Press Releases

December 03, 2018

Bipartisan Dental Health Bill Passes House, Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, DC - After passing the House of Representatives last week, bipartisan legislation to improve access to dental health services will head to the President’s desk to be signed into law. Senators Mazie K. Hirono, Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) introduced the legislation, the Action for Dental Health Act of 2018, in June. The bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent in October. “Dental health is critical to overall health outcomes, but far t… Continue Reading

November 30, 2018

In Response to Hirono & Schatz Advocacy, IRS to Delay Removal of AEDs from Honolulu Office

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The IRS office in Honolulu and 45 other offices across the country will continue to have access to automatic external defibrillators (AED) following intervention from Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) in opposition to the IRS' plan to remove the devices. The IRS suspended its plan to remove AEDs from offices with less than 100 employees pending a reevaluation of the removal plan, which must be completed by April 1, 2019. "I commend the IRS' decisi… Continue Reading

November 28, 2018

Hirono Leads Introduction of Comprehensive Legislation to Address Health Disparities and Achieve Health Equity

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced S.3660, the Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA) of 2018. HEAA lays out a comprehensive roadmap to address health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities, the LGBTQ community, rural populations, and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities. “Minority communities and other traditionally underserved populations have faced health care disparities for decades, and we have a long way to go to ensure that these co… Continue Reading

November 28, 2018

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) voted today to advance a resolution to end U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Following the vote, Senator Hirono released the following statement: "I remain deeply concerned about the Trump Administration's policy toward Saudi Arabia. The President believes that we should overlook Saudi Arabia's role in causing the world's worst current humanitarian catastrophe, as well as their role in the death of Jamal Khashoggi, because they … Continue Reading

November 26, 2018

As DHS Inspector General Releases Report on False Missile Alert Incident, Hirono Calls for Continued Oversight

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In response to a request by Senator Mazie K. Hirono, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report reviewing the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) role in the January 13, 2018 false missile alert sent to Hawaii residents. The OIG's report examined whether FEMA exercises appropriate oversight of the Integrated Public Alert Warning System (IPAWS), the messaging platform through which the Hawaii Emergency Managem… Continue Reading

November 19, 2018

Hirono, Blumenthal, Whitehouse Challenge Appointment of Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI.) filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the constitutionality of President Donald Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the Acting Attorney General. On November 7, President Trump appointed Whitaker to oversee the Department of Justice - including the Special Counsel's investigation - in violation of the Constitution's Appo… Continue Reading

November 16, 2018

Hirono, Klobuchar Urge Department of Justice to Investigate Claims that Facebook Retaliated Against Critics

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) urged Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to expand any investigation into Facebook and Cambridge Analytica to include whether Facebook-or any other entity affiliated with or hired by Facebook-hid information and retaliated against critics or public officials seeking to regulate the platform. Recent reports-including one from the New York Times-allege that Fa… Continue Reading

November 13, 2018

Hirono Announces $1.5 Million in Federal Funding for Molokai Infrastructure Improvements

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced that the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) will receive $1.59 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding to improve water infrastructure of the Hoolehua Water System on Molokai. "More than 2,000 Molokai residents depend on the Hoolehua Water System for reliable water service," Senator Hirono said. "This USDA funding will support DHHL's ongoing efforts to modernize the Hoolehua Water System. I will continue to wo… Continue Reading

November 07, 2018

Hirono Statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Forced Resignation

HONOLULU- Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) released the following statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' forced resignation: "In a direct move to undermine the Mueller investigation, Donald Trump forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign. I am concerned that the Mueller investigation will now be overseen by Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker - someone who has raised some troubling views about the investigation. "The President's actions today make it even more critical that … Continue Reading

October 26, 2018

Hirono, Hanabusa Lead Bicameral Resolution to Recognize Filipino American History Month

HONOLULU- Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Representative Colleen Hanabusa introduced a bipartisan, bicameral resolution in the United States Senate to recognize the month of October as Filipino American History Month. The resolution acknowledges the key role Filipino Americans play in shaping our country. "In Hawaii, we see the many contributions of the Filipino American community every day. They serve our country in uniform and elected office, teach our children in school, and run successful busin… Continue Reading

