Press Releases

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


December 17, 2019

Hirono Secures $21 Million for Hawaiian Volcano Observatory in Year End Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono successfully advocated for $21 million in federal funding for U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) to build a new field station in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in the year end spending package making its way through Congress. The field station is instrumental for HVO to monitor changes and trends at Kilauea and Mauna Loa - both of which are classified as very-high-threat volcanoes under the National Volcano Early Warning Sy… Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

Senate Passes Hirono Provision to Strengthen Window Safety Protections for Children Living in Military Housing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Senate passed legislation authored by Senator Hirono that would require all windows in military housing 42 inches or lower off the floor to be equipped with a fall protection device. Named after seven-year-old Hawaii resident Evan English, the updated provision was included in the Conference Report of the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by the Senate on an 86-8 vote and now goes to the President for his signature. "We all remember the heartb… Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

Senate Passes Hirono Measure to Expand Direct Hire Authority for Childcare Workers on Military Bases

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Earlier today, the U.S. Senate passed legislation authored by Senator Hirono that would significantly reduce the lengthy hiring process for qualified childcare providers on military installations by expanding direct hire authority. This provision was included in the Conference Report of the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by the Senate on an 86-8 vote. "Every day, we ask our service members to give 100 percent focus to their tasks and the mission of se… Continue Reading


December 11, 2019

Senators Hirono, Sullivan, Murkowski Ask CMS to Extend ACA Enrollment Deadline to Accommodate Residents of Hawaii and Alaska

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) wrote to Seema Verma, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), requesting that CMS extend the Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment deadline for 2020 by two hours to accommodate residents of Hawaii and Alaska. This change would ensure residents in all 50 states are able to enroll in health coverage by CMS's publicly available deadline of December 15th. "… Continue Reading


December 10, 2019

Hirono Secures Critical Priorities for Hawaii in NDAA Conference Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, successfully secured important provisions for Hawaii in the Conference Report for the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Senator Hirono served as a member of the Conference Committee, which reconciled differences between the House and Senate-passed versions of the NDAA - a bill that sets policy and funding levels for the Department of Defense and the nationa… Continue Reading


December 04, 2019

Hirono Statement on the Shooting Incident at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono issued the following statement following the shooting incident at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. "While the investigation into this incident continues, my thoughts and aloha are with the victims of the terrible tragedy at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and with their families. I join all of Hawaii in expressing our gratitude to the first responders who rush toward danger every day to keep us safe." ###… Continue Reading


November 25, 2019

Senators Hirono, Gillibrand, Booker Unveil Legislation to Significantly Increase Federal Investment in Programs to Alleviate Homelessness and Housing Poverty

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced legislation that lays out a 10-year investment in federal housing and homelessness programs that the National Low Income Housing Coalition estimates would effectively end homelessness and housing poverty in the United States. The Pathway to Stable and Affordable Housing for All Act would provide a long-term, dependable level of investment in four federal housing programs that… Continue Reading


November 20, 2019

Senator Hirono Secures Commitment from BOP Director to Provide Regular Updates on Efforts to Re-Open a Federal Residential Reentry Center in Hawaii

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Hirono secured a commitment from Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, to provide regular updates about the status of efforts to reopen a federal Residential Reentry Center (RRC) in Hawaii during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today. In response to questioning by Senator Hirono, Director Sawyer affirmed that BOP's timeline to reopen an RRC is within the next several months. The state's only RRC, Mahoney Hale, closed on September … Continue Reading


November 19, 2019

Senate Energy Committee Clears Hirono-Backed Bills to Permanently Fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Address Deferred Maintenance Backlog in National Parks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee cleared two Hirono-backed bills that would provide permanent full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and create a new fund to address the growing deferred maintenance backlog in the National Parks system. These bills can now be considered by the full Senate. "Over the past 50 years, the LWCF has provided nearly $250 million in funding for Hawaii to protect some of our most cherished public spaces - includ… Continue Reading


November 13, 2019

Hirono Statement in Opposition to the Nomination of Chad Wolf to Serve as Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Strategy, Policy, and Plans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) issued the following statement after voting against the nomination of Chad Wolf to serve as Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Strategy, Policy, and Plans. Following his confirmation, Mr. Wolf will serve as the acting Secretary of Homeland Security. "I strongly oppose the nomination of Chad Wolf to be Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans, which Donald Trump has turned into a nomination for him to be acting Secretary of Home… Continue Reading


