Press Releases

May 13, 2021

Senator Hirono, Colleagues Reintroduce I Am Vanessa Guillen Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), along with her colleagues Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) reintroduced the I am Vanessa Guillen Act, legislation that addresses sexual harassment and sexual assault in the military by removing decisions about prosecuting those cases from the chain of command, requiring independent investigations for sexual harassment ou… Continue Reading


May 07, 2021

Hirono Statement on the Fuel Release at the Red Hill Facility

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, issued the following statement after reports of a fuel release at the Red Hill Bulk Storage Facility: "Earlier today, I spoke with Admiral Aquilino - who provided me with an update on the fuel release at Red Hill. While the initial assessment is ongoing, Admiral Aquilino assured me that the detection and response system worked and the fuel release is contained. He will stay in touch with me … Continue Reading


May 05, 2021

Hirono, Schatz, Brown, Blumenthal, Van Hollen, Menendez, Booker Call for United Airlines to Stop Outsourcing 2,500 Catering Jobs

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), along with their colleagues Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) sent letters yesterday to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby about United Airlines' intention to outsource inflight catering jobs for thousands of workers based in Honolulu, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, and Newark. In… Continue Reading


May 03, 2021

Senator Hirono Statement Following Indo-Pacific Change of Command

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee, issued the following statement after Admiral John C. Aquilino assumed command of the United States Indo-Pacific Command, following last week's unanimous Senate confirmation vote: "Last month, I introduced and endorsed Admiral Aquilino when the Senate Armed Services Committee considered his nomination to serve as Commander of the Indo-Pacific Command. After working with Admiral Aquilino, I know he unde… Continue Reading


April 27, 2021

Hirono, Blumenthal, Wyden, Schatz, Shaheen Call for President Biden to Address Sexual Harassment in the Sciences

WASHINGTON, DC -Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), along with her colleagues Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) sent a letter to President Biden calling on him to direct his administration to address sexual harassment in the scientific professions. As President Biden works to restore scientific integrity throughout the federal workforce, the lawmakers suggest that he also address sexual and gender-based harassm… Continue Reading


April 26, 2021

Hirono Announces More Than $2 Million in USDA Funding to Support Kona Biodiversity, Wildlife Habitat

WASHINGTON, DC -Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced that the Kona Soil and Water Conservation District and seven partners have been awarded $2,028,572 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to boost biodiversity and support wildlife habitat for a variety of Hawaiian forest birds, including the akiapolaau, Hawaii akepa, and Hawaii creeper. The forest restoration efforts resulting from this project, titled "Innovation in Kona's Upland Forests," are estimated to sequester 30… Continue Reading


April 22, 2021

Senate Passes COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

WASHINGTON, DC -Today, the U.S. Senate passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act by a vote of 94-1, a bill to address the rise in hate crimes and violence against the AAPI community. Following its passage, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and Representative Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) called for swift House consideration of the bill so President Biden can sign the bill into law. "Today's historic, bipartisan vote on the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act sends a powerful message of sol… Continue Reading


April 21, 2021

Hirono, Collins Announce Agreement on Updated, Bipartisan Language to Amend COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

WASHINGTON, DC -Today, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced they have reached an agreement on language amending the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act to broaden bipartisan support while retaining the purpose of the bill. The substitute bill language is available here. "Working closely together, Senator Collins and I identified changes that will broaden support for the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act while retaining the bill's core purpose to combat anti-Asian hate. I am co… Continue Reading


April 16, 2021

Hirono Visits White House, Meets with President Biden, Vice President Harris to Discuss CAPAC, AAPI Community Priorities

WASHINGTON, DC -Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono met with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House, along with Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) leadership. President Biden, Vice President Harris, and the CAPAC members discussed critical issues facing the country during a productive meeting, among them President Biden's infrastructure package, presidential appointments of AAPI candidates, and immigration. During the visit, Senator Hirono thanked … Continue Reading


April 15, 2021

Hirono Votes to Advance Admiral Aquilino’s Nomination for Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee, voted with her Senate Armed Services Committee colleagues to unanimously advance the nomination of Admiral John C. Aquilino to serve as the Commander of the United States Indo-Pacific Command. Admiral Aquilino's nomination now goes to the full Senate for consideration. "At a time when we are confronting an increasingly aggressive China and looking to deepen our defense ties with allies i… Continue Reading


April 14, 2021

Hirono Statement on Appointment of Erika Moritsugu to be Deputy Assistant to the President and Asian American and Pacific Islander Senior Liaison

