Press Releases

October 30, 2013

HIRONO, MORAN, ISAKSON AND BEGICH INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN BILL TO EXTEND EMERGENCY CARE COVERAGE FOR VETERANS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mazie K. Hirono, Jerry Moran (R-KS), Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Mark Begich (D-AK), members of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, announced new legislation this week to help extend emergency care coverage for veterans. Currently, a veteran enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system can only be reimbursed for emergency care at a non-VA facility if he or she has received treatment at the VA within the past two years. However, veterans who ha… Continue Reading


October 29, 2013

HIRONO, COLLEAGUES URGE ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER TO PREVENT TAXPAYERS FROM FOOTING WALL STREET’S PENALTY BILL

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mazie K. Hirono, Bill Nelson (D-FL), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to prevent American taxpayers from having to foot the bill as a result of settlement negotiations between the U.S. Department of Justice and JPMorgan Chase over the bank's mortgage lending practices in the lead up to the financial crisis. While the details of the settlement are not final, numerous me… Continue Reading


October 29, 2013

HIRONO, COLLEAGUES ANNOUNCE LEGISLATION TO TAKE THE THREAT OF DEFAULT OFF THE TABLE FOR GOOD

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mazie K. Hirono, Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) introduced new legislation - the Pay Our Bills Act - that would permanently allow Congress to disapprove debt ceiling increases, instead of approving them. The plan, based on the 'McConnell rule' first proposed in 2011 and employed again in the most recent agreement to end the shutdown and avoid default, would drastically reduce the chances that the debt ceiling could be used as a politica… Continue Reading


October 25, 2013

HIRONO RETURNS TO HAWAII, LISTENS TO ORGANIZATIONS AND FAMILIES IMPACTED BY GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

Honolulu, HI - After voting to end the government shutdown and pay our nation's bills, Senator Mazie K. Hirono returned to Hawaii to hear firsthand how local residents and organizations were impacted by the 16-day debacle. Hirono also focused on comprehensive immigration reform - a major upcoming priority outlined by President Obama - and heard from DREAM Act students, who were brought to the United States as children. "Throughout the government shutdown, I strongly believed the most compelling… Continue Reading


October 23, 2013

SENATOR HIRONO STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF SHIZUKO "MARY" TESHIMA

Honolulu, HI - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today released the following statement on the passing of Shizuko "Mary" Teshima. "Hawaii has lost a true ambassador of aloha with the passing of my friend, "Grandma" Mary Teshima. In all the years I had known her, Grandma Teshima was always warm, caring and energetic. Stopping by her iconic Teshima's restaurant in Kona and enjoying comfort food, such as the famous tempura and udon, made me feel right at home. "Grandma Teshima had been one of my strongest … Continue Reading


October 16, 2013

HIRONO VOTES TO END GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AND PAY NATION’S BILLS

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono voted today to end the government shutdown and pay the nation's bills. "It should be clear that dysfunction is not the proper way to govern. We cannot continue to lurch from crisis to crisis every few weeks or months. An extreme faction in Washington thought that Congress' basic responsibilities were viable negotiating chips and put our nation on the precipice of default. The shutdown was senseless and hurt people and businesses in Hawaii and across t… Continue Reading


September 27, 2013

HIRONO VOTES TO PREVENT GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AND PROTECT KUPUNA, SERVICE MEMBERS AND WORKING FAMILIES

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono voted today to stop a government shutdown by passing a clean continuing resolution that also protects health care reform funding. The U.S. House of Representatives now must follow suit before midnight October 1 to avoid a government shutdown that would furlough thousands of federal workers in Hawaii alone. "Today, the far-right quest to defund Obamacare failed. Now it is time for House Republicans to act responsibly to stop a government shutdown that w… Continue Reading


September 25, 2013

HIRONO JOINS WOMEN SENATORS, MOTHERS & MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS IN BLASTING REPUBLICAN ATTEMPTS TO DEFUND OBAMACARE, SHUTDOWN GOVERNMENT

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined her Democratic female colleagues, pregnant women, new mothers and medical professionals today to blast Republican attempts to defund health care reform by forcing a government shutdown. Repealing or defunding the Affordable Care Act would take away basic coverage like maternity care, prenatal care, preventive screenings like mammograms, and other services for millions of women. Gutting the law would return women to the days when they could be cha… Continue Reading


September 20, 2013

HIRONO STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF DR. VICTOR HAO LI

Honolulu, HI - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today released the following statement on the passing of former President of the East-West Center, Dr. Victor Hao Li. "I am saddened to hear of the passing of Victor Hao Li. Dr. Li's leadership helped guide and nurture the East-West Center into an institution that strengthens diplomatic ties and promotes greater understanding between the United States, Asia and the Pacific. Dr. Li worked extensively on expanding our knowledge of the cultural influences a… Continue Reading


September 20, 2013

HIRONO DISCUSSES REBALANCE TO THE PACIFIC WITH TOP MILITARY, DEFENSE LEADERS

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, met this week with top military and defense leaders and discussed critical military issues including the rebalance to the Pacific, the harmful effects of sequestration, investments in sustainable energy technology and efforts to prevent and prosecute sexual assaults in the military. Hirono met separately with Admiral Harry Harris, who will take over as Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in October, and … Continue Reading


