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  • WASHINGTON- Senator Brian Schatz announced today that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $16.7 million in federal funding for the East-West Center.  Senator Schatz has been working with his colleagues since January to ensure continued federal funding levels for the East-West Center, which supports U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific region by providing invaluable research and analysis.  “The Senate took a major step, especially during tough economic times, in approving...
  • WASHINGTON- Senator Brian Schatz joined his colleagues in the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) for a meeting at the White House with President Obama to discuss the need to pass comprehensive immigration reform in the House, federal action on Native Hawaiian recognition and other priorities important to the people of Hawai‘i. Schatz is a member of CAPAC. “During the meeting, President Obama showed his clear commitment to prioritizing key issues that are important to...
  • Washington, DC—Today, Senator Brian Schatz hosted President-Elect of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, Sherry Menor-McNamara, in Washington, DC at the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee (DSOC) Meeting with Majority Leader Reid and other members of Senate leadership. Topics for discussion included job creation, tourism, development in the clean energy sector, and economic recovery. “It was an honor to meet with Senator Schatz, Majority Leader Reid and Senators and leaders...
  • Washington, DC—Today, Senator Brian Schatz announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee passed the fiscal year 2014 appropriations bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.  The bill includes funding for several Native Hawaiian programs, including those related to health care and education.  This is a key step for securing critical funding to assist Hawaii families in tough budgetary times. “Since January, I have worked with...
  • WASHINGTON – Senator Brian Schatz and a group of bi-partisan senators requested that the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, continue to support and fund science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs in its FY2014 appropriations bill.  These programs, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), are critical to ensure that the...
  • WASHINGTON – Senator Brian Schatz announced $2.8 million in federal funding for Hawaii programs that will assist Hawaii’s infrastructure and help train the workforce. “This $2.8 million in federal funding will help the state of Hawaii during a time that the state faces severe spending cuts due to sequestration,” said Senator Brian Schatz, member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. “It is critical that we continue to find ways to expand...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Brian Schatz joined a bipartisan group of Senators in passing S.744, which will provide a pathway to citizenship for 11.5 million people living in the shadows, reunite families by clearing the visa backlog, and reduce the deficit. “For those of us who live in Hawaii, this has special meaning. What makes our state so special is the ability to welcome people from all over the world to make a thriving economy, culture, and community. This vote is consistent...
  • WASHINGTON—Today, Senator Brian Schatz joined Senators Reed, Hagan, Franken, Harkin, Warren, and Stabenow, among others, in taking action to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1st.  The Keep Student Loans Affordable Act, in which Senator Schatz is an original co-sponsor, would extend current student loan interest rates for a year so that students do not face the costly burden of Congress’ inaction.  Senator Schatz recently joined Senator Elizabeth...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, Appropriations Committees in both chambers approved $250 million for Honolulu’s rail project, the amount requested by Senator Schatz and his Senate colleagues.  The Senate also confirmed Anthony Foxx as President Obama’s Secretary of Transportation. In meetings with Senator Schatz, Foxx fully committed to federal funds for Honolulu's rail project. “The confirmation of Secretary Foxx and the approval of $250 million for the Honolulu rail...
  • WASHINGTON- Senator Brian Schatz praised the Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act. “The Supreme Court deeming the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional is a victory for all Americans. Today’s decision means that LGBT individuals across the country are given the same rights under federal law as every married couple, and equal treatment under the law. Because of this decision, the federal government can no longer tell men and women who they can or cannot marry, and...
  • WASHINGTON- Today, Senator Brian Schatz, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, attended President Obama’s landmark address on climate change at Georgetown University. “President Obama took a big step towards addressing climate change today by announcing new efforts to cut carbon pollution from power plants and make homes and businesses more efficient, while also creating valuable local jobs,” said Senator Brian Schatz, Chair of the Senate Energy and...
  • Washington, DC—Today, Senator Brian Schatz released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act: “Today, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, a key element of the law that provides the formula for determining which state is covered by the law’s pre-clearance requirement.  Pre-clearance of voting law changes is an essential tool for fighting discrimination across the country....
  • Washington, DC—This week, as part of National Small Business Week, the National Retail Federation (NRF) named Senator Brian Schatz one of its “Heroes of Main Street” for his commitment to supporting local retail. This year, in particular, the NRF recognized members of Congress who are seeking to level the playing field between brick and mortar and online retailers. “Retail is critical to Hawai‘i’s economy, and we’ve got to do everything we can to help...
  • Washington, DC—Today, Senator Brian Schatz joined Senators Boxer, Harkin, Franken and Mikulski in sponsoring the GI Bill Protection Act. This legislation would provide the same protection for the phrase “GI Bill” already enjoyed by other governmental terms, such as “Medicare” and “Social Security,” by restricting the use of the phrase without permission from the Veteran Affairs Secretary. Passage of this legislation would permanently ban the...
  • Washington, DC—Yesterday, Senator Brian Schatz sent a letter to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John Pistole requesting that TSA expand the PreCheck program to include interisland flights in the State of Hawaii. PreCheck enables low-risk passengers to move more quickly through checkpoint screening while allowing TSA to focus on passengers considered higher risk. Passengers participating in PreCheck lanes are not required to remove shoes and outerwear or laptops...
  • WASHINGTON- Senator Brian Schatz released the following statement on  the purchase of the Tesoro Corporation by Par Corporation.  This purchase will save the jobs of Hawaii’s workers. “This is encouraging news for Hawaii’s economy and for the workers at Tesoro,” said Senator Brian Schatz. “We have been in constant contact with Tesoro Corporation about maintaining fuel security in our state and working hard to ensure that the workers at the refinery keep...
  • The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a hearing today to consider the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2013 – only a few months after it was introduced by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI).  The Filipino Veterans Fairness Act would provide Filipino soldiers who fought for the United States with the same benefits afforded to other veterans who defended our country during World War II.   Movement on this issue is critical as many Filipino veterans are in their 90s and...
  • WASHINGTON- Senator Brian Schatz delivered a major address on the floor of the United States Senate on the need for the federal government to treat Native Hawaiians fairly, and apply to them the same federal policy of self-determination available to other Native groups in the United States.   “The reason that I have chosen to carry forward this fight on behalf of Native Hawaiians is simple:  it’s right to seek justice,” said Senator Brian Schatz. “It is...
  • Below please find Senator Schatz's full floor speech on achieving fairness for Native Hawaiians: June 11th marks a public holiday in the State of Hawaii – King Kamehameha Day – celebrated since 1872.  We hold a statewide festival and mark the day with lei draping ceremonies, parades, hula competitions and other festivities.  It is a day to honor Kamehameha the Great, who unified the Kingdom of Hawaii, and to celebrate the rich culture and traditions of the Hawaiian...
  • WASHINGTON –Senator Brian Schatz co-chaired today’s Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee meeting with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) leaders for a discussion on immigration reform, ensuring fairness for Native Hawaiians, and economic opportunity for the community. “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders greatly impacted the history and culture of America, by shaping our military, political, and industrial history,” said Senator Brian Schatz....