July 29, 2009
Note: Evidently some of these links are only temporary. Don’t know why. This should be permanent [Rep Abercrombie] since it goes to his name and not the resolution.
The House passed a Resolution yesterday [H.RES.593] by a vote 378-0. Dems 220 – Reps 158. No votes: Dems 36 – Reps 20. “Recognizing and celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the entry of Hawaii into the Union as the 50th State.”
It incidentally declared barry was born in Hawaii and was amended to include his DOB.
FYI: Resolutions are not laws. They are legally meaningless. A resolution is made when it’s declared Your Name Day in your hometown. This resolution does nothing to solve the issue of barry’s birthplace though it cleverly served to bring Republicans on board in an official capacity that could be wedged down the road.
In essence, laws are intended to permanently direct and control matters applying to persons or issues in general; moreover, they are enforceable. By contrast, resolutions expressing the views of lawmakers are limited to a specific issue or event. They are neither intended to be permanent nor to be enforceable. Nor do they carry the weight of court opinions. In a certain respect, they resemble the opinions expressed by a newspaper on its editorial page, but they are nonetheless indicative of the ideas and values of elected representatives and, as such, commonly mirror the outlook of voters.
It has no legal anything just like Senator McCain’s didn’t – though his is very different, which I go into in another post. barry was just one of a list of notable people from Hawaii and they added on his DOB to give Matthews something else not a birth certificate to wave around. It is as much legal proof as that COLB and yet it is being touted as the “anti-birther bill”!
It was introduced by Rep Abercrombie [D-HI) on 6-26-09 and had two versions. Missing from the first version under "contributed to the diversity of Congress" was
(5) the first Japanese-American to serve in the Senate, Daniel Ken Inouye;
which considering the bill and what it represents and who introduced it is rather breathtaking. Sen Inouye has represented Hawaii since it became a state, is the 3rd ranking Senator and is a recipient of the Medal of Honor. How was he left out? Considering that these were 1-4:
(1) the first Native Hawaiian to serve in Congress, Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana`ole;
(2) the first Asian-American to serve in the Senate, Hiram Fong;
(3) the first woman of color to serve in Congress, Patsy T. Mink;
(4) the first Native Hawaiian to serve in the Senate, Daniel Kahikina Akaka;
As for barry - the original was:
Whereas the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, was born in Hawaii;
And the second:
Whereas the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961;
Why the need to add the date?
And then Rep Michelle Bachmann made her voice known and objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Rep Cummings face was priceless. See video below.
Title: Recognizing and celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the entry of Hawaii into the Union as the 50th State.
Sponsor: Rep Abercrombie, Neil [HI-1] (introduced 6/26/2009) Cosponsors (56)
Latest Major Action: 7/27/2009 Passed/agreed to in House. Status: On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 378 – 0 (Roll no. 647).
- Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
- 7/27/2009 4:20pm:
- Mr. Clay moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended.
- 7/27/2009 4:22pm:
- Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H8839-8842)
- 7/27/2009 4:22pm:
- DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 593.
- 7/27/2009 4:46pm:
- At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mrs. Bachmann objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was withdrawn.
- 7/27/2009 6:32pm:
- Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H8846)
- 7/27/2009 6:55pm:
- Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
- 7/27/2009 6:55pm:
- On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 378 – 0 (Roll no. 647). (text: CR H8839)
Rep Michelle Bachmann’s objection