Things move fast in Congress and, in this case, even faster as expected as the resolution I wrote about earlier today noting President Obama’s birth as part of a recognition of Hawaii’s 50th anniversary of statehood passed unanimously:
(Washington, DC) – The U.S. House today gave unanimous approval to a resolution recognizing and celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the entry of Hawaii into the Union as the 50th State. The resolution was introduced by Rep. Neil Abercrombie and cosponsored by Rep. Mazie K. Hirono.
The actual anniversary date for Hawaii’s entry into the union is August 21st, however Congress will not be in session, so the resolution was scheduled for a vote of the House today. Senator Daniel Inouye will introduce a similar resolution in the Senate tomorrow, cosponsored by Daniel K. Akaka.
The text of the resolution is here, and says in relevant part:
Recognizing and celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the entry of Hawaii into the Union as the 50th State.
Whereas August 21, 2009, marks the 50th Anniversary of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s signing of Proclamation 3309, which admitted Hawaii into the Union in compliance with the Hawaii Admission Act, enacted by the United States Congress on March 18, 1959;
Whereas Hawaii is `a place like no other, with a people like no other’ and bridges the mainland United States to the Asia-Pacific region;
Whereas the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961;