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Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz Picked to Replace Late Sen. Daniel Inouye

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) -- Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced on Wednesday Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz will replace the late Sen. Daniel Inouye as the U.S. senator from Hawaii -- not Sen. Inouye's first choice.

On the day he died, the late senator wrote a letter to Abercrombie asking that he pick Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, to replace him.

Hanabusa made it to the final round of consideration, but she did not win the nomination.

"The charge of the central committee was to take all points of view into account, from Sen. Inouye and from the rank and file -- the Democratic grassroots," Abercrombie said during a news conference on Wednesday evening. "No one and nothing was preordained."

Schatz served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1998 to 2006. In 2006, he launched an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the U.S. Congress.

Schatz served as chairman of the Democratic Party of Hawaii from 2008 to 2010. He was sworn in as lieutenant governor in December 2010.

Schatz named two priorities for his new appointment that rarely see action on the Senate floor: native Hawaiian recognition and climate change.

"For me, personally, I believe global climate change is real, and it is the most urgent challenge of our generation," Schatz said.

Schatz planned to leave on a flight Wednesday night and be sworn in sometime Thursday afternoon. He would bring his wife, two children and both his parents to Washington.

The Hawaii Democratic Party met Wednesday morning to select three finalists to take the seat left vacant by Inouye's death.

Hawaii News Now reported the names on the short list. They included Hanabusa, Deputy State Land and Natural Resources Director Esther Kiaaina and Schatz. The HDP chastised whoever gave the names to the paper on its Facebook page shortly after the Hawaii News Now article was updated.

"Apparently, some of us DO NOT respect the process. The list was leaked to the press. tsk ... tsk ... tsk ...," the post said, linking to the HNN piece.

About half an hour earlier, the group had made a post saying it would not announce the names, leaving that responsibility to the governor.

Though she did not make the short list of replacements, more than 150 people signed an online petition urging the governor and the Democratic Party to nominate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to take Inouye's spot.

Gabbard is a veteran and the first Hindu woman elected to the House of Representatives. She has yet to start her first term as a member of Congress.

Actor and former White House staffer Kal Penn tweeted his support for Gabbard, linking to the petition.

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Late Sen. Inouye to Lie in State in Capitol Rotunda

Daniel K. Inouye, Senator for Hawaii(WASHINGTON) -- The late Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, a source with knowledge of plans tells ABC News. It is one of the highest honors Congress can bestow on an individual.

There is no date set for this rare honor yet, Hill sources say.

On Tuesday, one day after his passing, Sen. Inouye’s desk in the U.S. Senate was draped in a black cloth, Hawaiian ceremonial kukui nut beads and adorned with a vase full of white roses in tribute.

The day started with a moment of silence for the senator and the Senate Chaplain Barry Black prayed for the “beauty of his well-lived life.”

That life and remembrances – from the serious to the lighthearted – from senators on both sides of the political aisle monopolized most of the Senate floor time Tuesday. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., spoke about how Inouye never seemed to break a sweat, literally. When others at an extremely hot outside event were dripping in sweat, Inouye was cool as a cucumber, Durbin recalled.

“He says, you know, ‘the Asian religions are very important in my life, and they believe that mind over matter can achieve great things, and can I visualize myself sitting in a deep freeze now. I’m not hot at all.’ I thought this man is amazing in so many different ways what he has done with his life.”

Many described the late senator as humble, some noting that he didn’t even hang pictures of himself nor his accomplishments over the years in his Senate office – a rarity among Senate personalities and egos.

“He was exactly the opposite of all the caricature pictures people have of Congress today, and particularly about the rabid partisanship and personal incivility,” Sen. Lieberman, I-Conn., said, “Dan was a great gentleman, and the most civil of people, the kindest and most decent of people.”

Senate Minority Leader McConnell, R-Ky., said he was “never drawn to fanfare,” which always made him a “different kind of senator.”

“Dan’s quiet demeanor and strict adherence to an older code of honor and professionalism made him a stranger to controversy throughout his many decades in public office,” McConnell said, “He was the kind of man, the kind of public servant, in other words, that America has always been grateful to have. Especially in her darkest hours, men who lead by example and expect nothing in return.”

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah., praised Inouye’s career before he even came to Congress, calling his military service “the stuff of legend here in the Senate and throughout the country.”

Inouye was a decorated war hero who lost his arm in battle. In 2000 Inouye was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service in Europe in World War II.

“While he and I often found ourselves on different sides when it came to issues, I always knew him to be a man of principle and decency,” Hatch said, “and I never doubted his commitment to the people of his state and to doing what he believed was right.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., recalled that Monday Inouye’s last word was "aloha,” meaning hello, goodbye and I love you.

“It’s with a heavy heart that those of us who love Senator Inouye say aloha to a great man, a legend of the Senate and his final dying word, Mr. President, was ‘aloha.’ It didn’t mean goodbye. It meant 'I love you.' And Senator Inouye, I love you.”

Inouye was 88 years old when he died. He had been in office since Hawaii became a state in 1959. He became Hawaii’s senator in 1962, three years after the state joined the United States. He was the longest-serving sitting senator and the second-longest serving senator in U.S. history.

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Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye, 88, Has Died

Daniel K. Inouye, Senator for Hawaii(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Daniel Inouye has died. The 88 year-old Democrat has been in office since Hawaii became a state in 1959. He was the longest serving sitting U.S. Senator and the second-longest serving senator in American history.

Inouye's office confirmed the senator's passing to ABC News. His wife Irene and his son Ken were at his side.

On Capitol Hill he rose to become Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which controls the purse strings for the nation and is widely considered one of the most powerful positions in government.

A decorated war hero, in 2000 Inouye was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service in Europe in World War II. He was a champion for veterans and veterans rights.

