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Schatz, Hirono: Let U.S. House Vote on Budget Compromise

·By civilbeat

Today marks Day 7 of the U.S. government shutdown. I’m in Washington, D.C., where it’s raining and I unfortunately didn’t pack a raincoat.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz made a speech over the weekend on the Senate floor, arguing that because of a “temper tantrum” thrown by House Republicans, people in Hawaii are suffering from the government shutdown. Schatz said in part:

More than 36,000 women and children in Hawai‘i depend on the Special Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants, and Children, which makes sure that low-income mothers and infants are fed. Without