Our congressional delegation has failed to stay on top of this crisis. After some fleeting PR smokescreens they have abandoned their responsiblility to the people of Hawaii.
Today, Rep. Bob McDermott announced his intention to run for the United States Senate.
“I will focus on service to the people of Hawaii, and put their needs ahead of partisan politics and personal ambitions,” said McDermott. “This is a critical time for America, and we need to restore and protect the values and ideals that our country was founded on.”
As reported by Hawaii News Now:
By HNN StaffPublished: Jan. 18, 2022 at 12:59 PM CST
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Longtime state Rep. Bob McDermott announced Tuesday that he’s running for U.S. Senate.
The Republican from Ewa Beach plans to take on Democratic incumbent Brian Schatz.
McDermott has been outspoken about the Navy water crisis.
He said one of the main reasons for running is that he wants a complete shutdown of the military’s Red Hill facility within a year.
In a press release announcement, he said the current congressional delegation is “satisfied” that the Navy is complying with the state Department of Health’s order to suspend operations and drain the tanks.
“This is not a permanent shutdown nor a decommissioning of the facility; it is simply a delaying tactic with a fuzzy timeline presented,” McDermott’s announcement said. “Conversely, McDermott’s decommissioning plan requires congressional action to direct the DOD to shut it down. As the senior member of the Senate, Schatz has been unable or unwilling to get this done.”
McDermott also pledged to find solutions to high gas prices, inflation and more.
McDermott, a former Marine officer who served in the Gulf War, is a 16-year veteran in the state House of Representatives.
Congratulations to the community at-large, community leaders, and all of the neighborhood board members for the past 2 decades who have labored hard to make this a reality. Campbell High School is receiving new construction funding to replace the existing track and field facilities (synthetic turf) which is a huge win so our children will have athletic facility equity moving forward, especially in our weather climate that has required challenging maintenance at-best. Community Leaders such as Guy Leopard, Mitchell Tynanes, Senator Kurt Fevella who leads the Lion’s Club, all of Campbell High School’s Leadership such as Principal Jon Henry Lee & Athletic Director Rory Pico, Amosa Amosa, and others who have stepped forward to actively participate in this process have contributed mightily to the fruition of this Campbell High School facility. In closing, we would like to thank Governor Ige for releasing the construction funds and his wife, Dawn Ige – a Campbell High School alumni and supporter.
I prepared this report in May. As you can see, many of the recommendations which were not taken seriously at the time are now gaining or have gained consensus. The 72 hour pre-travel testing is critical to reopening our visitor industry. We are not entering the era of “instant” tests, but the airlines must find a way to enforce the pre-travel testing so the plane is free of COVID-19; this can be done through pricing without violating anyone’s constitutional rights. I.e. take a test to get a discount, without a test pay a premium and be tested upon arrival.
In any case, here is the work product I laid out several months ago as a member of the House Select Committee on COVID-19. Page 4 has the tasking and action items.
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