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  • ATLANTA —As the outbreaks of Zika and dengue continue to threaten communities in the United States and around the world, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters and met with top officials to discuss the CDC’s response to outbreaks in Hawai‘i.  During the meetings, Senator Schatz called for stronger vector-control programs to fight the spread of mosquito-borne viruses. Zika and dengue are...
  • WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today cosponsored a bill to require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to collaborate with experts and consumer advocates to mandate minimum seat size standards consistent with airline passengers’ health and safety needs. The bill would direct the FAA to set standards for minimum seat width, legroom, padding, and aisle width on all commercial passenger planes. “In Hawai‘i, air travel is central to our visitor...
  • HONOLULU – Earlier today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) met with Boys & Girls Club of Hawai‘i (BGCH) members, honored this year’s Youth of the Year, and delivered a keynote address. In his keynote address, Senator Schatz recognized the critical work the Boys & Girls Club does and challenged its young members to pursue a life of public service. “Public service takes many forms, and you can find a way to serve that makes sense to you.  But it...
  • WASHINGTON —As the outbreak of mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika and dengue continue to threaten communities in the United States and around the world, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) led eight senators in calling on the Senate Appropriations Committee to increase funding for mosquito-control programs. “Increased support for vector-control programs at the CDC can help to control the populations of Aedes mosquitoes that transmit viruses such as Zika, dengue, West Nile,...
  • HONOLULU – Today, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) approved a petition for federal aid that will provide millions of dollars in federal funding for displaced workers at the Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company (HC&S), making it the first time ever that Hawai‘i sugar plantation workers displaced by foreign trade will receive these funds. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), who worked closely with USDOL Secretary Tom Perez to identify the federal funding and...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.)‎, and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) introduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, a bill that would provide federal employees with a 5.3 percent pay increase in 2017. The bill is a response to federal employees having lost more than a billion dollars in wages due to sequestration and a three-year freeze on federal pay.   “Federal workers in Hawai‘i and...
  • WASHINGTON – Today on the front steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and Senate Democrats called on Senate Republicans to do their job and give the president’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, a fair confirmation process.  The senators were joined by working Americans who discussed what would happen if they didn’t do their job the way most Senate Republicans are today by refusing...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today made the following statement regarding President Obama’s nomination of Merrick B. Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court: “Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland has the legal expertise, independent mind, and extensive experience as a former top official in the Justice Department and as the current Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that would make him an excellent addition to the Supreme Court. ...
  • WASHINGTON –Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced the Safe Treatments and Opportunities to Prevent (STOP) Pain Act, bipartisan legislation that would strengthen research for treatment of chronic pain and find alternatives to opioids, which can be dangerous when abused. The STOP Pain Act is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.). “Our bill helps...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that displaced Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company (HC&S) employees are eligible to receive federal funding through a worker aid program, making it the first time ever that Hawai‘i sugar plantation workers displaced by foreign trade have qualified for these funds.  The millions of dollars in federal money will provide compensation to help replace lost...
  • WASHINGTON – During an appropriations hearing today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, called on the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Julian Castro, to recognize the need for resources to support homeless families in Hawai‘i and address the housing shortage.  In response, Secretary Castro pledged that Hawai‘i would receive its “fair share” of federal resources...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) applauded the Obama Administration’s efforts to act on climate change and limit methane pollution from oil and natural gas production. “Today's announcement that EPA is planning to reduce methane emissions from existing sources in the oil and gas sector is key to meeting our commitment to cut carbon emissions and critical to our fight against climate change,” said Senator Schatz.  “These standards...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, the White House announced that Hawai‘i has been selected to participate in the TechHire Initiative, a competitive multi-sector program that provides students and workers with skills needed to grow our nation’s high-tech workforce. The High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC), a state agency tasked to develop Hawai‘i’s technology industry and provide resources to help train and retain a high-tech local workforce, will lead a statewide...
  • WASHINGTON – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today announced approximately $4.5 million in grants to help communities reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change. The University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program will receive $1,317,745 in funding to protect vulnerable coasts including $845,160 from NOAA and $472,585 in matching funds. “We know that climate change is taking place and having an impact on coastlines around the...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today released the following statement in response to a new Media Matters report detailing how broadcast networks covered climate change in 2015: “In a year when nearly 200 countries around the world collectively recognized the threat of climate change and the United States made historic commitments to cut carbon pollution, major networks actually cut their media coverage of climate change.  In 2015, the network Sunday...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation unanimously voted to pass an amendment introduced by U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) to the Making Opportunities for Broadband Investment and Limiting Excessive and Needless Obstacles to Wireless (MOBILE NOW) Act.  The Schatz-Moran amendment would help boost unlicensed spectrum which is commonly used for technologies like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. “For the first...
  • WASHINGTON – This morning, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) introduced bipartisan legislation addressing the future impact of new technology known as the “Internet of Things.” The bill, known as the Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act builds upon the senators’ resolution, which called for a national strategy on the Internet of Things. This resolution passed...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) led a bipartisan group of colleagues in the Senate and House today in introducing legislation to establish an independent National Commission on Security and Technology Challenges. The digital security Commission will bring together all stakeholders, including tech leaders, law enforcement, the intelligence...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that Hawai‘i will receive federal assistance through the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program to help address homelessness in the state.  U.S Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, called the federal assistance a victory for Hawai‘i. “It is a real victory for the State of Hawai‘i to...
  • WASHINGTON —Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) on Wednesday was named a recipient of a U.S. Travel Association Distinguished Travel Champion Award. The association recognized Schatz for his exceptional leadership in advancing policies that strengthen travel to and within America, particularly his role in the bipartisan push to build support for the Jobs Originated Through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act of 2015, and his leadership on the bill reauthorizing Brand USA. "Sen. Schatz truly knows the...