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  • Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the Committee approved $16.7 million in federal funding for the East-West Center.  Senator Schatz worked to ensure continued federal funding levels for the East-West Center, which directly supports the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue with countries in the region, and to increase funding $5.9 million...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark decision that states must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples. “Today’s Supreme Court decision is a big win for gay rights, for civil rights, and for human rights. Every committed couple, whether they are gay or straight, deserves to be treated equally under the law. With this historic ruling, the Supreme Court has reaffirmed what...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act may provide federal tax credits for eligible Americans in federal and state exchanges.“This decision is a victory for all Americans across the country.  Because of the Affordable Care Act, more people have access to quality health care, the number of uninsured is falling, and health care costs are growing at the slowest...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today voted for the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The NDAA will authorize provisions important to Hawai‘i’s economy and military community, and strengthens our national defense.  The bill passed by a 71-25 vote with large bipartisan support. “The defense authorization bill includes many provisions that strengthen our national defense, reinforce the need to rebalance to the Asia...
  • Washington, D.C. – Following the loss of six U.S. Marines who were serving on a humanitarian mission in Nepal, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) filed legislation to ensure families of fallen service members serving on non-combat missions receive the same travel benefits as those serving in combat areas.  Senator Schatz’s amendment was included in the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2016. “When our men and women in uniform are deployed anywhere...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) spoke on the Senate floor to call for bipartisan solutions to climate change.“One solution to climate change is putting a fair price on carbon pollution,” said Senator Schatz.  “Last week, Senator Whitehouse and I introduced a bill – S. 1548 – to do just that and return all of the revenue to American families and businesses. A price on carbon is a market based solution that can appeal...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Senator Brian Schatz announced their recommendation to the White House of three Hawaii residents for consideration to fill the open U.S. District Court Judgeship for the District of Hawaii following Chief Judge Susan Oki Mollway’s transition to a senior judge on November 6, 2015. The candidates, Clare Connors, David Louie, and Jill Otake, who are listed in alphabetical order in the letter, were among those recommended by the Federal...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), co-chair of the Senate Tourism Caucus, and John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today introduced S.1579, the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act, bipartisan legislation that would enhance and integrate native tourism, empower native communities, and expand unique cultural tourism opportunities in the United States.  U.S. Senators...
  • Washington, D.C.— U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, issued the following statement after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied a petition to delay implementation of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules. “The D.C. Circuit’s decision to allow the FCC’s net neutrality rules to fully go into effect is good news for...
  • Washington, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) today announced the introduction of legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino Veterans of World War II. They were joined in this effort by Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Dean Heller (R-NV), Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Congressman Joe Heck (R-NV), Congressman Juan Vargas (D-CA), Congressman Mark Takai (D-HI), Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), and...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-Penn.), and Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-Penn.)  introduced the American Export Promotion Act to help small- and medium-sized firms grow their export capacity, and better access and compete in global markets through grant and technical assistance.  As Congress debates global trade policy and the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, set to expire at the end of June, Schatz,...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed the Defense Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016.  U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, worked to include funding for defense programs important to Hawai‘i. “The funding for defense programs that the Appropriations Committee passed today is a key investment in our national security and is further indication of the important role...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism, introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would prevent the United States from sending American ground troops to engage in the fight against ISIL in Iraq or Syria.  U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) is an original cosponsor of the amendment along with...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) today released new, forward-looking foreign policy principles to guide America’s role as a global leader in the 21st Century. The principles, as laid out in an op-ed published today in Foreign Affairs, provide a clear alternative to the limited perspectives that often dominate American foreign policy conversations in the United States...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, introduced the School Building Fairness Act of 2015, legislation that would provide federal grants to states and local school districts to help them build, repair, and renovate school facilities. “When students are in a safe, well-maintained school environment, it improves their ability to learn and gives them a...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Hawai’i Congressional Delegation announced that the Honolulu International Airport will receive $16.5 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation. “When we invest in airport infrastructure, we grow our tourism industry, connect families and businesses, and make our transportation system operate more safely and efficiently for everyone,” said U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), a member of the Senate Appropriations...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i‘) released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Hawai‘i announcement of a proposed agreement with the U.S. Navy and the Defense Logistics Agency requiring the military to take action to minimize the threat of future leaks at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility. “The proposed agreement between the EPA, the Hawai‘i State Department of Health, and...
  • Honolulu, HI – Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced their intent to expand air preclearance operations to Narita, Japan and nine new foreign airports which would boost tourism and help the government achieve its goal of attracting 100 million visitors annually by 2021.  U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Co-Chair of the Senate Tourism Caucus, held hearings on the state of the tourism and travel industry last year, and worked with the U.S. Department of...
  • Honolulu, HI – 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.) have introduced a bill to preserve endangered Native languages.  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 maintenance of indigenous languages while increasing educational...
  • Washington, D.C. – Last night, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution acknowledging and honoring the brave young men from Hawai‘i, the majority of whom were Native Hawaiian, who ensured the success of the Equatorial Pacific colonization project.  This once-secret initiative began in the 1930’s to enable the United States to claim jurisdiction over this hotly disputed area of the Pacific in the years leading up to World War II.  The earliest colonists were new...