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5/5/17: Healthcare not wealthcare

Yesterday, I cast my NO vote against the Republican healthcare bill that squeaked by, passing in the House by a vote of just 217-213. This bill gives huge tax giveaways to big pharma and insurance companies while stripping essential health benefits, expanding the crippling age tax on our kupuna, breaking the bank for those with pre-existing conditions, and slashing Medicaid coverage on which one in five Americans rely. People across the country are in desperate need of serious improvements to our healthcare system—this bill just makes things worse. As we look at ways to best deliver healthcare to all Americans, we must focus on bringing down costs, increasing access to quality care, and ensuring basic health services are available to all Americans. Read more. 

5/1/17: Aloha Town Hall Recap

I've just returned to Washington and my heart is filled with gratitude for the opportunity to meet with so many of you during my state-wide town hall tour. Thousands of people turned out across the state, while tens of thousands logged on to watch the town halls through our Facebook live sessions. In my travels across all of our islands, we discussed many important issues- from affordable housing, water infrastructure, criminal justice reform, affordable healthcare, online privacy, North Korea, Trump's recent illegal attack in Syria, and so much more. Your kindness, your activism, and your aloha are what made these meetings so powerful and productive. Read more

3/28/17: Fighting for True Reform

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit a number of our prisons and jails across our islands, and saw firsthand the crumbling infrastructure, the extreme overcrowding, facilities in dire need of upgrades, as well as a shortage of resources to provide services necessary to help rehabilitate and empower inmates so we can reduce recidivism rates. Read more. 

3/15/17: Update from Snowy DC

A winter storm hit Washington, DC over the weekend, and the icy winds blowing here share no resemblance to the sweet trade winds from home. Here’s a quick update for you on what's happening on health care reform, national security, local agriculture and invasive species, and my Stop Arming Terrorists Act. Read more. 

2/3/17: Too Big To Fail

From the Great Depression through the turn of the 21st Century, Glass-Steagall helped keep our economy safe. When Congress repealed it in 1999, it allowed too-big-to-fail banks to gamble with the savings and livelihoods of the American people, with devastating, irrevocable consequences. Hawai'i, along with communities across the country, paid the price in 2008 with the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Many people lost their homes and saw their life savings wiped out because of risky banking practices by the country’s biggest financial institutions. Read more.

1/26/17: Why I Went to Syria

The lives of millions of Syrians have been destroyed by a horrific war that has killed hundreds of thousands and forced millions to flee their homeland. I went there last week to see and hear directly from the Syrian people. Read more.

1/6/17: New Year, New Congress

On Tuesday, the 115th Congress began and all Members of Congress were sworn in, taking our oath of office. I’m so grateful to the people of Hawai'i for the privilege of continuing to serve you here in Washington. As a veteran and soldier, I’ve seen firsthand the cost of war. Hawai’i has directly felt the cost of war in many ways. I’m committed to continuing the fight to end the counterproductive regime change war in Syria which has caused tremendous loss of life and millions of refugees. Read more. 

 

 

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