Press Releases

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

June 15, 2016

Senate Passes Defense Bill That Supports Hawaii, Indo-Asia-Pacific Rebalance

Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services and Ranking Member of the Seapower Subcommittee, voted to approve the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the bill 85-13, which includes more than $600 billion in funding for our service members and national security, and several measures championed by Senator Hirono. "I voted to approve the National Defense Authorization Act because, on balance, this legisla… Continue Reading

June 09, 2016

Hirono, Senate Democrats Announce Program To Reunite Filipino World War II Veterans With Their Families

Senators Mazie K. Hirono, Harry Reid (D-NV), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Chief of Staff Juliet Choi, Filipino World War II veterans Rudy Panaglima and Celestino Almeda, and advocates today to announce the implementation of a long-awaited program to reunite aging Filipino World War II veterans with their children and families. Under the USCIS Filipino World War II Veterans Parole (FWVP) program, Filipino veterans whose service has been recognized … Continue Reading

June 08, 2016

Hirono Connects Hawaii Businesses With Top Federal Policy Makers

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono today welcomed nearly 75 members of Hawaii's business community to Capitol Hill for the Third Annual Hawaii on the Hill Policy Summit. Business owners representing diverse industries - including manufacturing, health care, transportation, and others - participated in the event. "We started Hawaii on the Hill three years ago to give Hawaii businesses a direct line to federal decision makers. I'm pleased that in our third year, we were able to connect ove… Continue Reading

June 02, 2016

Hirono Calls For Equal Pay For U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

Senators Mazie K. Hirono, Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Patty Murray (D-WA), and a broad coalition of their Senate colleagues called on the U.S. Soccer Federation to ensure that players on the U.S. Women's National Team are paid fairly. The letter follows the filing of a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging players on the women's team are paid significantly less than players on the men's team. The senators wrote: "The Equal Pay Act requires that employers pay men an… Continue Reading

June 02, 2016

Hirono Provisions Will Strengthen STEM Pipeline, Cyber Workforce

Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, included a number of provisions to grow and support Hawaii's science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce in the 2017 Intelligence Authorization Act. One provision would require the U.S. intelligence community to evaluate existing intelligence community academic programs that grow and diversify the cyber workforce, including the National Security Agency's National Centers of Excellence in Cyber Defe… Continue Reading

May 31, 2016

Hirono Statement On The Passing Of Jimmy Borges

Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the passing of Hawaii jazz legend Jimmy Borges. "For six decades, Jimmy Borges brought joy to audiences with his unique voice, distinctive vocal jazz interpretations and warm sense of humor. Throughout his musical career, Jimmy entertained, but he also served with distinction as an ambassador for Hawaii. "Off stage, Jimmy regularly gave back to his community, and particularly to Hawaii's young talented musicians. The Jimmy Borges En… Continue Reading

May 30, 2016

Hirono Honors Service Members & Their Families On Memorial Day

Senator Mazie K. Hirono paid tribute to service members, veterans, and their families this Memorial Day. "Hawaii is the home to generations of service members, from the Civil War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Memorial Day is an opportunity to celebrate these service members, remember those who gave their life in service to our country, and reflect on legacy they left behind. On this solemn day, we not only honor the sacrifices made by our service members and veterans, but also reaffirm o… Continue Reading

May 26, 2016

Senate Unanimously Passes Hirono-Led Effort To Recognize Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The U.S. Senate today passed a bipartisan resolution lead by Senator Mazie K. Hirono to recognize May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. S.Res. 481 celebrates the contributions of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community to American history. "Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is a time for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community to reflect on and celebrate the significant role our communities will play in shaping our nation's future," said … Continue Reading

May 25, 2016

Hirono Announces New Veterans Training Programs At University Of Hawaii

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced that the University of Hawaii was selected for two federal programs to assist veterans entering the civilian workforce. The University of Hawaii system is one of six new universities nationwide to receive support from the U.S. Small Business Administration to establish a Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) program. In addition, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that Honolulu Community College will join the Department's Solar Re… Continue Reading

May 24, 2016

Hirono, Gillibrand Renew Call To Address Military Sexual Assault

Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), along with a bipartisan group of Senators and advocates, today called on the Senate to pass the bipartisan Military Justice Improvement Act, which would establish an impartial, fair, and accountable military justice system to address the crisis of sexual assault. Since 2013, Senator Hirono has championed this legislation, which would put the decision to prosecute serious crimes like sexual assault into the hands of impartial military prosec… Continue Reading

