03/17:18: Talk Story with Tulsi: Monday 3/19
On Monday, March 19, I’m hosting a live “telephone town hall” to share an update on legislation I’ve recently introduced, the Securing America’s Election Act. My legislation expands on existing elections infrastructure in Hawai‘i and 14 other states that currently produce voter-verified paper ballots to ensure an auditable and secure record of every American’s vote.
I’ll be joined by two guests: Karen Hobert Flynn, President of Common Cause, and Brian Fox, Board Member of the National Association of Voting Officials, to discuss current gaps and vulnerabilities in our country’s election infrastructure, and answer your questions in a live Q&A forum.
To participate in this event, call 888-476-4187 at 4:00pm HST on Monday, March 19, and you'll be joined into the call.
To sign up for a pre-call reminder, text “Tulsi” to 828282 or go to vekeo.com/RepTulsiGabbard and click Register.
Strengthening School Safety Nationwide
It’s been one month since the tragic shooting in Parkland, and this week students in Hawai‘i and all across the country joined hands and raised their voices on National Walkout Day to honor the 17 lives lost on that day and the 7,000 children whose lives have been lost since the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook.
While no single bill is going to solve everything, we passed a bipartisan bill – the Stop School Violence Act – to help prevent school violence and improve the safety and security of our schools. The bill would implement measures developed after the Sandy Hook shooting to provide training for teachers, students, school personnel, and local law enforcement to better identify early warning signs of violence, and increase coordination between schools and local law enforcement. No funding provided as a grant under this bill may be used for the provision of a firearm to any person or training in the use of a firearm.
We also need to take action on legislation like closing the gun show and online loopholes and requiring universal background checks for anyone seeking to purchase a gun. These are provisions that have overwhelming bipartisan support both here in Congress and across the country. The time for action is long overdue. Let’s bring these bills to the floor for a vote.
I’m calling for a House Vote on bipartisan, common sense gun safety legislation to honor the 17 lives lost in Parkland and the 7,000 children whose lives have been lost since the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook.
Honoring Senator Daniel Akaka with Award for Service to Veterans
I was honored to accept the American Veterans (AMVETS) Silver Helmet Award for Congressional Service on behalf of Senator Daniel Akaka for his dedication to serving and empowering veterans in Hawai‘i and across the country. With a full heart of aloha, Senator Akaka dedicated his life in service to the people of Hawai‘i and our country. From his service in the US Army during World War II to his leadership as the Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Senator Akaka carried the stories and sacrifices of his fellow servicemembers wherever he went, and fought to secure better care, services, and opportunities for our nation’s veterans. Mahalo nui loa to my mentor and friend, Senator Daniel Akaka, for your lifetime of service, and ho'omaika'i upon earning the prestigious AMVETS Silver Helmet Award for Congressional Service.
I was honored to talk about Senator Daniel Akaka’s legacy of aloha for our veterans and accepted the AMVETS Silver Helmet Award for Congressional Service on his behalf.
Announcing Hawai‘i Nominees to US Military Service Academies
Each year, I have the privilege of nominating Hawai‘i students for appointment to the U.S Service Academies. This year, I nominated twenty five aspiring servant leaders to represent Hawai‘i and attend our nation’s respected military service academies. These women and men are Hawai‘i’s best and brightest who have raised their hands to serve our country in uniform. Each nominee has demonstrated significant leadership qualities, academic commitment, and a personal commitment to service. I wish each of these nominees the very best in the final weeks of the selection process and in their promising futures. Click here to read the names of the 25 individuals I nominated to attend a US Military Service Academy.
Other additional highlights:
- Met with Hawai‘i Primary Care Association to discuss their work providing healthcare and services to nearly 150,000 people in Hawai‘i
- Met with Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center to hear about how they're creatively delivering care in our Hawai‘i community to those who have the least access and who need it the most
- Met with India Ambassador Navtej Sarna, Foreign Secretary of India Vijay Gokhale, Defense Secretary of India Sanjay Mitra, India Caucus Co-Chair Congressman George Holding, and other India officials to discuss US& India regional security, trade, and finalizing our sister-state relationship between Goa& Hawai‘i
- Honored the lives of 7,000 children who have lost their lives due to gun violence since the 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, CT
- Talked story about school safety, safeguarding our elections, and more with students from Kauai High School