Press Releases

July 21, 2016

Hirono & Boozman Introduce Bill to Save Key Veterans Housing Programs

Senators Mazie K. Hirono and John Boozman (R-AR), members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, introduced legislation to reauthorize a number of important federal homeless veteran programs for the next fiscal year. The Keeping Our Commitment to Ending Veteran Homelessness Act would renew seven Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Labor programs that provide outreach and services to homeless veterans and their families. These programs are set to expire on September 30, 201… Continue Reading

July 21, 2016

Hirono Observes Rim of the Pacific Exercise Aboard U.S.S. Stennis, Meets with U.S. Ambassador to China

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today joined international partners and Hawaii community leaders aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier U.S.S. John C. Stennis to observe the ongoing Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise - the world's largest naval exercise. Senator Hirono met with the U.S.S. Stennis Strike Group leadership about the U.S. Navy's vital role to the Indo-Asia-Pacific rebalance, the unmatched capability of U.S. aircraft carriers and observed air operations below and from the deck… Continue Reading

July 20, 2016

Statement From Senator Mazie K. Hirono On The Passing Of Representative Mark Takai

HONOLULU- Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the passing of Representative Mark Takai: "Mark Takai was a devoted public servant who was committed to bettering our state and country in public office for more than two decades. He also gave back to his community as a celebrated champion collegiate swimmer, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Hawaii Army National Guard who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and a devoted family man. "I affectionately called Mark my younger brother… Continue Reading

July 19, 2016

Hirono Dedicates Hawaii’s First U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey Hangar

HONOLULU- Senator Mazie K. Hirono delivered the keynote address at today's dedication of the new MV-22 Hangar at Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay. The ceremony marked the opening of the first of two hangers that will serve as the permanent homes to two MV-22 Osprey squadrons. Senator Hirono is the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, which overseas Marine Corps and Navy budgets and programs. "Hawaii plays a critical role in our national security, and this… Continue Reading

July 19, 2016

Hirono Encourages Students to Pursue STEM Fields at NOAA Science Camp

On Monday, Senator Mazie K. Hirono encouraged students attending the Third Annual Science Camp sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service to continue nurturing their interest in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) fields. "To maintain our country's historical leadership in STEM and take on the global challenges facing our environment, we need to inspire the next generation of scientists and researchers," said … Continue Reading

July 16, 2016

Hirono Honors Filipino American Business Community

HONOLULU- Senator Mazie K. Hirono tonight recognized the incoming leadership of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii (FCCH) at the organization's 62nd Annual Installation Banquet. Senator Hirono also congratulated FCCH for its contributions to Hawaii's economy. "Hawaii's Filipino community has made significant contributions to our state," said Senator Hirono, a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. "The Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii's work has pla… Continue Reading

July 15, 2016

Senate Passes Hirono Resolution Honoring 100th Anniversary of Hawaii’s National Parks

The United States Senate passed a resolution authored by Senator Mazie K. Hirono honoring the 100th anniversaries of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii Island and Haleakala National Park on Maui. Senator Hirono's resolution recognizes August 1 as "Hawaii Volcanoes and Haleakala National Parks Day." "For the last century, residents of Hawaii, the United States, and the world have visited Haleakala National Park and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and gained a greater appreciation for the na… Continue Reading

July 15, 2016

Hirono to Push for Hawaii Priorities, Asia-Pacific Rebalance

Senator Mazie K. Hirono was named to the Senate-House Conference Committee for the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The role of the Conference Committee is to resolve differences between the versions of the NDAA passed by the House and Senate earlier this year. The NDAA is a bill that lays out the resource levels and defense policy for the year. Senator Hirono is the Ranking Member of the Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee, which oversees Navy and Marine Corps progra… Continue Reading

July 13, 2016

Senate Unanimously Approves Hirono Bill To Award Filipino World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal

The U.S. Senate today passed a bill authored by Senator Mazie K. Hirono to award Filipino World War II veterans who fought for the United States the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award that Congress can bestow. A broad, bipartisan coalition of 71 Senators co-sponsored the legislation, which recognizes Filipino soldiers who fought alongside Americans during World War II. "Today, the Senate provided recognition to Filipino World War II veterans for their brave and courageous serv… Continue Reading

July 07, 2016

Hirono Statement On S.764

Senator Mazie K. Hirono today voted to approve S.764, bipartisan legislation that establishes a mandatory federal labeling system for GMOs, which passed 63-30. Senator Hirono released the following statement after the vote: "Regardless of your position on GMOs, most of us agree that we all have a right to know what is in the food we eat. I support a mandatory federal system for labeling and disclosing GMOs in food so that consumers across the country have consistent access to information no mat… Continue Reading

