Press Releases

February 01, 2019

Hirono, Reed, Brown Propose $100 Billion Investment to Rebuild and Repair America’s Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) joined Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and 16 of their colleagues, to unveil new legislation aimed at improving school infrastructure in the United States. The bill, the Rebuild America's Schools Act, would provide $100 billion in federal grants and school construction bonds over the next decade to assist communities in building and renovating schools while creating an estimated 1.9 million jobs. "Far too many children ac… Continue Reading

January 30, 2019

Hirono, Murkowski, Coons, Gardner, Takano Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Award Fred Korematsu the Congressional Gold Medal

WASHINGTON, D.C.- On what would have been his 100th Birthday, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Representative Mark Takano (D-Calif.) introduced bicameral legislation to award Fred Korematsu the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his fight against the illegal incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and his work to advance civil rights. "Fred Korematsu stood up for the rights of more than 1… Continue Reading

January 29, 2019

Hirono Continues to Fight to Ensure Federal Contract Workers Hurt by Shutdown Receive Paychecks

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) joined 32 BJ SEIU union members and several of her colleagues, including Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), to urge the passage of legislation that would secure back pay for federal contractor employees impacted by the government shutdown. From Senator Hirono's remarks at the press conference: "Thank you to SEIU for bringing us together so we can focus on wh… Continue Reading

January 28, 2019

Hirono, Van Hollen, Murkowski Urge OPM to Expedite Back Pay for Federal Workers Impacted by Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a bipartisan letter to Margaret M. Weichert, Acting Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska.), and several of their colleagues wrote to the Trump Administration urging OPM to provide back pay for federal workers as soon as possible following the conclusion of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. "More than 800,000 federal workers have gone without pay beca… Continue Reading

January 25, 2019

Hirono Statement on the Announcement of a Deal to End the Trump Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement after the announcement that a deal has been reached to end the Trump shutdown: "Today's announcement is a welcome, albeit temporary, end to this unnecessary, unconscionable Trump shutdown. "Over the past 35 days, Donald Trump took hundreds of thousands of federal workers and contractors, and indeed the entire country, hostage - all because of his obsession with building his vanity wall. It was telling that even in ann… Continue Reading

January 23, 2019

Hirono Announces Nearly $1 Million in Federal Funding for Hawaii’s Preschool Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced that Hawaii will receive nearly $1 million in continued support under the federal Preschool Development Grant program. This funding will support ongoing efforts to promote and improve the quality of early learning opportunities for children by better connecting and aligning existing programs and services throughout the state. “This grant will help to improve high-quality early learning programs across Hawaii through a ne… Continue Reading

January 22, 2019

Hirono, Smith Introduce Legislation to Ensure Federal Contract Workers Hurt by Shutdown Receive Paychecks

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and 21 of their colleagues introduced legislation to secure back pay for the federal contractor employees impacted by the government shutdown. The bill-the Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act-would provide back pay up to $600 per paycheck for employees of federal contractor employees who were furloughed or had their hours reduced due to the government shutdown. The bill aims to help low-wage federal… Continue Reading

January 17, 2019

Hirono to Continue to Serve as Top Democrat on Senate Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono was reappointed to serve as the Ranking Member on the Senate Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee, which oversees the vast majority of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps programs. "Our Navy and Marine Corps are at the center of confronting many of our country's most pressing strategic challenges," Senator Hirono said. "I look forward to continuing my role in ensuring that our Armed Forces can meet these challenges in a responsible manner, while also supporting … Continue Reading

January 10, 2019

Hirono Rallies with Federal Workers, Calls on Trump & McConnell to End Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) joined hundreds of furloughed federal employees who are members of more than 20 labor unions at a rally to call on President Donald Trump and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to end the government shutdown. From Senator Hirono's remarks at the rally: "We know there are two people who can end this shutdown right now. One is the President, who is an amoral hostage taker. The other is Mitch McConnell, who has had no problem bringin… Continue Reading

January 04, 2019

Senators Hirono, Harris Lead Senators in Calling for DHS to Reexamine Arbitrary Detention and Deportation of Southeast Asian Refugees

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) led 13 senators in urging Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen to reexamine her Department's "arbitrary detention and deportation" of many long-term U.S. residents from Southeast Asia, including those who fled war and genocide. The Senators noted with particular concern that the Trump Administration's targeting of Vietnamese refugees who arrived in the country prior to the reestablishment of dipl… Continue Reading

December 27, 2018

Senator Hirono to Donate Pay to Food Banks Across Hawaii During Partial Government Shutdown

Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that she will donate pay she receives during the partial government shutdown to food banks in all four counties across Hawaii. "More than 2,500 federal workers in Hawaii are either furloughed or working without pay during the holidays because Donald Trump shut down the government," Senator Hirono said. "As long as Donald Trump refuses to re-open the government, I will be donating my salary to Hawaii's food banks - who serve nearly one in eight Hawaii residents … Continue Reading

December 22, 2018

Hirono Statement on the Partial Government Shutdown

Senator Mazie K. Hirono issued the following statement on the partial government shutdown: "Two nights ago, the Senate did its job by passing a bill to keep the government open with the expectation that the House would pass it and that the President would sign it into law. But at the 11th hour, Donald Trump succumbed to pressure from his far right-wing base and chose to shut down the government for a $5 billion down payment on his vanity wall. "This shutdown is totally unfair, completely unnec… Continue Reading

December 19, 2018

After Passing the House, Hirono, Duckworth, Royce, Lieu Bill to Honor Chinese-American WWII Veterans Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill sponsored by Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) to recognize the contributions of more than 18,000 Chinese-American World War II veterans with the Congressional Gold Medal—the highest civilian honor that Congress can bestow. The Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act was introduced by Senators Hirono and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and Representatives Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Ted Lieu (… Continue Reading

December 19, 2018

Hirono Statement on Trump Administration’s Announcement that it Will End Policy that Lengthens Incarceration of Unaccompanied Minors

Senator Mazie K. Hirono issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced it would end its policy of requiring fingerprinting of all adult members in the households of potential sponsors for unaccompanied minor immigrants to the United States: "Last weekend, I visited Tornillo - a tent city housing 2,700 unaccompanied children from across the southern border. I saw how the Trump administration made a dire situation even worse by requiring fingerprinting of every adult in t… Continue Reading

December 17, 2018

Hirono Statement on the Resignation of Ryan Zinke

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s resignation: “During his tenure as Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke continuously demonstrated blatant disregard for science, conservation, and the federal workforce—all critical components of the Department. Like too many members of President Trump’s cabinet who have faced numerous ethics scandals, I welcome Mr. Zinke’s long-overdue resignation. “I’m not … Continue Reading

December 14, 2018

Hirono Votes to Pass Resolution to End U.S. Support for Saudi-Led War in Yemen

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) voted today to pass a resolution to end U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Following the 56-41 vote, Senator Hirono released the following statement: “The humanitarian crisis in Yemen continues unabated. But today, a bipartisan majority in the Senate voted to end U.S. military support that enables Saudi Arabia to continue its devastating war in Yemen and condemn Saudi Arabia’s role in the death of Jamal Khashoggi.  “The me… Continue Reading

December 12, 2018

Hirono, Cortez Masto, Moran Lead Senators to Urge FAA to Implement and Improve Airport Contract Tower Program

Washington, D.C. - In a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), joined Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and 33 colleagues in calling on the Federal Aviation Administration to implement Section 152 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.   This provision will provide contract towers at Lihue Airport, Molokai Airport, Kona International Airport, and Kalaeloa Airport eligibility to compete for FAA Airport Im… Continue Reading

December 11, 2018

Senate Passes Hirono Bill to Prioritize Macadamia Tree Research as Part of 2018 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono successfully included her Macadamia Tree Health Initiative - legislation that prioritizes research into combating the macadamia felted coccid, an invasive pest threatening Hawaii's macadamia nut industry - in the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report. The bipartisan Farm Bill, which sets policy and funding levels for agriculture and nutrition programs through 2023, was approved in the Senate by a 87-13 vote. The House of Representatives must now vote on the … Continue Reading

December 10, 2018

Hirono-Backed Bill To Provide Long-Term IDs for FAS Citizens Passes Senate, Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, DC - The United States Senate unanimously passed legislation supported by Senator Mazie K. Hirono that would remove existing barriers that limit citizens of the Freely Associated States (FAS) from accessing long-term, REAL ID compliant, state-issued driver’s licenses and identification.  The bill, H.R. 3398, the REAL ID Act Modification for Freely Associated States Act, corrects a mistake in the 2005 REAL ID Act that inaccurately identifies citizens of the Freely Associated S… Continue Reading

December 07, 2018

Hirono Statement on Nomination of William Barr to Serve as Attorney General

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, released the following statement on the nomination of William Barr to serve as Attorney General: "The selection of William Barr to serve as Attorney General is another example of Donald Trump's interest in appointing people who will be loyal and cover for him. Over the last two years, Mr. Barr has publicly called for the investigation of Hillary Clinton and criticiz… Continue Reading

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