Press Releases

March 09, 2017

Hirono Statement on the Passing of Judge James Burns

Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the passing of Judge James Burns: "I've known Judge Burns and his wife Emme for decades. We developed a strong friendship over the years and I always enjoyed his dry wit and great sense of humor. Judge Burns dedicated his life to public service and the law, and did so with humility. My thoughts go to Emme and the entire Burns ohana today."… Continue Reading

March 07, 2017

Hirono Questions Top Justice Department Nominees’ Independence, Commitment to Upholding Civil Rights Laws

Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today pressed Rod Rosenstein, nominee for Deputy Attorney General, and Rachel Brand, nominee for Associate Attorney General, on their commitment to independently investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election, defend the right to vote, and uphold civil rights. The Deputy Attorney General and Associate Attorney General are respectively the second and third highest ranking positions at the Department of Justice. From Sena… Continue Reading

March 06, 2017

Hirono: New Executive Order Still a Muslim Ban

Minutes after President Trump issued a new immigration executive order, Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined CNN's Wolf Blitzer to discuss how the Administration continues to target the Muslim community. From the segment: "[The President] made some small changes…but it's still basically a Muslim ban. It's still a ban based on one's religion, and every time our country has targeted a minority group for discriminatory treatment, we have been proven to be very, very wrong, and the President is w… Continue Reading

March 02, 2017

Hirono: Sessions Recusal Not Sufficient

Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement: "The Attorney General made the correct decision to recuse himself, but it is not sufficient. We need an independent investigation into the Trump administration's ties to the Russian government."… Continue Reading

March 02, 2017

Hirono, Daines Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Expiration of Asia-Pacific Expedited Travel Program

Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) introduced the bipartisan APEC Business Travel Card Reauthorization Act to make permanent the APEC Business Travel Card Program, which grants U.S. citizens access to fast-track processing lanes at airports across the Asia-Pacific. Without reauthorization, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) cannot issue cards to U.S. citizens after September 30, 2018. Over 200 Hawaii residents are active holders of the APEC Business Travel Card which save… Continue Reading

March 01, 2017

Hirono, Casey, Donnelly Call on President to Commit to Protecting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid

Senators Mazie K. Hirono, Bob Casey (D-Penn.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), and 13 Senate Democrats urged the President to keep a campaign promise to protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid from drastic cuts and privatization. The Senators' letter called on the President to issue a public statement saying that he would not sign legislation that makes significant changes to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid through the reconciliation process, and to issue official guidance making clear t… Continue Reading

March 01, 2017

Hirono Announces Class of 2021 Nominees to U.S. Service Academies

Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced her nomination of 41 students to the U.S. military service academies for the Class of 2021. The students' applications are now being considered by the four academies for final selection. "By applying to our nation's service academies, these 41 young men and women exemplify service above self," said Senator Hirono. "I am certain that each of these candidates will proudly represent the state of Hawaii as they continue the application process." Members of Congres… Continue Reading

March 01, 2017

Hirono Leads Resolution Commemorating 75th Anniversary of Japanese American Internment

Senator Mazie K. Hirono led a resolution marking the 75th anniversary of the issuance of Executive Order 9066, which led to the internment of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. S.Res.70 affirms that policies that discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, or religion would repeat the mistakes of the internment. "The President can continue to live in a world of alternative facts, but it's clear that his administration's policies hark… Continue Reading

February 28, 2017

Hirono Statement on the President’s Joint Address

Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the President's Joint Address to Congress: "With this President, I pay attention to what he does more than what he says because in his first month in office, Donald Trump's actions have not lived up to the clichés he delivered tonight. "He stands by executive orders that have spread fear and chaos throughout the country. Tonight he called for repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with rhetoric. He also clearly c… Continue Reading

February 13, 2017

Hirono Opposes Steven Mnuchin’s Nomination for Treasury Secretary

Senator Mazie K. Hirono opposed the nomination of Steven Mnuchin to serve as Secretary of the Treasury. The nominee was confirmed 53-47. Before the vote, Senator Hirono took to the Senate floor to highlight how Steven Mnuchin profited from the 2008 financial crisis, including how his company OneWest foreclosed on Hawaii families. From Senator Hirono's remarks: "It's astounding that President Trump nominated Steve Mnuchin - someone whose business record embodies the worst abuses from the finan… Continue Reading

February 13, 2017

Hirono Introduces Bill to Strengthen Volcano Monitoring

Senators Mazie K. Hirono, Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced legislation to improve volcano monitoring and early warning capabilities that help keep communities and travelers safe. "For the past 34 years, we have experienced first-hand the threat of volcanic activity to our daily lives with the ongoing eruption at Kilauea. As recently as 2014, we had evacuations and damage to critical infrastructure and residences. This bipartisan bill is important as it updates … Continue Reading

