Press Releases

April 20, 2015

HAWAII DELEGATION ANNOUNCES $1.2 MILLION FOR HOMELESS VETERANS HOUSING PROGRAM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, Hawaii's Congressional Delegation announced that the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veteran Affairs (VA) awarded $1,252,253.00 to go toward 110 targeted vouchers to help provide housing for Hawaii's veterans experiencing homelessness. The City and County of Honolulu will receive $977,616 for 80 vouchers, while the remaining $274,637 will be directed to the Hawaii Public Housing Authority for 30 vouchers. "I am extremely pleased to be joini… Continue Reading


April 16, 2015

HIRONO, DEUTCH INTRODUCE BILL TO STRENGTHEN & IMPROVE SOCIAL SECURITY FOR SENIORS, MAKE SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM FAIRER FOR MIDDLE CLASS

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-21) introduced the Protecting and Preserving Social Security Act - a measure that strengthens Social Security for generations to come and improves benefits for all Americans by restoring fairness to Social Security contributions. Currently, most Americans contribute 6.2 percent of every paycheck they earn to Social Security, while a corporate lawyer earning $400,000 pays an annual rate of just 1.71 percent and… Continue Reading


April 14, 2015

HIRONO VOTES TO STRENGTHEN MEDICARE & EXTEND HEALTH INSURANCE PROTECTION FOR HAWAII KIDS

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the Senate's passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The measure passed both the House and the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan majorities, passing in 329-37 and 92-8, respectively. "This is compromise legislation, and while it's not perfect, it has a number of provisions that are good for Hawaii. Medicare, the Children's Health Improvement Program (CHIP), and our community health cent… Continue Reading


April 10, 2015

HIRONO & USDA DEPUTY SECRETARY HARDEN HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF GROWING THE NEXT GENERATION OF FARMERS ON OAHU

HONOLULU - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden traveled across Oahu, meeting with the next generation of Hawaii farmers and visiting programs working to foster and encourage Hawaii's growing agricultural economy. Today, the average farmer in Hawaii is 60 years old. As Hawaii seeks to sustainably grow more food locally and replace its aging agricultural workforce, programs to train our next generation of farmers are critical. One of the high… Continue Reading


March 31, 2015

HAWAII DELEGATION HONORS DEDICATION OF HONOULIULI NATIONAL MONUMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Hawaii Congressional Delegation honored the dedication of Honouliuli National Monument, which permanently protects a site where Japanese American citizens, resident immigrants, and prisoners of war were held captive during World War II. "The stories of the more than 1,000 innocent Hawaii civilians detained at Honouliuli during World War II cannot be forgotten, and as a national monument, the Honouliuli Internment Site will be an ever-present memorial of an importan… Continue Reading


March 27, 2015

HIRONO COMMENDS NOZOE APPOINTMENT TO U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono congratulates Hawaii Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe on his appointment to Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Programs in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE). "Ronn has been a great asset in our state and served our students and educators well. I know he'll be a wonderful leader in the U.S. Department of Education, implementing policies that will help students be s… Continue Reading


March 26, 2015

HIRONO: BUDGET FAVORS THE WEALTHY & SPECIAL INTERESTS, HURTS OUR MIDDLE CLASS & ECONOMY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This morning, Senator Mazie K. Hirono took to the Senate floor to highlight how the Senate budget resolution, which provides a policy framework for funding and other legislation Congress will debate in the future, proposed by Republicans favors special interests and the wealthy and would hurt our middle class and economy. Senator Hirono also spoke about two of the amendments she has filed in an attempt to improve the budget: an amendment to restore year-round Pell Grants for … Continue Reading


March 19, 2015

HAWAII DELEGATION ANNOUNCES $3.3 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR CONSERVATION EFFORTS

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Hawaii Congressional Delegation announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will allocate almost $3.3 million to Hawaii for programs that prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests, diseases, and pathogens, including the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle and other invasive species. "The grant from the USDA will help Hawaii in combatting the spread of invasive species, and will be particularly helpful with efforts to contain the Coconut Rhinocer… Continue Reading


March 16, 2015

SENATORS HIRONO AND SCHATZ ESTABLISH FEDERAL JUDICIAL SELECTION COMMISSION TO FILL U.S. DISTRICT COURT VACANCY

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced the formation of a Federal Judicial Selection Commission to make recommendations on candidates to fill a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii following Chief Judge Susan Oki Mollway's retirement from active service on November 6, 2015. The Commission consists of seven members with three members appointed by each senator and a chair jointly agreed on. Senator Schatz app… Continue Reading


March 16, 2015

HIRONO CONGRATULATES VICE ADMIRAL MANSON K. BROWN ON SENATE CONFIRMATION

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the Senate's confirmation of Vice Admiral Manson K. Brown as the next Assistant Secretary for Environmental Observation and Prediction at the Department of Commerce. The Assistant Secretary also serves as the Deputy Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): "Vice Admiral Brown's dedication to public service and tireless leadership as displayed throughout his career demonstrates tha… Continue Reading


