Press Releases

March 22, 2019

Hirono Statement on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Report to the Attorney General

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) issued the following statement after Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report to the Attorney General: "Today, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his investigation and delivered his report to the Attorney General. His investigation has already revealed many details about an extensive Russian campaign to elect Donald Trump and resulted in indictments of high ranking Trump campaign officials. "As many of my colleagues an… Continue Reading

March 21, 2019

Senators Hirono, Warner, Kaine, Collins, and Van Hollen Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Deliver Financial Assistance to Federal Employees Relocating for Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) reintroduced bipartisan legislation that would provide certain civilian federal employees financial relief if they are relocated for work. The Relocation Expense Parity Act would ensure that all federal employees who qualify to have their moving costs reimbursed by the government are repaid for the taxes owed on those reimbursements. "Moving to Ha… Continue Reading

March 14, 2019

Hawaii Congressional Delegation Presses USDA to Provide Agricultural Producers with Relief Beyond Standard Disaster Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Hawaii Congressional Delegation is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to continue working to provide much needed relief to Hawaii farmers and agricultural producers who were adversely affected by multiple natural disasters last year, including record-breaking rain events, associated flooding, and a volcanic eruption. Last December USDA Secretary Perdue visited impacted producers in Hawaii and voiced willingness to help them recover from recent disasters. "Ou… Continue Reading

March 14, 2019

Senator Hirono Leads Democratic Colleagues in Letter to TSA Demanding Overdue Back Pay for Federal Employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a letter to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) wrote to Administrator David Pekoske to express their concern about reports that over 1,000 TSA employees nationwide have still not received the entirety of back pay they are owed from the 35-day government shutdown. "Thousands of TSA employees reported for work du… Continue Reading

March 13, 2019

Senator Hirono, Senate Democrats Call on Secretary DeVos to Take Action Assisting Students Following Argosy University Closure

WASHINGTON, D.C.-In a letter to the U.S. Department of Education (Department), Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and twelve of her Senate Democratic colleagues wrote to Secretary Betsy DeVos urging her to take immediate action to assist students affected by the collapse of Argosy University. Argosy Hawaii, which enrolled roughly 800 students in the state, officially closed on March 8, 2019. "The Department must coordinate with other federal and state agencies to ensure students are fully aware… Continue Reading

March 13, 2019

Senators Hirono, Duckworth Introduce Legislation to Repeal Hyde Amendment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), along with seven of their Senate Democratic colleagues, introduced the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act, or EACH Woman Act. The bill would repeal the Hyde Amendment, lifting the current ban that prohibits federal health plans and programs such as Medicaid, TRICARE, and the VA from providing coverage for abortion care. "All women - regardless of their income level or type of health insur… Continue Reading

March 13, 2019

Hawaii Congressional Delegation Demands Updates from National Park Service on Reopening USS Arizona Memorial

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a letter to National Park Service (NPS) Acting Director Dan Smith, the Hawaii Congressional Delegation requested frequent updates detailing progress made on the reopening of the floating dock at the USS Arizona Memorial that unexpectedly closed in May 2018. The floating dock is the only way for visitors to access the memorial on foot. During closure of the dock, visitor access is limited to a narrated harbor tour in the vicinity of the memorial. "Given that the details and… Continue Reading

March 12, 2019

Hirono Leads Entire Democratic Caucus in Fight to Protect Health Care for Millions of Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a speech on the Senate floor today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) led the entire Senate Democratic Caucus in urging swift passage of a resolution urging the Department of Justice to defend the Affordable Care Act's pre-existing condition protections in the ongoing Texas v. United States case. Senate Republicans blocked the resolution from passing by unanimous consent. From Senator Hirono's Remarks "The entire Senate Democratic Caucus and I are introducing a resolutio… Continue Reading

March 05, 2019

Senators Hirono, Blumenthal, Boozman, Sullivan, and Brown Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Veterans Suicide Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), introduced the bipartisan Reach Every Veteran in Crisis Act. The legislation, which would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve oversight and evaluation of its suicide prevention media outreach campaigns, follows a 2018 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that found the VA was not effectively and fully usi… Continue Reading

March 04, 2019

Hirono, Harris Lead Call to Pass Disaster Relief Supplemental that Includes Funding for States, Tribal Nations, and U.S. Territories

