Press Releases

June 16, 2015

With Talia’s Law Amendment To Defense Bill, Hirono Fights To Protect Children From Abuse On Our Military Bases

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday on the Senate floor, Senator Mazie K. Hirono shared the heartbreaking story of Talia Williams, a five year old girl who died after months of abuse at the hands of her father and stepmother, to introduce "Talia's Law" as an amendment to this year's National Defense Authorization Act. From Senator Hirono's floor speech: "I am hopeful that, by requiring such dual reporting, no military connected children will remain in abusive homes because information never made it t… Continue Reading

June 11, 2015

Bipartisan and Bicameral Group Introduce Legislation to Award Congressional Gold Medal to WWII Filipino Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) today announced the introduction of legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino Veterans of World War II. They were joined in this effort by Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Dean Heller (R-NV), Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Congressman Joe Heck (R-NV), Congressman Juan Vargas (D-CA), Congressman Mark Takai (D-HI), Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), and Congres… Continue Reading

June 10, 2015

Hirono Facilitates Second Annual Hawaii On The Hill Policy Summit, Connects Hawaii Businesses With Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This morning, Senator Mazie K. Hirono welcomed Hawaii businesses to Capitol Hill for the second annual Hawaii on the Hill Policy Summit. More than 50 representatives from businesses across Hawaii attended the Hawaii on the Hill Policy summit held in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center for policy discussions with officials from federal agencies and U.S. Senators. "We're very far away in Hawaii and it makes a big difference when our people can come directly to Washington, D.C. and… Continue Reading

June 08, 2015

Hirono To Welcome Hawaii Businesses To Washington For Second Annual Hawaii On The Hill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, Senator Mazie K. Hirono will welcome Hawaii businesses to the U.S. Capitol for the second annual Hawaii on the Hill. Hawaii on the Hill is hosted by Chamber of Commerce Hawaii and consists of the Hawaii on the Hill Policy Summit and Taste of Hawaii on Capitol Hill reception. In 2014, 50 Hawaii businesses participated in the two-day event and approximately 1,000 people attended the Taste of Hawaii on Capitol Hill. "This week, I will welcome over 100 Hawaii reside… Continue Reading

May 29, 2015

Hirono: Expanding Preclearance To Japan Is Good News For Hawaii’s Tourism Industry, Economy & Japanese Visitors Eager To Visit Hawaii

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it will take a significant new step towards the expansion of its preclearance program to Japan's Narita International Airport which currently offers direct flights to Honolulu International Airport. "The fact that that the United States will go forward in working to expand preclearance to Japan's Narita International Airport is a good news for Hawaii's tourism industry, the ec… Continue Reading

May 27, 2015

Senate Passes Hirono’s Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Late last week, the United States Senate passed Senator Mazie K. Hirono's bipartisan resolution recognizing May as Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month. "Over the course of this month, I've met dynamic Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders who continue to build upon the achievements and foundation laid by Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) trailblazers." said Senator Hirono. "‎In recognition of APA heritage month, I led a bipartisan group of Senators in p… Continue Reading

May 22, 2015


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today Senator Mazie K. Hirono opposed trade promotion authority legislation, also known as "fast track" authority, which was passed by the U.S. Senate 62-37: "This was an important vote on an important issue. Congress should set strong, enforceable guidelines that ensure trade deals include strong labor, environmental, and other standards that guarantee workers and businesses in places like Hawaii are on an equal playing field. Trade agreements should not result in a continui… Continue Reading

May 22, 2015

Hirono Continues Commitment To Improving Veterans’ Health Care In New Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, Senator Mazie K. Hirono is introducing a package of legislation that continues her ongoing work to prioritize making sure our veterans and their families can access the benefits and care they've earned: "Each Memorial Day, we recognize the brave men and women who sacrificed for our freedom. While some of our servicemen and women have paid the ultimate sacrifice, we honor them by keeping our promise to those who are coming home," said Senator Hirono. "Providing tim… Continue Reading

May 19, 2015

Hirono Leads Bipartisan Resolution To Recognize Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This month, Senator Mazie K. Hirono, the first Asian American woman elected to the U.S. Senate, introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. "Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is a celebration of the contributions and progress made by the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in Hawaii and across the country. The AAPI community is the fastest growing minority population in the United States and will have an in… Continue Reading

May 18, 2015

Hirono Appointed To U.S. Air Force Academy Board Of Visitors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after her appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors: "The outstanding men and women who comprise the Cadet Wing at the U.S. Air Force Academy represent some of our nation's best and brightest. I am honored to accept this appointment to the Academy's Board of Visitors and stand ready to work with my Board colleagues and Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, the fi… Continue Reading

