Press Releases

July 10, 2018

Hirono Votes to Confirm Hawaii’s Mark Bennett to Ninth Circuit Court

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono voted to confirm former Hawaii Attorney General Mark Bennett to serve on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Bennett's nomination was approved by the Senate 72-27. "Mark is recognized as one of the best qualified lawyers in the State of Hawaii. He has served as a federal prosecutor, as our state's Attorney General, and in private practice," Senator Hirono said. "I have every confidence that Mark will put his skills and experience to good use on the … Continue Reading

July 09, 2018

Hirono Statement on Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, released the following statement on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court: "Today, Donald Trump selected Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court from a list hand-picked by two organizations with a far-right ideology - the Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation. "As a federal appellate court Judge, Brett Kavanaugh's record is replete with decisions … Continue Reading

July 05, 2018

Hirono Statement on the Resignation of Scott Pruitt

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's resignation: "During his time in office, Scott Pruitt exemplified the toxic mixture of corruption and hostility to government we've come to expect from the Trump administration. I joined 38 other Democratic Senators in calling for his resignation in April, and I certainly welcome his long-overdue resignation today. "Andrew Wheeler is a former fossil fuel industry … Continue Reading

July 05, 2018

Hirono Encourages Continued Commitment to Supporting Mentorship & Entrepreneurship Programs

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono encouraged organizers and program leaders of the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership (MCBL) Girls' Summit to continue their work empowering young women to pursue leadership roles. Each year, the Girls' Summit connects over 300 high school students with mentors, and holds workshops exploring a number of career fields, encouraging advocacy, and teaching the importance of personal financial management. "We all have to do more to continue the progress… Continue Reading

July 02, 2018

Hirono Continues Advocacy for Hawaii Island Residents Affected by Ongoing Volcanic Activity

LOWER PUNA - Senator Mazie K. Hirono continued her advocacy for Hawaii Island communities affected by ongoing volcanic activity during a visit to Puna today. Senator Hirono met with affected residents, volunteers, and business owners in visits to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Center, World Central Kitchen, Pahoa Community Center, Sacred Heart Church/Hope Services, and a meeting with floriculture growers. "Hawaii Island residents and business owners continue to… Continue Reading

June 30, 2018

Hirono Joins Families Belong Together Rally, Calls for End to Family Separation & Detention

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined hundreds of activists at the Hawaii State Capitol today to protest the Trump administration's family separation and detention policies. The Honolulu Families Belong Together rally was one of over 700 held across the country. "Today, people are coming together all across the country to say that we can't be locking up children and separating families," Senator Hirono said. "Donald Trump created this crisis through his own actions, blamed others for what's… Continue Reading

June 29, 2018

Hawaii Congressional Delegation Urges U.S. Department of Agriculture to Provide Maximum Assistance Possible for Volcano-Impacted Farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Hawaii Congressional Delegation in a letter to Undersecretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Bill Northey urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide the maximum assistance possible to Hawaii farmers impacted by the ongoing volcanic activity on Hawaii Island. "Hawaii is unlike any other state. The majority of our farms are small and diversified with specialty crops, and Hawaii remains an underserved state for crop insurance. For farmers … Continue Reading

June 28, 2018

Senate Passes Hirono Provision to Help Volcano-Impacted Farmers on Hawaii Island in 2018 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono successfully included a provision in the 2018 Senate Farm Bill that would allow volcano-impacted farmers to retroactively apply for coverage under the Non-insured Crop Assistance Program (NAP). The bipartisan Farm Bill, which sets policy and funding levels for agriculture and nutrition programs through 2023, was approved in the Senate by a 86-11 vote. The bill must now move to a conference committee to reconcile differences with the House Farm Bill pass… Continue Reading

June 28, 2018

Senate Passes Bipartisan Hirono Bill to Strengthen Economic Ties Between United States & New Zealand

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The U.S. Senate unanimously passed S. 2245, a bipartisan bill authored by Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) to extend trade and investor visas to New Zealand citizens to increase international business between the United States and New Zealand. The passage of the Knowledgeable Innovators and Worthy Investors (KIWI) Act comes as the United States and New Zealand marked a milestone 75 years of diplomatic relations last year. The bill would allow New Zeal… Continue Reading

June 28, 2018

Senate Confirms Admiral Harry Harris As Next U.S. Ambassador to South Korea

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of former Commander of U.S. Pacific Command Admiral Harry Harris (Ret.) to serve as the next U.S. Ambassador to South Korea. Earlier this month, Senator Hirono introduced Admiral Harris at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which reported his nomination favorably to the full Senate. "Admiral Harris is a tough-minded and experienced leader with a strong military background and deep exist… Continue Reading

