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					          2012 MAZIE HIRONO RESEARCH BOOK
BIOGRAPHY .................................................................................................................................................................. 10
TIMELINE....................................................................................................................................................................... 10
FAR-LEFT DEMOCRAT ............................................................................................................................................. 11
  Hirono Has Been Characterized As A Far-Left Democrat ................................................................................... 11
    Hirono Has Tried To Debunk Claims That She Is A “Far-Left” Democrat ................................................ 11
    In A July 2012 Debate, Hirono Cited Rep. Don Young As Proof Of Her Bipartisan, Collaborative Style
     ................................................................................................................................................................................... 11
  Hirono Has Voted The Party Line An Overwhelming Majority Of The Time ................................................. 11
    Hirono Cited Her Partisan Voting Record As “Know[ing] How To Get Things Done” ........................... 12
  Hirono Supported Obama For President In 2008 ................................................................................................. 12
  Hirono Praised President Obama’s State Of The Union Address ....................................................................... 12
  Hirono Supported Nancy Pelosi ............................................................................................................................... 12
  Interest Group Ratings ............................................................................................................................................... 13
    Gun Owners Of America ...................................................................................................................................... 13
    U.S. Chamber Of Commerce ................................................................................................................................ 13
    National Taxpayers Union ..................................................................................................................................... 13
    Club For Growth .................................................................................................................................................... 13
    Citizens Against Government Waste ................................................................................................................... 13
    AFL-CIO.................................................................................................................................................................. 14
    Americans For Democratic Action (ADA)......................................................................................................... 14
2002 GUBERNATORIAL CAMPAIGN PROMISES AND ISSUES .................................................................. 14
  Hirono Was Accused Of Participation In Hawaii’s “Pay To Play” Scandal ....................................................... 14
    Hawaii’s Campaign Spending Commission Launched An Investigation........................................................ 15
    Hirono Was Found To Have Received Illegal Campaign Contributions ....................................................... 15
    Hirono’s Campaign Never Paid Fines Levied Against Them By The State’s Campaign Spending
    Commission ............................................................................................................................................................. 16
  Hirono On Hawaii’s Teachers’ Strike ....................................................................................................................... 16
  Hirono On Hawaii’s State Water Commission ....................................................................................................... 17
  Hirono On Fossil Fuels .............................................................................................................................................. 17
    Hawaii Ranks Among The Highest In The Nation For Fossil-Fuel Dependency........................................ 18
  Hirono Supported Hawaii’s Gas Price Cap ............................................................................................................. 18
    Gas Price Caps: Bad For Hawaii Economy ........................................................................................................ 19
  Hirono Promised In The First 100 Days To Cut The Capital Gains Tax By 50% ........................................... 19
  Hirono On The Economic Expansion Council ..................................................................................................... 19
  Hirono Said The University Of Hawaii “Must . . . Become The Economic Catalyst For The State” ............ 20
  Hirono On Solar State Tax Credits........................................................................................................................... 20
  Hirono On Unions ...................................................................................................................................................... 20
  Hirono On Jobs ........................................................................................................................................................... 20
  Hirono On Leadership ............................................................................................................................................... 21
  Hirono Promised To Deliver..................................................................................................................................... 21
2006 CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN PROMISES AND ISSUES .................................................................. 21
  Hirono Supported “Affordable” Health Care ......................................................................................................... 21
  Hirono’s “One Big Idea” Was Universal Preschool .............................................................................................. 21
  Hirono Was Deemed The “Consumer Crusader”.................................................................................................. 21
  Hirono On Jobs ........................................................................................................................................................... 22
  Hirono On Taxes ........................................................................................................................................................ 22
  Hirono On Budgeting ................................................................................................................................................. 22
  Hirono On The Economy ......................................................................................................................................... 22
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  Hirono On Minimum Wage ...................................................................................................................................... 23
  Hirono On Welfare ..................................................................................................................................................... 23
  Hirono On Social Issues............................................................................................................................................. 23
  Hirono On Military Gear ........................................................................................................................................... 23
  Hirono On The War On Terrorism ......................................................................................................................... 23
  Hirono On Iraq............................................................................................................................................................ 24
  Hirono Promised To Deliver..................................................................................................................................... 24
  Endorsements Received By Hirono ......................................................................................................................... 24
  Hirono Earned The Democratic Nominee By A Narrow Margin ....................................................................... 25
  Hirono Won Hawaii’s 2nd District Congressional Seat .......................................................................................... 25
  Hirono Promised To Be Fiscally Responsible ........................................................................................................ 25
  Hirono Promised To Be Responsive ........................................................................................................................ 25
  Hirono Quickly Earned A Reputation As One Of The House’s More Liberal Members ............................... 25
2008 CONGRESSIONAL RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN RHETORIC ............................................................ 26
  Hirono On Renewable And Alternative Energy..................................................................................................... 26
  Hirono On Transportation ........................................................................................................................................ 26
  Hirono On Work Ethic .............................................................................................................................................. 26
  Hirono On Federal Funding For Hawaii ................................................................................................................. 26
STIMULUS ....................................................................................................................................................................... 26
  Hirono Voted For The Failed $787 Stimulus Which She Claimed Would “Bring Critical Help To Hawaii”
  ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 26
      Hirono Defended The Success Of The Stimulus .............................................................................................. 27
      The “Stimulus” Was Riddled With Waste ........................................................................................................... 28
      Thousands Of Stimulus Recipients Failed To Pay Their Taxes....................................................................... 29
  Hirono Has Called For Another Stimulus To Grow The Economy ................................................................... 29
  Hirono Touted Obama’s American Jobs Act In 2012 Primary Debates, Which Has Been Described As A
  Second Stimulus........................................................................................................................................................... 30
      Multiple Sources Have Called Obama’s New $450 Billion “Jobs” Bill A Second Stimulus ........................ 30
SPENDING BILLS ........................................................................................................................................................ 31
  Hirono Has Criticized Large Deficits ....................................................................................................................... 31
  Hirono Bragged About Federal Funding For Hawaii ............................................................................................ 31
  Hirono Voted Against The 2012 Ryan Budget ....................................................................................................... 31
      Hirono Voted For The Progressive Caucus’ Fiscal 2012 “People’s Budget” ................................................ 33
      Hirono Voted For The Congressional Black Caucus’ Fiscal 2012 Alternative Budget ................................ 34
  Hirono Voted For Obama’s Enormous $3.55 Trillion FY 2010 Budget ............................................................ 34
      Hirono Voted For The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Fiscal 2010 Substitute Budget ....................... 34
      Hirono Voted For The Congressional Black Caucus’ Fiscal 2010 Substitute Budget .................................. 35
  Hirono Voted For Obama’s FY 2009 Budget......................................................................................................... 35
      Hirono Voted For The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Fiscal 2009 Substitute Budget ....................... 36
      Hirono Voted For The Congressional Black Caucus’ Fiscal 2009 Substitute Budget .................................. 36
  Hirono Voted For Democratic Congress’ FY 2008 Budget Resolution ............................................................. 37
      Hirono Voted For The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Fiscal 2008 Substitute Budget ....................... 37
      Hirono Voted For The Congressional Black Caucus’ Fiscal 2008 Substitute Budget .................................. 38
  Hirono Voted For The 2010 Omnibus Bills ........................................................................................................... 38
      Hirono Secured Over $233 Million For Hawaii ................................................................................................. 38
  Hirono Voted For The 2009 Omnibus Bill ............................................................................................................. 40
  Hirono Voted Against The FY 2008 Omnibus Appropriations Bill ................................................................... 41
  Hirono Has Voted To Increase Her Salary And The Pay Of Other Federal Workers ..................................... 42
BAILOUTS ....................................................................................................................................................................... 42
  Hirono Supported “Cash For Clunkers” And Called It A Successful Program ................................................ 42
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  Hirono Took Marching Orders From Then Presidential Nominee Barack Obama On Where To Stand On
  TARP............................................................................................................................................................................. 43
      Hirono Voted Against The House’s First Attempt To Pass The Wall Street Bailout .................................. 43
      Hirono Took Marching Orders From Then Presidential Nominee Barack Obama And Changed Her
      Mind After A Phone Call ....................................................................................................................................... 43
      Hirono Ended Up Voting For TARP And Said It Would “Put Our Economy On The Road To
      Recovery” ................................................................................................................................................................. 43
      Hirono Voted To Impose A 90% Tax On TARP Bonuses ............................................................................. 44
  Hirono Voted To Bail Out Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac And Called It A “Step In The Right Direction”
  ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 44
  Hirono Voted For The Auto Bailout ....................................................................................................................... 45
EARMARKS .................................................................................................................................................................... 45
  Hirono Has Been Ranked Among The Top House Members For Requested Earmarks ................................ 45
  In 2010, Hirono Did Not Deliver On Her Requested Earmarks ........................................................................ 46
  Hirono Has Requested Over Half A Billion In Labor, HHS And Education Earmarks Since 2009 ............. 46
  Hirono Has Praised Her Record On Earmark Requests ....................................................................................... 46
  Hirono Has Been Slammed For Few Legislative Accomplishments ................................................................... 47
      Hirono Cited Her Earmarks Requests As Proof Of Her “Doer” Personality .............................................. 47
      A Fraction Of Total Earmarks Touted By Hirono Were “Solo” Earmarks .................................................. 47
  Hirono Has Defended Earmarks As A Means Of Limiting The Power Of The Executive Branch To Make
  All Funding Decisions ................................................................................................................................................ 47
  Hirono Said Her Earmarks Would Strengthen Hawaii’s Economy ..................................................................... 48
DEBT CEILING............................................................................................................................................................. 48
  The National Debt Has Increased Over $7 Trillion Since Hirono Has Been In Congress ............................. 48
      The Debt Has Increased Dramatically Since Hirono Has Been In Office .................................................... 48
  Hirono Voted To Raise The Debt Ceiling............................................................................................................... 48
      112th Congress ......................................................................................................................................................... 48
      111th Congress ......................................................................................................................................................... 48
      110th Congress ......................................................................................................................................................... 49
  Hirono Voted For The 2011 Debt Ceiling Compromise ...................................................................................... 49
  Hirono Voted Against The Balanced Budget Amendment .................................................................................. 50
  Hirono Criticized The Super Committee Failure ................................................................................................... 50
  Hirono Voted Against Cut, Cap And Balance ........................................................................................................ 50
TAXES AND ECONOMY........................................................................................................................................... 51
  Hirono Has Unabashedly Opposed The Republican Tax Cuts ........................................................................... 51
  Hirono Stood To The Left Of President Obama On The 2010 Tax Cut Compromise .................................. 51
      Hirono Bashed The Bill For Cuts To Social Security ........................................................................................ 52
      Hirono Cited Extension Of Republican Tax Cuts As Why She Voted Against The Bill ............................ 52
      Despite A Personal Phone Call From President Obama .................................................................................. 52
      A Failed Compromise Would Raise Taxes.......................................................................................................... 52
      Hirono Voted For A Bill That Allowed Tax Cuts To Expire On Incomes Over $200,000 ....................... 53
  Hirono Voted For Budgets That Included Massive Tax Hikes............................................................................ 53
      Hirono Voted Twice With Democratic Leadership For FY 2009 Budget Resolutions ............................... 53
      Hirono Voted With Democratic Leadership In Favor Of FY 2008 Budget Resolutions ............................ 54
  Hirono Has Voted On Several Other Tax-Related Provisions ............................................................................ 54
      Hirono Voted To Prevent The IRS From Using Private Debt Collectors .................................................... 54
      Hirono Voted For Estate Taxes ........................................................................................................................... 55
      112th Congress ......................................................................................................................................................... 55
      110th Congress ......................................................................................................................................................... 55
  Hirono On Social Security ......................................................................................................................................... 56
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      In A July 2012 AARP Debate, Hirono Talked About Social Security ............................................................ 56
      Hirono Claimed Social Security Isn’t Going Bankrupt And Would Remain Until 2035 Without Doing
      Anything ................................................................................................................................................................... 56
      Hirono Opposed The Privatization Of Social Security ..................................................................................... 56
      Hirono Voted For A One-Time Payment Of $250 To Social Security Recipients ....................................... 56
      Hirono Was A Member Of The “Seniors Task Force” Designed To Protect Senior’s Rights ................... 57
  Hirono Supported Additional Medicaid Funding For Hawaii .............................................................................. 57
HEALTHCARE .............................................................................................................................................................. 57
  When Asked, Hirono Failed To Give Examples Of What She Would Do To Improve Obamacare............ 57
  Hirono Voted For The Healthcare Reform Law And Called It A 60-Year Victory ......................................... 58
      Hirono Called Obamacare A 60-Year Victory ................................................................................................... 58
  The Health Care Bill Reduces Employment, Makes Cuts To Medicare And Raises Taxes ............................. 59
      Tax Increases For The Middle Class .................................................................................................................... 59
      A Report By “Economic Experts At The HHS” Said Health Care Reform Will Not Hold Down Costs60
  The “Hirono Amendment” Provided An Exemption For Hawaii Residents Covered Under Hawaii’s
  Prepaid Health Care Act ............................................................................................................................................. 60
      Hirono Said It Was “Really Critical” To Retain Hawaii’s Prepaid Health Care Act ..................................... 60
      The Health Care Bill Will Have Little Direct Impact On Most Of Hawaii ................................................... 61
      Premiums Have Risen Under Hawaii’s Prepaid Health Care Act ................................................................... 61
      Hawaii Residents Rank Highest In The Nation For Holding Multiple Jobs Which Is Attributed To
      Hawaii’s Prepaid Health Care Act ........................................................................................................................ 62
      In 2009, 7.8% Of Hawaii Residents Where Uninsured ..................................................................................... 62
  Hirono Claimed The Health Care Bill Would Reduce The Federal Deficit ....................................................... 62
  Hirono Favored The House Version Of The Healthcare Reform Bill For Its Inclusion Of A Public Option
  ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 62
  Hirono Supported The Individual Mandate Within The Healthcare Bill ........................................................... 63
  Hirono Supported Increased Medicaid Coverage Under Healthcare Reform ................................................... 63
      Hawaii Received A Handout For Additional Medicaid Funding Which Has Been Called A “Sweetheart
      Deal” ......................................................................................................................................................................... 63
      Hawaii’s Human Services Department Said That Increasing Medicaid Coverage “Can Never, Ever Be
      Cost-Neutral” .......................................................................................................................................................... 63
      Hirono Supported Medicaid Funding For COFA Migrants Under Healthcare Reform ............................. 64
  Hirono Voted Against A Full Repeal Of The Health Care Bill ............................................................................ 65
  Hirono Supported Universal Healthcare Coverage For Children ........................................................................ 65
      Hirono Voted For Universal Children’s Healthcare .......................................................................................... 65
      Hawaii Ended Its “Keiki Care Plan,” The Only State Universal Healthcare Plan For Children, After Just
      7 Months .................................................................................................................................................................. 66
  Hirono Opposed Measures To Restrict Women’s Access To Reproductive Health Care Services ............... 66
      Hirono Applauded President Obama’s Decision To Provide Free Contraceptive Coverage For Women
       ................................................................................................................................................................................... 66
      Hirono Voted In Support Of Federal Funding For Abortion Coverage ....................................................... 66
      Hirono Supported Measures To Make Emergency Contraceptives More Readily Available...................... 67
      Hirono Deemed Herself A “Champion Of Choice”......................................................................................... 67
  Hirono Sponsored Native Hawaiian Healthcare System Expansions ................................................................. 67
      Hirono Voted In Support Of Native Hawaiian Health Care Expansions ..................................................... 67
INEFFECTIVE LEGISLATOR .................................................................................................................................. 69
  In The Past, Hirono Has Praised The Democratically-Controlled Congress For Their Legislative
  Accomplishments ........................................................................................................................................................ 69
  Hirono Said “Her Record Stands On Its Own” ..................................................................................................... 69

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 Hirono Cited Her Greatest Accomplishment As Securing $2 Million For A WWII Dumpsite In
 Waimanalo, Hawaii ...................................................................................................................................................... 69
 Hirono Blamed The Tea Party For A Lack Of Legislative Effectiveness In Congress .................................... 69
 Hirono Has Not Sponsored Any Bills That Have Become Public Law ............................................................. 69
 In The 112th Congress, Hirono Had Sponsored 25 Bills – None Of Which Became Law .............................. 69
    In The 2012th Congress, Hirono Sponsored 25 Bills – None Of Which Became Law ................................ 69
    Hirono Sponsored 2 Amendments – 1 Of Which Passed ................................................................................ 71
 In the 111th Congress, Hirono Has Sponsored 13 Bills – None Of Which Became Law ................................ 71
    In The 2011th Congress, Hirono Sponsored 13 Bills – None Of Which Became Law ................................ 71
    Hirono Sponsored 5 Resolutions Which Passed ................................................................................................ 72
 In The 110th Congress, Hirono Has Sponsored 12 Bills – None Of Which Became Law .............................. 72
    In The 110th Congress, Hirono Sponsored 12 Bills – None Of Which Became Law .................................. 72
    Hirono Sponsored 3 Resolutions Which Passed ................................................................................................ 73
    Hirono Sponsored 2 Amendments Which Passed The House ........................................................................ 73
EDUCATION ................................................................................................................................................................. 73
 Hirono Has Served On Educational Subcommittees In House........................................................................... 73
 Hirono Sponsored The Continuum Of Learning Act That Required Early Education Program Integration
 Within School’s Existing K-12 Plans........................................................................................................................ 73
 Hirono Helped Expand President Obama’s Controversial Race To The Top Program.................................. 74
    Hirono Has Shown Unwavering Support For The RTTT Program ............................................................... 74
    President Obama’s RTTT Program Has Been Scrutinized For Using Competition To Gain Access To
    Federal Funding ...................................................................................................................................................... 74
 Hirono Opposed The Local Funding Flexibility Act ............................................................................................. 75
    Also, Hirono Opposed NCLB Reauthorization ................................................................................................ 76
 Hirono Opposed Private School Voucher Programs And Claimed “Government Should Instead Promote
 Early Education” ......................................................................................................................................................... 76
    2011: Hirono Opposed The Washington DC School Voucher Program ...................................................... 76
    2008: Hirono Opposed Private School Vouchers And Claimed “Government Should Instead Promote
    Early Education”..................................................................................................................................................... 77
 Hirono Supported The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act That Directed The Federal Government
 To Issue Student Loans .............................................................................................................................................. 77
 Hirono Claimed Success Of The Pre-Plus Program That Nearly Failed Under Her Leadership ................... 77
    Hirono Touted Economic Success Of The Pre-Plus Program And Other Universal Preschool Initiatives
     ................................................................................................................................................................................... 78
    But, The Pre-Plus Program Had A Disastrous Beginning And Was Deemed “An Example Of Poor
    Planning” .................................................................................................................................................................. 78
 Hirono Sponsored The PRE-K Act Which Moved Forward Universal State-Funded Preschool.................. 79
 Hirono Supported The $7 Billion A Year Improving Head Start Act Which Authorized HHS To Monitor
 Program Quality And Access To Federal Grants ................................................................................................... 80
    Hirono Shared Support With The President On The Improving Head Start Act Of 2007 ........................ 80
    Hirono Secured A $450 Million Amendment For Head Start Teacher Salaries and Program
    Development Passed The House ......................................................................................................................... 80
    According To Conservative Groups, The Head Start Program Has Received Over $100 Billion In
    Federal Funds “Without Visible Benefits”.......................................................................................................... 81
 Hirono Supported Student Loan Overhaul Measures ........................................................................................... 81
    College Cost Reduction Act Of 2007 .................................................................................................................. 81
    Student Loan Reconciliation Bill .......................................................................................................................... 81
    Childhood Loan Forgiveness Act ......................................................................................................................... 82
 Hirono Sponsored The Fair Funding For School Act Of 2009 ........................................................................... 82
 Hirono Voted For $16.5 Billion In School Modernization And Efficiency Upgrades ..................................... 82
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  Additional Education Votes....................................................................................................................................... 83
    112th Congress ........................................................................................................................................................ 83
    111th Congress ......................................................................................................................................................... 83
    110th Congress ......................................................................................................................................................... 83
  Hirono Voted For Education Earmarks .................................................................................................................. 84
EPA ISSUES .................................................................................................................................................................... 85
  Hirono Has Been A Steady Advocate For The EPA Despite Public Criticism ................................................. 85
    Hirono Applauded The EPA’s Ability To Create Jobs And Grow The Economy ...................................... 85
    EPA Regulations: Bad For Economy .................................................................................................................. 85
  Hirono Voted Against Blocking The EPA From Regulating Carbon Dioxide ................................................. 86
    EPA Carbon Dioxide Regulations: Bad For The Hawaii Economy ............................................................... 86
    Obama Delayed Implementing Some EPA Regulations Due To Uncertainty Of The Economy And
    Undue Stress For Businesses................................................................................................................................. 87
  Hirono Voted Against Eliminating Certain EPA Cement Plant Emission Standards ...................................... 88
  Hirono Voted Against Blocking The EPA From Regulating Greenhouse Gasses/Climate Change ............. 88
  Hirono Supported The Hu Honua Biomass Plant ................................................................................................. 89
  Hirono Supported The Honolulu Rail Project Which Has Been Projected To Increase Greenhouse Gas
  Emissions And Has Been Accused Of Violating Environmental Laws ............................................................. 90
    Hirono Supported The Honolulu Rail Projected And Praised The $1.55 Billion In Federal Funding
    Awarded To The Project ....................................................................................................................................... 90
    The Small Business Education Foundation Reported The Honolulu Rail Project Will Marginally Reduce
    Greenhouse Gas Emissions At An Extremely High Cost Per Ton ................................................................ 91
    The Honolulu Rail Project Could Have Violated Environmental Laws ........................................................ 91
  Hirono Voted Against Limiting The EPA’s Power To Regulate Clean Air Regulations ................................. 91
  Hirono Voted To Increase The EPA’s Ability To Monitor The Clean Water Act Requirements.................. 92
    Hawaii Has A History Of EPA Violations Under The Clean Water Act....................................................... 92
  Hirono Supported Cap-And-Trade Regulated By The EPA ................................................................................ 93
    Cap-And-Trade Criticized ..................................................................................................................................... 94
  Hirono Voted To Increase EPA Funding ............................................................................................................... 94
ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY ........................................................................................................................... 95
  Hirono On Green Jobs And Energy ........................................................................................................................ 95
    The League Of Conservation Voters Endorsed Hirono For Her Work To Protect And Cultivate Green
    Jobs............................................................................................................................................................................ 95
    Hirono’s Green Energy Amendment Was Blocked By The House ................................................................ 95
    Hirono Sponsored The Renewable Energy Partnerships Act Which Was Referred To Committee ......... 95
    Hirono Touted Her Assistance In Securing $6 Million In Federal Grant Funding For Hawaii’s Green
    Industries .................................................................................................................................................................. 96
    Hirono Said The Recovery Act Would Create 1,391 Green Jobs In Hawaii ................................................. 96
    Hirono Said She Voted For The Renewable Energy And Energy Conservation Tax Act Because Its
    Investments In Renewable Energy Would “Create Hundreds Of Thousands Of New Jobs” ................... 96
  Hirono Voted In Support Of Other Clean Air Initiatives .................................................................................... 97
  Hirono Supported Renewable Energy Initiatives And Increased Efficiency Standards ................................... 97
    Hirono Claimed Hawaii “Can And Should” Be The Leader In Alternate Energy ....................................... 98
    Hirono Voted For Alternative Energy Tax Incentives ..................................................................................... 98
  Hawaii Residents Have Paid One Of The Highest Electricity Rates In The Country ...................................... 99
    The EPA Reported The Hawaii Is Fossil Fuel Dependent And Residents Pay One Of The Highest
    Electricity Rates ....................................................................................................................................................... 99
    Hirono Supported The Kauai County Sustainable Energy Initiative ............................................................ 100
  Hirono Announced Funding For Hawaii To Install 100 Solar Water Heaters and Provide Energy
  Conservation Education To Low Income Families ............................................................................................. 100
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 Hirono Opposed Oil And Natural Gas Expansion ............................................................................................. 100
     Hirono Voted Against The Keystone XL Pipeline And Called The Measure An “Anti-People Budget”
      ................................................................................................................................................................................. 100
     Hirono Has Opposed Measures For Energy Exploration.............................................................................. 101
     Hirono Has Supported Increased Regulatory Controls For The Oil Industry ............................................ 102
 Hirono Vowed To “Fight” For Increased CAFE Standards .............................................................................. 102
 Hirono Voted In Supported Of The Failed “Cash For Clunkers” Program.................................................... 103
     Also, Hirono Voted In Support Of Other Car Vouch Programs ................................................................. 103
 Hirono Voted For Increased Clean Water Regulations ....................................................................................... 104
     Hirono Voted For The Clean Water Revolving Fund .................................................................................... 104
     Hirono Supported The Watershed Protection Program ................................................................................. 105
     Hirono Voted For Other Clean Water Initiatives ............................................................................................ 106
 Hirono Voted For Hawaii’s Land Protection And Conservation Measures .................................................... 106
 Hirono Has Been Supported By Environmentalist And Conservationist Groups.......................................... 109
HAWAII TOURISM .................................................................................................................................................... 109
 Hirono Sponsored The VISIT USA Act ............................................................................................................... 109
 Hawaii Tourism Has Suffered In Recent Years .................................................................................................... 109
     Visitors Arriving In Hawaii From Air Or Cruise Ships Declined From 2007 To 2009, And Slightly
     Increased In 2010 .................................................................................................................................................. 110
NATIONAL SECURITY ............................................................................................................................................ 111
 Military Is 18% Of Hawaii’s Economy .................................................................................................................. 111
 Defense Cuts In Sequestration Would Be Devastating To Hawaii’s Economy .............................................. 111
     Hawaii Would Be One Of The States Hit The Hardest By Defense Cuts ................................................... 111
     Hawaii Has A History Of Reliance On Defense Contracts ........................................................................... 111
     The Defense Sequestration Is Estimated To Cut Hawaii’s GDP By 2.8% .................................................. 112
     It Was Also Estimated Defense Cuts Could Result In The Loss Of Over 10,000 Hawaiian Jobs .......... 112
     Defense Cuts Would Greatly Affect Hawaii’s Budget .................................................................................... 112
 For 2013, Hawaii Defense Contractors Have Already Begun To Respond To The Looming Effects On
 Hawaii’s Economy..................................................................................................................................................... 112
     Hawaiians Are Worried About The Sequestration .......................................................................................... 112
 Hirono Called For “Careful And Considered Approach” To Defense Cuts ................................................... 113
 The House Approved The Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act But Hirono Voted Against The Bill
 ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 113
 While Campaign For The U.S. Senate, Hirono Has Missed Key 2012 Defense Votes .................................. 114
     Hirono Missed The Vote On The 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill ......................................................... 114
     Hirono Missed A Vote To Force The White House To Report On Which Military Programs Will Be Cut
     By Sequestration .................................................................................................................................................... 114
 Hirono Voted Against Some Defense Funding Bills And For Others ............................................................. 114
     FY2012 National Defense Appropriations ....................................................................................................... 115
     FY2011 Defense Appropriations ....................................................................................................................... 116
     FY2010 Defense Appropriations ....................................................................................................................... 118
     FY2009 Defense Appropriations ....................................................................................................................... 119
     FY2008 Defense Appropriations ....................................................................................................................... 120
 Hirono Supported A “Department Of Peace” ..................................................................................................... 121
     Hirono Was Called A “Big Government Peacenik” ........................................................................................ 121
 Hirono Called For Direct Negotiations With North Korea ............................................................................... 121
 Hirono Opposed The F-22 And F-35 Aircraft ..................................................................................................... 122
 Hirono Has Opposed Missile Defense Programs ................................................................................................ 123
 Hirono Supported The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal Act ............................................................................. 123
 Hirono Voted On Intelligence Measures ............................................................................................................... 123
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     Hirono Voted For The FY 2008 Intelligence Authorization ......................................................................... 123
     Hirono Opposed The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) ............................................................ 124
     Hirono Supported The Stop Outsourcing Security Act.................................................................................. 124
WARS IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ ............................................................................................................... 124
  Hirono Voted Against The Surge In Afghanistan ................................................................................................ 124
  In 2010 And 2011 Hirono Voted To Withdraw And Defund Troops In Afghanistan .................................. 125
  Hirono Supported Initiatives To End The War In Iraq ...................................................................................... 125
     Hirono Voted Against An Amendment To Provide $158 Million For Land Mine Removal And Other
     Humanitarian Efforts In Iraq .............................................................................................................................. 125
     In 2007, Hirono Voted Five Times To Withdraw Troops From Iraq .......................................................... 125
     Hirono Voted To Defund The Iraq War .......................................................................................................... 126
  Hirono Did Not Support The Successful Surge Strategy In Iraq ...................................................................... 127
     Hirono Did Not Support The Surge In Iraq .................................................................................................... 127
  Hirono Called For A Quick Exit Strategy From Iraq .......................................................................................... 127
     Hirono Called For Diplomacy ............................................................................................................................ 127
     Hirono Showed Soft Support For Soldier Watad’s Refusal To Deploy To Iraq ........................................ 128
  Hirono Did Not Oppose MoveOn.org’s Ad Attacking General Petraeus ....................................................... 128
ISRAEL ........................................................................................................................................................................... 128
  Hirono Has Not Been Supportive Of Pro-Israel Initiatives A Few Times In The Past ................................ 128
     Hirono Was One Of Only 102 Members Of The House Of Representatives Who Did Not Sign A
     March 2010 Letter In Support Of Israel ........................................................................................................... 129
     Hirono Was In A Small Minority Of House Members Who Opposed A 2007 Motion To Expand The
     Ballistic Missile Defense System With Israel..................................................................................................... 129
     Hirono Voted “Present” On A 2009 Resolution Opposing Any Endorsement Of A Report By The
     United Nations On The Gaza Conflict And Reaffirm The House Support For Israel ............................. 129
  Hirono Instances Of Support For Israel................................................................................................................ 130
     Hirono Has Traveled To Israel ........................................................................................................................... 130
     Hirono Has Also Travelled To Lebanon .......................................................................................................... 130
     112th Congress ....................................................................................................................................................... 130
     111th Congress ....................................................................................................................................................... 130
     110th Congress ....................................................................................................................................................... 130
MISSED VOTES .......................................................................................................................................................... 131
  Hirono Has Been Criticized For Missing Considerably More Votes While Campaigning For The U.S.
  Senate .......................................................................................................................................................................... 131
     The Hawaii Reporter Has Criticized Hirono On A Number Of Occasions For Missing House Votes
     While Campaigning For The U.S. Senate .......................................................................................................... 131
     Hirono’s Campaign Has Responded To Criticism Saying That The Primary Election Takes Priority Over
     Her Commitments On The House Floor ......................................................................................................... 131
  After Announcing Her Candidacy For U.S. Senate In May 2011, Hirono Has Missed More Than Twice As
  Many Votes Since Taking Office In January 2007 ............................................................................................... 132
  Hirono Missed Key Defense Votes In 2012 ......................................................................................................... 133
     Hirono Missed The Vote On The 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill ......................................................... 133
     Hirono Missed A Vote To Force The White House To Report On Which Military Programs Will Be Cut
     By Sequestration .................................................................................................................................................... 133
  In Total, Hirono Has Missed At Least 237 Votes During Her Time In Congress ......................................... 133
     In 2012, Hirono Missed Key Votes.................................................................................................................... 133
     Of Hirono’s 2012 Missed Votes, She Voted 11 Times In Abstentia ............................................................ 144
     In 2011, Hirono Abstained From Voting Three Times As Often As Any Other Hawaii House Member
      ................................................................................................................................................................................. 145
SOCIAL ISSUES ........................................................................................................................................................... 145
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  Card Check ................................................................................................................................................................. 145
     Hirono Voted For Card Check ........................................................................................................................... 145
     Hirono Supported Card Check When On The Labor And Education House Committee ....................... 146
  Immigration ................................................................................................................................................................ 146
     Hirono Supported COFA Funding .................................................................................................................... 146
     Voting Record ....................................................................................................................................................... 147
     In 2009, Hirono Supported Immigrant Assistance Initiatives ....................................................................... 148
  Hirono Challenged Republicans As Unwilling To Stand Up For Women’s Rights ........................................ 149
  Following The Aurora Colorado Shooting, Hirono Called For A National Discussion On Gun Rights ... 149
  Hirono Has Been A Steady Advocate For The Akaka Bill That Would Recognize Native Hawaiians;
  Hirono Said She Would Continue To Push This Bill As A U.S. Senator ......................................................... 149
ETHICS AND CHARACTER ................................................................................................................................... 150
  In 2011, Hirono Went On At Least One Privately Funded Trip Costing A Total Of $11,548 .................... 150
  In 2010, Hirono Went On At Least One Privately Funded Trip Costing $12,142 ......................................... 150
  In 2009, Hirono Went On At Least Two Privately Funded Trips Costing $17,972 ....................................... 150
  In 2008, Hirono Went On At Least One Privately Funded Trip Costing $7,200 ........................................... 150
CAMPAIGN FINANCE ............................................................................................................................................. 150
  Top Contributing Industries .................................................................................................................................... 150
  Hirono Has Received 29% Of Her Money From PACs ..................................................................................... 150
     Hirono Has Also Taken Money From Leadership PACs ............................................................................... 151
  Hirono Founded The Patsy T. Mink PAC ............................................................................................................ 151
  Top Contributors....................................................................................................................................................... 151
  Career Campaign Contributions By Region .......................................................................................................... 151
  Mainland Verses Island Contributions ................................................................................................................... 151
  2012 Senate Campaign .............................................................................................................................................. 152
PROPERTY RECORDS ............................................................................................................................................. 152
  Hirono’s Honolulu Home ........................................................................................................................................ 152
  Hirono’s Honolulu Rental Property ....................................................................................................................... 152




