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  • Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, issued the following statement following the Federal Communications Commission vote to adopt open internet rules: “I congratulate Chairman Wheeler and the FCC on a deliberative process which has led to the adoption of open Internet rules tailored for the 21st century.  While I do not yet know all the details...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and U.S. Representative Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) sent a letter to National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell, urging the NFL to clearly spell out how it will penalize teams that do not proactively move to prevent domestic and sexual assaults by league employees. In their letter to NFL Commissioner Goodell, Senator Schatz and Congresswoman Speier wrote, “We urge you to create accountability at all...
  • Honolulu, HI – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) issued the following statement on the tentative settlement agreement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association: "It is very positive news for the country that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association have reached a tentative five-year agreement on a labor contract.  Our economy and the welfare of all Americans depends on...
  • Washington, D.C. –The Hawaii Congressional Delegation today announced that the Hawaii Department of Health will receive $9.43 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support programs for pregnant mothers and families with young children. “A child’s development is more critical in the first few years of life than at any other time,” said Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education...
  • Honolulu, HI – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) praised President Obama’s announcement that he intends to designate the Honouliuli Internment Camp as a National Historic Monument.  This designation will put Honouliuli under the management of the National Park Service (NPS) and help preserve the history of the site where hundreds of Japanese-Americans were wrongly interned during World War II. “Honouliuli represents a dark period in our history when...
  • Washington, D.C. –Today, Hawai‘i’s congressional delegation announced the Hawai‘i Public Housing Authority (HPHA) will receive a $9,036,788 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of its Capital Fund Program for Public Housing Agencies. “Safe, affordable housing is a basic necessity that every person deserves,” said Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i). “This important investment by HUD will make sure the...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced the Sequestration Relief Act of 2015 which would restore funding for critical domestic and defense programs.  Senator Schatz serves on five key Appropriations subcommittees: Defense; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs; Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; Transportation, Housing and Urban Development; and Legislative Branch.  Senator Durbin...
  • Washington, D.C – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) spoke on the Senate floor and called for cooperation in moving forward bipartisan energy policies that address climate change and advance American energy security. “American energy policy is not defined by one project, or one piece of infrastructure, however contentious it may be,” said Senator Schatz. “There are a few areas where we are going to fight - there is no avoiding it, and...
  • Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) issued the following statement in response to reports that President Obama plans to send to Congress a proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) specific to the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL): “While I have not seen the President’s proposal for an Authorization of the Use of Military Force to destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, sending an AUMF to...
  • Washington, DC – Today U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, issued the following statement on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Wheeler’s net neutrality proposal: “I congratulate Chairman Wheeler for his leadership in putting forth a proposal to establish net neutrality rules tailored for the 21st century.  A free and open Internet is critical to...
  • Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) will serve on five key Senate Appropriations Subcommittees: Defense; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs; Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; Transportation, Housing and Urban Development; and Legislative Branch. “I am grateful to Chairman Cochran and Vice Chairwoman Mikulski for the opportunity to help shape the Department of Defense’s priorities, especially as it relates to the Asia-Pacific...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, issued the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission’s AWS-3 spectrum auction which raised $44.9 billion: “Today marks a key milestone in U.S. spectrum policy.  The success of the AWS-3 auction has ensured funding for our critically important public safety network, so that our first...
  • Washington, DC – 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 2014: “While I am pleased that broadcast media coverage of climate change has increased this year, it is not enough,” said Senator Schatz.  “I remain deeply concerned about both the lack and the quality of the coverage.  This new report shows that Sunday shows...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta calling for immediate action to address the safety concerns and potential security risks of small unmanned aircraft, also known as drones.  Today’s letter follows a recent report of a drone landing on the White House grounds and reiterates a call for action.  “Yesterday’s report of an unmanned aircraft that...
  • Honolulu, HI – Today U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) submitted video testimony opposing proposed reductions to Army personnel in Hawai‘i.  In video remarks to be delivered at the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawai‘i’s community listening session in Honolulu, Senator Schatz underscored Hawai‘i’s important role in the nation’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific and highlighted the deep ties the Army has cultivated with the state. “I am strongly...
  • Honolulu, HI – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced today the names of 38 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. “This year’s U.S. Service Academy nominees represent a new generation of future military leaders, all of whom completed a highly...
  • Washington, DC—Today U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement following President Obama’s annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. “Tonight we heard the President lay out his vision for the year ahead to ensure that our economy continues its recovery and that our economic policies and priorities strengthen and expand the middle class. “This is particularly important in Hawai‘i, where the high cost of...
  • Washington, DC – Today U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) was chosen to serve as Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet.  “I am looking forward to serving as the lead Democrat on this subcommittee,” said Senator Schatz.  “Innovation and technology are some of the biggest drivers of our economy and can help solve some of today’s toughest challenges.  In my new role, one of my top...
  • Washington, DC – The Senate is set to vote on advancing U.S. Senator Brian Schatz’s (D-Hawai‘i) amendment to S.1, the Keystone XL pipeline legislation.  The Schatz amendment, the first climate science amendment offered by Senate Democrats, affirms that climate change is real and significantly caused by human activity.  Senator Schatz delivered remarks on the Senate floor calling on his colleagues to acknowledge the facts about climate change and support the amendment....
  • Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) commended United Airlines and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) for bringing back dozens of union jobs, which were previously given to contractors, to Honolulu International Airport.  “This is good news for our dedicated union workers and their families at Honolulu Airport,” said Senator Schatz.  “Unions have played an important role in building our middle...