Schatz Backs Tax Programs For Children And Families

Sen. Brian Schatz, who may face a challenge from Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who is in turn expected to have the support of the national woman’s group Emily’s List, released a statement supporting a measure important to women and other groups.

The measure, sponsored by U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., would expand tax credits that fund poor families and children.

The proposal would make permanent Earned Income Tax Credits, which allows families to reduce federal income tax liability by up to $1,000 per child.

“This legislation would benefit Hawaii’s hard-working families by ensuring they take home more of their paycheck in order to put food on the table,” said Sen. Brian Schatz. “I thank my colleagues Sens. Durbin and Brown for taking the lead on providing tools for families that work hard so that they can live the American dream.” 

Not to be outdone, Hanabusa’s office said she a number of measures this week, including a couple that would increase anti-discrimination protections for gays.

— The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would extend federal employment discrimination protections that are currently provided on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, age and disability, to sexual orientation and gender identity;

— The Student Non-Discrimination Act would prohibit public schools from discriminating against students based on their sexual orientation or gender identity and would provide meaningful and effective remedies to address such discrimination;

— The Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Resolution would recognizing May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in celebration of the significant contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the Nation’s history, and

— The Student Loan Relief Act – extends the 3.4% interest rate for subsidized student loans for a period of two years (the rate is currently set to increase to 6.8% on July 1, 2013).

— Kery Murakami

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