We must not lose faith in humanity, or allow the darkness of divisiveness to overcome. It is vital that we work together, with respect and aloha, toward real reform, real progress, for the wellbeing of others and our planet.
Last week, I joined several of my colleagues from both sides of the aisle in reintroducing the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act. This bill would help human trafficking survivors who have nonviolent, federal crimes that occurred while enslaved, cleared from their record. Tens of thousands of men, women, and children are victims of this multi-billion dollar, modern-day slavery industry all... View details ⇨
I applaud CVS for offering generic life-saving EpiPens at just one-sixth of the price of what corrupt Mylan executives are charging for it. Mylan ripped off the American taxpayers for hundreds of millions of dollars by overcharging Medicaid. Those responsible should be prosecuted — this kind of activity should not be tolerated.
Today is a day to remember the incredible contributions of Martin Luther King to our country. He brought unity where there was division, hope where there was hopelessness, truth where there was ignorance and light to darkness. We should all strive to follow his example by living and leading with aloha, seeking to right where there is wrong and asking how we can serve others and work together... View details ⇨
Earlier this week I told Tucker Carlson why passing the #StopArmingTerrorists bill, HR 258, is good for our country and good for our security. This is not a partisan issue — it is an issue important to all Americans. Share this video:
Hubert Edward Spires was wrongfully kicked out of the military just for being gay. At 91 years old, Hubert had his “undesirable” discharge changed to an “honorable” discharge. Thank you for your service, Hubert. Equal treatment and opportunity are fundamental rights for all Americans.
Here’s the truth: coral bleaching is a grave threat to Hawaiʻi’s reefs and other coastal areas across the country and it won’t get any better unless we take action. The time for talk has long passed — it's time for action.
I joined my colleagues from the House and Senate yesterday, along with advocates, to raise awareness around human trafficking, which occurs all across the country, including Hawaii. I'm proud to cosponsor the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act, which helps human trafficking survivors get non-violent federal crimes they were forced to commit by their traffickers removed from their record.... View details ⇨
We must close the loopholes in our laws that allow the U.S. government to directly and indirectly support those working with terrorist organizations with money, weapons, and intelligence in their efforts to overthrow the Syrian government. This must end. We cannot continue strengthening the same terror groups, like ISIS and al-Qaeda, that we are trying to defeat. Your voice can make a... View details ⇨
On National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, it’s important to know that women, men, and children fall victim to human trafficking around the world. Human trafficking is more common than many of us think — there are tens of thousands of cases in the US each year. We must be informed, aware, and take action. I’ve introduced the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act which would help victims of... View details ⇨
In case you haven’t read this piece, written by Syrian and Syrian-Americans, it’s worth a few minutes of your time. Powerful words from Syrians on why they are supporting my Stop Arming Terrorists bill and calling on the US government to end its’ regime change war in Syria:
By spending trillions of dollars on counterproductive regime change wars, we don’t have the resources that we desperately need to rebuild our communities and invest in infrastructure, education, health care, and so much more. Please stand with me and support my bill: #StopArmingTerrorists.
These men and women stepped up and deployed to defend our nation, and years after they returned home, were disrespected and mistreated. While nothing can change the past hardship these soldiers and their families experienced, finally, this issue is beginning to be resolved.
Earlier this week I re-introduced the HIRE Vets Act of 2017 with Rep. Paul Cook. This bill incentivizes employers to recruit and retain veterans in their businesses and organizations. Every single day, roughly 500 veterans return to civilian life, joining 2.9 million veterans who have returned home since September 11, 2001. We must continue to encourage employers to hire the more than 400,000... View details ⇨
Earlier this week I sat down with Joshua Johnson at WAMU to discuss the role the United State’s plays in counterproductive regime-change wars. It’s vital we look at how best to serve the safety and security of the American people first, because you cannot separate the cost of wars with the lack of resources that we have in our communities. Every dollar that goes into these counterproductive... View details ⇨