Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) hosted an intimate Town Hall this evening on the Island of Molokaʻi, where just over one hundred “Friendly Isle” residents gathered to share their aloha with the congresswoman. Those who attended tonight’s meeting in Kaunakakai demonstrated a deep understanding of global and national issues, which were clearly weighing heavily on their hearts and minds.
Molokaʻi residents asked Rep. Tulsi Gabbard about the threat of North Korea’s nuclear escalation and Trump’s recent illegal attack on Syria, and they thanked her for taking a strong stand for peace, expressing support for her Stop Arming Terrorists Act (H.R.608) and her calls to end the counterproductive regime change war in Syria. They were concerned about the federal budget, divisiveness in Washington, and told the congresswoman they appreciated her effectiveness, especially with a Republican-controlled House, Senate, and Administration.
The issues that hit closest to home for the Molokaiʻi residents included Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s work to reauthorize the Native Hawaiian Education Act, improve access to quality, affordable healthcare, and support “Medicare for All” legislation, and her commitment to protecting the environment and our precious water resources. They also appreciated her bill (H.R.1227) to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, removing it from the Schedule 1 list of federal controlled substances. This will eliminate the conflict between Federal and State law in places like Hawaiʻi with approved medical marijuana dispensaries.