June 28, 2018

Following the Supreme Court’s Janus Decision, Hirono, Cartwright, Senate & House Democrats Introduce New Legislation to Strengthen Rights of Workers to Join Unions & Bargain Collectively

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Representative Matt Cartwright (D-Penn.), Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), House Education and Workforce Committee Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-Va.), and House DPCC Co-Chair David Cicilline (D-R.I.), and nearly 50 Senate and House Democrats introduced bicameral legislation to guarantee the right for public employees … Continue Reading

June 27, 2018

Hirono Presses VA Secretary Nominee for Commitment to Expand VA Care Options in Rural Communities and on Neighbor Islands

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono pressed the Robert Wilkie, President Trump's nominee to serve as the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs, for a commitment to expand VA care options for Hawaii residents living on Neighbor Islands and in rural communities. Senator Hirono secured a commitment from the nominee to work with her to ensure the success and completion of outstanding projects should he be confirmed. Senator Hirono said in her questioning: "As an island state, veterans in Hawai… Continue Reading

June 27, 2018

Hirono Welcomes Approval of Individual Assistance, Funding for Cleanup Efforts for Kauai and Oahu Residents Affected by Flooding

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) welcomed President Trump's decision to amend the federal disaster declaration for the City and County of Honolulu and Kauai County to include Individual Assistance for those affected by the flooding event in April, as well as the release of $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor's Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grand program. The approval of Individual Assistance makes additional federal resources available for individuals a… Continue Reading

June 27, 2018

Hirono: Janus Decision Continues Far-Right Assault on Working Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision on Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. "America's public sector workers teach and nurture our children, keep us safe, and care for our families. As union members, they are empowered through collective action to fight for fair wages and work conditions," Senator Hirono said. "This partisan, political decision from the Supreme Court will undermine public sector unions' ability to fight for these ba… Continue Reading

June 26, 2018

Hirono Statement on Muslim Ban Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) released the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling upholding the President's Muslim ban in Trump v. Hawaii: "Today is a dark day for our country. Every time our country has singled out a minority group for discriminatory treatment, we have been proven very, very wrong. The Supreme Court's decision in Trump v. Hawaii will be no different. By ignoring the President's clear intent to discriminate against Muslims, the Court handed the… Continue Reading

June 25, 2018

On 5th Anniversary of Shelby County Decision, Hirono Decries Further Erosion of Voting Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement to mark the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision to destroy key provisions of the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder, and today's ruling to further restrict voting rights in Abbot v. Perez. "Since Shelby County gutted the Voting Rights Act five years ago, many states have tried to roll back voter protections," Senator Hirono said. "Today's shameful decision in Abbot v. Perez allows Texas to implem… Continue Reading

June 25, 2018

Hirono, Booker Introduce Bill to Increase Access to Oral Health Care for Underserved Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), introduced the Action for Dental Health Act of 2018, a bill that would reauthorize initiatives that increase access to oral health treatment and prevention services, particularly for underserved communities. "Children and families in Hawaii continue to face barriers in accessing necessary dental care - particularly in rural and underserved communities," Senator Hirono said. "This bill would increase resources for c… Continue Reading

June 22, 2018

Hirono, Matsui Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Title IX, Honor Patsy T. Mink & Louise M. Slaughter

Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) introduced the bicameral Patsy T. Mink and Louise M. Slaughter Gender Equity in Education Act, legislation to provide additional resources for schools, school districts, states, and institutions of higher education to fully implement the Patsy Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, commonly referred to as Title IX. "Throughout her time in Congress, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter was a fierce advocate for gender equit… Continue Reading

June 22, 2018

Hirono Meets with VA Secretary Nominee Robert Wilkie

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono met with Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) nominee, current Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Robert Wilkie today. The meeting occurred ahead of Undersecretary Wilkie's Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee confirmation hearing on June 27. Following the meeting, Senator Hirono issued the following statement: "I welcome Undersecretary Wilkie's recent experience in roles managing the health and benefit systems of the Department of Defe… Continue Reading

June 18, 2018

Hawaii Priorities Move Forward in Senate-Passed Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono voted for the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed the Senate 85-10 today. The NDAA will now be considered by a bicameral conference committee to resolve differences between the Senate and House versions of the bill. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Hirono included provisions in the bill that fund military construction projects in Hawaii, prevents per diem reductions for Department of Defe… Continue Reading

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