Press Releases

May 08, 2018

Hirono Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Violate the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Senator Mazie K. Hirono issued the following statement after President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from and violate the Iran Nuclear Deal. "Today, Donald Trump jeopardized our national security by unilaterally violating an international agreement whose compliance by all parties until now has effectively deterred the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. "The President's decision makes it less likely we will be able to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear-armed po… Continue Reading

May 08, 2018

Hirono Statement on Approval of Federal Disaster Declaration for Kauai, Oahu

Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the President's approval of a federal disaster declaration to assist communities on Kauai and Oahu affected by April's floods. "Rebuilding Kauai and Oahu communities affected by historic flooding requires a long-term, comprehensive response, and approval of a disaster declaration expands the federal resources available to support these efforts," Senator Hirono said. "As the federal, state, and county governments work together to resp… Continue Reading

May 03, 2018

Hirono Visits Waimanalo Businesses Affected by Flooding, Continues Advocacy for Federal Aid

WAIMANALO - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Governor David Ige, and representatives from State Government agencies met with farmers and business owners in Waimanalo who were affected by destructive flooding last month. "Farmers and businesses in Waimanalo lost their crops and inventory to flooding last month, but this resilient community has come together to rebuild and support one another," Senator Hirono said. "I will continue to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal agenci… Continue Reading

May 03, 2018

Hawai‘i Congressional Delegation Urges President Trump to Swiftly Accept Hawai‘i's Disaster Declaration

HONOLULU - Today, Hawai'i's Congressional Delegation urged President Donald Trump to act swiftly on Governor David Ige's request for a Presidential disaster declaration for areas on Kaua'i and O'ahu impacted by severe flooding. The declaration will help ensure that the impacted communities can access important federal funding and resources to recover."Based on the severity of the damage, Governor Ige has requested that you issue a Presidential disaster declaration to allow residents and State an… Continue Reading

May 02, 2018

Hirono, Nine Senators Call for Preservation of USGS Climate Adaptation Science Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono led nine Senators in urging Senate appropriators to provide full funding to the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) National and Regional Climate Adaptation Centers and requested that all eight regional centers across the country, including at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, be maintained. "Without sustained funding for the eight regional Centers to translate science into actionable information, data, and tools for natural resource managers and partners… Continue Reading

May 01, 2018

Senator Hirono Expresses Support for Local Products in Public School Lunches in Visit to Mililani High School

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Lieutenant Governor Doug Chin visited Mililani High School to highlight the Aina Pono Farm-to-School Initiative and Harvest of the Month programs that increase the use of locally grown produce and beef in public school lunches. "The Aina Pono Farm-to-School Initiative and Harvest of the Month programs connect Hawaii's agriculture community with our public schools to supply our keiki with nutritious, locally grown school lunches," Senator Hirono said. "The … Continue Reading

April 30, 2018

Hirono Assesses Storm Damage, Pledges Assistance to Kauai’s North Shore Community

WAINIHA - Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho, soldiers from the Hawaii National Guard, and federal, state, and local emergency management officials to assess storm damage on Kauai's North Shore and discuss ways the federal government can assist community residents as they work to recover from the storm. "Over the past two weeks, we've seen an overwhelming outpouring of aloha from the entire state to support recovery efforts on Kauai's North Shore. Today, I saw first-han… Continue Reading

April 26, 2018

Hirono: DHS Decision to Terminate Nepal TPS Is Heartless, Continues Attacks on Vulnerable Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono denounced the Department of Homeland Security's decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepalese nationals living in the United States following the devastating earthquake in April 2015 that killed more than 9,000 people and rendered thousands more displaced and homeless. "The devastating damage in Nepal and the challenges its government faces to rebuild clearly meet the definition of 'extraordinary circumstance' required to extend T… Continue Reading

April 26, 2018

Hirono Statement on Bipartisan Legislation to Protect the Special Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, issued the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved bipartisan legislation to protect the Special Counsel on a 14-7 vote. "These are not normal times. "My Republican colleagues continue to deny that the President is looking for a way to fire the Special Counsel. "And yet today in an interview with Fox News, the President all but said that's exactly… Continue Reading

April 26, 2018

Hirono Statement on Ronny Jackson

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, issued the following statement after Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson withdrew his nomination to serve as Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA): "Ronny Jackson made the right decision to withdraw. "Our veterans deserve a fully-vetted VA Secretary with the experience to lead the government's second largest agency and who won't be a rubber stamp for the right-wing effort to privatize the VA. "Moving forwa… Continue Reading

