Press Releases

July 03, 2019

Hirono Promotes Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program, Encourages Eligible Veterans to Apply for Program before 2021 Deadline

HONOLULU - U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono encouraged eligible veterans to apply for the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole (FWVP) Program today during a meeting with the Milla Family - the first family to benefit from the program in Hawaii. Senator Hirono successfully lobbied the Obama Administration to establish the FWVP program in 2016. The program, which has successfully reunited hundreds of families in the United States, will expire in June 2021. "Facing a decades-long visa backlog, thous… Continue Reading

July 02, 2019

Senator Hirono Emphasizes Importance of Coral Reef Research in Visit to Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology Facility on Coconut Island

HONOLULU, HAWAII - U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono emphasized the importance of coral reef research during a visit to the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology's facility on Coconut Island. During her visit, Senator Hirono met with scientists studying coral restoration, assisted coral evolution, and threats to coral reef ecosystem - including climate change. "The unique ocean conditions in Kaneohe Bay make it an ideal location to study how different species of coral might respond to the growing threa… Continue Reading

June 27, 2019

One Year Since Janus Decision, Senators Hirono, Stabenow, Whitehouse Release Report on Status of Workers’ Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) released a new report detailing the impact on workers' rights since the Supreme Court's decision to weaken public-sector unions in the Janus v. AFSCME case, which was decided one year ago today. The report also examined the role of dark money campaigns to defund unions. "The Supreme Court's harmful Janus decision was the capstone on a campaign by conservative, right-wing forc… Continue Reading

June 27, 2019

Hirono, Menendez, Booker Joint Statement on SCOTUS Decision on Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J) issued the following joint statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Trump Administration's justification for adding a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. Earlier this year, Senators Hirono, Menendez, and Booker introduced the Every Person Counts Act (S. 201), legislation that would prohibit the Secretary of Commerce from including any question regarding one's citizenship… Continue Reading

June 26, 2019

Hirono, Cartwright, Senate & House Democrats Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Rights of Public Sector Workers to Join Unions, Bargain Collectively

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-Va.), and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) introduced bicameral legislation, the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act of 2019, that will guarantee the right of public employees to … Continue Reading

June 26, 2019

Senators Hirono, Stabenow Lead Call for Investigation at USDA Amid Reports of Scientific Data Suppression

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), and 17 of their U.S. Senate colleagues, sent a letter to Ms. Phyllis K. Fong, the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to request an investigation into potential instances of suppression and alteration of scientific reports, documents, or communications produced by USDA. The Senators also called for the Inspector General to investigate instances of retaliation and political decis… Continue Reading

June 25, 2019

Hirono, Matsui Reintroduce Bicameral Legislation to Promote Title IX, Gender Equity in Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) reintroduced bicameral legislation to provide more resources, training, and technical assistance to address discrimination in education throughout the United States. The Patsy T. Mink and Louise M. Slaughter Gender Equity in Education Act (GEEA) would provide these resources through the Patsy Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, more commonly referred to as Title IX, which is the federal la… Continue Reading

June 24, 2019

Senators Hirono, Capito, Whitehouse Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Access to Shingles, Tdap Vaccines

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Earlier this month, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) introduced legislation that would provide Medicare beneficiaries access to vaccines at no additional cost. S. 1872, the Protecting Seniors through Immunizations Act of 2019, would improve access to all recommended vaccines for Medicare beneficiaries, including shingles and tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap), with the goal of helping to increase vaccin… Continue Reading

June 24, 2019

Hirono Delivers Principal Address at Christening for the USS Daniel Inouye

BATH, MAINE - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, delivered the principal address at the christening ceremony of the USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine today. The 509-foot ship is the Navy's 68th Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, and is expected to arrive at its home port at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in 2020. The ship carries the "Go for Broke" motto of the 442nd Regimental … Continue Reading

June 21, 2019

Hirono, Case Introduce Legislation to Address Threats Facing Coral Reef Ecosystems

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, in recognition of National Oceans Month, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Representative Ed Case (D-Hawaii) introduced legislation that would support practices to preserve, sustain, and restore coral reef ecosystems. The Coral Reef Sustainability Through Innovation Act of 2019 addresses threats facing our nation's coral reef ecosystems by directing the 12 federal agencies on the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force to use existing cross-agency funding to carry out a cor… Continue Reading

June 18, 2019

Senators Hirono, Murkowski, and Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Energy Efficiency in Federal Buildings

