Press Releases

February 26, 2020

Hirono, Grijalva Ask GAO to Investigate Potential Political Interference in DOI Grantmaking Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources sent a letter asking the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate the Department of the Interior's (DOI) grant and cooperative agreement review process. The letter requests that GAO investigate DOI's process for awarding grants and cooperative agreements, incl… Continue Reading

February 25, 2020

Hirono Secures Commitments from Forest Service Chief on Vital Hawaii Priorities During Energy Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Fiscal Year 2021 Budget, Senator Mazie K. Hirono secured commitments from Vicki Christiansen, Chief of the USFS, to work together on critical priorities for Hawaii's forests. These commitments include: - A promise from Chief Christiansen to examine the creation of a new state-of-the-art biocontrol research facility to protect Hawaii's environment, agriculture, and… Continue Reading

February 20, 2020

Senators Hirono, Kaine Visit Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard

HONOLULU - Yesterday, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee, visited Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard (PHNSY) to meet with workers and military leaders, and to present a lei at the memorial for victims of the December shooting at the Shipyard. During their visit, Senators Hirono and Kaine met with Admiral John Aquilino, Co… Continue Reading

February 13, 2020

Senator Hirono Announces Class of 2024 Nominees to the United States Service Academies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced the nomination of 32 Hawaii students to U.S. military service academies for the Class of 2024. The academies are now considering the students' applications for final selections. "I am proud to nominate these young people who have demonstrated their academic excellence and dedication to serving our nation in uniform," Senator Hirono said. "After years of conscientious study, community engagement, and commitment to physical fitness and o… Continue Reading

February 11, 2020

Senators Hirono, Carper Introduce Bill Requiring Net-Zero U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, joined Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) and 31 of their colleagues to introduce the Clean Economy Act, legislation that requires the United States to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2050. "The devastating consequences of climate change in Hawaii are clear, and that is why we were the first state in the country to commit to achieving a carbon neutral economy by 2… Continue Reading

February 06, 2020

Hirono Supports Legislation To Protect Local Community Television

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced her support of S. 3218, the Protecting Community Television Act, legislation that would protect the funding of community television stations, which educate and inform viewers across Hawaii. In Hawaii, community television stations Na Leo, Hoike, Akaku, and Olelo broadcast across Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui County, and Oahu, respectively. These stations rely on the franchise fees paid by cable companies to provide invaluable coverage of … Continue Reading

February 05, 2020

Senator Hirono: “I Will Vote to Convict and Remove President Trump for Abusing His Power and Obstructing Congress”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a speech on the floor of the United States Senate today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced she would vote to convict and remove President Donald Trump on both Articles of Impeachment - Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress. From Senator Hirono's Remarks: "Donald Trump was already a danger to this country. We've seen it in his policy decisions - from taking away health care from millions of Americans - to threatening painful cuts to Social Security and Medi… Continue Reading

February 03, 2020

Senator Hirono, 37 Senate Colleagues Demand President Recommit to Funding Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and 36 of their colleagues sent a letter to President Trump demanding he retract comments he made about being open to cutting earned benefits like Medicare or Social Security to pay for his tax giveaway to corporations and the richest Americans. Trump's comments are some of the clearest he's made on the issue since becoming President, and could pave the way for massive cuts to retirement income and health car… Continue Reading

January 29, 2020

Senator Hirono, Congressional Democrats Press Trump Administration to Extend Comment Time for Significant Changes to Environmental Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and more than 150 Congressional Democrats called on the Trump Administration to extend the deadline for public comment on a proposed weakening of environmental regulations. The letter urges the White House's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to extend the comment period on proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Over the last five decades, NEPA has set rules for environmental impact assessments conducted by fe… Continue Reading

January 28, 2020

Hirono Condemns Trump’s Muslim Ban on Third Anniversary

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, on the third anniversary of the announcement of President Trump's Muslim Ban, U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined a rally with Congressional Democrats, faith leaders, and civil rights advocates urging swift passage of S. 1123, the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act. If passed, the legislation would permanently end the Administration's discriminatory policy. "The Muslim Ban is sadly only one part of the Trump Administration's virule… Continue Reading