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BIOGRAPHY
Residence: Honolulu, HI
Born: Nov. 3, 1947; Fukushima, Japan
Religion: Buddhist
Family: Husband, Leighton Kim Oshima; one stepchild
Education: U. of Hawaii, B.A. 1970 (psychology); Georgetown U., J.D. 1978
Military Service: None
Career: Lawyer; campaign and state legislative aide
Elected To U.S. House: 2006 (3rd term)
Political Highlights: Hawaii House, 1981-94; Lieutenant Governor, 1994-2002; Democratic nominee for
Governor, 2002
Committees: Education & the Workforce (Early Childhood, Elementary & Secondary Education; Workforce
Protections); Transportation & Infrastructure (Aviation; Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation; Highways
& Transit; Water Resources & Environment)
(Congressional Quarterly Website, www.cq.com, Accessed 1/6/12)

TIMELINE
1947                 Born In Fukushima, Japan

1959                 Became A U.S. Citizen

1970                 Graduated University Of Hawaii At Manoa

1978                 Graduated Georgetown University Law School

1978-1980            Practiced Law In Honolulu & Hawaii State Deputy Attorney General

1980-1994            Hawaii State House Of Representatives

1994-2002            Lieutenant Governor Of Hawaii

2007-Present U.S. House Of Representatives (HI-2)




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FAR-LEFT DEMOCRAT
Hirono Has Been Characterized As A Far-Left Democrat

Hirono Is A Far-Left Democrat. “Hirono is a far-left Democrat according to GovTrack’s own analysis of
bill sponsorship.” (GovTrack Website, www.govtrack.us, Accessed 2/17/12)
Honolulu Star: “Hirono Is Unequivocally A Liberal In Step With Her Party.” (Editorial, “U.S. Senate Race Offers
Hard Choices,” Honolulu Star, 10/13/11)

Honolulu Advertiser: “At Heat, Hirono, 54, Is An Old-Time Lefty Liberal Democrat From The
1970s, Trying To Succeed In A More Centrist World.”                                (Editorial, “Mazie Hirono,” Honolulu Advertiser, 1/1/02)

Hirono Quickly Earned A Reputation As One Of The House’s More Liberal Members. “In her first
six months in office, Democratic U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono of Hawai’i is earning a reputation as one of the
House’s more liberal members, with votes against Iraq and Afghanistan war funding and for creating a new
Department of Peace and Nonviolence.” (Dennis Camire, “Hirono Aims To Raise Her Profile,” Honolulu Advertiser, 7/5/07)
 “The National Journal Gives Hirono An 88 Percent Liberal Score, According To A Composite Of
Interest Group Ratings.” (Richard Borreca, “On Politics Column,” Honolulu Star, 2/7/12)
Hirono Has Tried To Debunk Claims That She Is A “Far-Left” Democrat
“‘I Don’t Think Any Of My Colleagues Hear Me Yelling From The Far Left,’ She Responded. ‘In
fact, what they see me doing is working very hard every single day to get things done for the people of
Hawaii. And frankly, that’s what the people of Hawaii care about. They want somebody who is responsive to
them, who listens to them.’” (Derrick DePledge, “Rival Candidates Cite Old House Votes,” Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 6/14/12)
In A July 2012 Debate, Hirono Cited Rep. Don Young As Proof Of Her Bipartisan, Collaborative
Style
Hirono Cited Her Work With Republican Rep. Don Young As An Example Of “Collaborative
Leadership Style To Fix Washington.” HIRONO: “You have to bring a collaborative leadership style to
fix Washington and that is the style that I have. That is why I have been able to reach across the aisle and
work with people like Republican Don Young of Alaska where I have been able to work with the Republican
leadership to get bills or amendments through that will bring millions and millions of dollars more for
Hawaii’s airports.” (Hawaii News Now, www.hawaiinewsnow.com, Debate, Accessed 7/31/12) (2:27)

          In That Same July 2012 Debate, Hirono Again Cited Her Endorsement By “Long-Time
           Republican” Rep. Don Young As An Example Of Her Bipartisan Politics. HIRONO: “I’m
           sure you saw my recent spot with Don Young. He is a long-time Republican of Alaska Moderator:
           “He’s in the house and not the senate.” HIRONO: “But that is exactly how I would operate in
           Senate. I already know a number of the Senators and I would bring that same kind of leadership style
           and this is what I have been doing ever since I got into public life. You cannot get things done by
           setting off to the side and calling yourself independent without working collaboratively to get things
           done for the people of Hawaii.” (Hawaii News Now, www.hawaiinewsnow.com, Debate, Accessed 7/31/12) (4:45)

Hirono Has Voted The Party Line An Overwhelming Majority Of The Time

So Far In The 112th Congress, Hirono Has Voted With The Democratic Party 96% Of The Time. (“The
U.S. Congress Votes Database,” www.projects.washingtonpost.com, Accessed 8/1/12)

          In The 111th Congress, Hirono Voted With The Democratic Party 98% Of The Time. (“The U.S.
           Congress Votes Database,” www.projects.washingtonpost.com, Accessed 7/24/12)


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           In The 110 Congress, Hirono Voted With The Democratic Party 98% Of The Time. (“The U.S.
           Congress Votes Database,” www.projects.washingtonpost.com, Accessed 7/24/12)

In 2011, Hirono Supported Obama 86% Of The Time. (Congressional Quarterly, www.cq.com, Accessed 7/24/12)

          In 2010, Hirono Supported Obama 93% Of The Time. (Congressional Quarterly, www.cq.com, Accessed 7/24/12)

          In 2009, Hirono Supported Obama 97% Of The Time. (Congressional Quarterly, www.cq.com, Accessed 7/24/12)
In 2011, Hirono Had A Party Unity Score Of 98%. (Congressional Quarterly, www.cq.com, Accessed 2/17/12)

          In 2010, Hirono Had A Party Unity Score Of 99%. (Congressional Quarterly, www.cq.com, Accessed 2/17/12)

          In 2009, Hirono Had A Party Unity Score Of 99%. (Congressional Quarterly, www.cq.com, Accessed 2/17/12)
Hirono Cited Her Partisan Voting Record As “Know[ing] How To Get Things Done”
Hirono Said “I Vote 95% Of The Time With The Good Bills That Democrats Put Forward . . .
Clearly, Clearly I Know How To Get Things Done And Work With My Caucus.” HIRONO: “You
know, Ed is fond of saying that I am so far to left, and yet I vote 95% of the time with the good bills that
democrats put forward. Well, clearly, clearly I know how to get things done and work with my caucus.” (Hawaii
News Now, www.hawaiinewsnow.com, Debate, Accessed 7/31/12) (5:08)

Hirono Supported Obama For President In 2008
Hirono Endorsed Obama For President. “Rep. Mazie Hirono of Hawai’i, a Democratic superdelegate,
yesterday announced she will support Barack Obama for president at the party’s national convention in
Denver on Aug. 25-26.” (Dennis Camire, “Hirono Ready To Back Obama,” Honolulu Advertiser, 5/10/08)
HIRONO: “Hawaii Shaped The Life Of Obama, And Our Nation Will Be Better For It.” (Richard Borreca,
“Lingle Dismisses Obama’s Local Ties,” Honolulu Star, 10/16/08)

HIRONO: “His [Obama] Love For Hawai’i And Understanding Of Its Diversity Have Given Him A
Foundation For Understanding The Diversity Of Our Country.” (Dennis Camire, “Hirono Ready To Back Obama,”
Honolulu Advertiser, 5/10/08)

HIRONO: “We Need A Change In Priorities For Our Country And An Obama-Biden Ticket Will
Provide Us That Leadership To Tackle These Big Challenges We Face. This Is A Different Kind Of
Partnership Than We Have Seen The Past Eight Years. The Obama-Biden Team Will Be A True
Collaboration Of Strength, As Obama Puts Our Country Back On Track.” (Diane Ako, “Hawaii Democrats React To
Obama-Biden Ticket,” WAFB CBS 9, Posted 8/24/08)

Hirono Praised President Obama’s State Of The Union Address

HIRONO: “Common Sense Approaches By Government That Boost Our Economy, Like President
Obama Laid Out Tonight, Are Exactly What People Want To See.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono
Praises President Obama’s State Of The Union Address,” Press Release, 2/9/12)

HIRONO: “It Is My Hope That Congress Will Continue Its Work In That Spirit Of Bipartisanship.”
(Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Praises President Obama’s State Of The Union Address,” Press Release, 2/9/12)

Hirono Supported Nancy Pelosi

“Hirono Is Impressed With Her Leader, Speaker Pelosi. ‘She’s really tough and very focused. It takes
focus to gain the support of the men and rise to the speakership. Remember, this is a mother of five and a
grandma.’” (Dan Boylan, “The Immigrant Congresswoman,” MidWeek, 3/21/07)

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Interest Group Ratings
Gun Owners Of America
Hirono Received An “F-” From The Gun Owners Of America For Her Votes In The 112th Congress.
(Gun Owners Of America Website, www.gunowners.org, Accessed 2/17/12)

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce
Hirono Has A Lifetime Rating Of 37% From The Chamber Of Commerce. (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce,
www.uschamber.com, Accessed 2/17/12)

In 2010, Hirono Received A 13% From The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce. (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce,
www.uschamber.com, Accessed 2/17/12)


National Taxpayers Union
Hirono Has Received An “F” From The National Taxpayers Union Every Year Since 2007. (National
Taxpayers Union Website, www.ntu.org, Accessed 2/17/12)


                                                 Year           Grade              Score          Rank



                                             2010          F                  6%            338



                                             2009          F                  1%            423



                                             2008          F                  10%           307



                                             2007          F                  3%            415


                                           (National Taxpayers Union Website, www.ntu.org, Accessed 2/17/12)

Club For Growth
Hirono Received A Lifetime Score Of 2% From The Club For Growth. (Club For Growth, www.clubforgrowth.org,
Accessed 2/17/12)

         In 2010, Hirono Received A Score of 0% From The Club For Growth. (Club For Growth,
          www.clubforgrowth.org, Accessed 2/17/12)

         In 2009, Hirono Received A Score Of 0% From The Club For Growth. (Club For Growth,
          www.clubforgrowth.org, Accessed 2/17/12)

         In 2008, Hirono Received A Score Of 0% From The Club For Growth. (Club For Growth,
          www.clubforgrowth.org, Accessed 2/17/12)

         In 2007, Hirono Received A Score Of 6% From The Club For Growth. (Club For Growth,
          www.clubforgrowth.org, Accessed 2/17/12)

Citizens Against Government Waste
Hirono Received A Lifetime Score Of 2% (Hostile) From The Citizens Against Government Waste.
(Citizens Against Government Waste, www.ccagwratings.org, Accessed 2/17/12)



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                                       Year                Score                 Score Description
                                       2010                 2%                           Hostile
                                       2009                 0%                           Hostile
                                       2008                 2%                           Hostile
                                       2007                 1%                           Hostile

                                        (Citizens Against Government Waste, www.ccagwratings.org, Accessed 2/17/12)

AFL-CIO
In 2010, Hirono Received A Lifetime Score Of 100% From The AFL-CIO. (AFL-CIO Website, www.aflcio.org,
Accessed 2/17/12)

          In 2010, The AFL-CIO Gave Hirono A Score Of 100%. (AFL-CIO Website, www.aflcio.org, Accessed 2/17/12)

          In 2009, The AFL-CIO Gave Hirono A Score Of 100%. (AFL-CIO Website, www.aflcio.org, Accessed 2/17/12)

          In 2008, The AFL-CIO Gave Hirono A Score Of 100%. (AFL-CIO Website, www.aflcio.org, Accessed 2/17/12)
Americans For Democratic Action (ADA)
The Rankings Are Based Off The ADA’s Annual Voting Records, Which Act “As The Standard
Measure Of Political Liberalism.” “Since ADA’s founding in 1947, the Annual Voting Records have
served as the standard measure of political liberalism. Combining 20 key votes on a wide range of social and
economic issues, both domestic and international, the Liberal Quotient (LQ) provides a basic overall picture
of an elected official’s political position.” (Americans For Democratic Action Website, www.adaction.org, Accessed 12/15/10)
During The Second Session Of The 111th Congress, Americans For Democratic Action (ADA) Gave
Hirono A 95% Liberal Quotient. (Americans For Democratic Action Website, www.adaction.org, Accessed 2/17/12)
In 2009, Americans For Democratic Action (ADA) Gave Hirono A 100% Liberal Quotient. (Americans For
Democratic Action Website, www.adaction.org, Accessed 2/17/12)

In 2008, Americans For Democratic Action (ADA) Gave Hirono A 100% Liberal Quotient. (Americans For
Democratic Action Website, www.adaction.org, Accessed 2/17/12)

In 2007, Americans For Democratic Action (ADA) Gave Hirono A 100% Liberal Quotient. (Americans For
Democratic Action Website, www.adaction.org, Accessed 2/17/12)




2002 GUBERNATORIAL CAMPAIGN PROMISES AND ISSUES
Hirono Was Accused Of Participation In Hawaii’s “Pay To Play” Scandal

Hirono Was Accused Of Participation In Hawaii’s “Pay To Play” Scandal For Receiving Illegal
Campaign Donations In Exchange For Favorable Treatment. “These illegal contributions to Hirono
and the others came as part of Hawaii’s ‘Pay to Play’ scandal. About 100 corporations, many with multi-
million dollar state road-building contracts, made illegal excessive or false-name contributions to Democrat
Machine politicians’ campaign committees in exchange for favorable treatment in contracting.” (Andrew Walden,
“Pay To Play Fines Unpaid,” Hawaii Free Press, 10/11/06)



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“The Democrat-Controlled Legislature Responded By Raiding The State’s ‘Special Funds’ To Fund
Lucrative Construction Contracts For Their Contributors. The Scheme, Which Heavily Involved The
Cayetano/Hirono Administration, Fell Apart After Hirono Lost The 2002 Gubernatorial Race.
Investigations by former state Campaign Spending Commissioner Bob Watada, who retired Oct. 31, 2005,
revealed the massive scandal resulting in fines against the corporations involved in the scheme and
assessments demanding repayment of the illegal contributions from the candidate committees who received
them.” (Andrew Walden, “Pay To Play Fines Unpaid,” Hawaii Free Press, 10/11/06)
“In Spite Of All The Incentives For The Hawaii Democrat Machine To Spend On Road Building,
Most Of The Contract Funding Went To Wasteful Projects. As A Result, Many Hawaii Communities
Suffer From Lack Of Roads, Serious Traffic Jams, And Many Traffic Deaths.” (Andrew Walden, “Pay To Play
Fines Unpaid,” Hawaii Free Press, 10/11/06)

“When Asked About Her Role In The Pay To Play Scandal, Hirono’s Campaign Manager Julie
Stauch Indicated She Had Never Heard Of It, Saying, ‘What’s That?’ Stauch Said She Would Have
To Do Some Research Before Providing A More Substantive Answer.” (Andrew Walden, “Pay To Play Fines Unpaid,”
Hawaii Free Press, 10/11/06)

Hawaii’s Campaign Spending Commission Launched An Investigation
Hawaii’s Campaign Spending Commission Launched An Investigation Into Illegal Donations Made
By Government Contractors. “The state Campaign Spending Commission is broadening its investigation
into illegal political donations by government contractors by taking a close look at local accounting firms. The
investigation has centered on excessive contributions by engineers, architects and general contractors. But it
will begin interviewing officers of the local CPA firms about their contributions to the campaigns of former
Gov. Ben Cayetano, Gov. Linda Lingle, Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris and ex-Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono.” (Rich
Daysog, “Political Donation Inquiry Expands,” Honolulu Star Bulletin, 3/9/03)

          The State Investigation Looked At Campaign Contributions Made By Seven Local Firms To
           Seven Different Candidates. “A commission study of more than 20,000 campaign contributions
           showed that employees of seven local accounting firms and their spouses gave nearly $400,000 to
           seven gubernatorial and mayoral candidates during the past two elections.” (“State Campaign Probe Expands To
           Look At Accountants,” Associated Press, 3/9/03)

          “During The Same Period, The Seven Firms Received About $20 Million In Nonbid State
           And City Contracts.” (“State Campaign Probe Expands To Look At Accountants,” Associated Press, 3/9/03)
Hirono Was Found To Have Received Illegal Campaign Contributions
Hawaii’s State Spending Commission Questioned The Legality Of Over $41,000 In Campaign
Contributions To Hirono’s Campaign. (Rich Daysog, “Political Donation Inquiry Expands,” Honolulu Star Bulletin, 3/9/03)




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                                            (Rich Daysog, “Political Donation Inquiry Expands,” Honolulu Star Bulletin, 3/9/03)

Hirono Received $25,000 In Illegal Campaign Contributions From The Hawaii Engineering Firm
Edward K. Noda & Associates. “Noda is the namesake and founder of local engineering firm Edward K.
Noda & Associates, which agreed last year to pay a $74,000 fine to the state Campaign Spending Commission.
The commission alleged that the firm made more than $100,000 in illegal political donations to Harris, former
Gov. Ben Cayetano and ex-Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono. Investigators found that the firm’s employees and
relatives contributed $48,750 to the Harris campaign, $41,000 to the Cayetano campaign and $25,000 to
Hirono’s campaign. Under state law a business or individual can give no more than $4,000 to a mayoral
candidate and $6,000 to a candidate for governor or lieutenant governor during a four-year election cycle.
They also cannot make political donations under false names.” (Rick Daysog, “Man Pleads No Contest In Money Laundering,”
Honolulu Star Bulletin, 3/30/04)

Hirono’s Campaign Never Paid Fines Levied Against Them By The State’s Campaign Spending
Commission
Hirono Was One Of Three Campaigns To Be Fined By Hawaii’s Campaign Spending Commission.
“The state Campaign Spending Commission approved $139,000 in fines Thursday against four companies for
making illegal campaign contributions, primarily to Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris, former Gov. Ben
Cayetano and former Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono.” (Bruce Dunford, “Commission Approves $139,000 In Fines For Illegal Campaign
Contributions,” Associated Press, 8/7/03)

Hirono Closed Her Gubernatorial Campaign With Over $98,000 In Unpaid Fines By Her Campaign.
“According to Wong, Hirono, a former lieutenant governor who ran for governor in 2002 and is now
campaigning for Congress, closed out her gubernatorial campaign committee in May 2006 without paying
assessments for $98,367.84. The assessments were levied after the Campaign Spending Commission
investigators uncovered thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions, contributed to Hirono as a
part of Hawaii’s extensive ‘Pay to Play’ scandal.” (Andrew Walden, “Pay To Play Fines Unpaid,” Hawaii Free Press, 10/11/06)
“Her Committee, ‘Friends Of Mazie Hirono’, Which Served Her Failed 2002 Gubernatorial
Candidacy, Was Terminated In May Of This Year With Transfer Of A Final Payment Of $18,573.58 -
- The Committee’s Entire Remaining Bank Balance -- To The State Elections Fund. This, Along
With An Earlier Payment Of $38,000, Leaves Unpaid Assessments For Illegal Contributions Totaling
$98,367.84. The Assessments Were Levied As Recently As April 21, 2006, As Previously Unknown
Illegal Campaign Contributions Were Uncovered.” (Andrew Walden, “Pay To Play Fines Unpaid,” Hawaii Free Press, 10/11/06)

Hirono On Hawaii’s Teachers’ Strike



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Hawaii’s Three-Week Teachers’ Strike Was Initiated After The Department Of Education
Announced It Could Not Pay Over $11 Million In Bonuses. “The call for a special session came after the
state Department of Education informed the teachers union that it had no money to pay for the $11 million
in bonuses to 6,675 eligible teachers because it had to use existing funds to cover a $32 million budget
shortfall. The controversy over the bonus for teachers with master’s degrees and professional diplomas came
out of the contract that settled last year’s three-week teacher strike. The dispute delayed implementation of
the rest of the contract for several months.” (Crystal Kua, “Cayetano Urges Patience In Settling Bonus Flap,” Honolulu Star Bulletin, 8/10/02)
When Hirono Ran For Governor, She Called For The Bonuses To Be Paid. “Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono,
who is running for governor, also called for the bonuses to be paid.” (Crystal Kua, “Cayetano Urges Patience In Settling Bonus
Flap,” Honolulu Star Bulletin, 8/10/02)

“Lieut. Gov. Mazie K. Hirono Broke Ranks With Her Boss Yesterday And Joined Several Pickets.
She plans to challenge the governor for office next year but said yesterday’s move was not politically
motivated.” (Evelyn Nieves, “Strikes Shut Down Hawaii Public Schools,” New York Times, 4/6/01)
According To The University Of Hawaii, Hirono Failed To Address The 2001 Teachers’ Strike When
In Office. “Hirono . . . has promised to look at No Child Left Behind when it comes up for reauthorization
in 2007. However, she failed to take action as Lt. Governor during the 2001 statewide teacher’s strike.”
(Editorial, “We Urge You To Stand Up For Hawaii,” University Wire, 11/6/06)

Hirono On Hawaii’s State Water Commission

“Gubernatorial Candidates Linda Lingle And Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono Differ On Whether To Keep
The State Water Commission Or Delegate Water Authority To The Counties. Lingle would allow local
communities to decide water issues, while Hirono would keep the statewide commission. Hirono says the
commission is needed to help integrate the needs of communities with the available resources.” (Ben DiPietro,
“Hirono, Lingle Differ On Environmental Issues,” Pacific Business News, 10/11/02)

Hirono Claimed The State Water Commission Is Needed To “Integrate The Needs Of Communities
With Available Resources.” “Hirono says the commission is needed to help integrate the needs of
communities with the available resources. ‘I would not get rid of the Water Commission.’” (Ben DiPietro, “Hirono,
Lingle Differ On Environmental Issues,” Pacific Business News, 10/11/02)

           “Hirono Says She Would Issue Revenue Bonds To Begin Converting State Buildings And
            Facilities To Solar Power, With The Savings From Using Less Oil Going To Pay For The
            Bonds. That’s similar to a program recently enacted in San Francisco, she says.” (Ben DiPietro, “Hirono, Lingle
            Differ On Environmental Issues,” Pacific Business News, 10/11/02)

Linda Lingle Called Hirono’s Idea “Gimmicky.” “When Lingle called Hirono’s idea ‘gimmicky’ and said
no one knows what it is, Hirono shot back. ‘Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean that it’s not
something that is going to work and that it’s not a good idea.’” (Ben DiPietro, “Hirono, Lingle Differ On Environmental Issues,”
Pacific Business News, 10/11/02)

Hirono On Fossil Fuels
“[Linda] Lingle Said Hawaii Has Increased Its Use Of Fossil Fuels And Reduced Its Use Of
Alternative Energy While Hirono Served As Lieutenant Governor.” (Ben DiPietro, “Hirono, Lingle Differ On
Environmental Issues,” Pacific Business News, 10/11/02)

           “‘During Her Time As Lieutenant Governor, The Environmental Issues Have All Gone
            Downhill,’ Lingle said. ‘We use more fossil fuel, less alternative energy, the streams are more polluted
            and the parks are in decay.’ (Richard Borreca, “Hirono, Lingle Exchange Jabs On Environment,” Honolulu Star Bulletin, 10/4/02)
LINGLE: “It’s A Bad Record And She [Hirono] Has To Answer For It.” (Ben DiPietro, “Hirono, Lingle Differ On
Environmental Issues,” Pacific Business News, 10/11/02)
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Hawaii Ranks Among The Highest In The Nation For Fossil-Fuel Dependency
“Hawaii Is Unique Among The 50 States For Its Lopsided Dependence On Petroleum. In 2008,
Petroleum Provided Nearly 85 Percent Of Total Energy Consumed In Hawaii, Much Higher Than
The National Average Of 37.5 Percent. This makes Hawaii the most vulnerable state in the nation to the
disruptions in the world oil markets. Whenever the oil price has fluctuated, Hawaii’s economy has been
significantly affected.” (Hawaii Government Website, “Economic Report 2011,” www.hawaii.gov, June 2011)
“Energy Costs Are About 10 Percent Of Hawaii’s Gross State Product. Most Of The Energy Costs
Are Spending On Petroleum And Roughly 90 Percent Of The Spending On Petroleum Not Only
Leaves The State, But Goes To Countries Outside The U.S. A region’s economic vitality is reduced by a
multiplied effect for every dollar that leaves the region as a result of taking cash out of circulation in the
economy through import payments.” (Hawaii Government Website, “Economic Report 2011,” www.hawaii.gov, June 2011)
2000: Hawaii Has Steadily Increased Its Dependency On Fossil Fuels. “Hawaii’s dependence on
imported fuel for electricity has climbed steadily during the past three decades.” (Jan TenBruggencate, “Bills Target Oil
Dependency,” Honolulu Advertiser, 2/9/00)

In 1991, Hawaii Ranked Highest In The Nation For Dependence Upon Petroleum. “In 1991, the
latest year for which individual data are available, Hawaii ranked highest among all the states in terms
dependence upon petroleum (91.9).” (Rochester Institute Of Technology Website, “Energy In Hawaii”)
Current Hawaii Breakdown Of Net Electricity Generation By Source:




