Budget bill funds Maui programs

The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed the Fiscal 2014 omnibus appropriations bill, which includes funding for several Maui priorities including the Maui Space Situational Awareness Program, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and Kula Hospital, according to a release from Sen. Brian Schatz’s office.

The bill was signed by President Barack Obama on Friday.

Schatz had worked to get the funding for the Maui priorities in the bill, the announcement said.

“Appropriations have always been important to Hawaii and we need to make sure Hawaii continues to secure our fair share. We protected investments that matter to jobs and Hawaii’s future here, and did well for Hawaii in this appropriations process,” Schatz said in the release.

The omnibus appropriations bill includes more than $744 million for the state of Hawaii overall, with $29 million for the Maui Space Situational Awareness Program and more than $208 million to go toward making improvements on Hawaii’s roads and transit programs.