Press Releases

October 10, 2019

Senator Hirono Urges Supreme Court to Establish a Path to Citizenship for Dreamers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) joined more than 170 Members of Congress and former Representatives last week in filing a bipartisan amicus brief in the Supreme Court in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. "Donald Trump put the lives of Dreamers at risk when he canceled DACA and sabotaged every effort Congress made to protect these young people. After creating this mess, he's now looking to his appointees on the Supreme Court to ignor… Continue Reading

October 08, 2019

Senator Hirono Statement on President Trump’s Announcement to Withdraw Troops from Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) issued the following statement on the President's decision to withdraw American troops from Northern Syria: "President Trump's hasty, unilateral decision to withdraw U.S. troops and abandon our Kurdish allies in Northern Syria was made without consulting senior military and State Department officials. Trump's rationale is based on lies and misinformation which are evident in his tweets. "The President continues a pattern of erratic behavio… Continue Reading

October 01, 2019

Senator Hirono Reintroduces Legislative Plan to Improve Opportunities for Women and Minorities in STEM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) last week reintroduced her legislative plan to improve opportunities for women and minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. "Women and minorities in STEM fields face obstacles at every step of their careers," said Senator Hirono. "The STEM Opportunities Act and Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act will break down barriers and promote opportunities to engage our entire talent pool. As the demand for ST… Continue Reading

October 01, 2019

Hawaii Congressional Delegation Urges USDA to Provide “Unique Assistance” to Hawaii Farmers Affected By Kilauea Eruption

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, the Hawaii Congressional Delegation is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide much needed relief to Hawaii farmers and agricultural producers who were uniquely affected by the Kilauea eruption. Unlike farmers impacted by floods and wildfires, Hawaii producers faced unique losses - including permanent loss of land - due to lava inundation. In their letter to USDA, the Hawaii Congressional Delegation emp… Continue Reading

September 26, 2019

Senator Hirono Opposes Nomination of Eugene Scalia to be Secretary of Labor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) issued the following statement after voting against the confirmation of Eugene Scalia to serve as Secretary of Labor: "Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump has consistently nominated individuals to serve in his cabinet who have major conflicts of interest and who are hostile to the Departments they are chosen to lead. The nomination of Eugene Scalia to be Secretary of Labor fits squarely within this pattern, and his confirmation will res… Continue Reading

September 26, 2019

Senate Passes Hirono-Backed Legislation to Combat Veterans Homelessness, Keep the Manila VA Open for Business

WASHINGTON D.C. - This week, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 4285, the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2019 to extend many critical veterans programs, including two measures authored by Senator Mazie K. Hirono. Without Congressional action, these programs would have expired on September 30, 2019. "I thank my Senate colleagues for quickly passing this comprehensive bill to ensure that veterans do not lose access to the services they depend on," said Senator Hirono. "I am e… Continue Reading

September 24, 2019

Hirono Statement on the House of Representatives Opening a Formal Impeachment Inquiry into Donald Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) issued the following statement after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced the House of Representatives is opening a formal impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump. "I commend Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats for opening a formal impeachment inquiry that will lay out for the American people whether Donald Trump committed high crimes and misdemeanors. "Here's what we know: · He obstructed justice as detailed in the Muel… Continue Reading

September 19, 2019

Hirono, Senate Democrats Press USDA to Justify Critical Honeybee Data Gaps

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and 22 Senate Democrats wrote to Sonny Perdue, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, expressing concerns over the Department's National Agricultural Statistics Service's (NASS) decision to reduce or even suspend the collection of honeybee data across the nation. "In July NASS announced that it would suspend the collection of quarterly data for the annual Honey Bee Colonies report. The Honey Bee Colonies report, first published in … Continue Reading

September 18, 2019

Hirono, Senate Democrats Urge Trump Administration to Rescind Termination of the Filipino World War II Veteran Parole Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and 13 Senate Democrats wrote to Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, urging him to rescind the Trump Administration's decision to terminate the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program (FWVP). "Over the past two years, the Trump administration has repeatedly attacked immigrants, and once again, its anti-immigrant disposition is reflected in this harmful and unnecessary action to end a progra… Continue Reading

September 17, 2019

Hirono, 26 Senate Democrats Introduce Legislation to Block Implementation of Trump Administration’s So-Called “Public Charge” Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and 26 Senate Democrats introduced the Protect American Values Act - legislation that would prohibit the Trump Administration from using federal funding to implement its so-called "public charge" rule. Scheduled to go into effect on October 15, 2019, the "public charge" rule aims to prevent immigrants from coming to or staying in the United States based on factors such as their wealth, family size, age, skills, level of education, or a… Continue Reading