                                      (Hawaii Government Website, “Economic Report 2011,” www.hawaii.gov, June 2011)

Hirono Supported Hawaii’s Gas Price Cap

HIRONO: “It’s Very Clear To Me That We Have Been Overpaying For Gasoline In This State.” (Ben
DiPietro, “Islands’ Energy Options On The Agenda,” Pacific Business News, 10/18/02)

Hawaii Instituted A Gas Price Cap Which Took Effect In 2004 And Sparked Criticism Of Hawaii’s
Economy As “Uncompetitive” And “Broken.” “But when the HAWAII Legislature convened this year,
ruling Democrats pushed through a law capping statewide wholesale and retail gasoline prices starting in
2004, citing evidence they said shows Hawaii’s market is uncompetitive and ‘broken.’ Hawaii’s gas price cap
law is the only one of its kind in the nation and has ignited some very volatile fumes wafting through island
politics.” (Kevin Spotlight, “Price Caps Have Some Candidates Fuming”, State Net Capitol Journal, 7/22/02)




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          “Republican Linda Lingle, Who Is Running For Governor, Has Attacked The New Law As A
           Symbol Of Everything That’s Wrong With The Democrats And Hawaii’s Highly Regulated
           Business Environment.” (Kevin Spotlight, “Price Caps Have Some Candidates Fuming”, State Net Capitol Journal, 7/22/02)
HIRONO: “‘Do You See Any New Entrants (Into The Hawaii Market) To Begin With?’ asked Lt.
Gov. Mazie Hirono, who is running for governor as a Democrat and favors the gas caps. ‘We’ve been talking
about this for decades, hoping to attract new entrants, trying to create an environment where there would be
new entrants, and I just don’t think that there will be. That hasn’t happened so far.’” (Kevin Spotlight, “Price Caps Have
Some Candidates Fuming”, State Net Capitol Journal, 7/22/02)

“[H]irono Has Clearly Retained Much Of Her Old Faith In Government’s Ability To Intervene
Effectively In Markets, And This Year She Was A Strong Supporter Of New Laws To Cap Gas Prices
and regulate health insurance rates, which the Republicans see as all the evidence they need to prove that
Hirono is anti-business.” (Kevin Dayton, “Election 2002,” Honolulu Advertiser, 10/27/02)
Gas Price Caps: Bad For Hawaii Economy
Hawaii’s DBEDT [Department Of Business, Economic Development And Tourism] Issued A
Report That Recommended Against Gas Price Caps And Found Price Caps Imposed In The 1970s
Caused Spikes In Prices. “DBEDT [Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism] hired
consultant Stillwater Associates LLC, whose findings are supported by the National Conference of State
Legislatures and the Federal Trade Commission. The report recommends against gas price caps and calls for
more transparency on pricing of gasoline as a way to counter excess profit taking. Consultants said price caps
imposed in the 1970s during the oil crisis caused spikes in prices.” (Prabha Natarajan, “Report: Gasoline Price Caps Will Hurt
Hawaii Consumers,” Pacific Business News, 9/12/03)

“‘Our Analysis Demonstrated That Gas Caps Are Likely To Raise, Not Lower, The Price Of Gas In
Hawaii,’ said David Hackett, president of Stillwater Associates LLC.” (Prabha Natarajan, “Report: Gasoline Price Caps Will
Hurt Hawaii Consumers,” Pacific Business News, 9/12/03)

Hirono Called The Report Inconclusive And Said The State Needed “To Do Something” To Help
Lower The Price Of Gasoline. “In reaction to the report, Hirono said the state has ‘to do something’ to
help consumers lower the price of gasoline. She added that the report was not conclusive evidence.” (Richard
Borreca, “UH Economist Blasts Gas Price Cap,” Honolulu Star, 10/23/02)

Hirono Promised In The First 100 Days To Cut The Capital Gains Tax By 50%

“Hirono Said In Her First 100 Days In Office She Would Introduce A Bill To Reduce The Capital
Gains Tax By Up To 50 Percent. Cutting the tax is typically a Republican favorite that has been repeatedly
rejected by the state Legislature. Hirono said reducing the capital gains tax would allow individuals and
corporations to ‘keep more of their money and keep that money circulating in our economy.’” (Lynda Arakawa,
“Election 2002,” Honolulu Advertiser, 10/20/02)

Hirono Estimated The Tax Cut Would Cost The State About $16 Million. “The state Tax Department
said it would be too complicated to calculate how much reducing the capital gains tax would cost the state
because the tax is subject to the volatility of the stock market and the economy. Hirono said after talking with
tax officials she estimated cutting the tax in half would amount to about $16 million.” (Lynda Arakawa, “Election 2002,”
Honolulu Advertiser, 10/20/02)

Hirono On The Economic Expansion Council
Hirono Proposed An Economic Expansion Council That Would Work With The Governor On Ideas
Of How To Grow The Economy. “[During a televised debate] Hirono repeatedly brought up her plan to
appoint an Economic Expansion Council of business, labor and community leaders that would work with the

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governor to come up with more ideas on how to grow the economy.”(R.J. Reyes, “Hirono, Lingle Faceoff In Live, Televised
Debate,” Associated Press, 10/26/02)

HIRONO: “The Economic Expansion Council Is Going To Be A Very Forceful Way For The
Government To Partner With The Private Sector.” (R.J. Reyes, “Hirono, Lingle Faceoff In Live, Televised Debate,” Associated Press,
10/26/02)

“Lingle Criticized The Measure As Increasing The State’s Already Burdensome Bureaucracy.” (R.J.
Reyes, “Hirono, Lingle Faceoff In Live, Televised Debate,” Associated Press, 10/26/02)

           “‘It Seems A Little Strange That The Lieutenant Governor . . . Would Need A Committee To
            Tell Her What’s Wrong With The Economy,’ Lingle Said, adding that her solution would be to
            reduce taxes and other restrictions on businesses.” (R.J. Reyes, “Hirono, Lingle Faceoff In Live, Televised Debate,” Associated
            Press, 10/26/02)

Hirono Said The University Of Hawaii “Must . . . Become The Economic Catalyst For The State”
HIRONO: “The University Of Hawaii Must Also Become An Economic Catalyst For The State.”
(Lynda Arakawa, “Election 2002,” Honolulu Advertiser, 10/20/02)

“She [Hirono] Stressed The Importance Of UH Research As A Way Of Generating Revenue And
Creating Jobs, And Said She Will Work With The University To Develop A Competitive Incentives
And Rewards System To Encourage Scientific Advancements.” (Lynda Arakawa, “Election 2002,” Honolulu Advertiser,
10/20/02)

“Hirono Said She Also Believes That Competitive Salaries Are Key To Boosting UH Research.” (Lynda
Arakawa, “Election 2002,” Honolulu Advertiser, 10/20/02)


HIRONO: “Any Kind Of Incentives That Reward Their Entrepreneurial Activities . . . It’s
Identifying All Those Ways To Attract And Retain Those Kinds Of People.” (Lynda Arakawa, “Election 2002,”
Honolulu Advertiser, 10/20/02)

Hirono On Solar State Tax Credits

Hirono Favored Making Solar State Tax Credits Permanent. “Both candidates [Lingle] favor making
permanent state tax credits for purchasing solar systems. Democrat Mazie Hirono wants to issue revenue
bonds to start the conversion of state and county facilities from electricity to solar power. Savings from the
program, similar to one recently started in San Francisco, would be used to pay for the $100 million in bonds
Hirono envisions will be issued.” (Ben DiPietro, “Islands’ Energy Options On The Agenda,” Pacific Business News, 10/18/02)
Hirono Attributed The Solar-Energy Tax Credit For Giving Hawaii The Highest Per-Capital Solar
Panels In Residential Homes. “‘This is going to be a major step forward in weaning Hawaii from over 90
percent dependency on imported oil,’ Hirono said. ‘Hawaii on a per-capita basis has more solar panels in
residential homes than anywhere in the country, and a large part of that is because of the solar-energy tax
credit.’” (Ben DiPietro, “Islands’ Energy Options On The Agenda,” Pacific Business News, 10/18/02)

Hirono On Unions
Hirono Claimed That Working With Unions Is Necessary For The Next Hawaii Governor. “Hirono
then unleashed her own assault on Case, saying the next Hawaii governor will have to work with unions.” (Pat
Omandam, “Case Hurls Gauntlet Over State Budget,” www.startbulletin.com, 8/21/02)

“[Hirono Said] Anyone Who Says They Will Do ‘This And That’ Without Some Agreement With
Labor Is Wrong.” (Pat Omandam, “Case Hurls Gauntlet Over State Budget,” www.startbulletin.com, 8/21/02)
Hirono On Jobs

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Hirono Claimed “There Can Be An Effective Government Without Cutting Jobs” In The Education
Sector. “With half of the state’s $3.6 billion general fund budget devoted to education and higher education,
Hirono said any cuts in operations or personnel will affect support for education, which is a key campaign
issue for all gubernatorial candidates. She said there can be an effective government without cutting jobs.” (Pat
Omandam, “Case Hurls Gauntlet Over State Budget,” www.startbulletin.com, 8/21/02)

Hirono On Leadership
“‘I Am Not A Top Down, ‘My Way Or The Highway’ Leader,’ Hirono Said, adding she has seen how
that kind of leadership in government isn’t always effective.’” (Pat Omandam, “Case Hurls Gauntlet Over State Budget,”
www.startbulletin.com, 8/21/02)

Hirono Promised To Deliver

HIRONO: “‘We’re Not Standing Here Making False Promises Or Just Saying Things. We Are
Making A Commitment To You And You Know From Our Past Experience That We Are The
People Who Are Making It Happen.’” (Arakawa Lynda, “Hirono Booklet Unveils Plan For First 100 Days As Governor,” Honolulu
Advertiser, 10/17/02)




2006 CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN PROMISES AND ISSUES
Hirono Supported “Affordable” Health Care

HIRONO: “I Will Continue The Fight For Affordable Health Care.” “I’m Mazie Hirono. I’m running
for Congress and I’m honored to approve this message. Like Patsy, I will continue the fight for affordable
health care, protection of our coastal areas, more funding for our schools and an end to this war. It’s what
Patsy believed in. It’s what I believe and I hope you do, too” (“Ad Watch: Endorsement Goes On Air,” National Journal, 8/24/06)
HIRONO: “I Will Work For Increased Funding For Rural Healthcare So That Women Do Not
Have To Fly Off-Island To Give Birth And Veterans Can Get Their VA Health Care From Local
Healthcare Facilities In A Timely Fashion.” (Mazie For Congress, www.mazieforcongress.com, Wayback Machine: Accessed 8/22/07)
HIRONO: “I Will Join Democratic Leaders In Fighting For Common Sense Measures Such As
Allowing Drug Re-Importation And Permitting Medicare To Negotiate For Lower Drug Prices.”
(Mazie For Congress, www.mazieforcongress.com, Wayback Machine: Accessed 8/22/07)

Hirono’s “One Big Idea” Was Universal Preschool
HIRONO: “My ‘One Big Idea’ Is Universal Preschool And A Caring, Qualified And Competent
Teacher In Every Classroom.” “Education is the great equalizer and is fundamental. My ‘one big idea’ is
universal preschool and a caring, qualified and competent teacher in every classroom.” (Treena Shapiro, “Election 2006,”
Honolulu Advertiser, 8/7/06)

Hirono Vowed To Fight For Changes To No Child Left Behind When It Came Up For
Reauthorization In 2007. “But the Bush Administration’s misguided education policy – No Child Left
Behind – has warped the way we teach our children. When it comes to Congress for review in 2007, I will
fight to ensure that its overemphasis on testing and labeling schools as failing are replaced with a focus on
placing a qualified, caring, and competent teacher in every classroom.” (Mazie For Congress, www.mazieforcongress.com,
Wayback Machine: Accessed 11/1/06)

Hirono Was Deemed The “Consumer Crusader”


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Hirono Earned A Reputation As The “Consumer Crusader.” “‘My reputation was I was a real fighter -
some people used to call me the ‘consumer crusader’ - but I had a reputation for being fair, tough but fair, to
the people who came before my committee, including the business community,’ she said.” (Treena Shapiro, “Election
2006,” Honolulu Advertiser, 8/7/06)

“She [Hirono] Was Instrumental In Creating The Hawaii Employer’s Mutual Insurance Co. To
Protect Small-Business Owners From Paying Disproportionately High Workers’ Compensation
Claims.” (Treena Shapiro, “Election 2006,” Honolulu Advertiser, 8/7/06)

Hirono On Jobs
HIRONO: “I Will Make It A Priority To Expand . . . Job Training That Gives Everyone A Chance
To Earn A Living And Compete In Our Global Economy.” “I will make it a priority to expand early
childhood education, college that is affordable, and job training that gives everyone a chance to earn a living
and compete in our global economy.” (Mazie For Congress, www.mazieforcongress.com, Wayback Machine: Accessed 11/6/06)
Hirono Advocated That Government Should Provide “Childcare And Support And Even
Transportation” Until Parents Find Stable Work. “She also said that the government needs to do more to
support parents who are trying to get back into the work force. ‘That means providing childcare and support
and even transportation, if we need to, until they get on their feet and can support themselves,’ she said.”
(Treena Shaprio, “Election 2006,” Honolulu Advertiser, 10/31/06)

“Hirono Says That During Her 14 Years In The State House, She Moved An Agenda To Aid
Working People And Families, Helping To Lower Automobile Insurance Premiums And Reform
The Workers’ Compensation System.” (Treena Shapiro, “Election 2006,” The Honolulu Advertiser, 8/7/06)

Hirono On Taxes
HIRONO: “I Would Support Tax Cuts That Help The Working Families, Not The Richest.” “‘There
is a growing economic divide between the richest in our country and everyone else,’ She said. ‘I would
support tax cuts that help the working families, not the richest.’” (Treena Shaprio, “Election 2006,” Honolulu Advertiser, 10/31/06)
HIRONO: “We Should Provide Tax Incentives For Businesses That Provide On-Site Child Care.”
(Mazie For Congress, www.mazieforcongress.com, Wayback Machine: Accessed 11/6/06)

Hirono On Budgeting

HIRONO: “I Will Vote To Reinstate The Pay-As-You-Go Rule. Under This Rule, The Country
Must Balance Its Checkbook Just Like You And I Do Every Month.” “When I am representing the
people of the 2nd Congressional District, I will vote to reinstate the Pay-As-You-Go Rule. Under this rule,
the country must balance its checkbook just like you and I do every month. When people are confident that
their government is fiscally responsible, they will feel more comfortable investing and spending their hard
earned money.” (Mazie For Congress, www.mazieforcongress.com, Wayback Machine: Accessed 11/6/06)

Hirono On The Economy
HIRONO: “One Of The First Steps We Must Take To Jump Start Our Economy Is Lobbying
Reform.” “No one has felt the crunch of rising gas prices like our small businesses. We must reduce fuel
prices to stimulate economic growth. The first step is to end the billion dollar giveaways to big oil companies
and to investigate the huge profits they are making while we feel the weight of skyrocketing prices at the
pump. But this will only happen when we reduce the influence of bit oil lobbyists on our legislative process.
Thus, one of the steps we must take to jump start our economy is lobbying reform.” (Mazie For Congress,
www.mazieforcongress.com, Wayback Machine: Accessed 7/12/06)



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Hirono On Minimum Wage
Hirono Supported Increased Minimum Wage. “We should also support an increase in minimum wage. . .
. I will work with Democratic leaders like Nancy Pelosi to ensure a livable minimum wage so that our workers
will be able to spend time with their families, rather than having to work two jobs to pay for necessities.” (Mazie
For Congress, www.mazieforcongress.com, Wayback Machine: Accessed 11/6/06)

Hirono On Welfare
“‘We Need To Provide The Tools That Truly Enable People Who Have Been On Welfare To Be
Able To Go Out And Support Themselves And Their Families,’ she [Hirono] said. ‘Many of them are
women with children, and I know that this administration cut back on many of their opportunities. That’s not
the way I would go to change the way we deal with welfare.’” (Treena Shaprio, “Election 2006,” Honolulu Advertiser, 10/31/06)

Hirono On Social Issues

HIRONO: “A Woman’s Right To Choose . . . I Consider It So Fundamental That Limiting This
Choice Really Results In No Choice, Actually” “‘Parents are responsible for their children up to 18. We
should maintain that responsibility in all aspects of their life,’ he said. ‘I think that we want to encourage
parents to be responsible and act in a responsible manner.’ Hirono sees Hogue’s position as an infringement
on women’s reproductive rights. ‘Hogue supports limiting a woman’s right to choose, and I consider it so
fundamental that limiting this choice really results in no choice, actually,’ she said.” (Treena Shaprio, “Election 2006,”
Honolulu Advertiser, 10/31/06)

HIRONO: “Bans On Same Sex Marriage Have No Place In The Constitution. I was the highest
ranking elected official to publicly oppose Hawaii’s constitutional amendment which resulted in the banning
of same-sex marriage.” (Mazie For Congress, www.mazieforcongress.com, Wayback Machine: Accessed 11/6/06)

Hirono On Military Gear

HIRONO: “Until The Troops Are Out Of Harm’s Way, They Deserve The Best Available Gear,
Armor, And Moral Support. I support common sense measures such as providing padded, shock absorbent
helmets for our Marines. For as little as $100 per helmet, we could prevent traumatic brain damage and loss
of life. Congress should require the Marine Corps to follow the Army’s lead in issuing these reinforced
helmets to every service man and woman.” (Mazie For Congress, www.mazieforcongress.com, Wayback Machine: Accessed 11/6/06)

Hirono On The War On Terrorism
HIRONO: “We Need To Make Very Sure As We Fight The War On Terror That It Is Not Used As
An Excuse For Infringing On The Fundamental Rights We Have As Individuals.” “Hirono finds it
ironic that as the country is pushing for democracy in the Middle East, she believes it is infringing on the civil
liberties of its own citizens with invasions of privacy and unwarranted searches and seizures. ‘We need to
make very sure as we fight the war on terror that it is not used as an excuse for infringing on the fundamental
rights we have as individuals,’ she said.” (Treena Shapiro, “Election 2006,” Honolulu Star, 10/23/06)
HIRONO: “‘We Must Protect America From Terrorism, But We Must Also Follow The Law And
Maintain The Rights And Freedoms That Make Our Country Great. In the area of domestic spying,’
Hirono said. ‘We can do both.’” (BJ Reyes, “Congress Hopefuls Take Aim At Spying,” Honolulu Star, 8/7/06)
Hirono Would Combat Terrorism By “Upgrading Security At Ports Nationwide.” “When asked what
proactive steps she would take to combat terrorism if elected to Congress, Hirono said she would push for
implementing recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission that called for upgrading security at ports
nationwide. . . . The proposal, House Bill 1230, Conference Draft 1, would have set aside money from the

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airport special fund and the harbor special fund to institute security measures throughout the airport and
harbor systems. Gov. Linda Lingle used her line-item veto power to defeat the measure.” (BJ Reyes, “Hirono Scolds
Hogue ON Harbors Vote,” Honolulu Star, 10/4/06)

Hirono On Iraq
“Hirono Proposed Redirecting Money Spent On The War In Iraq To Federal Education Programs.”
(“Congressional Candidates Debate Education And War,” Associated Press, 10/20/06)

HIRONO: “The Bush Administration Misled The Country When It Entered This War, And Has
Shown No Credible Plan For Winning The Peace Or For A Safe Exit Strategy. We should get out of
the quagmire that is Iraq with a phased redeployment of U.S. forces that begins before the end of 2006 and
significant transition to full Iraqi sovereignty should also occur.” (Mazie For Congress, www.mazieforcongress.com, Wayback
Machine: Accessed 11/6/06)

Hirono Promised To Deliver
Hirono’s Campaign Claimed “Her Record Stands On Its Own.” “At a recent candidate forum, state
Rep. Brian Schatz criticized perceived Democratic front-runner Mazie Hirono, the former lieutenant
governor, questioning her record and what she has accomplished in the past 12 years. Hirono’s campaign
fired back with a list of achievements, arguing that her record stands on its own.” (BJ Reyes, “US Congress – Parties
Jockeying For Primary Advantage,” Honolulu Star, 8/17/06)

Endorsements Received By Hirono

The Hawaii League Of Conservation Voters Endorsed Hirono For Her “Commonsense
Conservation Policies.” “The Hawaii League of Conservation Voters, an environmental group, endorsed
Hirono, citing her commitment to ‘commonsense conservation policies.’” (“House Race Forum Is Set For Thursday,” Honolulu
Star, 8/11/06)

The Sierra Club Endorsed Hirono For Her “Commitment To Strengthening Federal Environmental
Laws.” “The Sierra Club endorsed Hirono, a Democrat who is facing Republican state Sen. Bob Hogue in
the 2nd Congressional District, citing her commitment to strengthening federal environmental laws.” (“Around
The Islands,” Honolulu Advertiser, 10/25/06)


Hirono Received An Endorsement From The Hawaii Coalition Of Conservation Voters. “The Hawaii
Coalition of Conservation Voters, another environmental group, endorsed Hirono, Hooser and Schatz,
noting that ‘all have consistently worked for the environment and would continue if in the U.S. Capitol.’”
(“House Race Forum Is Set For Thursday,” Honolulu Star, 8/11/06)

Hirono Received An Endorsement From EMILY’s List, “A National Grassroots Organization
Aimed At Getting Democratic Women Who Support Abortion Rights Elected To Office.” “For the
primary, Hirono has been given a tremendous boost by the endorsement of EMILY’s list, a national
grassroots organization aimed at getting Democratic women who support abortion rights elected to office.
Peggy Egan, the organization Honolulu Star Advertiser’s regional political director, said they decided to throw
their support behind Hirono because she is in the best position to win. ‘She is the best-known, best-liked and,
when voters have a choice among all the candidates, Mazie leads with large margins,’ Egan said by e-mail. ‘We
feel it is critical, not only for Hawaii but for the nation, that the Democrats hold this seat so they can regain
control of the House of Representatives.’” (Treena Shapiro, “Election 2006,” Honolulu Advertiser, 8/7/06)
Hirono Received An Endorsement From Hawaii State Council Of Machinists and Aerospace
Workers Which “Represents About 4,000 Active And Retired Workers From Various Industries And
Businesses In Hawaii’s Aerospace-Related Companies.” “In the race for the 2nd Congressional District
in the U.S. House, former Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono has picked up the endorsement of the Hawaii State Council
of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The council represents about 4,000 active and retired workers from
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various industries and businesses in Hawaii’s aerospace-related companies. ‘In this competitive race, we know
Mazie will best promote the workers’ rights and safety issues so important to our members,’ council
representative Charlie Ng said in a statement released by Hirono’s campaign.” (Staff Bulletin, “Hawaii AFL-CIO Issues
Endorsement For IWASE,” Honolulu Star, 7/31/06)

Hirono Earned The Democratic Nominee By A Narrow Margin

Hirono Narrowly Emerged As The Democratic Nominee With A 799-Vote Cushion Over State
Senator Colleen Hanabusa. “Former Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono emerged as the apparent winner in the 2nd
Congressional District Democratic primary. With all but one precinct reporting, Hirono received 24,385 votes
in the 10-way race, compared to 23,586 for state Sen. Colleen Hanabusa, who was in second place.” (Mark Niesse,
“Akaka Defeats Case In US Senate Race In Hawaii,” Associated Press, 8/24/06)

Hirono: “It Was A Squeaker But I’d Say We’ve Won.” “‘It was a squeaker but I’d say we’ve won,’ Hirono
said after seeing the third printout. ‘We have a lot of work ahead in the next six weeks.’” (BJ Reyes, “Second
Congressional District,” Honolulu Star, 8/24/06)

Hirono Won Hawaii’s 2nd District Congressional Seat
Hirono Beat Bob Hogue With A 13,819-Vote Margin For The 2nd District House Seat. “In a battle
between two familiar figures, fellow Democrat Mazie Hirono led GOP nominee Bob Hogue 32,331 to 18,512
for a contested House seat.” (Greg Small, “Akaka Beats Thielen To Retain Senate Seat,” Associated Press, 11/8/06)

           Hogue Commented That Hirono Could Not Vote For Herself In The Election; Hirono
            Promised To Move Into The District If Elected. “Hogue, 53, a television sports anchor before
            becoming a state senator, noted Hirono doesn’t live in the district and so couldn’t vote for herself.
            Hirono had responded that if elected she would likely move into the district.” (Greg Small, Democrats Sweep
            Senate, Congressional Races,” Associated Press, 11/8/06)

Hirono Promised To Be Fiscally Responsible

HIRONO: “The Democrats Have An Agenda, Ethics Reform, Lobbying Reform And Basic Bills
For Fiscal Responsibility That We Are Looking To Handle In The First 100 Hours.” (Richard Borreca,
“Hirono Takes Experience To Washington,” Honolulu Star, 12/17/06)

Hirono Promised To Be Responsive
HIRONO: “I Want To Make Sure My Staff Is Committed As I Am To Being Responsive To My
District . . . I Want To Be Very Focused On My District’s Needs.” “‘Staff is a critical decision, and I
want to make sure my staff is committed as I am to being responsive to my district,’ she said. ‘I want to be
very focused on my district’s needs.’” (Dennis Camire, “Hirono Happy To Be Part Of ‘A Historic Congress,’” Honolulu Advertiser, 11/15/06)

Hirono Quickly Earned A Reputation As One Of The House’s More Liberal Members

“In Her First Six Months In Office, Democratic U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono Of Hawaii Is Earning A
Reputation As One Of The House’s More Liberal Members, with votes against Iraq and Afghanistan
war funding and for creating a new Department of Peace and Nonviolence.” (Dennis Camire, “Hirono Aims To Raise Her
Profile,” Honolulu Advertiser, 7/5/07)

“‘It’s A Great Time To Be A Member Of Congress,’ Said Hirono, One Of The More Than 70
Members Of The Liberal Congressional Progressive Caucus. ‘We Have A New Majority And New
Priorities.’” (Dennis Camire, “Hirono Aims To Raise Her Profile,” Honolulu Advertiser, 7/5/07)
HIRONO: “It Must Have Been Very Bad For The Democrats . . . You Can’t Believe How Happy
They All Are, And They’ve All Been Very Helpful To The New Democratic Members. They Seem
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To Realize They’d Still Be In The Desert Without Us. It’s A Whole New Day.” (Dan Boylan, “The Immigrant
Congresswoman,” MidWeek, 3/21/07)




2008 CONGRESSIONAL RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN RHETORIC
Hirono On Renewable And Alternative Energy

HIRONO: “In Congress I Will Fight For Increases In The CAFE Standards That Make Cars
Cleaner.” (Mazie For Congress, www.mazieforcongress.com, Wayback Machine: 8/22/07)
Hirono Promised To “Move Forward On Ideas Such As Renewable Energy Income Tax Credits And
Proposals To Require Utility Companies To Share A Percentage Of The Cost Increases Associated
With Fluctuation In Oil Prices.” “I will work with experts to move forward on ideas such as Renewable
Energy Income Tax Credits and proposals to require utility companies to share a percentage of the cost
increases associated with fluctuation in oil prices. Such policies would encourage both public and private
investments in alternative energy.” (Mazie For Congress, www.mazieforcongress.com, Wayback Machine: Accessed 8/22/07)

Hirono On Transportation
HIRONO: “I’ve Met With The Mayors Of All The Counties Regarding Their Transportation And
Construction Needs.” (Dan Boylan, “The Immigrant Congresswoman,” MidWeek, 3/21/07)

Hirono On Work Ethic

HIRONO: “I Am Not Here To Take Up Space. I’m Too Old For That.” (Dan Boylan, “The Immigrant
Congresswoman,” MidWeek, 3/21/07)

HIRONO: “I Get To The Office Sometime Between 8 And 8:30 In The Morning, And I’m Lucky If
I’m Home By 8:30 At Night . . . I Walk In The Dark, And It’s Cold.” (Dan Boylan, “The Immigrant Congresswoman,”
MidWeek, 3/21/07)

Hirono On Federal Funding For Hawaii

“Hirono Also Said She Would Be Tracking Spending Bills to ensure money slated for Hawaii, such as
the $2.5 million to clean up a former Air Force landfill at Bellows Beach, stays in them.” (Dennis Camire, “Spending,
War Top Delegates’ Priorities,” The Honolulu Advertiser, 8/3/07)




STIMULUS
Hirono Voted For The Failed $787 Stimulus Which She Claimed Would “Bring Critical Help To
Hawaii”
On February 13, 2009 Hirono Voted To Adopt The Conference Report Of The $787 Billion Failed
Stimulus Bill. “Adoption of the conference report on the bill that would provide an estimated $787.2 billion
in tax cuts and spending increases to stimulate the economy, plus provisions to prevent the alternative
minimum tax from applying to millions of additional taxpayers in 2009 and to increase the ceiling on federal
borrowing by $789 billion to $12.104 trillion. The tax provisions, estimated to cost $211.8 billion through
2019, would include extending current accelerated depreciation allowances for businesses, suspending taxes
on the first $2,400 of unemployment benefits per recipient for 2009, and expanding a number of other
individual tax credits, including the first-time homebuyer tax credit to $8,000. Mandatory spending increases,
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expected to cost $267 billion through 2019, include an extension of unemployment and welfare benefits,
Medicaid payments to states, health insurance assistance for individuals and grants for health information
technology. Discretionary spending, estimated at $308.3 billion through 2019 and include grants to state and
local schools and funds for public housing, transportation and nutrition assistance.” (HR 1, CQ Vote #70: Adopted (thus
sent to the Senate) by a vote of 246-183: D 246-7; R 0-176, 2/13/09, Hirono Voted Yea)

