09/06/18: Busy August

Aloha,

The House of Representatives was not in session in August, so it was great to be able to spend a few weeks at home. What a month it has been. This year, we've been hit especially hard by natural disasters -- from major flooding and mudslides on Kaua‘i and O‘ahu in April, the ongoing volcanic eruption in Puna on Hawai‘i Island, and just recently, the flooding and wildfires on multiple islands related to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Lane.

Time and again, our community has proven to be strong and resilient, and continues to mobilize to take care of each other. Mahalo to our local and state leaders, FEMA, our brave first responders, organizations like the Red Cross, churches, schools, and leaders of our community who stood up and took action during this great time of need.

Here are a few highlights from my time at home:

I joined Hawaiʻi Army National Guard soldiers, family, and friends at a deployment ceremony to say aloha and share our gratitude for their service and sacrifice.

Here are some additional highlights:

Staying Safe during Natural Disasters

We are so fortunate to live in Hawaiʻi, a place filled with tremendous beauty and natural resources. However, we have some seasonal disasters that are unique to HawaiʻI, so it’s important to be prepared. Because of their level of devastation or frequency of occurrence, our top three hazards are hurricanes, tsunamis, and flashfloods. However, earthquakes, volcanic activity, landslides, wildfires, and pandemic outbreaks are also all potential threats. That’s why it’s important to always be prepared.

Click here to learn how to build your emergency preparedness kit and more:  https://gabbard.house.gov/ready

 

Do you need assistance with a Federal agency?

In 2017, my team and I assisted more than 800 Hawai'i families with federal agency casework, which included issues like veteran benefits, Social Security and Medicare claims, passports and visas, federal student loans, and much more. If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to call my office at 808-541-1986 or email TulsiOffice@mail.house.gov. My staff also hosts regular one-on-one casework sessions in each county to offer assistance:

  • Sept. 6: Kona, Hawai‘i Island- Federal Grants 101 workshop with Ilihia. West Hawaiʻi Civic Center, Building A, Kona Council Chambers. 9am – 12pm
  • Sept. 7: Hilo, Hawai‘i Island- Federal Grants 101 workshop with Ilihia. Aupuni Center Conference Room. 9am – 12pm

RSVP:Gabbard.house.gov/RSVP or call (808) 541-1986

Protecting the Ballot Box

As we head into the 2018 general elections, we must urgently address the gaping vulnerabilities in our elections infrastructure. Earlier this year at DefCon 26 Voting Village, an annual hacking conference, middle school-aged children were able to hack into our election infrastructure in mere minutes, highlighting severe vulnerabilities that threaten our American democracy. These vulnerabilities erode voter confidence and expose our election outcomes to manipulation. I'm urging Congress to pass my Securing America’s Elections Act and work with the states to safeguard our electoral infrastructure, ensuring that each and every American vote is counted accurately.

Click to watch my speech in Congress on the Securing America’s Elections Act to provide the American people with a secure, auditable paper record of their votes.

 

 

With Aloha,

Tulsi

 

 

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