Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Releases Report on Work Week in Hawai‘i
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today released the following detailed report of her activities during her recent week in Hawai‘i. She met with officials and constituents throughout the Second Congressional District to discuss issues related to her work in Congress. She arrived in Washington last night.
“Throughout the past week, I had the opportunity to listen to constituents, veterans, officials and organizations about the entire spectrum of issues we face, including arbitrary across-the-board budget cuts and comprehensive immigration reform,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “I am eager to continue these conversations and to give voice to Hawai‘i’s concerns in Congress.”
Photos from throughout her visit are available here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/reptulsigabbard.
Trip details are below.
Sunday, February 17: Oahu
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard visited the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) with a Congressional delegation led by Chairman Jeff Miller, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. A photo is below.
WATCH: Speaking with KITV at the Punchbowl, she discussed the impact of sequestration cuts: “One thing that I think everybody agrees on is that we must cut back. And we have to do things smarter and more efficiently…the kinds of arbitrary cuts that will come about if sequestration occurs will hurt not only the civilian jobs here in Hawai‘i, but also the many different programs that are helping and serving Hawai‘i’s kids and Hawai‘i’s families.”
Monday, February 18: Oahu
WATCH on KHON: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard ran in the 8-mile Great Aloha Run with a TAPS team (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), which provides 24/7 assistance to anyone who has suffered the loss of a military loved one. A photo before the run is below:
Tuesday, February 19: Big Island
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard took a windshield tour of Waikoloa Formerly Used Defense Site with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to review progress in removing unexploded ordinance (UXO) in the area. She also visited Waimea Elementary School to learn about UXO education program. A photo from her visit to Waimea Elementary is below:
While on the Big Island, she also spoke with West Hawaii Today about the effects of potential arbitrary across-the-board cuts facing Hawai‘i.
Wednesday, February 20: Maui
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard toured the Maui Airport Fire Department joint training facility and Kahului Runway expansion and learned more about the MAFD’s priorities and needs.
Later that day, she hosted a veterans forum to discuss the needs of Maui County veterans, where she also spoke to Maui News: “[Veterans] are my family, so I'm very passionate to make sure our veterans are recognized for their service they’ve provided and continue to provide . . . and make sure they're getting the benefit and respect that each and every one of our veterans has earned.” A photo from the event is below:
She also attended the State of the County Address by Mayor Alan Arakawa.
Thursday, February 21: Oahu
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard held an Immigration Reform forum to discuss Hawai‘i’s unique needs to ensure they are included in national comprehensive reform.
WATCH on KHON: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard talked with Jai Cunningham on KHON Wake Up 2day to discuss Hawai‘i’s voice in the national immigration debate.
LISTEN to Hawaii Public Radio: Speaking with HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka, she described her own story: “Before I went on my first deployment to Iraq, there were family members of mine who were in the Philippines and wanted to come and say goodbye before I left and were unable to get a visa to do so. A majority of people in our state have a similar story – whether it’s a funeral, or a wedding, or a big event within our families… This is an issue where there is opportunity in this Congress to actually pass legislation and why it’s so critical to make sure Hawai‘i has a seat at the table.”
She also visited with the Philippine Consul General, Department of Education officials, Catholic Charities Hawaii, and the East-West Center leadership.
Friday, February 22: Oahu
Friday morning, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard sat down with Mahealani Richardson on KITV This Morning to discuss the devastating impact of across-the-board budget cuts under sequestration (WATCH).
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard later visited the YWCA Fernhurst Residence to receive a briefing on a brand new, first-of-its-kind program to serve women veterans through a partnership between the YWCA and US Vets.
She also received a command briefing and discussed sequestration impacts at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam led by RADM Frank Ponds.
Later in the day, she visited the new Hawai‘i Veteran’s Court with Judge Ed Kubo presiding. Three veterans going through the court all demonstrated progress by sharing results of their respective treatment programs and new employment. A photo with these veterans is below:
Saturday, February 23: Kauai
WATCH Ron Wiley of KONG Radio: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard concluded her week-long visit with meetings on Kauai and attended the Kapa‘a Boys & Girls Club “Youth of the Year” Awards Bruncheon.
A photo with all six award candidates is below. Candidates include (left to right): Tosha Taylor, Grace Peralta, Luke Rita, Isaiah Mawae, Jordan Balbin, and Paulwin Tommy.