Press Releases

June 24, 2013

IN EFFORT TO GET A PASSABLE IMMIGRATION BILL, SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO VOTES FOR CORKER-HOEVEN BORDER SECURITY MEASURE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement after voting in support of cloture for Corker-Hoeven border security amendment to the Senate immigration bill. "I am deeply concerned with the huge spending increase in this border security measure, but I too understand that it is likely a necessary political step in order to pass immigration reform. We have spent many weeks now discussing border security and very little time examining how the new green card system will… Continue Reading


June 20, 2013

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: "FEMALE SENATORS WANT MORE WOMEN ALLOWED IN U.S."

Today's Washington Post detailed how Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Senator Patty Murray and 11 of their female colleagues introduced an amendment that would make the Senate's immigration bill fairer to women. The article reads below: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/proposal-would-allow-more-women-to-come-to-us-under-immigration-bill/2013/06/19/45fa2bc0-d8f8-11e2-9df4-895344c13c30_story.html June 19, 2013 Female senators want more women allowed in U.S. By David Nakamura A group of fema… Continue Reading


June 20, 2013

BIPARTISAN GROUP OF 13 WOMEN SENATORS INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO MAKE IMMIGRATION BILL FAIRER TO WOMEN

WASHINGTON, D.C. - United States Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Patty Murray joined their colleagues Lisa Murkowski, Barbara Boxer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Maria Cantwell, Debbie Stabenow, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren ,Tammy Baldwin, Barbara Mikulski, Mary Landrieu and Jeanne Shaheen to introduce legislation that would make the Senate's immigration bill fairer to women. By shifting the emphasis from a family-based legal immigration system to an employment-based green card system, the immigration bi… Continue Reading


June 18, 2013

HIRONO INTRODUCES AMENDMENT TO IMMIGRATION BILL TO FIX PROVISIONS THAT UNFAIRLY PENALIZE IMMIGRANT TAXPAYERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono introduced an amendment to the immigration bill that would fix components of the law that unfairly penalize immigrant taxpayers. Her amendment #1317 would allow immigrant taxpayers to access federal safety net programs they pay for with their taxes. The bill prohibits immigrant taxpayers from using safety net programs for at least 13 years, even though they pay the same taxes as everyone else. Hirono's amendment would fix this. Today the Congressional … Continue Reading


June 18, 2013

HIRONO AGAIN PUSHES TO MAKE IMMIGRATION BILL FAIRER FOR WOMEN

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today took to the Senate floor to highlight a major flaw in the immigration reform bill currently being debated in the Senate. In her remarks, Hirono pointed out how the new merit-based immigration system that gives preference to potential immigrants with high level education and technical expertise would heavily disadvantage women, since women across the globe do not have the same educational and career opportunities as men. "Too many women overseas d… Continue Reading


June 18, 2013

HIRONO AND ARMED SERVICES COLLEAGUES COMPLETE MARKUP OF DEFENSE BILL, INCLUDE MILLIONS IN MILITARY CONSTRUCTION FUNDING, HONOR INOUYE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono and her Senate Armed Services Committee colleagues drafted and voted late last week to pass the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act out of committee and to the full Senate for consideration. The bill would provide more than $400 million in military construction projects in Hawaii, $44 million more than the previous year. Military installations including Fort Shafter, Pearl Harbor and Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe will receive funds… Continue Reading


June 17, 2013

HIRONO STATEMENT ON PAR PETROLEUM PURCHASE OF KAPOLEI TESORO REFINERY

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today released the following statement regarding the announced purchase of the Kapolei Tesoro refinery by Par Petroleum. Par Petroleum Corporation is a Houston-based company that intends to continue Tesoro's refining, logistics and retail operations. "Today's announcement that Par Petroleum intends to continue the refining, logistics and retail operations of the Kapolei refinery is positive news for Hawaii. As Hawaii's largest refinery, this facility i… Continue Reading


June 14, 2013

HIRONO MEETS WITH SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION NOMINEE, DISCUSSES HONOLULU RAIL & KALAUPAPA ESSENTIAL AIR SERVICE

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono met this week with U.S. Secretary of Transportation nominee and Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx. During the meeting, Foxx and Hirono discussed the importance of Honolulu's rail system, for which the city secured a full funding grant agreement in December 2012. Foxx, noting how important Charlotte's light rail expansion was to the city's economic growth, noted his support for Honolulu's critical infrastructure project. The two also discussed continuing to e… Continue Reading


June 13, 2013

ON SENATE FLOOR, HIRONO CALLS ON COLLEAGUES TO FIX PARTS OF IMMIGRATION BILL THAT INADVERTENTLY DISCRIMINATE AGAINST WOMEN IMMIGRANTS, UNFAIRLY PENALIZE IMMIGRANT TAXPAYERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today took to the Senate floor to highlight two major flaws in the immigration reform bill currently being debated in the Senate. In her remarks, Hirono pointed out how the new merit-based immigration system that gives preference to potential immigrants with high level education and technical expertise would heavily disadvantage women, since women across the globe do not have the same educational and career opportunities as men. "Women in too many othe… Continue Reading


June 13, 2013

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Endorses Hirono Measures Included In Immigration Bill

