Press Releases

May 13, 2020

Hirono, Klobuchar, Peters, Rosen, Colleagues Introduce Bicameral Bill to Boost High-Speed Internet Access for College Students Completing Coursework During Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) introduced a bill to boost access to high-speed internet for college students as they continue their studies remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. The Supporting Connectivity for Higher Education Students in Need Act would invest $1 billion for the creation of the Emergency Higher Education Connectivity Fund at the National Telecommunications Information Adm… Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Hawaii to Receive More Than $5 Million in Funds for Additional Community Response to the Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced that Hawaii will receive more than $5 million in supplemental Community Development Block Grants coronavirus response (CDBG-CV) funding to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. This is the second disbursement of CDBG-CV funds from the CARES Act, the third coronavirus relief package Congress passed. Hawaii County will receive $975,815, Kauai County will receive $261,137, Maui County will receive $698,280, and … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Hawaii Farmers and Distributors Receive $5.2 Million to Facilitate Food Delivery to Families in Need

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced today that farmers and distributors in Hawaii will receive $5.2 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide food to families in need. The funding, distributed under the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, is part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) that Congress established in the second coronavirus relief legislation that passed the Senate in March. "Like so many places across the… Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Hirono Announces City and County of Honolulu to Receive $90.8 Million to Address Coronavirus and Budget Concerns

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded the City and County of Honolulu $90,815,591 to provide public transit service through TheBus. This funding will ensure that TheBus continues to operate during the pandemic. Funds can be utilized to offset operational expenses due to reduced ridership, improve public health and sanitation efforts for TheBus, purchase personal protective equipment for transit employees, and … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Hirono Joins Bill to Expand National Service Programs like AmeriCorps to Respond to and Recover From Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) cosponsored the Pandemic Response and Opportunity Through National Service Act, legislation Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced that would expand national service programs like AmeriCorps as the United States responds to and recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation would provide funding for 750,000 national service positions over a three year period, expanding AmeriCorps and other national service positions from 75,000 … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Hawaii to Receive Over $4 Million in AmeriCorps Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced that Hawaii will receive over $4 million in AmeriCorps funding for the Hawaii Commission for National and Community Service programs, including Kupu's Environmental Stewardship programs and Legal Aid Society of Hawaii's Project Kaulike. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that manages AmeriCorps and other national service programs, has awarded a total of $4,215,326 to Hawaii: Kupu w… Continue Reading


May 04, 2020

Hirono, Booker, Colleagues Call on DOJ to Proactively Address Coronavirus-related Anti-Asian Discrimination, Hate Crimes

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), along with 14 Senators urged the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Rights Division to take concrete steps to address the surge in discrimination and hate crimes against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) individuals. These steps are similar to those DOJ has taken in the past to address jumps in discrimination and hate crimes against a particular community. The Senators called for the Justice Department's C… Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Hawaii Island to Receive $30 Million in FEMA Funding to Repair Water Systems Damaged by Kilauea Eruption

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded $30 million in funding to the Hawaii County Department of Water Supply to repair water systems damaged during the 2018 Kilauea eruption. "These urgently needed repairs to water systems on Hawaii Island will help impacted communities that are still recovering from the devastation caused by the 2018 eruption of Kilauea. I will continue to advocate to ensure the County of Hawaii r… Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Hirono Joins Bipartisan Call for Economic Relief for Local Newspapers, Rural Broadcasters During Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) joined Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and dozens of their colleagues to call on the Office of Management and Budget to support local television, radio, and newspapers who are struggling as advertising revenue has plummeted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This effort comes as Americans rely more on local and regional news to update them abou… Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Hirono, Colleagues Urge Treasury to Provide Families with Direct Payments as Soon as Possible

