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Gabbard named to House Armed Services Committee

By Cathy Bussewitz

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:21 p.m. HST, Apr 01, 2014

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii has been named to the Armed Services Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The House Democratic Caucus announced the appointment Tuesday.

Gabbard says Hawaii plays a significant role in advancing defense and policy in the Asia-Pacific region. She says her appointment ensures Hawaii will continue to have a role on the important committee.

Gabbard says she hopes to cut waste and inefficiency in the Department of Defense. As a combat veteran, she says she takes her responsibility very seriously.

Gabbard was named to fill a seat that was left vacant by Democratic U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews of New Jersey. He resigned from Congress in February during an ethics investigation.

The full House is expected to finalize the appointment in a vote this week.

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Skyler wrote:
Very proud of our Rep. Gabbard and her service to Hawaii, our Nation & our Vets.
on April 1,2014 | 07:42PM
Anonymous wrote:
Phew...what a disaster that would have been if Hawaii lost it's say over military matters when Hanabusa resigns to run for Senate.
on April 2,2014 | 06:03AM
bleedgreen wrote:
Rising political star.
on April 1,2014 | 08:14PM
James_M wrote:
Yeah Rep. Gabbard one smart cookie.
on April 2,2014 | 06:30AM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
Hawaii needs a republican who can work with the house majority.
on April 1,2014 | 11:36PM
droid wrote:
Good point! There’s slim pickings of that breed in Hawai‘i, though.

Djou has strung together a couple of losses now. Kawananakoa, too. Needs don’t necessarily get filled.
on April 2,2014 | 01:53AM
Bdpapa wrote:
She's sharp but becoming to one dimensional.
on April 2,2014 | 04:26AM
NiteMarcher wrote:
How is one considered to be one dimensional? If she's sharp enough to be where she's gotten, I wouldn't consider her as being one dimensional. She's a young fresh face amongst those aging dinosaurs and I'm sure she'll be quite apt in handling those guys.
on April 2,2014 | 10:11AM
serious wrote:
One easy place she can start is with the VA and Tripler hospital right here is river city!! There is duplication everywhere. A medical specialist in one does not accept the opinion in the other. Two of everything.
on April 2,2014 | 04:54AM
Charliegrunt wrote:
You're right, but good luck! She will fight for defense funds to be spent in HI as all the congressional delegation has done. That's their bread and butter: union jobs and money spent on the economy. She needs to tone down on her combat veteran hype. Yes, she served in a combat zone. As what, I'm still trying to figure out. Her first tour, she was some kind of technician. Her second tour shows her wearing MP brass. What I do know, however, is that she has not done a thing for combat veterans, particularly regarding the VA. The Spark Matsunaga family should make them change the name of the VA Center. They disgrace the reputation of a real combat veteran. They contradict their own rules, do nothing to help real combat veterans, and shaft them at every term. How do I know? I have four Purple Hearts and suffer from coronary artery disease and pulmonary fibrosis from Agent Orange. Both acknowledged in the Zumwalt Report to the VA and CDC, but not recognized by the VA.
on April 2,2014 | 09:18AM
serious wrote:
I live in Waikiki and do a lot of walking. I see USAF flight crews in their flight gear and luggage coming out of the Outrigger and the Sheridan all the time---it is beyond my imagination that with all the military bases here that there isn't quarters available for overnight crews. And then they have to be transported back and forth. Talk about wasting money!!!!
on April 2,2014 | 09:27AM
Ronin006 wrote:
CharlieGrunt, thank you for your service. There should be no question about your four Purple Hearts being the results of hostile action but there is a question about your coronary artery disease and pulmonary fibrosis being caused by Agent Orange. Numerous studies have been conducted to determine what effects Agent Orange has had on the human body, and there is not a shred of evidence to positively link Agent Orange to coronary artery disease, pulmonary fibrosis or any other disease. Nevertheless, under pressure from congress, VA has recognized certain cancers and other health problems as presumptive diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service. The diseases on the list are no different than diseases contracted by people who were never in Vietnam or in the military.
on April 2,2014 | 06:56PM
Ronin006 wrote:
It is a long stretch to say Gabbard is a “combat veteran.” A combat veteran is one who engaged in direct combat with an armed enemy like soldiers in the infantry, armor, artillery, military police and aviation. Gabbard served in Iraq in a support role with a medical company. That makes her a veteran of the war in Iraq, but not a combat veteran.
on April 2,2014 | 09:21AM
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