Press Releases

October 30, 2015

Hirono: Congress Needs To Hear More On Broader Strategy To Defeat ISIL & Stabilize Syria

Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the Obama Administration's announcement of additional military commitments in the Middle East: "Congress and the American people need to hear more details from the Administration about how the deployment of a team of approximately 50 Special Operations Forces to Syria and other additional resources being provided to our regional partners fit into a broader strategy to defeat ISIL and stabilize Syria. "The President's latest decision, … Continue Reading

October 30, 2015

Hirono Supports Bipartisan Budget Agreement

Senator Mazie K. Hirono voted early this morning to support a two-year budget agreement that removes caps put in place by the Budget Control Act for two years and keeps the country from defaulting on its debt. The measure overwhelmingly passed the Senate 64-35. "This bipartisan measure is a reasonable compromise that protects our seniors, keeps our economy on track, and takes a number of manufactured crises off the table for two years," said Senator Hirono. "By removing harmful sequester caps o… Continue Reading

October 29, 2015

Hirono, Gabbard, Schatz Announce New Valuation Method for Locally Grown Coffee

Today, the Hawai?i Congressional Delegation praised the announcement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will provide a green bean pricing valuation for Hawaii-grown coffee starting in January 2016. Currently, Hawaii coffee "farm gate value" is based on parchment rather than green bean. Green bean coffee valuation will more accurately reflect market values and make reporting easier for growers. "This change will increase the reported v… Continue Reading

October 27, 2015

Hirono Supports Landmark Cybersecurity Legislation

Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, voted to support the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. The legislation overwhelmingly passed the Senate 74-21. After the vote, Senator Hirono released the following statement: "Embracing the promise and vulnerabilities of the Internet age requires a delicate balance between promoting security online and protecting users' privacy and Constitutional rights. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act strikes tha… Continue Reading

October 20, 2015

Hirono Denounces Republican Attempt To Criminalize Immigrant Communities

Senator Mazie K. Hirono took to the Senate floor to oppose a Republican attempt to unfairly penalize hundreds of cities and local jurisdictions across the country by stripping them of key federal funding and preventing local law enforcement officials from using commonsense approaches to protect their communities. The measure failed 54-45. From Senator Hirono's remarks: "Instead of turning hardworking immigrants into bogeymen, we should be focusing on real solutions for violence in our communit… Continue Reading

October 08, 2015

Hirono, Honda Lead Bipartisan Resolution To Recognize Filipino American History Month

Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Congressman Mike Honda (D-Silicon Valley) introduced a bicameral and bipartisan resolution to recognize October 2015 as ''Filipino American History Month." Senator Hirono represents the only Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) majority state in the country, and Congressman Honda represents the only AAPI-majority district in the continental United States. "Recognizing Filipino American History Month in Congress is a testament to the countless contributions … Continue Reading

October 07, 2015

Hirono Calls For Responsible Solutions To Federal Budget

Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a Senate conferee to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), voted against the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act Conference Report today. While it passed the Senate 70-22, President Obama has vowed to veto the bill because of its use of the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund as a budget gimmick to fund the Department of Defense without addressing sequestration. "While the NDAA includes many provisi… Continue Reading

September 29, 2015

Hawaii Congressional Delegation Statements On Department Of Interior Native Hawaiian Rulemaking Process

Today, the Department of the Interior released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding "Procedures for Reestablishing a Government-to-Government Relationship with the Native Hawaiian Community." This Proposed Rule is a culmination of years of work by the Hawaii Congressional Delegation, the Native Hawaiian community, the State of Hawaii, and the Obama administration to establish an avenue for a reorganized Native Hawaiian government to reestablish a government-to-government relationship with t… Continue Reading

September 25, 2015

Senate Passes Hirono Provisions To Renew Veterans Programs

The United States Senate unanimously passed S. 2082, which extends a number of crucial health and benefit programs for veterans that are scheduled to expire on September 30. The legislation includes provisions authored by Senator Mazie K. Hirono to renew and extend seven programs that provide outreach and services to homeless veterans, and keep the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Office in Manila, Philippines open for business. "The Senate's unanimous action is a key step to ensuri… Continue Reading

September 24, 2015

Hirono: Keeping Government Open Should Not Be Tied To Women’s Health

After voting to reject a Republican ploy to tie the budget to defunding Planned Parenthood, Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement: "Keeping the federal government open for business is one of Congress' core responsibilities. So is ensuring that the least fortunate among us have access to basic necessities. Yet for the second time in the past three years, we are on the precipice of an unnecessary and preventable government shutdown-this time over an ideological crusade that has… Continue Reading

