CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
The House is scheduled to consider H.Res. 593 under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.Res. 593 was introduced on June 26, 2009, by Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI).
H.Res. 593 resolves that the House of Representatives "recognizes and celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the entry of Hawaii into the Union as the 50th State."
August 21, 2009, marks the 50th anniversary of President Eisenhower's signing of Proclamation 3309, which admitted Hawaii into the Union in compliance with the Hawaii Admission Act, enacted by Congress in 1959. Hawaii has contributed to the diversity of Congress in electing the first Native Hawaiian member of Congress, the first Asian-American member, the first woman of color, and the first Native Hawaiian to serve in the Senate, Daniel Akaka. In Hawaii, Pearl Harbor is a strategic military base for the U.S. in the Pacific and also a historical site, being the location of the December 7, 1941, surprise Japanese aerial attack.