Press Releases

May 01, 2014

HIRONO CELEBRATES ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement to mark the first day of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which is an opportunity to recognize the contributions and achievements of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). "Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is a celebration of the contributions made by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) across the country and throughout our history. The broader AAPI community has been an integral part of Hawa… Continue Reading


April 30, 2014

HAWAII SENATORS ANNOUNCE NEARLY $3.6 MILLION FOR PEARL HARBOR SHIPYARD IMPROVEMENTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) announced the release of an additional $3.576 million to keep Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard modernization moving forward. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), who succeeded Senator Daniel K. Inouye as chairman of the powerful Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, recently toured Pearl Harbor with Senators Hirono and Schatz. "As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I have fought to ensure Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyar… Continue Reading


April 16, 2014

ON ANNIVERSARY OF SENATE IMMIGRATION BILL INTRODUCTION, HIRONO CALLS ON HOUSE TO TAKE ACTION

Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the introduction of S.744, the Senate's immigration reform bill: "One year ago, my Senate colleagues and I came together to introduce a comprehensive bill to address our broken immigration system, which we passed with overwhelming bipartisan support," said Hirono. "Not only would our bill strengthen our economy and reduce the deficit, but it would also help real people by bringing millions of families out of… Continue Reading


April 11, 2014

HIRONO ANNOUNCES NEARLY $8.7 MILLION FOR WORKFORCE TRAINING

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced nearly $8.7 million in federal funds for job training, including skills assessments, job-search and resume help, long-term job-training programs and apprenticeships in Hawaii. The State of Hawaii's Workforce Development Division operates One-Stop Centers on Oahu, Hawaii Island, Maui and Kauai, using public-private partnerships and collaborations to provide job-training services. "We should do all that we can to assist individuals who a… Continue Reading


April 08, 2014

SENS. HIRONO, LEE, KIRK & KLOBUCHAR INTRODUCE JOB-CREATING VISA WAIVER BILL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Mike Lee (R-UT), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the bipartisan Subnational Visa Waiver Program Act, legislation that will create jobs by boosting foreign travel and tourism to the United States. The bill grants the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, the authority to consider subnational territories currently treated separately from their countries under U.S. law for particip… Continue Reading


April 08, 2014

HIRONO ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $10.7 MILLION FOR HAWAII HOMELESSNESS REDUCTION EFFORTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced more than $10.7 million in federal funds for Hawaii homelessness reduction programs. This investment is part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Continuum of Care Program, which supports programs including street outreach, client assessment and housing assistance. Hawaii organizations receiving funding include: City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii Department of Human Services, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Unit… Continue Reading


April 01, 2014

SENS. HIRONO, REED, WHITEHOUSE AND REP. HINOJOSA INTRODUCE BILL TO EXPAND PELL GRANTS, HELP YEAR-ROUND STUDENTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced the Pell Grant Protection Act, legislation that preserves and expands access to Pell Grants. Congressman Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX), the Ranking Democrat on the House Subcommittee for Higher Education and Workforce Training, introduced the companion bill in the U.S. House. Pell Grants have not kept up with rising college costs and this bill helps low-income students by converting Pell … Continue Reading


March 27, 2014

HIRONO TO CHAIR JUDICIARY SUBCOMMITTEE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Thursday announced that Senator Mazie K. Hirono will become chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Action. The subcommittee was created at the beginning of the 113th Congress to provide oversight and review of agency rulemaking and agency action. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who currently chairs the subcommittee, is stepping down to take over a gavel on another committee. Hirono, … Continue Reading


March 26, 2014

HIRONO URGES HOUSE TO ACT ON IMMIGRATION REFORM, SUPPORTS DISCHARGE PETITION

Senator Mazie K. Hirono commended House Democrats for introducing a discharge petition to demand a vote on the bipartisan immigration bill passed by the Senate. "It's been nearly a year since the Senate came together to pass a bipartisan immigration reform bill, a true compromise that will strengthen our economy and reduce the deficit. Each day that the House doesn't act, millions remain trapped in the shadows of a broken system and families are being kept apart. I urge my former House colleagu… Continue Reading


March 26, 2014

EXPEDITED TAX RELIEF AVAILABLE NOW FOR CHARITABLE GIVING TO THE PHILIPPINES

Late last night, President Obama signed into law Senator Mazie K. Hirono's Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act, which is intended to spur donations to charitable organizations by providing expedited tax relief for Americans contributing to Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts in the Philippines. Taxpayers can claim donations made between now and April 15 on their 2013 tax returns instead of waiting until next year to claim them on their 2014 returns. Taxpayers who have already filed their ta… Continue Reading


March 24, 2014

BIPARTISAN PHILIPPINES CHARITABLE GIVING ASSISTANCE ACT ON THE WAY TO PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR SIGNATURE

