The bill would authorize $1 billion in aid to Pacific Island nations and boost trade, diplomatic and military relations across the region.
Local politicians, business leaders and labor organizers say Hawaii needs funds to reduce its dependence on petroleum, boost rail and improve wastewater systems.
A failed amendment to a House bill that seeks to expand voting rights and reduce the influence of money in politics highlights some differences between Hawaii’s Democratic congressmen.
The Hawaii congressman was one of just two Democrats to side with the GOP in a failed attempt to block the party from moving forward with President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief package.
Both men will represent Hawaii in the U.S. House of Representatives after a contentious election year that saw Joe Biden defeat President Donald Trump.
Neither candidate faced a serious challenger in their bids to represent Hawaii in the U.S. House, which is still controlled by Democrats.
The latest filings from the Federal Election Commission show how the majority of the state’s federal delegation has worked to help Democrats retake control of Washington.
The Hawaii congressman says he will not go public with his criticisms of the Ige administration or other public officials’ handling of the pandemic.