Press Releases

September 12, 2016

National Guard Association Honors Hirono for Decades of Service to Guard Members & Families

The National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) honored Senator Mazie K. Hirono for her advocacy on behalf of National Guard members and their families. NGAUS President Gus Hargett and Hawaii National Guard Adjutant General Joe Logan presented Senator Hirono with the Montgomery Medal, one of the organization's highest honors. "In Hawaii, we have a special appreciation for the National Guard as both first responders and defenders of our country," said Senator Hirono. "I am honored to… Continue Reading

September 11, 2016

Hirono Commemorates 15th Anniversary of September 11 Attacks

Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement in remembrance of the September 11 attacks: "Fifteen years ago, our nation stood stunned as we learned about attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Today, we again stand together, in memory of the thousands who were killed on September 11, and gratitude for the heroism of first responders and ordinary Americans who showed extraordinary bravery and resilience in one of our darkest hours. "In the wake of immense tragedy, our natio… Continue Reading

September 07, 2016

Hirono, Senate Democrats Call for Vote on Clean Zika Funding Bill

Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Patty Murray (D-WA) called on Senate Republicans to stop stalling critical federal funding to fight the Zika virus. President Obama first sent an emergency funding request to Congress to address Zika in February. "It's been nearly four months since the Senate overwhelmingly passed a compromise measure that would fund the fight against Zika," said Senator Hirono. "Since then, it has become clear that Congressional Republicans would rather limit access to family plann… Continue Reading

September 07, 2016

Hirono, Senate Democrats Continue Fight to Confirm Clare Connors, Other Qualified Judicial Nominees

Senator Mazie K. Hirono, for the third time, took to the Senate floor to call for the confirmation of Hawaii's Clare Connors to Hawaii's U.S. District Court, and other judicial nominees from courts across the country who have been waiting over a year for a floor vote. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blocked Senator Hirono and other Senate Democrats' requests. From Senator Hirono's remarks: "During her career, Clare has worked for John Ashcroft and Eric Holder. She is impartial, she is qualifie… Continue Reading

September 05, 2016

Hirono Observes Labor Day

Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement in observation of Labor Day: "Today, as families in Hawaii and across the country celebrate Labor Day, we thank the generations of men and women who sacrificed for basic rights that we enjoy. Hawaii's rich tradition of organized labor began more than 80 years ago, when the first ILWU organizers brought together laborers across plantations and canneries, from different nationalities and belief systems, to stand for safe working conditions … Continue Reading

September 02, 2016

Federal Support for HC&S Employees Now Assured

Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company employees displaced by the cessation of sugar production will continue to receive federal assistance through the U.S. Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance program. Trade Adjustment Assistance was originally granted in March. That assistance is available to workers who are separated before November 16. Today's expanded ruling, which came as a result of petition filed by the International Longshore and Ware… Continue Reading

September 02, 2016

Hirono Applauds Decision to Award Hawaiian Airlines Daytime Route to Haneda

Senator Mazie K. Hirono applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) for finalizing its decision to award Hawaiian Airlines a daytime slot to fly directly from Honolulu International Airport to Haneda Airport in Tokyo. Earlier this year, Senator Hirono worked with U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to increase the number of flights between the U.S. and Haneda to five round trip flights during the day and one round trip flight at night. In May, DOT awarded Hawaiia… Continue Reading

September 01, 2016

ICYMI: Hirono Denounces Trumps “Bizarre, Offensive” Immigration Speech

Senator Mazie K. Hirono took to Twitter to fire back at Donald Trump after his latest speech on immigration. As the only immigrant currently serving in the U.S. Senate, Senator Hirono has been the leading advocate for family unity in fixing our broken immigration system. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 113th Congress, she was one of the authors of the Senate's 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill. Senator Hirono's tweets are printed below: No matter how many times @… Continue Reading

August 31, 2016

Hirono Welcomes New East-West Center President

Senator Mazie K. Hirono congratulated Dr. Richard Vuylsteke on his recent selection as the next president of the East-West Center. Dr. Vuylsteke will replace outgoing President Charles Morrison. "Dr. Vuylsteke's previous experience at local institutions including the East-West Center, University of Hawaii, and Chaminade University, combined with his experience working in Asia provide a balance that will allow him to keep the East-West Center at the forefront of building understanding between th… Continue Reading

August 31, 2016

Hirono Presses EpiPen Manufacturer on Price Hikes

Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and 18 of their colleagues expressed deep concern about EpiPen manufacture Mylan's recent significant price hikes in a letter to its CEO Heather Bresch. The senators pressed the company about its decision to expand its patient discount program, which allows the company to sharply increase prices while passing the cost of these increases onto consumers. "The EpiPen…has become so exorbitantly expensive that access to this life savin… Continue Reading