Hawaii Received $2 Billion In Stimulus Funding. “Abercrombie and Rep. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said
the stimulus package should include significant funding to public works and job creation in Hawaii. More
than $2 billion worth of projects have been identified and are ready to get started.” (Dennis Camire, “Lawmakers Focus
On Recovery,” Honolulu Advertiser, 1/12/09)

          Hawaii’s $2 Billion Stimulus Breakdown

          Hirono Claimed That Roughly $1 Billion In Stimulus Funding Is “Not Just About Jobs But Is
           An Investment In The Future.” “Hirono said the roughly $1 billion in federal stimulus for Hawaii
           is not just about jobs but is an investment in the future.” (“Stimulus Package To Aid Hawaii Public Schools,” Associated Press,
           2/21/09)

          HIRONO: “If (The Stimulus Funding) Didn’t Provide Help In Saving Teaching Jobs,
           Building Infrastructure -- It Defies Logic To Say That Money Did Not Help.” (Erin Miller, “Hirono:
           Create Jobs Now,” West Hawaii Today, 1/29/11)

Hirono And Congress Recognized A Problem On Not Restricting The Use Of Federal Funds, The
Only Qualification Is That The Project Had To Be “Shovel Ready.” “Hirono said Congress recognized
that could be a problem. ‘We didn’t want to put any impediment on the use of these funds,’ she said. To
qualify for the funding, the projects had to be ‘shovel ready,’ with all of the planning, engineering and design
completed. The funding is for construction only.” (Eloise Aguiar, “Punalu’u Bridge To Be Replaced,” Honolulu Advertiser, 4/26/09)

          2009: “The Projects That Could Get Funded Must Be ‘Shovel-Ready,’ A Term Hirono Said
           Meant Ready To Be Contracted Within 90 Days.” (Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, “County Could See New Road Funds
           Rep. Hirono Touts Local Value Of Stimulus Bill,” States News Service, 2/21/09)

          2011: “Shovel-Ready Was Not As Shovel-Ready As We Expected,” Obama Said.” (David Jackson,
           “Obama Jokes About ‘Shovel-Ready Projects,’” USA Today’s The Oval Blog, www.usatoday.com, Posted 6/13/11)

Hirono Applauded Economic Stimulus Funding For Renewable Energy Technologies. “For my part,
I voted in favor of the Recovery Act that has since brought close to $63 million dollars in U.S. Department of
Energy grants to fund such projects as installing solar water heaters and compact fluorescent lamps in more
than 400 Hawaiian homestead homes, while also installing photovoltaic systems on state and county
buildings. $10.3 million dollars in State Energy Program funding is currently being used to improve energy
efficiency and expand the deployment of renewable energy technologies throughout the islands.” (Mazie Hirono,
“End Dependence ON Fossil Fuels,” Honolulu Civil Beat, 7/5/10)

Hirono Defended The Success Of The Stimulus
“The Congresswoman Defended The $787 Billion Economic Package To Critics, including at least
one at Friday’s meeting.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “County Could See New Road Funds Rep. Hirono Touts Local Value Of Stimulus Bill,” Press Release,
2/21/09)

          Later In The Conversation, Hirono Said The Stimulus Is “Not Going To Be The Answer To
           All Our Troubles.” “‘Economists -- centrist, left or right -- say we cannot do nothing,’ Hirono said,
           while also adding, ‘It’s not going to be the answers to all our troubles.’” (Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, “County
           Could See New Road Funds Rep. Hirono Touts Local Value Of Stimulus Bill,” Press Release, 2/21/09)

HIRONO: “This Is A Jobs And Economic Recovery Plan That Will Bring Critical Help To Hawaii,
already facing a billion dollar deficit. The bill will bring at least half a billion dollars to our state and, I hope,
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significantly more once all of the figures become available.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Favor Of $787
Billion Economic Recovery Plan Stimulus Package Includes Critical Investments In Hawaii Schools And Infrastructure,” Press Release, 2/13/09)

HIRONO: “We’re Talking About A Bill That Will Save Or Create About 15,000 Jobs In Hawaii,
provide $200 million for needed infrastructure and ready-to-go projects in our state, and $194 million to the
state fiscal stabilization fund to prevent deep cuts in education.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Favor Of
$787 Billion Economic Recovery Plan Stimulus Package Includes Critical Investments In Hawaii Schools And Infrastructure,” Press Release, 2/13/09)

HIRONO: “Creating Jobs And Stimulating The National And State Economy Comes Before
Closing The Federal Budget Deficit.” (Erin Miller, “Hirono: Create Jobs Now,” West Hawaii Today, 1/29/11)
“Rep. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Said In A Statement The Stimulus ‘Will Bring Critical Help To
Hawaii, Already Facing A $1 Billion Deficit.’” (Dennis Camire, “State Share Of Stimulus Nearly $1B,” Honolulu Advertiser, 2/14/09)
HIRONO: “I Did Vote For This Because I Believe We Have To Do This.” (“County Could See New Road Funds
Rep Hirono Touts Local Value Of Stimulus Bill,” States News Service, 2/21/09)

The “Stimulus” Was Riddled With Waste
$554,000 To Replace Windows At A Closed Visitor Center: “Despite having no plans to reopen a
shuttered visitor center at Mount St. Helens in Washington State, the U.S. Forest Service is spending more
than $554,000 to replace its windows.” (Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. and John McCain, “Summertime Blues: 100 Stimulus Projects That Give
Taxpayers The Blues,” August 2010)

$760,000 For A Computerized Choreography Program: “The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
received more than $760,000 in stimulus funds to help develop a computerized choreography program that its
creators believe could lead to a YouTube-like ‘Dance Tube’ online application.” (Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. and John
McCain, “Summertime Blues: 100 Stimulus Projects That Give Taxpayers The Blues,” August 2010)

Nearly $2 Million To Study Exotic Ants: “The California Academy of Sciences is receiving nearly $2
million to send researchers to the Southwest Indian Ocean Islands and east Africa, to capture, photograph,
and analyze thousands of exotic ants.” (Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. and John McCain, “Summertime Blues: 100 Stimulus Projects That Give
Taxpayers The Blues,” August 2010)

Over $13 Million For Repairs At The Remote Dry Tortugas National Park In Key West, Florida:
“Visitors to Key West, Florida with enough time and money can explore one of the National Park Service’s
(NPS) less convenient destinations—Dry Tortugas National Park. Located 70 miles off shore, the park is
almost entirely underwater and accessible only by airplane, private boat or ferry. Despite its remote location,
the park will get $13,304,484 in repairs for its main above-water attraction, Fort Jefferson.” (Senators Tom Coburn,
M.D. and John McCain, “Summertime Blues: 100 Stimulus Projects That Give Taxpayers The Blues,” August 2010)

$700,000 To Study Why Monkeys Respond Negatively To Inequity And Unfairness: “While much is
known about how humans respond to inequity and injustice, researchers at Georgia State University are using
almost $700,000 in stimulus funds to study why monkeys respond negatively to inequity and unfairness.”
(Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. and John McCain, “Summertime Blues: 100 Stimulus Projects That Give Taxpayers The Blues,” August 2010)

Almost Half-A-Million To Provide Quitting Smokers With A Smartphone: “The American Legacy
Foundation is slated to receive almost half a million dollars to provide quitting smokers with a smartphone so
they can contact their quitting support groups by text message or phone call to prevent relapses.” (Senators Tom
Coburn, M.D. and John McCain, “Summertime Blues: 100 Stimulus Projects That Give Taxpayers The Blues,” August 2010)

Nearly $300,000 To Provide Information On Interplanetary Weather: “Want to know if it’s going to rain
this week . . . on Venus? According to scientists at the Southwest Research Institute (SWRI) in Texas, you
absolutely do. So the government has given them nearly $300,000 in stimulus funds to satisfy the American
taxpayer’s profound need for interplanetary weather info.” (Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. and John McCain, “Summertime Blues: 100
Stimulus Projects That Give Taxpayers The Blues,” August 2010)



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$144,541 To See How Monkeys React Under The Influence Of Cocaine: “Researchers at Wake Forest
University think that, in at least one case, it is good to monkey around with stimulus dollars. The Department
of Health and Human Services has sent $144,541 to the Winston-Salem College to see how monkeys react
under the influence of cocaine.” (Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. and John McCain, “Summertime Blues: 100 Stimulus Projects That Give Taxpayers
The Blues,” August 2010)

Thousands Of Stimulus Recipients Failed To Pay Their Taxes
At Least 3,700 Tax Delinquent Stimulus Recipients Received Over $24 Billion In Funds. “At least
3,700 Recovery Act contract and grant recipients—including prime recipients, subrecipients, and vendors—
are estimated to owe more than $750 million in known unpaid federal taxes as of September 30, 2009, and
received over $24 billion in Recovery Act funds.” (“Thousands Of Recovery Act Contract And Grant Recipients Owe Hundreds Of
Millions In Federal Taxes,” Government Accountability Office, April 2011)

          “The Real Number Might Be Higher.” “The report said the tax delinquents accounted for nearly
           6 percent of the 63,000 contractors and grantees examined and cautioned that the real number might
           be higher because the known tax debt does not measure such factors as income underreporting.” (Jim
           Abrams, “Tax Cheats Among Recipients Of Stimulus Money,” Associated Press, 5/23/11)

The GAO Audit Found That In Some Cases The Recipients Were Engaged In “Abusive Or Criminal
Activity Related To The Federal Tax System.” “For the 15 cases of Recovery Act recipients with
outstanding tax debt that we selected for a detailed audit and investigation, we found abusive or potential
criminal activity related to the federal tax system.” (“Thousands Of Recovery Act Contract And Grant Recipients Owe Hundreds Of
Millions In Federal Taxes,” Government Accountability Office, April 2011)

“35 Percent Of The Unpaid Taxes Were For Debts Incurred Prior To 2003.” “The report noted that
about 35 percent of the unpaid taxes were for debts incurred prior to 2003 and that more than half of the
apparent violations, $417 million, were from unpaid corporate taxes. Another quarter, $207 million, came
from unpaid payroll taxes.” (Jim Abrams, “Tax Cheats Among Recipients Of Stimulus Money,” Associated Press, 5/23/11)
One Stimulus Recipient Owed $9 Million In Back Taxes “Mainly In Unpaid Payroll Taxes From
The Mid-2000s.” “The most serious documented case was a security firm that owed $9 million, mainly in
unpaid payroll taxes from the mid-2000s. IRS records indicated that the company paid other creditors while
shirking its tax obligations. The company, which received more than $100,000 in stimulus money, had a
history of being uncooperative, missing deadlines and repeatedly filing appeals, according to the records.” (Jim
Abrams, “Tax Cheats Among Recipients Of Stimulus Money,” Associated Press, 5/23/11)

Hirono Has Called For Another Stimulus To Grow The Economy
“Rep. Mazie Hirono Said The Government Still Needs To Invest In Job Creation To Emerge From
The Worst Economic Crisis Since The Depression.” (Derrick DePledge, “Case And Hirono Spar On Economy,” Honolulu Star-
Advertiser, 6/15/12)

Hirono Said Corporations And Businesses “Are Holding Billions Of Dollars That They’re Not
Investing” As Proof That The Trickle-Down Approach Doesn’t Work. “‘We’re in a unique time in the
history of our country -- the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. You do not recover from that
kind of cataclysmic economic downturn overnight,’ Hirono said. ‘And, you know what, the private sector --
the private sector, the corporations -- are holding on to billions of dollars that they’re not investing. So I think
we’ve already tried this trickle-down approach.” (Derrick DePledge, “Case And Hirono Spar On Economy,” Honolulu Star-Advertiser,
6/15/12)

          Hirono Cited Further Proof That Europe’s Continued Efforts To Cut Spending Has Not
           Solved Their Problem. HIRONO: “And by the way, Europe? They’re just cutting, cutting, cutting.
           And have they solved their problem, their economic woes? No.” (Derrick DePledge, “Case And Hirono Spar On
           Economy,” Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 6/15/12)

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Honolulu Star-Advertiser: “Hirono Supports Federal Spending To Create Jobs.” (Richard Borreca, “Real Debate
Needed To See Hirono, Case Differences,” Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 6/17/12)

           “‘This Is Not About Left Or Right, It Is About Right Or Wrong ... I Am Focusing On Doing
            The Right Thing For Hawaii,’ Hirono Said, adding her biggest accomplishments were in ‘bringing
            people together.’” (Richard Borreca, “Real Debate Needed To See Hirono, Case Differences,” Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 6/17/12)

Hirono Touted Obama’s American Jobs Act In 2012 Primary Debates, Which Has Been Described
As A Second Stimulus
“‘Let’s Not Forget That In This State Alone There Are So Many People In The Construction Trades
Who Are Sitting On The Bench,’ Hirono Said. ‘President Obama’s Jobs Plan Will Enable These
Folks To Get The Jobs That They Need. We Need To Get Our Economy Going.’” (Derrick DePledge, “Case,
Hirono Duke It Out,” Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 7/27/12)

Hirono Said Obama’s Jobs Act Would Be Paid For By Tax Increases On The Richest 2 Percent Of
Americans And Removing Big Oil Subsidies. “ HIRONO: “…President’s American Jobs Act actually
does. It is paid for. It is paid for by things such as - let us repeal the tax breaks for the richest 2 percent of
people in the country that would be about $830 billion dollars over ten years. Let’s remove the $4 billion
dollars every year we give to big oil that they certainly don’t need.” (Hawaii News Now, www.hawaiinewsnow.com, Debate,
Accessed 7/31/12) (35:20)

Hirono Debunked Claims Obama’s Jobs Plan Was Another Bailout Or Stimulus And Said She
“Unequivocally” Supported Obama’s American Jobs Act That Would Create 2 Million American
Jobs. “This [Obama’s American Jobs Act] is not a bailout or a stimulus. . . I support it. I unequivocally
support the creation of almost 2 million jobs that is represented by the American’s Jobs Act. So, if the
president were going to call me today and say ‘Mazie, would you support this bill?’ I would say yes.” (Hawaii News
Now, www.hawaiinewsnow.com, Debate, Accessed 7/31/12) (35:20)

The Congressional Budget Office Said The Senate Version Of President Obama’s Jobs Bill Would
Cost $447 Billion Over The Next Decade, But Would Be Offset With $453 Billion In New Taxes.
“CBO estimates that enacting Senator Reid’s alternative bill would increase the budget deficit by $285 billion
in 2012 and decrease deficits by $6 billion over the 2012-2021 period. That estimated deficit reduction of $6
billion over the coming decade is the net effect of $447 billion in additional spending and tax cuts and $453
billion in additional tax revenue from the offset specified in the bill.” (Congressional Budget Office Website, “Estimated
Budgetary Impact Of Two Versions Of The American Jobs Act,” www.cboblog.cbo.gov, Accessed 11/18/11)

Senate Democrats Included A 5.6% Tax On Income Above $1 Million. “Senate Democrats said
Wednesday they were changing Obama’s jobs package to add a 5.6 percent tax on income above $1 million, a
proposal that is sure to be blocked by Republicans.” (Stephen Ohlemacher, “Senate Democrats Add Millionaire Tax To Jobs Bill,” The
Associated Press, 10/5/11)

Multiple Sources Have Called Obama’s New $450 Billion “Jobs” Bill A Second Stimulus
The Detroit News: “President Barack Obama’s much-anticipated plan for putting Americans back to work
turns out to be a scaled-down version of his original stimulus package, which is well on its way to becoming
one of the most monumental economic policy failures in the nation’s history.” (Editorial, “Obama Offers Stimulus Lite,” The
Detroit News, 9/9/11)

The Wall Street Journal: “We’ve had the biggest Keynesian stimulus in decades. The new argument that the
2009 stimulus wasn’t big enough isn’t what we heard then. Americans were told it would create 3.5 million
new jobs and unemployment would stay below 8% and be falling by 2011. It is now 9.1%. But this stimulus
we are told will make all the difference.” (Editorial, “The Latest Jobs Plan,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/9/11)


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Chicago Tribune: “President Barack Obama didn’t use the S-word even once Thursday evening, but his
American Jobs Act proposals to grow U.S. employment fully qualify as another stimulus package. … We view
as sincere — and not just self-protection — Obama’s effort to help those who are out of work. But we’ve
witnessed the failure of Keynesian stimulus programs to dent this nation’s jobs crisis. This is the wrong time
for a president to tell Americans, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to spend.’” (Editorial, “The Wrong Stimulus,”
Chicago Tribune, 9/9/11)




SPENDING BILLS
Hirono Has Criticized Large Deficits
HIRONO: “We’ve Been Running These Huge Annual Deficits. Under Bush We Haven’t Had A
Balanced Budget For The Past Six Years, And Because Of Him We Probably Won’t Have One For
At Least 10. We Need Some Pay-As-You-Go Rules.” (Dan Boylan, “The Immigrant Congresswoman,” MidWeek, 3/21/07)

Hirono Bragged About Federal Funding For Hawaii
It Has Been Reported That Hirono Tweeted Five Times Between September 17 – 24 That “Touted
Federal Funding The Congresswoman Helped Secure For Hawaii.” “Between Friday, Sept. 17, and
Friday, Sept. 24, Hirono (@maziehirono) sent 12 Tweets. Of those, five touted federal funding the
congresswoman helped secure for Hawaii.” (James Johnson, “On Twitter, Djou Urges Fiscal Restraint, Hirono Touts Spending,” Hawaii
Reporter, 9/25/10)

Hirono Voted Against The 2012 Ryan Budget
Hirono Voted Against The Ryan Budget. “Adoption of the concurrent resolution that would allow $2.859
trillion in new budget authority for fiscal 2012, including up to $1.019 trillion in non-emergency discretionary
spending. It calls for $659 billion in security spending and $360 billion in non-security spending. It proposes
converting the federal share of Medicaid to a block grant to states. It calls for converting Medicare for
persons currently younger than 55 into a “premium support system” through which the government would
pay private insurance companies directly for each enrollee. It also proposes consolidating the current six tax
brackets and cutting the corporate tax rate and the top individual tax rate to 25 percent. It assumes the
extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts beyond 2012 and projects that the budget deficit would be reduced to
$391 billion by fiscal 2021.” (H Con Res 34, CQ Vote #277: Adopted by a vote of 235-193: R 235-4; D 0-189, 4/15/11, Hirono Voted Nay)
Hirono Stated The Ryan Budget Helped The “Haves” At The Expense Of Everyone Else. “The Ryan
Budget, named after its author Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), helps the ‘haves’ at the expense of everyone else.
Under the Ryan Budget, the wealthiest Americans and special interest groups will receive permanent tax cuts.
Big Oil companies will get tens of billions of dollars in subsidies. The $4 trillion in proposed tax cuts will be
paid for by the working and middle class.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “April Legislative Update,” Newsletter, 4/11)
Medicare Is On A March Toward Insolvency And Is Bringing The Country With It
“Nothing Will Sooner Finish Off ‘Medicare As We Know It’ Than To Continue Its Present March
Into Insolvency.”(Editorial, “Medicare For A New Century,” The Wall Street Journal, 4/6/11)
CBO: Medicare Spending Continues To Increase Leading To “Growing Budget Deficits And
Surging Federal Debt.” ”In particular, spending on the government’s major mandatory health care
programs— Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and health insurance subsidies to be provided through the new
insurance exchanges—along with Social Security will increase from roughly 10 percent of GDP in 2011 to
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years, that rise in spending will lead to rapidly growing budget deficits and surging federal debt.” (Congressional
Budget Office, “The Budget And Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2011-2021,” 1/26/11)

Medicare Expenditures Are Going To Increase At A Faster Rate Than Economic Growth. “Total
Medicare expenditures were $509 billion in 2009 and are projected under current law to increase in future
years at a somewhat faster pace than either workers’ earnings or the economy overall.” (“The 2010 Annual Report Of
The Boards Of Trustees Of The Federal Hospital Insurance And Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds,” CMS.gov, 8/5/10)

The Medicare Trustees: “Prompt Action Is Necessary” To Keep The Trust Fund From Going
Bankrupt. “We believe that prompt action is necessary to address both the exhaustion of the HI trust fund
and the anticipated excess growth in HI, SMI Part B, and SMI Part D expenditures.” (“The 2010 Annual Report Of The
Boards Of Trustees Of The Federal Hospital Insurance And Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds,” CMS.gov, 8/5/10)

Medicare Will Begin Running A Deficit In 2024, Five Years Earlier Than Projected. “Caught in the
sluggish recovery from the last recession, Social Security and Medicare face an increasingly dismal fiscal
future, the federal government reported Friday in its annual review of the two mammoth entitlement
programs. Medicare, which now provides health insurance to some 47 million elderly and disabled Americans,
could begin running a deficit in 2024, five years earlier than projected last year.” (Noam Levey, “Insolvency Looms For
Federal Entitlement Programs, Government Warns,” Los Angeles Times, 5/13/11)

Access To Care Will Be In Serious Jeopardy If Congress Doesn’t Change The Medicare Status Quo
The Medicare Trustees Report: Congress Will Have To Intervene To Prevent “Severe Problems”
With Access To Health Care. “Well before that point, Congress would have to intervene to prevent the
withdrawal of providers from the Medicare market and the severe problems with beneficiary access to care
that would result.” (“The 2010 Annual Report Of The Boards Of Trustees Of The Federal Hospital Insurance And Federal Supplementary Medical
Insurance Trust Funds,” CMS.gov, 8/5/10)

Doctors Across The Country Say They’ve Been Forced To Shift Away From Medicare Patients
Toward High-Paying, Privately Insured Or Self-Paying Patients In Response To Decreasing
Medicare Payments “Top-ranked primary care doctor Linda Yau is one of three physicians with the
District’s Foxhall Internists group who recently announced they will no longer be accepting Medicare
patients. ‘It’s not easy. But you realize you either do this or you don’t stay in business,’ she said. Doctors
across the country describe similar decisions, complaining that they’ve been forced to shift away from
Medicare toward higher-paying, privately insured or self-paying patients in response to years of penny-
pinching by Congress. And that’s not even taking into account a long-postponed rate-setting method that is
on track to slash Medicare’s payment rates to doctors by 23 percent Dec. 1.” (N.C. Aizenman, “Doctors Say Medicare Cuts
Force Painful Decision About Elderly Patients,” The Washington Post, 11/26/10)

When The Trust Funds Run Dry, Medicare Benefits Will Be Cut By At Least 10%, And By 25% In
2045. “If the trust funds run out, the programs no longer would be able to pay full benefits. … Medicare
could pay 90% starting in 2024, dropping to 75% in 2045.” (Richard Wolf, “Medicare, Social Security Running Out Of Money Faster,”
USA Today, 5/13/11)

The Democrat Health Care Law Created A Panel, Independent From Congress, That Will Be In
Charge Of Controlling Costs And Possibly Rationing Medicare
The Independent Payment Advisory Board Was Created By ObamaCare As A Means To Control
Medicare Costs. “The Independent Payment Advisory Board was created by the 2010 health care law. Last
month, in releasing his deficit-reduction plan, President Obama called for increasing the panel’s authority,
saying it was critical to controlling the costs of the program, estimated at $524 billion in fiscal 2010.” (Bara Vaida,
“Controversial Health Board Braces For Continued Battles Over Medicare,” The Washington Post, 5/8/11)

          The IPAB Will Make Recommendations To Reduce Spending In Medicare. “Beginning with
           fiscal 2015, if Medicare is projected to grow too quickly, the IPAB will make binding

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           recommendations to reduce spending.” (Bara Vaida, “Controversial Health Board Braces For Continued Battles Over Medicare,” The
           Washington Post, 5/8/11)

“Republicans And Some Democrats Have Denounced The IPAB, Saying It Will Be Made Up Of
Unelected Bureaucrats Who Will Wind Up Rationing Care To Medicare Beneficiaries.” (Bara Vaida,
“Controversial Health Board Braces For Continued Battles Over Medicare,” The Washington Post, 5/8/11)

Republicans And Democrats Want To Eliminate The IPAB, Saying It Would Usurp Congresses
Spending Power Over Medicare. “But not only do Republicans and some Democrats oppose increasing
the power of the board, they also want to eliminate it altogether. Opponents fear that the panel, known as the
Independent Payment Advisory Board, would usurp Congressional spending power over one of the
government’s most important and expensive social programs.” (Robert Pear, “Bipartisan Objection To Panel To Curb Medicare
Costs,” The New York Times, 4/20/11)

Pennsylvania Democrat Allyson Schwartz Said Medicare Spending Decisions Should Not Be Left To
An Unelected Board. “Representative Allyson Y. Schwartz, a Pennsylvania Democrat prominent on health
care issues, said: ‘It’s our constitutional duty, as members of Congress, to take responsibility for Medicare and
not turn decisions over to a board. Abdicating this responsibility, whether to insurance companies or to an
unelected commission, undermines our ability to represent our constituents, including seniors and the
disabled.’” (Robert Pear, “Bipartisan Objection To Panel To Curb Medicare Costs,” The New York Times, 4/20/11)
Democrat Congressman Pete Stark: “Why Have Legislators?” “‘Why have legislators?’ asked
Representative Pete Stark of California, the senior Democrat on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on
Health.” (Robert Pear, “Bipartisan Objection To Panel To Curb Medicare Costs,” The New York Times, 4/20/11)

          Pete Stark (D-CA): “But, In Its Effort To Limit The Growth Of Medicare Spending, The
           Board Is Likely To Set Inadequate Payment Rates For Health Care Providers, Which Could
           Endanger Patient Care.’” (Robert Pear, “Bipartisan Objection To Panel To Curb Medicare Costs,” The New York Times, 4/20/11)
Hirono Voted For The Progressive Caucus’ Fiscal 2012 “People’s Budget”
Hirono Voted For The Congressional Progressive Caucus Substitute Amendment To The Ryan
Budget Called “The People’s Budget.” “Grijalva, D-Ariz., substitute amendment that would allow $3.986
trillion in new budget authority for the federal government for fiscal 2012. It assumes the end of emergency
supplemental appropriations for overseas contingency operations beginning in 2013, consistent with
withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq. It assumes increased tax revenue, in part by returning to Clinton-era
rates and indexing the alternative minimum tax, rescinding upper-income tax cuts, creating a progressive
estate tax, and taxing capital gains and qualified dividends as ordinary income. It calls for changes to the
health care system, including the creation of a public plan, and increased spending for education,
infrastructure, housing, and research and development. It projects a budget surplus within 10 years.” (H. Con. Res.
85, CQ Vote #274: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 77-347: R 0-239; D 77-108, 4/15/11, Hirono Voted Yea)

The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Budget Raises Taxes Across The Board Instead Of Cutting
Government Spending To Reduce The Deficit. “The legislation would let most of the Bush tax cuts
expire — a major difference from Obama’s budget, which would extend most of the Bush tax cuts — and
add a few new brackets for millionaires and multimillionaires, not to mention a stronger and more progressive
estate tax. Capital gains and dividend income would be taxed as normal income, corporate taxes would be
raised, and a financial transaction tax would be passed. The payroll cap would be raised on the employee side
and abolished on the employer side, taking care of most of Social Security’s shortfall, and the Defense
Department would see $1.8 trillion in cuts over 10 years. There’d be a public option added to the health-care
system and Medicare would get more power to negotiate drug prices. There’s room for $1.4 trillion in new
investments, and according to the HPC’s numbers, their budget does more deficit reduction over the next 10
years than either Obama or Ryan’s budget. Paul Krugman calls it ‘the only major budget proposal out there

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offering a plausible path to balancing the budget.’” (Ezra Klein, “The House Progressive Budget,” The Washington Post’s WONKBLOG,
4/25/11)

          “Hirono Said The Progressive Caucus Budget Represented An Alternative Approach That
           Would Have Brought More Balance To Defense And Domestic Initiatives.” (Derrick DePledge, “Rival
           Candidates Cite Old House Votes,” Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 6/14/12)

          “‘I’m Proud To Be A Progressive, Someone Who Cares About Equal Opportunity And Justice
           For The People In Our Country, Who Cares About Our Seniors,’ She [Hirono] Said.” (Derrick
           DePledge, “Rival Candidates Cite Old House Votes,” Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 6/14/12)

Hirono Voted For The Congressional Black Caucus’ Fiscal 2012 Alternative Budget
Hirono Voted For The Congressional Black Caucus’ Alternative Budget. “Cleaver, D-Mo., substitute
amendment that would allow $3.14 trillion in new budget authority for the federal government for fiscal 2012.
It assumes increased tax revenue through a series of changes to the tax code, including the repeal of the 2001
and 2003 tax cuts for top earners and taxing capital gains and dividends as ordinary income. It also calls for
increased funding for education, job training programs, transportation projects, health care services, and
veterans’ benefits and services.” (H. Con. Res. 34, CQ Vote 273: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 103-303: R 0-228; D 103-75,
4/15/11, Hirono Voted Yea)

