Press Releases

October 02, 2018

Hirono, 14 Senators Call for Inspector General to Investigate Political Interference in Science at the Department of the Interior

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono led 14 Senators in urging the Department of the Interior (DOI) Inspector General Mary Kendall to investigate any political interference in scientific research or communications at the Department. "In April of this year news surfaced alleging political interference with a report by the National Park Service on sea level rise. In response to that news, a number of us wrote a letter requesting that you open an investigation into the matter," the Senators … Continue Reading

October 01, 2018

Hirono Announces $483,000 in Federal Funding to Assist Agriculture Community in Volcano Recovery Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced that the Synergistic Hawaii Agriculture Council (SHAC) will receive more than $483,000 in federal funding from the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to assist farmers impacted by the volcanic activity on Hawaii Island. "In July, I met with members of Hawaii Island's floriculture industry whose livelihoods were devastated by the volcanic eruption. They told me that despite the challenges they face, they want to restart their b… Continue Reading

September 16, 2018

Hirono Statement on Christine Blasey Ford

"It took a lot of courage for Christine Blasey Ford to come forward to share her story of sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh. Her story is very credible and I believe her. "As I said during the hearing, this is why the #MeToo movement is so important, because often in these situations, there is an environment where people see nothing, hear nothing, and say nothing. That is what we have to change. "This development is yet another reason not to rush Brett Kavanaugh's nomination. The Committe… Continue Reading

September 14, 2018

Hawaii Congressional Delegation Urges USDA to Release Federal Funding to Hawaii Farmers Affected by Natural Disasters

The Hawaii Congressional Delegation urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to utilize its existing authority to provide direct assistance to Hawaii farmers affected by recent natural disasters. "The dire situation that our farmers and producers are currently experiencing as a result of recent disasters cannot be overstated," the Delegation wrote. "We are already hearing reports of farmers, who employed multiple families and had millions invested in their agricultural business, having… Continue Reading

September 11, 2018

University of Hawaii Awarded More than $4.1 Million to Broaden Participation in STEM Workforce

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded more than $4.1 million to the University of Hawaii to promote diversity and improve engagement in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The University of Hawaii will receive $3,824,364 through the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program (LSAMP) and $299,208 through the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program. "As the need f… Continue Reading

September 11, 2018

Hirono, Moran, Tester Bill to Provide Service Disabled Veteran Employees at VA Additional Paid Leave Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Saturday, the President signed S.899, the Veterans Providing Healthcare Transition Improvement Act. Introduced by Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), the new law ensures veterans with a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability rating of 30% or higher who are hired by the VA in critical medical positions can access additional paid sick leave during their first year on the job. The Senate unanimously passed the bill,… Continue Reading

September 11, 2018

Hirono, Boozman Introduce Bill to Protect Programs Helping to End Veteran Homelessness

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and John Boozman (R-Ark.), members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, introduced legislation to renew a number of important federal homeless veteran programs for the next fiscal year through 2020. The bill, known as the Keeping Our Commitment to Ending Veteran Homelessness Act of 2018, would renew seven U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and U.S. Department of Labor programs that provide outreach and services to homeless vetera… Continue Reading

September 04, 2018

Hirono: Ultra-Right-Wing Forces Have Been Working for Decades to Secure Decisive Fifth Vote on the Supreme Court to Radically Change the Direction of Our Country

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution,forcefully outlined what's at stake in the fight for the future of the Supreme Court and the threat Judge Brett Kavanaugh would pose to the constitutional rights of millions of Americans during her opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. From Senator Hirono's remarks: "Before Justice Kennedy retired, so many important Constitutional rights were h… Continue Reading

August 28, 2018

Hawaii Congressional Delegation Honors Little League World Series Champions

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Brian Schatz, and Representatives Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard filed bicameral Congressional resolutions honoring the Honolulu Little League team, who won the 2018 Little League World Series. "Congratulations to each of the athletes on the Honolulu Little League team on becoming the 2018 Little League World Series champions, and mahalo to their manager, coaches, family members, and all of the volunteers and fans who supported the team on its … Continue Reading

August 25, 2018

Hirono Statement on the Passing of Senator John McCain

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono issued the following statement following statement on the passing of Senator John McCain: "We mourn the passing of a great American and human being, John McCain. He fought many battles, met many extraordinary challenges, and faced the end with the courage he exemplified throughout his life. And yet, the end came too soon. "Much will be said and written about John McCain over the days and months ahead, all paying tribute to this grand patriot. All of us who… Continue Reading