This evening, the House of Representatives passed legislation sponsored by Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Dean Heller (R-NV), Harry Reid (D-NV), and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) that provides expedited tax relief for Americans making charitable donations in support of Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts in the Philippines. The bill was sponsored in the U.S. House of Representatives by Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Mike Thompson (D-CA). The bipartisan Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act is intended t… Continue Reading


March 13, 2014

CHILD CARE BILL PASSES SENATE WITH HIRONO’S MEASURES FOR NATIVE HAWAIIAN CHILDREN

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the United States Senate passed the bipartisan Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, legislation that includes Senator Mazie K. Hirono's measures for Native Hawaiian children. The bill updates and improves the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program created in 1990, which provides states with federal funding to help low-income families afford child care while working or in job training programs. "More than 9,000 children in Hawaii are able to a… Continue Reading


March 07, 2014

HIRONO COMMENDS PRESIDENT OBAMA’S HUD NOMINATION OF TWO WOMEN WITH HAWAII TIES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono applauded the nominations of Nani A. Coloretti and Erika Moritsugu to positions within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ms. Coloretti was nominated for the position of Deputy Secretary, and Ms. Moritsugu was nominated for the position of Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations. "I congratulate Nani on her nomination as the Deputy Secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. It's always… Continue Reading


March 07, 2014

SENATE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES HIRONO, HELLER, REID, MENENDEZ BIPARTISAN PHILIPPINES CHARITABLE GIVING ASSISTANCE ACT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday evening, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Dean Heller (R-NV), Harry Reid (D-NV), and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) that provides expedited tax relief for Americans making charitable donations in support of Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts in the Philippines. The bipartisan Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act is intended to spur donations to charitable organizations by allowing taxpayers who donate to the re… Continue Reading


March 05, 2014

HIRONO JOINS FAMOUS “NUN ON THE BUS,” FAITH LEADERS, WOMEN’S GROUPS AND RESTAURANT WORKER TO PUSH FOR RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) joined religious leaders, women's advocates and minimum wage workers at a press conference today to urge Republicans to support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, which would lift the wages of 15 million American women. Nearly two-thirds of those earning the minimum wage are women, and a single mother working full-time in a minimum wage job to support her children earns just $15,000 per year-below the pov… Continue Reading


March 04, 2014

HIRONO COMMENDS OBAMA BUDGET THAT TAKES SIGNIFICANT STEPS TO CLOSE OPPORTUNITY GAP

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono commended the budget released today by President Obama. The budget addresses key Hirono priorities including early learning and immigration reform. "The President's Budget takes significant steps to close the opportunity gap by supporting middle class families and those working to get into the middle class. This is a broad plan that strengthens our economy by investing in our workforce at all stages of learning - starting with funding for high quality … Continue Reading


February 26, 2014

ON HEELS OF HONOLULU CONSULATE ANNOUNCEMENT, HIRONO INTRODUCES BIPARTISAN NEW ZEALAND VISA BILL TO SPUR ECONOMIC GROWTH, JOB CREATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the bipartisan Encouraging Trade and Investment from New Zealand Act, legislation to extend eligibility for trade (E-1) and investor (E-2) temporary entry visas to New Zealand, to promote trade and investment in the United States. The bill is also supported by original cosponsors Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Patty Murray (D-WA). U.S. citizens are already eligibl… Continue Reading


February 21, 2014

HIRONO HOSTS SENATOR DURBIN ON HAWAII MILITARY BASE TOURS

HONOLULU, HI - Senator Mazie K. Hirono spent the beginning of her week hosting Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) for meetings with military leaders and defense industry partners in Hawaii. Both Senators met with Admiral Samuel Locklear, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command and the service component commanders for the Pacific. They discussed diverse topics from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to energy security and military readiness. Their discussion reinforced the importance of Hawaii's m… Continue Reading


February 19, 2014

HIRONO APPLAUDS EFFORT BY DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO REESTABLISH LOAN GUARANTEES FOR ISLAND HOMES WITH RAINWATER CATCHMENT SYSTEMS

HONOLULU - U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) today applauded the decision by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to resume issuing loan guarantees on homes in the state of Hawaii that utilize rainwater catchment systems. The move comes three years after the VA halted the practice of guaranteeing this type of home loan when it determined private rainwater catchment systems are not regulated by the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) and therefore could not meet the VA's minimum property … Continue Reading


February 12, 2014

HIRONO VOTES TO SAFEGUARD MILITARY RETIREES

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator Mazie K. Hirono voted today to restore the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for military retirees. The measure, which is similar to legislation Hirono cosponsored, heads to President Obama for his signature. "This bipartisan bill restores military retiree COLA - and keeps the promise we made to our brave servicemembers," said Hirono. "The bill being sent to the President shows that both parties can work together to achieve common, important goals. I hope we can contin… Continue Reading

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