Press Releases

December 15, 2016

Hirono-Gabbard Bill to Award Filipino Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Signed into Law

President Barack Obama signed into law today the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act introduced by Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Representative Tulsi Gabbard. "The Filipino veterans of World War II overcame many challenges in their fight for compensation, family reunification, and verification of wartime service. By signing our bill into law, President Obama recognized these veterans' courage and perseverance, both during the war and in the decades of battles for benefi… Continue Reading

December 14, 2016

Hawaii Island receives federal funding for buses that reduce toxic pollutants

Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that the Hawaii Department of Health will receive nearly $200,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to replace two diesel-powered buses on Hawaii Island with lower-emission buses. The new buses, part of Hawaii County's Hele-On bus service, will reduce toxic pollutants released by diesel exhaust. "Hawaii County's Hele-On Bus provides an important means of transportation for residents and visitors across the island and these n… Continue Reading

December 13, 2016

Hirono: The American people deserve to know the full extent of Russian interference in 2016 election

Senator Mazie K. Hirono - a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence - expressed her support for an independent, bipartisan, Congressional inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election and raised six important questions this review should answer. "The Intelligence Community's assessment that Russia intended to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election is deeply disturbing," said Senator Hirono. "Last month I joined my colleagues on the Senate Intelligence Committee in writing a … Continue Reading

December 13, 2016

Hirono announces more than $3 million in federal funding to fight invasive species

Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that federal, state, and academic organizations in Hawaii will receive nearly $3.1 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding to fight invasive specie­­s, which will address threats facing Hawaii's environment and farmers, including Rapid Ohia Death, the coffee berry borer, the coconut rhinoceros beetle, and the little fire ant. The funding will also support agriculture pre-clearance inspections at airports. "Hawaii is on the front line in… Continue Reading

December 10, 2016

Hirono stands up for American workers

Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined with 36 Senators - including Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Harry Reid (D-NV), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) - and voted to stand up for middle class workers after Congressional Republicans moved to deny thousands of mine workers and widows the health care they earned. After the vote, Senator Hirono released the following statement: "The working people in our country need to know who… Continue Reading

December 08, 2016

Senate Passes Defense Bill That Includes Key Hawaii Priorities

Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, secured Hawaii priorities in the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the Senate today. The NDAA is a bill that lays out the resource levels and defense policy for the year. Senator Hirono is also a member of the NDAA Conference Committee, which reconciled differences between different versions of the bill passed by the Senate and House earlier this year. "Hawaii's vi… Continue Reading

December 07, 2016

21st Century CURES Act to advance cancer research in Hawaii

Senator Mazie K. Hirono voted to support the 21st Century CURES Act, a comprehensive bill to accelerate medical research, which passed the Senate today. "This bill directs additional resources to Hawaii researchers on the cutting edge of uncovering new cancer treatments and strengthens seniors' access to essential durable medical equipment under Medicare's new reimbursement system," said Senator Hirono. "I am grateful for Senator Hirono's support of the 21st Century CURES Act," said Dr. Randal… Continue Reading

December 07, 2016

Hirono leads effort to recognize the 75th anniversary of attack on Pearl Harbor

Senator Mazie K. Hirono led a bipartisan coalition in introducing a resolution marking the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. "On this solemn anniversary we honor not only those who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor, but also those who sacrificed so much in the years that followed during World War II," said Senator Hirono. "While we will always remember what happened 75 years ago, today is also an opportunity to reflect on the power of reconciliation, the strength of o… Continue Reading

December 01, 2016

Hirono: Reestablishment of Kona Federal Inspection Facility Benefits Hawaii Economy

Senator Mazie K. Hirono applauded today's announcement that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection will reestablish a Federal Inspection Services (FIS) facility at Kona International Airport. The FIS checkpoint allows for international visitors to fly directly to and from Kona. "After six years of working closely with federal and state officials, and community partners to reestablish direct international flights to Kona International Airport, today's announcement is good news for Hawaii's tou… Continue Reading

December 01, 2016

Hirono Announces More Than $5.7 Million in Federal Funding for Hawaii’s Public Preschools

Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that Hawaii will receive $5.74 million in continued support under the Preschool Development Grant program, which funds high-quality preschool in Hawaii's public charter schools, including Hawaiian language immersion programs. "Hawaii's Preschool Development Grant makes it possible for hundreds of Hawaii students to attend preschool, which is foundational for success in school and in life," said Senator Hirono. "I will work to see that the federal government com… Continue Reading

November 30, 2016

House of Representatives Unanimously Approves Hirono-Gabbard Bill to Award Filipino Veterans Congressional Gold Medal

