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  • WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Senate passed legislation authored by U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) that will help Hawai‘i Island assess the damage the ongoing Kilauea eruptions has made to federal infrastructure, the visitor industry, and the Hawai‘i Island economy. “It’s crucial that we understand how our communities and our local economy are being affected by the Kilauea eruptions and earthquakes,” said Senator Schatz, a member of the Senate...
  • WASHINGTON – Today U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) called for Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to come before Congress to clarify his comments on the proposal of a citizenship question for the upcoming 2020 Census. In testimony before Congress, Secretary Ross asserted that the citizenship question originated at the Department of Justice, but an NPR report and recently published e-mails raise new questions about the veracity of that claim. “In...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to pass a resolution affirming the Congress’ opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal to question current and former U.S. officials. The resolution was introduced by Senator Schatz, along with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Ranking Member Robert Menendez (D-N.J.). It passed by a...
  • Washington, D.C.  – Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Ranking Member Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) today announced and called for the immediate Senate-passage of a new resolution affirming the Congress’ opposition to making available former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul and other current and former U.S. officials to questioning by the government of...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and John Thune (R-S.D) introduced the Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI) Act of 2018. The bipartisan legislation would ensure more people receive relevant emergency alerts on their mobile phones, televisions, and radios, explore new ways of alerting the public through online video and audio streaming services, track and study false alerts when they occur, and improve the way states plan for emergency...
  • WASHINGTON – Today U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement on President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.“President Trump failed in his duty to support and defend the country today. The American intelligence community has proved without a doubt that Russia meddled in our elections and plans to do so again. And yet President Trump trusted President Putin’s word over the men and women serving our...
  • WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a new proposal on how to pay Medicare clinicians. This new proposed fee schedule would allow clinicians to be paid for telehealth services, implementing key provisions from U.S. Senator Brian Schatz’s (D-Hawai‘i) CONNECT for Health Act. “I’m pleased that Medicare is catching up to the future of health care by implementing the key telehealth provisions passed in last year’s budget...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) introduced the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018, legislation that would open access to commissaries, exchanges, and recreation facilities to new patrons, including Purple Heart recipients, Medal of Honor recipients, former prisoners of war, veterans with service-connected disabilities, and their designated caregivers.“If you have the Purple Heart, you should also have...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement on the Senate confirmation of former Hawai‘i Attorney General Mark Bennett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Bennett was confirmed by a bipartisan vote of 72-27.“I am very pleased to see Mark Bennett confirmed with a decisive bipartisan vote in the Senate. This is the way the process is supposed to work. I’ve known Mark for many years, going back to when I...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement on President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. “Judge Brett Kavanaugh has a troubling record of undermining civil liberties, opposing environmental protection, favoring corporations over workers, and undermining reproductive rights. “It is disappointing that President Trump has again selected a nominee from a pre-determined list provided by a...
  • HONOLULU – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today issued the following statement after Scott Pruitt resigned from his post as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   “Scott Pruitt was unusually greedy and shamelessly corrupt, but his worst transgression was that he systematically worked on behalf of polluters to poison our air and our water and make climate change worse. I hope that the next administrator will actually care about protecting the...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) led a group of 17 senators in demanding more answers from Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross about where the proposal of a citizenship question for the upcoming 2020 Census originated and what factors played into its inclusion. A June report by NPR found emails and internal memos from the Commerce Department that show that Secretary Ross and Kansas Secretary of State and head of...
  • HONOLULU – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that the National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded $2,125,903 to the University of Hawai‘i for the Children’s Healthy Living Center of Excellence (CHL), which is a leader on children’s obesity prevention programs and policies for U.S. jurisdictions in the Pacific region. Working in underserved Pacific populations, CHL will use the funding to train educators, practitioners and researchers...
  • HONOLULU – On Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed the 2018 farm bill, which included a provision authored by U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), that would create a new grant program to support locally grown food.  “This new federal money will give people the resources to start a garden or build a business that promotes locally grown food,” said Senator Schatz. “The farm bill also invests in Native Hawaiian education and...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) spoke on the Senate floor to update the public on the ongoing eruptions on Hawai‘i Island. In his remarks, Senator Schatz outlined the state, local, and federal relief efforts and described the support from residents across the across the state. “Across the state, we are helping each other out so that people are being fed, finding shelter, and getting the things they need. Lots of good things are happening, but...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed two appropriations bills with increased funding for the Impact Aid Program. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, helped secure $40 million in the Defense appropriations bill. The funding, which was increased by $10 million from last year, will provide the Hawai‘i Department of Education with more than $3.5 million. In addition to the funds in the Defense...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today issued the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr. to serve as the United States Ambassador to South Korea.“I have known Harry Harris for many years in his service to the U.S. Navy. I trust his judgment and remain confident that he always has the best interest of the United States and Hawai‘i in his heart when he is interacting with our partners and allies in the Asia...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $500,000 in grant funding to the Hawai‘i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. The Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant will employ approximately 200 dislocated workers to help with the clean-up efforts in areas on Kauai and Oahu that were impacted by severe flooding. “This funding is much needed,” Senator Schatz said. “It...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement on President Donald Trump’s approval of the State of Hawai‘i’s request for individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Kauai and Oahu residents whose homes have been lost or damaged due to historic flooding. FEMA’s individual assistance programs will help affected residents access critical federal funding and resources to recover. “FEMA...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling on Janus v. AFSCME.“This is a huge blow to workers and their families across the country, and for anyone fighting to make sure that public employees are fairly treated and compensated. Union membership has always led to higher wages, better benefits, and a path to the middle class. With this ruling, state and local governments have a green light to try and...