The Congressional Black Caucus’ Alternative Budget Reduces The Deficit By Raising Taxes. “The
CBC Budget achieves all this by making tough but responsible decisions to raise new revenue by broadening
the tax base, make our tax system more fair, and close corporate tax loopholes and preferences that have only
contributed to the loss of American jobs.” (The Congressional Black Caucus Website, cdn.thecongressionalblackcaucus.com, Accessed 2/8/12)

Hirono Voted For Obama’s Enormous $3.55 Trillion FY 2010 Budget
On April 2, 2009 Hirono Voted For The House-Passed $3.55 Trillion Obama Budget. “Adoption of
the concurrent resolution that would allow up to $1.089 trillion in non-emergency discretionary spending for
fiscal 2010, plus $130 billion in fiscal 2010 for the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. It would create 17
reserve funds, each with a specific purpose to allow for increases in spending or changes in tax policy,
provided the increase is offset. It would call on the Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Education
and Labor committees to report reconciliation bills that reduce the deficit by $1 billion from fiscal 2009 to
2014 and provide for health care and education investments. It also would assume a reduction of the deficit
to $598 billion by fiscal 2014.” (H Con Res 85, CQ Vote #192: Adopted by a vote of 233-196: D 233-20; R 0-176 ,4/2/09, Hirono Voted Yea)

          Hirono Also Voted For The Fiscal 2010 Budget Conference Report. (S Con Res 13, CQ Vote #216: D 233-17;
           R 0-176, 4/29/09, Hirono Voted Yea)

The Federal Budget Deficit In 2010 Ended Up Being $1.29 Trillion. “The federal government ended
fiscal year 2010 $1.294 trillion in the red, the Treasury Department said Friday — an improvement from last
year’s largest-ever annual deficit of $1.416 trillion, but still the second-largest hole in history.” (Stephen Dinan,
“Budget deficit dropped slightly in fiscal 2010,” Washington Times, 10/15/10)

          “Across All Agencies, The Government Spent $3.456 Trillion In 2010, And Took In Just $2.162
           Trillion In Revenue.” (Stephen Dinan, “Budget deficit dropped slightly in fiscal 2010,” Washington Times, 10/15/10)
Hirono Voted For The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Fiscal 2010 Substitute Budget
Hirono Voted For The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Substitute Budget That Would Have
Raised Taxes. “Woolsey, D-Calif., substitute amendment that would cap non-defense, domestic
discretionary spending at $991 billion for fiscal 2010. It would cap defense spending levels at $479 billion and
accelerate the redeployment of soldiers and military contractors in Iraq. The substitute also would assume a
repeal of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for the top 1 percent of U.S. households and the elimination of certain
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corporate tax provisions. It would call for increased funding for health care, education, veterans issues,
poverty reduction, foreign assistance, combating global warming and creation of renewable energy projects.”
(H. Con. Res. 85, CQ Vote #188: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 84-348:R 0-176; D 84-172, 4/2/09, Hirono Voted Yea)

The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Budget Would Have Recklessly Raised Federal Spending.
DIAMOND: “And as you were talking about, we also expect that, potentially, from Congressman Paul Ryan,
as you were mentioning, with that budget version from the Republicans, more of the tax cuts, and you know,
revising Medicare. And then we also have the Progressive Caucus of the Democrats, where -- you know, we
keep on saying, Rich, how much this budget is. It’s mind-boggling, $3.6 trillion. Yet you have the Progressive
Caucus wants to even add on top of that I think another $469 billion.” (Fox Businesses’ “Happy Hour,” 4/2/09)
Hirono Voted For The Congressional Black Caucus’ Fiscal 2010 Substitute Budget
Hirono Voted For The Congressional Black Caucus’ Substitute Budget. “Lee, D-Calif., substitute
amendment that would set total outlays at $3.02 trillion in fiscal 2010. It would assume increased federal
revenue by a repeal of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts on the top 1 percent of U.S. households. It also would call
for a 0.6 percent surtax on adjustable gross income exceeding $500,000 for individuals ($1 million for joint
filers) and as well as increased funding for health care, education, veterans issues, foreign assistance, job
training, justice and transportation.” (H. Con. Res. 85, CQ Vote #190: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 113-318: R 0-175; D 113-
143, 4/2/09, Hirono Voted Yea)

The Congressional Black Caucus’ Substitute Budget Would Pay For Increased Domestic Spending
By Eliminating The Republican Tax Cuts Of 2001 And 2003. “By investing in education, health care,
clean energy, transportation, and our veterans, the President’s Budget and the Democratic Budget are
excellent blueprints to continue our economic recovery and return to fiscal responsibility. However, the CBC
Budget builds on these investments by immediately repealing the 2001 and 2003 Bush-era tax cuts that benefit
the wealthiest Americans and shifts those savings towards Education, Health Care, Job Training, International
Aid, Justice, Transportation, and Veterans. ‘The CBC Budget adopts the successful economic policies of the
1990s, which eliminated the deficit and created surpluses sufficient to pay off the national debt and save
Social Security,’ said Rep. Scott.” (Rep. Danny Davis, “Building Upon President’s Blueprint For Success, Congressional Black Caucus Offers Budget
Substitute,” Press Release, 4/2/09)

Hirono Voted For Obama’s FY 2009 Budget
On June 5, 2008 Hirono Voted For The FY 2009 Budget Resolution. “Adoption of the conference
report on the concurrent resolution that would allow up to $1 trillion in discretionary spending for fiscal
2009, plus $70 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and $5.8 billion for hurricane recovery. It would
assume $1.9 trillion in mandatory spending and allow for the statutory debt limit to increase by $800 billion to
$10.615 trillion. It would assume $480.7 for regular defense discretionary spending. Non-defense
discretionary spending would be at $482 billion and advanced fiscal 2010 funding would be limited at $28.9
billion. It would assume $84.3 billion in discretionary budget authority for education, training, employment
and social services programs, $48.2 billion for veterans programs, $58.7 billion for low-income programs and
$25.9 billion for transportation. It would assume a number of reserve funds that would have to be offset. It
would create a “trigger” mechanism that would reinforce pay-as-you-go rules in the House. The measure
assumes a one-year alternative minimum tax ‘patch’ that would be offset. It also would create a 60-vote point
of order in the Senate against legislation that increases the deficit by $10 billion in a year.” (S. Con Res 70, CQ Voted
#382: Adopted, (thus cleared), by a vote of 214-210: D 214-12; R 0-196, 6/5/08, Hirono Voted Yea)

Democrat’s Claimed The Fiscal 2009 Budget Resolution Would Balance The Budget And Create
Surpluses In Four Years. “Democrats contended that their budget, while assuming a $400 billion deficit this
year, will achieve balance and generate small surpluses in four years. Republicans charged that those surpluses
would depend on the expiration of 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.” (Jill Smallen And Jason Dick, “The Week On The Hill,” The National
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The Fiscal 2009 Budget Resolution’s Deficit Predictions Were “Far From Reality.” “The budget’s
prediction of a $340 billion deficit for next year is far from reality. The projection omits the full cost of the
war in Iraq as well as the approximately $60 billion cost of ensuring that more than 20 million middle-class
taxpayers are not hit by the alternative minimum tax.” (Andrew Taylor, “House Passes Democratic Budget Plan,” Associated Press, 6/5/08)
The Federal Budget Deficit In 2009 Was $1.4 Trillion, “The Largest Shortfall Relative To The Size
Of The Economy Since 1945.” “The Obama administration said Friday that the federal budget deficit for
the fiscal year that just ended was $1.4 trillion, nearly a trillion dollars greater than the year before and the
largest shortfall relative to the size of the economy since 1945.” (Jackie Calmes, “U.S. Deficit Rises To $1.4 Trillion; Biggest Since
‘45,” The New York Times, 10/17/09)

Hirono Voted For The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Fiscal 2009 Substitute Budget
Hirono Voted For The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Substitute Budget That Would Have
Raised Taxes. “Lee, D-Calif., substitute amendment that would set non-defense, domestic discretionary
spending at $551.7 billion for fiscal 2009. It would project surpluses in fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2018. It would
assume a redeployment of U.S. military personnel and contractors from Iraq by Sept. 30, 2009 and an
extension of tax credits for investment in renewable and alternative energy. It also would assume a repeal of
the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for the top 1 percent of U.S. households and the elimination of certain corporate
tax provisions. It would call for increased funding for transportation, global warming efforts, education,
housing, health care and job training.” (H. Con. Res. 312, CQ Vote #138: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 98-322: R 0-191; D
98-131, 3/13/08, Hirono Voted Yea)

The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Substitute Budget “Pushes For A Second Stimulus
Package.” “The Congressional Progressive Caucus is using its alternative budget to build support for a
second stimulus package that includes many of the items that were cut following negotiations with
Republicans from the stimulus package signed into law last month. ‘We knew that the stimulus had to
happen,’ said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), a co-chairwoman of the Progressive Caucus. ‘We also know there
are provisions that are not included that can be put forth.’ Talk about a second stimulus had died down in
recent weeks, but liberals say it’s time to start pressing again because the economy needs more of a boost.
They argue that increased spending on their priorities will not only help people in need, but put in money in
consumers’ pockets and stimulate additional economic growth.” (Mike Soraghan, “Progressive Caucus Pushes For Second Stimulus
Package,” The Hill, 3/5/08)

Hirono Voted For The Congressional Black Caucus’ Fiscal 2009 Substitute Budget
Hirono Voted For The Congressional Black Caucus’ Substitute Budget. “Kilpatrick, D-Mich.,
substitute amendment that would achieve a budget surplus of $183 billion in fiscal 2012. The amendment
would assume increased federal revenue by a repeal of the 2001- and 2003-enacted tax cuts for household
income that exceeds $200,000. It also would assume the repeal of certain corporate tax provisions, as well as
increased funding for health care, education and job training programs, and veteran benefits and services.” (H.
Con. Res. 312, CQ Vote #137: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 126-292: R 0-192; D 126-100, 3/13/08, Hirono Voted Yea)

The Congressional Black Caucus’ Substitute Budget Sought To Increase Domestic Spending By
Raising Taxes. “One of the choices is to fund programs and services important to the American people
rather than continuing to provide tax cuts to those who need it least. By repealing some of the tax cuts
implemented under the Republican administration that primarily impact that portion of a household’ income
over $200,000, the CBC budget provides robust funding for much needed programs and services such as
health care for uninsured children, education and job training programs, veterans benefits and services and an
expanded G.I. Bill for Post-9/11 Veterans, juvenile justice prevention and intervention programs, the Global
AIDS initiative, community and regional development, public housing, the Low Income Home Energy
Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the Army Corps of Engineers, and Homeland Security needs such as the Port
Security Grant Program and grants for First Responders.” (“A Fiscally And Morally Responsible Alternative: Congressional Black
Caucus Budget For Fiscal Year 2009,” Press Release, 3/13/08)

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Hirono Voted For Democratic Congress’ FY 2008 Budget Resolution
On May 17, 2007 Hirono Voted For The FY 2008 Budget Resolution. “Adoption of the conference
report on the concurrent resolution that would allow up to $954.1 billion in discretionary spending for fiscal
2008, plus $145.2 billion for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. It would allow $503.8 billion for defense
discretionary spending not counting the $145.2 billion war set-aside. Non-defense discretionary spending
would be at $450.8 billion plus an additional $2 billion in advanced fiscal 2009 funding. It would allow for
$83.9 billion in discretionary budget authority for education, training, employment and social services
programs, $55 billion in budget authority for discretionary health programs and $45.7 billion in budget
authority for federal judicial and law enforcement activities. The resolution would call for $1.8 trillion in
mandatory spending outlays in fiscal 2008. It would create 23 reserve funds, each with a specific purpose to
allow for increases in spending or changes in tax policy. It would assume mandatory spending cuts of $750
million between fiscal 2007-12 by the House Education and Labor Committee and Senate Health, Education,
Labor and Pensions Committee. It would reinstate PAYGO rules in the Senate and establishes a “trigger”
mechanism for the House that could block tax cuts if the projected surplus in fiscal 2012 does not
materialize.” (S. Con. Res. 21, CQ Vote #377: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) by a vote of 214-209: D 214-13; R 0-196, 5/17/07, Hirono Voted Yea)
The Budget Called For The Allowing The Bush Tax Cuts To Expire – Resulting In An Additional
$3,026 In Taxes For The Average Taxpayer. “As it currently stands, the House budget resolution
proposes to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire, which could potentially cause the average taxpayer to face an
additional $3,026 in taxes. Further, allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire could cause great damage to the
economy, reducing both job creation and economic growth.” (Shanea Watkins, Ph.D., “Tax Increases Ahead: The Impact of the
House Budget Resolution,” Heritage Foundation, Backgrounder #2031, 5/7/07)

The Fiscal 2008 Budget “Significantly” Expanded Domestic Discretionary Spending. “The deal
reached Wednesday by House and Senate Democrats would allow them flexibility to extend tax cuts for the
middle class and significantly expand domestic discretionary spending.” (Steven Dennis And Emily Pierce, “Budget Headed To
Floor,” Roll Call, 5/17/07)

Congressional Quarterly: “Democrats Hailed Their Budget For Boosting Domestic Spending While
Projecting A Surplus Of $41 Billion In 2012.” (Scott Ferrell, “Congress Adopts $2.9 Trillion Fiscal 2008 Budget Resolution,” Congressional
Quarterly, 5/17/07)

The Federal Budget Deficit In 2008 Was $455 Billion. “The U.S. federal government budget deficit
widened to $455 billion in fiscal 2008 as the impact of a slower economy and the extraordinary federal
response to the financial crisis took its toll on the public finances. In nominal dollar terms, it was the largest
deficit ever, but it was not a record as a proportion of the economy. The deficit widened from 1.2% of gross
domestic product in 2007 to 3.2% in 2008, the largest deficit since 3.6% in 2004.” (Rex Nutting, “U.S. Deficit Rises To
$455 Billion As Economy Sinks,” Market Watch, 10/14/08)

          “In Nominal Dollar Terms, It Was The Largest Deficit Ever, But It Was Not A Record As A
           Proportion Of The Economy.” (Rex Nutting, “U.S. Deficit Rises To $455 Billion As Economy Sinks,” Market Watch, 10/14/08)
Hirono Voted For The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Fiscal 2008 Substitute Budget
Hirono Voted For The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Fiscal 2008 Substitute Budget. “Woolsey,
D-Calif., substitute amendment that would set non-defense, domestic discretionary spending at $483 billion
for fiscal 2008. It would achieve a $22.7 billion surplus by fiscal 2010 from a repeal of the 2001 and 2003 tax
cuts for the top 1 percent of U.S. households and the elimination of certain corporate tax provisions. It would
assume that veterans’ health care would become a mandatory spending program and that the amount
available in fiscal 2008 be 130 percent of the fiscal 2005 level.” (H. Con. Res. 99, CQ Vote #210: Rejected in Committee of the
Whole by a vote of 81-340: D 81-142; R 0-198, 3/29/07, Hirono Voted Yea)



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The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Budget Would Have Raised Taxes To Pay For Increased
Domestic Spending. “The proposed expenditure increases are covered by a renewed commitment to tax
fairness and fiscal responsibility. Included in their proposal is a commitment to roll back tax cuts for the top 1
percent of Americans, crack down on corporate welfare (such as special tax breaks for the oil and gas
industry), close the tax gap, and curb waste, fraud and abuse in the Department of Defense.” (Rep. Lynn Woolsey,
“Progressives Balance Budget By 2010,” Press Release, 3/27/07)

Hirono Voted For The Congressional Black Caucus’ Fiscal 2008 Substitute Budget
Hirono Voted For The Congressional Black Caucus’ Fiscal 2008 Substitute Budget. “Kilpatrick, D-
Mich., substitute amendment that would balance the budget and achieve a budget surplus of $141 billion in
fiscal 2012. It assumes a repeal of recent tax benefits for the top-two income brackets as well as for dividends
and capital gains.” (H. Con. Res. 99, CQ Vote #209: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 115-312: D 115-113; R 0-199, 3/29/07, Hirono
Voted Yea)

The Congressional Black Caucus’ Substitute Budget Would Have Raised Taxes To Pay For
Increased Domestic Spending. By repealing some of the tax cuts implemented under the Republican
administration that primarily impact that portion of a household’s income over $200,000, the CBC budget
generates revenue for much needed programs and services such as health care for all children in the United
States, education and job training programs, veterans benefits and services, homeland security, transportation,
and international child survival and health initiatives. (Rep. Robert Scott, “Congressional Black Caucus Proposes A Fiscally And Socially
Responsible Budget,” Press Release, 3/29/07)

Hirono Voted For The 2010 Omnibus Bills
On December 10, 2009 Hirono Voted For The FY 2010 Omnibus Appropriations Bills. “Adoption of
the conference report on the bill that would provide $446.8 billion in discretionary spending in fiscal 2010 for
federal departments and agencies covered by six unfinished fiscal 2010 spending bills. The measure
incorporates the following previously separate appropriations bills from the 111th Congress: Commerce-
Justice-Science; Financial Services; Labor-HHS-Education; Military Construction-VA; State-Foreign
Operations; and Transportation-HUD. It also would prohibit the release or transfer of detainees held in
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, into the United States, for any reason other than prosecution.” (HR 3288, CQ Vote #949:
Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) by a vote of 221-202: D 221-28; R 0-174, 12/10/09, Hirono Voted Yea)

The Fiscal 2010 Omnibus Contained 5,224 Earmarks Costing About $3.9 Billion. “In all, the bill
contains 5,224 earmarks costing about $3.9 billion, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense, a watchdog
group. Though Democrats say they have cracked down on pork-barrel spending, critics attacked the bill as
excessive. ‘Clearly, the earmark culture has not been swept away,’ Brian M. Riedl, a budget analyst at the
conservative Heritage Foundation, blogged Thursday.” (Richard Simon, “House OKs $3.9 Billion In Earmarks In Spending Bill,” Los
Angeles Times, 12/11/09)

Hirono Secured Over $233 Million For Hawaii
Hirono Claimed The Bill Included Funding For Projects That Addressed The Real Needs In
Hawaii. HIRONO: “The bill also includes targeted funding for projects that address real needs in Hawaii
such as creating low income housing on Kauai, relieving traffic congestion in Kapolei, and assisting at-risk
youth in Lanai and Maui.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release,
12/10/09)

Hirono Secured Over $233 Million For Hawaii In The FY 2010 Omnibus. “H.R. 3288 includes
$233,228,900 in FY2010 funding for projects in the State of Hawaii and national education projects that
Congresswoman Hirono requested. Many of the projects approved for funding were also requested by
Senators Inouye and Akaka and Congressman Abercrombie.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of
Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)


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   $2,500,000 To Support The Imiloa Astronomy Center In Hilo. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono
    Votes In Support Of Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

    Hirono Insisted The Imiloa Astronomy Center Will Help Create Enthusiasm Among
    Hawaiian Children. “[S]he [Hirono] insists, the money will help create enthusiasm for science
    among Native Hawaiian children who have few educational opportunities outside of school.” (Herber
    Sample, “Bacon Or Pork, Hawaii Delegation Brings It Home,” Associated Press, 3/12/09)

   $2,000,000 To Fund The Hawaii Integrated Justice Information System Based In Hilo. (Rep.
    Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

   $500,000 To Provide Training, Education, Research, And Technical Support To All State
    Court Systems In The United States. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of Consolidated
    Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

   $400,000 For Hawaii Fisheries Development At The Oceanic Institute In Waimanalo. (Rep. Mazie
    Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

   $350,000 To Help Fund The Ka Wili Pu Project For At-Risk Youth On Maui. (Rep. Mazie Hirono,
    “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

   $275,000 To Fund Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Plan Implementation. (Rep. Mazie Hirono,
    “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

   $200,000 For The Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center’s Human Rights Alliance Program In
    Honolulu. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

   $100,000 To Help Maintain The Protected Species Habitat At Kure Atoll. (Rep. Mazie Hirono,
    “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

   $25,000 To Help Fund The Coalition For A Drug-Free Lanai’s Youth Mentoring Program.
    (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

   $34,315,000 To Fund Educational Programs For Native Hawaiians. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman
    Hirono Votes In Support Of Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

   $25,646,000 For The National Writing Project. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of
    Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

   $24,803,000 For The Reading Is Fundamental Educational Program. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman
    Hirono Votes In Support Of Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

   $21,617,000 To Fund Two Programs (We The People And Cooperative Education Exchange)
    As Part Of The Civic Education Program. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of Consolidated
    Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

   $15,084,000 To Fund The Strengthening Alaska Native And Native Hawaiian Serving
    Institutions Programs. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press
    Release, 12/10/09)

   $14,000,000 To Provide Primary Health Promotion And Disease Prevention Services For
    Native Hawaiians. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release,
    12/10/09)

   $8,754,000 For The Alaska Native And Hawaiian Education For Cultural And Historical
    Organizations (Echo) Programs At The Bishop Museum And Elsewhere. (Rep. Mazie Hirono,
    “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)



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      $6,000,000 For The Reach Out And Read Program. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of
       Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

      $5,019,000 To Fund The Council On Economic Education For The Cooperative Education
       Exchange Program As Part Of The Civic Education Program. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono
       Votes In Support Of Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

      $1,942,000 For The Close Up Fellowships Program. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of
       Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

      $1,500,000 To Fund The University Of Hawaii At Hilo Clinical Pharmacy Training Program.
       (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

      $700,000 To The Hawaii Department Of Education For Its Assistance To Low Performing
       Schools Project, Which May Include Equipment And Technology. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman
       Hirono Votes In Support Of Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

      $500,000 For The National History Day Program. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of
       Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

      $100,000 For Facilities And Equipment At The Maui Medical Center’s Simulation Center In
       Wailuku. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

      $18,000 For The Teach For America Program. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of
       Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

      $5,446,000 To Fund Design Of The Hawaii Army National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters
       Readiness Center. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release,
       12/10/09)

      $850,000 To Support Provision Of Adequate Permanent Waterfront Facilities At The Pearl
       Harbor Navy Shipyard’s Drydock 2. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of Consolidated
       Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

      $30,000,000 For The Design And Planning Of The Honolulu High Capacity Transit Corridor
       Project. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

      $3,435,000 For Final Design Of Phases 2-4 Of The Kapolei Interchange Complex. (Rep. Mazie
       Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)


      $3,419,400 To Support Rural Bus Systems On Maui, Kauai, And The Big Island. (Rep. Mazie Hirono,
       “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

      $487,000 For The Construction Of A 76-Lot Subdivision For A Self-Help Housing Project In
       Maili For Low-Income Families. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of Consolidated Appropriations
       Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

      $243,500 For On-Site Infrastructure Improvements To Enable The Construction Of 36
       Residential Homes For Low-Income Households On Kauai. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes
       In Support Of Consolidated Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

      $23,000,000 For The Continuation Of Existing Activities And To Enhance Existing Programs
       At The East-West Center In Manoa. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes In Support Of Consolidated
       Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 12/10/09)

Hirono Voted For The 2009 Omnibus Bill


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On February 25, 2009 Hirono Voted For FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. “Passage of the bill
that would provide $410 billion in discretionary spending in fiscal 2009 for federal departments and agencies
covered by nine unfinished fiscal 2009 spending bills. The measure incorporates the following previously
separate appropriations bills from the 110th Congress: Agriculture; Commerce-Justice-Science; Energy-Water;
Financial Services; Interior-Environment; Labor-HHS-Education; Legislative Branch; State-Foreign
Operations; and Transportation-HUD. It would also provide $100 million for the U.S. Secret Service and
block the automatic cost-of-living adjustment for members of Congress in 2010.” (HR 1105, CQ Vote #86: Passed by a
vote of 245-178: D 229-20; R 16-158, 2/25/09, Hirono Voted Yea)

“The Top House Earmark Recipient Was Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, who secured $128.7 million in
earmarks, most of them in coordination with, Inouye whose chairmanship gave him clout to win the
projects.” (Bennett Roth, “Pelosi Vows To Work With Obama To Examine Earmarking After Omnibus,” CQ, 3/5/09)
The 2009 Omnibus Contained $127 Million Of Hirono’s Highest Priority Funding Requests.
“Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) today voted in favor of the Omnibus Appropriations Act of
2009, H.R. 1105, which includes $172 million of the Congresswoman’s highest priority funding requests.” (Rep.
Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes in Favor of FY2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill $172 Million in Hirono Funding Requests Approved for Hawaii,”
Press Release, 2/25/09)

         $500,000 For The Tutu And Me Traveling Program. “The $500,000 appropriation to the Tutu and
          Me Traveling Program will be put to good use by this unique preschool program that provides free
          preschool to neighborhoods where 50% of Hawaiian children enter kindergarten without any early
          educational opportunities.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes in Favor of FY2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill $172
          Million in Hirono Funding Requests Approved for Hawaii,” Press Release, 2/25/09)

         $119,000 For The Kanuikapono Public Charter School. “The $119,000 to the Kanuikapono Public
          Charter School on Kaua’i will be used to establish a Computer Technology and Learning Resource
          Center at the school.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes in Favor of FY2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill $172 Million
          in Hirono Funding Requests Approved for Hawaii,” Press Release, 2/25/09)

         $24 Million For Agricultural Projects In Hawaii Which Includes $469,000 For The Hawaii
          Honeybee Protection/Voarroa Mite Suppression Program. “$24 million will go toward critical
          agricultural projects in Hawaii such as the $469,000 for the Hawaii Honeybee Protection/Varroa Mite
          Suppression program.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes in Favor of FY2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill $172 Million
          in Hirono Funding Requests Approved for Hawaii,” Press Release, 2/25/09)

         $20 Million For The Honolulu Fixed Rail Project. “Another $20 million will go to Honolulu’s
          fixed rail transit project.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes in Favor of FY2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill $172
          Million in Hirono Funding Requests Approved for Hawaii,” Press Release, 2/25/09)

         “Strong Funding” For Hawaii’s Environmental Initiatives Which Includes The Hawaiian
          Monk Seal Recovery Project [$5.7M]. “The bill also includes strong funding for several
          environmental initiatives, including the Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Project.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono,
          “Congresswoman Hirono Votes in Favor of FY2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill $172 Million in Hirono Funding Requests Approved for Hawaii,”
          Press Release, 2/25/09)

         $7 Million For The Campbell National Wildlife Refuse On Oahu’s North Shore. “$7 million to
          expand the Campbell National Wildlife Refuge on Oahu’s North Shore.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman
          Hirono Votes in Favor of FY2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill $172 Million in Hirono Funding Requests Approved for Hawaii,” Press Release,
          2/25/09)

         $185,000 To Study The Degradation Of Some Of Maui’s Reefs. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono
          Votes in Favor of FY2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill $172 Million in Hirono Funding Requests Approved for Hawaii,” Press Release, 2/25/09)

Hirono Voted Against The FY 2008 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

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On December 19, 2007 Hirono Voted Against The FY 2008 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. “Obey, D-
Wis., motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the House amendments to the Senate amendment to the
bill that would provide $473.5 billion in discretionary spending in fiscal 2008 for all federal departments and
agencies whose regular fiscal 2008 spending bills have not been enacted. The measure incorporates 11
previously separate appropriations bills: Agriculture; Commerce-Justice-Science; Energy-Water; Financial
Services; Homeland Security; Interior-Environment; Labor-HHS-Education; Legislative Branch; Military
Construction-VA; State-Foreign Operations; and Transportation-HUD. The total includes $3.7 billion in
emergency funding for veterans’ programs. It would provide $70 billion for military operations in Afghanistan
and Iraq.” (HR 2764, CQ Vote #1186: Motion agreed to, (thus clearing the bill for the president), by a vote of 272-142: D 78-141; R 194-1, 12/19/07, Hirono
Voted Nay)

Hirono Has Voted To Increase Her Salary And The Pay Of Other Federal Workers

On February 1, 2012 Hirono Voted Against Freezing Her Pay And The Pay Of Federal Employees.
“Ross, R-Fla., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would extend an existing pay freeze on
federal employees for an additional year, through Dec. 31, 2013, and apply the same pay freeze to members of
Congress.” (HR 3835, CQ Vote #19: Motion agreed to by a vote of 309-117: R 237-2; D 72-115, 2/1/12, Hirono Voted Nay)

         CBO Reported Federal Workers Earned 16% More Than The Private-Sector Workforce.
          “Overall, federal workers earn 16 percent more in total compensation — including wages and benefits
          — than comparable private-sector employees, according to the Congressional Budget Office.” (Stephen
          Dinan, “CBO Say Federal Employees Rake In Much More Pay,” The Washington Times, 1/30/12)

         CBO Reported Federal Workers Earned On Average 48% Higher Or $20 Per Hour More
          Than Private Sector Hourly Benefits. “But the key difference is in benefits, where federal workers
          average more than $20 per hour in compensation — 48 percent higher than the $13.60 in prorated
          hourly benefits in the private sector. Added together, CBO said, that means significantly higher pay
          for government employees.” (Stephen Dinan, “CBO Say Federal Employees Rake In Much More Pay,” The Washington Times, 1/30/12)

         The Pay Freeze On 2.3 Million Federal Employees Is Predicted To Save The Government $60
          Billion. “The nation’s 2.3 million federal civilian workers currently are in the second year of a wage
          freeze imposed as part of efforts to trim budget deficits. Sponsors said the two-year halt in wage
          increases will save the government $60 billion.” (Jim Abrams, “House Votes To Continue Federal Worker Pay Freeze,” Associated
          Press, 2/2/12)