August 22, 2018

Congress Passes Hirono-Moran-Tester Bill to Provide Service Disabled Veteran Employees at VA Additional Paid Leave

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The U.S. House and Senate unanimously passed the Veterans Providing Healthcare Transition Improvement Act (S. 899), a bipartisan bill authored by Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) to ensure veterans with a disability rating of 30% or higher who are hired by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in critical medical positions can access additional paid sick leave during their first year on the job for the purposes of receiv… Continue Reading

August 22, 2018

Hirono Cancels Meeting with Brett Kavanaugh, Calls for Delay of Hearing

Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced that she will cancel her meeting with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Senator Hirono delivered the following statement at the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning: "Mr. Chairman, I want to take a moment to react to yesterday's news of the conviction of the President's campaign chairman and the guilty plea of his personal lawyer to crimes, at the direction of the President, designed to influence the 2016 election. "As I and others have said … Continue Reading

August 22, 2018

Hirono to Oppose Kavanaugh Nomination

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced that she will oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court: "I will be voting no on Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court of the United States. "Donald Trump long ago announced his intention to nominate a judge off of a list prepared by the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation. When it became clear he chose the one person from that list who believes Presidents should not be subject to c… Continue Reading

August 20, 2018

Hirono, Veterans’ Affairs Committee Democrats Call for Oversight Hearing on Inappropriate Influence of So-Called “Mar-a-Lago Crowd” on VA

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Led by Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), five Democratic members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee urged Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) to convene an oversight hearing to examine the inappropriate influence of three members of President Trump's private club Mar-a-Lago on Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operations. The request follows reports by ProPublica and the New York Times of the inappropriate influence of these individuals, including pushing out former VA S… Continue Reading

August 13, 2018

Hirono Statement on the Death of Staff Sergeant Reymund Transfiguracion

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the death of Staff Sergeant Reymund Transfiguracion: "Staff Sergeant Reymund Transfiguracion served our country and the people of Hawaii honorably in the U.S. Army and as a member of the Hawaii National Guard. My condolences and aloha are with Staff Sergeant Transfiguracion's wife Edelyn, their two daughters, and the Transfiguracion ohana." ###… Continue Reading

August 10, 2018

Hirono Continues Advocacy for Use of Native Plants in Visit to Lyon Arboretum

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono continued her advocacy for the use of native plants during a visit to Lyon Arboretum where she toured the Native Hawaiian Garden, met with scientists, and planted native species at the facility. "Scientists at Lyon Arboretum are working to preserve native ecosystems through research, outreach, and propagation of plants native to Hawaii - many of which are endangered and important to our culture," Senator Hirono said. "The scientists I met with provided critica… Continue Reading

August 10, 2018

Hirono Statement on Announcement of Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing Dates

HONOLULU- Senator Mazie K. Hirono, the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, released the following statement after Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced dates for Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing: "The Judiciary Committee and the American people should have access to the full range of documents regarding Brett Kavanaugh, just as they did for the nomination of Elena Kagan. Chairman Grassley and Republicans on t… Continue Reading

August 06, 2018

Strong Federal Funding for Hawaii Programs to Continue Under Update of Federal Career & Technical Education Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Last week, the President signed into law the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which will continue strong federal support for career and technical education (CTE) programs in Hawaii. The recently enacted bill will update and reform the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins CTE), and make important changes to federally-supported CTE programs that will help to better prepare Hawaii students for the careers of the future… Continue Reading

August 03, 2018

Hirono Introduces Legislation to Protect Medicare and Medicaid from Partisan Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono and 15 Senate Democrats introduced the Medicare and Medicaid Protect Act, legislation that would protect these cornerstone health care programs from partisan attacks through the budget reconciliation process. "For the past 53 years, Medicare and Medicaid have provided a crucial lifeline to hundreds of thousands of Hawaii residents who rely on these programs to access health care and long-term nursing care," Senator Hirono. "But over the past year and a… Continue Reading

August 02, 2018

Hirono Bill to Strengthen Economic Ties Between United States and New Zealand Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Mike Lee's (R-Utah) bill (S. 2245) to extend trade and investor visas to New Zealand citizens was signed into law by the President. The bill, known as the Knowledgeable Innovators and Worthy Investors (KIWI) Act, was unanimously passed by the House last week. "New Zealand visitors supported over 2,000 Hawaii jobs last year alone and continue to build on our strong cultural and economic ties to the Indo-Pacific region," Senator Hir… Continue Reading

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