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Thursday, February 17, 2011
Hanabusa, Hirono silent as E-W Center Funding Cut by Congress
By News Release @ 4:49 PM :: 8102 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics


Hanabusa and Hirono Totally Ineffective and Fail To Defend Center  

The Hawaii Republican Party reacted to today's vote by the US House to eliminate federal funds for Hawaii's own East West Center located at the University of Hawaii.  Not only did Hawaii Representatives Colleen Hanabusa and Mazie Hirono fail to stop the cut, even more disturbing the two of them didn't even bother to show up on the floor yesterday to defend the East West Center during debate.

"Colleen Hanabusa and Mazie Hirono are simply two of the most ineffective members of congress in our nation today.  Not only did the two of them fail to stop an amendment eliminating federal funding of the East West Center, even worse, the two of them didn't even bother to show up for work and defend the center on the House floor during debate," stated Hawaii Republican Party Chair Jonah Kaauwai. "Hanabusa and Hirono could not do something as simple as convince members of their own party to support the East West Center as a whopping 44 Democrats voted to support the elimination of East West Center funds.  This shows a remarkable level of sheer incompetence by Hawaii's congressional representatives that they failed to monitor the House floor proceedings, failed to speak up to defend the East West Center and failed to convince their own fellow Democrats about the importance of the East West Center.  Hanabusa and Hirono simply have failed the people of Hawaii.  We deserve better than Hanabusa and Hirono and today's action show how much Hawaii needs bipartisan representation in Washington."

The only member of congress who spoke up to defend the East West Center on the House floor was Texas Republican Congresswoman Kay Granger, who the Hawaii GOP notes is a friend of former Congressman Charles Djou.


SA: U.S. House OKs $10.7 million cut to East-West Center 



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