Congressional Record for the House for February 23, 2010 regarding the Akaka bill. The Akaka bill passed the House of Representatives on February 23, 2010. The Congressional Record contains transcripts of the entire floor debate on the bill and proposed amendments, the text of the bill, the yeas and nays of several recorded votes, and selected testimony. Here's how to find everything.


Here are three different displays of the roll call results on final passage of the Akaka bill:

The Clerk of the House of Representatives (Library of Congress):
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2010/roll059.xml

GovTrack has a colorful display and a list in alphabetical order of the states.
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/vote.xpd?vote=h2010-59

Open Congress (caution: absentees are marked "abstain")
http://www.opencongress.org/vote/2010/h/59

The Congressional Record is available on the internet. But it's a HUGE website and requires time and effort to learn how to use it. Below are some instructions on how to use it to find all pages of the Congressional Record for February 23, 2010 that are relevant to the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization bill (Akaka bill). As you'll see, there's no practical way to provide a consolidated webpage containing all the materials from the Congressional Record in one place. You'll have to go to the Library of Congress website to get what you need, piece by piece. But the instructions below will make it as easy as possible for you to do that.

The materials available include transcripts of the floor debate on the resolution to bring the Akaka bill to the floor; transcripts of the debate on the bill itself; the text of the bill as it was before the Abercrombie substitute; transcripts of the debate on whether to allow Abercrombie to make his substitute; text of the bill as it was after Abercrombie was allowed to substitute his amended version; the text of two amendments proposed by Representatives Jeff Flake and Doc Hastings and transcripts of the debates over whether to put the amendments into the bill; the names of the 435 Representatives and how they voted on each recorded vote (there were recorded votes on the resolution to proceed, the motion to substitute the new version, each of the proposed amendments, and final passage); additional "extraneous" materials placed into the record such as a letter from Julie Kitka (head of the Alaska federation of natives), a letter from Robin Danner (head of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement); etc. etc.

Here are the phrases to look for and the clickable links that will take you to those places, in the correct order:

1. THOMAS -- In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, legislative information from the Library of Congress
http://www.thomas.gov/

2. Search the Congressional Record for the 111th Congress (2009-2010)
http://www.thomas.gov/home/r111query.htmlE

3. Browse daily
http://www.thomas.gov/r111/r111.html

4. February 2010 -- February 23 House
http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/query/B?r111:@FIELD(FLD003+h)+@FIELD(DDATE+20100223)

5. In the list of topics, search for "Native Hawaiian" stuff. You'll find it at topics # 114, 122, and 124.

6. In each of those three topics there's a clickable link. When you click on one of those links, you get a list of page numbers with very short descriptions of the content.

However, that list of page numbers will be available for only about 10-15 minutes, and then your time has expired and you must begin the process all over again. There's no way to get a permanent URL for those lists of page numbers -- if you look at the URL in your browser window you'll see the word "temp" meaning the link is only temporary. That's because the website is so enormous and there are so many millions of people using it that they don't have enough space on their server to make all the pages of the Congressional Record immediately available with a permanent link. You can read one page at a time without placing any further demands on the system, and then another page, etc.; but each page is "in use" only as you click for it. After 10-15 minutes the temporary link expires. You can try using your "back" button one or more times until you get to a permanent page from where you can click your way forward again; or if you get lost, start over again by following the pathway shown above.

Each page number is a clickable link allowing you to see one or two or three pages of the Congressional Record beginning at that page number, and you can copy/paste any content you wish.

Remember that Congress often has several different things happening at once, and most members are not present on the floor for most of the activity (they are having committee meetings or working in their offices). Therefore the floor leaders try to postpone recorded votes until all such votes can be held one after another when everyone is present on the floor. The result is that proceedings on the Akaka bill were sometimes temporarily stopped to allow other matters to intervene. Therefore, some pages of the Congressional Record are "missing" from the sequence of page numbers because they have no content related to to the Akaka bill.

Here are the items from indexes for the three topics you will get by following step #5 above:

INDEX -- EVEN THOUGH THESE PAGE NUMBERS APPEAR TO BE CLICKABLE LINKS, THEY ARE NOT. THIS LIST MERELY SHOWS YOU WHAT YOU WILL GET. YOU MUST FOLLOW THE STEPS ABOVE IN ORDER TO GET THESE ITEMS TO WORK. THE BEST WAY IS TO GO DIRECTLY TO THIS LINK
http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/query/B?r111:@FIELD(FLD003+h)+@FIELD(DDATE+20100223)
AND LOOK FOR ITEMS # 114, 122, and 124.

PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2314, NATIVE HAWAIIAN GOVERNMENT REORGANIZATION ACT OF 2009 -- (House of Representatives - February 23, 2010)
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Mr. POLIS. Madam Speaker, by direction of the Committee on Rules, I call up...
H. Res. 1083
Mr. POLIS. For the purpose of debate only, I yield the customary 30 minutes to...
GENERAL LEAVE
Mr. POLIS. I also ask unanimous consent that all Members be given 5 legislative...
Mr. POLIS. Madam Speaker, House Resolution 1083 provides for consideration of...
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Mr. LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART of Florida. I would like to thank my friend, the...
Mr. POLIS. Madam Speaker, again, I would like to establish that there were...
Ms. HIRONO. Thank you very much.
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Mr. LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART of Florida. Madam Speaker, I yield back the balance of...
Mr. POLIS. Madam Speaker, for more than 200 years, Congress, the executive...
Mr. KILDEE. Mr. Speaker, today I rise in strong support of H.R. 2314, the...
Ms. BORDALLO. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 2314, legislation...
Mr. HONDA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express my support for H.R. 2314, the...
Mr. POLIS. I yield back the balance of my time, and I move the previous...
Mr. POLIS. Madam Speaker, on that I demand the yeas and nays.
Mr. HEINRICH changed his vote from ``nay'' to ``yea.''


NATIVE HAWAIIAN GOVERNMENT REORGANIZATION ACT OF 2009 -- (House of Representatives - February 23, 2010)
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Mr. RAHALL. Mr. Speaker, pursuant to House Resolution 1083, I call up the bill...
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GENERAL LEAVE
Mr. RAHALL. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5...
Mr. RAHALL. Mr. Speaker, the history of these United States is replete with...
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Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may...
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.R. 2314 and...
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Mr. ABERCROMBIE. Will the gentleman yield?
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. I yield to the gentleman from Hawaii.
Mr. ABERCROMBIE. I am deeply touched by your remarks. Your friendship is...
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Reclaiming my time, I hope the gentleman has...
Mr. ABERCROMBIE. Mr. Speaker, I can assure you that the Ethics Committee, the...
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.
Mr. RAHALL. Mr. Speaker, before I yield to the author of the pending...
Mr. ABERCROMBIE. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Thank you, Doc. My regard...
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Mr. RAHALL. I yield the gentleman 2 additional minutes.
Mr. ABERCROMBIE. I could not take leave of the floor, Mr. Speaker, without...
SEC 3. DEFINITIONS
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SEC. 9. REAFFIRMATION OF DELEGATION OF FEDERAL AUTHORITY TO STATE OF HAWAII;...
SEC. 9(B) & (C) GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITY AND POWER; NEGOTIATIONS
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SEC. 9(D) CLAIMS
SEC. 10(C)(3) INDIAN CIVIL RIGHTS ACT
SEC. 10(C)(1) & (2) STATUTES AND REGULATIONS REFERENCING ``INDIANS'' AND...
SEC. 10(D) REAL PROPERTY TRANSFERS
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, as I said in my remarks, the gentleman...
Mr. YOUNG of Alaska. Mr. Speaker, I can only say I am losing a good friend who...
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Mr. RAHALL. Mr. Speaker, I am very proud at this moment to yield 6 minutes to...
Ms. HIRONO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of H.R. 2314, the...
Mr. RAHALL. I yield the gentlewoman an additional 1 minute.
Ms. HIRONO. In closing, it is well established that the United States...
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to yield 5 minutes to the...
Mr. McCLINTOCK. I thank the gentleman for yielding.
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Mr. RAHALL. Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased at this time to yield 5 minutes to...
Mr. FALEOMAVAEGA. I thank the chairman for yielding.
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Mr. RAHALL. I yield the gentleman 30 additional seconds.
Mr. FALEOMAVAEGA. The underlying issue in this piece of legislation is not...
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to yield 3 minutes to the...
Mr. COLE. I thank the gentleman for yielding.
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Mr. RAHALL. Mr. Speaker, I yield 3 minutes to the gentleman from California...
Mr. HONDA. I want to thank the chairman for this opportunity.
Mr. HONDA. If I could have 30 seconds.
Mr. RAHALL. I yield the gentleman 5 seconds.
Mr. HONDA. In 5 seconds, Federal moneys cannot be used for State elections....
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I would like to yield 3 minutes to the...
Mr. KING of Iowa. I thank the gentleman from Washington for yielding some time...
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Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. I yield the gentleman 1 additional minute.
Mr. KING of Iowa. I thank the gentleman, and I'd just make this point. When I...
Mr. RAHALL. Mr. Speaker, we're ready to close when the other side is. Is the...
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. If the gentleman's the last speaker, then I am the...
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, just let me kind of summarize some of...
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. With that, Mr. Speaker, I just urge my colleagues...
Mr. RAHALL. Mr. Speaker, I'm very happy to yield the balance of our time to the...
Mr. ABERCROMBIE. Mr. Speaker, I want to thank all my colleagues here today, and...


