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Rep. McKelvey Questions Gabbard’s Lack of Support in Condemning Trumps Appointment

Maui lawmaker says Congresswoman should stand with Democrats against racism

Rep. Angus McKelvey last week sent a letter to Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard asking why she has not joined in solidarity with many other Democrats in opposition to President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Stephen Brannon as chief strategist to the White House.

Letter attached below

Letter attached below

Brannon is known as a racist xenophobe with support from white nationalist hate groups.

In light of recent national reports that the Congresswoman has met with Trump, McKelvey said Hawaii’s residents have a right to know if Gabbard stands in opposition to Brannon.

McKelvey is perplexed as to why Gabbard would not join our congressional delegation, and other House Democrats, in opposing this disturbing appointment.

“Your refusal to stand with other Democrats in solidarity infers that you not only support Trump’s appointment, but are shifting your political views to fall in line with the incoming administration,” said McKelvey in his Nov. 17 letter.

Click to read the whole letter: Letter from Rep. McKelvey

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Congratulates Service Member Graduates, Honors Veterans of Foreign Wars

Leading up to Veterans Day Week, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard spent the day recognizing the service, sacrifice, and accomplishments of active duty service members and veterans of foreign wars at events on Oʻahu.

tulsi-11416This morning, she delivered congratulatory remarks to 48 men and women currently serving in the Army, Navy, and Air Force who just earned their degrees in higher education. She then presented the graduates with honorary certificates. The congresswoman connected with the service members, sharing her own experiences of earning her bachelor’s degree in challenging conditions while serving on her Middle East deployment.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard delivered keynote remarks to over 300 veterans at the Annual Western Region Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliary Conference. She thanked them for their service and sacrifice and spoke strongly about her commitment to fight for the benefits and care that they were promised, have earned, and deserve. She highlighted the recent atrocities in the DOD’s attempts to “claw back” bonuses received in good faith by California National Guardsmen. She applauded veterans continuing their mission of service even after they lay down the uniform as they enter the civilian workforce, take on new leadership and mentorship roles, and volunteer in their communities.

tulsi-11416a“There are too many misperceptions that persist with regards to post-traumatic stress or other challenges that some of our brothers and sisters are dealing with as they make this transition from the military to civilian world,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a twice-deployed Major in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard.

tulsi-11416c“We need to change this culture to one in our society where employers and leaders in our community go first to our veterans to employ them, to serve in positions of leadership, to make a difference in our communities, recognizing that our brothers and sisters in uniform are the best equipped to lead, knowing what it means to be a member of a team, to make decisions under pressure, to put service before self, and to always stay focused on the mission—never accepting failure, never accepting defeat.

tulsi-11416b“Ensuring that each of you, my brothers and sisters in arms, get the respect that you deserve, that you get the care, the services, and the benefits that you have earned through your service and that you’re entitled to, and that you are honored and recognized for the sacrifices that you and your loved ones have made for your country—this is what guides the work that I do every day in Congress.”

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Congratulates Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Apprentice Graduates

This afternoon at the Historic Hickam Officers Club, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard delivered congratulatory remarks at a ceremony honoring 135 Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility apprentice program graduates.

tulsi-pearl-harborThe congresswoman serves on the House Armed Services’ Sea Power and Projection Forces Subcommittee and spoke about the importance of the journeymen’s service and their work to care for the military’s aging ships, especially with the United States’ focus on the Asia-Pacific Region.

tulsi-pearl-harbor2The Shipyard’s Apprentice Program is a partnership between the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Honolulu Community College. The program prepares students for Shipyard careers by combining academic study with paid work experience. This year’s graduating class includes journeymen in nineteen different trades.