February 10, 2017

ICYMI: Hirono Reaffirms Hawaii’s Strategic Role in Indo-Asia-Pacific

Following President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's joint press conference, Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined CNN's Wolf Blitzer to discuss the U.S. alliance with Japan and U.S. strategic interests in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. From the segment: "[It's] very clear how important our friendship and alliance is with Japan. Of course, Hawaii has a big role to play with our bases and other resources in the Indo-Asia-Pacific arena. So that was really good news. "[The President] says a lot … Continue Reading

February 10, 2017

Hirono Calls on Secretary of the Navy to Clarify Exemption from Federal Hiring Freeze for Navy Shipyard Workers

Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Representative Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) called on the Acting Secretary of Navy to clarify the exemption from President Trump's federal hiring freeze for shipyard workers. Recently, the Defense Department announced that employees of Navy shipyards and other employees that directly support the shipyards would be exempt. But the process for requesting exemptions at the shipyards would still leave positions open for weeks, if not longer. In their letter the members urged … Continue Reading

February 09, 2017

Hirono Statement on Ninth Circuit Court Ruling

Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the Ninth Circuit Court's refusal to uphold President Trump's executive order on immigration: "Tonight's ruling is a first step victory for the core values of our democracy and demonstrates why an independent judiciary is so important. For all the chaos created by this executive order, the wiser course would be for President Trump to rescind this unconstitutional order immediately."… Continue Reading

February 08, 2017

Hirono Leads Pledge to Fight Unfair Trump Attacks on Federal Workers

Senator Mazie K. Hirono and 14 Senate Democrats unveiled their "Five Fights for Federal Employees," a proposal to protect current and retired government workers from ideologically motivated attacks from Republicans in Congress and the Trump administration. This resolution is a statement of principles that Senate Democrats intend to use to fight back against Republican attacks on the federal workforce. These principles include a commitment to defend fair pay and earned benefits, oppose the erosi… Continue Reading

February 06, 2017

Hirono Shares Messages from Hawaii Educators Opposed to Betsy DeVos

Today on the Senate floor, Senator Mazie K. Hirono shared messages from two Hawaii educators opposed to the nomination of Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education. From Senator Hirono's remarks: "It shouldn't be asking too much to have an Education Secretary who will stand up for public schools and the millions of our children who attend public schools. That person is not Betsy DeVos." Click on the photo above to watch Senator Hirono's remarks From Senator Hirono's remarks, as prepar… Continue Reading

February 03, 2017

Hirono Continues Representative Mark Takai’s Efforts to Provide Health Care to Atomic Veterans

Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Al Franken (D-Minn.) introduced the Mark Takai Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act, legislation that Representative Takai introduced last Congress. This bill would provide important health care benefits to Atomic Veterans who were exposed to high levels of harmful radiation when assigned to clean up nuclear testing sites during the late 1970s. "Mark's legislative priorities made clear his commitment to his fellow service members," said Senator Hirono. "It's not … Continue Reading

February 03, 2017

On National Wear Red Day, Hirono, Murkowski Lead Effort to Recognize American Heart Month

Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) led a bipartisan resolution designating February 2017 as American Heart Month, and Feb. 3, 2017 specifically as National Wear Red Day. "Heart disease kills three out of every ten people in Hawaii and one in three nationwide, including a significant number of women and minorities," said Senator Hirono. "The bipartisan support of this resolution is a testament to the commitment by our nation's lawmakers to raise awareness about the… Continue Reading

February 03, 2017

Hirono Honors Fred Korematsu, Denounces Trump’s Targeting of Muslim & Minority Communities

Senator Mazie K. Hirono introduced a resolution honoring Fred Korematsu, who challenged the internment of Japanese Americans, for his work and advocacy of the civil rights and liberties of all people, and denouncing President Donald Trump's executive order establishing a Muslim ban. "In the face of overwhelming prejudice and adversity, Fred Korematsu stood up for the civil rights of 120,000 Japanese Americans, then spent the rest of his life fighting for justice," said Senator Hirono. "Today, F… Continue Reading

February 03, 2017

Hirono to Oppose Betsy DeVos’ Nomination for Secretary of Education

Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced that she will oppose the nomination of Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education. From Senator Hirono's remarks: "Why are we even debating the nomination of a person who clearly does not believe in our nation's public schools? "We are going down the rabbit hole where up is down and down is up. It shouldn't be asking too much to have an education secretary who will stand up for public schools and the millions of our children who attend our public sc… Continue Reading

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