April 25, 2018

Hirono Stands Up for Immigrants & Minorities in Supreme Court Rally on Trump v. Hawaii

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono rallied with Karen Korematsu, civil rights groups, and activists at the Supreme Court after the Court heard oral arguments in Trump v. Hawaii ­- a case that will determine the constitutionality of President Donald Trump's Muslim ban. "If the Supreme Court allows this action by this president to stand, my fear is we don't know what he will do next to hurt other immigrant or minority communities," Senator Hirono said. "This is no time to give up and … Continue Reading

April 23, 2018

Senate Passes Hirono, Hanabusa Bill to Honor World War II Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Admiral Lloyd R. "Joe" Vasey Pacific War Commemorative Display Establishment Act - a bill sponsored by Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Representative Colleen Hanabusa to establish a memorial at Pearl Harbor honoring the service of World War II veterans who served in the Pacific Theater. "Admiral Joe Vasey dedicated his life to serving our country and worked tirelessly to establish a memorial to pay tribute to his fellow veterans of the Paci… Continue Reading

April 19, 2018

Hirono, Gardner Applaud South Korea’s Addition to DHS Cybersecurity Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) applauded the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) inclusion of the Korea Internet and Security Agency, South Korea's lead cybersecurity agency, in its Automated Indicator Sharing (AIS) system that enables the exchange of cyber threat indicators between international, federal, state, local, and private sector entities at machine speed. "South Korea's inclusion in the AIS program further strengthens our alliance… Continue Reading

April 18, 2018

Hirono Meets with VA Secretary Nominee Ronny Jackson

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono met with Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) nominee Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson today. The meeting occurred ahead of Rear Admiral Jackson's Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee confirmation hearing on April 25. "I welcome Admiral Jackson's commitment that he will not privatize the VA and I will hold him to it," Senator Hirono said. "We also discussed the unique needs of veterans in Hawaii, including a shared commitment to improving access to health care s… Continue Reading

April 18, 2018

Hirono, Udall, Nearly 40 Senators Introduce Resolution Calling for Scott Pruitt’s Resignation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono, Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and 37 Senators introduced a resolution formally calling on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign. The resolution comes in response to Pruitt's numerous instances of undermining ethics values, alleged misuse of taxpayer dollars, and actions that stand in opposition to the mission of the EPA - favoring big polluters at the expense of science, our environment, and the health of children and famili… Continue Reading

April 18, 2018

Hirono, Gillibrand, Harris Introduce Bill to Insulate Immigration Judges from Political Interference

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) introduced the Immigration Court Improvement Act - a bill that would insulate immigration judges from improper political interference or manipulation. The Senators introduced this bill in response to the recent revelations that the Trump administration will impose unfair, unnecessary, and politically-motivated quotas on immigration judges. "At a time when the Trump administration i… Continue Reading

April 17, 2018

Hirono, Senate Democrats Call on Trump Administration to Extend Temporary Protected Status for Nepalese National

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and 22 Senate Democrats joined together to call on the Trump administration to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepalese nationals living in the United States after the devastating earthquake in April 2015 killed more than 9,000 people and rendered thousands more displaced and homeless. In their letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan, the Senators argued that extending… Continue Reading

April 16, 2018

Following Hirono, Cruz Request, Supreme Court Approves Release of Same Day Audio in Trump v. Hawaii

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, applauded the Supreme Court's decision to release an audio recording and transcript of oral arguments in the highly-anticipated Trump v. Hawaii case immediately after arguments conclude on April 25. "I thank the Supreme Court for agreeing to our request to release same day audio for Trump v. Hawaii oral arguments," Senator Hir… Continue Reading

April 13, 2018

Hirono Statement on Syrian Airstrikes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the air strikes in Syria. "Bashar al-Assad has again used chemical weapons against his own people. This is another atrocity and breach of international law, and the international community must hold him accountable. "While today's action was taken in concert with France and Great Britain, the President stated that 'we are prepared for a sustained response … Continue Reading

April 13, 2018

Hirono Votes Against Andrew Wheeler for Deputy EPA Administrator

Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) voted against the confirmation of Andrew Wheeler to serve as the Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Wheeler, a coal industry lobbyist who denies the existence of climate change, was confirmed by the Senate on a 53-45 vote. "At a time when the current EPA administrator is under siege for his lack of ethics, we don't need a deputy administrator who will prioritize the interests of the fossil fuel industry over the public's," Senat… Continue Reading

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