Press Releases

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


February 25, 2015

VIDEO: HIRONO: HOUSE & SENATE NEED TO SEND THE PRESIDENT A CLEAN DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING BILL, THEN DEBATE IMMIGRATION REFORM

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined Jose Diaz-Balart on MSNBC's The Rundown to highlight her own immigration story and stress the importance of comprehensive immigration reform: "As an immigrant myself, my mother brought me to this country, escaping a terribly abusive marriage in Japan and she had a vision for a better future for her children and that is something that so many immigrants, millions of immigrants who came to this country and who are here now hope for also. S… Continue Reading


February 20, 2015

HAWAII DELEGATION ANNOUNCES $9.4 MILLION FOR CHILDREN & FAMILY SERVICES

Washington, D.C. -The Hawaii Congressional Delegation today announced that the Hawaii Department of Health will receive $9.43 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support programs for pregnant mothers and families with young children. "The steps we take to support our youngest keiki often create a foundation for success in school and in life," said Senator Mazie K. Hirono. "These grants will be paid back many times over as families who participate in home-visiting pr… Continue Reading


February 18, 2015

HIRONO, GABBARD, TAKAI: DESIGNATING HONOULIULI INTERNMENT CAMP AS NATIONAL MONUMENT IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN PROTECTING HONOULIULI & STORIES OF THOSE WHO WERE DETAINED

Washington, D.C. - Today Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Rep. Mark Takai commended President Barack Obama's designation of the Honouliuli Internment Camp site in Kunia, Oahu. "The detention of more than 1,000 innocent Hawaii civilians during World War II remains a dark chapter in Hawaii and our nation's history. The stories of those detained at Honouliuli and internment sites like it across the country are sobering reminders of how even leaders of the greatest nation on Earth ca… Continue Reading


February 18, 2015

SENATOR HIRONO STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF FORMER HAWAII STATE REPRESENTATIVE MELE CARROLL

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the passing of former State Representative Diana "Mele" Carroll. Carroll represented Hawaii's 13th District (East Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe and Molokini) for five terms in the State House of Representatives. "I am saddened by the passing of Mele Carroll. Mele's dedicated career of public service is highlighted by her passionate involvement in key issues that embody her compassion and caring for the people of Hawaii. … Continue Reading


February 13, 2015

HAWAII DELEGATION ANNOUNCED MORE THAN $9 MILLION FOR PUBLIC HOUSING

Today, Hawai'i's congressional delegation announced the Hawai'i Public Housing Authority (HPHA) will receive a $9,036,788 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of its Capital Fund Program for Public Housing Agencies. "Having a safe and stable home is a basic necessity. However, 28,000 Hawaii residents are on wait lists for affordable housing," said Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii). "Every family in Hawaii deserves a place to call home and investing in fami… Continue Reading


February 12, 2015

HIRONO VOTES TO CONFIRM ASHTON CARTER TO BE NEXT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee's (SASC) Subcommittee on Seapower and member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement on the Senate vote to confirm Ashton Carter as the next Secretary of Defense: "Ashton Carter's wealth of experience and institutional knowledge will serve him well as he steps into his new role of Secretary of Defense. As a Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee… Continue Reading


February 12, 2015

HIRONO NAMED TO LEADERSHIP ROLE ON SENATE ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono has been named the Ranking Member on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's Subcommittee on Water and Power. Senator Hirono will also serve on the Energy and Public Lands Subcommittees. "Hardworking middle class families, farmers, and small business deserve affordable energy and abundant clean water supplies. I look forward to working with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), the subcommittee's new Chairman to find bipartisan solutions to meet the nee… Continue Reading


February 11, 2015

HIRONO STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT’S PROPOSAL FOR AUTHORIZATION TO USE MILITARY FORCE IN FIGHT AGAINST ISIL

Washington, D.C.-Senator Mazie Hirono, Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the President's Authorization of Military Force proposal, which was transmitted to Congress today: "Congress has a key role to play in the U.S. response to the horrific and fast-moving threat ISIL poses, and I would be troubled if the President did not seek authorization for the use of military force. As seen with the death of Kayla … Continue Reading


February 11, 2015

HAWAII DELEGATION INTRODUCES KEY IMPROVEMENTS TO NATIVE HAWAIIAN EDUCATION ACT

Washington, D.C. -The Hawaii Congressional Delegation today introduced a bipartisan bill that will extend and improve the Native Hawaiian Education Act, an existing program that has created educational opportunities for thousands of Native Hawaiian children and families. "Thousands of Native Hawaiian students have benefitted from the Native Hawaiian Education Act and over the past several years I have had the opportunity to hear many of their inspiring stories firsthand," said Senator Hirono. "… Continue Reading


