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  • HONOLULU – Today, the U.S. Department of State announced a final agreement between the U.S. and Japanese governments to increase flights from the U.S. to Haneda Airport in Tokyo. Under the new agreement, five round trip flights during the day and one round trip flight at night will operate between the U.S. and Haneda. Currently, U.S. airlines...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.– The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation authored by Senator Mazie K. Hirono that streamlines the process for families of veterans to receive survivors benefits. The Veterans’ Survivors Claims Processing Automation Act was introduced by Senator Hirono in the Senate and identical legislation...
  • Senator Mazie K. Hirono voted to support H.R.757, the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act, which passed the Senate 96-0. Before the vote, Senator Hirono took to the Senate floor to speak in support of additional sanctions on North Korea in the wake of the North Korean regime’s recent missile tests, and called for continued support for the...
  • Senator Mazie K. Hirono praised President Obama’s inclusion of a number of Hawaii priorities in his Fiscal Year 2017 budget, released today. “The economic and social progress that our country has made since President Obama took office in 2009 is a testament to the Administration’s work and the resilience of the American people....
  • Senator Mazie K. Hirono led a bipartisan coalition of 17 senators to introduce a resolution to designate February 2016 as American Heart Month, and February 5, 2016 as National Wear Red Day. “Heart disease kills three out of every ten people in Hawaii and one in seven nationwide, including a significant number of women and minorities,”...
  • The U.S. Senate unanimously voted to include a provision authored by Senator Mazie K. Hirono that removes offensive terms such as “Oriental” from federal law. The amendment was added to S. 2012, the Energy Policy and Modernization Act, which is currently being debated by the Senate. Legislation removing derogatory terms, sponsored by...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.– Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced her nomination of 46 students to the U.S. military service academies for the Class of 2020. The students’ applications are now being considered by the four academies for final selections. “I commend these students for their years of study, hard work, and dedication as they...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.– Senator Mazie K. Hirono welcomed Clare Connors, nominee for the U.S. District Court Judgeship for the District of Hawaii, to the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Senator Hirono affirmed Ms. Connors’ vast experience, and called for the Committee to approve her confirmation quickly. “Clare is a first rate...
  • Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the passing of State Senator Gilbert “Gil” Kahele: “Gil Kahele served Hawaii and our country with distinction for more than 50 years, first in the U.S. Marine Corps, then as a community advocate and in elected office. I will remember Gil for his kindness and tireless work...
  • Senator Mazie K. Hirono took to the Senate floor to mark the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a landmark Supreme Court decision that affirmed a woman’s right to access abortion care. Senator Hirono acknowledged the many challenges that women still face when accessing reproductive care, and called for the Supreme Court to continue to protect a...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the U.S. Marine Corps announcement that it has reclassified the status of the 12 U.S. Marines involved in the January 14 training incident off Oahu’s north shore as “deceased.” “My thoughts, prayers, and aloha are with the families of the...
  • Senator Mazie K. Hirono today voted against H.R. 4038, legislation that would require the Director of National Intelligence, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Secretary of Homeland Security to individually review and approve the admission of any refugee from Syria or Iraq. The bill, which needed a 60 vote threshold to move...
  • The Hawaii Congressional Delegation today announced more than $3.4 million in Department of Energy funding that will allow Hawaiian Electric Company to improve electric grid technology, which will facilitate more renewable energy generation. “Today’s award builds on Hawaii’s record as a state on the forefront of renewable energy...
  • Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to hear U.S. v. Texas, a case challenging President Obama’s expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) programs which were announced more than a year...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – One year after supporting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran Nuclear Deal, Senator Mazie K. Hirono traveled to the Middle East to discuss JCPOA’s implementation and broader security challenges in the region. During the six-day trip, Hirono traveled to Austria, Israel, Saudi...
  • One year after supporting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran Nuclear Deal, Senator Mazie K. Hirono traveled to the Middle East to discuss JCPOA’s implementation and broader security challenges in the region.  During the six-day trip, Hirono traveled to Austria, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey,...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement commending President Obama’s final State of the Union address: "Tonight, President Obama laid out how far our country has come since he took office in 2009 and the road that lies ahead. The President emphasized that quality education is a key part in the...
  • Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced that Sierra Schmitz, a Hawaii native and current American University student, will accompany her to President Obama’s final State of the Union address tomorrow, Tuesday January 12, 2016. “While a quality education is an important key to success in today’s economy, college costs continue to...
  • HONOLULU – Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the announcement that Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company (HC&S) will end its sugar production operations by the end of 2016 and transition to a diversified agricultural model. “Today’s announcement marks an end to plantation agriculture that shaped our...
  • Senator Mazie K. Hirono encourages eligible Hawaii residents from the Compact of Free Association (COFA) nations to enroll in health care coverage following the announcement that the enrollment period has been extended to February 15, 2016. Earlier this month, Senator Hirono led a Hawaii delegation letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services...