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  • Honolulu, HI –Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced a $3.47 million grant to go towards replacing an important water pipeline near Hilo on Hawai‘i Island. The funds will go to the County of Hawai‘i and Kahuku Development Foundation, Inc. for a pipeline in Papaikou, ensuring safer, clean water and providing adequate water flow for fire protection. “Water infrastructure requires special attention, expertise, and maintenance on our neighbor...
  • Honolulu, HI - Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D- Hawai‘i) announced $741,897 in federal health care funds for the Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children. The federal money will help Kapi‘olani cover stipends and salaries for residents and faculty, overhead costs and other medical education costs.  The funds come through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment Program. “This...
  • Honolulu, HI – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that the Affordable Care Act has helped 15,318 seniors in Hawaii save a total of $35,300,393 on their prescription drug costs so far this year. “The Affordable Care Act is saving Hawaii’s seniors real money on their prescription drugs,” said Senator Brian Schatz. “The implementation of the law needs to be improved, but this is good policy that is helping seniors and we can’t go back to...
  • Honolulu – United States Senator Brian Schatz (D- Hawai‘i) issued the following statement today regarding the passing of former Lieutenant Governor Jean King, who served as the State of Hawai‘i’s Lieutenant Governor from 1978 to 1982: “Our condolences to the family and many friends across the State of the former Lieutenant Governor Jean King.  She was a trailblazing leader known for her work on the State Sunshine Law, the Shoreline Protection Act and...
  • WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) announced their plans to introduce new legislation to make college more affordable for students across the United States. Over the last 30 years, the cost of college has increased by a whopping 300 percent, forcing some students to take on crushing student loan burdens or putting a degree entirely out of reach for others. Student loan debt is now the highest form of personal debt in the nation,...
  • Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) issued the following statement today on ending Republican obstruction and making the Senate work for the people of Hawai‘i and Americans across the country. “We have seen an unprecedented abuse of the filibuster by Republicans during the Obama Administration – not a use of it – but an abuse.  Since President Obama took office, Republicans have filibustered executive and judicial nominations more times...
  • Washington, DC - Today, Senator Brian Schatz (D- Hawai‘i), who was at the White House for the Medal of Freedom ceremony, applauded President Obama for awarding Senator Daniel K. Inouye with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor.  “No one is more deserving of this honor than Senator Inouye,” said Senator Brian Schatz.  “Senator Inouye is Hawai‘i’s hero, he is an American hero,...
  • Typhoon Yolanda – How to Help the Survivors Resource Center The stories of loss and devastation coming out of the Philippines are shocking and heartbreaking, and the full extent of the ravage is not yet even known.  My prayers and I know the prayers of all of us in Hawai‘i are with the people of the Philippines. They are a strong people and I know they will come back from this epic tragedy, but they need our help. I'm working to make sure the United States keeps supporting the...
  • Washington, DC—Today, the U.S. Senate passed Senator Brian Schatz’s (D-Hawai‘i) Senate resolution (S.Res. 292) expressing the United States Senate’s support for the Philippines and the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.  Earlier today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee considered and approved the resolution. “The United States and the Philippines share a special bond rooted in strong cultural and historical ties between our two countries. The Philippines is a...
  • Washington, DC—U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) joined Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) to introduce legislation that would prevent states from passing laws that restrict or bar women from accessing reproductive care.  The groundbreaking Women’s Health Protection Act would prevent states from imposing burdensome and unconstitutional restriction anti-choice laws. “Every woman, regardless of where she...
  • Washington, DC--Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz released the following statement celebrating Governor Abercrombie signing SB1, which ensures marriage equality for all individuals in the State of Hawai‘i, into law. “Today we achieved a long-fought victory for civil rights in Hawai‘i,” said U.S. Senator Brian Schatz. “I congratulate those who have dedicated years, and even decades, to seeing marriage equality become a reality. This is a historic and celebratory day...
  • Washington, DC—Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) took to the Senate floor to introduce a resolution expressing the United States Senate’s support for the Philippines and the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.  On the Senate floor, Schatz described the devastation in the Philippines, the U.S. government’s response efforts, and called on viewers to make donations to help survivors. “The Philippines is a resilient nation and a true American ally, and they need...
  • Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz commended the U.S. Department of State for their support to bring the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) conference to Hawai‘i in 2016. Following calls and letters from Senator Schatz urging their support, the State Department reversed its position and issued a letter to the leading international conservation organization supporting the State of Hawai‘i’s bid to host the World Conservation...
  • Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today created a comprehensive resource center for the people of Hawai‘i looking for information about Typhoon Yolanda and how to help the survivors. The website will be continually updated with the U.S. Federal government's response efforts and includes information about how people can find loved ones in the Philippines. "The stories of loss and devastation coming out of the Philippines are shocking and heartbreaking, and...
  • The stories of loss and devastation coming out of the Philippines are shocking and heartbreaking, and the full extent of the ravage is not yet even known.  My prayers and I know the prayers of all of us in Hawai‘i are with the people of the Philippines. They are a strong people and I know they will come back from this epic tragedy, but they need our help. I'm working to make sure the United States keeps supporting the Philippines now in this emergency and in their recovery...
  • Honolulu – United States Senator Brian Schatz (D- Hawai‘i) issued the following statement on the devastation in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan, what he is doing to help, and resources for people in Hawai‘i looking to help: "The stories of loss and devastation coming out of the Philippines are shocking and heartbreaking, and the full extent of the ravage is not yet even known. Millions of people were hit by Typhoon Haiyan and while there is no...
  • Honolulu, HI—Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz released the following statement: “America would not be what it is without the bravery of our men and women in uniform, and we owe them our deepest gratitude.  We have a responsibility to honor this service with not just our words, but with our deeds as well.  We need to remember the sacrifices that our veterans, as well as their families, have made to protect us, and remember that we owe them nothing less than the same...
  • Washington, DC—Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D- Hawai‘i) hailed the Hawai‘i State House of Representatives' passage of SB1, ensuring marriage equality for all individuals in the State of Hawai‘i. “Today’s vote in Hawai‘i is a step forward for equality and civil rights,” said U.S. Senator Brian Schatz. “No one should be treated differently under the law based on who they love.” Last week, Linda Schatz...
  • Washington, DC—Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D- Hawai‘i) voted for final passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which he co-sponsored. This legislation provides workplace protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and extends federal employment rights to LGBT individuals.  The legislation passed by a final vote of 64-32 and will now move to the House for consideration. “Equal treatment under every aspect of the...
  • Washington, DC--Yesterday, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D- Hawaii), Lamar Alexander (R – Tenn.), and Dan Coats (R- Indiana) introduced bipartisan legislation to give federal agencies greater ability to save money and reduce energy usage.  The Utility Energy Service Contracts Improvement Act of 2013 makes changes to existing law in order to clarify that federal agencies may enter into long-term contracts with utilities for energy saving services – giving agencies more options to...