Press Releases

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


May 20, 2013

OFFICIAL PHOTO FROM HIRONO'S WHITE HOUSE DINNER WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA, WOMEN SENATE COLLEAGUES

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined her female Senate colleagues last month at the White House for a dinner hosted by President Obama. The first official photo released from the dinner was recently uploaded to the White House's flickr account.… Continue Reading


May 20, 2013

"HIRONO ATTACHED PROPOSALS THAT HELP HAWAII"

From the front page of yesterday's Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Hirono Attaches Proposals That Help Hawaii When Congress approved a sweeping welfare reform law in 1996, a small but important provision cost Hawaii millions of dollars a year. Pacific migrants who can travel freely to the United States from Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau were no longer eligible for federal benefits - such as Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor - leaving states to pick up the cost. Hawai… Continue Reading


May 16, 2013

HIRONO JOINS COLLEAGUES TO UNVEIL BILL TO PREVENT & PROSECUTE SEXUAL ASSAULTS IN THE MILITARY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today joined Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), other Senate and House colleagues and survivors of sexual assault in the military in unveiling bipartisan legislation aimed at stopping and prosecuting sexual assaults in the military. Watch Hirono's full remarks here: http://youtu.be/S-rr1UyuAKg. "The brave women and men who serve should be protected when they sacrifice so much for their country. Instead, many are targeted and become victims of sexual a… Continue Reading


May 16, 2013

SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ADOPTS HIRONO AMENDMENT THAT COULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR HONG KONG TOURISTS TO VISIT HAWAII

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- During the third day of the Senate Judiciary Committee's markup of immigration reform legislation, the committee adopted Senator Mazie K. Hirono's measure that would cut government red tape that makes it more difficult for tourists from Hong Kong to come to Hawaii. The measure is identical to a bill Hirono introduced earlier this year with Republican Senator Orrin Hatch (UT). "This small change to the visa waiver system could have a big impact on Hawaii's economy," said Hiro… Continue Reading


May 15, 2013

WHAT PEOPLE IN HAWAII ARE SAYING ABOUT SENATOR HIRONO GETTING MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY FOR COMPACT MIGRANTS INCLUDED IN IMMIGRATION REFORM LEGISLATION

Here's what folks in Hawaii are saying about Mazie Hirono getting Medicaid eligibility for migrants from Micronesia, Palau and the Marshall Islands included in immigration reform legislation: "The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Tuesday to reinstate eligibility by adopting an amendment from U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono. The Democrat from Hawaii says the move will save the state millions of dollars each year." (Associated Press) "Restoring their Medicaid eligibility would ease that financial b… Continue Reading


May 14, 2013

SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ADOPTS HIRONO MEASURES THAT WOULD SAVE HAWAII TAXPAYERS MILLIONS, BOOST HAWAII FISHING INDUSTRY

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved two measures offered by Senator Mazie K. Hirono that will save local taxpayers millions of dollars and help a critical Hawaii industry. The measures, long-sought by Hawaii leaders, would save the state of Hawaii millions of dollars each year by restoring Medicaid eligibility for workers from Micronesia, Palau and the Marshall Islands and would fix rules that disproportionately impact Hawaii's fishing industry. "Both of these amendme… Continue Reading


May 13, 2013

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: NEW YORK TIMES HIGHLIGHTS HIRONO AMENDMENT THAT KEEPS FAMILIES TOGETHER AT THE BORDER

In Saturday's New York Times, the paper's editorial board praised an immigration measure drafted by Senator Mazie K. Hirono and adopted by the Senate Judiciary Committee that would stop families from being torn apart at the border: Some good amendments passed, including one from Mazie Hirono, Democrat of Hawaii, that requires border agents to ask people they detain about spouses and children, and to consider family unity and safety when holding or repatriating anyone. You can read the entire S… Continue Reading


May 09, 2013

DURING FIRST DAY OF IMMIGRATION REFORM MARK UP, SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ADOPTS HIRONO AMENDMENT THAT STOPS FAMILIES FROM BEING TORN APART AT THE BORDER

WASHINGTON, DC - During the first day of the Senate Judiciary Committee's markup of immigration reform legislation, the committee adopted two of Senator Mazie K. Hirono's measures that would protect families and strengthen our immigration system. "We are a nation of immigrants and we all have stories to tell," Hirono said at the start of the mark up (video link). "My story is of a very courageous mother who brought me and my two brothers to this country. I am an immigrant. She did this and rais… Continue Reading


May 09, 2013

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: "MAZIE HIRONO GETS PERSONAL"

Watch Senator Hirono's remarks from today's immigration mark-up that are featured in the Washington Post story below:http://youtu.be/OL9LZ6iVnL8 WASHINGTON POST: Mazie Hirono gets personal Among the 100 U.S. senators, there's just one who is a first-generation immigrant: Hawaii's Mazie Hirono (D), who was born in Japan and came to the U.S. with her mother when she was 8 years old. Hirono has spoken from a personal view during the immigration reform debate, noting that her mother brought her a… Continue Reading


