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  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and John Thune (R-S.D.) reintroduced the Platform Accountability and Consumer Transparency (PACT) Act, bipartisan legislation to update Section 230 of the Communications Act. The PACT Act will make platforms’ content moderation practices more transparent and hold those companies accountable for content that violates their own policies or is illegal. “Section 230 gave internet companies the flexibility to grow the...
  • WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) urged United States Attorney General Merrick Garland to open an investigation into McKinsey & Company’s role in promoting the sale of OxyContin and contributing to the opioid epidemic. “It is critical that McKinsey, which has demonstrated a disconcerting indifference toward the well-being of America’s families, is also held fully accountable for its role in this...
  • WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today released a resource guide to help Hawai‘i restaurants and other food and beverage establishments access a new federal grant program. Established under the America Rescue Plan Act, this program offers grants to help cover revenue losses as a result of the pandemic and can be used for a wide variety of expenses.   “This new grant program will help Hawai‘i restaurants keep the lights...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Brian Schatz and Mazie K. Hirono and U.S. Representatives Ed Case and Kaiali?i Kahele today called on President Joe Biden to provide immediate federal assistance to help Hawai‘i recover from recent severe flooding and landslides on Kaua‘i, Maui, and O‘ahu. “We request your help to expedite all federal assistance possible to help the state of Hawai‘i recover from flooding and landslides in Kaua‘i County, Maui County, and the...
  •     WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released a new comprehensive guide to help Hawai‘i families, workers, and small businesses navigate federal COVID-19 relief resources and programs authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act. The resource guide also provides important information on how to access new programs, such as the expanded Child Tax Credit and a grant program...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that 12 health centers across Hawai‘i have been selected to participate in a COVID-19 vaccine program aimed at providing more vaccines to those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. “This means more vaccines for people in Hawai‘i who are being hit the hardest,” said U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i). “The vaccine is a...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that includes at least $6.1 billion in estimated funding for Hawai‘i. The American Rescue Plan Act – the second largest emergency relief package in American history and a trillion dollars more than the last package passed in December – includes funding for unemployment assistance, and aid for small businesses, vaccine distribution, schools, and health care...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) voted to pass a new $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that includes at least $6.1 billion in estimated funding for Hawai‘i. The American Rescue Plan Act – the second largest emergency relief package in American history and a trillion dollars more than the last package passed in December – includes funding for unemployment assistance, and aid for small businesses, vaccine distribution, schools, and health...
  • WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and U.S. Representative Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) reintroduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, a bill that would provide federal employees with a 3.2 percent pay increase in 2022.   “Federal workers play a critical role in our everyday lives – caring for our veterans, fighting the pandemic through medical research, and cutting...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, secured $80 million for Native Hawaiian programs in the latest COVID-19 relief package currently being considered by Congress. The new funding will provide millions to Native Hawaiian health care centers, Native Hawaiian-serving higher education institutions, and housing assistance programs at the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL). “$80 million in new COVID-19 relief...
  • HONOLULU – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, helped secure $70 million for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project. The new federal funding will help the City and County of Honolulu pay for a portion of its share of the cost of the project, making up for the loss in tax revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our goal here was to help the City pay for part of its share by...
  • WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that the Hawai‘i Public Housing Authority (HPHA) will receive a $13,862,820 grant to repair and renovate public housing in Hawai‘i. "Everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to call home. This federal funding will help us repair and maintain homes for thousands of Hawai’i families living in public housing,” said Senator Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations...
  • HONOLULU – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced today the names of 46 students nominated to attend one of our nation’s service academies. The four service academies are: the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy and the United States Merchant Marine Academy. “The students who attend our country’s service academies represent our nation’s best,” said Senator Schatz. “I look...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today was named Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee. “We need to rethink the way we invest in our communities. I’m committed to making sure we are putting money where people need it most. That means more support for affordable housing, climate resiliency, and safer and more efficient transportation systems,” said Senator Schatz. “We...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement today after voting to convict former President Donald Trump for the incitement of an insurrection on January 6, 2021. “The House Managers presented a convincing case that laid out what we all witnessed. Former President Trump lied repeatedly about the results of a free and fair election and attempted to cheat by pressuring election officials. He incited an insurrection that resulted in a violent...
  •   WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) announced today that they will reintroduce a bipartisan bill to extend two key statutory deadlines for the 2020 Census. This bill would set the deadline for the apportionment data to April 30, 2021, as well as extend the deadline to deliver redistricting data to the states to September 30, 2021 from March 31, 2021.   These extensions would allow the Census Bureau to...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will install 23 weather cameras across the state. These cameras will improve safety by providing pilots with near-real time video of weather conditions at their destinations and along their flight routes. After the program was a proven success in Alaska and Colorado, Schatz worked within the Senate Appropriations Committee to direct the FAA to expand the program into...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) agreement to reimburse up to $175 million to the State of Hawai‘i for certain vaccine distribution expenses. FEMA announced today it has already reimbursed half of the approved amount to the state, providing more than $87 million. Reimbursable expenses cover emergency protective measures, including supplies and personnel needed to safely...
  • WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that Hawai‘i will receive $1,033,100 to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic among Pacific Islanders. This grant will support community outreach programs in Pacific Islander languages to help families navigate health resources. The new funding will also be used to purchase more personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies for Pacific Islander communities....
  • WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced today the introduction of new legislation to promote press freedom and the protection of journalists worldwide. The Global Press Freedom Act would direct the U.S. State Department to establish an Ambassador-at-Large for press freedom and train Foreign Service Officers on how to help promote media independence and...