Press Releases

January 06, 2022

Senator Hirono Statement on Anniversary of the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) issued the following statement on the anniversary of the insurrection that took place on January 6th, 2021: "Today both the President and Vice President spoke forcefully about January 6, 2021: a procedural day to signify the orderly and peaceful transfer of Presidential power which turned into one of the darkest days in our nation's history. A day where a mob of domestic terrorists attempted to delegitimize our election process; shakin… Continue Reading


December 20, 2021

Department of Defense Inspector General Announces Intent to Open Investigation into Red Hill at the Request of Hawaii’s Congressional Delegation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and U.S. Representatives Ed Case (D-Hawaii) and Kaiali'i Kahele (D-Hawaii) released the following statement applauding the Department of Defense Inspector General (DOD IG) for announcing their intent to open an evaluation into the operation, maintenance, safety, and oversight of the Navy's Red Hill bulk fuel storage facility later this month following multiple requests from the delegation: "Recent events have call… Continue Reading


December 17, 2021

Hawaii Delegation Calls On Congressional Leaders For Immediate And Ongoing Federal Funding To Respond To Red Hill Water Contamination Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai'i) and U.S. Representatives Ed Case (D-Hawai'i) and Kaiali'i Kahele (D-Hawai'i) today called on congressional leaders for their immediate assistance in securing federal funding to respond to the water contamination crisis at the Red Hill bulk fuel storage facility (RHBFSF). "We must bring the full power of Congress to bear on the Department of Defense (DoD) to ensure that it is spending every dollar it has availabl… Continue Reading


December 16, 2021

Senator Hirono Calls On Democratic Colleagues To Act On Voting Rights Legislation

Sen Hirono: "It's crystal clear by now that Republicans have absolutely no interest in protecting the right to vote. For Republicans, voter suppression and jerrymandering is their path to victory. Democrats cannot sit back and allow a political party to maintain power by denying Americans their right to vote." Sen: Hirono: "We figured out a way to save our economy, we can figure out a way to save our democracy." WATCH FULL VIDEO OF SENATOR HIRONO'S FLOOR REMARKS HERE WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today… Continue Reading


December 16, 2021

Key Committee Advances Schatz, Hirono Bipartisan Legislation To Protect Coral Reefs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) applauded the Senate Committee on Commerce's unanimous passage of their Restoring Resilient Reefs Act of 2021 (S. 46). First introduced in August 2019, the bill would reauthorize and modernize the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000, strengthen NOAA's Coral Reef program, and give new and innovative tools and resources to the non-federal partners who are closest to the cr… Continue Reading


December 15, 2021

Hirono Applauds Senate Passage of the NDAA

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, (D-HI) applauded Senate passage of the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Senator Hirono fought for the inclusion of critical amendments that would support United States Indo-Pacific Command's (INDOPACOM) requirements, invest in military construction projects in Hawaii, improve oversight of the Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Plan, and better suppor… Continue Reading


December 08, 2021

Senator Hirono Questions Navy Admiral on Red Hill Water Contamination at Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) discussed the series of recent preventable accidents that have led to the contamination of the Navy's drinking water system and put the community at risk. The hearing was scheduled to consider the nomination of Admiral Christopher Grady, United States Navy, for reappointment to the grade of Admiral and to serve as the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (VCJCS). During the hearing, S… Continue Reading


December 06, 2021

Hawai‘i Delegation Calls for Comprehensive IG Evaluation into Navy’s Ability to Safely Operate Red Hill

~ Letter follows an initial targeted request into specific allegations of whether the Navy engaged in a cover-up or intentionally delayed reporting of a fuel leak at Red Hill to secure operating permits ~ ~ Delegation sends request following a troubling series of safety hazards at Red Hill, including most recently, reports of petroleum detected in the water at Red Hill elementary school and confirmed petroleum contamination in drinking water months ago ~ ~ Yesterday, Governor Ige and the Hawai… Continue Reading


December 05, 2021

Gov. Ige and Hawaii’s congressional delegation call for immediate suspension of operations at Red Hill

HONOLULU - Gov. David Ige and Hawaii's congressional delegation, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai'i) and U.S. Representatives Ed Case (D-Hawai'i) and Kaiali'i Kahele (D-Hawai'i), released the following statement calling for the Secretary of the Navy to immediately suspend operations at Red Hill following the contamination of drinking water at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam: "Test results confirming contamination of drinking water at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hic… Continue Reading


November 30, 2021

HAWAI‘I CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO NAVY SECRETARY: NAVY MUST ACT IMMEDIATELY TO TEST, PROTECT WATER, PROVIDE HAWAI‘I RESIDENTS WITH ACCESS TO SAFE WATER

