Senator Dan Inouye’s RecordAgricultureImproving Food Safety and Reducing Crop Damage Caused by Pests • Directed $135.3 million to manage pests, especially fruit ﬂies, and prevent plant diseases.Building World Class Research Facilities for Hawaii’s AgricultureScientists • Provided approximately $53 million to plan, design, and construct the Paciﬁc Basin Agricultural Research Center in Hilo.Helping Displaced Farm Workers Survive and Thrive • Directed $60.7 million into the Rural Economic Transition Assistance Hawaii (RETAH) program.Promoting Diversity to Reduce Imported Food Dependence andImprove Economic Competitiveness • Supported many agricultural initiatives by providing in excess of $149.1 million over the years for various agricultural research including tropical fruits, pineapple, sugarcane, ﬂoriculture, coffee, macadamia nuts, vegetables, melons, livestock, and aquaculture.EducationImproving Educational Opportunities for Low-income Children andTeens • Directs approximately $46 million annually to help children from disadvantaged home settings. • Provided an additional $33 million in economic stimulus funds for Title I programs.Extending First Class Educational Services to Military Dependents • Provides about $42.5 million annually for educating the children of military dependents.
• Directed an additional $53 million to be invested by the Department of Defense in the Joint Venture Education Forum (JVEF).Educating Children with Special Needs • Directs approximately $42 million annually to assist with the education of children with special needs. • Provided an additional $43 million in the economic stimulus.Upgrading Technology and Instructors Skills • Provides $28 million annually to Hawaii’s Department of Education and provided an additional $1.5 million in 2009.Improving the University of Hawaii (UH) System • Directed over $29.2 million to various UH programs and initiatives, including: the new UH Hilo School of Pharmacy, the Beacon Community grant for a better information network for medical professionals and patients as well as nursing, medicine, improvement and research initiatives.Providing Education and Workforce Training to Hawaii’s Workforce • Appropriates about $12..9 million annually for workforce training and community economic development programs.Forging Stronger Educational, Cultural and Diplomatic Ties with Asia • Invested more than $209 million in the East-West Center.Providing Training and Apprenticeship Programs at Pearl HarborNaval Shipyard • Invested more than $17 million in the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Apprentice Program, which trains more than 100 candidates every year.Expanding Native Hawaiian Education • Invested $365.2 million to help Native Hawaiians educationally, professionally, and culturally.Preserving, Protecting, and Sharing Native Hawaiian Culture and Art
• Appropriated nearly $9.1 million to support the Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts Program (NHCAP), Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations (ECHO) and other initiatives. • Directed $8.844 million to the Native Hawaiian library and museum services.Strengthening Educational Institutions that Serve Native Hawaiians • Directed more than $83 million to Chaminade University, the University of Hawaii at Hilo and the University of Hawaii systems community colleges to serve diverse underserved populations, including Native Hawaiians.Preserving and Protecting the Hawaiian Language • Authored the Native American Languages Act (1990), which allows Native Hawaiian children the opportunity to obtain their entire K-12 education in Hawaiian.EnergyIdentifying Undersea Alternative Energy Sources • Secured funding to establish the Hawaii Energy and Environmental Technology Initiative (about $5 million annually).Bringing Hydrogen-powered Vehicles to Hawaii • Directed about $14.8 million to develop hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicles in Hawaii.Encouraging Renewable Energy in Hawaii • Directed about $5 million to the Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture (HREDV). Funding will continue at $6 million annually. Provided an additional $18 million for renewable energy initiatives.Converting Plants into Power • Directed nearly $5.5 million to University of Hawaii researchers working to identify and produce biomass energy sources (plants grown to generate electricity).Environmental Protection
Learning to Protect our Environment • Appropriates $9.89 million for environmental education and research for the state of Hawaii. • Directed $4 million for military conservation practices, so the military in Hawaii can be good stewards of their land.Protecting Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles • Provided nearly $67.8 million to protect the endangered Hawaiian green sea turtle.Protecting Hawaiian Monk Seal • Directed more than $14 million to support monitoring the endangered monk seal population.Eradicating the Brown Tree Snake Menace • Invested more than $36 million in a host of brown tree snake eradication and prevention strategies.Promoting Responsible Fishing Practices • Appropriated more than $106 million in funding to ensure that Hawaii’s ﬁsheries are wisely managed and well-protected.Protecting our Coral Reef Ecosystems • Invested about $59 million to conserve, map, assess and monitor Hawaii’s coral reef ecosystems.Protecting Our Shorelines and Citizens • Invested more than $73.6 million for coastal land and sea clean-up efforts, tsunamis and other natural hazard research programs, and the purchase of critical areas for conservation.Responding to Climate Change Threats • Secured $26 million to place Hawaii at the forefront of the nation’s response to climate change.Establishing and Expanding National Parks and Wildlife Refuges
