U.S. Senator Brian Schatz

Schatz Takes On D.C., Homelessness And The Donald

May 6, 2016

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By Nick Grube

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz has an eye on what he can accomplish in 2017.

While he’s up for re-election this year, there’s no significant challenger on the horizon. He also has $3 million in the bank, should a legitimate challenger come forth to run against him.

But Schatz — who was appointed to his position in December 2012 after the death of U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye — told the Civil Beat Editorial Board Thursday that he still wants voters to judge him on his effectiveness in office.

He pointed to his ascension to the Senate Appropriations Committee, which has enormous control over the purse strings of the federal government, as a sign that he has what it takes to navigate an increasingly fractious environment on Capitol Hill.

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