Hawaii sent a delegation to Alabama to march with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in support of black voting rights. Crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma was a banner that said "Hawaii Knows Integration Works." Senator Inouye sent his trusted aide Henry Ku‘ualoha Giugni to represent him at Selma.
Sponsored Legislation 2,164
Cosponsored Legislation 6,242
Total Bills 8,406
Senator Inouye was President Johnson's point man in the US Senate for passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Enacted July 2, 1964.
Senator Inouye supported President Johnson's Great Society Legislation. This law required states to advocate for the well-being of older individuals. Enacted onJuly 14, 1965 and re-authorized to include Nutrition, Transportation, Independent living, Elder Abuse and Caregiving support. The 2012 version included LGBT families as caregivers.
Senator Inouye supported establishing Medicare, a health insurance program for the elderly, and Medicaid, a health insurance program for the poor. Medicare became law on July 30, 1965.
Senator Inouye worked behind the scenes to pass the Voting Rights Act, that end racial discrimination at the polls. Four months after Selma, Voting Rights became a new law on August 6, 1965.
Senator Inouye wrote the Constitutional Amendment to lower the voting age to 18. It was ratified and became law on July 5, 1971.
Comprehensive primary care for underserved rural and urban communities.
Provides federal funds for pediatric care in hospital emergency rooms and EMS.
Civil Rights law prohibiting the discrimination against Americans with disabilities, the law became effective on July 26, 1990.
Regulations for telephone service, television and radio plus cellular phone service.
Special 8(a) federal contracting preferences for Native Organizations 1988-2005.
Allows gay service members to serve openly in the military.
Senator Inouye and his Republican friend Senator Ted Stevens from Alaska, ensured federal funds supported Sesame Street until the program was able to support itself. The bipartisan support for Sesame Street helped millions of American children with early childhood learning. After 52 years of broadcasting, Sesame Street is now seen in 120 countries with more than 30 international versions.
Photo: Big Bird visits the US Senate Appropriations committee in 1989.
Senator Inouye and his Chief of Staff, Patrick DeLeon, PhD, MPH, JD, established a national Pediatric Emergency Medical Service in 1984. Prior to 1984, Emergency Rooms were not equipped to care for young children.
photo: Patrick DeLeon and Senator Inouye
Emergency Medical Service for Children: Elizabeth Edgerton, MD.
Community Health Centers: Diana Shaw
Sesame Street: David Britt
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