May 08, 2013

HIRONO, WICKER, LOFGREN, SMITH INTRODUCE BILL TO CREATE A SCIENCE LAUREATE OF THE UNITED STATES

Washington, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Roger Wicker (R-MS), along with Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), introduced bipartisan companion legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives today that promotes science education and celebrates scientific achievement by establishing an official Science Laureate of the United States. The Science Laureate would be a nationally renowned expert in their field who would travel around … Continue Reading


May 07, 2013

HIRONO FILES ADDITIONAL AMENDMENTS TO IMMIGRATION BILL THAT REUNITE FAMILIES, PROVIDE IMMIGRANTS ACCESS TO SAFETY NETS, SUPPORT DREAM ACT STUDENTS

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Mazie K. Hirono filed a number of amendments this afternoon to the immigration reform bill currently being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The amendments largely focus on setting immigrants up for success once they are here by supporting family unity and immigrants' access to key safety nets. "As an immigrant who came to this country as a young girl, I know how important it is to support immigrant families in order for them to succeed once they are here," … Continue Reading


May 07, 2013

HIRONO INTRODUCES CHANGES TO THE SENATE IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL THAT WOULD HAVE HUGE IMPACTS FOR HAWAII

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today filed her first four amendments to the immigration reform bill currently being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The four measures, long sought by Hawaii leaders, would reunite Filipino World War II veterans with their families, make it easier for foreign tourists to visit the islands, and help the Hawaii fishing industry. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Hirono is in a key position to advocate for Hawaii in immigration … Continue Reading


May 06, 2013

SENATE PASSES HIRONO CO-SPONSORED LEGISLATION THAT LEVELS PLAYING FIELD FOR HAWAII SMALL BUSINESSES

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono hailed Senate passage today of the Marketplace Fairness Act, legislation that would help level the playing field for Hawaii small businesses. Last month, Hirono took to the Senate floor to urge her colleagues to pass the legislation, arguing the bill would help local merchants compete with online retailers operating on the mainland. "Hawaii small businesses are engines of job creation and economic growth in the islands, but these businesses are unfairl… Continue Reading


April 25, 2013

AT ARMED SERVICES HEARING, SENATOR HIRONO COMMENDS NAVY SECRETARY FOR TRYING TO STOP FURLOUGHS AT PEARL HARBOR, ELSEWHERE

Washington, D.C. - Senator Hirono thanked Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus today for trying to find ways to avoid furloughing civilian workers at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and other naval facilities across the country. Hirono also spoke with General James Amos, the current Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Admiral Jonathan Greenert, the Chief of Naval Operations, during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today. "Secretary Mabus, I want to thank you for doing everything you can to use … Continue Reading


April 24, 2013

HIRONO PRESIDES OVER SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE'S NOMINATION HEARING OF RAYMOND CHEN

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today presided over the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for the nomination of Raymond Chen as United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit. Chen currently serves as the Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. If confirmed, Chen will be the first Asian Pacific American (APA) on the federal circuit in over 25 years as well as the first Taiwanese American on a federal appellate c… Continue Reading


April 24, 2013

MAZIE HIRONO DINES WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA, WOMEN COLLEAGUES AT WHITE HOUSE

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined her female Senate colleagues at the White House tonight for a dinner hosted by President Obama. All 20 women Senators were invited to the bipartisan dinner. Hirono talked to the President about immigration reform and the military's rebalance to the Pacific. She also thanked the President for putting early childhood education front and center in his second term in office. "Mahalo to President Obama for hosting this dinner. Tonight was a good op… Continue Reading


April 23, 2013

HIRONO TAKES TO SENATE FLOOR TO URGE PASSAGE OF BILL THAT WOULD HELP HAWAII SMALL BUSINESSES

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today took to the Senate floor to urge her colleagues to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act, legislation that would help level the playing field for Hawaii small businesses. Hirono, a cosponsor of the legislation, argued the bill would help local merchants compete with online retailers operating on the mainland. In her speech, Hirono discussed how this legislation would benefit local businesses like Kona Stories, a bookstore in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. "Sm… Continue Reading


April 22, 2013

HIRONO CELEBRATES EARTH DAY, PROMOTES MORE SUSTAINABLE HAWAII

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono celebrated Earth Day by commending Hawaii families, local businesses and the military who are helping to make the state more food and energy self-reliant in ways that honor and protect our natural resources and environment. As the most fossil fuel dependent state in the nation, Hawaii's families and businesses know the value of developing renewable clean energy sources, improving energy efficiency, and conserving our land and water resources. "Earth Da… Continue Reading


April 19, 2013

HIRONO SPEAKS OUT AGAINST ELIMINATION OF FAMILY IMMIGRATION CATEGORIES AT FIRST HEARING ON IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K Hirono participated in the Senate Judiciary Committee's first hearing on the immigration reform bill that was introduced this week, arguing the bill as written does not do enough to reunite families. The bill eliminates family immigration categories that allow immigrants to call their adult siblings or adult children to this country. In her remarks, Hirono argued that family unity is vital to ensuring immigrants can be successful members of our country's econom… Continue Reading

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