March 13, 2015

HIRONO & REID STAND UP FOR FAMILIES OF FILIPINO WORLD WAR II VETERANS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Harry Reid (D-NV) introduced the Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act today, a bill that would expedite the visa process for children of Filipino World War II veterans. These veterans were offered U.S. citizenship in recognition of their service, but this hard-earned benefit did not extend to their children. Thousands of families have been separated for decades because of this oversight. "Time is running out for the diminishing number of Fil… Continue Reading


March 11, 2015

HAWAII DELEGATION ANNOUNCES $47 MILLION IN EDUCATION FUNDING FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS

Washington, D.C. - The Hawaii Congressional Delegation today announced that the U.S. Department of Education (ED) will allocate over $47 million in Title I, Part A Grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) in Hawaii, Honolulu, Kauai, and Maui counties for school year (SY) 2015-2016. "Investing in our children's education is one of the best ways to help them reach their full potential. But too often, schools in underserved communities lack the necessary resources to make that happen," said U.… Continue Reading


March 11, 2015

HIRONO, MURKOWSKI & SCHATZ FIGHT TO PROTECT RESIDENTS & TRAVELERS IN NON-CONTIGUOUS STATES FROM INCREASED SECURITY FEES

Washington, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono, Lisa Murkowski, and Brian Schatz introduced legislation today that would exempt Hawaii, Alaska, and communities that rely on essential air service as subsidized by the U.S. Department of Transportation, from the increase in air travel fees included in the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2013. This exemption would protect interisland flights in Hawaii and intrastate flights in Alaska from increased air travel fees, which have more than doubled from $2.5… Continue Reading


March 06, 2015

ICYMI: ALOHA FOR SELMA: HIRONO, TAKAI TAKE LEI TO SELMA FOR MARCHERS

Washington, D.C. - This weekend, Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Congressman Mark Takai will travel to Alabama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. Selma On Saturday, Senator Hirono and Congressman Takai will join civil rights leaders, President Obama, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers in marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Senator Hirono and Congressman Takai plan to present flower lei to civil rights leaders commemorating the march, just as Rev. Abraham Akaka did … Continue Reading


March 05, 2015

HIRONO & TAKAI TO TRAVEL TO ALABAMA FOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF BLOODY SUNDAY

Washington, D.C. - This weekend, Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Congressman Mark Takai will travel to Alabama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. On Saturday, Senator Hirono and Congressman Takai will join civil rights leaders, President Obama, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers in marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Senator Hirono and Congressman Takai plan to present flower lei to civil rights leaders commemorating the march, just as Rev. Abraham Akaka did for D… Continue Reading


March 03, 2015

HIRONO ON DHS FUNDING: WE’VE SPENT FAR TOO MUCH TIME PASSING A CLEAN DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING BILL, NOW LET’S HAVE A SERIOUS DEBATE ABOUT IMMIGRATION REFORM

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement after the House of Representatives approved the Senate's bipartisan bill fully funding the Department of Homeland Security through the remainder of the year, without extraneous immigration policy riders attached: "The House has spent far too much time on this manufactured crisis. It should not have taken this long to pass a clean, full-year funding bill for the agency charged with keeping our people and communities saf… Continue Reading


March 03, 2015

COONS, DURBIN, HIRONO TO INTRODUCE PATENT REFORM BILL TO PROTECT INNOVATION, CONFRONT ABUSE

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, will introduce legislation on Tuesday morning to strengthen America's patent system and target abusers. The STRONG Patents Act takes a series of focused, thoughtful steps to make the patent system work for individual inventors and research-intensive companies from every sector… Continue Reading


February 27, 2015

HIRONO LEADS BIPARTSIAN GROUP OF SENATORS IN RAISING AWARENESS OF HEART HEALTH

Washington, D.C.- This week, Senator Mazie K. Hirono led a bipartisan group of 17 Senators in introducing and passing a resolution to recognize the month of February as American Heart Month and Friday February 6, 2015 as National Wear Red Day. "In Hawaii and across the country, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. For women, the impact of heart disease is significant and more needs to be done to study heart disease in women and minorities," said Senator Hirono. … Continue Reading


February 27, 2015

HIRONO: IT’S SPEAKER BOEHNER’S RESPONSIBILITY TO END THIS MANUFACTURED CRISIS & SEND A CLEAN DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY BILL TO THE PRESIDENT

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement after this morning's vote in the Senate for a clean bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security: "Despite the fact that the House has put us on the brink of shutting down the Department of Homeland Security, I'm hopeful after this morning's vote that Congress will send the President a clean bill to fund DHS. But now, it is in Speaker Boehner's hands. It is up to Speaker Boehner to end this manufactured crisis and p… Continue Reading


February 27, 2015

HIRONO: FAILED HOUSE VOTE THREATENS HOMELAND SECURITY OPERATIONS

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement after the House's failure to pass a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security through a three week continuing resolution: "After this afternoon's stunning vote, the House has just a few hours to prevent a Department of Homeland Security shutdown. Speaker Boehner should bring the Senate's clean bill to the floor for a vote and fund DHS for the rest of the year. This has been a manufactured crisis and it's time for… Continue Reading

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