Press Releases

December 22, 2022

House Passes Hirono Bill to Study Designating Kaena Point a National Heritage Area

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Heritage Area Act, which includes the Kaena Point National Heritage Area Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) to study designating Kaena Point on Oahu as a National Heritage Area, by a vote of 326-95. The legislation would require the Department of the Interior (DOI) to study the feasibility of designating Kaena Point, on Oahu, as a National Heritage Area. The National Heritage Area Act,… Continue Reading


December 22, 2022

Hirono Secures Nearly $450 Million for Hawaii in Federal Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) voted to pass the Fiscal Year 2023 government spending bill, which includes nearly $450 million in earmarks, known as Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS), she secured for nonprofit organizations and government agencies in Hawaii. Senator Hirono secured CDS funding for projects in every county in Hawaii, including military construction projects, community health organizations, projects to support Native Hawaiian communities, and more.… Continue Reading


December 21, 2022

Hirono Leads Senate Colleagues in Urging Kaiser Permanente to Come to a Good Faith Agreement with Mental Health Workers on Strike in Hawaii

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) led 6 of her Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Kaiser Permanente CEO Greg Adams urging Kaiser to come to a good faith agreement with mental and behavioral health workers in the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) in Hawaii who have been on strike for 16 weeks. In the letter, the lawmakers urge the company to come to a good faith agreement for the sake of both the workers on strike and their patients, citing recent agreemen… Continue Reading


December 19, 2022

Hirono, Hawaii Congressional Delegation Calls for Independent Investigation Into Toxic AFFF Leaks at Red Hill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and U.S. Representatives Ed Case (D-HI) and Kai Kahele (D-HI) in calling for a congressionally-initiated independent investigation into how the Department of Defense and the Department of the Navy have responded to PFAS-based contamination events at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, including the recent leak of aqueous film forming foam (AFFF). "… Continue Reading


December 15, 2022

Senate Passes National Defense Authorization Act Containing Hirono-Led Provisions to Provide $1 Billion to Close Red Hill, Nearly $800 Million to Upgrade Military Infrastructure in Hawaii

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted to pass the Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which included key provisions she secured, including $1 billion for the defueling and closure of Red Hill and nearly $800 million for other military infrastructure upgrades in Hawaii. The NDAA-which passed the House by a vote of 350-80 last week-also included Senator Hirono's legislation to electrify all o… Continue Reading


December 15, 2022

Hirono, Colleagues Introduce the Right to Private Conduct Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined eight of her Democratic colleagues in introducing the Right to Private Conduct Act, a bill to protect the rights to privacy and liberty granted by the Supreme Court decision Lawrence v. Texas. This legislation would prevent any person acting under color of State law from inhibiting an individual's right to engage in private, non-commercial, consensual sexual conduct between adults. "As the … Continue Reading


December 14, 2022

VIDEO: House Passes Hirono Legislation to Support Native Hawaiian Survivors of Gender-Based Violence

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) to allow Native Hawaiian survivors of gender-based violence to access critical programs and resources provided by Congress through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The reauthorization of VAWA-which was signed into law in March, 2022-provides funding to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, sex-trafficking, dating violence and stalking. Senator Hirono's … Continue Reading


December 13, 2022

Hirono Joins President Biden For Signing of Respect for Marriage Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) joined President Biden at the White House as he signed the Respect for Marriage Act into law. The bipartisan legislation, which Senator Hirono cosponsored and helped to pass last month, protects marriage equality for same-sex and interracial couples in federal law. "Being able to marry who you want, regardless of race or gender, is a fundamental right, which is why I was proud to vote to protect same-sex and interracial marriages at … Continue Reading


December 09, 2022

House-Passed National Defense Authorization Acts Includes Hirono Bills to Protect Coral Reefs, Reconnect Families Separated by Korean War

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), secured the text of two bills she sponsored in the Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (FY23 NDAA), which passed the House earlier this week by a vote of 350-80 and now heads to the Senate for consideration, where it is expected to pass with broad support and become law. The NDAA includes the text of Senator Hirono's Coral Reef Sustainability Through Innovation Act, bipartisan legislation to help protect coral reef ecosystems, … Continue Reading


December 08, 2022

Hirono Secures $1 Billion to Close Red Hill, Nearly $800 Million to Upgrade Military Infrastructure in Hawaii in House Passed National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), today applauded House passage of the Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which included key provisions she secured as a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), including $1 billion for the defueling and closure of Red Hill and nearly $800 million for other military infrastructure upgrades in Hawaii. The NDAA-which passed the House by a vote of 350-80 and now heads to Senate for final passage-also inc… Continue Reading


