THE CONGRESS: Noncontiguity

Hawaiian statehood was the next item on Majority Leader Robert A. Taft's neatly drafted Senate agenda. And then, quicker than an humuhumunukunukuapuaa goes swimming by, the bill was set back for weeks and possibly months.

To the astonishment of almost everyone on Capitol Hill, the Senate's Interior

Committee voted, 8-7, to tack Alaskan statehood on to the Hawaii statehood bill and to hold time-consuming hearings on both questions. This move to delay the action on Hawaii was sponsored by New Mexico's Democratic Senator Clinton Anderson, who is on record for Hawaiian statehood...

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