February 10, 2015

HIRONO CALLS ON SPEAKER BOEHNER TO WORK WITH THE PRESIDENT ON NETANYAHU INVITATION

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech to a joint session of Congress next month. "The U.S. Israel relationship is of such great importance that Congress has reaffirmed its bipartisan support of Israel time and again. "The question is not whether or not Members should attend Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech next month but whether we should adhere to the usual way that these invitations to addre… Continue Reading


February 05, 2015

HIRONO PRAISES UNPRECEDENTED HIGH RANKING OF HAWAII’S LANDSCAPE PROPOSAL, “ISLAND FORESTS AT RISK,” IN PRESIDENT OBAMA’S BUDGET

Washington, DC - Following the release of President Obama's budget earlier this week, Senator Mazie K. Hirono praised the unprecedented high ranking of Hawaii's Collaborative Landscape Proposal, "Island Forests at Risk," in the fiscal year 2016 budget. "It is great news for Hawaii that the 'Island Forests at Risk' Collaborative Landscape Proposal is included in the President's budget this year," said Senator Hirono. "This proposal will provide crucial protection of native species and their hab… Continue Reading


February 05, 2015

HIRONO CALLS FOR END TO POLITICAL GAMES, CONTINUES PUSH FOR CLEAN DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING BILL

Washington, D.C. - Today Senator Mazie K. Hirono took to the Senate floor to continue to urge the House and Senate to come together to pass a clean appropriations bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. From Senator Hirono's remarks: "We must fund DHS and resist the temptation to govern through manufactured crises and political games. Our national security is at stake. Surely my colleagues remember when DHS was created in a direct response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, … Continue Reading


February 03, 2015

HIRONO CONTINUES FIGHT FOR VETERANS STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, VOTES TO SEND CLAY HUNT ACT TO THE PRESIDENT’S DESK

Washington, D.C. - Today Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs and Armed Services Committees, voted to pass H.R. 203, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act, which would improve access to mental health services and suicide prevention resources for American veterans. The bill, which passed the Senate with a strong bipartisan majority, now heads to the President's desk to become law. Senator Hirono released the following statement on the pass… Continue Reading


February 03, 2015

HIRONO CONTINUES PUSH FOR CLEAN DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL

Washington, D.C. - Today Senator Mazie K. Hirono continued to call for the House and Senate to come together to pass a clean appropriations bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a speech to the National Treasury Employees Union's (NTEU) annual Legislative Conference. The NTEU represents over 150,000 workers across 31 federal agencies, including Customs and Border protection agents from the Department of Homeland Security. In Hawaii, there are more than 400 NTEU represented fe… Continue Reading


February 02, 2015

STATEMENTS FROM THE HAWAII DELEGATION ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S BUDGET

Washington, D.C. - Today, following President Obama's release of his fiscal year 2016 budget that prioritizes the middle class, Hawaii's Congressional delegation released the following statements: Senator Mazie K. Hirono: "Many of the priorities laid out in the President's budget reflect a commitment to stand on the side of middle class families, with key investments in research and innovation, early and higher education, national security, military construction, veterans and infrastructure. T… Continue Reading


January 29, 2015

HIRONO OPPOSES KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE, CALLS FOR RENEWED FOCUS ON OUR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FUTURE

Washington, DC - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement after her vote against the Keystone XL Pipeline, which is expected to be vetoed by the President. "We must commit to a long-term national strategy to address our dependence on fossil fuels and make sustainable energy practices a top priority. The development of tar sands takes us in the wrong direction. Climate change and our reliance on fossil fuels are not o… Continue Reading


January 29, 2015

HIRONO, SENATE & HOUSE DEMOCRATS, CHAMPION INITIATIVE TO EXPAND ACCESS TO EARLY EDUCATION

Washington, DC - Today, as she continues to lay out the markers for the 114th Congress, Senator Mazie K. Hirono introduced the Providing Resources Early for Kids (PRE-K) Act, legislation to expand access to high-quality early learning programs for children from birth to age five. The PRE-K Act helps more kids arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed by establishing a federal-state partnerships that incentivizes states to both improve the quality of state preschool programs and expand to serve mo… Continue Reading


January 28, 2015

HIRONO CONTINUES TO PUSH FOR STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE OF HAWAII WITH DEFENSE SECRETARY-NOMINEE ASHTON CARTER

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Seapower and member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement following her meeting this afternoon with Ashton Carter, President Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense: "This afternoon I had a productive meeting with Ashton Carter, the President's nominee to be the next Secretary of Defense. His wealth of experience and institutional kn… Continue Reading


January 27, 2015

HIRONO CALLS FOR CLEAN DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono took to the Senate floor to urge the House and Senate to come together to pass a clean appropriations bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. Earlier in the 114th Congress, the Republican controlled House passed a bill that would irresponsibly risk shutting down the Department of Homeland Security to score political points over the President's immigration actions. Funding for the Department of Homeland Security is set to expire on Feb… Continue Reading

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