November 12, 2019

Senators Hirono, Sullivan Introduce Legislation to Expand Commercial Lending for Veteran Business Owners

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Earlier today, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) introduced the Veterans Members Business Loan Act (S. 2834), which would expand commercial lending for veteran business owners and entrepreneurs through local credit unions. Specifically, the bill would exempt credit unions' business loans to veterans from current statutory caps on member business lending. The bill covers loans made to veterans who served on active duty and were discharged or releas… Continue Reading


November 11, 2019

Senator Hirono Statement in Recognition of Veterans Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono issued the following statement in honor of Veterans Day. "On Veterans Day, we honor the service of millions of Americans who, through their commitment, defended the values and freedoms we cherish. Today, we also renew our commitment to serve our veterans and express our sincere gratitude for the personal sacrifices they have made for us. From the Filipino World War II veteran hoping to reunite with their family in the United States to the young veteran… Continue Reading


November 05, 2019

Hirono, Senate Democrats Call for OPR to Investigate Whether Attorney General Barr Initiated a Politically Motivated Investigation Based on Unfounded Conspiracy Theories about the 2016 Election

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and nine Senate Democrats are urging the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) to investigate whether Attorney General William Barr is using the power of his office to pursue a politically motivated investigation to undermine the Intelligence Community's conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to help elect Donald Trump. In their letter to the OPR's Acting Director and Chief Counsel Jeffrey R… Continue Reading


October 31, 2019

Senator Hirono Leads Bipartisan Resolution to Honor Filipino American History Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced a bipartisan, bicameral resolution in the United States Senate to recognize the month of October as Filipino American History Month. The resolution celebrates the history and culture of Filipino Americans and honors their contributions to the United States. U.S. Representatives Ed Case (D-Hawaii) and TJ Cox (D-Calif.) introduced a companion resolution, H.Res.621, in the U.S. House of Representatives. "The first contract laborers… Continue Reading


October 31, 2019

Senate Passes Hirono Provision to Investigate Challenges Facing Hawaii Orchid Growers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the U.S. Senate approved a package of four fiscal year (FY) 2020 appropriations bills on an 84-9 vote. In addition to supporting many needed investments for Hawaii, the legislation included a bipartisan amendment added on the Senate floor by Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), which requires the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to submit a report on the economic and environmental impacts of importing orchids in growing media. The bipartisan F… Continue Reading


October 22, 2019

Following Hirono, Stabenow-led Advocacy, Inspector General Opens Investigation into Suppression of Science at USDA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) announced today that Phyllis K. Fong, the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), opened an investigation into potential suppression and alteration of scientific reports, documents, and communications by political appointees at USDA. Today's announcement followed a June request by Senators Hirono, Stabenow, and 17 Senate Democrats to initiate the investigation following widespread report… Continue Reading


October 17, 2019

Hirono Calls for Department of Defense to Address Alarming Increase in National Guard Suicide Rate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) joined a bipartisan group of senators in calling on the Department of Defense (DoD) to address the increasing suicide rate among members of the National Guard. Recent suicide reports conducted by DoD found that the suicide mortality rate for the National Guard is consistently higher than that of Active Duty and Reserve members. "We cannot continue to treat the National Guard as just another branch of the Active Army and Air Force while not … Continue Reading


October 16, 2019

Senator Hirono Announces $6.5 Million for State’s First Cutting Edge Cancer Research Clinic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced $6.5 million in federal grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support construction of a new clinical research center - the first of its kind in the state - at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center that will focus on early-phase clinical trials. "Cancer patients in Hawaii currently have to travel to the mainland to access cutting-edge treatments through early-phase clinical trials, creating a financia… Continue Reading


October 10, 2019

Senator Hirono Announces Over $500,000 in Funding to Help Hawaii Businesses Reach Global Markets

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced over $500,000 in federal grant funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to support the Hawaii State Trade Expansion Program (HiSTEP). "Local small businesses must be able to reach overseas markets and share their products if we are going to compete and thrive in today's economy," said Senator Hirono. "Hawaii made products are iconic and this funding will support continued efforts to diversify our local econo… Continue Reading

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