Hanabusa, Schatz discuss vote on defense department budget

By Melvin Givens, Digital Editor, Digital Editor
Published On: Apr 23 2014 10:38:03 PM HST
Updated On: Apr 23 2014 10:51:41 PM HST

Local D.C. lawmakers are wrapping up a two-week trip back home, including Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.

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Local D.C. lawmakers are wrapping up a two-week trip back home, including Rep. Colleen Hanabusa who spoke about a big issue coming up in Washington.

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Hanabusa says in early May Congress is expected to vote on the National Defense Authorization Act and the defense department's budget, which has a big impact on how much Hawaii sees in military spending.

She says representatives have already submitted some 40 amendments that she hopes will restore some of the post-sequestration cuts.

"Our major thing is to restore military construction because one of the things the Budget Control Act did by setting the cap is we lost $290 million in one year.

But U.S. Senator Brian Schatz responded, criticizing Hanabusa's voting record.

"Rep. Hanabusa voted to create sequestration in the first place and then when given the opportunity, did not vote for a federal budget that rolled back the sequester cuts that were so damaging to our military, families and economy."

Hanabusa and Schatz are both vying for the same senate seat.

Schatz is far ahead in fundraising, putting out several spots in recent weeks.

Hanabusa says in the end her strong name recognition and grass roots campaign will give her the edge.

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