Press Releases

March 18, 2013

MAZIE K. HIRONO CHAIRS SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING ON WOMEN, FAMILIES IN IMMIGRATION REFORM

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Mazie K. Hirono chaired a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on how immigration reform should address the needs of women and families this afternoon. As an immigrant who came to this country with her family as a small child, Hirono made the case for reforms that offer basic protections to immigrants, cut backlogs and make the family immigration system stronger. "I know firsthand that immigration is a women's issue and a family issue," Hirono said in her opening state… Continue Reading


March 15, 2013

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO DELIVERS FIRST SPEECH ON SENATE FLOOR TO DEFEND ALTERNATIVE ENERGY RESEARCH, CAPS OFF WHIRLWIND WEEK

Washington, D.C. - It was a history-making week for Senator Hirono as she took to the floor of the United States Senate for the first time since being sworn in, defending programs that develop alternative energy. Here's a link to video of the speech if you haven't seen it: http://youtu.be/CdWV6CYhick Also this week, the Senator advocated for reforms that would stop sexual assaults in the military, continued her decades-long advocacy for early childhood education for our keiki and was praised in… Continue Reading


March 14, 2013

ON SENATE FLOOR, SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO DEFENDS MILITARY EFFORTS TO DEVELOP ALTERNATIVE ENERGY, BLASTS LAST MINUTE EFFORT TO GUT FUNDING FOR MILITARY BIOFUEL INITIATIVES

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, took to the Senate floor for the first time since being sworn into the Senate to criticize a hastily offered measure that would strip funding for certain Department of Defense (DOD) alternative energy initiatives. The measure, a Republican amendment to the continuing resolution that funds the government, would strike funding for military biofuel programs, undermining our national security and maintainin… Continue Reading


March 13, 2013

SENATOR HIRONO LISTENS TO VICTIMS' STORIES, QUESTIONS MILITARY LEADERS DURING HEARINGS ON SEXUAL ASSAULT IN MILITARY

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Mazie K. Hirono listened to victims' stories and questioned military leaders today during an Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel hearing on sexual assault in the military. Hearing witnesses included military leaders, victim advocates and former military victims of sexual assault. The Department of Defense estimates as many as 19,000 military sexual assaults occurred in 2011. Due to a broken system of enforcement, victims of assault are often unable to bring their… Continue Reading


March 13, 2013

SENATORS REID, HIRONO, MENENDEZ, BEGICH & SCHATZ WORK TO REUNITE FILIPINO WORLD WAR II VETS WITH THEIR FAMILIES

Washington, D.C. - Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Mark Begich (D-AK), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) are supporting legislation that would reunite Filipino World War II veterans with their families. Certain Filipino veterans of World War II were offered U.S. citizenship in recognition of their service; however their children were not. As a result, the veterans who came to the United States could only reunite with their children by filing a petition and waiting … Continue Reading


March 11, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO INTRODUCES BILL TO IMPROVE & EXPAND EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION FOR KIDS IN HAWAII & ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Mazie K. Hirono today introduced the Providing Resources Early for Kids Act (PRE-K Act), legislation that strengthens early childhood education. The PRE-K Act creates a new federal-state partnership that incentivizes states to both improve the quality of state preschool programs and expand to serve more children in need. "Research shows that quality early education is foundational for success in school and in life. The PRE-K Act will help more kids enter school ready… Continue Reading


March 07, 2013

HAWAII DELEGATION ANNOUNCES $33.2 MILLION FOR HALE KULA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Senator Brian Schatz, Representative Colleen Hanabusa, and Representative Tulsi Gabbard announced today that Hale Kula Elementary School will receive $33.2 million for renovation and repairs. The U.S. Department of Defense today awarded $26.6 million in funding for the school while the Hawaii Department of Education has pledged to award the school an additional $6.6 million in matching funds. The federal funds come from a grant administered by the U.S… Continue Reading


March 07, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO ATTENDS PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SIGNING OF STRENGTHENED VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement after attending President Obama's signing of the strengthened Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): "As I watched the President sign this bill, I thought about the victims of domestic violence who will now be able to obtain justice and receive better services because of this strengthened law," said Hirono. "This reauthorization was long overdue. While the original VAWA, signed in 1994, has helped save countless lives, thi… Continue Reading


March 05, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO INTRODUCES FIRST BILL AS SENATOR – LEGISLATION TO REUNIFY FILIPINO WORLD WAR II VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Mazie K. Hirono today introduced her first bill as a United States Senator - legislation that would reunite Filipino World War II veterans with their families. The long-overdue legislation, which has been the priority of Hawaii's congressional delegation for many years, could gain new life as the Senate drafts and marks up immigration reform legislation. This legislation underscores Hirono's immigration reform approach of bringing families together and assisting commu… Continue Reading


March 04, 2013

HAWAII DELEGATION MEETS IN WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Senator Brian Schatz, Representative Colleen Hanabusa, and Representative Tulsi Gabbard met this afternoon in Washington. The four discussed working together on upcoming legislation in their committee areas, the Akaka Bill and other important issues for the state and its economy. "Hawaii's delegation is small but our strength has always been our teamwork and ability to work together. Since starting this new Congress, each of us has been focused on del… Continue Reading