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai'i) and U.S. Representatives Ed Case (D-Hawai'i) and Kaiali'i Kahele (D-Hawai'i) released the following statement after meeting with Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro to discuss fuel operations in Hawai'i. "Today, we met with Secretary Del Toro to discuss our concerns with Red Hill and the Navy's fuel operations in Hawai'i. The Navy owes the community straightforward communications on all events that occur at Red Hill… Continue Reading


November 19, 2021

Hirono, Duckworth Urge Republicans to End Smear Campaign and Confirm Comptroller Nominee Omarova Immediately

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) wrote to Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Ranking Member Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) urging them to immediately advance the nomination of Professor Saule Omarova to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). President Biden nominated Professor Omarova to serve as Comptroller of the Currency on November 2, 2021. She is widely regarded as a leading exp… Continue Reading


November 17, 2021

Hirono Joins Sen. Murray, House Colleagues to Reintroduce BE HEARD Act to Address Workplace Harassment

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) joined U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Assistant Speaker of the House Katherine Clark (D-MA-5), Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-7), Sylvia Garcia (D-TX-29), Elissa Slotkin (D-MI-8), and Marilyn Strickland (D-WA-10) in reintroducing the Bringing an End to Harassment by Enhancing Accountability and Rejecting Discrimination (BE HEARD) in the Workplace Act o… Continue Reading


November 15, 2021

Sen. Hirono Celebrates POTUS Signing the Historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) issued the following statement following the President signing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, an historic bill that will provide the largest long-term investment in our infrastructure in nearly a century, into law: "Our crumbling infrastructure is impacting the lives of families in Hawaii every single day. But today, President Biden signed into law historic legislation that will repair our roads, bridges and public transportatio… Continue Reading


November 11, 2021

Hirono Statement in Honor of Veterans Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, issued the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day: "Veterans, servicemembers, and their families have dedicated their lives to defending our freedoms, and today, we come together to honor their bravery, sacrifice, and commitment to our nation. "I remain committed to fighting for veterans and servicemembers in Hawaii and across the country, and will continue to work with m… Continue Reading


November 03, 2021

Hawaii Congressional Delegation Calls for DOD IG Investigation Into Red Hill Fuel Pipeline Leak

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Brian Schatz and Representatives Ed Case and Kai Kahele today called for the Department of Defense Inspector General to start an independent investigation into Navy oversight and operation at Red Hill related to the pipeline leak. In a letter to Department of Defense Acting Inspector General (DOD IG) Sean O'Donnell, the delegation asks the DOD IG to determine whether the Navy properly investigated recent fuel releases and notified state health offi… Continue Reading


October 28, 2021

Hawaii Congressional Delegation Announces $6 Million Grant to Address Coffee Leaf Rust

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Brian Schatz and Representatives Ed Case and Kai Kahele announced $6,007,090 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) grants program to the Synergistic Hawaii Agriculture Council (SHAC) to address Coffee Leaf Rust (CLR). This four-year grant will support a coordinated approach to addressing CLR across various entities, including the USDA Ag… Continue Reading


September 24, 2021

Hawaii to Receive Over $5 Million Grant to Increase Forest Resiliency

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced that Hawaii will receive $5,298,701 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Regional Conservation Partnership Program's (RCPP) Alternative Funding Arrangements (AFA) to the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to conduct landscape-level forested watershed restoration. "Climate change is intensifying the battles we are fighting to protect Hawaii's native forests from outside threats like wildfires… Continue Reading


September 23, 2021

Hirono, Brownley Introduce Bill to Establish and Regularly Update Database of Veterans’ Demographic Data to Track Changing U.S. Veteran Population

WASHINGTON, DC - This week, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, introduced S. 2761, the Every Veteran Counts Act, legislation that directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish and regularly update a database of veterans' demographic data. The statutory changes in the Every Veteran Counts Act would allow VA to use best practices to keep itself, Congress, and the public apprised of veteran demographics on an ongoing basis. Cong… Continue Reading


September 20, 2021

Four Months After COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act Became Law, Hirono and Meng Ask DOJ for Updates on Implementation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) wrote to Attorney General Merrick Garland to ask for progress on reducing hate crimes and incidents, and the implementation of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, legislation that was introduced by Senator Hirono and Congresswoman Meng. The letter was sent four months after the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act was signed into law. It details key elements of the law that must be implemented to make progress comb… Continue Reading


September 14, 2021

Hirono Announces $28 Million in Department of Education Funding for Native Hawaiian Education Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced that the U.S. Department of Education is awarding more than $28 million in 35 grants through the Native Hawaiian Education Program (NHEP). Grants are being awarded to various Native Hawaiian educational organizations, Native Hawaiian community-based organizations, and other similar organizations. "This funding will support Native Hawaiians across our state by providing support for Native Hawaiian students, parents, and teach… Continue Reading

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