Press Releases

April 11, 2018

Hirono Introduces Ninth Circuit Nominee Mark Bennett During Judiciary Committee Confirmation Hearing

Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced former Hawaii Attorney General Mark Bennett during today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to consider his nomination to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. From Senator Hirono's remarks: "Mark has led a distinguished career both in private practice and in public service, and he is very well regarded in the Hawaii legal community "Mark also served two terms as Hawaii's Attorney General - and was unanimously confirmed… Continue Reading


April 10, 2018

Hirono, Senate Democrats Call for Inspector General Investigation into Reports of Science Censorship at National Park Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and four of her colleagues called on U.S. Department of Interior Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall to conduct an investigation into potential alterations to a scientific report titled "Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Projections for the National Park Service" by Department of the Interior employees that removed references to human-caused climate change. "During a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on March… Continue Reading


April 06, 2018

Hirono Statement on the Passing of Senator Daniel K. Akaka

HONOLULU- Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the passing of Senator Daniel K. Akaka: "Senator Daniel Kahikina Akaka embodied the Aloha Spirit. He dedicated his life to serving the people of Hawaii as an educator, and in the U.S. Army, state government, the U.S. House, and the U.S. Senate. In Congress, Senator Akaka's care, empathy, and collegiality served as an example for us all. It's an honor to sit at his desk in the Senate chamber, and we continue his work to improv… Continue Reading


March 31, 2018

Hirono Advocacy Allows Hale Makua to Continue Veterans’ Services

Senator Mazie K. Hirono visited Hale Makua on Maui to highlight her work to allow the facility to continue to serve as a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provider. Following the VA's decision to terminate a provider agreement that had been in place since 2013, Senator Hirono facilitated discussions that culminated in Hale Makua being contracted by the VA to provide nursing home care to Maui veterans. "Facilities like Hale Makua who are committed to serving our veterans should be able to do… Continue Reading


March 30, 2018

Ahead of Fifth Annual Hawaii on the Hill, Hirono Visits Participating Small Businesses on Maui

KAHULUI - Senator Mazie K. Hirono visited four Maui small businesses who participate in Hawaii on the Hill, Senator Hirono and the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii's annual state showcase in Washington, D.C. Senator Hirono visited Uncle Louie Sausage Inc., Maui Fruit Jewels, Maui Crisps, and Maui Brewing Company. "Our small business participants are the backbone of Hawaii on the Hill, and serve as ambassadors of the Aloha Spirit in Washington, D.C.," Senator Hirono said. "As we look forward to the … Continue Reading


March 29, 2018

Hirono Emphasizes Importance of Impact Aid Funding in Address to Transition Centers Best Practices Conference

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono emphasized the importance of continuing federal funding for Impact Aid that supports the education of federally-impacted students at the Hawaii Department of Education's Transition Centers Best Practices Conference. School transition centers provide peer and educator support to students entering a new school, and are partially funded through federal Impact Aid, which provides funding based on the number of federally-connected students enrolled in Hawaii's sin… Continue Reading


March 29, 2018

Statement From Senator Mazie K. Hirono on the Change in Leadership at the VA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump fired Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin and nominated Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson to replace him. "The chaos continues in the White House with the continuous shuffling of cabinet secretaries - the latest being Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin. The Department of Veterans Affairs is an agency already rocked by scandals and reports of infighting, and I had hoped th… Continue Reading


March 27, 2018

Hirono Highlights Recently Passed Bill to Expand Veterans’ Long Term Care Coverage in Visit to Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home

Senator Mazie K. Hirono met with staff and residents at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo to discuss the impact that her recently passed legislation, the State Veterans Home Adult Day Health Care Improvement Act, will have on the facility's ability to continue adult day health care services for service-connected severely disabled veterans. "The Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home adult day health care program provides comprehensive services from medical care to recreational activities… Continue Reading


March 27, 2018

Hirono Receives Rose Award of Excellence from Zonta Club of Hilo

HILO - Senator Mazie K. Hirono received the Rose Award of Excellence from the Zonta Club of Hilo at a ceremony today. Presented every two years, the Award honors women who have "made a significant impact on the lives of others." "I thank the Zonta Club of Hilo for the Rose Award, and for being a hands-on organization. Hilo Zontians don't just talk about how to create opportunities for women in STEM or fight domestic violence-they are out there in the community doing something about it," Senato… Continue Reading


