Senate rejects race-based governing

Posted on June 9, 2006

Conservatives in the Senate today held together to defeat the Akaka bill which would have created a race-based government in Hawaii. Conservatives needed 41 votes today to kill the bill and they mustered just that number. The vote on cloture was 56-41. Kudos to Lamar Alexander, Jon Kyl, John Cornyn, Jeff Sessions and Senate Leadership for holding the team together and defeating this unconstitutional and insulting bill. Word on the Hill is that Senate Whip Mitch McConnell's office was particularly persuasive behind the scenes with fence-sitting members. While this is a great victory, the 56 votes cast today in favor of race-based governing should worry conservatives. Supporters of this bill will be back soon. Watch for Akaka and Inouye to attempt to attach this bill quietly to other vehicles moving through the Senate.