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Aloha Emily,

On Tuesday, the 115th Congress began and all Members of Congress were sworn in, taking our oath of office. I’m so grateful to the people of Hawai'i for the privilege of continuing to serve you here in Washington.

As a veteran and soldier, I’ve seen firsthand the cost of war. Hawai’i has directly felt the cost of war in many ways. I’m committed to continuing the fight to end the counterproductive regime change war in Syria which has caused tremendous loss of life and millions of refugees.

I’ve introduced the bipartisan
Stop Arming Terrorists Act
to stop our government from using your taxpayer dollars to support allies and partners of groups like al Qaeda and ISIS. We must put an end to this madness so we can focus our resources on defeating our enemy- ISIS, al Qaeda, and other terrorists groups. We must stop spending trillions of dollars on regime change wars in the Middle East, and use those resources to rebuild our own communities in Hawai'i and across the country to improve our crumbling infrastructure, address our severe lack of affordable housing, better support our keiki’s education and schools, protect our environment, and more.

Read more about the Stop Arming Terrorists Act here.

On Tuesday, I was sworn in to the 115th Congress

Here are some highlights from 2016:

Introduced the Stop Arming Terrorists Act to end U.S. support of groups affiliated with terrorists and countries supporting terror

Passed bill to honor Filipino WWII Veterans with the Congressional Gold Medal

Passed the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act to improve federal housing programs and address our affordable housing shortage crisis

Helped stop the harmful Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal

Advocated for resources to fight invasive species like the coffee berry borer and the fungus that causes rapid ohia death

Cosponsored the SAFE Justice Act and other legislation to reform our criminal justice system

Helped secure disaster relief after Maui flooding

Called for increased funding to support Syrian refugee assistance and resettlement programs

Helped pass emergency funding to fight the spread of Zika and Dengue Fever

Passed legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act in order to better protect our families and keiki

Hosted 47 community forums & talk stories across the state

Passed Talia's Law to strengthen military child abuse reporting requirements

Passed the Native Hawaiian Education Reauthorization Act

Worked to successfully reestablish international flights at Kona Airport

Helped secure federal funding and job training for displaced Maui sugar workers

Continued fight to protect our precious water resources in Hawai'i and across the country

Advocated for Wall Street reform, breaking up the big banks, and reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act

Passed amendments to strengthen our missile defense capabilities and better protect Hawai'i from North Korea threat

Launched bipartisan Fourth Amendment Caucus to better protect your privacy and civil liberties

Answered 45,297 constituent letters

Helped 490 local families tour the White House and U.S. Capitol

Last year, my office helped more than 920 people across Hawai'i with issues like veteran benefits, federal student loans, Social Security and Medicare, immigration, passport and visa applications, small business loans, and much more. We’re here to help you too. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 808-541-1986, or visit
gabbard.house.gov
to find out more about how we can help.

With aloha,

Tulsi Gabbard
Member of Congress (HI-02)

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Talk Story with Tulsi’s Team

LIHU'E: Jan 12

11am-1pm
Kaua'i Veterans Center

HILO: Jan 17

2-4pm
Short n Sweet Café

PAHOA: Jan 18

2:30-4:30pm
15-2879 Pahoa Village Rd

KONA: Jan 19

11:30am-1:30pm
Daylight Mind Coffee Company

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