Friday, April 11, 2008


Well it finally has passed!
Read results here...
Now for a quick presidential signature, and that is a given, it will become law.
Votes here....
Question: On Passage of Bill (S.2739 )
Vote Number: 101
Vote Date: April 10, 2008, 03:34 PM
Required For Majority: 1/2
Vote Result: Bill Passed
Measure Number: S. 2739
(Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 )
Measure Title:
A bill to authorize certain programs and activities in the Department of the Interior, the Forest Service, and the Department of Energy, to implement further the Act approving the Covenant to Establish a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in Political Union with the United States of America, to amend the Compact of Free Association Amendments Act of 2003, and for other purposes.
Vote Counts:
YEAs: 91
NAYs: 4
Not Voting: 5
Ben, you can fire the lobbyist's now. You won't be needing them anymore!


lil_hammerhead said...

Who were the four "Nays"?

glend558 said...

Click on 'Read results here'
(in post) scroll down. It shows all the votes.

Bruce A. Bateman said...

Interesting that neither McCain, Clinton nor Obabma had the gumption to vote.

glend558 said...

They are campaigning, probably not present in D.C. To the senators this wasn't an important bill in the overall scheme of things..

Washingtonian Watcher said...

The lobbyists' contract expired a couple of months ago, Glen.

glend558 said...

WW, The latest info I have recieved on lobbyists in D.C. 4/10/08.
I have received verification that lobbyist who has been seen with Lynn Knight is paid for by the Governor. Oldaker et al may be gone, but Lynn Knight is being accompanied around town by a Jeffery Taylor of Fleishman-Hillar Government Relations.
Out with one, in with another is how it looks to me.

lil_hammerhead said...

Inhoffe and Vitter voted against the bill.. that tells you something right there. These guys are nematodes in every sense of the word.

Let's focus on making the transition a smooth one ;}

Marianas Pride said...

I am in Oregon right now celebrating! Awesome news! Hmmmm, imagine if that lobbyist money was used for something productive, like hiring more teachers!

Stupid is as stupid does. How many times did we tell this admin it is inevitable?

Perhaps they should call the psychic hotline and talk to Cleo. Ya man!

glend558 said...

Well I guess Ben found four friends in D.C. to the tune of about half a million dollars. (guesstimate)

Anonymous said...

Governor went to Manila to hire consultants to prepare the NMI for federalization.

Marianas Pride said...

I think the Governor went to Manila for a vacation...and electricity!

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

We're having an election in November!

I'm waiting to put that news on my blog until the president signs the bill though.

I predict that no less than 8 people will run.