March 26, 2018

Hirono, Maui Students Call for Action on Gun Violence at Concert for Our Lives

KAHULUI - Senator Mazie K. Hirono encouraged students to continue to advocate for safer schools and an end to gun violence at the Concert for Our Lives Maui. "This is a movement that will inspire a generation," Senator Hirono said. "Activists from across the country and around the world came together today to demand sensible gun legislation that will close background check loopholes, eliminate bump stocks, and prevent anyone from owning assault weapons. If these bills pass, it will be because … Continue Reading


March 22, 2018

Hirono Votes in Favor of Omnibus Spending Bill that Fights Back Against Donald Trump’s Misplaced Priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono issued the following statement following her vote in favor of the Omnibus Spending Bill for FY2018: "This bill reflects priorities that are very different from the President's. In many ways - and particularly on education, affordable housing, health care, and clean energy - it is a strong repudiation of Donald Trump's misplaced priorities. I hope this bill connotes a sustained Congressional commitment to stand up for our families and communities. "Wh… Continue Reading


March 22, 2018

Hirono, Cruz Call on Supreme Court to Release Same Day Audio of Oral Arguments 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, called on the Supreme Court to make an audio recording of oral arguments in the highly-anticipated Trump v. Hawaii case available immediately after arguments conclude on April 25. In their joint letter to Chief Justice John Roberts, the Senators wrote: "Releasing same-day audio has proven to be a valuable resource for individual… Continue Reading


March 22, 2018

Hirono Announces $3.7 Million in Federal Funding to Fight Invasive Species, Support Hawaii Agriculture

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced $3.7 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding for eight Hawaii projects that fight invasive species and protect Hawaii's agriculture industry. "Invasive pests continue to threaten the livelihood of Hawaii farmers and future of our agriculture industry," Senator Hirono said. "This funding will advance research focused on the eradication of several invasive pests and pathogens, as well as provide additional resources… Continue Reading


March 21, 2018

Hirono Receives Perfect Score from Leading Environmental Advocacy Groups

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) received 100% scores from two leading environmental advocacy groups-the League of Conservation Voters and the Defenders of Wildlife for her work in the Senate to stand up for environmental protections and fight the Trump administration's efforts to open public lands for drilling and prioritize fossil fuel extraction over renewable energy. "The Trump administration and Congressional Republicans' anti-environment leaders and policies ignore t… Continue Reading


March 20, 2018

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate unanimously passed S. 899, a bill authored by Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) to ensure veterans with a 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 for the purposes of receiving medical care related to their service-connected condition. “This is common-sense legislation that will ensure the … Continue Reading


March 16, 2018

Hirono: I Will Hold U.S. Department of Transportation Accountable to Kalaupapa Community

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) issuance of an Order to Mokulele Airlines to provide unsubsidized Essential Air Service (EAS) to Kalaupapa: "Congress created the Essential Air Service Program to serve communities like Kalaupapa. The U.S. Department of Transportation must uphold its commitments to the Kalaupapa community, and I will hold USDOT accountable to make sure air service to Kala… Continue Reading


March 16, 2018

Hirono Reiterates Support for Students and Teachers During National Public Schools Week

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senator Mazie K. Hirono reiterated her commitment to supporting Hawaii's public schools and fighting against Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration's efforts to undermine public education during National Public Schools Week. "Our nation's public schools are foundational to the success of millions of students in Hawaii and across the country," Senator Hirono said. "At a time when Betsy DeVos and Donald Trump are working to dismantle our public school system and attack teachers… Continue Reading


March 16, 2018

Congress Passes Hirono, Hatch Bill to Expand Long Term Health Care Coverage for Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Orrin G. Hatch's (R-Utah) State Veterans Home Adult Day Health Care Improvement Act (S. 324). This bill ensures that severely disabled veterans are able to receive adult day health care services at no cost to them by defining the program as a reimbursable treatment option through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Senate passed the bill in November 2017 and now goes to the President… Continue Reading


March 14, 2018

Hirono Joins Students from Kauai High School to Demand Action on Gun Violence

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined thousands of students, including 22 from Kauai High School, at the U.S. Capitol for the National School Walkout Rally to call for sensible gun safety legislation and an end to gun violence. "So many American students, led by the brave, articulate survivors of Parkland, are standing up, sharing their stories and calling for change," Senator Hirono said. "I'm inspired by their determination and will continue to fight alongside them as we work to … Continue Reading


March 14, 2018

Hirono Nominates 44 Hawaii Students to U.S. Service Academies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced her nomination of 44 students to the U.S. military service academies for the Class of 2022. The students' applications are now being considered by the four academies for final selection. "Each of these 44 young men and women stood out for their academic and extracurricular achievements," said Senator Hirono. "I commend their commitment to serving our country and look forward to hearing of their continued success." Members of Congress nominat… Continue Reading

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