WASHINGTON, DC -Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono issued the following statement after President Biden named Erika Moritsugu as Deputy Assistant to the President and Asian American and Pacific Islander Senior Liaison: "Erika is an excellent choice to serve as the White House AAPI Senior Liaison. I'm proud to say that Erika is from Hawaii and that I've known her family for decades. Erika's designation as a deputy assistant to the president demonstrates that the White House heard the AAPI community'… Continue Reading


April 07, 2021

Following Lease Award Announcement, Hawaii Congressional Delegation Announces Plan to Name New Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Leeward Oahu for Senator Daniel Kahikina Akaka

HONOLULU -- Today, Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Brian Schatz, and Representatives Kaialii Kahele and Ed Case announced their intention to name the Advanced Leeward Outpatient Health Care Access (ALOHA) Project after former Hawaii Senator Daniel Kahikina Akaka - who first spearheaded the project working alongside Hawaii veterans. Earlier today, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced it had awarded a lease to Hunt Companies to begin construction on the facility, which is expected to open to … Continue Reading


April 02, 2021

Hirono Statement on Today’s Attack at the U.S. Capitol

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on today's attack at the U.S. Capitol: "I join the entire Congressional community in mourning the death of Officer William Evans in today's senseless attack at the U.S. Capitol. This tragedy occurred only three months after a violent insurrection at the Capitol that resulted in the deaths of Capitol Police officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood. "Our Capitol remains a target and we must demonstrate an urgency to protect… Continue Reading


March 30, 2021

Hirono Statement on President Biden’s First Judicial Appointments

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement after President Joe Biden announced his initial slate of 11 nominations to fill judicial vacancies: "Over his four years in office, Donald Trump nominated a series of extreme, unqualified, and ideologically-driven judges to lifetime appointments that will have an enduring impact on issues such as a woman's right to choose, voting rights, and civil rights. I am gratified that, in contra… Continue Reading


March 29, 2021

Hirono, Gillibrand, Smith, Colleagues Reintroduce Impact Aid Bill to Fund School Infrastructure Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and their colleagues introduced the Impact Aid Infrastructure Act (IAIA) last week, which would provide $1 billion in supplemental funding for school infrastructure construction grants in Fiscal Year 2022 through the Impact Aid program. Similar legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives. "This legislation builds on the critical investments made through the American Resc… Continue Reading


March 25, 2021

Hirono Announces 14 Hawaii Community Health Centers to Receive Nearly $32 Million from American Rescue Plan to Expand COVID-19 Response and Vaccine Access for Underserved Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced that 14 community health centers across Hawaii would receive a total of $31,969,250 from the American Rescue Plan to expand COVID-19 vaccine access for at-risk and hardest-hit communities, and provide more testing, treatment, and preventative care. The funds will also allow health centers to expand their capacity to provide care by modifying and improving existing structures, and adding mobile units. The Department of Health a… Continue Reading


March 24, 2021

Hirono, Kahele Successfully Secure Final Approval for Construction of Community-Based Outpatient Clinic for Leeward Oahu Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, and Congressman Kai Kahele (D-Hawaii), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee, announced that the T&I Committee approved a resolution that is the final step for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to award a lease to construct the Advanced Leeward Outpatient Health Care Access (ALOHA) Project. Following years of sustained advocacy from Sena… Continue Reading


March 24, 2021

Hirono, Duckworth, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Condemning Anti-Asian Hatred, Discrimination Related to COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) along with 35 of their Senate colleagues introduced a resolution to condemn all forms of anti-Asian sentiment, racism, and discrimination, and call on federal officials, in collaboration with state and local agencies and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community organizations to address the rise in COVID-19-related hate crimes. The resolution was introduced in the wake of the Atlanta shooting-whe… Continue Reading


March 23, 2021

Hirono, Capito, Whitehouse, Scott Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Seniors’ Access to All CDC-Recommended Vaccines

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) introduced the Protecting Seniors Through Immunization Act of 2021, legislation that would provide Medicare beneficiaries access to all recommended vaccines at no additional cost, including shingles and tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap). Immunization coverage currently varies by vaccine under Medicare. Some immunizations are covered under Medic… Continue Reading


March 23, 2021

Hirono Introduces Admiral John C. Aquilino at His Confirmation Hearing to Serve as Next Commander of US Indo-Pacific Command, Enthusiastically Endorses His Nomination

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee, introduced and enthusiastically endorsed the nomination of Admiral John C. Aquilino to serve as the next commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command during his hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee today. From Senator Hirono's Remarks: "At a time when we are confronting an increasingly aggressive China, and looking to deepen our defense ties with allies in the Indo-Pacific, it… Continue Reading

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