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  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Chair of the Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, has invited Dr. Rod Schoonover, a senior intelligence analyst at the State Department, to testify before the Senate Special Committee on the Climate Crisis. The invitation follows reports that revealed that Dr. Schoonover’s written testimony to the House Intelligence Committee was suppressed by the White House because it included climate science.“While your oral...
  • WASHINGTON—Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Banking Committee and Chair of the Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, released the following statement after the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission held its first public meeting on climate-related financial risks, where Commissioner Rostin Behnam announced he is working on creating a new Market Risk Advisory subcommittee focused exclusively on examining climate-related financial...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), members of the Senate Banking Committee, applauded Commodity Futures Trading Commissioner Rostin Behnam for leading a public meeting on climate-related financial risks. The senators also called on all financial regulatory agencies to take the threat of climate-related risks seriously and act to mitigate those risks.“Climate change impacts are likely to exacerbate market volatility, erode...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) reintroduced the Explore America Act, legislation that supports the expansion of cultural heritage tourism by strengthening the Preserve America Grant Program. Changes to the program will help attract more visitors to American landscapes and cultural heritage sites in the National Parks System, enhance existing programs, and increase collaboration between communities and the...
  • WASHINGTON – Today U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) led a group of 13 senators in calling for the Departments of Justice and Commerce to launch internal investigations after new evidence came to light revealing deeply partisan and undemocratic motives behind the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. In a letter to the inspectors general of each department, the senators raised concerns that government officials had concealed the role of a partisan political...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) voted to pass legislation that provides more than $80 million in new federal funding to help Hawai‘i recover from a recent series of natural disasters.“This new funding now brings the total amount of federal disaster relief dollars for Hawai‘i to more than half a billion dollars. I will continue to fight for federal resources at every opportunity to help Hawai‘i recover,” said Senator Schatz, a...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) voted to pass the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, legislation that would provide regulators more time to find scammers, toughen penalties for offenders, promote call authentication and blocking adoption, and bring relevant federal and state agencies together to address issues with criminal prosecution of offenders who intentionally break laws. The sweeping bill also included the FCC...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), introduced the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act of 2019 (ECHO 2019 Act), legislation to increase access to health care services in rural areas by expanding the use of technology-based collaborative learning and capacity building models. These education models, often referred to as Project ECHO, connect specialists with other health care professionals through the use...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) released the following statement on legislation introduced by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to raise the federal tobacco age of sale to 21.“We are pleased to see Majority Leader McConnell has joined us in calling for raising the legal smoking and vaping age to 21 nationwide. However, his bill would force each state to pass individual laws or risk losing critical substance abuse prevention and...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today announced that Eric Einhorn will serve as Chief of Staff and will be located in his Washington, D.C. office. Before being elevated, Einhorn served as Senator Schatz’s Senior Counsel for Technology and Communications Policy, where he handled technology, telecommunications, data privacy and security, antitrust, and intellectual property matters. Einhorn has more than two decades of experience working on public policy in the...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) re-introduced the End National Defense (END) Network Abuse Act, bipartisan legislation that would help the Pentagon stop the unacceptable use of the Defense Department’s network to possess, procure, and even produce child pornography.“The widespread abuse of the Department of Defense’s network to traffic child pornography must be stopped,” said Senator Schatz. “Our bill...
  • WASHINGTON – Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that Hawaiian Telcom will receive $18.1 million over 10 years to expand high-speed broadband access to 3,936 underserved locations across the most rural areas of Hawai‘i.“Broadband access opens doors,” said Senator Schatz, lead Democrat on the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet. “This investment will help people in Hawai‘i’s most rural...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that Hawai‘i will receive $66.9 million in new federal disaster relief funding. The new Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funding will help state and local governments rebuild impacted communities, especially in low- and moderate-income areas, and provide resources to help businesses recover. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee,...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) introduced two bills to expand access to education for Americans with criminals records, whether they are in prison or applying to go back to school with a criminal record.   “People with a criminal record should have the chance to learn or go back to school,” said Senator Schatz. “These bills target the barriers that make it harder for people to pursue a better life through higher education.”The...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) introduced the Tobacco to 21 Act, bipartisan legislation that would prohibit the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under the age of 21.“The research is clear: raising the minimum smoking age to 21 would save lives,” said Senator Schatz. “Hawai‘i became the first state to raise the age limit, and since then, 11 other...
  • WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today introduced the Compacts of Free Association Veterans Review Act. This legislation would create a three-year pilot program to provide hospital care and medical services to veterans living in the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia—all countries that have entered into the Compact of Free Association with the United States. The program...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) introduced the Federal Employees Paid Leave Act, new legislation that would provide federal employees with 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a new child or a sick loved one.“It’s 2019. Everyone’s juggling work and family, but the policies haven’t changed with the times,” said Senator Schatz. “Our bill will provide federal workers with 12 weeks of paid leave, making sure no federal employee has to...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) introduced the Requiring Every American Defense Installation to Nullify Environmental Stresses for Security (READINESS) Act of 2019, legislation that would protect military bases from extreme weather events by requiring them to prepare for potential disasters and other risks posed by severe changes in environmental conditions.“Our military cannot afford to...
  • Washington, D.C. – As members of Congress engage in a newly energized conversation about reducing carbon pollution, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today reintroduced legislation to place a price on the emissions driving climate change and putting Americans’ health and the global economy at risk.  The American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act would reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions by...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced the Restoring Education and Learning (REAL) Act, a bill that would restore Pell Grant eligibility for incarcerated individuals. The bipartisan legislation would cut the cycle of recidivism, save taxpayer money, and improve safety.“When we give people in prison an opportunity to earn an education, our communities are safer, taxpayers save money, and we can end the...