Schatz Discusses COVID-19 Relief, Help For Native Communities In Meeting With President Biden

As New Chairman Of Indian Affairs Committee, Schatz Joined Leader Schumer, Senate Committee Chairs To Discuss Budget Resolution, COVID-19 Aid

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement after meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House today to discuss COVID-19 relief for Native communities in Hawai‘i and across the country. The meeting comes one day after Senate Democratic leaders announced Senator Schatz’s elevation to Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Schatz was joined by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and nine other Senate committee chairs.

“I had a productive meeting with President Biden today. One thing is clear — this administration understands the real challenges facing Hawai‘i and Native communities across the country, and is committed to ending the pandemic and rebuilding our economy.

“We talked about how we can work together to provide more relief to Hawai‘i and to Native families who have been among the hardest hit by the pandemic. We discussed how to safely reopen our economy, create new jobs, and support small businesses. The president also spoke to me about his commitment to providing robust funding for Native communities.

“I look forward to continuing to work with the president to give the American people the immediate help they need.” 

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