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I've just returned to Washington and my heart is filled with gratitude for the opportunity to meet with so many of you during my state-wide town hall tour. Thousands of people turned out across the state, while tens of thousands logged on to watch the town halls through our Facebook live sessions. 

In my travels across all of our islands, we discussed many important issues- from affordable housing, water infrastructure, criminal justice reform, affordable healthcare, online privacy, North Korea, Trump's recent illegal attack in Syria, and so much more. Your kindness, your activism, and your aloha are what made these meetings so powerful and productive.

Here are some highlights:

Kona: Last year, our Hawai'i Island residents were hit by the worst outbreak of dengue fever in decades. At my Kona town hall, we discussed legislation I've cosponsored (H.R.1310) to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses like Dengue Fever, and my bill to combat invasive species like the coffee berry borer, macadamia felted coccid, and the fungus that causes rapid ohia death. 


Lana'i: At my Lana'i town hall, we discussed President Trump's reckless and short-sighted military strikes in Syria that have dangerously escalated our illegal, regime change war to overthrow the Syrian government. A Lana'i resident from Syria shared how my Stop Arming Terrorists Act would help bring about peace by ending the counterproductive regime change war in her home country.    


O'ahu: We need a healthcare system that puts people over the profits of insurance and pharmaceutical companies. During my O'ahu town hall, we discussed the "Medicare for All Act" which I've cosponsored to move us toward a system that will provide universal healthcare to all Americans. 

Moloka'i: On Moloka’i, we discussed the threat of North Korea's nuclear escalation, which puts all of us in Hawai'i at risk. I've long worked to increase funding for missile defense in the Asia Pacific to help keep Hawai'i secure, and am working to pass legislation to further strengthen our missile defense capabilities for Hawai'i.  


Hilo: Hawai'i Island is home to two of the first eight medical marijuana dispensaries that have been approved by the State of Hawai'i for licenses, yet contradictions between state and federal law make it difficult for these licensed businesses to operate. In Hilo, we discussed legislation I've introduced to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level by removing it from the Schedule 1 list of federal controlled substances, and to eliminate these contradictions between state and federal law. 

Kaua'i: Repealing the Glass-Steagall Act at the turn of the 21st Century allowed too-big-to-fail banks to gamble with the savings and livelihoods of the American people. On Kaua'i, we discussed how legislation I helped introduce to restore the Glass-Steagall Act would make our economy safer by requiring separation between commercial and investment banking. 

Maui: More than 1,000 Maui residents attended my final town hall, where among many issues we discussed online privacy rights, Maui's water infrastructure needs, overcrowding at the island’s prison, the need for more programs to reduce recidivism, criminal justice reform, decriminalizing marijuana, and access to truly affordable healthcare—not just health insurance.

Mahalo to all of you for taking the time to come out, to listen, to share, and to ask questions during my state-wide town hall tour, and for the thousands who also tuned in online. For those who weren't able to attend, click here to watch livestream video from each of my town halls on Facebook.

My team and I are here to help. Please don't hesitate to contact me anytime regarding legislation you’re interested in or if you need assistance with a federal agency. 

Mahalo nui loa,

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard
Serving the People of Hawai'i’s Second District

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