The Senator had been sick for some time, hospitalized since early December and was fighting respiratory complications as doctors worked to stabilize his supplemental oxygen requirements.

The Senator's office explained then that in the late 1960's, Senator Inouye was misdiagnosed with lung cancer and had a sizable portion of his left lung removed. After living with this his whole life, his office says about nine months ago his doctors recommended he begin using an oxygen supplement.

In November the Senator was taken to Walter Reed after a fall in his apartment and was treated for a minor cut to the back of his head. Also that month Inouye could be seen using oxygen on the floor of the Senate and has been spotted also using a wheelchair at times.

According to a statement from his office, when asked in recent days how he wanted to be remembered, the senator very simply replied, "I represented the people of Hawaii and this nation honestly and to the best of my ability. I think I did OK."

His last word was, "Aloha," his office said.

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Sen. Daniel Inouye Hospitalized at Walter Reed

Daniel K. Inouye, Senator for Hawaii(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Daniel Inouye, the longest-serving sitting U.S. Senator, has been hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, to regulate his oxygen intake, his office confirms Monday afternoon.

“For the most part, I am OK,” Sen. Inouye, D-Hawaii, said in a paper statement issued to ABC News, “However, I am currently working with my doctors to regulate my oxygen intake. Much to my frustration, while undergoing this process, I have to remain in the hospital for my own safety and to allow the necessary observation.”

On Thursday the 88 year-old senator was admitted to George Washington hospital, where he remained thru Sunday. He was then transferred to Walter Reed, just outside of Washington, DC.

Inouye said he hopes to be back on Capitol Hill as soon as doctors will allow.

Recently he has been seen using oxygen on the floor of the Senate and has been spotted also using a wheelchair at times.

Inouye’s office explained that in the late 1960′s, he was misdiagnosed with lung cancer and had a sizable portion of his left lung removed. After living with this his whole life, his office says about nine months ago his doctors recommended he begin using an oxygen supplement.

Also at the advice of his doctors, the Senator sometimes uses a wheelchair in order to preserve his knees.

“After 50 years of walking the marble floors of the Capitol complex, the marble has taken its toll and he has been advised to avoid long walks on hard surfaces,” a spokesperson says.

In November the Senator was taken to Walter Reed after a fall in his apartment and was treated for a minor cut to the back of his head.

Inouye, who served in World War II and was awarded a Medal of Honor for his service, was first elected to the Senate in 1963. He’ll mark 50 years in the body Jan. 3.

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Sen. Inouye Taken to Hospital After a Fall -- Senator Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii,  is in Bethesda Naval Hospital being treated for a “minor cut to the back of his head” after a fall Thursday morning in his apartment.  Inoyue is the Senate’s most senior member at 88-years-old and is third in line to the presidency.  

Inouye’s Senate office confirms the fall happened this morning and they characterize his injury as “minor.” The Senator never lost consciousness, was alert and talking. At first, his office says, the Senator didn’t even want to go to the hospital.

“He wanted to go into the car and go to work,” Peter Boylan, spokesman for Inouye told ABC News, “ but his family made him go to the hospital.”

The Senator is expected to be discharged later Thursday.

Because of the Senator’s security clearance and position as President pro tempore of the Senate he was taken specifically to Bethesda Naval Hospital.

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Senate Appropriations Chairman Says No Earmarks, Despite His Support of Pork

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Looks like the White House and Republicans have won the earmark argument -- at least for now.

After President Obama promised to veto any bills with earmarks and the House voted to do away with them, too, Senate Appropriations boss Daniel Inouye of Hawaii Tuesday said he will not accept any requests for them for two years due to the President’s veto threat, even though he still supports the use of pork.

“I continue to support the Constitutional right of members of Congress to direct investments to their states and districts under the fiscally responsible and transparent earmarking process that we have established,” Inouye said in a statement. “However, the handwriting is clearly on the wall. The President has stated unequivocally that he will veto any legislation containing earmarks, and the House will not pass any bills that contain them. Given the reality before us, it makes no sense to accept earmark requests that have no chance of being enacted into law.”

The Hawaiian lawmaker added that “at the appropriate time, I will once again urge the Senate to consider a transparent and fair earmark process that protects our rights as legislators to answer the petitions of our constituents, regardless of what the President or some Federal bureaucrat thinks is right.”

Inouye’s defense of earmarks echoes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s stance. Reid has vigorously defended earmarks in recent months, even telling ABC’s Jonathan Karl in an interview last week that the President’s ban was “an applause line” that was “only for show.”

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'What a Disgrace!': GOP Gears Up For Battle Over Earmark-Packed Omnibus

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- No sooner had Senate Democrats, led by Appropriations panel chairman Daniel Inouye, unveiled a $1.1 trillion, 2,000-page omnibus bill packed with earmarks, than Republicans denounced the measure as “a disgrace” and a “totally inappropriate” move in the final days of the lame-duck Congress.

“It is completely and totally inappropriate to wrap up all of this into a 2,000-page bill and try to pass it the week before Christmas,” said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.

“I am actively working to defeat it,” he stated.

McConnell is backed in his opposition by most -- but not all -- of his fellow Senate Republicans. A GOP Senate aide says a group of conservative senators plans to force a reading on the Senate floor of all 1,924 pages of the bill.

And Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. has filed an amendment to eliminate all funding for earmarks in it.

“Appropriators announced a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill full of outrageous/wasteful earmarks -- what a disgrace!” McCain said on Twitter Tuesday.

The last-ditch omnibus effort comes after Congress failed to pass a single appropriations bill all year. Now the clock is ticking. Whatever happens with the omnibus, Congress must act fast to prevent a federal shutdown on Saturday when the latest continuing resolution runs out.

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