Press Releases

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


December 10, 2013

HIRONO STATEMENT ON PROPOSED BUDGET DEAL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on tonight's proposed budget deal authored by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI): "This proposed budget deal presents tough choices for everyone and I commend my colleagues who worked together on a compromise that provides welcome relief from the partisan brinksmanship that led to the first government shutdown in 17 years. I will closely review the details of this budget proposal to see how … Continue Reading


November 27, 2013

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: HIRONO TOUTS HAWAII AS A MODEL OF PROGRESS ON NATIONAL RADIO

Washington, D.C. - Last week, Senator Mazie K. Hirono touted Hawaii as a model of progress on national radio, appearing on WMC Live with Robin Morgan. WMC Live is a weekly talk radio show with national syndication that has featured guests such as Sheryl Sandberg, Sandra Fluke, and Dee Dee Myers. In the interview, Morgan noted that Hawaii has been ahead of the rest of the country on many things, many of which Hirono has supported throughout her career. Hirono lauded the recent passage of marriage… Continue Reading


November 25, 2013

HIRONO STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF JEAN SADAKO KING

Honolulu, HI - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today released the following statement on the passing of former Hawaii Lieutenant Governor, Jean Sadako King. "I am deeply saddened by the passing of Jean King, a trailblazer in the history of Hawaii politics. As the first female elected to the office of Lieutenant Governor, Jean helped pave the way for women, such as myself. Jean was a respected voice who advocated for affordable housing, the environment and open government. "Jean held very progressive … Continue Reading


November 25, 2013

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: HIRONO TALKS SEXUAL ASSAULTS IN THE MILITARY, IMMIGRATION REFORM & IMPORTANCE OF POLITICAL DIVERSITY WITH WMC LIVE

Washington, D.C. - Last week, Hirono appeared on WMC Live with Robin Morgan. WMC Live is a weekly talk radio show hosted by the Women's Media Center, which strives to increase the visibility of women in media. Introduced as "the new rock star of the United States Senate", Hirono updated listeners on legislation to address sexual assaults in the military, comprehensive immigration reform and the importance of building a political pipeline for women and minorities: On sexual assaults in the milit… Continue Reading


November 20, 2013

HIRONO JOINS MENENDEZ TO CALL ON ADMINISTRATION TO GRANT TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS TO FILIPINOS IN WAKE OF DEVASTATING TYPHOON

Washington, D.C. - Following the devastation that Typhoon Haiyan caused in the Philippines, Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Senate colleagues to call on the Obama Administration to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Filipino nationals currently residing in the United States and to consider additional avenues of relief for certain Filipinos with family members who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. TPS is granted to foreign nationals who cann… Continue Reading


November 20, 2013

HIRONO STATEMENT ON PRESENTATION OF PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM TO SENATOR DANIEL K. INOUYE

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined President Obama at the White House today as he posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Senator Daniel K. Inouye. The award is one of the highest civilian awards bestowed in the United States, along with the Congressional Gold Medal, an award given by Congress in 2011 to the 100th Infantry Battalion, Military Intelligence Service and 442nd Regimental Combat Team, of which Inouye was a member. Inouye has also received the U.S. mil… Continue Reading


November 19, 2013

HIRONO, HELLER WORK TO HELP FILIPINO VETERANS RECEIVE DESERVED BENEFITS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Dean Heller (R-NV) have filed an amendment to S.1197, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This legislation will help all eligible Filipino veterans receive the compensation they are entitled to for their service to the United States during World War II. "Mahalo to Senator Heller for partnering with me to help ensure all Filipino World War II veterans who bravely served alongside Americans in the critical South West Pacific Theatre … Continue Reading


November 19, 2013

VETERANS COMMITTEE PASSES HIRONO’S BIPARTISAN MEASURE TO EXTEND EMERGENCY CARE COVERAGE FOR VETERANS

Washington, D.C. - The Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs today passed a measure authored by Senator Mazie K. Hirono to help extend emergency care coverage for veterans. Hirono's bipartisan measure, co-sponsored by Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Mark Begich (D-AK), was included as part of the committee's omnibus bill, S. 1581, the Veterans Programs Improvements Act. Currently, a veteran enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system can only be reimbursed… Continue Reading


November 15, 2013

HIRONO COMMENDS OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IMMIGRATION POLICY CHANGE IN SUPPORT OF FAMILY UNITY

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono commended the Obama Administration's announced policy change today that undocumented immigrant family members of U.S. service members, reservists and veterans will be allowed to remain in the country and apply for legal residency. "I applaud the President's move to allow immigrant families of service members to stay together," said Hirono. "As a proud member of the Senate Armed Services and Veterans' Affairs committees, I believe that supporting our tr… Continue Reading


