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Abercrombie heads to Washington, D.C.


With the federal government shutdown now in its third week, Gov. Neil Abercrombie departed Tuesday for Washington, D.C. to work with Hawaii’s Congressional Delegation and former colleagues on the Hill on the continuation of federally funded services and programs.

Currently, Abercrombie’s schedule includes meetings with Sens. Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono on Wednesday, followed by meetings with Reps. Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard on Thursday.

Abercrombie has spoken with each of the four mayors regarding concerns about federally funded programs and employee positions in their respective counties, and he will include their input in discussions in Washington.

The intention is to form a coordinated effort by county, state and federal levels of government to address the issues as they arise.

This trip is an addition to the governor’s personal travel to the East Coast that had been previously arranged.

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui will be acting governor during the governor’s travel time.

Abercrombie is expected to return to the islands Oct. 20.

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