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  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) led a group of 19 senators in calling on the Census Bureau to provide more details on how they plan to use data from the 2020 Census to apportion congressional representation. This comes after multiple attempts by President Trump to interfere with the count for political purposes, as well as the limitations on conducting the census in full during the coronavirus pandemic. “With the president’s unconstitutional...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Chair of the Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, released the following statement on a new report titled Managing Climate Risk in the U.S. Financial System from the Climate-Related Market Risk Subcommittee of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Market Risk Advisory Committee (MRAC).  “The findings in this report should be a wake-up call: climate financial risks are real. They will destabilize our...
  • WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that Hawai‘i will receive $26,992,923 in new federal funding to support grants under the Native Hawaiian Education Program (NHEP). This federal funding, secured by Senator Schatz through his work on the Senate Appropriations Committee, was awarded to 23 Native Hawaiian educational programs across the state.  “This new federal funding will ensure that Native Hawaiian...
  • HONOLULU – The Federal Emergency Management Agency today announced it has approved an additional $53,368,466 grant to Hawai‘i to provide those unemployed due to COVID-19 with an additional $300 per week on top of their regular unemployment benefit. The new funding follows nearly $200 million in funding announced last month. “While this new funding will provide some immediate help, it’s not enough for Hawai‘i families who are struggling to make ends meet,” said...
  • HONOLULU – As COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise at the Yukio Okutsu Veterans State Home in Hilo, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) called for direct federal assistance with the outbreak. “We need to contain this outbreak immediately, and we need federal help,” said Senator Schatz. “I’m calling on the VA to immediately step in and deploy infection control experts and other health care professionals to the Big Island to get this under...
  • HONOLULU – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today released the following statement on the COVID-19 outbreak at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo. In May, Schatz called on Governor David Ige to step up efforts to prevent such outbreaks at nursing homes. “The outbreak we are seeing at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home is heartbreaking. My staff and I are working with state and local officials to make sure they utilize all the federal help that’s...
  • HONOLULU — Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that the state of Hawai‘i will receive $4,001,647 in new federal funding to help respond to the growing crisis of methamphetamine misuse, as well as opioid misuse. This is the first year that this grant has allowed the flexibility to address stimulants, including meth; previously, this grant could only be used to respond to the opioid epidemic. This new funding and increased flexibility comes after Senator...
  • HONOLULU – The Federal Emergency Management Agency today announced it has approved a $193,933,095 grant to Hawai‘i to provide those unemployed due to COVID-19 with an additional $300 per week on top of their regular unemployment benefit. “While this new funding will provide some immediate help, it’s not enough for Hawai‘i families who are struggling to make ends meet,” said U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and U.S. Representatives Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) and Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) this week called for Defense Secretary Mark Esper to provide updates on how the Defense Department (DoD) is preventing and combating child sexual exploitation. Their call comes eight months after Schatz’s legislation to fight online child exploitation on the DoD’s network was signed into law as Section 550D of the...
  •   HONOLULU – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced that Hawai‘i County will receive $30.6 million in new federal disaster relief funding. The $23.7 million in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funding will help the county to safely rebuild impacted communities, especially in low- and moderate-income areas, and provide resources to small businesses to help them recover and thrive. This new funding comes after U.S. Senator...
  • HONOLULU — U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today announced that the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children received $10,771,601 in new federal COVID-19 relief funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Kapiolani Medical Center is the only children’s hospital in Hawai‘i, providing care to children and women regardless of their families’ insurance status or ability to pay. “Hawai‘i’s hospitals are experiencing...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) led a group of 15 senators in urging Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Ajit Pai to increase funding for and improve the operations of the Rural Health Care (RHC) program, which helps expand access to telehealth services in hard-to-reach and economically depressed communities. Demand for telehealth services as an alternative to in-person care has dramatically increased due to the pandemic — resulting in increased...
  • HONOLULU — Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that Hawai‘i will receive $9,596,669 in new federal funding to purchase new buses for Kauai, Maui, and Hawai‘i Island. “Our communities depend on public transportation to get to work, buy groceries, and support local businesses,” said Senator Schatz, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “This grant will help make transit services on the neighbor islands more accessible,...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today led a group of 48 bipartisan senators in calling for the extension of the statutory deadlines for the delivery of apportionment data and redistricting files following the 2020 Census. The senators urged House and Senate leaders to include the extension in the upcoming COVID-19 relief package. “Extending the deadlines for the delivery of these files in the next COVID-19 relief package will...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today took to the Senate floor to call for federal relief funding to support state and county governments during the COVID-19 pandemic. In his remarks on the Senate floor, Schatz slammed a Republican proposal that would offer no funding for states and localities. “If Republicans had their way, they would pass a COVID-19 aid package that forces us to lay people off – public health workers, sanitation workers, teachers...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today led a group of 11 senators in introducing legislation to a create a new $2 billion fund for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) that would automatically provide capital during a natural disaster or economic crisis, giving impacted communities the support they need for a faster and fuller recovery. “This pandemic has shown us that when a crisis or a disaster strikes, families and communities need immediate...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today introduced new legislation that will increase the adoption of face coverings by providing free cloth masks to any individual who requests one. Schatz’s bill will also authorize a public service announcement campaign and additional research into mask efficacy to reduce the spread of COVID-19. “The research is clear: masks...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) led a group of six senators in introducing the Federal Labor-Management COVID Partnership Act, a bill that would keep federal workers safe during public health emergencies, including the current COVID-19 pandemic, by creating formal labor-management task forces at both the Executive Branch and agency level. These task forces would be responsible for reviewing current telework, leave, cleaning, and training policies, supplying policy...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) today demanded answers on two recently announced political appointees to the Census Bureau. The appointments of Nathaniel Cogley and Adam Korzeniewski, who have no census experience, were unexpectedly announced late last month to newly created and undefined roles at the Census Bureau. “At a time when the 2020 Census operations have been delayed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and 47 colleagues introduced the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, a bipartisan bill to restore the landmark Voting Rights Act. Named after one of America’s greatest civil rights heroes, the bill would ensure that every American can exercise their right to vote by prohibiting common voter suppression tactics such as voter purges, strict ID requirements, and poll closures. “Congressman John Lewis was a courageous...