September 15, 2019

Hirono Statement on New Reporting Regarding Sexual Assault Allegations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) issued the following statement in response to the publication of new reporting from the New York Times regarding the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh: "Brett Kavanaugh should never have been confirmed to the Supreme Court. It was plain to me and many others at the time that the FBI 'investigation' into the serious, corroborated allegations of sexual assault by Justice Kavanaugh was a sham. New reportin… Continue Reading

September 13, 2019

Hirono Accepting Applications for Military Service Academy Nominations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced she is currently accepting applications from Hawaii students seeking a military service academy nomination. Each year, Senator Hirono nominates Hawaii students to the Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy, Naval Academy, and the Merchant Marine Academy. Qualified students seeking a Congressional nomination from Senator Hirono must apply by the October 31, 2019 deadline. "Each year, I have the privilege of nominating talented Hawaii student… Continue Reading

September 11, 2019

Hirono, Senate Democrats Demand Answers from Commerce IG on Reports of Suppression and Retaliation at NOAA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and 13 Senate Democrats wrote to U.S. Department of Commerce Inspector General Peggy Gustafson demanding answers following recent reports of improper behavior at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), including one that Commerce Department officials threatened to fire NOAA employees for contradicting the President's false assertions about the projected path of Hurricane Dorian. In their letter, the Senators also denounced t… Continue Reading

September 11, 2019

Hirono, Perdue Visit USINDOPACOM, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard

Last week, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) - the Ranking Member and Chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower - visited U.S. Indo-Pacific Command headquarters and toured Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. During their visit, Senators Hirono and Perdue met with Admiral Philip Davidson, Commander of United States Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM), and were also briefed by the Marine Corps Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC), Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), the Navy's Pa… Continue Reading

September 05, 2019

Hirono, Young Lead Successful Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort to Secure REAL ID Act-Compliant Identification for FAS Citizens

HONOLULU - In response to a bipartisan, bicameral effort led by Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Representative Don Young (R-Alaska), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would remove unnecessary barriers placed on citizens of the Freely Associated States (FAS) seeking to secure REAL ID Act-compliant identification. This announcement reverses guidance previously released by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that required FAS citizens of the Federated States … Continue Reading

September 04, 2019

Hirono Condemns Trump Administration Plan to Raid Military Funds to Build Border Wall

HONOLULU - U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) released the following statement after the Trump administration announced that it would raid military funds in Hawaii to pay for President Trump's border wall: "It is now clear to all of us that Donald Trump and his complicit allies in Congress will sacrifice projects crucial for military readiness in order to appease his base and build his vanity wall. "The Trump administration's cuts to military construction projects for service members in H… Continue Reading

September 04, 2019

Following Hirono & Schatz Advocacy, Secretary of the Navy Approves Creation of Naval ROTC at UH Manoa

HONOLULU - Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, and Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, announced that Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer approved the creation of a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The announcement followed years of advocacy from Hawaii's Congressional … Continue Reading

August 28, 2019

Hirono Welcomes Re-Opening of USS Arizona Memorial

HONOLULU - U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono today welcomed the National Park Service's (NPS) announcement that it will re-open the USS Arizona Memorial on September 1. "Today's announcement is welcome news for the millions of people - including thousands of World War II veterans - who travel to Hawaii to visit the USS Arizona," Senator Hirono said. "I will continue to work with NPS and other federal officials to ensure this, and the other sites that comprise the Pearl Harbor National Memorial remai… Continue Reading

August 21, 2019

Hirono on Trump Administration’s Rule to Indefinitely Detain Migrant Children: “No Amount of Cruelty is Enough for this Administration. We Need to Fight Back”

HONOLULU - U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced a final rule aimed at dismantling protections for migrant children under the Flores Settlement Agreement: "This is an administration that apparently sits around trying to come up with at least one cruel thing they can do to immigrants every single day. Now, the same people behind separating families, holding children in dangerous and unsanitary conditions, and constantly … Continue Reading

August 13, 2019

Senator Hirono: Change to Public Charge Rule is “Terrorizing Immigrant Families by Sowing Confusion and Keeping Families Apart”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) released the following statement after the Trump administration issued a final rule that dramatically changes our country's immigration system and harms immigrant families. The rule redefines who can be barred from entering the United States or become a legal permanent resident based on the individual's likelihood to become a "public charge," or someone primarily dependent on the government for subsistence. Under the rule, the administration … Continue Reading

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