tulsi-pearl-harbor3The Shipyard is a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command and a one-stop regional maintenance center for the Navy’s surface ships and submarines. It is the largest industrial employer in Hawaiʻi with a combined civilian and military workforce of over 5,000.  Strategically located in the mid-Pacific, the Navy’s largest ship repair facility between the West Coast and the Far East is about a week of steam time closer to potential regional contingencies in East Asia than sites on the West Coast.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Accepting Service Academy Nominations Until Oct. 31

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced today that she is currently accepting nomination request letters from individuals in Hawai‘i’s Second Congressional District to the U.S. Service Academies for the classes entering in the summer of 2017. Applicants can request a nomination form here. The deadline for completed files is October 31, 2016.

hayden-and-tulsi-squatting“Each year, I have the honor of nominating Hawai‘i’s best and brightest to attend our nation’s prestigious Service Academies,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “There is no greater privilege than to serve our country in uniform, and I encourage anyone in the Second Congressional District who is qualified and interested to submit their application for a nomination.”

The Service Academies include:

  • Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
  • West Point Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
  • Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y.

Coast Guard Academy admissions are based on a nationwide competition and do not require Congressional nominations.

Potential candidates must have reached their 17th birthday and not passed their 23rd birthday on July 1 of the year they would enter the academy; be a U.S. citizen; have graduated from high school; be unmarried; have taken the ACT and/or SAT; and meet the stringent entrance requirements of their preferred academy. Answers to other frequently asked questions are available here: FAQ.

Although formal nominations will not be made until 2017, all applications are due by October 31, 2016. Applications can be submitted to:

Ryan Joslin, Office of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, 300 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 5-104, Honolulu, HI 96850

Constituents may also call the congresswoman’s Hawaiʻi office at (808) 541-1986 for additional information.

NELHA and Hawaii Tourism Authority Receives President’s “E” Award

Today in Washington, DC, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard joined U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker in awarding two ‪#Hawaii companies—Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority and Hawaii Tourism Authority—the President’s “E” Award.

HTA AND NELHA

The “E” Award is the highest honor the United States Government can give to an American exporter and export service provider. Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaiʻi Authority and Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority were two of 123 U.S. companies and organizations recognized at today’s ceremony.

This year marks the 54th anniversary of the “E” Awards presentation. For the first time in the award’s 54-year history, winners represent every U.S. state and the District of Columbia. Of this year’s 123 honorees, 105 are small and medium-sized businesses, and 64 firms are manufacturers.

In 1961, President Kennedy created the “E” Awards to recognize companies supporting the expansion of U.S. exports. The President’s “E” Award recognizes persons, firms, or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase United States exports. The President’s “E Star” Award affords continuing recognition of noteworthy export promotion efforts. More information on the awards can be found at: http://export.gov/exportawards/

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Governor’s Dengue Fever Emergency Declaration a Recognition of Seriousness of Hawaii Island Outbreak

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) yesterday commented on Hawaiʻi Governor David Ige’s proclamation declaring the dengue fever outbreak in Hawaiʻi County a state of emergency. The disease has plagued Hawaiʻi Island and threatened the state for more than sixteen weeks.

Hayden and Tulsi Squatting

“Governor Ige’s proclamation recognizes the importance and urgency of the situation Hawaiʻi Island residents are facing with dengue fever incidents increasing, and the global concern of the Zika virus continuing to spread. This proclamation and ensuing release of resources, personnel, and tools to take important action steps within our communities on Hawaiʻi Island are critical steps toward eradicating this disease-spreading mosquito, getting rid of dengue, and preventing the Zika virus from taking hold,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “Hawaiʻi Island residents and guests deserve aggressive coordinated action from all levels of government, the private sector, and healthcare providers. The increasing number of cases, which grew to 255 today, continues to impact the health and safety of our people and the economy. Our keiki and kūpuna are especially vulnerable, as they are less able to defend themselves against these types of diseases.

“I look forward to working with the Governor and Mayor Kenoi’s team to address other issues that the community has identified remain problematic, such as the difficulty in accessing completely free testing for dengue and the timeliness of getting the results.”