• Over the years, hundreds of thousands of acres have been preserved for future generations. • Big Island: Volcanoes National Park, Kahuku Ranch, City of Refuge, Puuhonua O Honaunau National Park. • Maui: Haleakala National Park, Kealia Wlidlife Refuge and Waihee Preserve. • Kauai: Kliauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and Hanalei National Wlidlife Refuge. • Oahu: The James Campbell Wildlife Refuge, Waimea Valley, Moanalua Valley, Honouliuli Preserve, Pupukea-Paumalu.Returning Kaho’olawe to Hawaii • Authored legislation (1993) that directed the United States to convey Kaho’olawe and its surrounding waters back to the State of Hawaii, and appropriated $400 million for cleanup and restoration efforts of the island. • Provided $18 million for removing unexploded ordinances (Kaho`olawe and Pohakuloa Training Area).Equality for AllRecognizing Native Hawaiians Right to Sovereignty • The Hawaii Congressional Delegation is currently working to pass legislation acknowledging the inherent right of Native Hawaiians to self- determination and self-governance. • Co-sponsored, with Senator Akaka, the landmark Apology Resolution (1993), a formal apology issued by the United States for its role in the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy on January 17, 1893.Strengthening Community for Filipinos in Hawaii • Provided nearly $3 million for the construction of the Filipino Community Center located in Waipahu.Expanding Benefits for Filipino Veterans • Introduced the Filipino Veterans’ Beneﬁts Improvement Act (2003), which provides a number of vital beneﬁts to assist Filipino veterans and their spouses.
• Appropriated $198 million for payments to eligible Filipino World War II Veterans.Providing Redress for Japanese Americans after World War II • Helped pass the Civli Liberties Act (1988), a law that acknowledges the injustice of the forced evacuation, relocation and internment of U.S. citizens and permanent residents of Japanese ancestry during World War II.Righting Wrongs for Native Americans • Highlights from Senator Inouye’s tenure as Chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee include: The Native American Graves and Repatriation Act, The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, The Indian Self-Determination Act, The Indian Health Care Act, The Native American Housing Assistance and Self- Determination Act, The Indian Child Welfare Act, The Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act, The Native American Languages Act, The Indian Energy Resources Act, The Indian Dams Safety Act, and Establishment of The National Museum of The American Indian in Washington.HealthcareExpanding Healthcare Access to All • Directs about $17.2 million annually to 14 Community Health Centers, and provided an additional $2.7 million in economic stimulus funds to extend services to more uninsured members of our community.Providing Dignity and Care for Older Native Hawaiians • Directed $20 million in funding to the Administration on Aging, which dispenses grants to Native Hawaiian organizations.Increasing Prevention and Early Detection Programs for NativeHawaiians • Secured more than $115 million for Papa Ola Lokahi - Native Hawaiian Healthcare, 1.9 million for Hawaii Primary Care Association and $1.8 million for a study on the causes and optimum treatment of cancer.Increasing Cancer Research to Benefit Hawaiian Residents
• Secured $10 million for the planning and design of a new cancer center in Kakaako, and also secured an additional $10.5 million for a study on the causes and optimum treatment of cancer.Honoring Commitments to our Veterans • Secured $18 million in federal support for a $28 million state-run veterans’ home in Hilo, and another $23 million for the Akamai Hawaii Federal Health Care Network to improve access and quality of care to active duty military families and impacted communities.InfrastructureMaintaining Hawaii’s Critical Infrastructure • Directs about $130 million annually in federal highway funds to support the State of Hawaii and the four counties. • Provided $127 million in highway funds, with the economic stimulus package, to both create even more jobs and upgrade infrastructure.Improving Hawaii’s Public Transportation System • Directs about $31 million annually to support the City and County of Honolulu’s The Bus, and secured another $40.6 million in the economic stimulus package, and another $40.7 million in transportation projects.Improving Air Safety, Security and Efficiency • Directed $3 million for pre-clearance passenger baggage inspection for inter-island passengers. • Secured about $28 million to support construction and new equipment upgrades for all of Hawaii’s airports. • Approved $66.8 million of economic stimulus monies for explosive detection systems at Honolulu, Kahului, Hilo and Lihue airports and construction of a new air traffic control tower for the Kona airport.Providing Affordable Housing Options for Lower-Income Residents • Appropriates about $126.8 million annually to the state and counties to support the construction and upkeep of public housing communities across the islands.Protecting Hawaii’s Water Supply
• Authorized $50.1 million in stimulus funds to protect Hawaii’s precious water supply, in addition to the $15.5 million allocated annually and the $6.1 million in other projects to protect and conserve Hawaii’s water.SecurityProtecting the Citizens of Hawaii • Secured 5.9 million for initiatives with the Justice Department and the Hawaii National Guard Counterdrug program to keep Hawaii safe.Strengthening the Military Presence in Hawaii • Invested more than $459.1 million to maintain our defenses in the Paciﬁc. • Provided an additional $451 million for Military housing requirements. • Directed more than $950 million to the Paciﬁc Missile Range Facility (PMRF) to support state-of-the-art missile defense testing and systems. • One of the Army’s most elite combat teams - The 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division Stryker Brigade Combat Team - now calls Hawaii home. • Secured more than $106 million to install 40 C-17 crews in Hawaii, which are used to provide humanitarian relief around the world.National Disaster Preparedness • Provides about $5 million annually for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center in Hawaii, which focuses on disaster preparedness training. • Provided more than $23 million for tsunami hazard mitigation. • Provided $80.5 million to address natural disasters in Hawaii, such as damage caused by heavy rains, ﬂoods, earthquakes, and other events.Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Pacific Operations • Provides more than $2 million annually to increase FEMA’s operations by ensuring 24/7 staffing, developing a leadership core and growing a signiﬁcant stockpile of emergency supplies.Transportation Security Administration (TSA) • Directed $68.4 million in TSA funds to Hawaii, along with approximately $60 million safety upgrades at Honolulu, Kahului, Hilo and Lihue airports.
