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  • Washington, DC – Today, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order protecting federal contract workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) sent a letter in March with U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and the House LGBT Equality Caucus leadership urging President Obama to issue this executive order, which bans discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual...
  • Honolulu, HI ­- Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced Cellana, a leading biofuel company based in Kailua-Kona, will receive a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop an integrated, high-yield algae biofuel feedstock production system at their Kona Demonstration Facility.  Cellana’s research efforts have created a successful business model using algae to produce various products including low-cost animal feed, high-quality nutritional...
  • Honolulu, HI ­- U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) announced today that United Airlines and IAMAW members have come to an agreement that will keep hundreds of neighbor island jobs at Lihue, Kahului, and Kona airports. “On behalf of the IAMAW Union members of United Airlines in the Hawaiian Islands we would like to sincerely thank Senator Schatz for his help and support in the fight against...
  • Honolulu, HI – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) cosponsored the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act, legislation introduced by Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) that would protect families from corporate interference and make sure that employers cannot deny women essential health benefits mandated by federal law, including birth control coverage. “Corporations aren’t people and they should not be given...
  • Honolulu, HI – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that the University of Hawai‘i (UH) will receive a $349,472 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant will provide funding for the UH School of Nursing’s project, Achieving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing: A Veteran’s Initiative. Kapiolani Community College, Kaua‘i Community College, and Maui College will also participate in the project. “Nursing is...
  • Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that  the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa will receive five grants from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to strengthen climate and hazards research, further scientific understanding of past, current, and future climate change, and facilitate national and international collaboration. “These grants demonstrate that the University...
  • Honolulu, HI – In a divided decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that closely-held private corporations can impose their religious beliefs on women by denying them birth control coverage as part of their health insurance.  U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement on the ruling. “Employers should never have the right to make personal health decisions for women,” Senator Schatz said.  “I am...
  • Washington, DC — Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced Esther Kia‘aina’s Senate confirmation as Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas at the U.S. Department of the Interior. “President Obama recognized a tremendous individual for this important post in Esther Kia‘aina,” Senator Schatz said. “Her confirmation is a testament to her distinguished career and expertise on Native Hawaiian issues and land management. Esther is an...
  • Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Tourism, Innovation, and Competitiveness held a hearing on the state of U.S. tourism and travel industry today and announced plans to work with the U.S. Department of State on legislation to make it easier for low-risk international travelers to visit the United States, boosting tourism and helping the government achieve its goal of attracting 100 million visitors annually by 2021. ...
  • Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that Hawai‘i will receive two grants totaling $1,752,905 from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to help unemployed individuals train for and transition to new employment.  Hawai‘i will receive $897,420 through the Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program to train unemployed workers for jobs in high-demand industries and $855,485 through the Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA)...
  • Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced the University of Hawai‘i will receive a $86,462 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve monitoring of Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. “Kilauea’s spectacular volcanic eruptions have attracted much attention over the last three decades. More than 5000 travelers visit Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park each day,” Senator Schatz said. “And...
  • Washington, DC – Today, the United States Senate passed the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), legislation that improves workforce development programs to prepare American workers for the jobs of tomorrow.  U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) voted to pass the legislation and worked with Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) to make sure funding for youth, adult, dislocated, and Native Hawaiian workforce...
  • Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that the City and County of Honolulu will receive a $5 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to maintain Honolulu’s bus system. “Investing in Honolulu’s bus system means that the many residents who depend on it to get to school or work every day will continue to have an affordable way to get around,” Senator Schatz said.  “This funding will maintain Honolulu’s buses,...
  • Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that the City and County of Honolulu will receive $250 million from the Department of Transportation next week to fund continued construction of the Honolulu Rail Transit project.  The $250 million grant was made possible through appropriations provided in the Fiscal Year 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill as part of the Federal Transit...
  • Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that the Senate Committee on Appropriations approved $16.7 million in federal funding for the East-West Center.  Senator Schatz worked with Appropriations Committee leaders to ensure continued federal funding levels for the East-West Center, which supports U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific region by providing critical research and analysis, and to increase funding $5.9 million above the President's...
  • Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that Hawai‘i will receive three Continuum of Care (CoC) awards totaling $663,793 from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). “Overcoming homelessness is a big challenge that requires the support of our entire community,” Senator Schatz said.  “This important investment will give state and local programs the resources to help vulnerable individuals and...
  • Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that Hilo International Airport will receive a $2,278,800 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to improve security at the facility and keep travelers safe. “Investing in our airport infrastructure is critical to ensuring our state’s transportation system operates safely and securely and our tourism industry remains strong,” Senator Schatz said.  “This important grant will...
  • Washington, DC – Today, in a bipartisan vote, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee advanced the SECURE Water Amendments Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i).  The SECURE Water Amendments Act will increase grant funding for water conservation and drought projects, provide resources for better data collection and analysis of water supply and use, and finally make Hawai‘i water conservation projects eligible for WaterSMART grants...
  • Washington, DC – The White House announced today President Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order prohibiting companies that contract with the federal government from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) sent a letter in March with U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and House LGBT Equality Caucus leadership urging President Obama to issue this...
  • Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Appropriations advanced the Fiscal Year 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, which provides funding for important public safety programs.  U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) secured $26.88 million in the bill to strengthen the tsunami warning system that protects Hawai‘i and coastal communities across the nation.  The funding allows the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation...