Press Releases

November 30, 2020

Hirono Statement on the Nomination of Neera Tanden to Serve as Director of the Office of Management and Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) issuing the following statement after President-elect Joe Biden announced the nomination of Neera Tanden to serve as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget: "President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris have committed to building an administration of highly-qualified individuals that reflect the diversity of our country. They continued to make good on this promise by nominating a groundbreaking economic team - includin… Continue Reading


November 23, 2020

Hirono Statement on the Nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to be Secretary of Homeland Security

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) issued the following statement after President-elect Joe Biden announced he selected Alejandro Mayorkas to serve as the next Secretary of Homeland Security: "Today, President-elect Biden made a historic decision in selecting Alejandro Mayorkas to serve as the next Secretary of Homeland Security. The first Latino and immigrant nominated to serve in this role, Mr. Mayorkas will bring critical experience and perspective to the Department of Homeland Se… Continue Reading


November 19, 2020

Hirono Introduces Bill to Permanently Establish Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative in Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced S. 4915, the Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative Act of 2020, to permanently establish the Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative (SVI) within the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ). In 2015, DOJ announced the creation of the Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative. The SVI coordinated and expanded the Department's efforts to enforce the statutes created to protect the rights and legal interests of the men … Continue Reading


November 18, 2020

Hirono Announces More Than $2 Million in Federal Grants to Hawaii in National Coastal Resilience Fund Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced that Hawaii will receive more than $2 million in federal grant funds from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 2020 National Coastal Resilience Fund. The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources' Division of Forestry and Wildlife received $1,861,422 to build community resiliency by restoring native ecosystems and constructing strategic firebreaks on Molokai. The … Continue Reading


November 17, 2020

Hirono Leads 11 Senate Democrats in Calling for Trump Administration to Support Nationwide Capacity for Shipping, Handling, and Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines Requiring Ultra-Cold Storage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and 11 of her Senate Democratic colleagues wrote to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Robert Redfield, urging the agencies to work with state, Tribal, territorial, and local stakeholders to identify gaps in ultra-cold storage capability, particularly in rural and underserved communities, and use existing authority to prevent supply shortages. Thi… Continue Reading


November 13, 2020

Hirono, Cortez Masto, Klobuchar, Senators Urge DHS to Increase Air Travel Safety and Support Tourism Industry and Workforce During Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) led seven of their Senate colleagues in writing to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, asking for DHS to increase the safety of air travel and support the recovery of our nation's travel and tourism industry. The senators detailed the dramatic job losses across the travel and tourism industry, including jobs related to air travel and tourism, airline… Continue Reading


November 11, 2020

Hirono Statement in Honor of Veterans Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono issued the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day: "Veterans Day is an opportunity to celebrate the bravery and commitment of those who have served and those who still serve our country. As a nation, we are humbled and honored by their sacrifices in defense of our freedoms. "Veterans Day is also a reminder to honor our veterans, service members, and their families with action. As a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, I hear f… Continue Reading


November 10, 2020

Hawaii Congressional Delegation Urges FEMA to Allow Reimbursement for PPE, Testing Equipment and Supplies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Brian Schatz, and Representatives Tulsi Gabbard and Ed Case wrote to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor, calling on him to reconsider recent policy changes that prevent state and local governments and private nonprofit organizations from receiving reimbursements for critical purchases like personal protective equipment (PPE), coronavirus testing equipment and other supplies and services in non-medical settings. … Continue Reading


October 30, 2020

Hawaii Congressional Delegation Calls for USDA to Swiftly Assist in Response to Identification of Coffee Leaf Rust on Maui

HONOLULU - Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Brian Schatz, and Representatives Tulsi Gabbard and Ed Case wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, calling attention to the recent positive identification of Hemileia vastatrix, the fungus that causes Coffee Leaf Rust (CLR), on coffee leaves on Maui. This is the first known presence of the fungus in Hawaii. CLR is considered the most economically damaging threat to coffee worldwide. On October 21, coffee leaves on Maui suspected t… Continue Reading


