Native Hawaiian recognition bill clears vote in House
The House voted 254-164 to approve H.R.2314, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009.

The vote fell along party lines. Among Democrats, 239 voted for the bill while only four opposed it. Among Republicans, 160 voted against the bill while only six supported it.

The bill extends the policy of self-determination to Native Hawaiians. It creates a process by which a Native Hawaiian governing entity would be created and approved by the Interior Department.

The House has passed version of the bill three times since 2000 but it has never come up for a vote in the Senate.

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