December 07, 2022

Hirono, Case Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Coral Reefs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, during National Corals Week, U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and Representative Ed Case (D-HI) introduced the Coral Reef Sustainability Through Innovation Act of 2022, bipartisan, bicameral legislation to help protect coral reef ecosystems in Hawaii and across the nation from increasing threats such as climate change, pollution, and direct damage from humans. The legislation directs the federal agencies that are members of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force to establish… Continue Reading


December 07, 2022

Biden Signs Hirono-Led Legislation to Protect Survivors of Sexual Assault and Harassment Into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, President Joseph R. Biden signed the Speak Out Act into law, legislation co-led by Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). This bipartisan, bicameral bill will limit the enforceability of non-disclosure agreements and non-disparagement agreements (NDAs) where a sexual harassment or sexual assault dispute arises and survivors wish to break their silence, and was also co-led by Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). The bill pas… Continue Reading


December 02, 2022

Hirono, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Reauthorize and Improve the Small Business Development Centers Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), member of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, introduced the Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act of 2022. The legislation, led by Chairman Ben Cardin (D-MD), aims to reauthorize and improve the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Program. "Small Business Development Centers provide much needed counseling and support to business owners and entrepreneu… Continue Reading


December 01, 2022

Hirono, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Strengthen Protections Against Sexual Harassment, Discrimination in Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced legislation with Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) to strengthen civil rights protections against harassment in schools. The Students' Access to Freedom & Educational Rights Act (SAFER) Act would amend the burdensome standards for harassment lawsuits brought under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and create additional protections for students who experience sex-ba… Continue Reading


November 30, 2022

VIDEO: Sen. Hirono to VA: “Native Hawaiians Should Never Be Deemed An Afterthought”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today at a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee (SVAC) hearing about Native veterans, U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono pressed officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to always include Native Hawaiian veterans when discussing and developing policies to better support Native veterans. Additionally, Senator Hirono questioned the VA officials on steps they are taking to address the disproportionately high levels of homelessness that Native Hawaiian veterans experience. Dur… Continue Reading


November 30, 2022

Hirono Announces Over $14 Million Investment in Public Health Infrastructure in Hawaii

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) announced that the Hawaii State Department of Health will receive $14.4 million in federal funding to improve critical public health infrastructure throughout the state as part of the newly developed Public Health Infrastructure Grant Program. The grant program-which is supported in part by the American Rescue Plan-provides awards directly to state, local, and territorial health departments to support investments in public health workforce, … Continue Reading


November 29, 2022

Hirono Statement on Senate Passage of Respect for Marriage Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) voted to pass the Respect for Marriage Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation that she cosponsored to protect marriage equality in federal law, which passed the Senate by a vote of 61-36. The amended House bill must now be voted on again by the U.S. House before being sent to President Biden's desk to be signed into law. "When the right-wing Supreme Court eliminated the constitutional right to reproductive freedom, it became clear that th… Continue Reading


November 29, 2022

Hirono, Colleagues Urge President Biden to Commute Native American Activist Leonard Peltier’s Sentence

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) joined six of her Senate colleagues in urging President Joe Biden to commute the sentence of Leonard Peltier, a Native American activist convicted of murder in 1977 following a controversial investigation and trial, which many civil rights leaders and legal experts have called unjust, including the U.S. Attorney who prosecuted the case. The letter, led by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), is also signed by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Elizabeth… Continue Reading


November 25, 2022

PHOTOS & VIDEO: Ahead of Small Business Saturday, Hirono Visits Kaimuki Small Businesses

HONOLULU, HI - Ahead of Small Business Saturday, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, visited small businesses in Kaimuki to meet with business owners and discuss how federal programs, including the Paycheck Protection Program, enabled them to remain in business through the COVID-19 pandemic. Senator Hirono was joined on the tour by Jordan Lee and Summer Shiigi, Kaimuki small business owners and cofounders of "Keep It Kaimuki," a … Continue Reading


November 23, 2022

PHOTOS & VIDEO: Hirono Meets with Filipino Curriculum Project Student Leaders

HONOLULU, HI - Today, U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) met with student leaders of the Filipino Curriculum Project to discuss the project's achievements and plans for the future. The Filipino Curriculum Project is working to create an elective course within the Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) that tells the history and contributions of Filipinos in Hawaii. "Hawaii's rich diversity is central to our state's history and culture, and it's important that our keiki learn about all of the… Continue Reading

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