Press Releases

August 21, 2019

Hirono on Trump Administration’s Rule to Indefinitely Detain Migrant Children: “No Amount of Cruelty is Enough for this Administration. We Need to Fight Back”

HONOLULU - U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced a final rule aimed at dismantling protections for migrant children under the Flores Settlement Agreement: "This is an administration that apparently sits around trying to come up with at least one cruel thing they can do to immigrants every single day. Now, the same people behind separating families, holding children in dangerous and unsanitary conditions, and constantly … Continue Reading


August 13, 2019

Senator Hirono: Change to Public Charge Rule is “Terrorizing Immigrant Families by Sowing Confusion and Keeping Families Apart”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) released the following statement after the Trump administration issued a final rule that dramatically changes our country's immigration system and harms immigrant families. The rule redefines who can be barred from entering the United States or become a legal permanent resident based on the individual's likelihood to become a "public charge," or someone primarily dependent on the government for subsistence. Under the rule, the administration … Continue Reading


August 08, 2019

Senators Hirono, Wyden, Brown, Democratic Colleagues Urge Trump Administration to Reject Tax Cut for Wealthy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Earlier this week, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and 39 of their U.S. Senate Democratic colleagues sent a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin to urge against unilaterally cutting capital gains taxes for the wealthiest Americans by an additional $100 billion over ten years. In their letter, the Senators argued that cutting the capital gains taxes for the wealthy would defy longstanding Treasury Department and Jus… Continue Reading


August 07, 2019

Senators Hirono, Udall, Democratic Colleagues Call on EPA to Ban Toxic Pesticide

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Earlier this week, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and thirteen of their U.S. Senate colleagues sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging him to reconsider the decision not to ban chlorpyrifos, a toxic pesticide linked to brain damage in children and known to cause serious harm to human health. In the letter, the Senators ask the EPA to reverse its decision and place a ban on chlorpyrifos immediately in … Continue Reading


August 02, 2019

Hirono: Trump Administration Decision to End Filipino World War II Veteran Parole Program “Serves His Pathological Need to Treat Immigrants as Cruelly as Possible”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced it was terminating the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program (FWVP):“To serve his pathological need to treat immigrants as cruelly as possible, and to undo any program ever created by Barack Obama, Donald Trump is dishonoring Filipino World War II veterans by ending the program that allows them to reunite their families in the United States. The President’s… Continue Reading


August 02, 2019

Hirono: Trump Administration Decision to End Filipino World War II Veteran Parole Program “Serves His Pathological Need to Treat Immigrants as Cruelly as Possible”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced it was terminating the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program (FWVP): "To serve his pathological need to treat immigrants as cruelly as possible, and to undo any program ever created by Barack Obama, Donald Trump is dishonoring Filipino World War II veterans by ending the program that allows them to reunite their families in the United States. The President's deci… Continue Reading


August 02, 2019

Senators Hirono, Schatz, Rubio, Scott Introduce Legislation to Restore, Conserve Coral Reefs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would promote the conservation of coral reefs in the United States. The Restoring Resilient Reefs Act of 2019 would reauthorize and modernize the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000, which expired fifteen years ago. U.S. Representatives Darren Soto (D-Fla.) and Jenniffer González-Colón (R-Puerto Rico) introduce… Continue Reading


August 01, 2019

Senator Hirono Reintroduces Legislation to Aid Transition into Low Carbon Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced legislation that would promote affordable and reliable electricity from clean energy sources. The Next Generation Electric Systems Act would establish a competitive grant program to modernize the nation's electric systems to accommodate additional renewable sources, improve energy storage systems, and deliver affordable and reliable energy service to communities. This legislation would help advance Hawaii's electric powe… Continue Reading


July 31, 2019

Hirono Statement on the Nomination of General John Hyten

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, issued the following statement after voting against advancing the nomination of General John Hyten to serve as the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff out of the Armed Services Committee. "Over the past three weeks, the Senate Armed Services Committee has grappled with serious allegations raised against General Hyten. Given that the General's nomination will not receive a fina… Continue Reading


July 31, 2019

Senators Hirono, Rounds Introduce Legislation to Prepare Veterans for Professional License and Certification Exams