November 15, 2013

HIRONO ANNOUNCES SABRINA SIDDIQUI TO SERVE AS COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Washington, D.C. - Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced today that Sabrina Siddiqui will serve as Communications Director out of her Washington, D.C. office. Sabrina will oversee the communications staff in both Hawaii and Washington, DC. "As I fight for the families of Hawaii, it is crucial that I have a strong staff that will work hard on behalf of our state," said Hirono. "Whether it's pushing for quality early education for our youngest keiki or promoting food and energy sus… Continue Reading


November 13, 2013

HIRONO JOINS BIPARTISAN GROUP OF COLLEAGUES TO EXPAND ACCESS TO HIGH-QUALITY EARLY LEARNING PROGRAMS

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today joined a diverse coalition of lawmakers, advocates and military leaders to introduce the Strong Start for America's Children Act, legislation to expand access to high-quality early learning programs for children from birth to age five. Building on the framework put forward by President Obama in his 2013 State of the Union address, the bill focuses on four key goals: boosting funding for high-quality preschool programs serving low- and moderate-inc… Continue Reading


November 12, 2013

HIRONO WELCOMES ESTHER KIAAINA AHEAD OF THURSDAY NOMINATION HEARING

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono met today with Esther Kiaaina, the Obama Administration's nominee for Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). Hirono will introduce Kiaaina' s nomination during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing this Thursday. "It was great to see Esther today and I am happy to see someone from Hawaii nominated for this role given our state's unique position," said Hirono. "She is someone I've known… Continue Reading


November 07, 2013

HIRONO AMENDMENT TO ASSIST NATIVE HAWAIIAN VETERANS PASSES SENATE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate yesterday unanimously passed a measure authored by Senator Mazie K. Hirono to improve the ability of Native Hawaiian-serving organizations to assist homeless veterans. Hirono attached this amendment to the Helping Homeless Veterans Act during a hearing of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee in July. "It is heartbreaking that so many veterans in Hawaii and across the nation struggle to put a roof over their heads," Hirono said. "While much work remains to be… Continue Reading


November 07, 2013

HIRONO VOTES TO PASS HISTORIC CIVIL RIGHTS LEGISLATION

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono voted today for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), historic civil rights legislation that establishes federal workplace protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. "All Americans deserve the basic civil right to earn a living and be judged by the quality of their work, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity," Hirono said. "This historic legislation finally establishes on a federal level the kind of … Continue Reading


November 06, 2013

HIRONO JOINS BIPARTISAN GROUP OF COLLEAGUES TO CALL FOR FAIR MILITARY JUSTICE SYSTEM FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined today with sexual assault survivor advocates and a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues to build support for legislation that would reform the military justice system to make it fairer to survivors of sexual assault. The Military Justice Improvement Act would remove the chain of command's sole decision-making power over whether cases move forward to trial. "The crime of sexual assault in the mil… Continue Reading


November 06, 2013

HIRONO TAKES TO SENATE FLOOR, CALLS TO END BUDGET CUTS THAT UNDERMINE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND HURT OUR ECONOMY

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono took to the Senate floor to call for the end of harmful sequestration cuts. "Just as a hollowed out force will struggle to meet mission requirements, a hollowed out workforce will struggle to compete in the global economy. These two things are tightly linked. That is why I urge my colleagues to support eliminating sequestration for both defense and non-defense programs," said Hirono. Watch the full speech here: http://youtu.be/wH8Ik6iRtmQ. Read Hiron… Continue Reading


November 05, 2013

HIRONO, COLLEAGUES INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN BILL TO PROTECT MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS DURING ARTICLE 32 PROCEEDINGS

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined a bipartisan group of colleagues to introduce legislation today to amend Article 32 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) to help prevent abusive treatment of sexual assault victims in a pre-trial setting. "Given that too many sexual assaults already go unreported, it is simply wrong that the men and women who have the courage to step forward and report their attacks have to endure humil… Continue Reading


November 01, 2013

HIRONO IS HARD AT WORK WITH THE SENATE BACK IN SESSION

Senator Hirono Leads Effort to Take the Threat of Default off the Table After last month's near-catastrophic default on our debt, Senator Hirono announced the introduction of the Pay Our Bills Act, which would permanently allow Congress to disapprove debt ceiling increases instead of approving them. "This bill prevents the debt limit from being used as a political football in the future," argued Hirono. "It will make sure we meet our obligations and prevent the kind of brinksmanship that the Ame… Continue Reading


October 31, 2013

HIRONO STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF PATRICIA MILLETT’S NOMINATION TO D.C. CIRCUIT COURT

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement in support of Patricia Millett's nomination to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The nomination was filibustered today by Senate Republicans. "As my colleagues have noted, Patricia Millett will bring a wealth of experience and skill to the bench. She is a nationally recognized appellate attorney. She has argued 35 cases in nearly all of the federal appellate courts and 32 cases at the Supr… Continue Reading

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