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  • Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that the University of Hawaii will receive $1.4 million to help minority students studying science, technology, engineering, and math at UH’s seven community colleges to accelerate their transition to four year degree programs. “Minority students face persistent barriers to pursuing STEM careers. This...
  • Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the appointment of Jennifer Gutowski to serve as the Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Pacific Islands Health Care System (VAPIHCS). In her meeting with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Dr. David Shulkin...
  • Senator Mazie K. Hirono admonished Senate Republicans for their latest attack on Planned Parenthood. Vice President Mike Pence was called to the Senate to break a tied vote to roll back protections that stop states from cutting Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers out of federal Title X grants.   From Senator Hirono’s...
  • Senator Mazie K. Hirono took to the Senate floor to oppose Republican efforts to get rid of regulations that currently give cities and states the opportunity to set up programs to help more working families save for retirement. Senator Hirono shared the story of a working Hawaii senior struggling to save for retirement.    From Senator...
  • On the Senate floor, Senator Mazie K. Hirono called for continued “loud and steadfast” opposition to the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to sit on the Supreme Court. Senator Hirono made her case for her “no” vote, citing Judge Gorsuch’s refusal to answer questions about his judicial philosophy that had be addressed by...
  • Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the President’s executive order rolling back environmental protections and clean energy resources: “This executive order is clear proof that this Administration is not committed to an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy. The President continues to promote alternative...
  • Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Mazie K. Hirono, and 11 Senate Democrats raised a number of concerns regarding the inequitable treatment of U.S. Women's National Hockey Team players in a letter to the Executive Director of USA Hockey, Dave Ogrean. The U.S. Women's National Hockey Team reports that USA Hockey, the national governing body for...
  • Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced that she will oppose the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court. “The real focus and the real heart of this decision lies in the struggles that working families, women, differently-abled, people of color, the LGBTQ community, immigrants,...
  • Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the bipartisan Keeping Our Commitment to Disabled Veterans Act to extend an expiring requirement under law that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provide nursing care for certain veterans with service-connected disabilities. Without extension by Congress...
  • Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, grilled Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch over his refusal to answer direct questions during the second day of nomination hearings. “We’ve sat here for close to 10 hours now and you have not told us your understanding of cases already decided by the Supreme...
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off its first day of hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court. Judiciary Committee member Senator Mazie K. Hirono raised concerns on Judge Gorsuch’s record of siding with corporate interests. From Senator Hirono’s remarks: “The Supreme Court does not...
  • Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the President’s budget proposal: “The President’s budget proposal – his first blueprint for our country’s future – is short on real details, but it’s clear that supporting strong local economies, building vibrant communities, or protecting the most...
  • Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on Judge Derrick Kahala Watson’s ruling to halt the President’s new Muslim ban: “Judge Watson's ruling is yet another blow to the President's unconstitutional Muslim Ban. President Trump during the campaign made clear his intention to impose a Muslim ban. He has done so and...
  • Senator Mazie K. Hirono today pressed the Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert Neller for a commitment to address sexual assault and the mistreatment of women in the Armed Forces, and questioned how it’s possible to achieve this goal if the Commander in Chief sets the opposite example. “This has been a longstanding issue, not...
  • Senator Mazie K. Hirono fought back against bigoted comments from Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) saying that he wants the United States to be “so homogenous.” The Senator also urged Americans to continue to call for an independent investigation into the Administration’s ties to Russia. From MSNBC: “Steve King has always...
  • Ahead of next week’s release of the first budget from the Trump Administration, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) led a bipartisan letter to the Trump Administration urging reconsideration of proposed cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that would disproportionately hurt Hawaii and...
  • Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the passing of Judge James Burns: “I’ve known Judge Burns and his wife Emme for decades. We developed a strong friendship over the years and I always enjoyed his dry wit and great sense of humor. Judge Burns dedicated his life to public service and the law, and did so with...
  • Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today pressed Rod Rosenstein, nominee for Deputy Attorney General, and Rachel Brand, nominee for Associate Attorney General, on their commitment to independently investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election, defend the right to vote, and uphold civil rights. The Deputy...
  • Minutes after President Trump issued a new immigration executive order, Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined CNN’s Wolf Blitzer to discuss how the Administration continues to target the Muslim community. From the segment: “[The President] made some small changes…but it’s still basically a Muslim ban. It's still a ban based on...
  • Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement: “The Attorney General made the correct decision to recuse himself, but it is not sufficient. We need an independent investigation into the Trump administration’s ties to the Russian government.”