July 07, 2016

Hirono Unveils Legislation To Bolster Title IX, Gender Equity In Education

Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono introduced the Patsy Mink Gender Equity in Education Act. This bill would provide more resources for schools, school districts, states, and institutions of higher education to fully implement the Patsy Mink Equal Opportunity Act, commonly referred to as Title IX - which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded educational programs and activities. Representative Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) introduced a companion bill in the House of Representa… Continue Reading

July 02, 2016

Hirono Hosts Outreach Event To Assist Filipino World War II Veterans Reunite With Their Families

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today hosted the first in a series of outreach events to assist Filipino World War II veterans in applying to reunite with family members still living in the Philippines. Senator Hirono brought together close to 50 Filipino veterans and family members with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) District Director David Gulick and members of the Hawaii Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association to provide information and assistance on the… Continue Reading

June 28, 2016

Hirono: Singapore’s Inclusion In Global Entry Is Good For Hawaii

Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced that Singapore has been officially added to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Global Entry Program, which means that Singaporean citizens can now apply for expedited customs clearance for visiting the United States and vice versa. Senator Hirono led a bipartisan effort to encourage the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to add Singapore to the Global Entry Program in time for Hawaii's busy summer travel season. "Singapore's inclusion in the G… Continue Reading

June 28, 2016

Hirono Statement On Passing Of Elmer Cravalho

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the passing of former Hawaii House of Representatives speaker, Maui mayor, and businessman Elmer Cravalho: "Mayor Cravalho was a politically astute visionary. He cared for Maui first and foremost and his primary concern during his time in public office was to do what was best for Maui County. One of the areas where Elmer left a lasting impact is the diversification of Maui's economy. He was a leader in developing and … Continue Reading

June 27, 2016

Hirono: Whole Woman’s Health Ruling A Victory For Women & Access To Fundamental Health Care Services

Senator Mazie K. Hirono today applauded the Supreme Court's 5-3 decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, which struck down a Texas law restricting access to reproductive health care. Had the Court ruled in favor of the Texas law, states across the nation could have enacted similarly restrictive laws. Senator Hirono joined her Senate colleagues on an amicus brief to the Supreme Court urging the justices to rule in favor of the plaintiff, Whole Woman's Health, and to preserve access to re… Continue Reading

June 23, 2016

Hirono: Court’s Deadlock Denies Hope & Opportunity To Millions

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, the Supreme Court released a deadlocked ruling on U.S. v. Texas, which halts President Obama's Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs. After the ruling was released, Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement: "In 2014, President Obama gave hope to millions of workers and families by expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program… Continue Reading

June 20, 2016

Hirono: Victims Of Gun Violence Deserve More Than Empty Promises

Senator Mazie K. Hirono today voted to support two commonsense measures to curb gun violence. The first, authored by Senator Christopher Murphy (D-CT) would strengthen background checks for gun buyers. The second, authored by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and cosponsored by Senator Hirono, would close the "terror gap" by giving the Attorney General the discretion to keep suspected terrorists from buying a gun. "Last week on the Senate floor, I joined Senator Murphy in calling for action on co… Continue Reading

June 16, 2016

Hirono, Senate Democrats Unveil Proposal To Boost Funding For Programs to Reduce and Respond to Hate Crimes, Community Conflict

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Senate Democrats, led by Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Senator Tammy Baldwin, and Senator Barbara Mikulski unveiled an amendment to provide an additional $41 million to Department of Justice programs that prevent discrimination and hate crimes. Introduced in response to the targeted attacks driven by hate against the LGBT and Latino communities in Orlando, the amendment would ensure the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division and Office of Community Relations Service h… Continue Reading

June 15, 2016

Hirono, Senate Democrats Filibuster To Demand Votes On Solutions To Combat Gun Violence

Senator Mazie K. Hirono took to the Senate floor to join Senator Christopher Murphy (D-CT) and Senate Democrats in a filibuster to demand that the U.S. Senate vote on commonsense solutions to combat gun violence. In her speech, Senator Hirono paid tribute to former Hawaii resident Kimberly "KJ" Morris, who was one of 49 victims killed in Orlando this past weekend. Senator Murphy began his filibuster at 11:30 a.m. EST, and has maintained it for more than eight hours at the time of publication. F… Continue Reading

June 15, 2016

Hirono Marks Fourth Anniversary Of DACA

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono today marked the fourth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has brought 700,000 young adults out of the shadows, and allowed them to pursue higher education and jobs without fearing deportation. "Over the past four years, DACA has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who were brought to our country as undocumented children through no fault of their own," said Senator Hirono. "The President's ac… Continue Reading

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