October 30, 2020

Senator Hirono Leads Resolution to Recognize Filipino American History Month

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced a resolution in the United States Senate to recognize October as Filipino American History Month. S. Res. 761 honors and celebrates the history and culture of Filipino Americans. It also honors Filipino-American contributions to the United States. Representative T.J. Cox (D-Calif.) introduced a similar resolution in the House. "This resolution acknowledges the immense contributions of Filipino Americans to our country over hundreds of ye… Continue Reading


October 25, 2020

Hirono Urges Senate to Reject Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tonight, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, urged the Senate to reject the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court in a speech on the Senate floor. During her remarks, Senator Hirono shared the story of how the late Hawaii Congresswoman Patsy Mink helped stop the nomination of Judge G. Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court by testifying against him before the Senate Judi… Continue Reading


October 22, 2020

Hirono, Van Hollen, Durbin, Sinema, Cardin, Baldwin, Warren, Carper Call for Secretary Esper to Better Educate DoD Service Members and Employees About Impact of Trump Payroll Tax Deferment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), along with her colleagues Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Tom Carper (D-Del.) wrote to Department of Defense (DoD) Secretary Mark Esper, calling for him to actively educate the hundreds of thousands of Department of Defense employees and service members who are affected by President Trump's payroll tax deferment to m… Continue Reading


October 20, 2020

Hirono, Schatz, Durbin, Klobuchar to Senate Leadership: Support Funding to Detect Invasive Species

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), along with her colleagues Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asking them to provide additional funding to protect America's agriculture and environment through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Agricultural Quarantine Inspection (AQI) program. Th… Continue Reading


October 15, 2020

Hawaii to Receive $500,000 to Help Local Businesses Promote Products Overseas through SBA State Trade Expansion Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, announced that Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) will receive $500,000 to support local businesses as they adapt and respond to the pandemic. The funding, provided through the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), will fund several programs at DBEDT, including those to help businesses reach c… Continue Reading


October 13, 2020

Hawaii to Receive More Than $1.5 Million in Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants to Support State and Local Park Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced that Hawaii will receive more than $1.5 million in funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to support the City and County of Honolulu and the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) with improvements to various parks on Oahu, Kauai, and Maui. The City and County of Honolulu will receive $653,036 to update playgrounds and make other renovations at Geiger Community Park, Lanakila District Park, Aina Ko… Continue Reading


October 09, 2020

Hirono, Booker Announce Legislation to Improve Distance and Blended Learning for K-12 Schools During COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), along with her colleague Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) announced their plan to introduce the Learning Opportunity and Achievement Act (LOAA), which would improve distance and blended learning in our public schools during the coronavirus pandemic. LOAA combats instructional loss, particularly for at-risk and marginalized students, by providing support for professional development and training programs for teachers, tutoring and academic servic… Continue Reading


October 07, 2020

Hirono, Colleagues Announce Health Equity and Accountability Act to Create a More Equitable Health Care System

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), along with Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) announced the Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA), sweeping legislation that would address health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities as well as women, the LGBTQ+ community, rural populations, and socioeconomic… Continue Reading


October 06, 2020

Hirono, Booker, Markey, Sanders Announce Neighbors Not Enemies Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) released the Neighbors Not Enemies Act, legislation that repeals the Alien Enemies Act of 1798. Originally part of four laws known as the Alien and Sedition Acts, the Alien Enemies Act is only one of the four that remains in effect. The Alien Enemies Act allows the president to target foreign nationals of a specific country to be "apprehended, restrained, secured and re… Continue Reading


October 02, 2020

Hawaii County to Receive Nearly $1.5 Million for Repairs at Isaac Hale Beach Park Following Kilauea Eruption

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that Hawaii County will receive $1,494,360 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as part of a grant agreement based on losses at Isaac Hale Beach Park due to the 2018 Kilauea eruption. The funding will utilized for park related infrastructure to assist with Puna's recovery. "We have come to realize and value the importance of our parks and outdoor spaces during this coronavirus pandemic, particularly when our activities were res… Continue Reading


October 01, 2020

Hirono, Colleagues Introduce Federal Worker Leave Fairness Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), along with her colleagues Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), introduced the Federal Worker Leave Fairness Act, legislation that will allow all federal workers to carry over the leave they have accrued when a national pandemic prevents employees from taking time off of work. Federal workers th… Continue Reading

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