Press Releases

July 19, 2017

VA Approves Lease Agreements to Build Maui, Kauai Community-Based Outpatient Clinics

Hirono Announces Lease Agreement After Meeting with New VA Pacific Islands Health Care System Director Hirono Had Advocated for Quick Approval of Lease Agreement After Meeting with Maui Veterans in February WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs approved new lease agreements to build Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) on Maui and Kauai after a meeting with the new Director o… Continue Reading


July 19, 2017

Oahu Community Health Centers Receive $3 Million to Expand Health Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced today that community health centers on the island of Oahu will receive nearly $3 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the expansion of health services. The health centers receiving funding include Waimanalo Health Center and Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services. "Federal funding plays an important role in ensuring that Hawaii's Community Health Centers can continue to provide critic… Continue Reading


July 19, 2017

Senator Hirono Announces Funding to Support Native Hawaiian Education and Cultural Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) today announced over $90,000 in grant funding from the Native American Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program to promote Native Hawaiian education and cultural practices in Hawaii. The funding will support initiatives by the Hula Preservation Society (HPS) and Papahana Kuaola that promote valuable cultural practices. "Programs like the Native American Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program provide critical support for Native Hawaiian educa… Continue Reading


July 18, 2017

Hirono: Ending Sequestration Will Take More Than Lip Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee, heard from former Reagan administration officials today on the impacts of President Regan's expansion of the Navy in light of current efforts to increase the size of the Navy's fleet to 355 from 308. The expansion under Reagan led to an increase of the Navy's fleet by roughly 70 ships by the end of the 1980s. Currently, the Navy is planning to increase submarines and oth… Continue Reading


July 18, 2017

Hawaii Receives $6 Million to Support Public Health Emergency Preparedness Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced today that Hawaii will receive $6,125,363 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase the state's ability to prepare and respond to potential public health threats. "Our experience fighting Zika, dengue, and other diseases has taught us how important it is for states and local governments to have the resources they need to confront potential public health threats," said Senator Hirono. "I will continue t… Continue Reading


July 18, 2017

Senator Hirono Announces Funding to Defend Against Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks on Hawaii

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced today that Hawaii will receive $492,800 in federal funding to enhance state preparedness and response efforts to address complex coordinated terrorist attacks. "We must remain vigilant to threats from terrorism including homegrown extremism and lone wolf style attacks, but many of the programs that help keep us safe are under attack from the Trump administration," said Senator Hirono. "This federal grant funding will help ensure … Continue Reading


July 17, 2017

Hirono, Blumenthal, Franken Lead Call to Demand Suspension of Kushner’s Security Clearance Due to Russia Actions

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senators Mazie K. Hirono, Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Al Franken (D-Minn.) demanded the security clearance of White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner be immediately suspended, pending a review of newly revealed information about Kushner's contacts with Russian lobbyists and government-linked agents. Following the revelation of a meeting Kushner, along with Donald Trump Jr. and Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, held with Russian government-linked agents, Kushner's v… Continue Reading


July 17, 2017

Hirono: India’s Inclusion in Global Entry Is Good for Hawaii

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that India has been officially added to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Global Entry Program, which means that Indian citizens can now apply for expedited customs clearance for visiting the United States. Senator Hirono led a bipartisan letter to encourage the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to add India to the Global Entry Program in time for Hawaii's busy summer travel season. "India's inclusion in the Global Entry Program… Continue Reading


July 17, 2017

Senator Hirono Announces Over $2 Million for Improvements at Kauai, Maui, and Molokai Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) today announced that Hawaii will receive over $2 million in funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to enhance airport operations and runway safety at the Lihue, Kahului, and Molokai airports. "The safety of our traveling public is critical to the well-being of the people of Kauai, Maui, and Molokai who depend on air transportation and Hawaii's visitor industry," said Senator Hirono. "This federal funding will help to strength… Continue Reading


July 14, 2017

Hirono: Judge Watson’s Decision Strikes Another Blow Against Muslim Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on Judge Derrick Kahala Watson's ruling that expands the types of family members covered under the Supreme Court's exemption from the President's Muslim ban: "The Muslim ban, and how the Trump administration has chosen to enforce it, continues to demonstrate the administration's animosity toward immigrants and their families. Americans have always considered grandparents, aunt… Continue Reading