September 19, 2013

HAWAII RECEIVES FULL FISCAL YEAR 2013 FUNDING FOR THE HONOLULU RAIL PROJECT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) awarded the appropriated amount under Fiscal Year 2013 for Honolulu's rail project today. Both the Senate and House approved the funding in March. "Today's rail funding announcement demonstrates the federal government's ongoing commitment to Honolulu's rail project," Hirono said. "This project is already creating jobs and, when completed, will provide transportation o… Continue Reading


September 18, 2013

HIRONO TAKES TO SENATE FLOOR, URGES PASSAGE OF BIPARTISAN BILL PROMOTING ENERGY EFFICIENCY, JOB CREATION

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono took today to the Senate floor in support of a bipartisan bill that would help promote energy efficiency in Hawaii and around the country. The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act would help states reduce our nation's CO2 emissions while also saving taxpayers money by making the federal government more energy-efficient and supporting job creation and training in the commercial building design and operation industry. If signed into law, the … Continue Reading


September 17, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO ANNOUNCES $7,485,000 TO IMPROVE INTER-ISLAND FERRIES THAT CONNECT LANAI, MAUI AND MOLOKAI

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that $7,485,000 in U.S. Department of Transportation funding is coming to Hawaii to improve its inter-island ferries. The funding will be used to support ferries from Kaunakakai, Manele, and Maalaea small boat harbors, located on Molokai, Lanai, and Maui respectively. "Connecting our islands through transit and supporting air transit alternatives are necessary strategies to develop a more sustainable economy," said Hirono. "This fundin… Continue Reading


September 16, 2013

HIRONO ANNOUNCES NEARLY $3 MILLION FOR NATIVE HAWAIIAN EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced seven Hawaii educational and community institutions will receive nearly $3 million for Native Hawaiian career and technical education programs from the U.S. Department of Education. These projects will be directed by Alu Like, Inc., a private, non-profit service organization that assists Native Hawaiians in their efforts to achieve social and economic self-sufficiency. "This critical education funding demonstrates our nation's commitmen… Continue Reading


September 12, 2013

WHAT HAWAII RESIDENTS ARE READING TODAY ABOUT HIRONO’S SUCCESSFUL PUSH TO END HAWAII AVOCADO BAN

Here is what folks in Hawaii are saying after Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will lift its ban on Hawaii Sharwil avocado shipments to the mainland. Hirono led efforts among her delegation colleagues to get the USDA to lift the ban, a goal long-sought by Senator Dan Inouye: "Move over, Haas. Guacamole connoisseurs around the U.S. will soon have a new domestic avocado to try - not from California or Florida, but Hawaii," announced the A… Continue Reading


September 11, 2013

HIRONO HAILS USDA LIFTING BAN ON SHIPPING HAWAII AVOCADOS TO MAINLAND

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced today the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will lift a ban on Hawaii Sharwil avocado shipments to the mainland. Earlier this year, Hirono wrote and sent a letter - signed by Hawaii's congressional delegation - urging the USDA to lift its 1992 ban, arguing that numerous scientific studies have found that the avocados prove to be a very poor host for the fruit flies USDA is trying to prevent from coming to the mainland. Since sendi… Continue Reading


September 11, 2013

ON 12th ANNIVERSARY OF SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACK, HIRONO COMMEMORATES THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES

Washington, D.C. - On the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attack, Senator Mazie K. Hirono commemorated those who lost their lives. Earlier this summer, Senator Hirono joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in paying her respects at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, and this morning, she joined her colleagues on the steps of the U.S. Capitol for a remembrance ceremony. Her statement reads below: "Twelve years after the September 11 attacks against our nation… Continue Reading


September 10, 2013

HIRONO COMMENDS SELECTION OF HAWAII’S ESTHER KIAAINA TO DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR LEADERSHIP

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono commended President Obama today for selecting Hawaii's Esther Kiaaina to serve as Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). "Congratulations to Esther on her selection as DOI Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas," Hirono said. "Esther has a long record of advancing the priorities of both Hawaii and native peoples in Washington, serving our state in leadership roles in both the House and Senate. In particular, … Continue Reading


September 10, 2013

HIRONO STATEMENT FOLLOWING PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SPEECH ON SYRIA

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on President Obama's speech on Syria. "This evening, President Obama presented the facts to consider as we contemplate action in Syria. Clearly, the situation is changing rapidly. The reopening of diplomatic dialogue between Syria and the international community is a hopeful sign, but, like many others, I believe its too early to tell if the regime will follow through. I continue to assess the situation with our militar… Continue Reading


September 09, 2013

HIRONO ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $21 MILLION IN TRANSPORTATION FUNDING FOR HAWAII

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that Hawaii will receive more than $21 million in key transportation funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). More than $10 million in funding will be used to rehabilitate a runway at Honolulu International Airport, $3 million will be used to make storm safety improvements at Molokai Airport, $2.5 million will help the state evaluate the condition of airport runways across the state, and $1 million will improve runway lighting… Continue Reading

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