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  •     HONOLULU – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that Hawai‘i will receive $2,394,556 in new federal funding to preserve the housing choice voucher program (section 8 housing) for Hawai‘i families during the coronavirus pandemic. The funding will help Hawai‘i’s public housing authorities maintain normal operations and offset increases...
  • HONOLULU – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today announced that Hawai‘i County will receive more than $30 million in new federal disaster relief funding. This grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be used to repair water delivery systems that were damaged during the 2018 Kilauea eruption. “As Hawai‘i Island continues to recover from the 2018 Kilauea eruption, more federal funding is on the way,” said Senator Schatz, a member of the...
  • HONOLULU – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai?i) led a group of 27 senators to urge Senate leadership to include additional emergency funding for nonprofit organizations in the next COVID-19 relief bill. Nonprofits are an essential part of the frontline coronavirus pandemic response, providing important social services such as nutrition assistance, shelter for those experiencing homelessness, child care and education programs, and care for victims of domestic and sexual...
  • HONOLULU – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that 55 health care providers in Hawai‘i will receive $33,205,143 in new federal funding to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The funds will cover lost revenue due to delayed or canceled non-emergent services or procedures, as well as additional health care expenses attributable to the coronavirus, including testing, treating patients, and instituting preventive measures. “Hawai‘i's hospitals...
  • HONOLULU – The lead Democratic appropriators who oversee the Veterans Administration health system in Congress implored President Donald Trump over the weekend to fully deploy the Defense Production Act to address the mounting concerns over shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) among all health care workers, especially those who protect veterans in the nation’s VA hospitals. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz...
  • HONOLULU – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today called on Senate leaders to include the Scientific Integrity Act in next coronavirus relief package. The Schatz-authored Scientific Integrity Act would protect public scientific research and reports from the influence of political and special interests.“Federal doctors and scientists have unparalleled expertise about public health and safety, as well as the care of the sick—and they...
  • HONOLULU – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today announced that Hawai‘i will receive at least $21.3 million in new federal funding to support the state’s testing capacity, including for the research, development, validation, manufacturing, purchasing, and administration of tests and testing supplies. “The only way we can begin to reopen our economy is by ramping up testing,” said Senator Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee....
  • HONOLULU – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that Hawai‘i will receive $1,671,741 in new federal funding to help the state respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in rural and underserved communities. This funding, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will provide critical resources to rural hospitals as well support expanded use of telehealth services across the state. “We need to make sure people get the care they need during this...
  • HONOLULU – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that Hawai‘i will receive $5,058,045 in new federal funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support programs for seniors and people with disabilities. The grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will provide federal funding for programs that offer home-delivered meals, care services in the home, services for people with disabilities, and respite care...
  • HONOLULU – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today announced that Hawai‘i County will receive $61,434,523.20 million in new federal disaster relief funding. This grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be used to repair roads that were destroyed during the 2018 Kilauea eruption.  “Hawai‘i Island is still recovering from the eruption of Kilauea, and this new federal funding will be a big...
  • HONOLULU – The U.S. Senate today is set to pass a new coronavirus economic recovery package. The bipartisan deal includes billions in new funding to replenish small business relief programs, providing more Hawai‘i small businesses with a chance to access federal dollars. It also provides additional funding for health care providers and helps strengthen the nation’s testing capacity by providing millions of COVID-19 tests across the country. “Many small businesses in...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today called for transparency in the Federal Reserve’s (“Fed”) efforts to sustain our financial markets during the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, the senators urged the Fed to disclose the terms and criteria guiding corporate debt purchases, which will be executed by BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, and detailed transaction...
  • HONOLULU – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that veterans and their beneficiaries in Hawai‘i and across the country who receive benefit payments will now automatically receive their Economic Impact Payments and will not need to file any additional paperwork. “This is welcome news for veterans. I’m glad the Treasury Department and the VA heard us out and are taking action to get these payments to our veterans without delay,” said Senator...
  • HONOLULU – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and 32 of his colleagues called for state, local, and tribal governments to receive dedicated, flexible funding in the next COVID-19 emergency funding package. While Hawai‘i will receive $1.25 billion under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act’s Relief Fund to help state and local governments respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, more flexible, dedicated funding in the next emergency funding...
  • HONOLULU – Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai‘i) and U.S. Representatives Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawai‘i) and Ed Case (D-Hawai‘i) called on U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to support Hawai‘i farmers and ranchers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The delegation presented specific proposals for how the $9.5 billion in federal aid made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security...
  • HONOLULU – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that Hawai‘i airports will receive more than $133 million in new federal funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The new funding will help support airports and its workers experiencing severe economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency. “Hawai‘i airport workers and the entire airline industry have taken a significant hit during this...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today led a group of senators in announcing new legislation they plan to introduce to create the America Forward Commission, a panel of independent experts tasked with developing a broad strategy of how and when to safely reopen the country. Schatz was joined by U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.). “Reopening communities, schools, and businesses...
  • HONOLULU – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today announced that Kauai will receive $4.5 million in federal funding to support public transit operations during the coronavirus pandemic. The new funding is part of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. “For the essential workers who rely on public transportation, this new funding means the Kauai bus system will have the resources to continue operating, while keeping passengers and...
  • HONOLULU – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that Hawai‘i is set to receive at least $32 million in new federal funding to help higher education institutions respond to the coronavirus crisis.  “As students leave campus and educators adapt to distance learning programs, Hawai‘i colleges and universities are struggling to stay afloat,” said Senator...
  • WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and a group of his colleagues called on Vice President Mike Pence and the Coronavirus Task Force, as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to conduct a national inventory of the coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnostic testing supply, publicly release data on testing results, and provide a detailed plan and timeline for addressing future shortages and gaps in the testing supply chain. “Over three weeks after...