Press Releases

September 04, 2014

HIRONO APPLAUDS DISASTER DECLARATION TO HELP HAWAII FARMERS

HONOLULU -- Senator Mazie K. Hirono today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Secretarial disaster designation for Hawaii County which will allow farmers to access emergency loans in the wake of the destruction caused last month by Tropical Storm Iselle. "Much of East Hawaii's agricultural sector including papayas, macadamia, coffee, and the floriculture and nursery industry sustained damage from Tropical Storm Iselle. The most severe loss was to papaya farmers. An estimated… Continue Reading


August 19, 2014

HIRONO HEARS FROM HAWAII VETERANS, QUESTIONS VA OFFICIALS ON HEALTH CARE IN HAWAII

HIRONO HEARS FROM HAWAII VETERANS, QUESTIONS VA OFFICIALS ON HEALTH CARE IN HAWAII At Hawaii Field Hearing Hirono Questions VA Officials on Patient Wait Times, Listens to Hawaii Veterans' Health Care Access Issues HONOLULU - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono chaired the first Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on veterans' health issues outside of Washington, D.C. since the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Phoenix scandal broke. At the hearing, Hirono heard directly from Hawaii veter… Continue Reading


August 15, 2014

HIRONO ANNOUNCES OVER $16 MILLION FOR HILO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced the award of $16.8 million in federal funds to the State of Hawaii for the construction of the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Building at Hilo International Airport. This funding will be used to help Hilo airport meet federal safety requirements and extend the life of ARFF equipment by protecting it from adverse weather conditions. "Hawaii's people and businesses rely on safe, efficient air transportation and today's announcement fr… Continue Reading


August 14, 2014

RESOURCES FOR HURRICANE RECOVERY

Residents Needing AssistanceAffected families on Hawaii Island needing assistance from volunteers can call (808) 464-3175 between the hours of 8am and 4pm. Anyone looking to volunteer their services is also encouraged to call that number. To Report Damage Hawaii residents can call (808) 935-0031 to report damage and (808) 961-8790 for any emergency water concerns. The number for the HELCO help line is (808) 969-6666. Federal Disaster Assistance for Farmers and Agricultural Producers Non-In… Continue Reading


August 05, 2014

HIRONO ANNOUNCES $4 MILLION GRANT FOR REHABILITATION OF KALAELOA AIRPORT HANGAR

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced the award of a $4 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant to continue the ongoing rehabilitation of Hangar 110, the only large capacity hangar available for general aviation use, at Kalaeloa Airport (John Rodgers Field) on Oahu. This FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant will fund Phase III of the project's five phases, which includes improvements to exterior utilities such as water and sewer lines, electrical work, hazardous m… Continue Reading


August 01, 2014

HIRONO ANNOUNCES $12.3 MILLION TO SUPPORT NATIVE HAWAIIAN HEALTH CARE CENTERS

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced the award of $12,339,016 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant funding to support Native Hawaiian health care centers across Hawaii. These grants are essential to the continued operation of Native Hawaiian health care centers, enabling them to pay for rent, salaries, various overhead, as well as assist in providing medications for qualified patients. "Native Hawaiian health care centers are a crucial thread in the fabric o… Continue Reading


July 31, 2014

HIRONO VOTES TO PASS BIPARTISAN VETERANS LEGISLATION AND EXTEND HIGHWAY FUNDING

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today voted to pass two major bills to help improve access to health care for our nation's veterans and also continue key funding that improves and strengthens Hawaii roads while supporting 6,896 jobs in the islands. The Senate's passage of H.R. 3230, the Veterans' Access to Care Act, and H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act, sends both of these important bills to President Obama for his signature. Both bills passed on strong bipartisa… Continue Reading


July 30, 2014

HIRONO APPLAUDS CONFIRMATION OF ERIKA MORITSUGU

Senator Mazie K. Hirono applauded the confirmation of Erika Moritsugu for the position of Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Moritsugu was confirmed by voice vote. "I've known Erika and her family for many years and it's no surprise that she has been confirmed as the Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations at HUD," said Hirono. "She has committed her career to publi… Continue Reading


July 28, 2014

HIRONO ATTACHES KEY WINS FOR HAWAII IN BIPARTISAN VETERANS DEAL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Conference Committee, today announced a bipartisan compromise agreement between the Senate and House on legislation to reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs delivery of health care to ensure quality, timely health care for veterans. In the compromise deal, which will be voted on this week, Hirono secured funding for the planned VA Leeward Outpatient Healthcare Access Center, allowing veterans access to… Continue Reading


July 23, 2014

SENATOR HIRONO WELCOMES HAWAII BUSINESSES TO FIRST-EVER HAWAII ON THE HILL

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono will welcome more than 30 Hawaii businesses and vendors to the United States Capitol on Wednesday, July 23 for the first-ever Hawaii on the Hill, which consists of the Hawaii on the Hill Policy Summit and Taste of Hawaii On Capitol Hill reception. Senator Hirono will serve as an honorary guest, alongside the entire Hawaii delegation. The following Hawaii companies will be represented at the Hawaii Policy Summit, which will feature policy discussions wi… Continue Reading


