, according to Ehu Cardwell, spokesman for the Koani Foundation.
The effort would virtually guarantee passage of the Akaka bill through a "back door" tactic, thus circumventing any public review or input, Cardwell said in a statement today.
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Sovereignty activists have released the following announcement:
BULLETIN - PROTEST THE AKAKA BILL SNEAK ATTACK
Hawai`i Senators Inouye & Akaka Are Planning To Jam The Akaka Bill Into One Of The US Federal Appropriations Bills this Coming Week. If They Do, The Akaka Bill Passes!
SHOW YOUR OUTRAGE & PROTEST TOMORROW!
- WHAT – AKAKA BILL SNEAK ATTACK PUBLIC PROTEST
- WHEN – MONDAY, DECEMBER 14th @ 7 AM to 9 AM
- WHERE – CORNERS OF BERETANIA STREET & PUNCHBOWL, Downtown Honolulu. (Meter parking under the Capitol, at the Vital Records Office, at the Department of Education.)
- WHY – DEMAND A FAIR & OPEN PROCESS
Sponsored By The Koani Foundation, Hawaiian Independence Action Alliance, & Ka Lei Maile Ali`i Hawaiian Civic Club
A few select individuals headed by the Hawai`i delegation in Washington DC and locally are working to "sneak" the Akaka Bill into the Defense Appropriations bill this coming week.
These individuals have scheduled mark-ups of the Akaka Bill in both the House and Senate Committees for this coming week, which will allow them to "jam" a version of the bill into the Defense Appropriations Bill or similar piece of legislation.
It should come as no surprise that this attempt is spearheaded by none other than Daniel Inouye, who is the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
If they are able to do this, the Akaka bill will pass and become law.
Where is the voice of the people in this process? Why are the people not allowed to review bill mark-ups and share their input to those who are elected to serve us? Why is the Akaka Bill being snuck into the Defense Appropriations or any other bill?
Everyone needs to be alerted, so they can voice their concerns and opposition. Please forward this email to your friends and family.
Everyone should be outraged at these individuals who are working overtime to sneak the Akaka Bill into the Defense Appropriations Bill, while the issues such as: war, homelessness, unemployment, health care, and education are unresolved issues.
One would think that these individuals would be spending their efforts towards resolving these crises, rather than forcing the Akaka Bill down our throats. It’s obvious these individuals are doing "business as usual", behind closed doors and without transparency. What happened to CHANGE?
Whether you live in Hawai`i or not, whether you’re Hawaiian or not, now is the critical time to help, especially if you see your representative’s name and contact info below.
Please, everyone should begin Monday morning contacting as many of the following individuals via phone calls and written testimony as you can to express your outrage.
Tell them you demand a transparent and open process for the Akaka bill as stand alone legislation. Insist that they not bury it by attaching it to any other bill.
Also visit FreeHawaii.Info for the latest updates and information.
More contact information for senate offices can be found here - http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Here are the members of the US Senate Appropriations Committee. They are the ones to contact this week -
Senator Dan Inouye (Hawai`i) Chairman, Senate Appropriations Committee
Phone - 808-541-2542
Fax - 808-541-2549
Senator Thad Cochran (Mississippi) Vice-Chair
United States Senate
113 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2402
Phone - 202-224-5054
Senator Robert Byrd (West Virginia)
Phone - (202) 224-3954
Senator Patrick J. Leahy (Vermont)
Senator Tom Harkin (Iowa)
Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (Maryland)
Senator Herb Kohl (Wisconsin)
Senator Patty Murray (Washington)
Senator Byron Dorgan (North Dakota)
Senator Diane Feinstein (California)
Senator Richard J. Durbin (Illinois)
Senator Tim Johnson (South Dakota)
Senator Mary L. Landrieu (Louisiana)
Senator Jack Reed (Rhode Island)
Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (New Jersey)
Senator Ben Nelson (Nebraska)
Senator Mark Pryor (Arkansas)
Senator Jon Tester (Montana)
Senator Arlen Specter (Pennsylvania)
Senator Christopher Bond (Missouri)
Senator Mitch McConnell (Kentucky)
Senator Richard Shelby (Alabama)
Senator Judd Gregg (New Hampshire)
Senator Robert Bennett (Utah)
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas)
Senator Sam Brownback (Kansas)
Senator Lamar Alexander (Tennessee)
Senator Susan Collins (Maine)
Senator George Voinovich (Ohio)
Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)