Press Releases

January 22, 2015

SENATOR HIRONO ANNOUNCES CLASS OF 2019 NOMINEES TO U.S. SERVICE ACADEMIES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced her nomination list of 32 students to the U.S. military service academies for the Class of 2019. The students' applications are now being considered by the four academies for final selections. The four military service academies are: the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. "Inspired by the many generations of Hawaii men and women who have answered the call to … Continue Reading


January 22, 2015

ON 42ND ANNIVERSARY OF ROE V. WADE, HIRONO CHALLENGES CONGRESS TO END ATTACK ON WOMEN’S HEALTH CARE RIGHTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement today to recognize the 42nd anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision: "As a college student at the University of Hawaii, I wrote my first political letter to Hawaii's Congressional delegation asking for their position on a woman's right to choose. At the time, abortion was illegal in nearly every state and Hawaii was considering, and eventually passed, one of the nation's first laws to partially legalize it… Continue Reading


January 21, 2015

HIRONO FIGHTS FOR VETERANS STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN ADVANCING CLAY HUNT ACT

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined a unanimous, bipartisan vote in the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee to advance 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. Committee approval moves the bill, which passed the House 403-0 on January 12, one step closer to becoming law. If approved by the full Senate, the bill will go to President Ob… Continue Reading


January 20, 2015

SENATOR HIRONO APPLAUDS PRESIDENT OBAMA’S MIDDLE CLASS AGENDA IN STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) issued the following statement commending President Obama's State of the Union address: "In his State of the Union address tonight, the President made it clear he is on the side of the middle class, and I'm proud to stand with him on the side of working families. I will support the President's efforts that strengthen our economy and grow the middle class. "I'm reminded tonight of a homeless high school student I met in Hawaii named Victoria… Continue Reading


January 16, 2015

HIRONO SPEAKS OUT FOR AMERICAN JOBS & SHIPBUILDERS, FIGHTS AGAINST AMENDMENT THAT DISMANTLES JONES ACT

Washington, D.C. -Today Senator Mazie K. Hirono took to the Senate floor to speak in opposition to an amendment that would dismantle the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, commonly known as the Jones Act. The Jones Act requires maritime vessels engaged in shipping goods between U.S. ports to be built in the United States, at least 75 percent owned by United States citizens, and operated by United States citizens. As an island state, Hawaii depends on the reliability offered by American shippers and g… Continue Reading


January 15, 2015

HIRONO, HELLER, MENG FIGHT TO ENSURE FILIPINO VETERANS RECEIVE EARNED BENEFITS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Dean Heller (R-NV) joined with Congresswoman Grace Meng in introducing the Filipino Veterans Promise Act, a bipartisan bill that would help all Filipino World War II veterans receive benefits that they earned for their service to the United States. These veterans fought alongside Americans, but were denied veterans' benefits because they weren't included on rosters that the United States later used to establish service. "We have heard t… Continue Reading


January 08, 2015

SENATOR HIRONO NAMED TO LEADERSHIP ROLE ON SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono has been named the ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Seapower. The assignment places Senator Hirono in position to oversee matters directly relating to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. "I am proud to serve as the ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Seapower. There exists a strong relationship between Hawaii and the Navy and Marine Corps. Hawaii's role is further enhanced as we continue our nation's rebalanc… Continue Reading


January 06, 2015

SENATOR HIRONO CHAMPIONS NEED FOR COMMUNITY BANKING EXPERIENCE ON FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today applauded the announcement that President Obama will nominate former Bank of Hawaii Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Allan Landon to serve as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. "Our nation's economic policy should be focused on growing strong local economies that support local businesses, middle class families and vibrant communities," said Senator Hirono. "Allan Landon's experience as a community banker and hi… Continue Reading


December 13, 2014

SENATOR HIRONO STANDS UP FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tonight the Senate voted on a 1,600 page bill that funds nearly every policy area and government program through September 30, 2015. Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined a number of her colleagues in voting against this proposal, which passed on a vote of 56 to 40. Senator Hirono joined 39 of her colleagues including Senators Carl Levin (D-MI), Jack Reed (D-RI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Jon Tester (D-MT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Al Franken (D-MN), Elizabeth … Continue Reading


December 12, 2014

SENATOR HIRONO SECURES KEY MEASURES FOR HAWAII IN DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Armed Services and the Veterans' Affairs committees, today voted to pass the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The defense bill includes important provisions for Hawaii including providing for construction and upgrades to military facilities, supporting the health and education of our troops and their families, enhancing our national security focus on the Asia-Pacific, supporting Hawaii's military-connec… Continue Reading


