Press Releases

December 19, 2017

Hirono: New Scoot Flight from Singapore to Honolulu Strengthens Hawaii’s Visitor Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono welcomed Singaporean airliner Scoot's first flight to Daniel K. Inouye Honolulu International Airport from Singapore via Osaka, Japan. The new air service comes after years of advocacy by Senator Hirono to successfully add Singapore and Japan to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Global Entry program. "I welcome Scoot Airlines' new service to Honolulu. Today's flight builds on Hawaii's deep ties with Singapore and Japan, and helps strengthen … Continue Reading

December 18, 2017

Duckworth, Hirono Announce Legislation to Ensure National Embarrassments Like Japanese American Internment Are Never Repeated

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - On the anniversary of the widely-condemned Korematsu Supreme Court decision that led to the internment of thousands of Japanese Americans during World War II, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) intend to introduce the Korematsu-Takai Civil Liberties Protection Act of 2017 (S. 2250) to prevent similar civil and human rights travesties from happening on U.S. soil ever again. Their legislation is named in honor of the late U.S. Congressman Mark Takai f… Continue Reading

December 14, 2017

Hirono, Lee Introduce Bipartisan New Zealand Visa Bill to Increase Economic Growth, Job Creation

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced the bipartisan Knowledgeable Innovators and Worthy Investors (KIWI) Act, which would extend trade and investor visas to New Zealand citizens to increase international business between the United States and New Zealand. The legislation comes as the United States and New Zealand mark 75 years of diplomatic relations, and would allow New Zealand citizens to apply for trade (E-1) and investor (E-2) temporary entr… Continue Reading

December 07, 2017

Statement from Senator Mazie K. Hirono on the Continuing Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono issued the following statement after a vote on the continuing resolution: "By now, we should have an agreement to pass the DREAM Act, reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program, fund Community Health Centers, stabilize the Affordable Care Act, and prevent across the board cuts to defense and non-defense spending. I voted against today's continuing resolution to send a strong message to Mitch McConnell and the Republican Party to negotiate in g… Continue Reading

December 07, 2017

On 76th Anniversary of Attack on Pearl Harbor, Hirono Introduces Bill to Honor World War II Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono introduced the Admiral Lloyd R. "Joe" Vasey Pacific War Commemorative Display Establishment Act, which would establish a memorial at Pearl Harbor honoring the service of World War II veterans who served in the Pacific Theater. The bill is the Senate companion to legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Colleen Hanabusa. "As we mark the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, we honor the brave veterans who d… Continue Reading

December 07, 2017

Hirono, Hassan Urge FCC Chairman Pai to Delay Vote Rolling Back Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and 26 other Senators urged Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to delay the vote to roll back the nation's net neutrality rules. In a letter, the Senators expressed concerns over reports that bots filed hundreds of thousands of comments to the FCC during the net neutrality policymaking process, and called for an investigation into the state of the record. "A free and open Internet is vital to… Continue Reading

December 06, 2017

Statement from Senator Mazie K. Hirono on Senator Al Franken

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) released the following statement: "Today, I am calling on my colleague Al Franken to step aside. I've struggled with this decision because he's been a good Senator and I consider him a friend. But that cannot excuse his behavior and his mistreatment of women. "TIME Magazine, by naming 'The Silence Breakers' as their 'Person of the Year,' is recognizing what women have always known: there are men among us who use their positions of power and… Continue Reading

December 04, 2017

Hirono Secures Federal Funds to Build Hanalei Urgent Care Clinic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that the Makana North Shore Urgent Care will receive a nearly $1.1 million U.S. Department of Agriculture loan to complete construction and help with operating costs of a new urgent care clinic to serve Kauai's north shore community. "Rural communities across Hawaii continue to face challenges in accessing health care services," said Senator Hirono. "This loan will help complete construction of the Makana North Shore Urgent Care Clinic, and e… Continue Reading

December 02, 2017

Hirono: Republican Tax Scam Hurts Middle Class Families to Pay for a Giveaway to Wealthy & Corporations

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono voted against H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a bill to provide major tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy. The legislation, released just hours before the vote, was passed in the dead of night on a 51-49 vote. After the vote, Senator Hirono released the following statement: "Republicans are living in an alternative universe. There is no other way to explain why they are touting this huge tax bill, which will hurt millions of American fami… Continue Reading

December 01, 2017

Hirono, Booker, Markey Introduce Amendment to Hold Republicans Accountable for Pledge to Avoid Medicare Cuts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) today introduced an amendment to the Republican tax plan that would hold Senate Republicans accountable for their pledge that their tax plan will not result in any cuts to Medicare. Under the Senate's "pay-as-you-go" rules, Congress is required to offset the cost of each piece of legislation or risk across-the-board spending cuts to various government programs. Under this rule, the Republicans'… Continue Reading

