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  • Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), released a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) evaluating the ability of federal...
  • Washington, D.C. – With more than 80 major corporations now signed onto the White House’s American Business Act on Climate Pledge, a group of U.S. Senators is writing to the CEOs of those companies to applaud their commitment, but to also deliver an important message: don’t forget about Congress. “All of the President’s work is critical, but Congress can play a key role in achieving our climate goals,” the Senators write.  “From our perspective your...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement on the Administration’s announcement that it will deploy a small number of Special Operations Forces to Syria: “The Administration’s announcement that it will deploy Special Operations Forces into Syria to combat ISIL marks a major shift in U.S. policy—a shift that is occurring without congressional debate, is...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA), a national organization representing the native hospitality and tourism industry, presented U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) with a special “Enough Good People” Award for his efforts to champion economic development and cultural strength for Native Hawaiians, American Indians, and Alaska Natives. “Tourism is not only good for our economy, but it is one of the best ways for...
  • Washington, DC – Today, the Senate unanimously passed the Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015. In May, Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) introduced legislation to combat the multi-billion dollar threat posed by illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities. The legislation passed today is the House companion to the Senate bill, which passed the House of Representatives in July. The bill now heads to...
  • Washington, D.C. –Today, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee advanced the Native Language Immersion Student Achievement Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), and Tom Udall (D-N.M.). The Native Language Immersion Student Achievement Act creates a new grant initiative to establish or expand Native language immersion programs.  The grants will support the revitalization and...
  • Honolulu, HI – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) introduced legislation to explore the viability of creating a National Museum of the American People (NMAP) in Washington, D.C.  The proposed museum would be the first of its kind to tell the immigration stories of every American and celebrate the contributions of every ethnic and cultural group in the country.  It would provide a venue to unite the diverse stories that connect us as Americans.  The museum will offer...
  • Honolulu, HI – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced today the selection of fifteen outstanding Hawai‘i high school students to participate in this year’s Schatz Seniors High School Internship program. “Every one of our Schatz Seniors is a stand-out,” said Senator Schatz. “They all share an interest in civic leadership and are highly engaged in their schools and communities. My staff and I look forward to working with them.” Now in...
  • Honolulu, HI - U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) and Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James spoke today before members of Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE).  WiRE is a non-profit organization for women working in the fields of energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency and transportation. In his opening remarks, Senator Schatz highlighted the partnership between Hawai'i and the Air Force to research, develop, and implement clean energy solutions. “The Air Force and other...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, in a bipartisan vote, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee advanced the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and John Thune (R-S.D.).  The bipartisan NATIVE Act would enhance and integrate native tourism, empower native communities, and expand unique cultural tourism opportunities in the United States. “Whether you’re from Hawai‘i or South...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced their tsunami detection and warning systems legislation unanimously passed the Senate. The bill reauthorizes and enhances tsunami preparedness and increases investment in research to protect coastal communities.   The Tsunami Warning, Education and Research Act of 2015 would strengthen the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA)...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i‘), Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, released the following statement in response to the European Court of Justice’s ruling on the Safe Harbor agreement: “The U.S.-E.U. Safe Harbor framework is an important model for transatlantic data transfers and has been critical in protecting both individual privacy and commerce between the European Union and the...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) introduced legislation that would streamline and improve the visa application system for foreign tourists seeking to visit the United States. Current visa procedures make it unnecessarily difficult for tourists from many countries to visit the United States. The bipartisan bill would reform and strengthen the Visa Waiver Program,...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), joined by seven other Senators, introduced the Tobacco to 21 Act (S.2100), legislation that would prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.“We know that the earlier smokers begin their unhealthy addiction to nicotine, the more likely they are to suffer from tobacco-related diseases or die,” said Senator Schatz.  “This year,...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement after President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping announced significant steps to address climate change, including a pledge by China to curb carbon emissions using a cap-and-trade program: “The momentum is palpable. People, governments, companies, and institutions are beginning to take the kinds of actions that give us a legitimate chance to solve this problem.  I've never...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai‘i) and U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) issued statements calling for continued funding for the Preschool Development Grants Program.  “Too many children in Hawai‘i will enter kindergarten without having the benefit of a preschool education,” said Senator Brian Schatz. “As a result, these children will miss out on the preparation they need to be...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee 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.) introduced S. 2044, the Consumer Review Freedom Act. “Reviews on where to shop, eat, or stay on websites like Yelp or TripAdvisor...
  • Washington, DC—Today, the Hawai'i Congressional Delegation announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded $8,610,632 in federal grants to support Native Hawaiian education. The grants, which include funding for every county in Hawai'i, will support eleven education projects to improve academic achievement, strengthen early childhood literacy and readiness programs, assist homeless families, and foster mentorship and academic support programs. “These funds will help...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) introduced the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act (FEPPLA), legislation that would provide federal employees with six weeks of paid leave, under the Family and Medical Leave Act, for the birth, adoption, or fostering of a child. “While private companies are beginning to see the benefits of providing paid family leave, America is still the only industrial nation in the world...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) spoke on the Senate floor in support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. “There is no alternative to this agreement—certainly no military option—that eliminates 98 percent of Iran’s fissile material or 2/3 of its operating centrifuges,” said Senator Schatz. On August 10th, Senator Schatz announced his support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. To view video of Senator...