BAILOUTS
Hirono Supported “Cash For Clunkers” And Called It A Successful Program
HIRONO: “It [‘Cash For Clunkers’] Is Clearly A Successful And Popular Program.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono,
“Congresswoman Hirono Votes To Boost Popular ‘Cash For Clunkers’ Program,” Press Release, 7/31/09)

On July 31, 2009 Hirono Voted To Authorize $2 Billion For The “Cash-For-Clunkers” Program.
“Obey, D-Wis., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would provide $2 billion for the ‘Cash for
Clunkers’ vehicle trade-in program, which offers vouchers worth up to $4,500 toward the purchase of new
vehicles to consumers who trade in their older, less-efficient models. The funds would be transferred from
the Energy Department’s innovative technologies loan guarantee program.” (HR 3435, CQ Vote #682: Motion agreed to by a
vote of 316-109: D 239-14; R 77-95, 7/31/09, Hirono Voted Yea)

         According To A Study By Edmunds.com, The Government Spent $24,000 For Each
          Additional Car Sale Created By “Cash For Clunkers.” “A total of 690,000 new vehicles were sold

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          under the Cash for Clunkers program last summer, but only 125,000 of those were vehicles that
          would not have been sold anyway, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the automotive
          Web site Edmunds.com. . . . The average rebate was $4,000. But the overwhelming majority of sales
          would have taken place anyway at some time in the last half of 2009, according to Edmunds.com.
          That means the government ended up spending about $24,000 each for those 125,000 additional
          vehicle sales.” (Peter Valdes-Dapena, “Clunkers: Taxpayers Paid $24,000 Per Car,” CNNMoney.com, 10/29/09)

         The Most Common Deals In Cash For Clunkers Replaced Pickups “With New Ones That
          Got Only Marginally Better Gas Mileage.” “The idea behind the government’s $3billion Cash for
          Clunkers program was to put more fuel-efficient cars on the road. But the most common deals
          replaced old Ford or Chevrolet pickups with new ones that got only marginally better gas mileage,
          according to an analysis of federal data by Associated Press.” (Ted Bridis, “Clunker Program Missed The Mark,” Associated
          Press, 11/4/09)

“Cash For Clunkers” Was Described As “Not An Effective Way To Attack Climate Change.”
“Climate experts aren’t impressed. Compared to overall carbon dioxide emissions in the United States, the
pollution savings from cash for clunkers do not noticeably move the fuel gauge. Environmental experts say
the program conceived primarily to stimulate the economy and jump-start the auto industry is not an effective
way to attack climate change.” (Seth Borenstein, “‘Cash For Clunkers’ Effect On Pollution? A Blip,” Associated Press, 8/4/09)

Hirono Took Marching Orders From Then Presidential Nominee Barack Obama On Where To
Stand On TARP
Hirono Voted Against The House’s First Attempt To Pass The Wall Street Bailout
On September 29, 2008 Hirono Against The TARP Bailout. “Frank, D-Mass., motion to concur in the
Senate amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill, with an additional House
amendment. The House amendment would allow the Treasury to use up to $700 billion, in installments, to
buy certain mortgage assets. It would require the department to insure the assets and set up systems for
congressional oversight. It would direct the Treasury to set limits on compensation for executives of
companies whose troubled assets it purchases, and call on the department to develop programs to reduce
foreclosures and encourage lenders to modify mortgage terms. The department would have to establish
mechanisms for valuing, pricing and selecting managers for the troubled assets. It would prohibit the
purchase of certain assets at a higher price than the seller paid for the asset. The measure would allow the
department to immediately use $250 billion in authority to buy assets, with an additional $100 billion if the
president certifies such an expansion. The president would have to provide a written request for the
remaining $350 billion, which could be subject to congressional disapproval.” (HR 3997, CQ Vote #674: Motion rejected by a
vote of 205-228: D 140-95; R 65-133, 9/29/08, Hirono Voted Nay)

Hirono Took Marching Orders From Then Presidential Nominee Barack Obama And Changed Her
Mind After A Phone Call
The National Journal Reported Hirono Initially Opposed The Measure Before A Phone Call From
Then Presidential Nominee Barack Obama. “In October 2008, she reversed her earlier opposition to the
$700 billion bailout of the financial and insurance industries after getting a call from Democratic presidential
nominee Barack Obama, who was raised in Hawaii.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, National Journal Almanac, www.nationaljournal.com, 7/1/11)
Hirono Ended Up Voting For TARP And Said It Would “Put Our Economy On The Road To
Recovery”
Hirono Voted For The $700 Billion TARP Bailout. “Frank, D-Mass., motion to concur in the Senate
amendments to the bill that would allow the Treasury to use up to $700 billion, in installments, to buy certain
mortgage assets. The bill would require the Treasury to create a program to insure mortgage assets, would
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provide for congressional oversight and would limit compensation for executives whose troubled assets are
purchased. It would call on Treasury to implement a plan to reduce foreclosures and encourage servicers of
mortgages to modify mortgage terms. The bill would allow the department to immediately use $250 billion in
authority to buy assets, with an additional $100 billion if the president certifies such an expansion. The
president would have to provide a written request for the remaining $350 billion, which would be subject to
congressional disapproval and subsequent veto override. It would temporarily increase federal deposit
insurance to $250,000 per bank account. It also would extend dozens of expired or expiring tax provisions,
including several energy tax provisions. It would provide a one-year adjustment to exempt roughly 22 million
taxpayers from paying the alternative minimum tax on 2008 income and require private insurance plans to put
mental health benefits on par with other medical benefits.” (H.R. 1424, CQ Vote #681: Motion agreed to, (thus clearing the bill for the
president) 263-171: R 91-108; D 172-63, 10/3/08, Hirono Voted Yea)

          Hirono Voted For The Bill That Set The Conditions On The Second Half Of TARP Funding.
           (H.R. 384, CQ Vote #26: Passed by a vote of 260-166: R 18-156; D 242-10, 1/21/09, Hirono Voted Yea)

Hirono Said TARP Would Help “Everyday People, Middle-Class Families, And Small Businesses.”
“Hirono said, ‘The emergency financial rescue package we will be supporting today, while far from perfect,
contains noticeable improvements over the proposal we considered Monday. The biggest difference: the
package we’re voting on today is more balanced in favor of helping everyday people, middle-class families,
and small businesses. The bailout package we considered on Monday was simply too geared toward Wall
Street and the corporations whose irresponsible practices helped create this crisis in the first place.” (Rep. Mazie
Hirono, “Hirono Supports H.R. 1424 - The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act Of 2008,” Press Release, 10/3/08)

HIRONO: “This Comprehensive Legislation Is Long Overdue To Stabilize The Housing Market
And Put Our Economy On The Road To Recovery.” (Dennis Camire, “Isle Lawmakers Back Housing-Rescue Bill,” Honolulu
Advertiser, 7/25/08)

Hirono Voted To Impose A 90% Tax On TARP Bonuses
On March 19, 2009 Hirono Voted To Impose A 90% Tax On Bonuses Awarded To TARP Recipients.
“Rangel, D-N.Y., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would impose a 90 percent tax on
bonuses given after Dec. 31, 2008, to certain employees of companies that received more than $5 billion from
the Troubled Asset Relief Program, to employees of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and to members of
affiliated groups or partnerships in which more than 50 percent of the capital or profits is owned by the
above parties. It would apply to bonus recipients with adjusted gross incomes of more than $125,000 per year
($250,000 for joint filers.) The measure would exempt commissions, welfare or fringe benefits, and expense
reimbursements, as well as employees who waive their bonus entitlement or return the money to their
company.” (HR 1586, CQ Vote #143: Motion agreed to by a vote of 328-93: D 243-6; R 85-87, 3/19/09, Hirono Voted Yea)

Hirono Voted To Bail Out Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac And Called It A “Step In The Right
Direction”
Hirono Voted For The Mortgage Relief Bill That Bailed Out Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac. “Frank,
D-Mass., motion to concur in the Senate amendment with the House amendment that would grant authority
to the Treasury Department to extend new credit and buy stock in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It also
would create an independent regulator for the two mortgage giants and the Federal Home Loan Bank System.
It would overhaul the Federal Housing Administration and allow it to insure up to $300 billion worth of new,
refinanced loans for struggling mortgage borrowers. It also includes a $7,500 tax credit to some first-time
homebuyers, higher loan limits for FHA-backed loans, a standard tax deduction for property taxes and
revenue-raisers to offset part of the costs. It also would authorize $3.92 billion in grants to states and localities
to purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed properties, and increase the federal debt limit to $10.6 trillion.” (H.R.
3221, CQ Vote #519: Adopted by a vote of 272-152: R 45-149; D 227-3, 7/23/08, Hirono Voted Yea)



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Hirono Voted For The Auto Bailout
Hirono Voted For The Auto Bailout, Which Would “Allow Up To $14 Billion In Loans To Eligible
Domestic Automakers.” “Passage of the bill that would allow up to $14 billion in loans to eligible domestic
automakers. One or more presidentially appointed administrators would be empowered to bring together
auto companies, unions, creditors and others to negotiate long-term restructuring plans, which auto
companies would have to submit by March 31, 2009. Administrators could recall the loans if they do not
approve the plans. Companies getting loans would have to submit any planned investment or transaction of
$100 million or more for review. Loan interest rates would be set at 5 percent for the first five years and 9
percent each subsequent year. The bill would give the government warrants in each participating company
worth at 20 percent of the loan’s value, and the option of obtaining up to 20 percent in non-voting stock in
the company. It also would prohibit loan recipients from giving bonuses to its 25 most highly-compensated
employees while the loan was outstanding.” (H.R. 7321, CQ Vote #690: Passed by a vote of 237-170: R 32-150; D 205-20, 12/10/08, Hirono
Voted Yea)




EARMARKS
Hirono Has Been Ranked Among The Top House Members For Requested Earmarks
In 2011, Hirono Requested 151 Earmarks Costing $625.9 Million. (NRSC Hirono Earmark Breakdown; Rep. Mazie Hirono,
FY2011 Appropriations Requests,” www.hirono.house.gov, Accessed 2/22/12)

                                  Labor, HHS and Education                        $280,993,180    44.90%
                                  Transportation                                  $71,643,500     11.45%
                                  Agriculture                                     $69,370,237     11.08%
                                  Interior and Environment                        $57,200,000     9.14%
                                  State and Foreign Operations                    $33,000,000     5.27%
                                  Commerce, Justice and Science                   $31,469,205     5.03%
                                  Defense                                         $30,060,000     4.80%
                                  Energy and Water                                $29,779,000     4.76%
                                  Homeland Security                               $22,100,000     3.53%
                                  Financial Services                              $22,100,000     3.53%
                                                      (NRSC Hirono Earmark Breakdown Worksheet)

In 2010, Hirono Secured 62 Earmarks Costing $147.8 Million. (Citizens Against Government Waste Website, www.cagw.org,
Accessed 2/17/12)

            In 2010, Hirono Was Ranked As The Number One Earmarker. (Center For Responsive Politics,
             www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 2/17/12)

In 2009, Hirono Secured 63 Earmarks Costing $202.9 Million. (Citizens Against Government Waste Website, www.cagw.org,
Accessed 2/17/12)

            In 2009, Hirono Was Ranked As The 4th Highest Earmarker. (Center For Responsive Politics,
             www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 2/17/12)

In 2008, Hirono Secured 47 Earmarks Costing $58.9 Million. (Citizens Against Government Waste Website, www.cagw.org,
Accessed 2/17/12)

            In 2008, Hirono Was Ranted As The 43rd Highest Earmarker. (Center For Responsive Politics,
             www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 2/17/12)




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In 2010, Hirono Did Not Deliver On Her Requested Earmarks
In 2010, Hirono Delivered On Only 31% Of Her Original Earmark Requests.                                         (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “FY2010
Appropriations Requests,” www.hirono.house.gov, Wayback Machine: Accessed 4/29/09; NRSC Hirono Earmark Breakdown Worksheet)

Hirono Requested Over $470.8 Million In Earmarks. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “FY2010 Appropriations Requests,”
www.hirono.house.gov, Wayback Machine: Accessed 4/29/09; NRSC Hirono Earmark Breakdown Worksheet)

                              Labor, HHS and Education                           $100,404,000           21.32%
                              Agriculture                                        $83,457,000            17.73%
                              Transportation                                     $68,005,000            14.44%
                              Military Construction                              $64,650,000            13.73%
                              Energy and Water                                   $52,090,300            11.06%
                              Interior and Environment                           $34,400,000            7.31%
                              State and Foreign Operations                       $28,070,000            5.96%
                              Defense                                            $19,500,000            4.14%
                              Commerce, Justice and Science                      $17,750,000            3.77%
                              Homeland Security                                  $1,375,000             0.29%
                              Financial Services                                 $1,135,000             0.24%
                                                   (NRSC Hirono Earmark Breakdown Worksheet)

Hirono Requested 101 Earmarks Costing $314.5 Million That Were Not Funded. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “FY2010
Appropriations Requests,” www.hirono.house.gov, Wayback Machine: Accessed 4/29/09; NRSC Hirono Earmark Breakdown Worksheet)

Hirono Has Requested Over Half A Billion In Labor, HHS And Education Earmarks Since 2009

In 2011, Hirono Requested $281 Million In Labor, HHS And Education Earmarks Which
Constituted 45% Of Her Overall Request. (NRSC Hirono Earmark Breakdown Worksheet)

         NOTE: Hirono’s Requested Labor, HHS and Education Earmarks Increased 280% From
          2010.
In 2010, Hirono Requested $100.4 Million In Labor, HHS And Education Earmarks Which
Constituted 21% Of Her Overall Request. (NRSC Hirono Earmark Breakdown Worksheet)

Hirono Has Praised Her Record On Earmark Requests
Hirono Said “It’s Not Easy To Get Earmarks” And Explained The Process As Very Competitive.
“Hirono has obtained millions of federal dollars for Hawaii Island during her first 15 months in Washington,
D.C., despite a 50 percent cut in congressional ‘earmarks,’ also known as pork-barrel projects. ‘It’s very
competitive,’ she said of the process that directs spending without increasing the federal budget. ‘It’s not easy
to get earmarks.’” (“Hirono Mum On Choice For President,” States News Service, 3/19/08)
HIRONO: “I Stand By All My Earmark Requests.” “‘It’s going to have a major impact,’ she said. ‘That’s
a loss of millions and millions of dollars. I stand by all my earmark requests. Unfortunately, although
earmarks represent such a small part, it’s been targeted as an example of irresponsible Congressional
spending.’” (Erin Miller, “Hirono: Create Jobs Now,” West Hawaii Today, 1/29/11)
“I Am Proud Of The Funding I’ve Been Able To Secure For Hawaii . . . While some criticize the
earmarking process, it is clear that without members advocating for the needs of their districts, many valuable
programs would not receive funding at all if all the decisions were being made by non-elected bureaucrats in
federal agencies in Washington. Moreover, without an indication of support from members of a state’s
delegation, even programs supported by agency scientists, like the Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Plan, would

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not receive the needed level of funding.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono helps secure $7.7 million in Hawaii funding in the
Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 6/18/09)

Hirono Has Been Slammed For Few Legislative Accomplishments

Honolulu Star-Advertiser: “With Few Big Signature Accomplishments In 28 Years As A State
Legislator, Lieutenant Governor And Congresswoman, Hirono Campaigns On General Themes
Such As ‘Values,’ her loyal party-line voting record and her personal story as the daughter of a poor
immigrant mother from Japan who came to Hawaii to escape an abusive marriage. These grow stale with
repetition and raise concerns about her stature to do the job.” (David Shapiro, “The Heat Is On For Hirono, Famous For Weak
Finishes,” [HI] Honolulu Star-Advertiser,7/18/12)

Hirono Cited Her Earmarks Requests As Proof Of Her “Doer” Personality
Honolulu Star-Advertiser: “Hirono Depicts Herself As ‘A Doer,’ Citing Her No. 1 Ranking In The
House For Earmarks In 2010 As An Example, But That’s More Of The Enigma.” (David Shapiro, “The Heat Is
On For Hirono, Famous For Weak Finishes,” [HI] Honolulu Star-Advertiser,7/18/12)

Hirono Has Been Described As “Aggressive” For Attaining Earmarks For Hawaii – Citing “I Truly
Am A Doer . . . I’m Not A Talker.” “Hirono was also aggressive about setting up Hawaii to receive federal
money through earmarks - a tool Ino-uye has used successfully in the Senate - before House Republicans
curtailed the practice. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Hirono ranked first in the House for
sponsoring or co-sponsoring earmarks in fiscal year 2010 and fourth in fiscal year 2009. ‘I truly am a doer,’
she said. ‘I am not a talker.’” (Derrick DePledge, “Mazie Hirono: Candidate Sees Values As Unlocking Opportunities,” [HI] Honolulu Star-Advertiser,
7/17/12)

A Fraction Of Total Earmarks Touted By Hirono Were “Solo” Earmarks
“According To Legistorm, Only $10.4 Million Of The $341.4 Million In Earmarks Credited To Her
[Hirono] From 2008 To 2010 Were ‘Solo’ Earmarks, While The Big Total Was Mostly Amassed By
Co-Sponsoring With Other Lawmakers — primarily the self-proclaimed earmark king Inouye, who was
credited with $600.4 million in solo pork during that period.” (David Shapiro, “The Heat Is On For Hirono, Famous For Weak
Finishes,” [HI] Honolulu Star-Advertiser,7/18/12)

Hirono Has Defended Earmarks As A Means Of Limiting The Power Of The Executive Branch To
Make All Funding Decisions
In The Defense Of Earmarks, Hirono Asserted That The Executive Brach Shouldn’t Make All The
“Funding Decisions.” “They [Hawaii delegation] also point out that since the Constitution gives Congress
near-total responsibility for appropriating money, the president’s proposed annual budget cannot be the last
word on federal spending. Otherwise, ‘we’re basically saying to the executive branch, you make all the funding
decisions,’ Hirono said in an interview, [said Hirono].” (Herbert A. Sample, “Bacon Or Pork, Hawaii’s Delegation Brings It Home,”
Associated Press, 3/12/09)

           “‘If We Didn’t Have This Kind Of Congressionally Directed Spending, Believe Me, So Many
            Of The Particular And Unique Programs That Occur All Throughout My District, And I
            Would Say In Every State, Would Never Get Into Anybody’s Budget,’ She [Hirono] Added.”
            (Herbert A. Sample, “Bacon Or Pork, Hawaii’s Delegation Brings It Home,” Associated Press, 3/12/09)

“The Ban On For-Profit Earmarks Will Make It Harder To Promote Research And Technology In
Hawaii That Can Generate Jobs And Economic Growth, Said Hirono.” (Herbert A. Sample, “Reforms Could Mean
Fewer Earmarks For Hawaii,” Associated Press, 3/21/10)

           “‘I Consider It My Job To Respond To Needs That Are Brought To Me By My District,’ She
            [Hirono] Said. ‘If We Don’t Do That, Then We Truly Are Ceding All Decision-Making Power

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           To The Executive Branch And I Don’t Think That’s Very Good.’” (Herbert A. Sample, “Reforms Could Mean
           Fewer Earmarks For Hawaii,” Associated Press, 3/21/10)

Hirono Said Her Earmarks Would Strengthen Hawaii’s Economy

Hirono Said Her Earmarks Would “Strengthen Our State’s Economy Over The Long Term While
Addressing The Immediate Budgetary Needs For Those Programs.” “Hawaii’s congressional
delegation has been unrepentant in supporting the earmark process and going after them. The state’s 2010
earmark list contains scores of funding requests totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. ‘The majority of my
requests are in line with areas I continue to focus on in my work in Congress - educational, agricultural and
infrastructure projects, as well as renewable-energy programs in Hawaii,’ said Democratic Rep. Mazie Hirono.
‘The funding requests will strengthen our state’s economy over the long term while addressing the immediate
budgetary needs for these programs.’” (John Yaukey, “Lawmakers Bold In Seeking Earmarks,” [HI] The Honolulu Advertiser, 4/8/09)



DEBT CEILING
The National Debt Has Increased Over $7 Trillion Since Hirono Has Been In Congress
Hirono Voted At Least Seven Times To Increase The Debt Ceiling. (H. J. Res 98, CQ Vote #4: Passed by a vote of 239-
176: R 233-1; D 6-175, 1/18/12, Hirono Voted Nay; S 365, CQ Vote #690: Passed by a vote of 269-161: R 174-66; D 95-95, 8/1/11, Hirono Voted; HR1, CQ
Vote #70: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) by a vote of 246-183: D 246-7; R 0-176, 2/13/09, Hirono Voted Yea; H. J. Res 45, CQ Vote #48: Motion agreed to,
thus clearing the measure for the president, by a vote of 233-187: D 233-15; R 0-172, 2/4/10, Hirono Voted Yea; HR 4314, CQ Vote #988: Passed by a vote of
218-214: D 218-39; R 0-175, 12/16/09, Hirono Voted Yea; HR 3221, CQ Vote #519: Adopted by a vote of 272-152: D 227-3; R 45-149, 7/23/08, Hirono Voted
Yea; H.R. 1424, CQ Vote #681: Motion agreed to, (thus clearing the bill for the president) 263-171: R 91-108; D 172-63, 10/3/08, Hirono Voted Yea)

The Debt Has Increased Dramatically Since Hirono Has Been In Office
When Hirono Took Office On January 3, 2007, The National Debt Was $8.6 Trillion. (U.S. Department Of
Treasury, www.treasurydirect.gov, Accessed 1/30/12)

As Of July, 2012, The National Debt Was Over $15.8 Trillion. (U.S. Department Of Treasury, www.treasurydirect.gov,
Accessed 7/30/12)

Hirono Voted To Raise The Debt Ceiling

112th Congress
On January 18, 2012 Hirono Voted Against Disapproving To Raise The Debt Limit By $1.2 Trillion.
“Passage of the joint resolution that would disapprove of a request by the president for a $1.2 trillion debt
limit increase. Current law provides for a $1.2 trillion increase in the debt limit upon certification from the
president that the debt is within $100 billion of the debt limit unless a disapproval measure is enacted.” (H. J. Res
98, CQ Vote #4: Passed by a vote of 239-176: R 233-1; D 6-175, 1/18/12, Hirono Voted Nay)

111th Congress
On February 4, 2010 Hirono Voted To Increase The Debt Ceiling By $1.9 Trillion. “Division II of the
Hoyer, D-Md., motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the joint resolution that would increase the
debt limit by $1.9 trillion and add pay-as-you-go budget rules into law. The portion of the Senate amendment
covered by the division would establish a statutory requirement that new tax and mandatory spending
legislation be budget neutral, enforced by automatic across-the-board spending cuts in non-exempt programs
if the pay-as-you-go tally at the end of the year shows a deficit. It would exempt measures to extend certain
tax cuts scheduled to expire in 2010 and treat the alternative minimum tax exemption as though it had been
extended beyond Dec. 31, 2009. It also would require the Government Accountability Office to investigate

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areas with duplicative goals and activities within the government.” (H. J. Res 45, CQ Vote #48: Motion agreed to, thus clearing the
measure for the president, by a vote of 233-187: D 233-15; R 0-172, 2/4/10, Hirono Voted Yea)


On February 13, 2009 Hirono Voted To Increase The Debt Ceiling To $12.104 Trillion. “Adoption of
the conference report on the bill that would provide an estimated $787.2 billion in tax cuts and spending
increases to stimulate the economy, plus provisions to prevent the alternative minimum tax from applying to
millions of additional taxpayers in 2009 and to increase the ceiling on federal borrowing by $789 billion to
$12.104 trillion. The tax provisions, estimated to cost $211.8 billion through 2019, would include extending
current accelerated depreciation allowances for businesses, suspending taxes on the first $2,400 of
unemployment benefits per recipient for 2009, and expanding a number of other individual tax credits,
including the first-time homebuyer tax credit to $8,000. Mandatory spending increases, expected to cost $267
billion through 2019, include an extension of unemployment and welfare benefits, Medicaid payments to
states, health insurance assistance for individuals and grants for health information technology. Discretionary
spending, estimated at $308.3 billion through 2019 and include grants to state and local schools and funds for
public housing, transportation and nutrition assistance.” (HR1, CQ Vote #70: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) by a vote of 246-183: D
246-7; R 0-176, 2/13/09, Hirono Voted Yea)

On December 16, 2009 Hirono Voted To Increase The Debt Limit To $12.4 Trillion. “Passage of the
bill that would increase the federal debt limit to $12.4 trillion.” (HR 4314, CQ Vote #988: Passed by a vote of 218-214: D 218-39; R
0-175, 12/16/09, Hirono Voted Yea)

110th Congress
On July 23, 2008 Hirono Voted To Increase The Debt Limit To $10.6 Trillion. “Frank, D-Mass.,
motion to concur in the Senate amendment with the House amendment that would grant authority to the
Treasury Department to extend new credit and buy stock in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It also would
create an independent regulator for the two mortgage giants and the Federal Home Loan Bank System. It
would overhaul the Federal Housing Administration and allow it to insure up to $300 billion worth of new,
refinanced loans for struggling mortgage borrowers. It also includes a $7,500 tax credit to some first-time
homebuyers, higher loan limits for FHA-backed loans, a standard tax deduction for property taxes and
revenue-raisers to offset part of the costs. It also would authorize $3.92 billion in grants to states and localities
to purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed properties, and increase the federal debt limit to $10.6 trillion.” (HR 3221,
CQ Vote #519: Adopted by a vote of 272-152: D 227-3; R 45-149, 7/23/08, Hirono Voted Yea)

Hirono Voted For The 2011 Debt Ceiling Compromise
On August 1, 2011 Hirono Voted For The Debt Limit Compromise. “Passage of the bill that would
provide a process to reduce the deficit by up to $2.4 trillion. The measure would allow the president to raise
the debt limit immediately by $400 billion, with an additional $500 billion subject to a resolution of
disapproval. It would set discretionary spending caps that would reduce the deficit by $917 billion in fiscal
2012 through 2021 and establish a firewall between security and non-security spending for fiscal 2012 and
2013. It would establish a bipartisan, bicameral committee tasked with making recommendations to reduce
the deficit by $1.5 trillion. It would require across-the-board cuts to non-exempt discretionary and mandatory
accounts by up to $1.2 trillion over fiscal 2013 through 2021 if committee reductions totaling $1.2 trillion
were not enacted. The measure would require Congress to vote on a balanced-budget constitutional
amendment by the end of 2011. It also would provide for an additional debt limit increase of $1.2 trillion to
$1.5 trillion, subject to a resolution of disapproval.” (S 365, CQ Vote #690: Passed by a vote of 269-161: R 174-66; D 95-95, 8/1/11,
Hirono Voted Yea)

           “‘No One Got Everything They Wanted In This Compromise,’ She Said. ‘It Is Not As
           Balanced As I Would Have Liked. At The Same Time, We Were Able To Stop Deep Cuts To
           Medicare And Social Security That Were Part Of Earlier Republican Plans,’ said Rep. Hirono.
           ‘What is most important to me – and to families in Hawaii — is that we avoided defaulting on our
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            country’s obligations,’ she said.” (Wendy Osher, “Hawaii Delegation Votes in Support of Compromise Bill, Default Averted,” Maui
            Now, 8/2/11)

           HIRONO: “It’s Unfathomable That The Republicans Have Taken Us To The Brink Of
            Default, Using Programs Like Medicare And Social Security, That Seniors And Middle Class
            Families Need, As A Bargaining Chip.” (“Rep. Mazie Hirono Pushes For Responsibility On Debt Limit Increase And Creating
            Jobs,” The State Column, www.thestatecolumn.com, 7/19/11)

Hirono Signed A Letter To President Obama Urging Him To Take Social Security And Medicare
Off The Table In Debt Negotiations. “Liberal House Democrats wrote to President Barack Obama on
Thursday pleading with him to take Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid off the table in debt
negotiations.” (Seung Min Kim, “Liberal Democrats Furious At Obama,” Politico, 7/7/11)

           The Letter Stated A Refusal To Be Forced Into Voting For Any “Final Agreement” They
            Oppose. “We are united as Democrats in saying that it’s time to stand up to the Republican hostage-
            taking. We will not be forced to vote for a ‘final agreement’ that we do not agree to -- and that the
            American people do not agree to.” (The Daily Kos Website, www.thedailykos.com, Accessed 1/31/12)

Hirono Voted Against The Balanced Budget Amendment
On November 18, 2011 Hirono Voted Against The Balanced Budget Amendment. “Smith, R-Texas,
motion to suspend the rules and pass the joint resolution that would propose a constitutional amendment that
would require a balanced budget starting in fiscal 2018 or the second fiscal year after ratification by three-
fourths of the states, whichever is later. Under the proposal three-fifths of the entire House and Senate would
be required to approve deficit spending or an increase in the public debt limit. A simple majority could waive
the requirement in times of congressionally declared war or in the face of a serious military threat.” (H. J. Res. 2,
CQ Vote #858: Motion rejected by a vote of 261-165: R 236-4; D 25-161, 11/18/11, Hirono Voted Nay)

Hirono Criticized The Super Committee Failure

Hirono Questioned The Severity Of Looming Defense Cuts. “Hirono issued a statement both sharing
her concerns about the failure of the supercommittee, calling it a ‘disappointment shared by families across
Hawaii,’ and also a fear that the looming new cuts will be too severe. ‘We cannot hurt our families and
seniors. Our national security depends on a strong military presence in the Pacific,’ Hirono said.” (Richard Borreca,
“Help Congress Help Itself By Cutting $174,000 Salary,” Honolulu Star Advertiser, 11/29/11)

