Press Releases

February 12, 2014

HIRONO STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF KENNETH BROWN

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the passing of former Hawaii state senator Kenneth Francis Kamuokalani Brown: "The passing of Kenneth Brown is a tremendous loss to our island community. Through a lifetime of service, entrepreneurship and stewardship, Kenny left an indelible mark on our state. Whether serving as a state senator, the head of his own business or a board member of some of Hawaii's most prominent companies as well as non-profit organiza… Continue Reading


February 06, 2014

HIRONO, MORAN & BEGICH INTRODUCE BILL TO EXPAND ACCESS TO NATIVE HAWAIIAN ADULT EDUCATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Mark Begich (D-AK) introduced the Native Adult Education and Literacy Act, legislation that would increase educational access to Native communities by awarding competitive grants for Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and Native Hawaiian Education Organizations (NHEOs). Hirono announced the legislation on Thursday to Native education advocates at the National Indian Education Association Legislative Summi… Continue Reading


February 06, 2014

AHEAD OF SEXUAL ASSAULT VOTE EXPECTED ON SENATE FLOOR NEXT WEEK, BIPARTISAN GROUP OF SENATORS, SURVIVORS, ADVOCATES CONTINUE PUSH FOR INDEPENDENT MILITARY JUSTICE SYSTEM

Washington, D.C. - As the U.S. Senate prepares for an expected vote on the bipartisan Military Justice Improvement Act next week, a strong bipartisan coalition continued the push earlier today for an independent, objective and unbiased military justice system. U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Dean Heller (R-NV), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Ted Cruz (R-TX), together with Jeremiah Arbogast, advocat… Continue Reading


February 04, 2014

HIRONO STATEMENT ON NEW PUNCHBOWL CEMETERY DIRECTOR

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement in reaction on the selection of James Horton by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to serve as the director of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, effective March 9, 2014: "Congratulations to Mr. Horton on being selected to oversee Punchbowl. As the only national cemetery in Hawaii, with more than five million visitors each year, Punchbowl plays a critical role in honoring the service a… Continue Reading


January 31, 2014

HIRONO STATEMENT ON HOUSE REPUBLICAN IMMIGRATION REFORM PRINCIPLES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement in reaction to the immigration reform principles unveiled by House Republicans on Thursday: "Clearly, House Republicans recognize that we have a broken immigration system and that they should be part of the solution, rather than continuing to sit on the sidelines. Their recently unveiled principles on immigration reform give me hope that they will take action toward the kind of comprehensive reform that will not only st… Continue Reading


January 29, 2014

HIRONO APPLAUDS MEASURE TO FIGHT COFFEE BERRY BORER IN FARM BILL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that the 2014 Farm Bill includes a measure to fight the coffee berry borer that has been ravaging Hawaii Island coffee farms for almost three years. The bill was passed by the House today and is expected to receive a vote in the Senate this week. Hirono had worked with Senate and House Agriculture committees to include language that lays the groundwork for a long-term federal investment to fight the borer. Hawaii Island coffee growers praised … Continue Reading


January 27, 2014

HAWAII, ALASKA DELEGATIONS FIGHT TO PROTECT TRAVELERS FROM INCREASED SECURITY FEES

Washington, D.C. - The Hawaii and Alaska congressional delegations today introduced legislation 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 December's budget deal. This exemption would protect interisland flights from increased air travel fees, which would more than double from $2.50 to $5.60. The legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senators Ma… Continue Reading


January 17, 2014

HIRONO COMMENDS VA FOR PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPEN PUNCHBOWL GRAVE SITES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono commended the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announcement today that it plans to more broadly communicate the availability of open grave sites at Punchbowl's National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. "Secretary Shinseki's leadership has been critical in helping to resolve this situation at Punchbowl. Our conversation was productive, and today's announcement is good news," said Hirono. "The decision to publicly announce the availability of in-grou… Continue Reading


January 16, 2014

HIRONO, UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII PROMOTE IN-STATE TUITION FOR DREAM ACT STUDENTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined today with Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO) and Joaquin Castro (D-TX) to introduce the Investing IN States To Achieve Tuition Equity (IN-STATE) for DREAMers Act of 2014. Under this bill, the University of Hawaii system would be eligible for federal funding as part of a new $750 million initiative to reward states like Hawaii that offer in-state tuition and need-based financial aid to qualified students regar… Continue Reading


January 16, 2014

APPROPRIATIONS DEAL INCLUDES HIRONO’S INITIATIVES TO EXPAND EARLY EDUCATION, PROTECT HAWAII FARMERS, SUPPORT VETERANS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono commended the bipartisan appropriations deal passed by Congress this week. The 2014 omnibus spending bill would fund the government through the remainder of the fiscal year and includes several key measures for Hawaii. "This bipartisan bill is a true compromise and includes hard-fought provisions that will benefit Hawaii," said Hirono. "I am pleased the Appropriations Committee took into consideration some of Hawaii's key priorities, from expanding pre… Continue Reading