January 24, 2020

Hirono Cosponsors Bill to Address Physician Shortage in Hawaii

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced she will support bipartisan, bicameral legislation to increase the number of residency slots available through Medicare to help address the growing physician shortage in Hawaii and across the country. The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2019 (S. 348) would gradually lift the outdated cap on Medicare-funded graduate medical education positions nationally by creating 15,000 new residency training slots across the cou… Continue Reading

January 20, 2020

Hirono Statement on Naming of Aircraft Carrier After Pearl Harbor Hero Doris Miller

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Veterans' Affairs Committees, issued the following statement after the naming of a new aircraft carrier after Petty Officer Doris Miller, whose bravery and patriotism during the attack on Pearl Harbor saved American lives. Petty Officer Miller, then serving as a Mess Attendant, was the first African American to receive the Navy Cross after his valiant efforts to protect… Continue Reading

January 16, 2020

Hirono Statement Following the Senate Vote on the New NAFTA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the New NAFTA in the Senate: "Too often, free trade agreements have favored corporate interests over protections for workers and the environment. When Donald Trump unveiled his replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement, this dynamic continued. "After Democrats won a majority in the House, this agreement changed substantially. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, working alongside labor… Continue Reading

January 14, 2020

Senate Unanimously Passes Hirono-Backed Bipartisan Bill to Clean Up Plastic in Oceans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate unanimously passed the bipartisan Save Our Seas 2.0 Act, legislation introduced by Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.). The bill creates a foundation to respond to debris, a prize for innovation, enhances international cooperation on marine debris, boosts domestic infrastructure to prevent debris from entering the environment, and authorizes studies on waste management an… Continue Reading

January 09, 2020

Hirono, Murkowski Introduce Bill to Provide New Investments for Native Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced the bipartisan Inspiring Nationally Vibrant Economies Sustaining Tribes Act (INVEST Act), legislation to promote new investments in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities through the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program. The INVEST Act would establish a 10 percent set-aside within the NMTC program for Native Community Development Financial Institutions (Native CDFIs) and certain … Continue Reading

January 06, 2020

Hirono Introduces Bill to Protect Endangered and Threatened Pacific Island Plants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono, along with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) introduced the Extinction Prevention Act. This bill would provide funds to protect a wide variety of threatened and endangered species throughout the nation, including Pacific Island plants, North American butterflies, Eastern freshwater mussels, and Southwest desert fish. "Hawaii is home to over 350 federally listed threatened and endangered plant specie… Continue Reading

January 03, 2020

Hirono Statement on U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq and the Death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, issued the following statement on the U.S. airstrikes that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. "General Soleimani was a reprehensible figure responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American service members and thousands of innocent people around the world. "His death in a U.S. airstrike further escalates hostilities and increases the potential for widespread viole… Continue Reading

December 23, 2019

President Signs Hirono-Backed Improvements to Federal Contracting and Research Programs for Hawaii Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, successfully enacted improvements to federal contracting and research programs that will benefit Hawaii small businesses into law. Passed in the Senate as part of the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), President Donald Trump signed Senator Hirono's provisions into law on Friday. "Hawaii relies on small businesses to driv… Continue Reading

December 19, 2019

Hirono Advances Hawaii Priorities in Senate-Passed Funding Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the United States Senate advanced an eight-bill appropriations package that includes important priorities for Hawaii secured by Senator Mazie K. Hirono. The legislation, which funds and renews a range of domestic and international programs from the national Flood Insurance Program to energy production tax credits and health care programs, passed the Senate in 73-21 vote. "From funding to support our public lands, to programs that combat hunger and homelessness, this b… Continue Reading

December 18, 2019

Senator Hirono Pays Tribute to Victims of the Shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Remarks on the Floor of the U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono paid tribute to the victims of the shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard today during remarks on the floor of the United States Senate today. Today marks the two weeks since the tragic events of December 4, 2019. From Senator Hirono's Remarks: "Mr. President, two weeks ago today, the state of Hawaii was in shock as an active shooter took the lives of two workers at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and wounded a third worker. "Located on Joint Base… Continue Reading

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