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) led nine other senators in urging the bipartisan leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives to pass disaster supplemental legislation that includes much needed relief for states like Hawaii and California, Tribal Nations, and U.S. Territories. "We urge you to immediately bring up for consideration disaster supplemental appropriations that are sufficient to meet the needs of all affected communities… Continue Reading

February 27, 2019

Hirono Continues Advocacy to Restore Medicaid Eligibility for FAS Citizens

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono continued her longstanding advocacy to restore Medicaid eligibility for Freely Associated States (FAS) citizens living in the United States with the governors of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing to examine the state of U.S. Territories today. Under the Compacts of Free Association (COFA) - a critical national security partnership in the Indo-Pacific Region - … Continue Reading

February 26, 2019

Hirono, Murray, Casey, Scott, and Sablan Reintroduce Bicameral Legislation to Expand Child Care and Early Learning Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.), as well as 30 of their Senate colleagues, parents, and child care educators and advocates, to reintroduce the Child Care for Working Families Act. The bill seeks to expand access to high-quality, affordable early childhood programs for working and middle class families. Representative Bobby Scott (D-Va.), chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, introduced a companion… Continue Reading

February 25, 2019

Hirono, Murray, and Colleagues Denounce Latest Republican Attack on a Woman’s Right to Choose in Remarks on the Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.), took to the Senate floor to oppose S. 311, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The legislation would allow abortion providers to be sued for not providing the invasive and unwarranted medical procedures that the bill could require, subject providers to criminal penalties for providing standard medical care, and interfere… Continue Reading

February 21, 2019

Hirono Announces $1 Million in Federal Funding for STEM Scholarships

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced that the University of Hawaii will receive $1 million in support from the National Science Foundation for a new project aimed at improving the pipeline of low-income students into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. Designed to meet Hawaii's need for well-educated scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and technicians, the competitive federal National Science Foundation funding will fund annual scholarsh… Continue Reading

February 15, 2019

Hirono: “Donald Trump is Putting His Vanity Wall above the Constitution and the American People.”

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, issued the following statement following Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency: "At today's announcement, Donald Trump lied about walls, borders, crime, and legal immigration to justify his declaration of a fake emergency at our southern border. With this desperate action, Donald Trump is putting his vanity wall above the Constitution and the American people. As usual, h… Continue Reading

February 13, 2019

Hirono Stresses Importance of Continued Federal Disaster Resources for Hawaii Businesses, Homeowners

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today during a U.S. Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee hearing, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) highlighted the importance of continued disaster relief for Hawaii businesses, homeowners, and others who were impacted by last year's natural disasters, and requested U.S. Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon's continued commitment to supporting individuals and families who were impacted. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded roughly $48 … Continue Reading

February 13, 2019

Hirono Secures Important Hawaii Priorities in Natural Resources Management Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, successfully secured important Hawaii priorities in the Natural Resources Management Act that passed the Senate today on a 92-8 vote. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. "Passing the Natural Resources Management Act is a great example of what the Senate can accomplish when we come together on a bipartisan basis to get things done," Senator Hirono said. "… Continue Reading

February 12, 2019

Hirono, Senate Democrats Introduce Legislation to Protect America’s National Monuments from Donald Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.), along with 23 Senate colleages, re-introduced legislation to improve protections for national monuments as part of an effort to counter the unprecedented attacks on public lands by the Trump administration. The America's Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and Together Improve the Economies of States, (or, ANTIQUITIES) Act of 2019 reaffirms Congress' original intent in the Antiquities Act of 1906 … Continue Reading

February 08, 2019

Hirono Requests Information about Credit Protections for Federal Employees, Contractors Impacted by Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) wrote to the executives of the three national credit bureaus, Equifax, Experian North America, and TransUnion requesting information about what steps have been taken to protect the creditworthiness of federal employees and contractors impacted by the government shutdown. Senator Hirono urged the companies to consider the unique circumstances of the government shutdown when considering actions that could negatively impact these workers' credit … Continue Reading

February 08, 2019

Hirono, Markey, Ocasio-Cortez Introduce Green New Deal Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), and 10 of her Senate colleagues in unveiling a bicameral Green New Deal resolution that calls for aggressive action to combat climate change by creating high-paying jobs, prioritizing environmental health and wellness in a way that allows communities, families, and individuals to thrive. Senate co-sponsors of the Green New Deal resolution include: Senators Jeff… Continue Reading

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