TechnologyAdvancing Science, Technology and Innovation, Sector by Sector • Directs more than $60 million to support the Maui High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC), providing researchers access to state-of- the-art computing hardware, software tools and applications, high-speed communications technology, and high-performance storage technologies.Illuminating Scientists Understanding of the Sun • Secured $150 million to help solar physicists from 22 diverse scientiﬁc institutions build a next generation ground-based solar telescope on Maui. • Provided $300 million to build the new solar telescope Facility.Improving Military Maritime Technology While Creating Jobs • Helped create The National Defense Center of Excellence for Research in Ocean Sciences, or CEROS (1992). Since its inception, CEROS has provided more than $100 million to R&D companies in Hawaii and nationwide to support nearly 250 projects. • Secured $12.2 million to improve military maritime technology and science.Solving the Military’s Toughest Challenges While Creating Jobs • Helped establish the Paciﬁc-based Joint Information Technology Center (2001). Akimeka, a fast-growing Native Hawaii company, is the primary support contractor at the Center, and currently employs over 130 people in Hawaii, Maryland and Texas, and has an annual budget of approximately $27 million. • Secured 76.7 million for military science and technology initiatives to better protect Hawaii.Incubating Small Hawaii Tech Companies to Create Jobs • Established The Hawaii Technology Development Venture (2004), which supports small Hawaii high tech companies interested in doing research and development for the Military.Harnessing Biotechnology to Improve Public Health
• Building on an annual investment of approximately $25 million, the Akamai project advances new dual-use medical technologies and services for war-ﬁghters and their families Hawaii.Increasing Employment Opportunities for Women in Technology • Provided $9.8 million in funding over the past 10 years to the Women in Technology project, which was developed to bring girls, women and other underrepresented groups into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.ConstructionMilitary Construction • Air Force: $394 invested for housing, C-17 facilities, major electrical and hydrant fuel upgrade for Hickam Air Force Base. • Army: $1.7 billion invested for housing at Schoﬁeld Barracks and Wheeler Army Air Field, upgrades to Pohakuloa Training Area, improvements to Saddle Road on the Big Island and the Drum Road and Tank Trails at Helemano Military Reservation, and signiﬁcant war facilities and capabilities at Schoﬁeld Barracks. • Hawaii National Guard: $90.1 million invested in Maui Armory, Barbers Point facilities, Army Reserve Center at Fort Shafter, Consolidated Training Facility at Hickam, and Regional Training Institute at Bellows Air Force Station. • Marines:$326.1 million invested in housing, spiritual Facility, and telecommunications upgrades. • Navy: $1.1 billion invested in the Pearl Harbor Shipyard, housing, electrical and infrastructure upgrades to Navy Region, Paciﬁc Warﬁghting Center, and the U.S. Paciﬁc Command Headquarters. • Paciﬁc Missile Range Facility: $133.9 million invested in housing, Missile test and advanced radar detection facliities. • Regional Security Operations Center: $297.8 million invested to replace existing center in Kunia. • USS Missouri:$5 million invested to refurbish the USS Missouri into a museum.Privatized Military Housing • Navy: Invested about $942 million to bulid 1,931 units and renovated 1,030 units.
• Army: Invested about $756 million to bulid 2,222 new units and renovate 316 units. • Air Force: Invested about $42 million to bulid 744 new units and renovate 371 units.Hawaii at Risk • Secured $28.4 million to protect and support Hawaii’s most vulnerable.