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) joined Senators Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and more than 30 of their colleagues to call for the U.S. Treasury Department (Treasury) and the Social Security Administration to guarantee that families who do not normally file taxes but have dependent children will not have to wait until next year to receive their additional direct payments for those children. On Monday, Tr… Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Hirono, Senate Colleagues: Administration Must Focus on Coronavirus Testing, Contact Tracing Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) joined Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and eight of their colleagues to demand the Trump Administration provide the American people a comprehensive COVID-19 testing and contact tracing plan, which health experts have identified as vital to safely reopening society. The letter, sent on Monday, asks the Department of Health and Human Services to include in its plan what resources are needed for nationwide testing and con… Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Hirono Statement on Senate Passage of Interim Coronavirus Relief Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) issued the following statement about Senate passage of interim coronavirus relief legislation (COVID 3.5): "Since the passage of the CARES Act in March, I have been focused on making important reforms to the Paycheck Protection Program to help small businesses that need it most, providing additional funding to support our hospitals and health care providers fighting the pandemic, and ensuring that immigrants and other vulnerable communities … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Hawaii County to Receive $61 Million in Federal Funding to Rebuild Roads Damaged During the 2018 Kilauea Eruption

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the Hawaii County Department of Public Works $61 million to repair roads damaged during the 2018 Kilauea eruption. A portion of the funds will go to repair Highway 137, Pohoiki Road, Leilani Avenue, Hinalo Street, Lauone Street, Honuaula Street, and Lighthouse Road. FEMA and the County of Hawaii are engaged in additional discussions with the community to determine which ot… Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Hirono Encourages Social Security Beneficiaries, Others with Dependent Children to Apply for Direct Cash Payments Before Wednesday Deadline

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) today announced that Social Security beneficiaries and others who do not file taxes with qualifying dependent children should apply for their direct cash payments (up to $1,200 per individual) and additional payments for eligible children ($500 per child) before the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Wednesday deadline. Those eligible for additional payments should apply by tomorrow, Wednesday, April 22 at 6 am Hawaii Time to ensure that the a… Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Hawaii to Receive $2 Million in Funding to Support Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment During the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced today that the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division of the Hawaii State Department of Health received $2 million in emergency grant funding from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to expand and strengthen access to substance abuse and mental health treatment. "The stresses of the coronavirus pandemic are driving additional demand for mental health and substance abuse treatment in Hawaii and across the country," Sena… Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Senator Hirono, Rep. Chu, and 100+ Colleagues Call on Congressional Leaders to Ensure Immigrant Families Can Access Critical Services During Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Representative Judy Chu (D-Calif.) led 28 Senators and 76 Members of the House of Representatives in writing to members of Congressional leadership to call for an inclusive coronavirus relief package that ensures that urgently-needed coronavirus testing and medical care and relief benefits are accessible by all communities, regardless of limited English proficiency or immigration status. In their letter, the Members of Congress highlighte… Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

As More Americans Are Homebound During Pandemic, Hirono and Democratic Colleagues Call for Additional Funding of Lifeline Program to Boost Internet Connectivity

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and 25 of their colleagues urged Senate and House leadership to include at least $1 billion for the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Lifeline program in future coronavirus relief packages. The Lifeline program extends access to internet and television services to low-income Americans for free or at a reduced cost. The Senators sent this letter as tens of millions of Americans are sheltering in … Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Hirono, Bipartisan Group of Senators Call on USDA to Assist Local Farmers During Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), along with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), sent a bipartisan letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) asking Secretary Sonny Perdue to set aside a portion of the $9.5 billion provided to the USDA in the third coronavirus relief package to support local farmers that sell directly to schools, consumers, institutions, retail markets, farmers markets, restaurants, food hubs, a… Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Hirono, Booker, Hassan Call on Domain Name Gatekeepers to Combat Coronavirus-Related Scams and Misinformation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) called on the leaders of eight domain name registrars and hosting sites to combat scams and misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senators asked the executives of GoDaddy, Dynadot, Donuts Inc., Namecheap Inc., Web.com, Endurance International Group, InMotion Hosting, and DreamHost to explain the steps their companies are taking to combat misinformation about the coronavirus pandem… Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Hirono, Wyden, Schumer, Senate Democrats: Workers Must Receive Unemployment Benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) joined Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and 31 of their Democratic colleagues to urge the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to ensure that workers who Congress intended to allow access to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program receive the benefits they deserve. The Senators sent this letter after the DOL issued new guidance for the program, seeking the DOL … Continue Reading

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