May 19, 2016

Statement From Senator Mazie K. Hirono

Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on Representative Mark Takai's announcement that he will not seek reelection: "Mark has served our state and our country honorably as a public servant, elected official, and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Hawaii Army National Guard. He has an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of Hawaii families. "I have worked closely with Mark for many years on education reform, and especially on Impact Aid for Hawaii's schools when I served in… Continue Reading

May 18, 2016

Hirono Meets With Garland, Urges Senate Republicans To Do Their Job

Senator Mazie K. Hirono today met with Judge Merrick Garland, nominee for the Supreme Court. Senator Hirono also called on her Republican colleagues to do their job and hold a hearing to consider Judge Garland's nomination. "Judge Garland's character and record of judicial service are impressive, and Americans deserve to hear from him in a public Judiciary Committee hearing," said Senator Hirono. "In the Senate's history of holding public confirmation hearings, the majority party has never befo… Continue Reading

May 17, 2016

As Peak Mosquito Season Approaches, Hirono Advances Measure To Fund Fight Against Zika

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono today voted in support of more than $1 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus. The Senate advanced a $1.1 billion bipartisan compromise amendment to the appropriations bill currently being debated on the Senate floor. While the funding is short of the Administration's $1.9 billion emergency request, the compromise measure will lay a foundation to fight Zika without including cuts to other important public health initiatives as Republicans h… Continue Reading

May 13, 2016

Hawaiian Airlines Awarded Direct Route From Haneda To Kona

Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced that Hawaiian Airlines was awarded a direct route from Haneda Airport in Tokyo to Kona International Airport. While the flight route is approved, flights must still stop on Oahu until a permanent Customs and Border Protection (CBP) checkpoint is established in Kona. "Today's announcement that Hawaiian Airlines will now have authority to fly a route from Haneda Airport in Tokyo to Kona is good for Hawaii's visitor industry and an important first step in re… Continue Reading

May 13, 2016

Hirono Secures Wide-Ranging Measures For Hawaii In Defense Authorization

Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services and Ranking Member of the Seapower Subcommittee, voted to approve the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17), sending the bill to the full Senate for consideration. The NDAA is a comprehensive bill passed annually that sets policy and funding levels for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the national security programs of the Department of Energy. The Armed Services Committee approved the N… Continue Reading

May 12, 2016

Hirono Supports Key Hawaii Projects In Energy And Water Appropriations Bill

After fighting poison-pill amendments on the Senate floor, Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power, today voted to support the Fiscal Year 2017 Energy and Water Appropriations Act, which funds the activities of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The bill includes provisions advocated by Senator Hirono for Hawaii harbors and renewable energy investments. The wide-ranging legislation allocat… Continue Reading

May 10, 2016

Hirono: President’s Decision To Visit Hiroshima Memorial Shows Commitment To Nuclear-Free Future

Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement after President Obama announced that he will visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial later this month, becoming the first sitting United States President to visit: "I commend President Obama's decision to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, which serves as a poignant reminder of the devastating cost of nuclear warfare, especially on civilian communities. When I last visited the memorial, students from a Hawaii elementary school asked me to pre… Continue Reading

May 10, 2016

Hirono, Meng Bill To Strike Term “Oriental” From Federal Law Headed To President

The U.S. Senate late last night unanimously passed Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Representative Grace Meng's (D-NY) bill to remove offensive terms such as "Oriental" from federal law. H.R.4238 was approved by the House 376-0, and will now go to President Obama to be signed into law. "Updating derogatory references in federal law is long overdue," said Senator Hirono. "Our country's diversity makes us strong, so it is imperative that this language is changed as soon as possible. It's fitting that … Continue Reading

May 06, 2016

Hirono Hails Implementation Of Program To Reunite Filipino World War II Veterans With Their Children

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced that certain family members of Filipino World War II veterans can finally apply to come to the United States to be reunited with their aging Filipino veteran family members who are U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents under a program announced by the Obama Administration last year. Applications will begin to be accepted next month. "President Obama has taken an important action for Filipino WWII veterans who have been waiting patiently fo… Continue Reading

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