December 12, 2014

SENATOR HIRONO TO EXPAND SENATE REACH NEXT YEAR, SERVING ON 5 COMMITTEES COVERING BROAD RANGE OF HAWAII PRIORITIES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced she will continue her work on the Senate Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Veterans' Affairs during the 114th Congress. In addition, Senator Hirono has been assigned to three new committees; the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. "I look forward to building on our work to support our servicemembers, … Continue Reading


December 10, 2014

SENATOR HIRONO LEADS JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING ON IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ORDER, WHICH PROMOTES ECONOMIC GROWTH AND FAMILY UNITY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today presided over a full Senate Judiciary Committee hearing examining President Obama's executive order that will bring 5 million undocumented people in our country out of the shadows, including an estimated 7,000 individuals in Hawaii. The committee hearing highlighted the executive order's impact on families, businesses, and American workers. "This is not just some abstract discussion about legal theory. It is about real people and real families. I… Continue Reading


December 09, 2014

SENATOR HIRONO VOTES TO APPROVE HARRIS FOR PACOM COMMANDER IN COMMITTEE, URGES SWIFT ACTION BY THE FULL SENATE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to advance the nomination of Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr. to the post of Commander of the United States Pacific Command. Senator Mazie K. Hirono voted in favor of Admiral Harris's nomination, which now goes to the full Senate. "During my conversations with Admiral Harris, we both agreed on the importance of our country's strategic rebalance to the Pacific and the vital role Hawaii plays in our national security," said Senator H… Continue Reading


December 03, 2014

SENATOR HIRONO STATEMENT ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT BY HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES AND NEXTERA ENERGY TO COMBINE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today released the following statement on the announcement by Hawaiian Electric Industries and NextEra Energy. "Today's announcement is profound and historic for Hawaii. Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (HEI) is well established in this community and the decision to combine with NextEra Energy, Inc. and spin off ASB Hawaii deserves careful scrutiny on behalf of Hawaii consumers and residents. I look forward to meeting with HEI and NextEra leaders to … Continue Reading


December 02, 2014

SENATOR HIRONO VOTES TO CONFIRM HAWAII NATIVE NANI COLORETTI AS DEPUTY SECRETARY OF HUD

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today voted to confirm Nani A. Coloretti to the position of Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Senate confirmed Coloretti's nomination by a vote of 68-28. "Congratulations to Nani on her confirmation as Deputy Secretary of HUD. We are proud that Nani, who grew up in Hawaii, is now the highest ranking Filipina-American in the administration," said Senator Hirono. "HUD Secretary Castro told me that Nani's… Continue Reading


November 20, 2014

SENATOR HIRONO APPLAUDS PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR EXECUTIVE ORDER ON IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, the only immigrant serving in U.S. Senate, released the following statement on President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration enforcement. "This is a big step toward bringing millions out of the shadows to help strengthen our economy and our national security. Every President since Dwight Eisenhower, Democrats and Republicans alike, has exercised executive action on immigration. President Obama is no different in this move." Said Senator Hir… Continue Reading


November 18, 2014

SENATOR HIRONO ONCE AGAIN VOTES TO BLOCK EXPEDITED KEYSTONE PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today released the following statement after voting against the expedited construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The bill failed on a 59-41 vote as 60 were needed for passage. "The fact remains that we as a country should refocus our efforts on developing truly clean and renewable energy that will create jobs and long term economic stability for small businesses and our economy. Climate change and further dependence on fuels that produce greenhous… Continue Reading


November 18, 2014

MIKULSKI, STABENOW TOGETHER WITH BIPARTISAN SENATE WOMEN CALL ON FEDERAL HEALTH LEADERS TO PRIORITIZE COMBATING WOMEN’S HEART DISEASE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) today were joined by a bipartisan group of Senate women including U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) in announcing that they have called on federal health leaders to prioritize combating heart disease, whi… Continue Reading


November 17, 2014

SENATOR HIRONO COMMENDS PASSAGE OF CHILD CARE BILL WITH MEASURES FOR NATIVE HAWAIIAN CHILDREN

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today voted in favor of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014. The Senate passed the bill by a bipartisan vote of 88-1. The bill updates the 1990 CCDBG program, which provides federal funding to states to help parents afford child care while working or in job training programs. The measure now heads to the White House for President Obama's signature. "For some parents, not having access to quality child care means they can't wo… Continue Reading


November 12, 2014

SENATOR HIRONO APPLAUDS U.S.-CHINA AGREEMENT TO REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today applauded the joint announcement by President Barack Obama and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping on the issue of climate change with an agreement to significantly reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by each nation. "This announcement demonstrates bold leadership from the United States and China, the world's two largest economies and emitters of carbon emissions, and makes clear that we do not need to choose betw… Continue Reading

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