In today's Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the newspaper's editorial board endorsed Senator Mazie K. Hirono's measure in the immigration reform bill that would restore Medicaid eligibility for COFA migrants, saving the state millions each year. The editorial board also praised other amendments that Hirono convinced her colleagues to include in the bill that would boost tourism, help Hawaii fishermen and reunite Filipino World War II veterans with their children. The entire editorial reads below: ht… Continue Reading


June 12, 2013

HIRONO VOTES TO FIGHT SEXUAL ASSAULTS IN THE MILITARY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono voted today during a meeting of the Senate Armed Services Committee in support of a measure aimed at stopping and prosecuting sexual assaults in the military. The measure would give military prosecutors the power to decide which sexual assault cases to try, taking that power out of the hands of military commanders. Hirono joined a minority of senators in voting to keep the measure in the National Defense Authorization Act. "Our women and men in uniform… Continue Reading


June 06, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO VOTES TO STOP STUDENT LOAN INTEREST RATES FROM DOUBLING ON JULY 1

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement after voting for a Democratic proposal to keep student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1 and against a Republican plan that would saddle students with even more debt: Education isn't just the clearest path to economic opportunity in this country; it's one of the best investments we can make in our economy. That's why I voted for the Democratic plan to keep student loan interest rates from doubling without add… Continue Reading


June 06, 2013

HAWAII DELEGATION INTRODUCES IMPROVEMENTS TO NATIVE HAWAIIAN EDUCATION ACT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Hawaii's congressional delegation introduced a bill today that would make important changes to the Native Hawaiian Education Act, an existing program that has improved educational opportunities for thousands of Native Hawaiian kids and families. The changes would strengthen and help secure the program's future by increasing accountability, sharing grantees' best practices, and ensuring that Native Hawaiians have access to the opportunities this program provides. "The Native… Continue Reading


June 05, 2013

HIRONO APPLAUDS NEWS THAT PRESIDENT WILL APPOINT SUSAN RICE AS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senator Mazie K. Hirono, member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement upon news that President Obama will appoint U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to be his next National Security Advisor: "Ambassador Susan Rice is a great choice to be President Obama's National Security Advisor. She has had a string of successes at the United Nations as a forceful advocate for our strategic interests and defender human rights for women and LGBT people across the… Continue Reading


June 04, 2013

Alaska-Hawaii Delegations Continue Tradition of Working Together For Native Peoples

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mark Begich (D-AK), Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) today continued the long legacy of two states working together and working for their native populations. The Senators were joined by roughly 100 Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian business, policy, and community leaders to discuss a range of topics including ways to improve education in Native communities, and how to stimulate Native owned businesses. The roundtable was hosted… Continue Reading


May 31, 2013

“Hirono fights for migrant access to Medicaid”

HONOLULU - Senator Mazie K. Hirono met with Hawaii's health care providers at the Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Health Care Center yesterday and listened as Hawaii health care experts explained how Hirono's measure restoring Medicaid eligibility for COFA migrants would save the state millions each year. Earlier this month, Hirono persuaded her colleagues to include the measure and a number of others that help Hawaii in the immigration reform bill currently being debated on the Senate floor. … Continue Reading


May 22, 2013

SENATOR HIRONO VOTES AGAINST MEASURE THAT WOULD ENDANGER HAWAII'S SUGAR INDUSTRY, RISK 800 JOBS IN STATE

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement after voting against an amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill that would have killed off Hawaii's last sugar producer and risked 800 jobs in the state. The amendment failed the Senate on a bipartisan 45-54 vote. "This amendment was a raw deal for Hawaii and sugar producers across the country," said Hirono. "Much is said about supporting 'made in America' products, and this measure does the opposite. It would have virtually z… Continue Reading


May 21, 2013

SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ADOPTS HIRONO AMENDMENT THAT REUNIFIES FILIPINO WORLD WAR II VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- During today's Senate Judiciary Committee markup of immigration reform legislation, the committee adopted Senator Mazie K. Hirono's measure that would reunite Filipino World War II veterans with their families. The long-overdue measure has been the priority of Hawaii's congressional delegation for many years. The provision was the first bill Hirono introduced as a member of the United States Senate in March of this year. "Our nation can never fully repay the debt we owe the … Continue Reading


May 21, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO VOTES FOR FINAL PASSAGE OF IMMIGRATION BILL IN SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After many days of work on immigration reform as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement after voting for final passage of the Senate's immigration reform bill in committee: "I applaud Chairman Leahy, the Gang of Eight and my Judiciary Committee colleagues for their productive work and this transparent process. Both as a new Senator and a new member of the committee, it was an honor to work with my colleagues on th… Continue Reading


May 20, 2013

SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ADOPTS HIRONO MEASURES SUPPORTING DREAMERS, VICTIMS OF CHILD TRAFFICKING

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved three measures offered by Senator Mazie K. Hirono that support DREAM Act college students and help identify victims of child trafficking at the border. "These DREAMers were brought to our country through no fault of their own, and grew up in our schools and churches. They deserve the opportunity to earn a college degree, start a business and help contribute to our economy," Hirono said. "My measure makes DREAM Act students eligible … Continue Reading

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