Hirono Called The Failure Of The Super Committee A “Disappointment.” “It is disappointing that the
Joint Select Committee announced today that it failed to reach a compromise agreement to reduce the deficit.
This is a disappointment shared by families across Hawaii who asked for a balanced approach to our budget
that makes cuts that won’t hinder our growth, ends the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest among us to ensure
we are all paying our fair share, and protects benefits for veterans, Social Security, and Medicare.” (Rep. Mazie
Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Statement On Joint Select Committee On Deficit Reduction,” Press Release, 11/21/11)

Hirono Cautioned Against Defense Cuts And Mentioned That “Our National Security Depends On
A Strong Military Presence In The Pacific.” “As we move forward with the budget process that involves
automatic cuts to defense and domestic programs, we must take a careful and considered approach toward
these cuts in both areas. We cannot hurt our families and seniors. Our national security depends on a strong
military presence in the Pacific. For that reason, we must also ensure continued support for this critical aspect
of our national defense.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Statement On Joint Select Committee On Deficit Reduction,” Press Release,
11/21/11)


Hirono Voted Against Cut, Cap And Balance


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On July 29, 2011 Hirono Voted Against Cut, Cap, And Balance. “Passage of the bill that would provide
for a two-step debt limit increase. The bill would allow the president to raise the debt limit immediately by
$400 billion, with an additional $500 billion subject to a resolution of disapproval. It would set caps that
reduce discretionary spending by approximately by $915 billion in fiscal 2012 through 2021 and create a point
of order against consideration of measures that violate those caps. It also would establish a 12-member
bipartisan, bicameral committee that would be directed to seek $1.8 trillion in additional spending cuts. It
would provide for an additional $1.6 trillion debt ceiling increase, contingent upon Congress adopting
spending cuts proposed by the committee totaling at least $1.6 trillion and passing a balanced-budget
constitutional amendment.” (S 627, CQ Vote #677: Passed by a vote of 218-210: R 218-22; D 0-188, 7/29/11, Hirono Voted Nay)
Hirono Claimed The Bill Was Deceptively Named “Cut, Cap And Balance.” “H.R. 2560, the
deceptively named ‘Cut, Cap, and Balance Act,’ has drawn harsh criticism for the significant cuts it would also
make to education, transportation and research and development, which truly create jobs and grow the
economy.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes To Protect Social Security And Medicare And Against Republican Plan To Default On
America’s Obligations,” Press Release, 7/19/11)


Hirono Voted Against The “Cut, Cap, And Balance Act” For It’s Deep Cuts To Social Security,
Medicare, And Medicaid. “Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) today voted against a
Republican-introduced bill that proposes to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for opening the door to deep
cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes To Protect Social Security And
Medicare And Against Republican Plan To Default On America’s Obligations,” Press Release, 7/19/11)

HIRONO: “This Job-Killing Legislation Continues To Protect $800 Billion In Tax Cuts For
Millionaires And Billionaires And $45 Billion In Tax Breaks For Oil Companies.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono,
“Congresswoman Hirono Votes To Protect Social Security And Medicare And Against Republican Plan To Default On America’s Obligations,” Press Release,
7/19/11)




TAXES AND ECONOMY
Hirono Has Unabashedly Opposed The Republican Tax Cuts

“Hirono Said She Would Let The President George W. Bush-Era Tax Cuts For The Wealthy
Expire.” (Derrick DePledge, “Case, Hirono Duke It Out,” Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 7/27/12)
Hirono Said The Bush Tax Cuts Added A Trillion Dollars To The Debt. HIRONO: “I think it’s
interesting that Case is so intent on balancing the budget and all that when he did support the extension of
the Bush tax-cuts for the wealthiest people in our country – that added a trillion dollars to our debt.” (Hawaii
News Now, www.hawaiinewsnow.com, Accessed 7/31/12) (1:04)

HIRONO: “Of Course We Need Tax Fairness In Our Country And Everyone Needs To Pay Their
Fair Share. So, Yes, I Strongly, Strongly SupportThe Elimination Of The [Bush] Tax Cuts And The
Capital Gains Tax.” (AARP Debate, MauiNow.com, 6/12/12 ) (11:33)

Hirono Stood To The Left Of President Obama On The 2010 Tax Cut Compromise
On December 17, 2010 Hirono Voted Against President Obama’s Tax Cut Compromise. “Levin, D-
Mich., motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the
bill that would extend the 2001- and 2003-enacted tax cuts for all taxpayers for two years and revive the
lapsed estate tax, setting the tax rate at 35 percent on estates worth more than $5 million for 2011 and 2012. It
also would extend unemployment insurance benefits for 13 months and cut the employee portion of the
Social Security tax by 2 percentage points.” (HR 4853, CQ Vote #647: Motion agreed to, thus clearing the bill for the president, by a vote of
277-148: D 139-112; R 138-36, 12/17/10, Hirono Voted Nay)


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HIRONO: “This Bill Is Blackmail, Holding The Unemployed And Middle Class Hostage To Give A
Special Deal To The Millionaires And Billionaires.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, Congressional Record, 12/16/10, p. H8577)
HIRONO: “This Bill Does Not Create Jobs And It Adds To Our Country’s Deficit. What Kind Of
Compromise Is That?” (Herbert Sample, “Djou Votes Yes, Hirono No On Tax Cut Legislation,” The Associated Press, 12/18/10)
HIRONO: “We Need To Fight For A Better Deal.” (Herbert Sample, “Djou Votes Yes, Hirono No On Tax Cut Legislation,” The
Associated Press, 12/18/10)

           Hirono’s Office Claimed This Comment Was Not A Criticism Of Obama. “Spokesman Marvin
            Buenconsejo said Hirono’s comment about fighting for a better deal was not a criticism of Obama.”
            (Herbert Sample, “Djou Votes Yes, Hirono No On Tax Cut Legislation,” The Associated Press, 12/18/10)

Hirono Bashed The Bill For Cuts To Social Security
Hirono Voted Against The Bill Due To Language That Threatened Social Security. “I rise in
reluctant opposition to H.R. 4853, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job
Creation Act. . . . But my biggest concern has to do with a threat to the solvency of Social Security contained
in the legislation. The so-called ‘payroll tax holiday’ in H.R. 4853 raids the Social Security Trust Fund.” (Rep.
Mazie Hirono, Congressional Record, 12/16/10, p. H5224)

           HIRONO: “Anyone Who Cares About Social Security Should Be Scared By This.” (Rep. Mazie
            Hirono, Congressional Record, 12/16/10, p. H5224)

           HIRONO: “A Permanent Decrease In The Social Security Payroll Tax Will Put The Social
            Security Trust Fund In Jeopardy. Republicans Will Be One Step Closer To Their Stated Goal
            Of Privatizing And Dismantling Social Security’s Safety Net.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, Congressional Record, 12/16/10,
            p. H5224)

Hirono Cited Extension Of Republican Tax Cuts As Why She Voted Against The Bill
HIRONO: “The Bill That Is On The Floor Today Extends The 2001 And 2003 Tax Cuts To The
Wealthiest Americans In The Top Two Income Tax Brackets At A Cost Of $61 Billion. Under this bill,
the millionaires and billionaires can sleep soundly, secure in the knowledge that their tax cuts will continue for
at least another two years, while the unemployed get relief for only 13 months.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, Congressional Record,
2/16/10, p. H8577)

Despite A Personal Phone Call From President Obama
Huffington Post Reported That President Obama Personally Called Hirono To Urge Her To
Support The Deal. “One member told Huffington Post that Obama, a Hawaii native, personally called
Hawaii Democrat Mazie Hirono to urge her to support the deal.” (Elise Foley, “House Passes Tax Deal 277-148,” Huffington Post,
12/17/10)

HIRONO: “When We Were In A Lame Duck Session, And The President Himself Called Me Up At
That Time To Ask Me To Vote For That Particular Bill And I Could Not. I Did Not Because It
Extended The Bush Tax Cuts For The Very Rich For Two More Years. I Did Not Support That
Bill.” (Hawaii News Now, www.hawaiinewsnow.com, Debate, Accessed 7/31/12) (11:55)
A Failed Compromise Would Raise Taxes
President Obama Said A Failure To Extend The 2001 And 2003 Tax Cuts, “Would Be A Chilling
Prospect For The American People Whose Taxes Are Currently Scheduled To Go Up On Jan. 1”
President Obama: “This would be a chilling prospect for the American people whose taxes are currently
scheduled to go up on Jan. 1 because of arrangements that were made back in 2001 and 2003 under the Bush
tax cuts. I am not willing to let that happen. I know there’s some people in my own party and in the other

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party who would rather prolong this battle, even if we can’t reach a compromise. But I’m not willing to let
working families across this country become collateral damage for political warfare here in Washington.”
(“President Obama: Tax Cut Compromise Is Right Thing To Do,” www.thehill.com, 12/7/10)

President Obama: “The American People Didn’t Send Us Here To Wage Symbolic Battles Or Win
Symbolic Victories. They Would Much Rather Have The Comfort Of Knowing That When They
Open Their First Paycheck On January Of 2011, It Won’t Be Smaller Than It Was Before, All
Because Washington Decided They Preferred To Have A Fight And Failed To Act.” (“President Obama: Tax
Cut Compromise Is Right Thing To Do,” www.thehill.com, 12/7/10)

President Obama Said That Failure To Pass A Tax Cut Compromise Would Cause Taxes To Go Up
By $3,000 For A Typical Family. President Obama: “Make no mistake: Allowing taxes to go up on all
Americans would have raised taxes by $3,000 for a typical American family. And that could cost our economy
well over a million jobs.” (“President Obama: Tax Cut Compromise Is Right Thing To Do,” www.thehill.com, 12/7/10)
President Obama Said The Tax Cut Compromise Would Spur The Private Sector To Create Millions
Of New Job. President Obama: “It’s not perfect, but this compromise is an essential step on the road to
recovery. It will stop middle-class taxes from going up. It will spur our private sector to create millions of new
jobs, and add momentum that our economy badly needs.” (“President Obama: Tax Cut Compromise Is Right Thing To Do,”
www.thehill.com, 12/7/10)

Obama Said Failing To Extend The Tax Cuts Could Cost The Country “Well Over A Million Jobs.”
“In his weekly address on the radio and the Internet, Obama said that failing to extend the tax cuts could cost
the nation ‘well over a million jobs’ and families around the nation would see their taxes increase on Jan. 1.”
(Nicholas Johnston, “Obama Says Tax Cut Compromise `Good Deal’ For Americans, Will Boost Growth,” Bloomberg, 12/11/10)

Obama Said It Was “Unacceptable” To Allow Tax Rates To “Go Up For Just About Everyone In
Our Country.” “‘If Congress doesn’t act, tax rates will automatically go up for just about everyone in our
country,’ he said. ‘That’s unacceptable to me.’” (Nicholas Johnston, “Obama Says Tax Cut Compromise `Good Deal’ For Americans, Will
Boost Growth,” Bloomberg, 12/11/10)

Hirono Voted For A Bill That Allowed Tax Cuts To Expire On Incomes Over $200,000
On December 2, 2010 Hirono Voted To Allow Tax Cuts To Expire On Those Making Over $200,000.
“Levin, D-Mich., motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the bill with a House amendment that would
make permanent the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts on income under $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for
married couples. The extensions would include current lower tax rates for capital gains and dividends,
elimination of the “marriage penalty” and an expansion of the increased child tax credit. It also would provide
through 2011 a “patch” that would shield millions of taxpayers from the alternative minimum tax.” (HR 4853, CQ
Vote #604: Motion agreed to, thus sent to the Senate, by a vote of 234-188: D 231-20; R 3-168, 12/2/10, Hirono Voted Yea)

HIRONO: “[C]ontinuing Tax Breaks For Millionaires And Billionaires, The Richest 2 Percent Of
Americans, Would Add A Whopping $700 Billion To Our Deficit Over Ten Years. These tax breaks
would not ‘trickle down’ to create more jobs or help our economic recovery. In fact, they would add to our
deficit. And, by the way, these richest taxpayers will also get the benefit of this tax relief in this bill for their
first $200,000 of income. Why should this group of taxpayers then get an additional benefit that 98 percent of
Americans will not?” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, Congressional Record, 12/2/10, p. H7862)

Hirono Voted For Budgets That Included Massive Tax Hikes

Hirono Voted Twice With Democratic Leadership For FY 2009 Budget Resolutions
Hirono Voted For The FY 2009 Budget Resolution To Authorize $1 Trillion In Discretionary
Spending. “Adoption of the concurrent resolution that would allow up to $1 trillion in discretionary
spending in fiscal 2009, plus $70 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and $5.8 billion for hurricane
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recovery. It would assume a budget surplus in fiscal 2012 and 2013. It would call on the Ways and Means
Committee to report two reconciliation bills: a bill to reduce fiscal 2009 revenue by $70 billion, allowing for
an AMT patch, offset over five years; and a bill to reduce mandatory spending by $750 million over six years.”
(H Con Res 312, CQ Vote #141: Adopted by a vote of 212-207: D 212-16; R 0-191, 3/13/08, Hirono Voted Yea)

The House Passed Budget Allowed For The Repeal Of The 2001 And 2003 Tax Cuts, An Effective
$683 Billion In Tax Hikes. (Andrew Taylor, “Congress Endorses Tax Hikes As Democrats Begin To Build Post-Bush Federal Budget,” Associated
Press, 3/14/08)

Hirono Voted With Democratic Leadership In Favor Of FY 2008 Budget Resolutions
Hirono Voted For The FY 2008 Budget Resolution To Authorize $954.1 Billion In Discretionary
Spending And $1.8 Trillion In Mandatory Expenditures. “Adoption of the conference report on the
concurrent resolution that would allow up to $954.1 billion in discretionary spending for fiscal 2008, plus
$145.2 billion for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. It would allow $503.8 billion for defense discretionary
spending not counting the $145.2 billion war set-aside. Non-defense discretionary spending would be at
$450.8 billion plus an additional $2 billion in advanced fiscal 2009 funding. It would allow for $83.9 billion in
discretionary budget authority for education, training, employment and social services programs, $55 billion in
budget authority for discretionary health programs and $45.7 billion in budget authority for federal judicial
and law enforcement activities. The resolution would call for $1.8 trillion in mandatory spending outlays in
fiscal 2008. It would create 23 reserve funds, each with a specific purpose to allow for increases in spending
or changes in tax policy. It would assume mandatory spending cuts of $750 million between fiscal 2007-12 by
the House Education and Labor Committee and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
It would reinstate PAYGO rules in the Senate and establishes a “trigger” mechanism for the House that could
block tax cuts if the projected surplus in fiscal 2012 does not materialize.” (S Con Res 21, CQ Vote #377: Adopted (thus sent
to the Senate) by a vote of 214-209: D 214-12; R 0-196, 5/17/07, Hirono Voted Yea)

          National Review: This Legislation “[W]ould Constitute The Largest Tax Increase In
           American History.” “Without much notice, the Democrats have passed a budget resolution that
           would allow most of the Bush tax cuts to expire at the end of 2010. Allowing tax rates to snap back to
           their former levels would constitute the largest tax increase in American history.” (Editorial, “Tax And Spend
           Democrats,” National Review, 5/23/07)

          The Legislation Could Have Led To A $2.7 Trillion Tax Increase. “Congress has passed
           legislation that would increase federal spending by a combined $454 billion over 10 years and raise
           taxes and fees by $98 billion over 10 years and has passed a budget resolution that would bring the tax
           increase to a projected $2.7 trillion.” (Brian M. Reidl, “The Democratic Congress’s 2008 Budget,” The Heritage Foundation, 10/30/07)

Hirono Has Voted On Several Other Tax-Related Provisions
Hirono Voted To Prevent The IRS From Using Private Debt Collectors
On April 15, 2008 Hirono Voted To Repeal The IRS’s Authority To Use Private Debt Collectors And
Require Individuals To Prove Withdrawals From Their HSA’s Account Are Used For Healthcare
Purposes. “Passage of the bill that would make revisions to certain record-keeping requirements in the tax-
filing process and repeal the IRS’s authority to outsource federal debt collection to private companies. The
bill would require that individuals prove that their tax-free withdrawals from health savings accounts are being
used for medical purposes after Dec. 31, 2010.” (HR 5719, CQ Vote #190: Passed by a vote of 238-179: D 224-2; R 14-177, 4/15/08,
Hirono Voted Yea)

          Hirono Voted Against Adding Language To The Bill That Requires The IRS To Ensure
           Illegal Immigrants Do Not Obtain Earned-Income Tax Credits. “Herger, R-Calif., motion to
           recommit the bill to the Ways and Means Committee with instructions that it be reported back
           promptly with language that would require the IRS to increase efforts to ensure that illegal immigrants
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          do not obtain earned-income tax credits and add provisions to bar tax exemptions for interest on
          bonds issued by state or local governments that do not require their employees to report illegal
          immigrants to federal officials.” (HR 5719, CQ Vote #189: Motion rejected by a vote of 210-210: D 21-207; R 189-3, 4/15/08, Hirono
          Voted Nay)

On October 10, 2007 Hirono Voted To Prevent The IRS From Using Private Companies To Collect
Debt. “Passage of the bill that would rescind the authority of the IRS to enter into contracts with private
companies to collect debts. It would delay from 2011 to 2012 a requirement that federal, state and local
governments withhold 3 percent of their payments for certain goods and services. It also would change the
treatment of tax returns of U.S. Virgin Islands residents. The bill includes several provisions to offset costs,
including a new tax on individuals who renounce their citizenships. It would require a “mark-to-market” tax
on capital assets that would treat such assets as if they had been sold the day before the taxpayer became an
expatriate. It also would apply a transfer tax to certain gifts or bequests made to U.S. citizens and residents by
expatriates.” (HR 3056, CQ Vote #960: Passed by a vote of 232-173: D 210-9; R 22-164, 10/10/07, Hirono Voted Yea)
Hirono Voted For Estate Taxes
On December 16, 2010 Hirono Voted In Favor Of The Levin/Pomeroy Amendment To Revive The
Elapsed Estate Tax At 45% On Estates Over $3.5 Million For Individuals. “Levin, D-Mich.,
amendment that would strike the estate tax provisions in the bill, which would revive the lapsed estate tax at a
35 percent rate on estates worth more than $5 million for individuals and $10 million total for couples, and
insert provisions that would set the estate tax rate for 2011 and 2012 at 45 percent on estates worth more
than $3.5 million for individuals and $7 million total for couples.” (HR 4853, CQ Vote #646: Rejected in Committee of the Whole
by a vote of 194-233: D 194-60; R 0-173, 12/16/10, Hirono Voted Yea)

         Hirono Claimed This Amendment Would Save $23 Billion. “This tax giveaway to the richest
          families in the country will cost us more than $68 billion, adding to our deficit without creating jobs
          or strengthening our economy. . . . The Levin/Pomeroy Amendment makes the bill a bit fairer by
          taxing estates at the 2009 rate of 45 percent and covering estates over $3.5 million, not the $5 million
          in the Senate bill. This amendment would save $23 billion. Extending estate tax relief for two years at
          the 2009 rate provides Americans with some certainty for estate planning in a way that is much more
          reasonable and fair than that proposed by the Senate bill.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, Congressional Records, 12/16/10, p. H8577)
On December 3, 2009 Hirono Voted To Make Permanent A 45% Estate Tax Cap. “Passage of the bill
that would make permanent the current estate and gift tax levels, which set a 45 percent top tax rate and a
$3.5 million per-person exemption amount from the tax.” (HR 4145, CQ Vote #929: Passed by a vote of 225-200: D 225-26; R 0-174,
12/3/09, Hirono Voted Yea)

On October 10, 2007 Hirono Voted Against The Permanent Repeal Of The Estate Tax. “Hulshof, R-
Mo., motion to recommit the bill to the Ways and Means Committee with instructions that it be reported
back promptly with language that would permanently repeal the estate tax.” (HR 3056, CQ Vote #959: Motion rejected by a
vote of 196-212: D 10-212; R 186-0, 10/10/07, Hirono Voted Nay)

112th Congress
On May 4, 2011 Hirono Voted Against Providing Tax Breaks For Health Insurance Companies That
Excluded Coverage For Abortions. “Passage of the bill that would prohibit federal funding for abortion
services, except in cases of rape, incest or when the woman’s life is endangered. It would modify tax breaks
given for health insurance coverage to exclude coverage for abortion, prohibit federal medical facilities from
providing abortion services and establish “conscience protections” for health care providers who object to
providing abortion services.” (HR 3, CQ Vote #292: Passed by a vote of 251-175: R 235-0; D 16-195, 5/4/2011, Hirono Voted Nay)
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On April 16, 2007 Hirono Voted To Increase Quarterly Tax Payments For Those Making Over $5
Million. “Passage of the bill that would increase quarterly estimated tax payments for persons with adjusted
gross incomes of more than $5 million. Affected taxpayers would be required to make total estimated tax
payments equal to 110.1 percent of their previous year’s taxes, or 90 percent of their anticipated taxes for the
year, whichever was less.” (HR 1906, CQ Vote #232: Passed by a vote of 216-203: D 213-14; R 3-189, 4/19/07, Hirono Voted Yea)

Hirono On Social Security

In A July 2012 AARP Debate, Hirono Talked About Social Security
Hirono Said The Biggest Challenge Facing Social Security Was “Solvency And Continuing
Strength” Of The Program. Q: “What do you think is the biggest challenge facing social security?”
HIRONO: “The biggest challenge, I think, really is the solvency and continuing strength of social security.”
(AARP Debate, MauiNow.com,6/12/12 ) (5:45)

HIRONO: “I Will Not Support Privatizing Social Security And I Also Won’t Support Raising The
Retirement Age.” (AARP Debate, MauiNow.com,6/12/12 ) (6:02)
HIRONO: “Social Security Did Not Add To Our Deficit. Why Should Social Security Benefits Be
Cut To Balance Our Nation’s Budget? I Don’t Think That’s A Fair Way To Go.” (AARP Debate,
MauiNow.com,6/12/12 ) (8:58)

HIRONO: “Social Security Is Not A Program To Be Managed; It Is A Commitment To Be Kept.”
(AARP Debate, MauiNow.com,6/12/12 ) (11:38)

Hirono Claimed Social Security Isn’t Going Bankrupt And Would Remain Until 2035 Without Doing
Anything
HIRONO: “I Think The Senior Citizens Are Being Scared With Information About Social Security
Going Bankrupt, And That Is Not The Case. Even If We Didn’t Do Anything, Social Security Would
Continue Until 2035.” (Derrick DePledge, “Senate Candidates In Favor Of Keeping Safety Net,” Honolulu Star, 1/29/12)
Hirono Opposed The Privatization Of Social Security
HIRONO: “If We Had Privatized Social Security In 2008, When The Fiscal Crisis Came, Do You
Know How Many Seniors Would Be Literally Out On The Streets?” (Derrick DePledge, “Senate Candidates In Favor Of
Keeping Safety Net,” Honolulu Star, 1/29/12)

Hirono Fielded Questions About Social Security, She Concluded With The Statement The She
Would Never Support The Privatization Of Social Security. “There, the 2nd District congresswoman,
whose main Democratic competition is former U.S. Rep. Ed Case, listened to about two dozen people ask
questions ranging from broad questions like why federal law is so complex to specific concerns, such as a
woman who feels burned out at work and wants to begin taking Social Security benefits immediately. Hirono
told the latter that all she could say was that she would never support the privatization of Social Security.”
(Chris Hamilton, “Hirono Fields Questions At Wailuku ‘Coffee Talk’ Event,” Maui News, 1/12/12

          Hirono “Coffee Talk” Event VIDEO
“[T]he Congresswoman Favors Lifting The $110,100 Cap On Earnings Subject To The Payroll Tax
That Finances Social Security, So Workers With Higher Incomes Would Contribute More To The
System.” (Derrick DePledge, “Senate Candidates In Favor Of Keeping Safety Net,” Honolulu Star, 1/29/12)
Hirono Voted For A One-Time Payment Of $250 To Social Security Recipients
On December 8, 2010 Hirono Voted To Authorize A One-Time Payment Of $250 To Social Security
Recipients. “Pomeroy, D-N.D., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would provide a one-time
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payment of $250 to recipients of Social Security, railroad retirement benefits, and veterans’ disability
compensation or pension benefits if there is no cost-of-living adjustment payable in 2011.” (HR 5987, CQ Vote #611:
Motion rejected by a vote of 254-153: D 228-12; R 26-141, 12/8/10, Hirono Voted Yea)

HIRONO: “As A Cosponsor Of This Measure, I Strongly Support Congress’ Efforts To Enact This
One-Time $250 Payment To Seniors, Veterans, And People With Disabilities To Help Them Make
Ends Meet.” (Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Announces Vote to Provide One-Time $250 Check for Hawaii Seniors,” Press Release, 10/14/10)
Hirono Was A Member Of The “Seniors Task Force” Designed To Protect Senior’s Rights
Hirono Was One Of A Twenty-Four Member “Seniors Task Force” Initiative To Protect Seniors’
Rights. “Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) today helped launch a new initiative to reach out to
America’s seniors in an effort to address their most pressing concerns and needs. The Congresswoman is one
of twenty-four Members of the newly created Seniors Task Force. These Congressional leaders will work to
protect seniors’ rights as well as raise awareness of policies that will improve the health and well-being of
seniors across the country.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Helps Launch Task Force To Address Seniors’ Priorities,” Press Release,
5/6/10)

Hirono Supported Additional Medicaid Funding For Hawaii
On August 10, 2010 Hirono Voted For The Medicaid And Education Assistance Bill That Authorized
$16.1 Billion In Medicaid Assistance. “Obey, D-Wis., motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the
House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill that would provide $16.1 billion to extend increased
Medicaid assistance to states and $10 billion in funding for states to create or retain teachers’ jobs. The costs
would be offset by changing foreign tax provisions, ending increased food stamp benefits beginning in April
2014 and rescinding previously enacted spending.” (HR 1586, CQ Vote #518: Motion agreed to, (thus clearing the bill for the president),
by a vote of 247-161: D 245-3; R 2-158, 8/10/10, Hirono Voted Yea)

Hawaii Received $86 Million Under The Medicaid And Education Assistance Bill. “The bill would
spend $15 billion on Medicaid and $10 billion nationwide to support teacher salaries. Hawaii is in line for $86
million in Medicaid funding and $39 million for education.” (Herbert Sample, “Djou, Hirono To Vote On Extending Medicaid
Funding,” Associated Press, 8/10/10)

Spokesperson For Hawaii’s Department Of Human Services Said “Yes, We Are Bleeding Red Ink,
Especially In Medicaid.” “Hawaii’s Medicaid program could use the money, said Toni Schwartz,
spokeswoman for the state Department of Human Services. ‘Yes, we are bleeding red ink, especially in
Medicaid,’ she said.” (Herbert Sample, “Djou, Hirono To Vote On Extending Medicaid Funding,” Associated Press, 8/10/10)
Hirono Referred Those Senate Members That Opposed The Bill As “Cold-Hearted” And “Hurt[ing]
Those Americans Who Need Our Help The Most.” “I have been pushing for an extension of increased
federal support for Medicaid for the past several months. And, while I am glad to finally be able to vote next
week for the extension, the piecemeal approach by the Senate and the cold-heartedness of some of its
members ultimately hurts those Americans who need our help the most.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Set to
Vote for Bill That Provides $86 Million in Medicaid Funding for Hawaii,” Press Release, 8/5/10)




HEALTHCARE
When Asked, Hirono Failed To Give Examples Of What She Would Do To Improve Obamacare

When Asked In A July 2012 Debate What She Would Do To Improve Obamacare, Hirono Had No
Response But Touted The Benefits Of Obamacare. Q: “Most Democrats including President Obama say
the health care plan needs improving. What exactly do you propose to improve the President’s plan?
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HIRONO: “First of all, I’m really glad that the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the Affordable Care Act which
is already helping millions of seniors on Medicare to be able to afford their drugs, prescription drugs, is
already helping hundreds of thousands of young people stay on their parent’s policies until age 26. And I was
proud as a member of the education and labor committee to make sure Hawaii’s prepaid health care law
which is, to me, one of the most progressive if not the most progressive health care laws in the country had a
waiver and believe me I had to educate the members of my own caucus as well as the republicans to go along
with that huge amendment to the health care bill. This is not a perfect bill but there are many parts of it that
haven’t even come into play. And I note that Ed had raised questions about the bill even as we were
discussing it or shortly thereafter that had to do with the mandated coverage… [TIME].” (Hawaii News Now,
www.hawaiinewsnow.com, Debate, Accessed 7/31/12) (31:09)

