February 28, 2018


I am pleased to have been named a member of the newly formed Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform.  As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I have always fought to ensure that Hawai‘i's priorities are represented in the budget process, and this new role will strengthen my ability to do that.

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and I continue to advocate for the thousands of Filipino veterans who served under the U.S. Flag during WWII to receive the benefits that they have earned.  These veterans and their families have waited decades for the compensation that they deserve, and it is wrong for us to deny them the benefits that they were promised.

As always, please contact my office in D.C. or Hawai‘i if there is anything we can do. We are here to help.


Brian Schatz

United States Senator

Reforming Our Budget Process

Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer announced this week that Senator Schatz was named to the Joint Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform.

Established as part of the bipartisan budget agreement reached on February 7, 2018, the Joint Select Committee will provide recommendations and legislative language to significantly improve the budget and appropriations process.

“This new committee has been tasked with making key decisions about how we go about funding our national priorities, and as a member of the Appropriations Committee, this new role will put me in a better position to make sure Hawaii’s needs are strongly represented,” said Senator Schatz. “Government is a public trust, and we have a unique opportunity here to make it work better for the American people.”

In addition to Senator Schatz, Democratic members of the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform include Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Mazie Hirono, and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.).

Fighting for Net Neutrality

Senator Schatz joined several of his colleagues to highlight the importance of Net Neutrality.  To watch the video, click here.

Fulfilling Our Promise to Filipino Veterans

Earlier this month, Senators Schatz and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2018. The bipartisan legislation would restore the U.S. government’s promise to Filipino World War II veterans and ensure those surviving are fully eligible for the benefits they earned.  Senator Schatz is the Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.

“Our broken promise to Filipino WWII veterans and their families is a stain on our nation’s history. And while we’ve tried to right that wrong, there are still far too many who have not received the basic veterans’ benefits they earned,” said Senator Schatz. “Time is running out, and for some, it is already too late.  We must act quickly to pass this legislation and fully honor the men and women who fought with us and served so bravely when we needed them.”

More than 250,000 Filipinos served under the U.S. flag in the Pacific during the Second World War. As citizens of a U.S. commonwealth during the war, Filipinos were promised full veterans benefits for serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. However, because of the Rescission Act of 1946, most Filipino World War II veterans did not receive these benefits and have been largely under-recognized for their wartime efforts. The Filipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2018 would fulfill the moral obligation of the United States to take care of its veterans and their families.

Bringing the Aloha Spirit to Washington

Senator Schatz received the 2018 SHAPE America SPEAK Out! Day Award in honor of his support for health and physical education and Title IV, Part A funding for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment grant program.

Senator Schatz meets with 9-1-1 and emergency communications professionals from Hawai‘i. He also presented remarks at the 15th Annual 9-1-1 Honor Awards Reception and the 50th Anniversary of 9-1-1 Celebration.  

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