June 12, 2017

Hirono Lauded as Champion for Our Kupuna

Hirono: We remain united in our fight to ensure that the hard earned benefits and services promised to our seniors remain intact

Washington, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) Congressional Scorecard for the second session of the 114th Congress. The Senator currently maintains a lifetime record of 100 percent.

“Now more than ever, it is important that we remain united in our fight to ensure that the hard earned benefits and core health care services promised to our seniors remain intact,” said Senator Hirono. “I am honored to be recognized by the Alliance for Retired Americans, and will continue to do everything in my power to protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid for seniors in Hawaii and across the country.”

As part of her continued commitment to protect core safety net programs for seniors and working families, Senator Hirono called on President Donald Trump earlier this year to keep his campaign promise to protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid from drastic cuts and privatization. In addition, she and Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) led an amendment to protect Medicare and Medicaid from the budget reconciliation process that received bipartisan support and was narrowly voted down. Senator Hirono also supported a key vote scored by ARA to extend the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Choice Program which expands access to health care in the private sector for VA-enrolled veterans in Hawaii facing long wait times.

“On behalf of the members of the Hawaii Alliance for Retired Americans, I would like to thank Senator Mazie Hirono for her support on issues important to Hawaii’s seniors,” said ARA Hawaii State President Justin Wong. “Senator Hirono’s 100 percent lifetime voting record on senior issues as reported by the Alliance for Retired Americans demonstrates her determination to protect our Kupuna.”

Released annually, the ARA voting report evaluates key Senate and House votes relating to issues that impact current and future seniors. For more information on the report, click here.

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