August 30, 2016

Hirono Announces $2.1 Million in Federal Funding to Alleviate Veteran Homelessness

Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced a $2.1 million grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs for U.S.VETS - Barber's Point, a Hawaii nonprofit organization dedicated to working with homeless and at-risk veterans. The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) funding will go toward U.S.VETS programs to help Hawaii veterans and their families to stay in their homes and find permanent housing. "U.S.VETS - Barber's Point is doing great work in Hawaii to end veteran homelessness, and this gr… Continue Reading

August 25, 2016

Hirono Supports President’s Expansion of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement in support of the President's announced expansion of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument: "I congratulate and thank the President for taking the important step to be a global leader in protecting ocean resources. President Obama's efforts to enhance protections for our ocean ecosystem will help to combat climate change, preserve biodiversity, and honor cultural traditions. As part of his announcement, I appreciate the President… Continue Reading

August 24, 2016

Hirono Focuses on Women’s & Family Health in Visit to Tripler Army Medical Center

Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Debra Wada toured Tripler Army Medical Center's cancer clinic, maternity ward, and neonatal intensive care unit to learn more about the services offered to women service members and military families. "As more careers open to women serving in the military, we must ensure these service members and their families have access to quality health care, including specialty services," said Senator Hirono. "The … Continue Reading

August 22, 2016

Hirono Breaks Ground at New Schofield Barracks Power Plant

Senator Mazie K. Hirono highlighted how collaboration between the U.S. Army and Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) will help the state achieve its ambitious 100% renewable energy goal at the ground breaking ceremony for a new mixed biofuel power plant at Schofield Barracks today. HECO will operate the 50 megawatt power plant, which will serve Army installations on Oahu and neighboring communities. "Hawaii has the most ambitious renewable energy goal in the country, and this partnership between th… Continue Reading

August 21, 2016

Hirono Honors Maui County Students, Promotes STEM Education

Senator Mazie K. Hirono honored Maui County students who were finalists for the Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award at Maui Economic Development Board's 10th Annual Ke Alahele Education Fund Dinner. The dinner also highlighted science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs in Hawaii schools. "For Hawaii and our nation to succeed in building a high tech, 21st century economy, we must create millions more STEM jobs nationwide, including thousands here at home," said Senator Hirono. "Pr… Continue Reading

August 18, 2016

Hirono Visits Federally-Funded Physician Training Program at Kapiolani Medical Center

Senator Mazie K. Hirono toured the existing and new neonatal intensive care unit and pediatric intensive care unit at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, and met with Hawaii Pacific Health Chief Executive Officer and President Ray Vara, Kapiolani Chief Executive Officer Martha Smith, and Kapiolani Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kenneth Nakamura regarding Hawaii's health care system and competitive federal funding the hospital recently received to grow its physician training program. "As… Continue Reading

August 12, 2016

Hirono Invites U.S. Patent and Trademark Regional Director To Assist Hawaii Innovators, Small Businesses

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today hosted John Cabeca, Regional Director of the Silicon Valley U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), at an informational seminar to help small business owners and entrepreneurs in Hawaii navigate the patent and trademark process and protect their intellectual property. The High Technology Development Corporation's Innovate Hawaii co-hosted the event, which took place at the Manoa Innovation Center. "Helping our small businesses and entrepreneurs protect… Continue Reading

August 11, 2016

Hirono Connects Hawaii Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs with Federal Agencies for Innovation Showcase

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today co-hosted an innovation showcase and roundtable discussion with top business, education, and government leaders to highlight entrepreneurial efforts in Hawaii as well as discuss how federal resources can fuel the growth of small business and spark innovation. The Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the University of Hawaii's (U.H.) Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development, the U.H. School of E… Continue Reading

August 10, 2016

Hirono Welcomes New U.S. Citizens at Naturalization Ceremony

HONOLULU- Senator Mazie K. Hirono today welcomed 77 new American citizens from 26 countries during a naturalization ceremony at the Mission Memorial Auditorium on the grounds of Honolulu Hale. U.S. Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Hawaii Robert Faris presided over the proceedings. Addressing the new citizens shortly after they took their oath, Senator Hirono called on them to play an active role in shaping their new homeland. "Unlike those who were born here and become citizens autom… Continue Reading

August 04, 2016

Hirono Convenes National Experts, Hears from Educators & Students, on Growing Hawaii’s STEM Pipeline

KAHULUI- Senator Mazie K. Hirono today chaired a Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee hearing at Maui High School on increasing opportunities for women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Senator Hirono heard from national experts at the National Science Foundation, the Small Business Administration and the Office of Naval Research - as well as Maui Economic Development Board Vice President Leslie Wilkins an… Continue Reading

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