By Kery Murakami
The House passed a measure today that reauthorizes funding for Native Hawaiian education programs.
But even after being able to insert the provision into the bill on Thursday, both Hawaii representatives, Tulsi Gabbard and Colleen Hanabusa, voted against the overall bill today because it would cut overall education spending.
This came a day after the House approved an amendment in the budget bill to reauthorize funding for a competitive grant program to improve education for Native Hawaiians. The amendment was sponsored by Gabbard, Hanabusa and Rep. Don Young, R-Ak.
At the time, Hanabusa said in a statement, "I am very pleased that my colleagues recognized that this successful program has supported the educational endeavors of our Native students for decades, and eliminating it would have been an insult to the federal trust responsibility our nation has to our indigenous peoples."
Gabbard said in a statement after today's vote, "While I was thrilled that my amendment to reauthorize the Native Hawaiian Education Act was included in the bill I could not support the final legislation and its damaging impacts on so many of our keiki."