Press Releases

February 12, 2013

AT SENATE ARMED SERVICES HEARING, SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO QUESTIONS JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF ON POTENTIAL IMPACT OF SEQUESTRATION ON MILITARY READINESS IN THE PACIFIC

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Mazie K. Hirono continued to argue against letting the across the board sequestration cuts go into effect today during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. During her questioning of the nation's top military leaders, Hirono noted how this morning's news of a successful nuclear test by North Korea makes the impact of the sequester cuts on military readiness in the Pacific even more important. At the hearing, Hirono asked United Stat… Continue Reading


February 07, 2013

HAWAII DELEGATION ANNOUNCES MAUI COUNTY WILL RECEIVE SMART GROWTH ASSISTANCE FROM THE U.S. EPA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Brian Schatz, Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced today that Maui has been awarded a grant of technical assistance through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. The County of Maui will receive assistance to create a green streets strategy and develop sustainability strategies for small towns and rural areas. Green streets capture and filter stormwater runoff with vegetation and… Continue Reading


February 07, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO CALLS ON CONGRESS TO REAUTHORIZE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT ON BEHALF OF HAWAII WOMEN AND FAMILIES

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Mazie K. Hirono today joined her Senate colleagues in calling for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). For almost two decades, this critical legislation has saved lives and helped domestic violence victims seek justice. While the Senate is expected to pass the VAWA reauthorization with bipartisan support today, House Republicans have not signaled whether they will take up the measure. Hirono submitted the following remarks for the Congression… Continue Reading


February 05, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO CELEBRATES TWENTY YEARS OF THE FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement in celebration of the 20th anniversary of President Clinton's signing of the Family and Medical Leave Act: "When my family immigrated to this country, my mother worked odd jobs to support us. Like many workers in that era, she worried that if she ever got sick, she could lose her job and her ability to provide for our family. Fortunately, the signing of the Family and Medical Leave Act gave millions of workers job secu… Continue Reading


February 01, 2013

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: HIRONO DIVES INTO SENATE WORK ON MILITARY, DEFENSE & IMMIGRATION ISSUES

Met With Secretary of Defense Nominee Chuck Hagel Senator Hirono talked with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser about her one-one meeting with the Secretary of Defense nominee, Senator Chuck Hagel, as well as potential defense cuts that could impact Hawaii. "As a member of the Armed Services Committee, I will do everything I can to emphasize the strategic importance of Hawaii,"Hirono told the paper, adding that Senator Hagel confirmed the increasing importance of Asia and Pacific region to the milit… Continue Reading


January 31, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO PLACED ON KEY JUDICIARY SUBCOMMITTEES FOR HAWAII

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Mazie K. Hirono was selected to serve on three subcommittees on the Judiciary Committee today. Hirono will serve on the Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security; Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights; and Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law. These committees will oversee matters of critical importance to Hawaii including immigration reform legislation, efforts to protect Hawaii residents' privacy online and visa r… Continue Reading


January 30, 2013

HAWAII DELEGATION ANNOUNCES $1 MILLION FOR KANEOHE VETERANS CEMETERY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Senator Brian Schatz, and Representative Tulsi Gabbard announced today that Hawaii will receive more than $1 million to expand and improve the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe. The funds come from a grant administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The grant will help the state provide enhanced service for nearly 80,000 veterans and their families by adding a family room addition at the administration building, a new restroom bui… Continue Reading


January 30, 2013

AS WOMEN IN HAWAII MAKE JUST 82% ON AVERAGE AS MEN, SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO CALLS FOR PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined her U.S. Senate colleagues in celebrating the 4th anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act by submitting remarks for the Congressional Record today. Hirono took the opportunity to call for passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a measure that would force employers who pay women employees less than their male counterparts to justify the pay disparity and show the disparity is not based on gender. On average, a woman in Hawaii earns just 82 … Continue Reading


January 29, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO ANNOUNCES EXPERIENCED AIDES TO SENATORS INOUYE & AKAKA WILL JOIN HER DEFENSE & MILITARY LEGISLATIVE TEAM

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced hiring two experienced defense and military experts with island ties for her legislative team. Nick Ikeda, a former aide to Senator Akaka and Department of Defense expert, and retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Walter Kaneakua, a former aide to Senator Inouye, will make up Hirono's defense and military legislative team. "I am thrilled to have such experienced aides working with me to promote Hawaii's vital role in our national security," s… Continue Reading


