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  • Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D- Hawai‘i) called on Republicans in Congress to pass legislation to raise the national minimum wage. Schatz cosponsored the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 and increase earnings for more than 28 million workers across the country, while helping grow our economy.  Last week, the Hawai‘i legislature passed legislation raising the state’s minimum wage to...
  • Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Tourism, Competitiveness, and Innovation, helped introduce the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act, legislation to reauthorize Brand USA, a successful travel promotion program aimed at boosting international tourism to the United States. Schatz joined 24 other Senators in introducing the legislation that promotes Hawai‘i and other states and U.S. territories as premier destinations...
  • Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced S.2224, the Stop Errors in Credit Use and Reporting (SECURE) Act of 2014, legislation that would make it easier for consumers to identify and dispute errors in their credit reports and build on a proposal from Senator Sanders to provide consumers with free credit scores.  The senators’...
  • Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) supported the announcement that President Obama will be taking two new executive actions to help combat pay discrimination and strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws.  The executive actions apply the standards of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which Senator Schatz is a co-sponsor of and the Senate is considering this week, to federal contractors. The Paycheck Fairness Act improves the remedies available to victims fo...
  • Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation to renew unemployment insurance for five months and give immediate relief to millions of Americans, including more than 200,000 veterans, who lost unemployment insurance starting on December 28, 2013.  The bill will allow for retroactive payments to eligible beneficiaries going back to December 28th. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) has been a vocal advocate of the need to restore unemployment insurance,...
  • Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) commended Major General Darryll D.M. Wong, the Adjutant General for the State of Hawai‘i, for receiving the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Director’s Community Leadership Award.  This award recognizes exceptional efforts to combat crime, terrorism, drugs, and violence in communities near each of the FBI’s 56 field offices.  Senator Schatz joined Major General Wong at an awards ceremony...
  • Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation will receive more than $1.4 million in grants from the Federal Transit Administration.  These grants will provide funding for programs to reduce safety problems from impaired driving, encourage driver and passenger safety for motorists and motorcyclists, and improve traffic information and data systems. “Improving Hawai‘i’s infrastructure is critical...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), have introduced legislation (S. 2189, the Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives Act) that will boost energy efficiency in government, in industry, and in commercial and residential buildings which account for more than 40 percent of energy consumption in the United States.  A recent McKinsey study concluded that maximizing energy efficiency for homes and commercial buildings could...
  • Washington, D.C. —U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) congratulated Judge Coral Wong Pietsch, U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, on being among 10 women leaders honored today by the White House as part of their “Women Veteran Leader Champions of Change” Program. “This White House honor recognizes the significant contributions General Pietsch has made to our nation,” said Senator Schatz.  “As the first...
  • Honolulu, HI–U.S. Senator Brian Schatz’s website provides resources for people seeking tax preparation assistance and information. Senior citizens, low income and moderate income individuals may receive free help in filing tax forms, responding to the Internal Revenue Service, and resolving tax disputes. Taxpayer clinics and counseling are available, as well as new information on the Earned Income Tax Credit for full-and part-time workers. “Tax season can at times seem...
  • Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced a bipartisan agreement to renew unemployment insurance for five months that will give immediate relief to millions of Americans who lost unemployment insurance since December 28, 2013. Schatz has been a vocal advocate of the need to restore unemployment insurance, voting earlier this year to advance legislation to extend benefits for three months. The bipartisan agreement is paid for and the lead sponsor of the...
  • Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) voted to pass the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, legislation that will help provide funds for education and child care to low-income families. “In far too many communities across this nation, a lack of quality early childhood resources places children at risk of falling behind other students from their first days in school,” said Senator Schatz. “I am glad our bipartisan...
  • Washington, DC – Immediately following votes on the evening of Monday, March 10 until approximately 9 am ET Tuesday, March 11, Senators from the Senate Climate Action Task Force will be holding the Senate floor to urge action on climate change.  A significant number of Senators are expected to participate throughout the night.  “Climate change is real, it is caused by humans, and it is solvable,” said Senator Schatz.  “Congress must act.  On Monday...
  • Washington, DC – Today U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) voted to advance legislation to end sexual assault in the military.  The bipartisan Military Justice Improvement Act, which Schatz cosponsored, would move the decision of whether or not to pursue sexual assault cases away from the military chain-of-command, and instead give that authority to independent military prosecutors.  The Military Justice Improvement Act failed to get the 60 votes needed to end debate with...
  • Honolulu, HI – Hawai‘i is a national leader in clean energy initiatives and has become a global model for sustainability. To strengthen this foundation, the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program (UH Sea Grant), Chancellor Tom Apple, and U.S. Senator Brian Schatz have partnered to bring world-renowned experts from across the state and nation to the University of Hawai‘i for a day-long conference. These experts will address key underlying issues of sustainability,...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mark Pryor (AR), Sherrod Brown (OH), Jeanne Shaheen (NH) Jeff Merkley (OR), Al Franken (MN), Brian Schatz (HI), Tom Udall (NM), and Elizabeth Warren (MA) today introduced the Medicare Protection Act, legislation expressing strong opposition to changes in Medicare that would reduce or eliminate guaranteed benefits or raise the eligibility age for hard-working seniors. Today, more than 46 million Americans rely on Medicare. “Since the program’s...
  • Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement today after President Barack Obama submitted his proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget to Congress: “President Obama’s budget proposal takes major steps forward to make sure we have an economy that provides opportunities for everyone.  It builds on the progress we made in Congress’s two-year Budget Agreement to protect Hawai‘i priorities, Social Security, Medicare and...
  • Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation announced today that U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) will become the Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Tourism, Competitiveness, and Innovation. Schatz worked with Chairman Rockefeller to create the new Commerce Subcommittee which will include a focus on tourism issues. As the Chairman of the new Subcommittee, Schatz outlined a plan to...
  • Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Senate advanced the most sweeping veterans legislation in decades, the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014 (S. 1982), a bill to authorize wide ranging services and programs that support our veterans and their families.  U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D- Hawai‘i) hailed the bill as it moves one step closer to final passage. “The VA has an enormous job in Hawai‘i, caring for...
  • Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power, announced the SECURE Water Amendments Act of 2014 (S.2019) today, legislation to conserve water resources and promote sustainability.  The SECURE Water Amendments Act of 2014 will expand grants and increase funding for water conservation and drought projects, provide resources for better data collection and analysis of water supply and use, and...