Press Releases

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

January 31, 2017

ICYMI: Hirono Stands Up to Trump on MSNBC

Senator Mazie K. Hirono continued to call for President Trump to rescind his immoral executive order on immigration, and raised concerns about several of his nominees today on MSNBC with Jacob Soboroff. From the segment: "Actions speak louder than words. We're not even through week two of the Trump presidency and already he has issued an executive order that has raised concerns all over the world - his executive order on immigration that targets Muslims. "Every time we go down that path to ta… Continue Reading

January 31, 2017

Hirono Statement on Nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court: "In his first two weeks as President, Donald Trump has demonstrated minimal tolerance for independent thinking and dissent. I am deeply concerned that his choice for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, will be a rubber stamp for the President's radical agenda. We owe it to the American people to vet this nominee extensively and ex… Continue Reading

January 31, 2017

Hirono Vows to Defend Park Service Employees from Retaliation as Ranking Member of National Parks Subcommittee

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) named Senator Mazie K. Hirono as the Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks. "Since day one of his Presidency, Donald Trump has attacked the National Park Service for telling the truth and silenced objective science about climate change," Senator Hirono said. "As Ranking Member of the National Parks Subcommittee,… Continue Reading

January 31, 2017

Hirono to Oppose Nominees for Energy & Interior Secretaries

Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, will oppose the nominations of Governor Rick Perry to serve as Secretary of Energy and Representative Ryan Zinke to serve as Secretary of the Interior. The Energy and Natural Resources Committee will vote on the nominations this morning. "The Trump Administration has made it clear they intend to deny the reality of climate change and prioritize fossil fuel extraction above responsible use of our public lands… Continue Reading

January 30, 2017

Hirono Demands President Trump Rescind “Despicable, Immoral” Executive Order Establishing a Muslim Ban

Senator Mazie K. Hirono demanded that President Donald Trump rescind his executive order establishing a Muslim ban during a rally on the steps of the Supreme Court today. "Donald Trump can deny it all he wants, but we understand him loud and clear. This is a Muslim ban, and it's deeply wrong," Senator Hirono said. "If we don't speak out against Trump's Muslim ban now, we will be complicit in what comes next. President Trump must rescind this despicable, immoral executive order immediately." Se… Continue Reading

January 30, 2017

At Hirono’s Request, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Launches One-Week Pilot Program for Biometrics Services on Maui

Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will pilot a one-time, one-week biometrics collection for immigration benefits on Maui from February 27 to March 3, 2017. "This decision will allow USCIS to provide services in an equitable manner to individuals on Maui and ease the financial burden faced by already vulnerable immigrant families," said Senator Hirono. In June 2016 Senator Hirono wrote to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director u… Continue Reading

January 27, 2017

Hirono to Trump: ‘Despicable’ Executive Order Exploits Fear of Immigrants & Refugees

Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement: "It's despicable that President Trump chose Holocaust Remembrance Day to issue yet another executive order that exploits fear of refugees and immigrants. This is wrong. I will continue to fight the President's extreme, knee jerk actions that divide our country."… Continue Reading

January 26, 2017

Hirono Calls for Exemption of Federal Hiring Freeze for Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard

Senator Mazie K. Hirono and a bipartisan group of seven Senators wrote to Secretary of Defense James Mattis to call for exempting Department of Navy shipyard civilian employees from the recent executive order signed by President Trump that freezes federal hiring. While the President's executive order states that it does not apply to military personnel or positions considered essential to meet national security responsibilities, the uncertainty has caused shipyards across the country to suspend h… Continue Reading

January 20, 2017

Hirono: I Will Resist Any Attempt the President Makes to Dismantle the Progress We’ve Made

Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the inauguration of President Donald Trump: "I attended today's inauguration out of respect for our democracy, our institutions, and the peaceful transition of power, but remain deeply concerned about President Trump's vision for America. I will resist any attempt the President makes to dismantle the progress we've made to increase health care access, protect immigrants and working families, and expand civil rights."… Continue Reading

January 20, 2017

Hirono: I Believe General Kelly Will Provide Candid Advice to President Trump

After voting in support of General John Kelly, President Trump's nominee for Secretary of Homeland Security, Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement: "General Kelly has testified before the Senate Armed Services numerous times as the commander of U.S. Southern Command. I believe he will provide candid, reasoned advice to President Trump. "While I supported his confirmation as Secretary of Homeland Security, I have serious concerns about whether he would accede to and implement… Continue Reading