September 24, 2015

Hirono: Pope Francis Calls For Compassion

Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on Pope Francis' address to Congress: "Pope Francis' address to a joint meeting of Congress was a reminder to us, the American people, that our country was founded as a place where families can fulfill their dreams if we fight for the common good. "His call for compassion, to follow the Golden Rule, and his acknowledgement that we are a nation of immigrants, while also acknowledging the injustices suffered by the first peoples of this co… Continue Reading

September 21, 2015

Schatz, Hirono, Gabbard Call for Continued Funding For Preschool Programs In Hawaii

Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai'i) and U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) issued statements calling for continued funding for the Preschool Development Grants Program. "Too many children in Hawaii will enter kindergarten without having the benefit of a preschool education," said Senator Brian Schatz. "As a result, these children will miss out on the preparation they need to be ready for school and for lifelong success. The Preschool Developme… Continue Reading

September 19, 2015

Hirono & Boozman Introduce Legislation To Keep Veterans Housing Programs Alive

Senators Mazie K. Hirono and John Boozman (R-AR), members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, introduced legislation Thursday to authorize federal homeless veteran programs for the next fiscal year. The Keeping Our Commitment to Ending Veteran Homelessness Act would reauthorize seven Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Labor programs for the next fiscal year. Without Senators Hirono and Boozman's action, authorization for critical programs that provide outreach and servi… Continue Reading

September 17, 2015

Hawaii Congressional Delegation Announces $2.1 Million to Assist Homeless Veterans in Hawaii

Today, the Hawai'i Congressional Delegation announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded $2,118,174 in two grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program to help curb veterans' homelessness in Hawaii. "As we address the serious issue of homelessness, it is imperative that we keep our commitment to helping our service members and families in need," said U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii). "Partnerships between the federal government and n… Continue Reading

September 16, 2015

VA, Veterans Groups Voice Support For Hirono Bills Aimed At Improving Veterans Care

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the American Legion, and many veteran service organizations expressed their support for three of Senator Mazie K. Hirono's bills to improve VA healthcare and benefits at Wednesday's Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing. Senator Hirono also called for the funding of critical VA programs for the next fiscal year. "We owe it to our brave men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line for our country that the V… Continue Reading

September 15, 2015

Hawaii Congressional Delegation Announces $8.6 Million for Native Hawaiian Education Programs

Today, the Hawaii Congressional Delegation announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded $8,610,632 in federal grants to support Native Hawaiian education. The grants, which include funding for every county in Hawaii, will support eleven education projects to improve academic achievement, strengthen early childhood literacy and readiness programs, assist homeless families, and foster mentorship and academic support programs. "By providing support for Native Hawaiian education, we … Continue Reading

September 11, 2015

Hirono Commemorates 14th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement in remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001: "Communities across the country gather today to reflect and remember the more than 3,000 individuals, including five from Hawaii, who perished in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and to cherish the heroism demonstrated by the passengers on Flight 93. Like many in Hawaii, I remember hearing news of the attacks that morning and being stunned, and then deeply moved by… Continue Reading

September 10, 2015

Hirono: Put Politics Aside & Focus On The Facts Of Iran Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono took to the Senate floor to support President Obama's landmark international agreement to halt Iran's nuclear weapons program. Legislation to disapprove of the Iran deal failed to advance on a 58-42 vote. Senator Hirono voted against advancing the legislation. Read Senator Hirono's full remarks below, as prepared for delivery: Mr. President, I support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that we've agreed to with our international par… Continue Reading

September 08, 2015

President Obama Nominates Clare Connors to U.S. District Court

Today, President Obama announced the nomination of Clare Connors to the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii. Ms. Connors was among those recommended by U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and the Federal Judicial Selection Commission. The Federal Judicial Selection Commission, which included seven members, three appointed by each Senator and a chair jointly agreed upon, reviewed more than 30 applications for the position. "Clare's judicial… Continue Reading

August 19, 2015

Hirono, Heinrich Introduce Bill To Increase Access To Pell Grants, Make College More Affordable

U.S. Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) introduced S.1998, the Middle Class Creating Higher Education Affordability Necessary to Compete Economically (CHANCE) Act, a bill to increase access to affordable post-secondary education for low- to moderate-income students. The bill would address the significant loss in value of Pell Grants by adjusting them for inflation, reinstate year-round Pell Grants, and increase the number of eligible semesters to 15. "As college tuition increas… Continue Reading

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