12/19/17: Fighting for Fairness
I hope that you and your loved ones are well as we head into Christmas and New Years! There’s still a lot going on in Washington. Here’s a quick update:
Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal net neutrality regulations which were put in place to protect fair and equal access to the Internet. I spoke out strongly against this decision which benefits the bottom line for major corporations on the backs of the people.
Industry giants like Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T will now be able to control the access and speed of websites, stifle competition online, and turn the Internet into a pay-to-play forum. This will negatively impact small business owners, students, content creators, access to healthcare, and more. The FCC’s decision, led by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai who used to work for Verizon, highlights the pervasive influence of corporations and big money in our democracy.
I’m working with my colleagues to pass legislation to reverse this decision, and ensure that the Internet remains an open, level playing field for all.
Click to watch my speech on the House floor urging the FCC to uphold net neutrality protections.
Click to watch my interview on KITV’s Good Morning Hawai‘i to discuss the impact of the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality protections.
Protecting our Keiki
I joined a bipartisan coalition of 99 Members of Congress to urge Congressional leadership to take action now to reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This program expired a few months ago, putting at risk the health and care of nearly nine million low-income keiki across the country, including over 25,000 in Hawai‘i. Along with Medicaid, these programs have played a fundamental role in lowering the uninsured rate among children down to a record low of 4.5 percent.
If Congress fails to act, Hawai‘i will exhaust its CHIP funding by the end of this month, leaving thousands of children who are most in need unable to visit a doctor for routine checkups, receive immunizations, prescriptions, emergency services, and more. We cannot continue to stand idly by as parents and families stay up at night worrying how to pay for the healthcare of our country’s children. Congress must ensure the health and wellbeing of our children and extend CHIP funding immediately.
I joined a coalition of 99 Members of Congress calling on Congressional leadership to urgently extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Need help with a Federal agency?
This year, my office has helped over 800 Hawai'i families with federal agencies like the VA, Social Security, Medicare, and more. If you need assistance dealing with a federal agency, please don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Visit my website at Gabbard.house.gov or call my office at 808-541-1986.
Other additional highlights:
- Briefed by defense and intelligence specialists on counterterrorism and intelligence operations
- Met with Represent.Us to discuss much-needed campaign finance reform and bipartisan efforts to strengthen our democracy
- Heard testimony during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on policies to support democracy and human rights in Cambodia
- Briefed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on reorganization of the State Department
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