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A fired-up Brian Schatz went after Josh Hawley over the latter's blanket blockade of all senior Defense Department officials.

Hawley said he was demanding "a change in policy" before allowing nominees through, which Schatz called "preposterous." What happened: Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) blasted Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) on the floor Thursday for blocking a Defense Department official over broader foreign policy disagreements on Afghanistan and Ukraine. The nominee blocked?...
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Hawaiian Home Lands to receive $22M in federal funds, Sen. Brian Schatz announces

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands will receive $22.3 million in federal funds through this year's appropriations bill, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz announced. It's the highest level of funding ever appropriated by Congress and is $20.3 million more than was allocated last year, according to Schatz. “This money will enable...

Sen. Brian Schatz on Red Hill's permanent closure

For years, the risky business of maintaining the military’s massive and aging underground fuel tanks — as they sit precariously over our drinking water aquifer — has been a gamble. It’s been 24 hours since the Pentagon announced it will permanently shut down the facility. Many across the state are still trying to process the magnitude of what just happened. We talked to U.S. Senator Brian Schatz just after hearing the word come down from the Department of Defense Monday afternoon.

Another $150M in federal funding secured for Red Hill, Sen. Brian Schatz says

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz said today he has secured an additional $150 million in federal funding to defuel, permanently close and clean up the Navy’s Red Hill fuel facility. The funding is in addition to $100 million that Schatz secured last month for draining the underground tanks that sit just mauka of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Sen. Brian Schatz Urges Biden To Commute Leonard Peltier’s Prison Sentence

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, on Wednesday urged President Joe Biden to commute Leonard Peltier’s prison sentence and let the Native American rights activist finally go home. “I commend your administration’s commitment to righting past wrongs in our criminal justice system. In continuing...

Sen. Brian Schatz tests positive for COVID-19

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz says he has tested positive for COVID-19. “Earlier this week, I tested positive with a breakthrough case of COVID-19,” he said in statement issued today. “Thankfully, I am fully vaccinated, boosted, and asymptomatic. I have been following CDC guidelines and isolating at home. I am in consultation with the Office of the Attending Physician, and expect to be back soon.”

DEC. 10: DOH is investigating water at homes in Ewa Beach; Senator Brian Schatz wants EPA to lead the water crisis investigation

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US Sen. Brian Schatz breaks down Hawaiʻi's $2.8B share of the federal infrastructure bill

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Sen. Brian Schatz: Telehealth is 'single shining exception' to partisanship

The COVID-19 pandemic acted as an accelerator of sorts for many experiments with virtual care implementations. But, panelists pointed out during the American Telemedicine Association conference on Tuesday, it's important to take the lessons learned during the pandemic and incorporate them into future innovation efforts. "Before the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth...