Press Releases

July 29, 2013

SENATOR HIRONO CELEBRATES HAWAII NO LONGER BEING AT “HIGH RISK” OF LOSING $75 MILLION IN EDUCATION FUNDING

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) removed the state's Race to the Top grant from "high risk" status. This means the state is no longer at "high risk" of losing $75 million in federal education funding through the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top reform initiative. "This is tremendous news for Hawaii's students, parents, and teachers," said Hirono. "Our work is not over, but this announcement … Continue Reading


July 26, 2013

MAZIE K. HIRONO REMEMBERS KOREAN WAR VETERANS ON ANNIVERSARY OF ARMISTICE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Armed Services and Veterans' Affairs committees, remembered those who served in the Korean War. Tomorrow marks the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended one of the bloodiest wars in American history."This weekend, I ask all Hawaii residents to remember those brave Americans who served alongside our allies sixty years ago to defend our freedom and stop the spread of communism in Korea. Some have dubbed the conflict 'the forgotten … Continue Reading


July 25, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE HIRONO AND THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK OF THE UNITED STATES INVITE YOU TO ATTEND THE EXPORTER FORUM

Senator Mazie Hirono and the Export-Import Bank of the United StatesInvite You to Attend the Exporter Forum EXPORTER FORUMTuesday, August 6, 20139:30 AM to 12 Noon Neal S. Blaisdell Center777 Ward AvenueHonolulu, HI To view the full invitation, please click here.… Continue Reading


July 24, 2013

HIRONO VOTES AGAINST PLAN TO LOCK-IN HIGH STUDENT LOAN INTEREST RATES, VOTES FOR MEASURES THAT WOULD KEEP BORROWING COST LOW FOR HAWAII STUDENTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today voted against a Senate plan that would lock-in major interest rate hikes on federal student loans for the long term. While the plan - known as the the Student Loan Certainty Act - would keep rates low in 2013, it would allow student loan interest rates to balloon over the next two to four years to even higher rates than if Congress did nothing. In addition, the higher long-term interest rates would force students to pay an extra $715 million to th… Continue Reading


July 24, 2013

HIRONO, VETERANS’ AFFAIRS COMMITTEE APPROVE EIGHT BILLS THAT HELP HAWAII VETS FIND JOBS, GET BETTER CARE & HOUSING

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono and her Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee colleagues voted to approve eight bills today that aim to help jobless vets find employment opportunities, improve assistance for homeless vets, improve care for female vets and keep benefits pegged to increases in the cost of living. The committee also approved three Hirono proposals that make it easier for Native Hawaiian vets and those who live on Hawaii Island to access programs that help veterans, as well … Continue Reading


July 23, 2013

HIRONO UNVEILS PROPOSALS THAT HELP HAWAII VETERANS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The day before the Veterans' Affairs Committee considers eight bills that would have major impacts on vets across America, Senator Mazie K. Hirono filed three amendments designed to specifically help vets in Hawaii access federal veterans' programs. Two of Hirono's amendments would help unemployed Native Hawaiian and Hawaii Island veterans access programs to help get jobs. Another Hirono amendment would ensure that Native Hawaiian-serving organizations are eligible to be consi… Continue Reading


July 23, 2013

HIRONO ANNOUNCES $6.7 MILLION IN UPGRADES AT HONOLULU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT THAT WILL HELP SUPPORT HAWAII'S BOOMING VISITOR INDUSTRY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced $6.7 million in federal funds for Honolulu International Airport. The U.S. Department of Transportation grant will fund the replacement of 12 existing passenger loading bridges in the Main Overseas Terminal that are outdated and have reached the end of their useful lives. "Honolulu International Airport is Hawaii's main connection to the mainland and the rest of the world," Hirono said. "Today's federal investment will help the airport … Continue Reading


July 23, 2013

HIRONO SPEAKS IN SUPPORT OF NATIVE HAWAIIANS DURING CONGRESSIONAL ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN CAUCUS MEETING WITH PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AT THE WHITE HOUSE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono met today with President Barack Obama at the White House during a meeting with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). Hirono specifically spoke up in support of initiatives that help Native Hawaiians. Other issues addressed by CAPAC included issues like education and immigration reform that impact Hawaii and Asian American and Pacific Islander communities across the country. "I was pleased to have this opportunity to speak with Presid… Continue Reading


July 22, 2013

HIRONO MEETS WITH FEDERAL APPEALS COURT NOMINEE NINA PILLARD, A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono met today with Cornelia "Nina" Pillard, Georgetown University Law Center professor and President Obama's nominee to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Hirono will participate in Pillard's confirmation hearing this Wednesday. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, often referred to as the nation's "second highest court," is widely viewed as a stepping stone to the U.S. Supre… Continue Reading


July 18, 2013

AT FIRST ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS HEARING, HIRONO DETAILS HOW CLIMATE CHANGE IS ALREADY HAVING A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON HAWAII

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono warned that climate change is already having a significant impact on Hawaii and without coordinated government action will greatly harm the state's well-being in the future during a hearing held by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. At the hearing, titled "Climate Change: It's Happening Now," climate scientists and other experts testified on how climate change is already having an effect on U.S. weather patterns which in turn is leading … Continue Reading


July 12, 2013

HAWAII COFFEE GROWERS, OFFICIALS PRAISE HIRONO EFFORTS TO FIGHT COFFEE BERRY BORER

After Senator Mazie K. Hirono and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveiled the first major federal initiative targeting the coffee berry borer yesterday, coffee growers and agriculture leaders across Hawaii praised the new program and Hirono's leadership in fighting in the pest. As Hawaii News Now and many other outlets reported yesterday, USDA agreed to set up the program after Hirono urged the agency to make fighting the highly destructive invasive species a top priority. "It… Continue Reading


July 11, 2013

HIRONO, USDA ANNOUNCE FIRST MAJOR FEDERAL INITIATIVE TO FIGHT COFFEE BERRY BORER

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senator Mazie K. Hirono and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveiled the first major federal initiative today to fight the coffee berry borer that has been ravaging Hawaii Island coffee farms for almost three years. The project, a new arm of the USDA's integrated pest management program, will be a scientifically-based approach to fighting the invasive species. In the immediate term, USDA will spend an initial $1 million to set-up the Hawaii operation. "Th… Continue Reading


July 10, 2013

HIRONO AGAIN VOTES TO KEEP STUDENT LOAN INTEREST RATES LOW FOR HAWAII STUDENTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today voted to keep federal student loan interest rates low after they doubled due to congressional inaction on July 1. The Keep Student Loans Affordable Act, which failed to break a filibuster by Senate Republicans, would have restored lower rates for a year without adding to the deficit by closing tax loopholes. The Republican alternative proposal would saddle borrowers with more debt by permanently tying loans to market hikes. "Last week, more than … Continue Reading


July 09, 2013

HIRONO APPLAUDS NOMINATION OF FORMER INOUYE AIDE WITH DEEP HAWAII TIES TO COMMERCE DEPARTMENT LEADERSHIP

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today applauded President Obama's nomination of Hawaii-raised Margaret Cummisky to be Assistant Secretary for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce: "President Obama has made an excellent choice in nominating Margaret Cummisky, a well-experienced and knowledgeable leader with deep Hawaii ties, to this important position at the Commerce Department. Margaret served both the state and Senator Inouye in a number of ca… Continue Reading


June 27, 2013

SENATE APPROVES IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL THAT DELIVERS BIG RESULTS FOR HAWAII

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono voted today for the Senate immigration reform bill that delivers big results for Hawaii and includes a number of measures that protect immigrant women and families. The U.S. Senate's only immigrant, Hirono worked closely with colleagues to shape the bill in the Judiciary Committee and on the Senate floor. "I stand with the large, bipartisan group of senators in voting for an immigration bill that will benefit Hawaii and our nation. This bill is not per… Continue Reading


June 27, 2013

SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE APPROVES $250 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR HONOLULU AUTHORITY FOR RAPID TRANSPORTATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement after the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $250 million in funding for Honolulu Authority For Rapid Transportation, matching in full President Obama's 2014 budget request and the 2012 Full Funding Grant Agreement. The funding was included in both House and Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bills. "I appreciate the support of my colleagues on the Senate and House Appropria… Continue Reading


June 26, 2013

HIRONO TAPPED TO FILL TEMPORARY VACANCY ON KEY SENATE COMMITTEE FOR HAWAII

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced today she will accept a temporary seat on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Hirono was selected by her colleagues to fill the seat that became open after New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg's death. She will sit on the Committee until October. "Hawaii's environment - one of the most biodiverse in the world - is not only the foundation of the state's unique heritage and identity, but it is also the bedrock of our economic s… Continue Reading


June 26, 2013

HIRONO CELEBRATES SUPREME COURT RULING OVERTURNING DOMA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement celebrating the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act: "This is a historic day for civil rights and marriage equality. I am heartened by the Supreme Court's decision affirming equal protection for married gay couples under the 5th Amendment. "The marriage equality movement has come a long way, both in Hawaii and across the country. In 1998, I wa… Continue Reading


June 25, 2013

HIRONO CELEBRATES TITLE IX LEGACY OF PATSY MINK

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement commemorating the 41st anniversary this week of the Patsy Takemoto Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, commonly known as Title IX. This federal law protects students from gender discrimination in federally supported education programs and activities. The landmark legislation was signed into law on June 23, 1972. "Title IX was signed into law more than four decades ago to open the doors of opportunity for new genera… Continue Reading


June 25, 2013

HIRONO DENOUNCES SUPREME COURT DECISION GUTTING VOTING RIGHTS ACT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement condemning the Supreme Court's decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, a key provision enabling the Department of Justice to protect minority voters: "The Voting Rights Act has been critical to ensuring every American has access to one of our country's most fundamental freedoms -- the right to vote. I am very disappointed that the Supreme Court assumed tha… Continue Reading

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