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard explained, “The difference is really going to be felt when these resources are deployed to the communities hardest hit. Miloliʻi is one hotspot where new cases are still being confirmed. Residents there found that their water catchment systems are problematic breeding grounds and require immediate work and treatment. It will cost $112,000 to do this, and they do not have the ability to fund this themselves. This is a prime example of why these resources are so urgently needed—to fund effective measures that will eliminate mosquito breeding grounds. There is no time to waste.”

The governor’s emergency proclamation will give the state access to the Major Disaster Fund, the option of waiving certain laws and regulations to expedite the outbreak response if and when needed, as well as pave the way for federal assistance should the state exhaust its resources. The state previously released the State Health Department from a 5 percent budget restriction ($250,000) to fund costs incurred while responding to the onset of the dengue outbreak. The state is also releasing the Health Department from another 5 percent restriction ($250,000) to fund eight vector control positions, one entomologist, and one communications position.

On Wednesday, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard spoke on the House floor to urge support for and passage of President Obama’s emergency request for $1.8 billion to prepare and respond to the Zika virus. The congresswoman also called for federal funding to fight dengue fever in Hawaiʻi, carried by the same Aedes aegypti mosquitoes as the Zika virus. At the end of January, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard called on Hawaiʻi Governor David Ige to declare this outbreak a state of emergency and to deploy State resources, including the National Guard, to assist with mosquito abatement, public information, clearing of mosquito breeding areas, and providing completely free and accessible testing for those with suspected symptoms. She has been meeting with state leaders, Hawaiʻi County officials and Civil Defense, military personnel, experts in the private sector and at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and listening to concerned citizens of the Big Island, working to protect the people of Hawaiʻi from dengue fever, a debilitating disease that has no vaccine, treatment, or cure.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Calls on Governor David Ige to Declare Hawaiʻi Island Dengue Fever Outbreak a State of Emergency

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today called on Governor David Ige to declare the Hawaiʻi Island dengue fever outbreak a state of emergency and deploy State resources, including the National Guard, to assist with mosquito abatement, public information, clearing, and providing completely free testing for those with suspected symptoms of this incurable disease.

Congresswoman Gabbard met with Hawaii County Civil Defense officials last week.

Congresswoman Gabbard met with Hawaii County Civil Defense officials last week.

“The dengue fever outbreak on the Big Island continues to worsen.  We cannot afford to wait any longer for the aggressive action necessary to combat the spread of this serious disease.  An emergency proclamation from the Governor is long overdue,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who represents the people of Hawaiʻi Island.  “There have already been 242 confirmed cases of Dengue Fever on Hawaiʻi Island, creating a public health emergency affecting our residents and visitors, and Hawaii Island’s economy.  They deserve our state’s full attention and resources to do what it takes to put an end to this outbreak, and prevent it from becoming endemic and spreading to other parts of the island and state.”

On October 21, 2015 the Dengue exposure rate on Hawaiʻi Island was 1 in 185,079.  As of today, 1 out of every 849 residents and approximately 3 out of every 50,000 visitors has contracted dengue fever.  This constitutes an average infection rate of 67 residents and 7 visitors every month since this outbreak began.  Additionally, the same mosquito that carries Dengue Fever is also a carrier of the Zika virus, which is “spreading explosively” according to UN health officials, who are currently considering declaring an international health emergency.

In speaking with Governor Ige and by written correspondence, the congresswoman called for the following action items to be addressed immediately:

1. Completely free and accessible testingfor those who suspect they have symptoms of Dengue Fever. While the cost of the test may be free, residents and visitors are still charged for visits to a physician, nurse, or clinic in order for their blood to be drawn.  This could easily be solved by ensuring there are free access points island-wide, and by deploying state or National Guard medical personnel as a mobile testing unit that can travel to both populated and remote locations across the island, draw blood, and get samples to the lab for expedited results.

