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  • WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) reintroduced the Stop Militarizing Our Law Enforcement Act (S. 1856) to establish limitations and create greater transparency on the federal transfer of surplus military-grade equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies.“As we work to rebuild the trust between communities and the police, we can’t ignore the role that the federal government has played in arming police...
  • WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Making Available Information Now to Strengthen Trust and Resilience and Enhance Enterprise Technology (MAIN STREET) Cybersecurity Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Ranking Member of the Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, and James Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. The bipartisan bill will provide...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) called for an investigation into the planned periodic shutdown of Healthcare.gov – the official federal website established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) where Americans can enroll in a health insurance plan – during the 2018 open enrollment period (OEP). During open enrollment – the time of year that individuals can enroll in a...
  • HONOLULU – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will award Hawai‘i a total of $1,928,823 in federal funding to improve the Maui Veterans Cemetery in Makawao and the Lanai Veterans Cemetery in Lanai City. “These federal funds will help improve our veterans cemeteries on Maui and Lanai, and help us honor the legacies of thousands of brave service members...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, the Hawai‘i Congressional Delegation, announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will award $1.6 million in federal funding to MA‘O Organic Farm in Wai‘anae to fund the construction of a new building to house agricultural produce processing and a farmer training facility. The new facility is expected to create 200 jobs in Hawai‘i.“Agriculture is part of Hawai‘i’s history, and this funding will help it be part...
  • WASHINGTON – Following a newly released report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), who made the joint request for the study in October 2015, called on the Department of Education to strengthen its oversight of the financial health of colleges and better assess the risk of school closures. The abrupt financial collapse of the predatory Corinthian Colleges...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) introduced legislation to repeal the national debt ceiling, an arbitrary limit set by Congress on the amount of funding that the United States Treasury may borrow. “Paying our debts should be an automatic act, not a politicized weapon used for leverage,” said Senator Schatz. “It’s clear that the debt ceiling is not about fiscal responsibility, but about...
  • WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate passed the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) which was included in the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act. The bipartisan bill will require public data to be accessible from an online Federal Data Catalog so individuals, organizations, and other government offices can use it. “Public data must be public, and it’s the...
  • WASHINGTON – Tonight, the U.S. Senate passed the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), comprehensive legislation that authorizes defense funding for Fiscal Year 2018. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) helped secure Hawai‘i priorities and worked to include provisions he authored that will help fund improvements to the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, strengthen public data transparency, give Hawai‘i and states across the country more flexibility in...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans’ Affairs, announced that Hawai‘i is set to receive federal funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs to help homeless veterans. “No veteran should be homeless,” said Senator Schatz. “These funds will give struggling veterans access to stable housing and provide them with the services they need to...
  • WASHINGTON – Following the data breach of the credit reporting agency Equifax which left up to 143 million Americans exposed, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) reintroduced the Stop Errors in Credit Use and Reporting (SECURE) Act, legislation that would make it easier for consumers to catch and resolve identity theft, fraud, and errors in their credit reports.  “This is one of several important steps Congress can take in the wake of the Equifax cybersecurity...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations approved $16.7 million in federal funding for the East-West Center. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Appropriations Committee, worked with committee leadership in a bipartisan manner to maintain federal funding levels for the East-West Center, which directly supports the U.S. rebalance to the Asia Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue with...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. “This is one of the most inhumane things this administration could do. It doesn’t matter where you stand on immigration. We should all be able to agree that people who came here as children, who have grown up as American as anyone else’s kids, should not be...
  •   HONOLULU – The office of U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) is currently accepting applications for his 2017-2018 High School Internship Program.  The program provides a hands-on learning opportunity about the U.S. Senate and encourages students to be advocates in their schools and communities.“Each year, I look forward to the new ideas and perspectives that our high school interns bring to the office,” said Senator Schatz. “I encourage anyone...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Brian Schatz, in the wake of recent violence in Charlottesville, released the below statement calling on President Trump to withdraw his nomination of Sam Clovis to be USDA Undersecretary for research, education and economics:“In this time of great division, our nation cries out for healing, unity and clarity on the path forward from our elected leaders. Unfortunately, for Donald Trump to nominate and to advocate for Senate...
  • HONOLULU – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) slammed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt following reports that the EPA plans to break protocol and give a political appointee the direct authority to approve or deny grant requests. “While I do believe that political appointees can serve important leadership roles in federal agencies, I fail to understand the beneficial role a political appointee, without any meaningful scientific...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet, and U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, called on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct an independent review of the reported attack on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Electronic Comment Filing System and...
  • WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed key technology legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), lead Democrat on the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet.   “The march of technology does not stop or slow down with the political climate in Washington,” Senator Schatz said. “I’m glad that we can still come together, regardless of party or politics, to give Americans greater...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today led a bipartisan group of senators in calling on Acting Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Director Thomas Kane and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to review and explain their plans to follow recommendations from the Department of Justice Inspector General to expand the use of compassionate release, a program that provides low-risk, elderly or terminally ill inmates the opportunity to appeal for early release if they meet...
  • WASHINGTON – Following a partisan vote today to advance legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) spoke out against the Republican bill on the Senate floor. “We don't know exactly what’s in the bill, but we do know that it will cut taxes and cut Medicaid and people are going to be hurt,” said Senator Schatz. “What the American people need to do now is make sure that this thing comes crashing down. We have to...