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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park reopens to visitors

MEDIA RELEASE Hawaii Volcanoes National Park reopened to visitors Thursday, Oct. 17. Visitors can access public areas and roads immediately while facilities and other public services are brought back online. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been closed since Oct. 1, 2013 due to the government shutdown. “We are all eager and excited to reopen and […]

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Schatz votes for deal to reopen government

MEDIA RELEASE U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz joined a bipartisan group Wednesday in voting for a deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, preventing our nation from defaulting on its loans. “This shutdown caused terrible, unnecessary pain for Hawaii families, and we are all relieved that it is nearly over,” Schatz said. […]

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Abercrombie heads to Washington, D.C.

MEDIA RELEASE With the federal government shutdown now in its third week, Gov. Neil Abercrombie departed Tuesday for Washington, D.C. to work with Hawaii’s Congressional Delegation and former colleagues on the Hill on the continuation of federally funded services and programs. Currently, Abercrombie’s schedule includes meetings with Sens. Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono on Wednesday, […]

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Schatz: Threat of default ‘bad for everyone’

MEDIA RELEASE U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz took to the Senate floor to denounce so-called “conservatives” for their willingness to put our economy and middle-class families at risk by shutting down the government and threatening to allow America to default Text of the speech: Thank you, Madame President. Yesterday, Senate Republicans rejected a cloture motion, on […]

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State taking proactive steps in response to shutdown

MEDIA RELEASE Acting Governor Shan Tsutsui has announced the State of Hawaii is under a temporary hiring freeze on vacant positions within the Executive Branch. The Acting Governor has signed an Executive Memorandum from Finance Director Kalbert Young authorizing the temporary general freeze, which is effective immediately. The temporary freeze is necessary to conserve dwindling […]

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Schatz: House Republicans’ compromise not a compromise at all

MEDIA RELEASE On Saturday, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz took to the Senate floor to call out House Republicans for their unprecedented and reckless refusal to vote on a Continuing Resolution without unrelated amendments. Because of their “temper tantrum,” people in Hawaii are suffering, he said. Schatz highlighted some of those people and their situations in […]

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Gabbard bill to pay back furloughed workers to get vote

MEDIA RELEASE Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has announced a bipartisan bill she co-sponsored to pay back federal workers who have been furloughed during the government shutdown will get a vote Saturday in the House. The Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act (H.R. 3223) will ensure federal employees will receive back pay, regardless of furlough status. “Every […]

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Gabbard sponsors legislation to pay back furloughed workers

MEDIA RELEASE Rep. Tulsi Gabbard co-sponsored bipartisan legislation Wednesday to provide back pay for all federal employees who are being furloughed during the government shutdown. The Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act (H.R. 3223) will ensure that federal employees will be paid, regardless of furlough status. “Our law enforcement officers and civil servants continue to […]

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Gabbard introduces bill to protect military pay if government shuts down

MEDIA RELEASE Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has introduced legislation to protect servicemembers and critical Defense Department employees if the government shuts down Oct. 1. The Military Pay Protection Act (H.R. 3187) ensures that those who are serving in the Armed Forces, and critical civilians working to support our servicemembers, can still be paid for their work […]

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