February 28, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO STATEMENT ON TODAY’S SENATE SEQUESTRATION VOTES

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement today following the defeat of the compromise proposal to replace sequestration in the Senate: "Letting these arbitrary spending cuts go into place is no way to run a government. They are bad for our national security, bad for our economy and bad for jobs. The Obama Administration, military leaders, industry groups and economists from across the spectrum have shown that these cuts would slow our economy's recovery, hurt… Continue Reading


February 28, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO COMMENDS THE LONG-OVERDUE REAUTHORIZATION OF THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Mazie K. Hirono today released the following statement after the House of Representatives finally passed the strengthened Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with overwhelming bipartisan support: "I am glad to see the House has finally reauthorized the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act that includes increased protections for women and families. Since it was first passed in 1994, VAWA has literally saved lives through public awareness, increased incident reporting a… Continue Reading


February 26, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO JOINS SENATE COLLEAGUES IN VOTING TO CONFIRM PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SECRETARY OF DEFENSE NOMINEE

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on her vote today to confirm Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel: "Senator Hagel brings an impressive record of service and is a highly qualified choice to lead the Pentagon. Our country needs Senator Hagel's strong leadership immediately, as the Department of Defense faces the possibility of significant budget reductions that will affect military readiness at a ti… Continue Reading


February 22, 2013

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO MEETS WITH PEOPLE ACROSS HAWAII DURING HER "BRINGING HAWAII'S VOICE TO WASHINGTON" LISTENING TOUR

Honolulu, HI - After spending her first month as a United States Senator in Washington, Senator Mazie K. Hirono embarked on a four day listening tour across Hawaii to hear how she can best bring Hawaii's voice to Washington. Hirono met with military leaders, veterans, working families, immigration advocates and people across the state in a number of meetings. Here's a quick run-down of the tour: Monday WATCH: Senator Hirono appeared on Hawaii's television morning shows to talk about the devast… Continue Reading


February 20, 2013

HAWAII DELEGATION ANNOUNCES $17 MILLION TO STATE FOR DISASTER RELIEF

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Senator Brian Schatz, and Representative Tulsi Gabbard announced today that Hawaii will receive $17 million for disaster relief. The funds come from a grant administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant will help the state repair roads and highways damaged by heavy rains causing flooding and landslides on Kauai and Maui in late February and early March 2012. Repair work will include emergency repairs to restore traffic flow, minimiz… Continue Reading


February 15, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO TO LEAD CONGRESSIONAL STUDY GROUP ON JAPAN

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), the first Japanese immigrant to serve in the Senate, has been named Senate Co-Chair of The Congressional Study Group on Japan (CSGJ), a bipartisan organization committed to promoting frank and candid dialogue between American lawmakers and their counterparts in Japan. Hirono joins Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) as Senate co-chairs for the CSGJ in its 20th anniversary year. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) co-chair the… Continue Reading


February 15, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO URGES SENATE TO GIVE PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SECRETARY OF DEFENSE NOMINEE AN UP-OR-DOWN VOTE

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, urged her colleagues to end their unprecedented filibuster of Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel in the following statement: "At a time when the nation lies on the brink of potentially devastating defense cuts and the Asia-Pacific region is seeing growing instability, now is not the time to leave the Department of Defense without a leader. Hawaii and our nation need a Secretary of Defense in that… Continue Reading


February 14, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO VOTES TO SEND DERRICK KAHALA WATSON TO THE FULL SENATE FOR CONFIRMATION TO U.S. DISTRICT COURT OF HAWAII

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Mazie K. Hirono today voted as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of Derrick Kahala Watson, President Obama's nominee to the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii. Mr. Watson's nomination now goes before the full Senate for final confirmation. "My interactions with Derrick Watson have shown me that he is an intelligent, thoughtful man who will take his role on the federal bench seriously. During his confirmation hearing and our private mee… Continue Reading


February 13, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO ARGUES FOR FAMILY REUNIFICATION IN FIRST SENATE IMMIGRATION HEARING

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono argued strongly for immigration reform legislation in the Senate Judiciary Committee's first hearing on the subject today. In her remarks, she argued reform should not shift the purpose of immigration to the United States away from a family focus. While Hirono acknowledged that increasing immigration among those trained in science and technology sectors is important, she warned that Congress should not get tunnel vision and forget the human element of i… Continue Reading


February 12, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO COMMENDS PRESIDENT'S FOCUS ON JOBS, STOPPING SEQUESTRATION CUTS, IMMIGRATION REFORM & EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IN STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Mazie K. Hirono tonight released the following statement following President Obama's State of the Union address: "President Obama tonight laid out a strong and compelling course for Hawaii and our country. He was right to focus on the economy and jobs. Our economy is still trying to recover from a deep recession, and we should do everything we can to create sustainable economic growth. In the near term, that means averting sequestration -- the indiscriminate, across… Continue Reading

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