The House of Representatives unanimously passed the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act (S.1555), sponsored by Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Representative Tulsi Gabbard. The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the bill in July, which recognizes Filipino soldiers who fought under U.S. command during World War II. "For months, we have said that time is running out to recognize Filipino World War II veterans for their brave service," said Senator Hirono. "Today's House passage… Continue Reading

November 28, 2016

Hirono, Gabbard Announce House Vote on Filipino Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Bill

Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI-02) announced today the House will vote on legislation to award WWII Filipino Veterans the Congressional Gold Medal. The bill unanimously passed the Senate in July, and is scheduled for a vote in the House on Wednesday, November 30. Should the bill pass the House, it will be sent to the President to be signed in to law. "This week, Congress will take the next step to recognize the brave and courageous service of Filipino World Wa… Continue Reading

November 22, 2016

Hirono Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Increase Seniors’ Access to Shingles Vaccine

Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced the bipartisan Protecting Seniors through Immunization Act (S.3477) to increase seniors' access to the shingles vaccine. Seniors are at a greater risk of developing shingles. Shingles is a painful rash and sufferers are at risk for developing more serious complications. "Seniors in Hawaii and across the country, including millions on a fixed income, deserve the protection from the shingles virus regardless of their ability to … Continue Reading

November 17, 2016

Hirono Denounces Top Trump Surrogate’s Comments to Use Japanese American Internment as Precedent for Muslim Registry

Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement in response to top Trump surrogate Carl Higbie's remarks that the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II should be used as precedent for the creation of a Muslim registry: "The internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II was a historic injustice and nothing like it should ever happen again," said Senator Hirono. "The protection of our Constitution is not conditional; it applies to all of us. We cannot allow hate spe… Continue Reading

November 16, 2016

Hirono Announces Federal Funding to Improve Educational Data

Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that the Hawaii Department of Education will receive more than $223,000 in U.S. Department of Education funding to improve data disaggregation for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students. Disaggregating data helps to better understand unique student populations, making it easier for schools and teachers to provide better targeted resources and strategies to help students learn. "This funding continues our efforts to bridge educational disparities wi… Continue Reading

November 15, 2016

Hirono Statement on the Passing of State Representative Clift Tsuji

Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the passing of Hawaii State Representative Clift Tsuji: "Clift Tsuji represented the Hilo community that he grew up in, and his drive to build a better future was evident by his actions. Clift brought a wealth of experience and over 30 years of business acumen to the Hawaii State House of Representatives. His voice on behalf of agriculture across the state will be missed. I considered Clift a friend, and my thoughts are with his family… Continue Reading

November 11, 2016

On Veterans Day, Hirono Renews Call for House to Pass Bill Honoring Filipino World War II Veterans

Senator Mazie K. Hirono spoke at the USS Missouri Memorial on Veterans Day. Her remarks focused on the contributions and sacrifices made by Filipino soldiers who answered President Franklin Roosevelt's call and fought alongside U.S. soldiers in World War II. Senator Hirono has spearheaded efforts, along with Filipino advocacy groups in Hawaii and across the country, to award the Congressional Gold Medal collectively to these Filipino veterans. "It has been four months since the Senate passed t… Continue Reading

November 07, 2016

Hirono Celebrates 100th Anniversary of National Park Service at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Senator Mazie K. Hirono marked the 100th anniversary of America's National Parks at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii Island. The Senator presented Hawaii fourth graders with Every Kid in a Park program passes, which provide free admission to National Parks for fourth graders nationwide to encourage exploration and learning. "As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Every Kid in a Park program promotes a lifelong appreciation for our environment and… Continue Reading

November 04, 2016

Hirono: Expanding Preclearance to Kansai Airport Benefits National Security, Hawaii Tourism

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that it is expanding the U.S. Custom and Border Protection's (CBP) preclearance program to include Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan. Senator Mazie K. Hirono pushed top Administration officials to include Kansai in today's expansion. "Including Kansai International Airport in the preclearance program will improve Hawaii's competitiveness in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific tourism market," said Senator Hirono. "Today's announcement f… Continue Reading

October 31, 2016

ICYMI: New Hirono Bill to Protect Workers in Hawaii’s Longline Fleet

Senator Mazie K. Hirono will introduce a bill in the new Congress to protect foreign fishermen from exploitation and preserve Hawaii's longline fishing industry. The Senator laid out her principles for this bill in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser: "Hirono's bill would give the fishermen temporary work visas designed to afford the workers wage protections, safe working conditions and contract enforcement provisions, similar to those afforded other foreign workers with comparable visas. "The visas … Continue Reading

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