May 14, 2015

Hirono On NDAA: I Support Fair, Responsible, Balanced Approaches To End Sequester, Not Budget Gimmicks

WASHINGTON , D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted today in committee to oppose the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as a statement of principle against Washington's sequester budget gimmicks: "Today I reluctantly voted against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in the Senate Armed Services Committee. In spite of all the important provisions in the bill which I support, it did nothing to put our country on a r… Continue Reading

May 13, 2015

Hirono Authors Clean Energy Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono introduced a package of energy bills this week that highlight her commitment to spurring innovation and investment in clean energy in Hawaii and across the country: "While Hawaii leads the way in clean energy goals, we still face the highest energy costs in the nation and are committed to transitioning away from our dependence on fossil fuels and towards clean sources of energy," said Senator Hirono. "Our island state leads the nation in setting goals … Continue Reading

May 12, 2015

Hawaii Delegation Fights To Restore Medicaid Access For COFA Migrants With New Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Senator Brian Schatz, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, and Congressman Mark Takai introduced legislation to reinstate Medicaid eligibility for Compact of Free Association (COFA) migrants. In 1996, Congress passed a law that made migrants from Micronesia, Palau, and the Marshall Islands ineligible for federal Medicaid dollars. Without federal dollars, Hawaii has borne the cost of care for COFA migrants which has strained the state's resources. Each … Continue Reading

May 08, 2015

During National Small Business Week, Hirono Introduces Legislation To Help Hawaii Small Businesses Get Started and Grow Green Jobs

WASHINGTON, DC - This week, during National Small Business Week, Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a Member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, introduced two pieces of legislation to help small businesses in Hawaii and across the country grow and succeed: "All small businesses in Hawaii and across the country deserve a fair shot to succeed and National Small Business Week serves as a reminder that small businesses create 90% of Hawaii's jobs and entrepreneurs are at the forefr… Continue Reading

May 07, 2015

Hawaii Delegation Announces $1.5 Million in Research Funding For University of Hawaii

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Hawaii's Congressional Delegation announced that the University of Hawai'i will receive $1.5 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Energy for research in high energy physics. Eventually, a total of $8.9 million will be invested. "Investment in science and technology is an investment in our future. The University of Hawai'i will be able to use these funds to build on previous success and continue to lead in the field of high energy physics," said Congress… Continue Reading

May 07, 2015

Hirono: Senate’s Bipartisan Compromise Is A Step Forward To Prevent Iran From Obtaining Or Developing A Nuclear Weapon

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement after the Senate voted 98-1 to pass the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015: "The bipartisan compromise that passed the Senate today is a step forward in reaching an eventual diplomatic solution that prevents Iran from obtaining or developing a nuclear weapon. I'm confident that while this legislation won't interfere with t… Continue Reading

May 05, 2015

Senator Hirono’s Top 10 Reasons The Republican Budget Hurts The Middle Class & Is Bad For Hawaii

Washington, DC - The Republican budget favors the wealthy and special interests on the backs of middle class families, seniors, and students in Hawaii and across the country. While Democrats continue to work for a middle class budget that would give hard-working families a fair shot at a better future by creating good paying jobs and creating new opportunities, Republicans continue to push a disastrous framework that would rig the rules in favor of billionaires and special interests. Today, Sen… Continue Reading

April 28, 2015

Hirono To Attend State Dinner, Serve On Escort Committee For Japanese Prime Minister Abe

Washington, D.C. - This week during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official visit to the United States and Japan's Golden Week, Senator Mazie K. Hirono will participate in several key events to highlight the important alliance spanning seven decades between the United States and Japan. Tonight, Senator Hirono will attend the State Dinner for Prime Minister Abe at the White House hosted by President Obama and the First Lady. Tomorrow morning, Senator Hirono will serve on the escort committ… Continue Reading

April 23, 2015


Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on Loretta Lynch's historic confirmation as the first woman of color to serve as Attorney General of the United States: "Loretta Lynch is a strong leader with a long and distinguished record of public service. Her wealth of experience as a prosecutor will serve her well as she steps into her new role as our nation's top law enforcement officer; charged with countering terrorist threats, going after criminals, … Continue Reading

April 22, 2015


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono is rolling out her comprehensive plan to permanently protect and expand the Pell Grant program. For over 40 years, the Pell Grant program has been foundational to putting higher education within reach for students from low-income backgrounds across the country. The Pell Grant program has transformed lives by giving students the economic assistance they needed to reach their full potential and earn a college degree. Since the 2008 recession, more … Continue Reading

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