NATIVE HAWAIIAN GOVERNMENT REORGANIZATION ACT OF 2009--CONTINUED -- (House of Representatives - February 23, 2010)
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PART A AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE OFFERED BY MR....
Mr. ABERCROMBIE. Mr. Speaker, I have an amendment in the nature of a substitute...
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Mr. ABERCROMBIE. Mr. Speaker, in support of our substitute amendment, the...
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. I rise in opposition to the amendment.
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. I yield myself as much time as I may consume.
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this...
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Statement by Governor Linda Lingle on the Native Hawaiian Government...
Mr. ABERCROMBIE. Mr. Speaker, I yield 3 minutes to the gentleman from American...
Mr. FALEOMAVAEGA. Mr. Speaker, I want to say that I fully support the...
Mr. ABERCROMBIE. That is correct.
Mr. FALEOMAVAEGA. I also want to ask my good friend, as you had indicated and...
Mr. ABERCROMBIE. Yes. Not everyone may have been on the floor or listening at...
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Mr. FALEOMAVAEGA. There's also been a reference made, I ask my colleague, that...
Mr. ABERCROMBIE. I yield the gentleman 30 additional seconds.
Mr. FALEOMAVAEGA. I thank the gentleman for yielding.
Mr. ABERCROMBIE. I think the answer from the most practical point of view is...
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, can I inquire how much time on both...
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I will yield myself 3 minutes.
Mr. ABERCROMBIE. Will the gentleman yield?
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. I would be happy to yield to my friend.
Mr. ABERCROMBIE. Perhaps you want to put that in as an amendment, that I should...
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Well, reclaiming my time, maybe we could work...
Mr. ABERCROMBIE. Mr. Speaker, I would like to yield 3 minutes to my colleague...
Ms. HIRONO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of the Abercrombie...
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself 2 minutes. Reference...
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Mr. ABERCROMBIE. Mr. Speaker, can you tell us the time remaining on both sides?
Mr. ABERCROMBIE. And the gentleman from Washington has the privilege of...
Mr. ABERCROMBIE. Mr. Speaker, I yield 1 minute to the Speaker of the House, the...
Ms. PELOSI. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding.
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I wonder if I could inquire of my...
Mr. ABERCROMBIE. No. I want to speak one more time, and I will be the final...
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. I reserve the balance of my time.
Mr. ABERCROMBIE. Mr. Speaker, I would like to enter into the Record a...
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Mr. ABERCROMBIE. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.
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Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself the balance of my time.
PART B AMENDMENT NO. 1 OFFERED BY MR. HASTINGS OF WASHINGTON
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I have an amendment made in order...
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself 4 minutes.
Mr. RAHALL. Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to the amendment.
Mr. RAHALL. Mr. Speaker, the Hastings amendment would require a referendum by...
Ms. HIRONO. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to the Hastings amendment,...
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Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself 1 1/2 minutes.
Mr. RAHALL. Mr. Speaker, may I inquire as to the time remaining?
Mr. RAHALL. I yield 1 minute to the gentleman from American Samoa (Mr....
Mr. FALEOMAVAEGA. I thank the gentleman for yielding.
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself the balance of the time.
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Let me just make reference to the 1959 vote. The...
Mr. RAHALL. Mr. Speaker, I yield the balance of my time to the gentleman from...
Mr. ABERCROMBIE. Mr. Speaker, with all due respect to my good colleague and...
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, on that I demand the yeas and nays.
PART B AMENDMENT NO. 2 OFFERED BY MR. FLAKE
Mr. FLAKE. Mr. Speaker, I have an amendment at the desk that has been made in...
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Mr. FLAKE. This amendment, I would hope, would not be controversial. It has...
Mr. RAHALL. Mr. Speaker, I rise to claim the time in opposition.
Mr. RAHALL. Mr. Speaker, this amendment proposes to require the Native Hawaiian...
Mr. FLAKE. I thank the gentleman. I guess the gentleman is arguing that it is...
Mr. FLAKE. I urge adoption of the amendment.
Mr. RAHALL. Mr. Speaker, I yield the balance of my time to the gentleman from...
Mr. ABERCROMBIE. I will take the first few seconds of it, Mr. Speaker, because...
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Ms. HIRONO. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to the amendment...
Mr. FLAKE. Mr. Speaker, on that I demand the yeas and nays.
ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE
PART B AMENDMENT NO. 1 OFFERED BY MR. HASTINGS OF WASHINGTON
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MOMENT OF SILENCE IN MEMORY OF ETHIE RADANOVICH
Mr. DREIER. Mr. Speaker, I think all of our colleagues are aware of the fact...
ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE
PART B AMENDMENT NO. 2 OFFERED BY MR. FLAKE
ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE
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PART A AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE OFFERED BY MR. ABERCROMBIE
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, on that I demand the yeas and nays.
ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, on that I demand the yeas and nays.
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