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Speech Honoring Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Month

| Posted in Speeches & Testimony

Madam Speaker, Each year we come together to recognize May as Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Month, in celebration of the critical participation of our Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities in our national story. Over the past year, the pandemic has highlighted the harsh disparities that too many in the AANHPI community face across several i...

Ensuring the Full Inclusion of Native Hawaiians in VAWA

| Posted in Speeches & Testimony

Madam Speaker: I rise today to express appreciation to my House colleagues who voted for my amendment to our recently passed Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) to ensure the full inclusion of American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians in key parts of VAWA. My amendment requires key data for full implementation of VAWA about our nation’s indigenous peoples that has previou...

Statement before the House Celebrating Women’s History Month

| Posted in Speeches & Testimony

I rise today to honor the women of our nation and my home state of Hawai‘i past, present and future as we again celebrate Women's History Month. Each year during the month of March, we remember and honor the extraordinary American women who have made such lasting contributions to our culture, history and society. Long before they finally gained the right to vote in elections and before they broke ...

Native Hawaiians Health Care System Tort Coverage

| Posted in Speeches & Testimony

Madam Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 6585 with deep reservations. I support the substance of the measure as addressing key concerns for American Indians and Alaska Natives. My grave concern is with the inexplicable omission of Native Hawaiians as indistinguishably indigenous peoples of this country to be treated and included the same. I spelled out my concerns at length in a submission to the ...

Statement in Support of Health Care Access for Urban Native Veterans Act

| Posted in Speeches & Testimony

Madam Speaker, H.R. 4153, the Health Care Access for Urban Native Veterans Act, will ensure that Native American veterans have equal access to healthcare, regardless of their location of residence, by expanding Department of Veterans Affairs, VA, funding to include urban Indian health centers. The Indian Health Service acts as the primary Federal agency responsible for providing healthcare to fede...

House Appropriations Committee Passes $197 Billion Fiscal Year 2021 Labor, Health, Human Services and Education Measure

| Posted in Press Releases

(Honolulu, HI) – Congressman Ed Case (HI-01) announced today that the House Appropriations Committee has approved $197 billion in funding for federal labor, health, human services and education programs for upcoming Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, including some $100 million-plus in funding for Native Hawaiian-focused programs. “This measure is the main vehicle for funding the principal federal programs be...

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

| Posted in Speeches & Testimony

Madam Speaker, Our country has officially observed each May since 1992 as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, recognizing the extraordinary contributions of our Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community to the rich fabric and history of our nation. May is especially important to me as the proud Representative of Hawaii’s First Congressional District with the larges...

Speech on Honoring Native Hawaiians During Native American Heritage Month

| Posted in Speeches & Testimony

Madam Speaker, I deeply appreciate my friend and colleague from New Mexico leading this Special Hour and yielding me time to join in recognizing November as Native American Heritage Month, a time for us to reflect on and celebrate the rich histories and diverse cultures of our Nation's indigenous peoples. It is said that cultural heritage is the sum total of the unique ways of living of a culture ...