January 15, 2014

HIRONO ANNOUNCES CLASS OF 2018 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 2018. 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. U.S. Representatives and Senators submit nominations to the four service academies. Each … Continue Reading


January 08, 2014

HIRONO COMMENDS NOMINATION OF CHRIS LU TO SERVE AS DEPUTY SECRETARY OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono commended the nomination today of Chris Lu to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Labor. "Chris Lu is a strong, experienced choice to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Labor. I've had the privilege of getting to know Chris through our work with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and civil rights organizations such as OCA. I am confident he will promote the interests of working families as a key f… Continue Reading


December 19, 2013

HIRONO ATTACHES KEY MEASURES FOR HAWAII TO DEFENSE BILL THAT HEADS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Veterans' Affairs committees, voted today to pass the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act and send it to President Obama for his signature. The bill provides more than $400 million in military construction projects in Hawaii. Military installations including Fort Shafter, Pearl Harbor and Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe will receive funds. Hirono also worked with Republican colleagues to att… Continue Reading


December 18, 2013

HIRONO VOTES TO PASS BIPARTISAN BUDGET DEAL THAT REMOVES THREAT OF GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, EASES PAIN OF SEQUESTRATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono voted today in support of the bipartisan budget deal that passed the Senate by a vote of 64-36. The bill now heads to President Obama for his signature. "This budget demonstrates Congress can work together in a bipartisan fashion and break the gridlock. I am proud to join the large majority of my colleagues to move our country forward. While not perfect, this budget agreement contains many measures that will benefit Hawaii and our nation. Individuals a… Continue Reading


December 18, 2013

SENS. MAZIE HIRONO, MARK BEGICH & BRIAN SCHATZ FIGHT TO PROTECT TRAVELERS FROM INCREASED SECURITY FEES

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Mark Begich (D-Alaska), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced an amendment that would exempt Hawaii and Alaska from the increase in air travel fees included in the budget deal. This exemption would protect interisland flights from increased air travel fees, which would more than double from $2.50 to $5.60 in the budget compromise bill the Senate will vote on this week. "The budget deal makes tough choices, working to balance critical investments that… Continue Reading


December 17, 2013

HIRONO STATEMENT TO COMMEMORATE SENATOR INOUYE’S WORK ON BEHALF OF HAWAII, NATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement to mark the one-year anniversary of Senator Daniel K. Inouye's passing. To honor Senator Inouye, Hirono introduced legislation that would redesignate the Asia-Pacific Center For Security Studies as the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in recognition of his instrumental support for the center. Hirono had previously added this measure as an amendment to the defense bill passed by the Senate … Continue Reading


December 13, 2013

SENS. HIRONO, HELLER, REPS. SWALWELL, THOMPSON INTRODUCE BILL TO PROVIDE EXPEDITED TAX RELIEF FOR DONATIONS TO TYPHOON HAIYAN RECOVERY EFFORTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and Dean Heller (R-NV) and Representatives Eric Swalwell (CA-15) and Mike Thompson (CA-05) introduced the bipartisan Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act, legislation that provides expedited tax relief for Americans making charitable donations in support of Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts in the Philippines. While there was an immediate outpouring of donations and other assistance following the immense destruction caused by Typhoon … Continue Reading


December 12, 2013

HIRONO STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF HAWAII STATE HEALTH DIRECTOR LORETTA FUDDY

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the passing of State Health Director Loretta Fuddy, who was killed in a plane crash Wednesday off Kalaupapa: "I join many people in Hawaii today in mourning the sudden, tragic passing of Loretta Fuddy. Loretta was a dedicated public servant who spent most of her life working to improve public health on behalf of Hawaii's families. It was a privilege to work with Loretta since my time in the Hawaii State Legislature. S… Continue Reading


December 11, 2013

HIRONO’S BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO PROMOTE TELEHEALTH IN MILITARY HEALTH SYSTEM INCLUDED IN DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION DEAL

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Veterans' Affairs Committees, joined Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) to ensure that their bipartisan amendment (S.A. 2114) requiring the Department of Defense (DOD) to issue a report on the current status of telehealth initiatives, as well as plans to integrate telehealth in the military health care system, was incorporated as part of a newly drafted National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) deal. "Through telehealt… Continue Reading


December 11, 2013

HIRONO, COLLEAGUES INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO FUND ADVOCACY CENTERS FOR CHILD ABUSE VICTIMS

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined colleagues from across the aisle to introduce legislation to reauthorize the Victims of Child Abuse Act (VOCAA), which provides funding for Children's Advocacy Centers that serve child victims of violent crimes and help law enforcement hold perpetrators accountable. Hawaii's five Children's Justice Centers, which serve every Hawaii county, are members of the National Children's Alliance and its affiliated Children's Advocacy Centers. "We want to… Continue Reading

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