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Hanabusa to work on armed services, positioning for Asia-Pacific pivot

By U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 06, 2013

~~<p>The 113th session of Congress presents Hawaii with new challenges, among them a sudden change in our delegation. Three out of four members occupy new positions, and for the first time in our state&rsquo;s history, we are without the wisdom and guiding hand of Sen. Daniel Inouye. A top priority for me will be helping ensure that Hawaii&rsquo;s delegation is effective in continuing to provide our state with the representation we need at the federal level.</p>
<p>I begin my second term in Congress having joined my House colleagues in passing a bill that averted the fiscal cliff, a &ldquo;perfect storm&rdquo; of policy changes that would have had devastating effects on our seniors, middle class and businesses. The resolution of that controversy reminded me that while collaboration is essential, a commitment to core principles is irreplaceable. My first priority is and always has been ensuring that we recognize and honor our obligations to our kupuna, students, working families and those at the heart of our community.</p>
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The 113th session of Congress presents Hawaii with new challenges, among them a sudden change in our delegation. Three out of four members occupy new positions, and for the first time in our state’s history, we are without the wisdom and guiding hand of Sen. Daniel Inouye. A top priority for me will be helping ensure that Hawaii’s delegation is effective in continuing to provide our state with the representation we need at the federal level.

I begin my second term in Congress having joined my House colleagues in passing a bill that averted the fiscal cliff, a “perfect storm” of policy changes that would have had devastating effects on our seniors, middle class and businesses. The resolution of that controversy reminded me that while collaboration is essential, a commitment to core principles is irreplaceable. My first priority is and always has been ensuring that we recognize and honor our obligations to our kupuna, students, working families and those at the heart of our community. Login for more...



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