Yesterday there was much talk in Washington, DC that Senator Inouye was planning to attach the Akaka bill (presumably the latest version after major changes) to the Senate Omnibus Spending bill later in December. That would mean that would mean that it would pass without hearings or any other vetting. Indicating that the possibility was real, four seasoned U. S. Senators released statements deploring the idea. See press release here. At about the same time, Hawaii Reporter reported the story and quoted Peter Boylan, Senator Inouyeâ€™s spokesman, as saying Inouye was not planning such a move and reaffirming Inouyeâ€™s 2009 statement that attachment to an appropriations bill would be â€œnonsensicalâ€. See text here.
Next was Robert Costa at NRO who reported Senator Inouye told NRO that he would like to bring the bill forward, but â€œit depends on if we can work out something with amendmentsâ€. He then quoted the Senator â€œWeâ€™ve been working on this for over a decade nowâ€¦.. No one can say weâ€™ve been hiding thisâ€. That remark prompted a response from Steven Duffield here.
If you are not confused, you should be. But here is the bottom line: there is no transparency here. GRIH stands for transparency in government. Hawaiiâ€™s people do not know anything substantive about this bill and people in government are keeping them in the dark.k
Before statehood in 1959, Hawaii had a Plebiscite. Approval was 94+%. Now a secret â€œnonsensicalâ€ attachment will skirt that? Walk your talk, Senator Inouye.