2. Allocate resources to the Department of Health for development and execution of a comprehensive public information and public engagement campaign with quality review measures.  Current “Fight the Bite” efforts fall far short of providing residents and visitors with the information they need.

3. Provide a full-time entomologist on Hawaiʻi Islanddedicated to eradication, reduction, and prevention of further spread of the Dengue virus.

4. Allocate resources to hire vector control personnel,purchase more sprayers and other necessary equipment and supplies.

5. Provide free supply and distribution of Ovitraps throughout the community to empower local residents to help prevent the spread of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. World Health Organization report studies have shown that population densities can be reduced below disease-transmission thresholds with sufficiently large numbers of frequently serviced traps.

6. Appoint a Dengue Czarwho can act as the coordinator of efforts with all parties within the state, county, federal, private sector, and community to ensure the objectives are being met.

More than a third of the world’s population live in areas at risk for infection from the Dengue virus, which is a leading cause of illness and death in the tropics and subtropics. As many as 400 million people are infected annually.  Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been meeting with state leaders, Hawaiʻi County officials and Civil Defense, military personnel, experts in the private sector and at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and listening to concerned citizens of the Big Island, working to protect the people of Hawaiʻi from Dengue Fever, a debilitating disease that has no vaccine, treatment, or cure, so that the Aloha State does not remain a part of this worldwide epidemic.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Tweets Live During Lockdown as Shots Fired Outside US Capitol Building

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and her office were put on lockdown as gunshots were fired outside the US Capitol Building today in Washington DC.

She tweeted the following during the incident (read in reverse order for chronological sequence):

Gabbard Tweets
Here is a video of the chase that lead up to the shooting:
[youtube=http://youtu.be/LINM-_S4QiY]

At a 6:00 pm ET (22:00 GMT) press conference, officials confirmed the car chase suspect is dead and that a child, approximately a year-old, was recovered from the suspect’s vehicle. The female suspect attempted to “breach” an outer-perimeter checkpoint to the White House just prior to a pursuit by police.

Miriam Carey

Miriam Carey

Washington reports the driver has been identified by law enforcement as Miriam Carey.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Visits Hospice of Hilo on Memorial Day

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard spent her Memorial Day lunch visiting Hospice of Hilo’s Pōhai Mālama a Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Care Center staff and patients.  Throughout the afternoon, the Congresswoman discussed significant reforms to healthcare, learned about the issues challenging hospice care, and presented Hospice of Hilo a certificate of excellence.

Receiving Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.   From Right: Board President Karen Moriuchi, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Hospice of Hilo CEO Brenda Ho, Hospice of Hilo Spiritual Counselor Phillip Jones, Hospice of Hilo Development, PR & Education Coordinator An Umamoto.

Receiving Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.
From Right: Board President Karen Moriuchi, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Hospice of Hilo CEO Brenda Ho, Hospice of Hilo Spiritual Counselor Phillip Jones, Hospice of Hilo Development, PR & Education Coordinator An Umamoto.

During the tour, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard was invited to visit a patient who was very excited to see her.  During the visit, the two held hands and talked about the wonderful care and amenities offered to the patient in the care center.  The patient said with glistening eyes, “I am so proud of what you are doing Congresswoman Gabbard,” and in return, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard thanked the patient for her encouragement and trust.

Hospice of Hilo CEO, Brenda S. Ho, was presented a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for the exception care and outstanding community service provided by the organization.  “It is an honor to recognize Hospice of Hilo for their community involvement,” said Congresswoman Gabbard, “This facility is truly a model for the exceptional care offered to our citizens.  Thank you for helping families in their time of need.”

 

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard to Deliver UH Hilo Spring Commencement Address

Hawaiʻi Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard will address the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo spring commencement as keynote speaker on Saturday, May 11, beginning at 9 a.m. at Edith Kanaka`ole Stadium.