January 18, 2017

Hirono to Continue Leadership Role on Senate Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-R.I.) announced that Senator Mazie K. Hirono will continue to serve as the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower in the 115th Congress. "Hawaii continues to be the center of America's strategic interests in the Indo-Asia-Pacific," said Senator Hirono. "As Ranking Member of the Seapower Subcommittee, I will continue to advocate for a strong Navy and Marine Corps, and in s… Continue Reading

January 12, 2017

Hirono to oppose Sessions nomination for Attorney General

Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced that she would vote against the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to serve as Attorney General. From Senator Hirono's remarks: "Over the past two months, I've heard from hundreds of my constituents and a number of prominent civil rights organizations - including a number who testified yesterday - on this issue. "I will vote against the nomination of Jeff Sessions to serve as Attorney General because I am… Continue Reading

January 09, 2017

Hirono: Fight continues to protect Medicare and Medicaid

Senator Mazie K. Hirono vowed to keep up the fight to protect Medicare and Medicaid after all but two Republican Senators voted against her amendment to prevent any changes to either program without a supermajority in the Senate. "During the campaign, President-elect Trump promised not to cut Medicare and Medicaid. Senate Republicans broke this promise tonight and demonstrated that they are willing to sell-out seniors and working families in their crusade to repeal Obamacare," Senator Hirono sa… Continue Reading

January 09, 2017

Hirono, Donnelly introduce amendment to protect Medicare and Medicaid

Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), and 17 Senate Democrats introduced an amendment to protect Medicare and Medicaid from the budget reconciliation process. "For the past 50 years, seniors and working families have enjoyed the peace of mind of knowing that Medicare and Medicaid will be there for them," Senator Hirono said. "This budget resolution would dismantle these critical programs and our social safety net, resulting in too many families losing their health insurance. I… Continue Reading

January 06, 2017

Navy honors Hirono with Distinguished Public Service Award

The Department of the Navy honored Senator Mazie K. Hirono for her advocacy for Navy and Marine Corps service members. Rear Admiral Craig Faller, on behalf of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, presented Senator Hirono with the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest honor that the Secretary of the Navy can award to a civilian who is not employed by the Navy. "It is an honor to fight for Navy and Marine Corps service members in Hawaii and around the world," said Senator Hirono. "We … Continue Reading

January 05, 2017

ICYMI: Hirono criticizes President-elect Trump’s hypocrisy on Russian interference in presidential election

Senator Mazie K. Hirono criticized President-elect Donald Trump's hypocrisy in denying Russian interference in the election during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on cybersecurity threats. "It's more than ironic that we have a President-elect who kept talking about our elections being rigged, but at the same time denying Russia's interference in our election," Senator Hirono said. Senator Hirono also questioned the witnesses, including Director of National Intelligence James Clapper … Continue Reading

December 27, 2016

Hirono: President’s Visit to Pearl Harbor Strengthens U.S.-Japan Alliance

Senator Mazie K. Hirono attended joint remarks by President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe marking their visit to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. "President Obama and Prime Minister Abe's visit to Pearl Harbor is a testament to reconciliation and a continued, strong alliance between our two countries," said Senator Hirono. "In the years ahead, the U.S-Japan alliance will remain a cornerstone in our unwavering commitment to promote stability and stronger economic p… Continue Reading

December 21, 2016

Hirono welcomes first Hawaiian Airlines flight from Haneda to Kona

Senator Mazie K. Hirono welcomed visitors from Hawaiian Airlines' inaugural flight on its new direct route from Haneda Aiport in Tokyo to Kona International Airport. "Today's flight is the culmination of years of effort to reestablish international flights outside of North America to Kona, which is important for the Hawaii Island economy" said Senator Hirono. "The visitors we welcomed today will only be the first to experience our unique culture and everything that makes Hawaii a special place.… Continue Reading

December 19, 2016

Hirono to serve on Judiciary Committee, continue fighting for Hawaii priorities in United States Senate

Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that she will return to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee - which will be instrumental in defending civil rights, vetting a Trump administration's Supreme Court nominees, and standing up for immigrant communities - in the 115th Congress. Senator Hirono will also continue to serve on the Senate Committees on Armed Services, Energy and Natural Resources, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Veterans' Affairs. "The Senate Judiciary Committee will be on … Continue Reading

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