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October 09, 2020

Legislation Seeks to Improve Distance and Blended Learning for K-12 During COVID-19

US Senator Mazie Hirono, along with her colleague Senator Booker of N.J., announced their plan to introduce the Learning Opportunity and Achievement Act or LOAA, which seeks to improve distance and blended learning in public schools during the coronavirus pandemic.
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October 05, 2020

$1.5 M Secured for Repairs at Isaac Hale Beach Park Following Kīlauea Eruption

US Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that Hawaiʻi County will receive $1,494,360 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of a grant agreement based on losses at Isaac Hale Beach Park due to the 2018 Kīlauea eruption.
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October 03, 2020

Hirono Joins Colleagues to Introduce Federal Worker Leave Fairness Act

The Federal Worker Leave Fairness Act makes sure that no federal worker loses their leave when they are prevented from taking time off during a pandemic.
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September 22, 2020

Schatz Urges Support for Emergency Rental Assistance

Sen. Schatz said the letter was sent as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on and "millions of households are facing impossible choices between paying the rent or mortgage, or purchasing food or medicine."
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September 13, 2020

$1.8 M in Additional Grants to Respond to COVID-19 Impacts in Maui County

Maui County will receive an additional $1,874,312 in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG-CV) intended to provide critical assistance to vulnerable populations amid the coronavirus pandemic. The additional funding would be the third disbursement of CDBG funding from the federal CARES ACt. 
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August 16, 2020

Hirono Seeks to Sustain Full Funding for National Guard COVID-19 Response

US Senator Mazie Hirono joined a letter led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and signed by 32 of their colleagues calling for President Trump to restore full federal funding in states where the National Guard has been deployed to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Last week the Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursement for National Guard... Read more »
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July 25, 2020

President Approves Emergency Disaster Declaration for Hawaii

FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Hawaii to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Douglas from July 23, 2020 and continuing. US Senator Mazie Hirono said that while the funding unlocks important resources, she continued to encourage Hawaii residents to finish up storm preparations.
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July 14, 2020

Hirono Joins Colleagues to Introduce Enhancing Oversight to End Discrimination in Policing Act

Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaiʻi) joined colleagues in introducing legislation aimed at bolster federal and state government investigations into police departments with alleged "patterns or practice of discriminatory and unconstitutional behavior."
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June 18, 2020

US Supreme Court Rejects Attempt to Terminate DACA

The US Supreme Court today voted 5-4 in favor of rejecting the Trump administration's attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA.  An estimated 4,000 Dreamers live in Hawai‘i. Over 800 Hawaiʻi residents have been granted DACA status over the past 5 years.
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June 17, 2020

Schatz-Hirono Bill Aims to Improve Air Tour, Skydiving Safety

The new legislation also seeks to implement the recommendations made by the NTSB on skydiving flights following an investigation into the skydiving plane crash that tragically killed 11 people in Hawai‘i last year. The bill will standardize maintenance and pilot training programs to meet the unique needs of skydiving operations.
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May 27, 2020

Hirono Interview: National Testing, Postal Service, CARES Act Funding

US Senator Mazie Hirono discussed her advocacy for national testing, federal funding of the US Postal Service, distribution of CARES Act Funding and the impacts of lost tourism in the islands.  The information was shared in a series of interviews with Pacific Media Group radio stations KPOA 93.5 FM and 99.9 KISS FM Maui earlier today. 
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May 24, 2020

As Contact Tracing Technology Emerges, Hirono Aims to Protect Privacy

Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) cosponsored the Public Health Emergency Privacy Act, legislation that Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced that creates strong, enforceable privacy and data security rights for health information.
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May 09, 2020

$5.2M Allocated For Providing Food to Families in Need

Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced Friday that farmers and distributors in Hawaiʻi will receive $5.2 million in federal funding from the US Department of Agriculture to provide food to families in need.
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May 05, 2020

Hawai‘i to Receive $4 Million in AmeriCorps Funding

Kupu will receive approximately $2.29 million, Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi will receive $174,648, and the Hawaiʻi Commission on National and Community Service will receive $716,156.
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April 28, 2020

Hirono to USDA: College Students Need Access to SNAP During Pandemic

US Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaiʻi) led an effort with Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) urging the US Department of Agriculture to immediately reconsider its denial of waiver requests and allow college students continued access to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits if they have become unemployed due to the pandemic.
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