July 11, 2014

HIRONO, JUDICIARY COMMITTEE APPROVE MEASURE TO HELP CURB UNLIMITED CORPORATE SPENDING IN POLITICS

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, voted today to approve a constitutional amendment to help curb unlimited corporate spending in elections. Hirono forcefully rebutted Republican arguments by presenting the historical precedence for amending the U.S. Constitution in order to improve our democracy, including voting rights for women, African Americans and the poor. "Congress and the States have amended the Constitution since the Bill of Rights,… Continue Reading


July 11, 2014

WOMEN SENATORS CALL ON PRESIDENT TO HUMANELY ADDRESS SURGE OF UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN AT THE BORDER

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) called on President Barack Obama to humanely address the surge of unaccompanied children at the Southern U.S. Border. The Senators' letter notes that the Administration's response to this crisis must consider the humanitarian and legal rights of the unaccompanied children. The letter to the President reads in part, "The United States has always been a lead… Continue Reading


July 01, 2014

HIRONO STATEMENT ON U.S. SUPREME COURT HOBBY LOBBY DECISION

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement denouncing today's U.S. Supreme Court Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., decision that allows corporations to exclude contraceptive coverage from their employees' health care insurance plans: "In yet another sharply divided 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby case expanded a religious exemption to allow 'closely held corporations' to withhold contraceptive coverage for employees based on the religious beliefs o… Continue Reading


June 27, 2014

HIRONO RENEWS PUSH FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM ONE YEAR AFTER BIPARTISAN SENATE BILL PASSES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the passage of S.744, the Senate's immigration reform bill: "Today marks one year since the Senate came together on a bipartisan basis to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill. As our country waits for the House to act, countless families remain torn apart, millions of hardworking people remain in the shadows and thousands of unaccompanied children have risked their lives to cross t… Continue Reading


June 26, 2014

HIRONO VOTES TO CONFIRM ESTHER KIAAINA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono voted today to confirm Hawaii's Esther Kiaaina as Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). Kiaaina was confirmed unanimously by voice vote. Hirono had previously introduced Kiaaina's nomination during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing last November. "The Senate's overwhelming support for Esther's nomination speaks to her strong qualifications to serve as DOI Assistant Secretary for Ins… Continue Reading


June 25, 2014

HIRONO PROTECTS NATIVE HAWAIIAN PROGRAMS IN JOB-TRAINING BILL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono voted today to pass the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), bipartisan legislation to update the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998. The bill improves the nation's workforce development system by streamlining programs, increasing efficiency and helping local businesses find workers with relevant skills. Hirono led a bipartisan coalition, including members of the Hawaii and Alaska congressional delegations, to send a letter in May to key… Continue Reading


June 24, 2014

HIRONO BEGINS WORK ON CONFERENCE COMMITTEE TO REDUCE WAIT TIMES FOR VETERANS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Conference Committee, gave an opening statement on Hawaii wait times at the committee's first meeting. The committee is working on a compromise version of the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act, which was recently passed by the House and Senate. Today's meeting is the first Veterans' Affairs conference committee since 1990. Footage of Hirono's remarks: You… Continue Reading


June 23, 2014

SENATOR HIRONO CELEBRATES THE 42ND ANNIVERSARY OF TITLE IX

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement commemorating the 42nd anniversary of the Patsy Takemoto Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, commonly known as Title IX. This landmark federal law requires gender equity in federally-supported education programs and athletics: "When Title IX - the legacy of my friend Patsy Takemoto Mink - was signed into law 42 years ago, it opened a new realm of possibilities for women and girls. Suddenly, women were able co… Continue Reading


June 18, 2014

HAWAII DELEGATION ISSUES STATEMENT ON DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR ANNOUNCEMENT ON NATIVE HAWAIIAN RECOGNITION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Department of the Interior released an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding "Procedures for Reestablishing a Government-to-Government Relationship with the Native Hawaiian Community." The purpose of this ANPRM is to solicit public comments on whether and how the Department of the Interior should take administrative action regarding Native Hawaiian government recognition. The Hawaii delegation issued the following statement on the ANPRM. This state… Continue Reading


June 18, 2014

HIRONO ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $2 MILLION FOR HILO AIRPORT UPGRADES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced a grant of more than $2 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for upgrades at Hilo International Airport. This grant will fund the installation of approximately 12,500 linear feet of perimeter fencing to deter unauthorized persons, vehicles and wildlife from entering onto the airfield. "With an average of 4,500 passengers served each day, Hilo International Airport is one of Hawaii Island's critical connections for i… Continue Reading

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