WASHINGTON, D.C. -This week, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) introduced the GI Bill Access to Career Credentials Act, which would allow the GI Bill to cover the cost of approved preparatory courses for professional and career license and certification exams. U.S. Representatives Gregorio Sablan (D-CNMI-AL) and Jim Banks (R-Ind.) introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. "Veterans depend on GI Bill benefits to pursue their educational and… Continue Reading


July 31, 2019

Senator Hirono Reintroduces Legislation to Protect Native Plant Species

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and ten of her U.S. Senate colleagues introduced legislation that would promote native plant use, research, and protection. The Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration, and Promotion Act would encourage federal land management agencies to hire botanists, establish a collaborative grant program to support efforts to keep rare plant species from becoming endangered and help endangered plant species recover, and… Continue Reading


July 29, 2019

Hirono, Senate Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Help Small Businesses Become ADA Compliant

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last week, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced legislation that would provide business owners financial assistance to renovate their businesses to become compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accessible for people with disabilities. The Disabled Access Credit Expansion Act wo… Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

Hirono, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Urging U.S. Approval of the Law of the Sea Treaty

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced S.Res.284, a resolution calling on the U.S. Senate to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). UNCLOS, which has been ratified by 167 nations and the European Union, lays out the rights and responsibilities of countries related to the world's oceans, including guidelines for businesses and the management of marine natural resources. U.S. Representatives Joe Courtney … Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

Hirono, Tillis, Velázquez, Stivers Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Help Close the Patent Gap Faced by Women, Minorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.), and Congressman Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) introduced bicameral, bipartisan legislation, the Inventor Diversity for Economic Advancement Act ("IDEA Act") of 2019. The IDEA Act is designed to help close the gap faced by women, minorities, and others when it comes to procuring patent rights in the United States. "The United States has long been a global leader … Continue Reading


July 24, 2019

Senators Hirono, Schatz Reintroduce Legislation to Restore Health Care Access for COFA Citizens

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) reintroduced the Covering our FAS Allies Act, which would reinstate Medicaid coverage, also known as Med-QUEST in Hawaii, for citizens of the Freely Associated States (FAS) living in the United States under the Compacts of Free Association (COFA). As a long-standing advocate for COFA citizens, Senator Hirono stated, "Health care is a human right, and for far too long, COFA citizens have not had equal access… Continue Reading


July 23, 2019

Hirono, Senate Democrats Call Attention to Treatment of Children at the Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) led a Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) hearing to investigate the deteriorating conditions at the United States' southern border, as well as reports of abuse and cruelty in border detention facilities. At the hearing - titled "America Speaks Out: Stop Trump's Cruel Treatment of Children at the Border" - the Senators heard testimony from medi… Continue Reading


July 23, 2019

Senator Hirono Continues Advocacy for Restoring Medicaid Coverage to COFA Citizens

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) highlighted the importance of restoring equal access to Medicaid for citizens of the Freely Associated States (FAS) living in the United States during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the United States' critical national security interests and partnerships with the FAS nations of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and Palau. Under the Compacts of Free Association (COFA), COFA citizens are allowed to live and work in th… Continue Reading


July 19, 2019

Hirono, Durbin, Kennedy, Tillis Bipartisan Bill to Defend Intellectual Property from Theft Heads to U.S. Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), John Kennedy (R-La.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), unanimously passed the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and will now head to the U.S. Senate floor. The CASE Act establishes the Copyright Claims Board at the Copyright Office to make it easier and less expensive for independent creators, such as photographers, song… Continue Reading


July 18, 2019

Senators Hirono, Merkley Introduce Legislation that would Create Good-Paying Jobs in a Green Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and nine of their U.S. Senate colleagues introduced legislation to spur economic development and create jobs during the transition into a clean economy. As new and innovative opportunities in the clean energy, infrastructure, and technology sectors continue to grow, the Good Jobs for 21st Century Energy Act would provide tax credits to businesses and industries who adhere to pro-worker standards of living, such… Continue Reading


July 18, 2019

Senators Hirono, Rounds Reintroduce Legislation to Promote Veteran Small Business Exports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), both members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, reintroduced the Veterans Small Business Export Promotion Act. The bill would amend the Small Business Act to waive up-front guarantee fees for veterans and their spouses participating in the Small Business Administration's (SBA's) export promotion loan programs. "Veteran-owned businesses are vital to Hawaii's economy," Senator Hirono said. "However, a … Continue Reading

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