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last week, U.S. Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Cory Gardner (R-Col.) introduced S. 1857, the Federal Energy and Water Management Performance Act of 2019, which would formally authorize the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and establish energy and water usage reduction goals for federal buildings. Buildings account for about 40 percent of all U.S. energy consumptio… Continue Reading

June 17, 2019

Senators Hirono, Booker Introduce First-Ever Slavery Reparations Bill in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last week, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and 11 of their U.S. Senate colleagues introduced S. 1083, the H.R. 40 Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, which establishes a commission to consider proposals for reparations for African-American descendants of slavery. The commission would address policies that continue to uphold systemic racism and result in disparities in economic and educational opportunities … Continue Reading

June 14, 2019

Senators Hirono, Gillibrand Reintroduce Legislation to Bring Justice to Survivors of Sexual Assault in the Military

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Thursday, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and 28 of their U.S. Senate colleagues reintroduced legislation that would remove the sole decision-making authority over whether serious crimes are prosecuted from the military chain of command and give it to independent, trained military prosecutors. The Military Justice Improvement Act would professionalize how the military prosecutes serious crimes like sexual assault in order to remove the syst… Continue Reading

June 12, 2019

Over 60 Hawaii Businesses, 2,500 Attendees Flock to Sixth Annual Taste of Hawaii on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono and the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii celebrated the success of the Sixth Annual Taste of Hawaii on Capitol Hill, which drew over 60 Hawaii businesses and 2,000 attendees. Each participant received a fresh orchid lei and learned about an array of Hawaii businesses representing the diversity of Hawaii's economy. "The Taste of Hawaii on Capitol Hill is the most popular state showcase on Capitol Hill, and every year we are privileged to host so many people i… Continue Reading

June 11, 2019

Hirono, Young Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter Urging DHS to Eliminate Unnecessary Barriers for FAS Citizens to Obtain REAL ID-Compliant Identification

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Last week, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Representative Don Young (R-Alaska), and ten of their colleagues sent a letter to Mark Koumans, the former Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and Chad Wolf, the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary at the Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans, to express their concern regarding the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) recent guidance implementing the REAL ID Act Modifica… Continue Reading

June 09, 2019

Hirono Honors King Kamehameha I, Highlights Importance of Hawaiian Language at 50th Annual Kamehameha Day Lei Draping

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) joined members of Hawaii's Congressional Delegation and the Hawaii State Society to celebrate and honor King Kamehameha I at the 50th Annual Kamehameha Day Lei Draping in Emancipation Hall of the U.S. Capitol. In her remarks, Senator Hirono reflected on this year's theme - Olelo Hawaii - and highlighted the important role the Hawaiian language plays in preserving and perpetuating the Hawaiian culture. Senator Hirono also discussed the… Continue Reading

June 07, 2019

Senator Hirono Announces Over $3.8 Million from NOAA for Hawaii Sea Grant Program, National Coastal Zone Management Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced today that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded over $3.8 million in federal funding to projects that support ongoing coastal and marine research, extension, and educational outreach in Hawaii. NOAA awarded funding through two separate programs - the Sea Grant College Program, which provides funding to the University of Hawaii's Sea Grant Program (Hawaii Sea Grant), and the National Coastal Zone Managem… Continue Reading

June 06, 2019

Senators Hirono, Shaheen, Menendez, and Carper Introduce Legislation to Maintain United States’ Commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), and 40 of their U.S. Senate colleagues introduced legislation that would prevent the U.S. from withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement. The International Climate Accountability Act would also require the President to provide a plan to describe how the U.S. would meet its nationally determined contribution to the Paris Climate Agreement and honor its commitment to comb… Continue Reading

June 04, 2019

Hirono: “Hawaii is on the Leading Edge of Incorporating Renewable Power and Energy Storage”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) highlighted the efforts of Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) and Hawaiian Electric to deploy renewable energy plus storage facilities across the state at a Senate Energy and Natural Reurces Committee hearing on energy storage today. Senator Hirono also spoke about her visit to the Lawai Solar Energy Plus Storage Facility on Kauai in April. Currently the largest solar generation plus storage project in the world, the Lawai facility gener… Continue Reading

May 31, 2019

Senator Hirono Introduces Resolution to Honor Patsy T. Mink

HONOLULU - Last week, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), along with twenty of her U.S. Senate colleagues, introduced a resolution to commemorate the life and legacy of Representative Patsy Takemoto Mink, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 12 terms. November 3, 2019 will mark the 55th anniversary of Rep. Mink's election to Congress. All seventeen Democratic women senators have signed onto the resolution. "My friend Patsy Mink was a champion for social and economic justice, equ… Continue Reading

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