October 26, 2018

Hirono with Striking Local 5 Workers: One Job Should be Enough

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined Unite Here Local 5 workers on the picket line outside the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel in Waikiki, and stood in solidarity with them in their fight for a higher wages. "I'm proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with my brothers and sisters in Local 5 on the picket line, fighting for better working conditions and higher wages for thousands of Marriott workers in Hawaii," Senator Hirono said. "When I first immigrated to Hawaii, my mother worked two jobs… Continue Reading

October 18, 2018

Hirono-Backed Bill Approving Cost of Living Increases For Veterans’ Compensation Signed Into Law

HONOLULU- Last week, the President signed the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018, legislation co-authored by Senator Mazie K. Hirono. The new law provides a Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for the rates of veterans' disability compensation, additional compensation for dependents, the clothing allowance for certain disabled veterans, and dependency and indemnity compensation for surviving spouses and children. "VA disability compensation and other benefits earned throu… Continue Reading

October 16, 2018

Hirono Receives Meritorious Service Award from National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, was selected by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) to receive its 2018 Meritorious Service Award in recognition of her years of work to advance policies that help end veteran homelessness. Established in 1990, NCHV is the leading advocacy, resource and technical assistance center for community-based homeless veteran service providers including Hawaii's U.S.VETS at Barbers P… Continue Reading

October 15, 2018

Hirono Applauds Social Security Cost of Living Increase

HONOLULU- Last week, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that beneficiaries will receive a 2.8% Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) increase for 2019, the highest increase since 2012. "Social Security is an earned benefit that provides a critical source of income for millions of individuals and families around the country, including thousands in Hawaii," Senator Hirono said. "The 2019 COLA increase is welcome news for Hawaii seniors and other beneficiaries who worked hard, but more … Continue Reading

October 09, 2018

Hirono: I Stand in Solidarity with Unite Here Local 5 Members on Strike

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) released the following statement in solidarity with Unite Here Local 5 members striking at Marriott-operated hotels on Oahu and Maui: "I stand in solidarity with Hawaii's hotel workers. Their collective action to go on strike is a powerful reminder that big corporations' profits and success come from the labor of thousands of dedicated workers in Hawaii and elsewhere. If a corporation wants to succeed in the long run, workers' voices need to… Continue Reading

October 09, 2018

Hirono Stands with Hawaii Postal Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) released the following statement in support of Hawaii U.S. Postal Service (USPS) workers' rally to oppose the Trump administration's efforts to privatize USPS: "To the more than 2,000 hardworking employees of the U.S. Postal Service in Hawaii, I stand in solidarity with you and strongly oppose President Trump's push to privatize the U.S. Postal Service. Privatization means prioritizing profits over people. President Trump's plan would hurt l… Continue Reading

October 05, 2018

Hirono & Schatz Urge IRS to Reconsider Plan to Remove Lifesaving Devices from Offices in Hawaii & Other States

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) urged the new Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service Charles P. Rettig to reconsider the IRS' plan to remove automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) from IRS offices with fewer than 100 employees, including the Honolulu IRS Office and 45 other offices. "We have serious questions as to how the removal of equipment that can save the life of an employee or a visitor in the case of an emergency contribu… Continue Reading

October 03, 2018

Congress Passes Hirono Measures to Support Hawaii’s Aviation Workforce and Rural Air Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) voted today for the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which passed the Senate 93-6. The bill provides nearly $1.7 billion in disaster relief funds, and includes provisions authored by Senator Hirono which help ensure reliable air service to Kalaupapa, Molokai; close loopholes that leave veterans working for the FAA and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) without full veterans' preference protections; set minimum rest periods for flig… Continue Reading

October 03, 2018

Agreement Reached to Include Australia in Global Entry Program

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) hailed an agreement reached between the United States and Australia to launch a pilot program allowing Australian citizens to apply for expedited customs clearance through U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Global Entry program. Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport is one of 57 airports nationwide that participate in the program. "Expanding Global Entry and other trusted traveler programs helps grow Hawaii's international… Continue Reading

October 02, 2018

Hirono Votes to Advance Key Bills to Protect Public Lands, Natural Resources

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, voted to advance bills that would make the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) permanent, increase federal resources for programs that engage young people and veterans in conservation careers, and address the more than $12 billion deferred maintenance backlog at America's National Parks. "Hawaii's native ecosystems have benefitted from LWCF investments for decades," Senator … Continue Reading

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