November 30, 2017

Hirono: Republican Corporate Tax Giveaway Would Hurt Funding for Hawaii Hospitals, Other Critical State Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ahead of expected late night votes on the Senate Republican tax plan, Senator Mazie K. Hirono spoke out against the bill's devastating impact on Hawaii families and critical state infrastructure. Senator Hirono highlighted the Senate bill's focus on providing substantial tax relief to corporations and wealthy individuals at the expense of working families and investments that benefit communities in Hawaii and nationwide. While not yet law, buried in the House and Senate Repub… Continue Reading

November 30, 2017

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Approves Hirono Provisions to Expand Health Care Access

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, voted in support of bipartisan legislation to continue funding for veterans' health care programs, and improve the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Choice Program. The bill included several of Senator Hirono's provisions to increase Hawaii veterans' access to health care services, and passed the committee 14-1. "The bipartisan legislation approved by the Veterans' Affairs Committee today … Continue Reading

November 22, 2017

Hirono Dedicates New Exhibit on Japanese American Internment at Kilauea Military Camp

HILO, HAWAII - Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined Superintendent of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Cindy Orlando to dedicate a new exhibit recounting the internment of Japanese Americans at the Kilauea Military Camp (KMC) during World War II. More than 100 Japanese Americans were imprisoned at KMC - the largest incarceration site in Hawaii outside of Oahu. "The internment of Japanese Americans during World War II was based on discrimination and racism, and when our country goes down this path, th… Continue Reading

November 21, 2017

Hirono, Cortez Masto, Democratic Women Senators to McConnell: Pass the Dream Act Before Senate Recesses in December

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and their Democratic women colleagues urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to pass the Dream Act before the Senate recesses in December. In the letter, the Senators emphasized the impact of President Trump's decision to rescind the DACA program on women DREAMers and their families, and underscored the need to pass legislation that would prevent them from being deported from the only home the… Continue Reading

November 16, 2017

Hirono, Gillibrand Re-Introduce Legislation to Address Crisis of Military Sexual Assault

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), along with a bipartisan group of Senators and advocates, today called on the Senate to pass the bipartisan Military Justice Improvement Act, which would establish an impartial, fair, and accountable military justice system to address the crisis of sexual assault. Since 2013, Senator Hirono has championed this legislation, which would put the decision to prosecute serious crimes like sexual assault into the hands of impar… Continue Reading

November 16, 2017

Hirono: Defense Authorization Bill Includes Provisions to Keep Hawaii Safe, Strengthen Hawaii’s Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee, successfully secured provisions that will strengthen Hawaii's security and economy in the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that passed the Senate today. Senator Hirono also served as a member of the NDAA Conference Committee, which reconciled the different versions of the bill passed by the House and Senate. The NDAA is a bill that lays out the resource levels and def… Continue Reading

November 15, 2017

Hirono Introduces Bill to Close Loophole in Military Justice System that Enables Convicted Abusers to Buy Guns

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono today introduced the Military Domestic Violence Reporting Enhancement Act, legislation to close a dangerous loophole in the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) that enables convicted abusers to purchase firearms. Federal civilian law mandates that those convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence are not authorized to purchase a firearm. Under the current UCMJ, which is applied to military personnel on active duty, a domestic violence conv… Continue Reading

November 13, 2017

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The U.S. Senate unanimously passed Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Orrin G. Hatch's (R-Utah) State Veterans Home Adult Day Health Care Improvement Act, a bill to ensure 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). "VA coverage of adult day health care allows Hawaii veterans and their families to afford comprehens… Continue Reading

November 11, 2017

Hirono Honors Servicemembers on Veterans Day

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day: "Each Veterans Day, we are reminded of the bravery and commitment of the men and women who have served and are still serving our country. We honor our servicemembers, our veterans, and their families for their dedication and sacrifices to defending the values of liberty and freedom. "We also recognize our brave servicemen and women by supporting their transition back to civilian life, inc… Continue Reading

November 09, 2017

Hirono, Capito, Green, Bucshon Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Seniors’ Access to Shingles Vaccine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) and Representatives Gene Green (D-Texas) and Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) introduced the Protecting Seniors through Immunization Act (or "Shingles Prevention Act")-bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would eliminate Medicare Part D beneficiaries' out of pocket costs for the shingles vaccine and raise awareness about the importance of getting vaccinated. One in three Americans will develop shingles in their lifetime. "Fin… Continue Reading

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