Press Releases

November 08, 2017

Hirono, Feinstein, Senate Democrats Introduce Assault Weapons Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017, a bill to ban the sale, transfer, manufacture, and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. "Thoughts, prayers, and moments of silence will not curb the epidemic of mass shootings in our country," said Senator Hirono. "Removing military-style assault weapons from our streets is a concrete step we can take to reduce gun violence." T… Continue Reading


November 07, 2017

Hirono: University of Hawaii Granted $1.7 Million to Support Agricultural Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that the University of Hawaii will receive more than $1.7 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support agriculture and sustainability education programs. "As we work toward growing more of our food at home, this funding will support programs across the University of Hawaii system that create pathways for local students to have meaningful careers in Hawaii's agricultural industry," said Senator Hirono. The University of Hawaii's… Continue Reading


November 03, 2017

Hirono, Hawaii Congressional Delegation Introduce Legislation to Address Working Conditions in Hawaii’s Longline Fishing Fleet

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono and the Hawaii Congressional Delegation introduced the Sustainable Fishing Workforce Protection Act, legislation that would address concerns about the status of foreign workers in Hawaii's longline fishing fleet. "This bill provides necessary protections for foreign fishermen and ensures the continued viability of Hawaii's longline fishing fleet, which is important to our culture," said Senator Hirono. "Throughout this process, I have worked with a rang… Continue Reading


November 03, 2017

Hirono, Daines Bill Signed into Law to Make APEC Travel Card Permanent

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Steve Daines' (R-Mont.) bill to make permanent the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card program was signed into to law by the President. The law, which grants Americans and citizens from APEC nations access to fast-track processing lanes at Daniel K. Inouye Honolulu International Airport and airports across the U.S. and Asia-Pacific, was passed by Congress last month. "The APEC Business Travel Card program has … Continue Reading


November 02, 2017

Hirono Opposes Mandate to Energy Committee to Pay for GOP Tax Proposal with Arctic Drilling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono opposed plans to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development to fulfill a mandate in the Republican tax and budget plan that the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee raise $1 billion in new revenue to pay for tax cuts to corporations and the wealthiest Americans by November 13. In a hearing this morning, Senator Hirono questioned U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Principal Deputy Director Greg Sheehan on the Trump administ… Continue Reading


November 01, 2017

Hirono: Taiwan’s Inclusion in Global Entry Strengthens Hawaii’s Visitor Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) today announced that Taiwan has officially been added to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Global Entry program. This decision enables Taiwanese to apply for expedited customs clearance when visiting the United States. American citizens will also be extended similar benefits on arrival in Taiwan. "Taiwan's inclusion in the Global Entry program further strengthens our ties to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, and allows CBP to direct s… Continue Reading


October 30, 2017

Hirono, Duckworth Lead Effort to Recognize Women’s Small Business Month in Senate

Washington, D.C.-Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) led a Senate resolution recognizing October as Women's Small Business Month, and encouraging minority women entrepreneurs. "National Women's Small Business Month is an opportunity to celebrate women entrepreneurs in Hawaii, and recommit to creating opportunity for more women to start their own businesses," said Senator Hirono, a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. "While the overall… Continue Reading


October 26, 2017

Hirono Applauds TSA PreCheck Expansion to All Nippon Airways

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) today hailed the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) decision to expand its PreCheck program to All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan's largest airline. ANA operates three flights daily from Tokyo to Daniel K. Inouye Honolulu International Airport. TSA PreCheck allows pre-approved travelers to receive expedited security screening at U.S. airports without the need to remove shoes, laptops, certain liquids, belts or light jackets. "Includ… Continue Reading


October 25, 2017

Hirono, Gabbard Present Filipino World War II Veterans with Congressional Gold Medal

20 Hawaii Veterans & Family Members Attend Capitol Ceremony Ceremony Follows Years-Long Effort to Recognize Filipino World War II Veterans WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, and Congressional leaders presented the Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino World War II veterans. The presentation ceremony was the culmination of Senator Hirono and Congresswoman Gabbard's years-long effort to recognize Filipino World War II veterans with the Congressional Gold … Continue Reading


October 24, 2017

Congress Passes Hirono, Daines Bill to Make APEC Travel Card Permanent

Legislation Now Goes to President for Approval Over 200 Hawaii Residents Currently Benefit from the Program WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. House of Representatives passed Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Steve Daines' (R-Mont.) bill to make permanent the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card Program. The bill, which grants Americans and citizens from APEC nations access to fast-track processing lanes at Daniel K. Inouye Honolulu International Airport and airports a… Continue Reading


