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  • Washington – U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, today asked Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman, Ajit Pai, to explain in more detail the nature of a reported cyberattack on May 8, including how it impacted the public’s ability to comment on a proposal to roll back net neutrality protections. In their letter, the senators asked Chairman Pai if the FCC was prepared to defend against such distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks,...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act in a strictly partisan vote. “House Republicans rammed through a bill that would strip at least 24 million Americans of their health care and raise the costs for those with pre-existing conditions. It’s shameful and immoral. But it can stop here. The Senate has the opportunity to walk away from Trumpcare and instead...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation that would expand telehealth services in Medicare, improve care outcomes, make it easier for patients to connect with their health care providers, and help cut costs for...
  • WASHINGTON – Last night, congressional appropriators released a bipartisan spending deal that will increase federal funding for critical programs that benefit Hawai‘i for fiscal year 2017.  U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, successfully advanced Hawai‘i’s priorities during committee consideration, which are now reflected in the final deal. “Despite the proposed cuts and threats of a government shutdown...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), the top Democrat on the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, released the following statement in response to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s net neutrality proposal.“FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is making a mistake. His proposal would take away the American people’s access to a free and open internet and give control to big corporations,” said...
  • HONOLULU – Leaders on the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology which exercise legislative jurisdiction in their respective chambers over the National Weather Service (NWS) today, issued the following statements on the announcement last night that President Donald Trump has signed into law H.R. 353, the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017. The bill includes sweeping reforms to federal...
  • HONOLULU – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today that Hawai‘i will receive more than $1 million to address significant public health concerns and promote healthy behaviors. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $1,092,341 to the Hawai‘i State Department of Health's Healthy Hawai‘i Initiative, which works to prevent chronic disease and promote healthy living in the state....
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) today are demanding answers from United Airlines following the forcible removal of a ticketed passenger on Flight 3411 from Chicago, Illinois to Louisville, Kentucky.“Consumer trust and confidence are critical to ensure this industry continues to thrive, and we hope United Airlines will work diligently to immediately address this incident and make...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement on the U.S. military strike in Syria. “The Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons is abhorrent, but a military response is not the answer.  The president has failed to articulate a strategy to end the Syrian civil war.  A one-off strike may satisfy our desire to hold Assad accountable, but it risks deeper escalation without any sense of direction or objective.  And unless...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement after Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) moved to change longstanding Senate rules to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. “Today will go down in history as the day Republicans deepened the divides in the Senate, the Supreme Court, and the country. Instead of changing the nominee to reach bipartisan consensus, Republicans chose to change the rules. In doing so, they...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee 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, Techhnology, Innovation, and the Internet, and James Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) wrote to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt and called on him to clarify new directives outlined in a pair of internal memos that would overturn well-established EPA procedures and undermine EPA’s mission to protect the health of the American people and the environment. In the memos that detail EPA’s new policymaking procedures and...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) were joined by nine of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to demand answers on how the EPA plans to comply with President Trump’s executive order on the Clean Water Rule.  The order calls on the EPA to weaken the Clean Water Rule significantly, a move that would undermine the Clean Water Act, and directly contradict...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced today that he will be opposing the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be a justice on the United States Supreme Court. "We need to know if Judge Gorsuch will serve as an independent check on the executive and legislative branches. We need to know if Judge Gorsuch will interpret the law fairly or reliably favor the powerful. And we need to know if he will uphold the right to privacy, the basis for a woman's right to choose....
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Ranking Member of the Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, James Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, John Thune (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, introduced the...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06), Blake Farenthold (R-TX-27) and Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) jointly reintroduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to open up government data to improve services and support new discoveries in the private sector.The Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act requires that public data be accessible at Data.gov so individuals, organizations and other government offices can...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), co-chair of the Senate Climate Action Task Force, released the following statement after President Donald Trump signed an executive order reversing policies aimed at fighting climate change. “President Trump's latest executive order reverses the historic progress we've made on climate for short-term gains that will go straight into the pockets of oil, gas, and coal companies. This is another attempt by this administration to...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement on the failure of TrumpCare.“This victory is proof that TrumpCare was never on the level. Instead of trying to pass a health care bill, Republicans tried to ram through a tax cut for the wealthy, paid for by 24 million Americans who would lose their health care in the process. As Americans breathe a sigh of relief that Republicans walked back from the edge of this reckless cliff, we can only...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), co-chair of the Senate Climate Action Task Force, released the following statement on reports that the State Department plans to approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Monday.“The Keystone XL pipeline is not in our national interest. While countries like China and Germany continue to make progress in their transition away from the dirty energy of the past, this action will roll back the progress we have made. Encouraging the...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released the following statement on President Donald Trump’s budget proposal. “The president’s budget proposal is simply that – a proposal.  It’s not going to happen. If enacted, President Trump’s proposed budget cuts would have a terrible impact on Hawai‘i, but Congress holds the purse strings, not the president.  We will not cede...