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  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Korematsu v. United States, the 1944 decision that ruled the World War II internment of Japanese-Americans to be constitutional. “It is beyond ironic that the Supreme Court has used its decision to uphold the president’s Muslim ban as an opportunity to right the wrongs of Korematsu. It should not take 75 years for us to see with moral...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. “What is legal is not always just. A narrow ruling on whether or not the President of the United States is in possession of the statutory authority to implement this policy avoids the basic question of whether or not it’s the right thing to do. “The Supreme Court made the wrong...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) led a bicameral group of over 120 current and former members of Congress on an amicus brief to support a lawsuit filed by the State of New York to stop the addition of a divisive untested citizenship question to the 2020 Census.The amicus brief, filed on Friday, argues that Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution and the 14th Amendment make clear that the census is intended to count all people residing in the United States, both...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that Child & Family Service Kauai will receive $1,395,077 in federal funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs that offer quality health care and prepare young children for school.“No single program has taught us more about how important early childhood development programs are to a child’s education and success than Head Start,”...
  • 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 Hawai‘i Island residents whose homes have been lost or damaged due to the ongoing Kilauea Volcano eruptions. FEMA’s individual assistance programs will help affected residents access critical federal funding and resources...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, Hawai‘i’s Congressional Delegation urged President Donald Trump to act swiftly on Governor David Ige’s request for individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Hawai‘i Island residents whose homes have been lost or damaged due to the ongoing Kilauea Volcano eruptions. FEMA’s individual assistance programs will help affected residents access critical federal funding and resources to recover. “Based on...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed the Commerce, Science, and Justice Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2019. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) worked to include $1 million to preserve Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, more than $36 million to improve tsunami warnings, and nearly $30 million to protect coral reefs in Hawai‘i and across the country. “We were successful at including more federal funding to help us manage...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to share more information about the reported distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on the FCC’s website while it was open for comments on net neutrality last year.The letter comes over a year after reports of a DDoS attack on the FCC’s website, which prompted an initial letter from Senators Wyden and Schatz that questioned...
  • WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and 30 colleagues today introduced legislation to keep immigrant families together by preventing the Department of Homeland Security from taking children from their parents at the border. The Keep Families Together Act was developed in consultation with child welfare experts to ensure the federal government is acting in the best interest of children. The bill is supported by the American Academy of...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) introduced S. 2980, the Integrated Missile Defense Act of 2018. The bill – which builds upon the success of last year’s bipartisan Advancing America’s Missile Defense Act of 2017 – seeks to further strengthen and integrate our nation’s missile defenses. “When it comes to North Korea, we can hope for the best while still planning for the worst,” Senator Schatz...
  • WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., today introduced S. 3010, “The Supplementing the Pipeline for Efficient Control of The Resources for Users Making New Opportunities for Wireless (SPECTRUM NOW) Act.” The legislation would help provide the necessary support for federal spectrum users to research innovative ways to increase their spectrum-use efficiency and to find ways to repurpose spectrum for commercial use.“The ultimate success of...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed the Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2019. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) worked to include nearly $3 million to protect Hawai‘i coffee and maintain agriculture research facilities in Hilo. The bill also includes more than $32 million to support agricultural inspection stations like those at neighbor island airports, making it easier for...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee advanced the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2019. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Appropriations Committee, worked to include $375 million for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), an agency within the Department of Energy tasked with funding energy technology projects that help the United States compete and prosper. The funding is a $22 million...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, led a group of 21 senators in urging Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Director of Presidential Personnel John DeStefano to choose a nonpartisan, experienced, and scientifically qualified nominee to be the director of the Census Bureau. Last week, Secretary Ross told the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science that the...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) introduced legislation that would help more vulnerable homeowners move out of dangerous flood zones. The bipartisan bill calls for a comprehensive review of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) program to reduce flood risk and taxpayer exposure by buying homes from property owners in flood-prone areas. In...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) commended the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) for urging its member institutions to review policies related to students with criminal histories. AAC&U called on its members to “take action to mitigate the negative effects that [criminal justice] involvement can have on students, on communities, and on America’s democratic promise.” The move came in response to a letter...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, asked the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide more information about technology addiction and its effect on childhood development. “Technological progress has benefited society, but we must not neglect its...
  • HONOLULU – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement on President Donald Trump’s approval of a presidential disaster declaration that will bring significant relief to communities on Hawai‘i Island impacted by the volcanic eruption of Kilauea. “We are appreciative of the good and quick work of our federal partners as we navigate this difficult and unpredictable disaster. This declaration will help our state and county governments and...
  • WASHINGTON – Following a report that the Department of Defense (DoD) revised a January 2018 vulnerability assessment by removing references to climate change and key findings on the risks from sea level rise, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, led a group of senators in calling on Defense Secretary James Mattis to release the unpublished draft of the report and explain why the...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, Hawai‘i’s Congressional Delegation urged President Donald Trump to act swiftly on Governor David Ige’s request for a presidential disaster declaration for areas on Hawai‘i Island impacted by the ongoing Kilauea Volcano eruptions. The declaration will help ensure that the affected communities can access important federal funding and resources to recover. “Based on the severity of the damage and preliminary assessments, it is clear that...