July 14, 2017

Hawaii Residents, Health Care Leaders Speak Out Against Trumpcare

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In a new video, Senator Mazie K. Hirono, health care leaders from across the state, and the people they serve highlighted the devastating impact that Trumpcare would have on communities across the state. "Health care is a right, not a privilege for those who can afford it," said Senator Hirono. "Hawaii residents have a simple message: oppose this mean, ugly bill." Click on the photo above to watch the video Earlier today, Senate Republicans introduced their latest versio… Continue Reading


July 12, 2017

Hirono Grills FBI Director Nominee on Meetings with Trump Officials, Independence from Administration

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today focused her line of questions to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Nominee Christopher Wray on his meetings with the President and administration officials. Senator Hirono questioned his ability to act independently of the Trump administration and vigorously pursue investigations free of political influence. Senator Hirono also asked Mr. Wray if he would push back on the administration's ef… Continue Reading


July 11, 2017

Hirono Continues Work to Protect Nursing Home Coverage for Hawaii Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee heard testimony in support of S. 683, Senator Mazie K. Hirono's bipartisan Keeping Our Commitment to Disabled Veterans Act. Sen. Hirono's bill would extend an expiring requirement under law that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provide nursing care for certain veterans with service-connected disabilities. Without extension by Congress beyond December 31, 2017, VA would no longer be required to provide this coverage. Around 350 Hawa… Continue Reading


July 11, 2017

Hirono Secures Hawaii Priorities in Defense Authorization

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services and Ranking Member of the Seapower Subcommittee, secured key priorities that encourage renewable energy investment, and support America's strategic interests in the Indo-Asia-Pacific in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018. "Hawaii plays a critical role in advancing our country's strategic interests in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region," said Senator Hirono. "This year's NDAA … Continue Reading


July 10, 2017

Hirono Statement on Hawaii Soldier Arrested on Suspicion of Ties to ISIL

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the arrest of a Hawaii soldier with alleged ties to ISIL: "During my meeting earlier today with the nominee to serve as our next FBI director, I reiterated my ongoing concern about homegrown extremism and lone wolf style attacks. "Although we are only beginning to learn more about these allegations, including whether this soldier was acting alone, we must remain vigilant to ensure our law enforcement agencies have… Continue Reading


July 10, 2017

Ahead of Committee Hearing, Hirono Calls on FBI Director Nominee for Clear Commitment to Independence from President

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, pressed Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Nominee Christopher Wray on his commitment to supporting the independent investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election and fighting hate crimes. Senator Hirono will have further opportunity to question Mr. Wray at his nomination hearing Wednesday. "The unprecedented circumstances surrounding Mr. Wray's nomination require a commitment to t… Continue Reading


July 07, 2017

Senator Hirono Announces Over $1 Million for Hawaii Sea Grant Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced today that the University of Hawaii's Sea Grant College Program (Hawaii Sea Grant) will receive over $1 million in federal funding to support ongoing coastal and marine research, extension, and outreach projects in Hawaii. Administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Sea Grant College Program operates through partnerships between NOAA and university-based systems in 33 coastal states throughout the… Continue Reading


July 07, 2017

Hirono Announces More Than $22 Million for Affordable Housing and Community Development

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) today announced $22,357,301 million in funding for affordable housing and community development programs through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funding is comprised of allocations from the following programs: Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS, Emergency Solutions Grants, and Housing Trust Fund. "Federal funding is essen… Continue Reading


June 26, 2017

Hirono Leads Effort to Prevent Trump Administration from Discriminating Against Immigrants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and six other Senators demanded answers from the Trump Administration today on a new office created to focus on publicizing information about crimes committed by immigrants. In a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly, the Senators asked for answers about the purpose for creating the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office due to concerns the office's activities could lead to misinformation and potentially illeg… Continue Reading


June 26, 2017

Hirono, Moran, Tester, Daines introduce bill to extend employment protections to FAA, TSA veteran employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) introduced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Veterans' Preference Protection Act to extend equitable federal employment rights to veterans. The bill would close a loophole in current law that leaves over 27,000 veterans employed by the FAA and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) without the same legal mechanisms available to their counterparts in other f… Continue Reading

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