October 20, 2017

Hirono, Schatz, Gabbard Announce Nearly $3 Million to Improve Drinking Water Infrastructure in Puna

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Brian Schatz, and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced that the Hawaiian Shores Community Association (HSCA) will receive nearly $3 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to improve its community drinking water system in Puna, Hawaii. "Rural communities in Hawaii face unique challenges in maintaining and updating aging water infrastructure," said Senator Hirono. "This federal investment will help HSCA make needed impro… Continue Reading


October 19, 2017

Hirono: Republican Budget “Inflicts Pain,” Reflects Trump’s “Misplaced Priorities”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today voted against the Republican budget resolution for federal fiscal year 2018. The resolution passed on a 51-49 vote. While the budget resolution does not become law, it outlines the budget and tax priorities that Congress will pursue in the coming year. "This budget reflects Donald Trumps misplaced priorities-giving tax cuts to the richest in our country and paying for it by inflicting pain on virtually everyone else. It's yet another broken Trum… Continue Reading


October 19, 2017

Hirono Secures Commitment from Department of Defense to Promote New Cybersecurity Requirements for Contractors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on strengthening cybersecurity, Senator Mazie K. Hirono questioned Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security Kenneth Rapuano on how the Department is helping defense contractors comply with heightened requirements to ensure sensitive information is protected. "As we continue to face cybersecurity threats, it's critical that we increase data protection," said Senator Hirono, Ranking Member of the Se… Continue Reading


October 17, 2017

Hirono Grills D.C. Circuit Nominee on Past Opposition to Native Hawaiian Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono grilled Greg Katsas, a nominee to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, about his past opposition to Native Hawaiian rights during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. As a senior official in the George W. Bush Justice Department, Mr. Katsas testified against the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, also known as the Akaka Bill, during a Senate hearing in 2007. In his testimony, Mr. Katsas s… Continue Reading


October 13, 2017

Hirono: Trump Decision to Decertify Iran Nuclear Deal Is “Dangerous, Political”

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the President's decision to decertify the Iran Nuclear Deal: "Our European Allies, the United Nations, and the President's own civilian and military national security team all agree that Iran is not in material breach of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). "In making the dangerous, political decision to decertify Iran's compliance with the agreement, Donald Trump is jeopardizing our national security by undermin… Continue Reading


October 13, 2017

Hirono: New Report Demonstrates Urgency to Confront “Completely Unacceptable” Culture of Harassment at National Park Service

Nearly 40 Percent of NPS Employees Report Harassment or Discrimination in Past Year Ranking Member of Senate National Parks Subcommittee Commits to Additional Oversight to Address Epidemic of Workplace Harassment HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, called for action to be taken following the release of a National Park Service (NPS) survey, which found that 38% of NPS employees have been harassed or discr… Continue Reading


October 11, 2017

Hirono: “We Can’t Be Nice” About Fighting for Support of Native Hawaiian Programs

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono issued a call to action to attendees of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement's Native Hawaiian Convention to continue their work fighting to protect federal Native Hawaiian housing, education, and health care programs. Senator Hirono also highlighted the importance of building strong federal and community partnerships to support native programs and minority communities. "This administration has no regard for minority communities and native peoples, evid… Continue Reading


October 11, 2017

Senate Advances Hirono Proposal to Extend Maui County’s HUBZone Status

HONOLULU - The U.S. Senate passed legislation supported by Senator Mazie K. Hirono that would extend the federal Historically Underutilized Business Zone Contracting (HUBZone) program for Maui County small businesses, and other communities that are set to lose their HUBZone designation. "Maui County businesses who have benefitted from the HUBZone program are facing uncertainty and currently must make the difficult decision between moving to a HUBZone county or leave the program," said Senator… Continue Reading


October 10, 2017

Hirono Marks Completion of Daniel K. Inouye Highway Reconstruction

HILO- Senator Mazie K. Hirono today dedicated a new phase of the Daniel K. Inouye Highway, formerly known as Saddle Road. Today's ceremony marked the completion of the Saddle Road Improvement Project. Construction on the Daniel K. Inouye Highway began in 2004, and the project's completion creates the shortest route between East and West Hawaii Island. "This project has been in the making for decades, and it's only through coordination between federal, state, and local governments, and the Hawai… Continue Reading


October 06, 2017

Hirono Secures Federal Funding for Clean Energy Research and Development in Hawaii

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced that two Hawaii businesses will receive $1.5 million in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding to develop offshore seaweed as a potential clean energy source. The funding was awarded through DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program. "These grants recognize the innovative work being done in Hawaii to research and develop renewable energy resources," said Senator Hirono, member of the Senate Committee on Energy and… Continue Reading

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