My son w/ Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard at the State Capital

My son w/ Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard at the State Capital

Students have petitioned for a total of 765 degrees and/or certificates from the colleges of Arts and Sciences (460), Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management (27), Business and Economics (53), Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke`elikõlani College of Hawaiian Language (46) and Pharmacy (120), while 33 others are candidates for various post graduate honors, and another 26 are seeking the Teacher Education Program certificate.

Gabbard came to Hawaiʻi two years after her birth in Leloaloa, American Samoa. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in International Business from Hawaiʻi Pacific University in 2009. She was first elected in 2002 when she became the youngest person ever elected to the State Legislature by winning a seat in the House of Representatives at the age of 21. The following year, she enlisted in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard and voluntarily deployed to Iraq in 2004.

She was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal during Operation Iraqi Freedom, was the first female Distinguished Honor Graduate at Fort McClellan’s Officer Candidate School, and became the first woman to receive an award of appreciation from the Kuwaiti military on her second overseas deployment. Between tours of duty, she worked as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka in Washington, DC. Today, she continues to serve as a Military Police Captain.

Her return to politics took place in 2010 when she won a seat on the Honolulu City Council. In January 2013, she was sworn into office to represent Hawaiʻi’s Second Congressional District.

Ashlee Kalauli, a mathematics major with a minor in chemistry, represents the Class of 2013 as student speaker. Born in San Diego, California and raised in Honoka`a, Kalauli attended Kamehameha Schools – Hawaiʻi in Kea`au where she graduated 5th out of 142 students in 2008 with a cumulative 4.0 GPA.

At UH Hilo, she has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.87 while earning numerous academic honors and awards, including the Ke Ali`i Pauahi Foundation and Hawaiʻi Noyce Teacher’s Scholarships, the Pearson Undergraduate Mathematics Award, and the Pearson Outstanding Mathematics Senior Award. She was also among a select group of students chosen for the 2012 Pacific Undergraduate Research Experience in Mathematics (PURE Math) program.

Her extensive campus and community activities include being an Orientation Leader and a Student Coordinator for the University’s New Student Programs, math tutor, and host of the First Hawaiʻi Noyce Teacher’s Scholarship Math Day. A member of the UH Hilo women’s basketball team from 2009-2010, she also served as a referee for the 2009 Special Olympics Basketball Tournament.

Kalauli will return to the PURE Math program she excelled in last summer to resume her work as a program assistant. She has also been admitted into the University’s Master’s of Arts in teaching program, which convenes its next cohort in mid-July. After earning her masters, Kalauli plans to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics with the eventual goal of returning to her alma mater.

For more information on Commencement, call (808) 974-7555 or email commence@hawaii.edu. For disability accommodations, contact Susan Shirachi at (808) 933-0816 (V) or (808) 933-3334 (TTY). Requests should be made at least 10 business days prior to the event.

 

Hayden Meets Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and is Recognized at the State Capital

Today at the Hawaii State Capital building auditorium, kids from around the State were recognized for their winning artwork for the art that has hung in the State Capital for “Youth Art Month” sponsored by the Hawaii Art Education Association.

Five kids from Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Campus were selected to go over there today based on judges decision on who’s art was the best in each class and the judges selected my son!

Hayden with his art piece "Kaleidoscope of Planets"

Hayden with his art piece “Kaleidoscope of Planets”

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is back from Washington D.C. and she was the person that presented the awards.

Hayden and Tulsi Kneeling

Congresswoman Gabbard Congratulates Hayden before the ceremony begins

I knew that my son was getting awarded along with all the other kids that were there… but I was even more surprised that his artwork was considered “TOP TEN” in the STATE!

Hayden got a special certificate for being "Top Ten" according to the judges.

Hayden got a special certificate for being “Top Ten” according to the judges.

Congratulations to all the kids that were recognized today.  Of course I’m especially proud of my son!

Who's the bigger poser?

Who’s the bigger poser?

Mahalo to Congresswoman Gabbard for taking the time to take some pictures with him.