January 28, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO REACTS TO BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT ON IMMIGRATION REFORM PRINCIPLES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will oversee immigration reform legislation, released the following statement reacting to today's bipartisan agreement on the principles of immigration reform: "I'm glad to see that there is bipartisan agreement among my colleagues regarding the principles of immigration reform. Hawaii residents are particularly interested in getting this done. Our state is an example of how our immigration system c… Continue Reading


January 23, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO REACTS TO REPORTS OF THE MILITARY LIFTING BAN ON WOMEN SERVING IN COMBAT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, released the following statement reacting to reports that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat: "Today's news is a great step toward equality. These restrictions that block women from serving in active combat roles make no sense in today's modern military. All Americans deserve the opportunity to defend our nation regardless of gender, and I… Continue Reading


January 22, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO CELEBRATES THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF ROE V. WADE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement today to recognize the 40th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision: "Roe v. Wade was a monumental decision for women in this country. One of my first political actions as a college student was writing a letter to my members of Congress that asked for their positions on abortion. At the time, abortion was illegal in almost every state and Hawaii was considering, and ultimately passed, legislation to par… Continue Reading


January 21, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO CELEBRATES THE SECOND INAUGURATION OF HAWAII'S ISLAND SON, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today released the following statement in celebration of President Obama's inauguration: "I join the people of Hawaii in sending our aloha to our island son, President Obama, as he begins his second term. We in Hawaii are especially proud and happy for the president's re-election. Ohana is more than a word in Hawaii. It is a way of life, and President Obama is one of our own. "While there are challenging times ahead, I know President Obama care… Continue Reading


January 20, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO HONORS THE LEGACY OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which will be observed on Monday, January 21: "Dr. King moved the nation to stand up against intolerance and fight injustice, and the people of Hawaii have a unique understanding of Dr. King's dream. We are a diverse people of many stories and many cultures. We know that while our differences may define us, they should never divide us. "As a young woman, Dr. King's wo… Continue Reading


January 15, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO ANNOUNCES SENIOR HAWAII STAFF MEMBERS

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced two senior members of her Hawaii U.S. Senate staff. Betsy Lin will serve as Chief of Staff and Jadine Nielsen as Acting State Director. Nielsen will also lead the search for a permanent State Director. Hirono today also released formal job descriptions for the State Director, Caseworker and Field Representative positions. "I am excited that these talented individuals have agreed to assist me in service to Hawaii," said Hirono. "This … Continue Reading


January 08, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO ON CLOSING OF KAPOLEI TESORO REFINERY

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono today released the following statement regarding the announced closing of the Kapolei Tesoro refinery: "The closing of the Kapolei refinery, one of only two refineries in Hawaii, is terrible news for the state and the workers who will lose their job because of this action. "I will work closely with Hawaii's delegation, state officials and community leaders to ensure displaced workers and their families receive whatever federal assistance is available … Continue Reading


January 07, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S NOMINATION OF REPUBLICAN SENATOR CHUCK HAGEL TO SERVE AS SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

Washington, D.C. - Just days after securing a seat on the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee that will conduct the confirmation hearings for Secretary of Defense, Senator Mazie K. Hirono today released the following statement regarding President Obama's nomination of former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to serve as Secretary of Defense: "President Obama is to be commended for nominating a Republican Senator to serve in one of the top positions in his Cabinet. Senator Hagel is a decorated… Continue Reading


January 04, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO JOINS SENATE COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement after being assigned to the Senate Committee on Armed Services: "I am honored to serve on the Senate Committee on Armed Services. Hawaii is home to the US Pacific Command and thousands of men and women who serve our country in the armed forces. Our military's presence in Hawaii not only plays a critical role in our national security but also in driving our state's economy and supporting thousands of jobs in the pub… Continue Reading


January 03, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO’S FIGHT FOR THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII BEGINS ON DAY 1

Washington, DC - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement after being sworn in as Hawaii's United States Senator: "Today is about the people of Hawaii, and I am honored to serve as a strong voice for our state in the United States Senate. Now more than ever, we need leaders in Washington who are focused on helping the people of our state and country. "It has been a privilege to serve with Senators Inouye and Akaka, and I look forward to building on the strong foundations they h… Continue Reading

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