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  • Washington, D.C. – Today, congressional appropriators released a bipartisan spending deal that guarantees the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will have the budget it needs to fulfill its mission and ensure that the American people have access to leading edge communications services.  U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Ranking Member of the Commerce Committee’s Communications, Technology, Innovation and the...
  • Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate today passed by unanimous consent S. 2044, the Consumer Review Freedom Act, introduced by Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.), Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet Subcommittee Ranking Member Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security Subcommittee Chairman Jerry Moran (R-Kan.). The bipartisan bill is also co-sponsored by the full committee’s Ranking Member, Senator Bill...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Climate Action Task Force, released the following statement on the Paris Climate Agreement: “This is an historic moment – when the international community finally takes responsibility for climate change in a meaningful way. This is a global problem that cannot be solved by nations acting alone. We must come together, and with this agreement, we did.”
  • Washington, D.C – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai‘i), and U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded $1,485,007 in various grants to support coral reef conservation and coastal management in Hawai‘i and throughout the Pacific. “Coastal communities live by the health of the ocean, reefs, and beaches,” said Senator Brian...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate voted 85-12 to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – legislation that reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and replaces No Child Left Behind.  U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, worked to include key provisions in the legislation that support funding for Hawai‘i schools and improve Native...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s proposal to bar all Muslims from entering the United States: “When Donald Trump proposed to block all Muslims from entering the United States, he referred to Roosevelt’s classification of thousands of Japanese, Germans, and Italians during the war as “enemy aliens” as precedent.   This shameful page of our history led to the...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) issued the following statement commemorating the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor: “Seventy-four years ago today, the attack on Pearl Harbor forever changed Hawai‘i, the country, and the world.  We will never forget the thousands of men and women who lost their lives that day and the countless others who bravely stepped forward to defend our home.  We honor them and all of those who...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate voted to pass bipartisan legislation to fund highway and transportation projects in Hawai‘i and across the country for five years, making it the longest highway funding bill in more than a decade. If signed into law this bill would increase funding in Hawai‘i by $83 million next year and $241 million by 2020. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development...
  • Washington, D.C.  – Today, the Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved S. 2206, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention Act.   U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) introduced the legislation with bipartisan support from U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), John Thune (R-S.D.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). The bill...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved an amended version of S. 2044, the Consumer Review Freedom Act, introduced by Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.), Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet Subcommittee Ranking Member Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), and Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security Subcommittee Chairman Jerry Moran (R-Kan.). The bipartisan bill is also co-sponsored by the full...
  • Washington, D.C – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Climate Action Task Force, voted against partisan resolutions to roll back new rules that would regulate carbon pollution from new and existing power plants.  Experts estimate that when the Clean Power Plan is fully in place in 2030, there will be 1,500 to 3,600 fewer premature deaths, 90,000 fewer asthma attacks in children, up to 1,700 fewer heart attacks, 1,700 fewer hospital admissions,...
  • Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) introduced legislation to help prevent youth homelessness, improve support services and housing for youth and families, and help ensure children are raised in supportive, stable households. The Family Unification, Preservation and Modernization Act would improve supportive housing - programs that integrate housing with social services – and policies...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement today in honor of Veterans Day: “On Veterans Day, Americans remember and give thanks to veterans past and present.  Every gesture matters today, whether it is laying a wreath at Punchbowl Cemetery, marching in the Waianae Veterans Day Parade, or simply saying ‘thank you for your service.’ But our commitment to the more than 120,000 veterans who call Hawai‘i home...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, the Senate passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2016.  U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, worked to include $444 million for military construction projects across Hawai‘i. “The $444 million in funding for military construction projects that the Senate approved today reflects the long-term...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Ranking Member of the Senate Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet Subcommittee, introduced the Promoting Unlicensed Spectrum Act, legislation that would ensure our national spectrum pipeline strategy includes a thoughtful approach to unlicensed spectrum. “As unlicensed spectrum usage continues to grow, our national spectrum policy should reflect the critical role it plays in innovation and our...
  • Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate passed a revised 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 91-3.  The updated bill will authorize funding for programs important to Hawai‘i’s economy and military community. “The defense authorization bill includes many provisions that strengthen our national defense, reinforce the need to rebalance to the Asia Pacific—through which Hawai‘i is central—and provide our service members with the...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Climate Action Task Force, praised President Obama’s official rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline.“Climate change is the greatest challenge of our generation, and it is time to transition away from dirty energy projects like Keystone and move toward clean renewable energy.  Today’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline is a victory for our environment, for our communities,...
  • Washington, D.C. – Last night, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D- Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Climate Action Task Force, spoke on the Senate floor to discuss solutions to climate change, including addressing deforestation and the Administration’s Clean Power Plan. “The Clean Power Plan has sent a signal to the rest of the world that the United States is serious about preventing catastrophic changes to our climate,” said Senator Schatz.  “This is the...
  • Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Representatives Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.) Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Members of the LGBT Equality Caucus urged the passage of the Restore Honor to Service Members Act at a press conference on Capitol Hill. The legislation would help service members discharged solely due to their sexual orientation correct their military records to reflect their honorable service and reinstate the benefits they earned. “We have a sacred...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), members of the Senate Commerce Committee and Co-Chairs of the Senate Tourism Caucus, wrote to the State Department to follow up on a recently released report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that evaluated the State Department’s capacity to meet the expected increase in demand for travel visas.  The report, which was requested by Senators Schatz and Klobuchar, found...