Hirono Voted For The Healthcare Reform Law And Called It A 60-Year Victory

On March 21, 2010 Hirono Voted For The Healthcare Overhaul Reconciliation Bill. “Passage of the
bill that would make changes to a health care overhaul measure (HR 3590), revise student loans procedures
and include revenue-raising provisions. It would increase federal subsidies to help low- and moderate-income
families purchase coverage through health insurance exchanges established by the overhaul measure, phase
out the coverage gap for Medicare prescription drug enrollees and adjust the federal matching funds for
Medicaid. It would change penalties on employers that do not offer health benefits. It would freeze Medicare
Advantage payments in 2011 and then re-formulate payments according to local costs. The federal
government would cover 100 percent of the cost of coverage to newly eligible Medicaid recipients in 2014-16.
It would delay until 2018 the effective date of a tax on high-cost health plans and adjust the dollar amounts
used to determine who would be affected by the tax. It would repeal a tax credit for a paper-processing
byproduct called “black liquor.” It also would make the federal government the sole originator of federal
student loans and direct the savings generated to education programs, including Pell grants. The bill would
shift all new federal student lending to the Direct Loan Program beginning July 1, 2010. It would increase the
maximum annual Pell Grant scholarship to $5,975 in 2017 and provide $2.6 billion for minority-serving
institutions.” (HR 4872, CQ Vote #167: Passed by a vote of 220-211: D 220-33; R 0-178, 3/21/10, Hirono Voted Yea)
On March 21, 2010 Hirono Voted For The Senate Version Of The Healthcare Overhaul Bill. “Spratt,
D-S.C., motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the bill that would overhaul the nation’s health
insurance system and require most individuals to buy health insurance by 2014. It would create a system of
national private insurance plans supervised by the Office of Personnel Management and create state-run
marketplaces for purchasing health insurance. Those who do not obtain coverage would be subject to an
excise tax. Excluded from the mandate would be those exempt from filing income tax and others with a
hardship waiver, religious objection or those who cannot afford coverage. Employers with more than 50
workers would have to provide coverage or pay a fine if any employee gets a subsidized plan on the exchange.
Certain small businesses would get tax credits for providing coverage, and those with low incomes, excluding
illegal immigrants, could get subsidies. It would bar the use of federal funds to pay for abortions in the new
programs, except in the cases of rape or incest or if the woman’s life is in danger. Insurance companies could
not deny coverage based on pre-existing medical conditions beginning in 2014, and could not drop coverage
of people who become ill. It would expand eligibility for Medicaid, shrink the coverage gap under the
Medicare Part D prescription drug program and create an advisory board to reduce the per capita growth rate
in Medicare spending.” (HR 3590, CQ Vote #165: Motion agreed to, thus clearing the bill for the president, by a vote of 219-212: D 219-34; R 0-178,
3/21/10, Hirono Voted Yea)

Hirono Called Obamacare A 60-Year Victory
Hirono Called The Bill A 60-Year Victory. “Congress at long last is taking steps to address the long-
festering problem of how to make affordable health care available to all Americans without adding to our
deficit. It’s taken more than 60 years to get here.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “U.S. House Passes Historic Health Care Reform Bill That Includes
Hirono Amendment,” Press Release, 11/7/09)

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Hirono Also Called The Bill “Not Perfect, But A Step In The Right Direction.” “H.R. 4872 and the
Senate health care reform bill, H.R. 3590, are not perfect, but they are a step in the right direction. The health
insurance reform measure achieves the three key goals of affordability for the middle class, accessibility for all
Americans, and accountability for the insurance industry.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, Congressional Record, 3/21/10, p. H1912)
HIRONO: “It Will Soon Be Much Harder To Mischaracterize What This Effort To Change The
Health Care System Has Been About Once Reform Is Enacted And The Benefits Accrue.” (Rep. Mazie
Hirono, Congressional Record, 3/21/10, p. H1912)

Hirono Likened Impending Success Of The Healthcare Bill To Social Security And Medicare
“Which Has Improved The Lives Of Millions Of Americans.” “This healthcare vote has been likened to
the votes creating Social Security and Medicare, programs that the naysayers of the time called socialism,
government takeover, too expensive, not necessary. Sound familiar? And yet, Social Security and Medicare
have significantly improved the lives of millions of Americans. So too will this bill.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “U.S. House
Passes Historic Health Care Reform Bill That Includes Hirono Amendment,” Press Release, 11/7/09)

The Health Care Bill Reduces Employment, Makes Cuts To Medicare And Raises Taxes

The Health Care Overhaul Will Reduce Employment By 0.5 Percent By 2021, Which Is A Reduction
Of 800,000 Workers. “CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf told the House Budget Committee on Thursday
that the health care law will reduce employment by 0.5 percent by 2021 because some people will no longer
have to work just to afford health insurance. ‘That means that if the reduction in the labor used was workers
working the average number of hours in the economy and earning the average wage, that there would be a
reduction of 800,000 workers,’ Elmendorf said in an exchange with Rep. John Campbell (R-CA).” (J. Lester Feder
& Kate Nocera, “CBO: Health Law To Shrink Workforce By 800,000,” Politico, 2/10/11)

Obamacare Cut Medicare By Roughly “$500 Billion Over The Next Decade.” “To cover the cost of
those changes, the compromise would impose a 3.8 percent Medicare tax on investment income for wealthy
taxpayers, a levy that would come in addition to a Senate-proposed increase in the regular payroll tax for
those families. And it would slice an additional $60 billion from Medicare, with the privately run program
known as Medicare Advantage targeted for particularly deep cuts, bringing the total reduction in projected
spending on the program to more than $500 billion over the next decade.” (Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane, “House Leaders
Announce $940 Billion Health-Care Compromise Bill,” The Washington Post, 3/19/10)

The Congressional Budget Office Said The Medicare Cuts “Would Not Enhance The Ability Of The
Government To Pay For Future Medicare Benefits.” “Unified budget accounting shows that the majority
of the HI trust fund savings under PPACA would be used to pay for other spending and therefore would not
enhance the ability of the government to pay for future Medicare benefits.” (CBO Website, Letter From Douglas W.
Elmendorf To Sen. Jeff Sessions, www.cbo.gov, Accessed 9/1/11)

A Report By The Chief Medicare Actuary, Richard S. Foster, Said There Would Be Cuts In Federal
Payments To Private Medicare Advantage Plans. “The study, by the chief Medicare actuary, Richard S.
Foster, provides a detailed, rigorous analysis of the law. . . . In his report, Mr. Foster made these points: . . .
Cuts in federal payments to private Medicare Advantage plans will ‘result in less generous benefit packages,’
the report said. By 2017, it said, ‘enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans will be lower by about 50 percent,
from its projected level of 14.8 million under the prior law to 7.4 million under the new law.’” (Robert Pear, “Health
Care Cost Increase Is Projected For New Law,” The New York Times, 4/23/10)

“The Report Projected That Medicare Cuts Could Drive About 15 Percent Of Hospitals And Other
Institutional Providers Into The Red, ‘Possibly Jeopardizing Access’ To Care For Seniors.” (“Report:
Health Care Reform Will Increase Costs,” CBS News, 4/27/10)

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The Health Care Bill Increases Revenues By $525 Billion Over The Next 10 Years. “The legislation
will increase the size of the federal budget by increasing outlays by $411 billion and revenues by $525 billion
over the next 10 years . . . .” (Congressional Budget Office, Director’s Blog, “The Effects of Health Reform on the Federal Budget,” 4/12/10)
“The Historic Overhaul Of The Nation’s Health Care System That President Obama Signed
Tuesday, When Combined With The Fixes Making Their Way Through Congress, Will Raise Taxes
Over The Next 10 Years By More Than A Half-Trillion Dollars.” (David M. Dickson, “Healthy Tax Increases, Not Only
On Wealthy,” The Washington Times, 3/24/10)

“Taxpayers Earning Less Than $200,000 A Year Will Pay Roughly $3.9 Billion More In Taxes — In
2019 Alone — Due To Healthcare Reform, According To The Joint Committee On Taxation,
Congress’s Official Scorekeeper.” (Jay Heflin, “JCT: Healthcare Law To Sock Middle Class With A $3.9 Billion Tax Increase In 2019,” The
Hill’s On The Money Blog, www.thehill.com, Posted 4/12/10)

“The New Law Raises $15.2 Billion Over 10 Years By Limiting The Medical Expense Deduction, A
Provision Widely Used By Taxpayers Who Either Have A Serious Illness Or Are Older. Taxpayers can
currently deduct medical expenses in excess of 7.5 percent of their adjusted gross income. Starting in 2013,
most taxpayers will only be able to deduct expenses greater than 10 percent of AGI. Older taxpayers are hit
by this threshold increase in 2017.” (Jay Heflin, “JCT: Healthcare Law To Sock Middle Class With A $3.9 Billion Tax Increase In 2019,” The Hill’s
On The Money Blog, www.thehill.com, Posted 4/12/10)

The New Law Will Affect About 14.8 Million Taxpayers, Most Of Whom Make Less Than $200,000 A
Year. “Once the law is fully implemented in 2019, the JCT estimates the deduction limitation will affect 14.8
million taxpayers — 14.7 million of them will earn less than $200,000 a year. These taxpayers are single and
joint filers, as well as heads of households.” (Jay Heflin, “JCT: Healthcare Law To Sock Middle Class With A $3.9 Billion Tax Increase In
2019,” The Hill’s On The Money Blog, www.thehill.com, Posted 4/12/10)

A Report By “Economic Experts At The HHS” Said Health Care Reform Will Not Hold Down
Costs
“President Obama’s Health Care Overhaul Law Will Increase The Nation’s Health Care Tab
Instead Of Bringing Costs Down, Government Economic Forecasters Concluded Thursday In A
Sobering Assessment Of The Sweeping Legislation.” (“Report: Health Care Reform Will Increase Costs,” CBS News, 4/27/10)
“[T]he Analysis Also Found That The Law Falls Short Of The President’s Twin Goal Of Controlling
Runaway Costs, Raising Projected Spending By About 1 Percent Over 10 Years. That Increase Could
Get Bigger, However, Since The Report Also Warned That Medicare Cuts In The Law May Be
Unrealistic And Unsustainable, Forcing Lawmakers To Roll Them Back.” (“Report: Health Care Reform Will
Increase Costs,” CBS News, 4/27/10)

The “Hirono Amendment” Provided An Exemption For Hawaii Residents Covered Under Hawaii’s
Prepaid Health Care Act
Hirono Said It Was “Really Critical” To Retain Hawaii’s Prepaid Health Care Act
Under Hirono’s Amendment, Many Hawaii Residents Are Exempt From The Health Care Bill Due
To Hawaii’s Prepaid Health Care System. “The monumental House health care reform bill includes the
‘Hirono Amendment,’ which provides an exemption for Hawaii’s Prepaid Health Care Act, as long as it meets
or exceeds the national standards in H.R. 3962. Hawaii’s Prepaid Health Care Act applies to certain full-time
employees and their employers. It does not apply to part-time employees, seniors on Medicare, those without
health insurance, government employees, or those covered by collective bargaining agreements. Therefore,
H.R. 3962 would apply to them.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Hawaii to Receive More Than $14 Million to Establish Online Health Insurance
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          Hirono Vowed To Protect Hawaii’s Prepaid Health Care Law When Drafting The Affordable
           Care Act. “Protecting Hawaii’s Prepaid Health Care Law and making sure those who aren’t covered
           by the state law have access to affordable insurance through health insurance exchanges were top
           priorities during the crafting of the Affordable Care Act.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Hawaii to Receive More Than $14 Million
           to Establish Online Health Insurance Exchange,” Press Release, 11/30/11)

          Under The Hirono Amendment, “Hawaii Will Be Able To Decide For Itself To Retain PHCA
           [Prepaid Health Care Act] Or Come Completely Under The New Federal Law.” “The Hirono
           Amendment will provide maximum flexibility for Hawaii once a federal health care reform bill
           becomes law. Hawaii will be able to decide for itself to retain PHCA or come completely under the
           new federal law.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Statement Of Congresswoman Mazie K Hirono In Support Of Hr 3962,” Press Release, 11/7/09)
Hirono Said It Was “Really Critical” For Hawaii To Retain Its State Coverage. “‘For Hawaii, it’s really
critical that this doesn’t get swept aside as we deal with health care reform,’ said Rep. Mazie Hirono, D-
Hawaii, who wrote the House provisions that would retain Hawaii’s coverage.” (John Yaukey, “Health health care bill
contains waiver to protect Hawaii,” Gannett Washington Bureau, 11/4/09)

HIRONO: “I Am Fully Committed To Keeping This Amendment Intact Throughout The
Legislative Process.” (John Yaukey, “Hawaii Lawmakers Supportive,” Honolulu Advertiser, 9/10/09)
Hirono Claimed Hawaii Businesses Pleaded “Please, Please Exempt Hawaii… Because Our Law
Works.” “So you would think with all of this that when we were discussing health care reform and the
Affordable Care Act that I would be hearing from businesses all across Hawaii to eliminate Hawaii’s prepaid
health care law. Quite to the contrary. What the businesses in Hawaii were saying is please, please exempt
Hawaii’s law from whatever you folks are doing because they -- our law works.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, Committee On
Education And Labor, U.S. House, Hearing, 2/9/11)

The Health Care Bill Will Have Little Direct Impact On Most Of Hawaii
Honolulu Advertiser: “Health Bill Likely To Have Small Isle Impact.” (Greg Wiles, “Health Bill Likely To Have Small
Isle Impact,” Honolulu Advertiser, 11/15/09)

“A Historic U.S. House Of Representatives Health Care Bill Would Have Little Direct Effect On
Roughly Two-Thirds Of Hawai’i’s Population though proponents say it may ultimately lead to a blunting
of increases in costs.” (Greg Wiles, “Health Bill Likely To Have Small Isle Impact,” Honolulu Advertiser, 11/15/09)
HIRONO: “Hawaii’s Premier State Health Care Law Remains Intact . . . Today’s vote brings us closer
to providing affordable health care options to part-time workers who aren’t covered by the Prepaid
Healthcare Act.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes in Favor of Sweeping Health Care Reform,” Press Release, 3/22/10)
HIRONO: “They [Any Other State] Shouldn’t Be Able To Opt Out Just Because They Feel Like It.”
“No other state would be allowed to opt out of federal health overhaul legislation, a provision sought by
some senators. A similar exemption for Hawaii is included in the Senate version of the bill. ‘Any kind of opt-
out provision for the other states should be contingent on these other states coming up with an insurance
plan that meets or exceeds federal standards,’ Hirono said. ‘They shouldn’t be able to opt out just because
they feel like it.’” (“Hawaii May Got To Opt Out Of Health Bill,” Associated Press, 11/6/09)
“Other Lawmakers Won Carve-Outs For Their State Healthcare Systems. Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-
Hawaii) Got Her States Existing Health Program Exempted By What The Honolulu Advertiser
Called The Hirono Amendment. As a result, the reform measures will be a non-event for many people in
Hawaii.” (Mike Soraghan, “Side Deals Stack Up As Health Bills Move Along,” The Hill, 12/24/09)
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“Hawaii’s Businesses Will Continue To Shoulder 98.5 Percent Of Health Insurance Premiums –
Higher Than Any State In The Nation — under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act despite
an exemption from the law.” (Laura Brown, “Business and health insurance costs to remain high under Hawaii’s exemption to national healthcare
law,” Hawaii Reporter, 10/1/10)

Premiums Paid By Hawaii’s Small Businesses Have Risen 112% Within The Past Decade. “The
spiraling health care costs can be seen in one benchmark, average premiums paid by small businesses to the
Hawai’i Medical Service Association. Those have risen about 112 percent, or more than double, over the past
decade. That was about 3.5 times more than Honolulu inflation increased during the period and a little less
than two times the rise in Hawai’i personal income.” (Greg Wiles, “7.8% Of Islanders Uninsured,” Honolulu Advertiser, 9/14/09)
“Healthcare Premiums Rose 3.7 Times Faster In Hawaii Than The Median Earnings During A
Prior Decade, according to the Census Bureau and Department of Health & Human Services.” (Laura Brown,
“Business And Health Insurance Costs To Remain High Under Hawaii’s Exemption To National Healthcare Law,” Hawaii Reporter, 10/1/10)

         “The Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF) Became Officially
          Insolvent Last Year With Deficits Of $110.6 Million.” (Laura Brown, “Business And Health Insurance Costs To Remain
          High Under Hawaii’s Exemption To National Healthcare Law,” Hawaii Reporter, 10/1/10)

Hawaii Residents Rank Highest In The Nation For Holding Multiple Jobs Which Is Attributed To
Hawaii’s Prepaid Health Care Act
“Under Hawaii Law, An Estimated 92 Percent Of Hawaii’s Citizens Are Insured. However, One
Side Effect Is That Because Of The Cost Of Health Insurance, Employers Offer Many Part-Time
Jobs Instead Of Full Time.” (Laura Brown, “Business and health insurance costs to remain high under Hawaii’s exemption to national healthcare
law,” Hawaii Reporter, 10/1/10)

“Hawaii Ranks First In The Nation For Workers Who Hold Multiple Jobs, According To The US
Bureau Of Labor Statistics.” (Laura Brown, “Business and health insurance costs to remain high under Hawaii’s exemption to national healthcare
law,” Hawaii Reporter, 10/1/10)

In 2009, 7.8% Of Hawaii Residents Where Uninsured
In 2009, Hawaii Had A 7.8% Uninsured Health Rate. “Still, 7.8 percent of Isle residents don’t have
health coverage. That means 98,000 people went without the insurance, or about 1 1/2 times the population
of Kaua’i.” (Greg Wiles, “7.8% Of Islanders Uninsured,” Honolulu Advertiser, 9/14/09)

Hirono Claimed The Health Care Bill Would Reduce The Federal Deficit
Hirono Claimed The Health Care Bill Would Reduce The Federal Deficit. “The federal legislation
establishes health care reform in a way that reduces the deficit, provides stability and security for Americans
who currently have health insurance, and an affordable, quality option for those without coverage.” (Rep. Mazie
Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes in Favor of Sweeping Health Care Reform,” Press Release, 3/22/10)

HIRONO: “The Bill Is Fully Paid For. About half of the cost of H.R. 3962 is paid for by targeting waste,
fraud, and inefficiency in the federal Medicaid and Medicare programs. The other roughly half of the cost of
the bill is paid for through a surcharge on the wealthiest Americans - those with incomes above $1 million for
couples and $500,000 for singles; therefore, 99.7 percent of Americans will not be touched by this surtax.”
(Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Statement Of Congresswoman Mazie K Hirono In Support Of Hr 3962,” Press Release, 11/7/09)

Hirono Favored The House Version Of The Healthcare Reform Bill For Its Inclusion Of A Public
Option
On November 7, 2009 Hirono Voted For The House-Passed Healthcare Bill That Contained A
Public Option. “Passage of the bill that would overhaul the nation’s health insurance system and require
most individuals to buy health insurance by 2013. It would create the Health Choices Administration tasked
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with establishing a federal health insurance exchange, including a government-run public health insurance
option, to allow individuals without coverage to purchase insurance. Those that do not obtain coverage would
be subject to an excise tax. Excluded from the mandate would be those exempt from filing income tax and
others with a hardship waiver. Employers would be required to offer health insurance to employees or
contribute to a fund for coverage. Businesses that fail to provide coverage could face penalties of up to 8
percent of their payroll. It would provide tax credits to certain small businesses for providing coverage;
provide subsidies to individuals making up to four times the federal poverty level, excluding illegal
immigrants; and allow states to enter into compacts to facilitate coverage purchase across state lines. The bill
would bar the use of federal funds to provide abortions, except in cases of rape, incest or if the woman’s life
is in danger. It also would bar insurance companies from denying or reducing coverage based on pre-existing
medical conditions.” (HR 3962, CQ Vote #887: Passed by a vote of 220-215: D 219-39; R 1-176, 11/7/09, Hirono Voted Yea)

           Hirono Said She Favored The House Version Of The Healthcare Bill For Its Inclusion Of
            The Public Option. “Hirono said she favors the House version of a reform plan she believes would
            contain costs through prevention, offer consumer choice through a public option.” (Hirono Talks Health Care
            With Islanders,” Honolulu Advertiser, 8/29/09)

Hirono Claimed A Public Options Is Essential To Healthcare Reform. “U.S. Reps. Neil Abercrombie
and Mazie Hirono yesterday described a federal government-backed public insurance option in President
Obama’s health care reform plan as essential to creating competition with private insurers.” (Derrick DePledge, “Isle
reps say public option is essential,” Honolulu Advertiser, 9/2/09)

HIRONO: “It [Public Option] Provides Accountability And Competition For The Private Insurance
Companies. It doesn’t represent a takeover of insurance. The private sector will still be there providing
insurance.” (Greg Wiles, “7.8% Of Islanders Uninsured,” Honolulu Advertiser, 9/14/09)
On July 30, 2009 Hirono Signed A Letter Along With 56 Members Of The House Which Demanded
“A Public Option With Reimbursement Rates Based On Medicare Rates.” “Any bill that does not
provide, at a minimum, for a public option with reimbursement rates – not negotiated rates – is
unacceptable.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, Congress Of The United States, Letter To Madam Speaker, Chariman Waxman, Chairman Rangel, And Chairman
Miller, 7/30/09)

Hirono Supported The Individual Mandate Within The Healthcare Bill

On June 15, 2010 Hirono Voted Against Repealing The Individual Mandate. “Camp, R-Mich., motion
to recommit the bill to the Ways and Means Committee with instructions that it be immediately reported back
with language that would repeal the individual mandate to purchase health insurance in the 2010 health care
overhaul law.” (HR 5486, CQ Vote #362: Motion rejected by a vote of 187-230: D 21-229; R 166-1, 6/15/10, Hirono Voted Nay)

Hirono Supported Increased Medicaid Coverage Under Healthcare Reform
Hawaii Received A Handout For Additional Medicaid Funding Which Has Been Called A
“Sweetheart Deal”
Senator McCain Proposed An Amendment That Repealed Hawaii’s Special Increased Medicaid
DSH Payments And Called It A “Sweetheat Deal.” “Senator McCain has offered an amendment to strike
the ‘sweetheart deals’ included in the health care law and the reconciliation bill. . . . Increase in Medicaid DSH
payments just for Hawaii (Section 10201, page 2132 of H.R. 3590).” (Sen. John McCain, “McCain Amendment On ‘Sweetheart
Deals,” Press Release, 3/24/10)

Hawaii’s Human Services Department Said That Increasing Medicaid Coverage “Can Never, Ever
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“‘There’s No Way (The New Health Law) Is Going To Be Budget Neutral. It Can’t Be. Forcing Us
To Add More People On Medicaid Can Never, Ever Be Cost-Neutral,’ Koller [Hawaii’s Human
Services Department Director].” (Herbert Sample, “Lingle Estimate On Health Bill Appear Incomplete,” Associated Press, 4/3/10)
Hirono Supported Medicaid Funding For COFA Migrants Under Healthcare Reform
Hirono Said Restoring Medicaid Coverage Is The “Only Fair Way” To Address The Federal
Mandate That Allows COFA Migrants Into The U.S. “The decision to allow citizens of the Freely
Associated States to come to the United States was a federal decision; however, the cost of that decision has
fallen mainly on a handful of states and territories. Most Compact Migrants have settled in the Pacific region,
likely because the environments and climates are similar to their home nations. Hawaii is home to 12,215
Compact Migrants; Guam, 18,305; and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, 2,100.
Compact Migrants are also on the continental United States, including California, Oregon, Washington, and
Arkansas - a state where they have been specifically recruited as laborers. Restoring Medicaid coverage is the
only fair way to address the federal mandate.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Statement Of Congresswoman Mazie K Hirono On The Introduction
Of The Medicaid Coverage For Citizens Of Freely Associated States Act Of 2011,” Press Release, 3/11/11)

          COFA Migrants Are Exempt From Medicaid Coverage Leaving The State To Cover The
           Shortfall. “The 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act prohibited federal Medicaid
           payments for nonimmigrants, a category that includes Compact Migrants. Prior to this specific
           prohibition, Compact Migrants were covered by Medicaid. Since enactment of the federal welfare
           reform law, state and territorial governments have been the sole sources of funding for meeting the
           social service and public health needs of this ever growing population.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Statement Of
           Congresswoman Mazie K Hirono On The Introduction Of The Medicaid Coverage For Citizens Of Freely Associated States Act Of 2011,” Press
           Release, 3/11/11)

On Average, Hawaii Has Spent $120 Million Per Year On Healthcare For COFA Migrants While The
Federal Government Contributes $11 Million. “The federal government has ignored its obligation from
the beginning. Last year, the U.S. State Department notified the Marshalls and Micronesia that it has ‘no
commitment’ to provide medical care to their migrants in the U.S. At this point, Hawaii spends $120 million a
year on health care for the migrants, while the federal government contributes only $11 million.”

          “In 2007, Hawaii Spent Over $37 Million To Cover The Health Care Costs Of The State’s
           Compact Migrant Population. Of this amount, $30 million would have been eligible for partial
           federal reimbursement through the Medicaid program.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Statement Of Congresswoman Mazie K
           Hirono On The Introduction Of The Medicaid Coverage For Citizens Of Freely Associated States Act Of 2011,” Press Release, 3/11/11)

          “‘Everyone Here Would Rather See This Cost Spread Around The Entire Nation Than Just
           The State Of Hawaii,’ said U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright in ordering adherence to the
           obligation forced upon the state.” (Editorial, “Congress Should Help Pay For Migrants’ Health Care,” Honolulu Star, 12/18/10)
Medicaid Coverage For COFA Migrants Did Not Make It Into The Senate Version Of The
Healthcare Reform Bill. “Our former colleague and now Governor of Hawaii, Neil Abercrombie, worked
with Congressman Elliot Engel and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo on an amendment to provide Medicaid
coverage for Compact Migrants during the mark-up of the House health care reform bill by the Energy and
Commerce Committee. This amendment was adopted by the Committee by a voice vote. Regrettably, the
Senate health care reform bill did not include comparable language. So today, I am introducing that same,
bipartisan supported amendment language as a stand-alone bill.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Statement Of Congresswoman Mazie K
Hirono On The Introduction Of The Medicaid Coverage For Citizens Of Freely Associated States Act Of 2011,” Press Release, 3/11/11)

Hirono Introduced The Medicaid Coverage For Citizens Of Freely Associated States Act Of 2011 In
An Effort To Ensure Restoring Medicaid Coverage For COFA Migrants. “I rise today to introduce the
Medicaid Coverage for Citizens of Freely Associated States Act of 2011. . . . Restoring the Medicaid eligibility
of Compact Migrants is an important issue not only for Hawaii, but also Arkansas, California, Oregon, and
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Washington as well as the territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands. I look
forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on this important issue.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Statement Of
Congresswoman Mazie K Hirono On The Introduction Of The Medicaid Coverage For Citizens Of Freely Associated States Act Of 2011,” Press Release, 3/11/11)

         On March 15, 2011 Hirono Sponsored The Medicaid Coverage For Citizens Of Freely
          Associated Sates Act Of 2011 Which Was Referred To The House Subcommittee On Health.
          (HR 1035, Introduced 3/11/11, Referred To House Subcommittee On Health)

Hirono Voted Against A Full Repeal Of The Health Care Bill

On January 19, 2011 Hirono Voted Against Repealing The Health Care Law. “Passage of the bill that
would repeal the 2010 health care overhaul law, which requires most individuals to buy health insurance by
2014, makes changes to government health care programs and sets new requirements for health insurers. The
bill would restore the provisions of law amended or repealed by the health care overhaul, and repeal certain
provisions of the health care reconciliation law.” (HR 2, CQ Vote #14: Passed by a vote of 245-189: R 242-0; D 3-189, 1/19/11, Hirono
Voted Nay)

Hirono Supported Universal Healthcare Coverage For Children

Hirono Voted For Universal Children’s Healthcare
On January 14, 2009 Hirono Voted To Expand The State Children’s Health Insurance Program To
$60 Billion Through FY 2013. “Passage of the bill that would reauthorize the State Children’s Health
Insurance Program at nearly $60 billion over four and a half years, expanding the program by $35 billion. To
offset the cost of the expansion, it would increase the tax on cigarettes by 61 cents to $1 per pack and raise
taxes on other tobacco products. The measure would allow states to provide pregnant women and children of
legal immigrants with coverage under the program. The bill would limit program eligibility to families earning
three times the federal poverty level or less and would require states to phase out coverage of childless adults
by October 2010.” (HR 2, CQ Vote #16: Passed by a vote of 289-139: D 249-2; R 40-137, 1/14/09, Hirono Voted Yea)

         HIRONO: “Close To 24,000 Children In Hawaii Rely On This Program To Address Their
          Basic Health Care Needs.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes in Favor of Continuing to Provide Health Care for
          Millions of Children in America,” Press Release, 1/14/09)

         HIRONO: “Hawaii’s Unemployment Rate Continues To Rise Making This Children’s
          Health Care Bill More Critical Than Ever . . . In these tough economic times, more and more
          parents are losing employer-sponsored health care for their children, which only magnifies the
          growing need for this legislation.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes in Favor of Continuing to Provide Health Care
          for Millions of Children in America,” Press Release, 1/14/09)

On October 18, 2007 Hirono Voted To Override President Bush’s Veto Of The State Children’s
Health Insurance Program Reauthorization. “Passage, over President Bush’s Oct. 3, 2007, veto, of the
bill that would reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program at nearly $60 billion over five years,
expanding the program by $35 billion. To offset the cost of the expansion, it would increase the tax on
cigarettes by 61 cents to $1 per pack and raise taxes on other tobacco products. It would provide coverage to
pregnant women and dental coverage to children enrolled in the program. States would have to meet new
requirements before being allowed to expand eligibility beyond 300 percent of poverty. It also would
authorize $100 million to fund state outreach and enrollment efforts and establish a contingency fund for
states with funding shortfalls due to increased enrollment.” (HR 976, CQ Vote #982: Rejected by a vote of 273-156: D 229-2; R 44-
154, 10/18/07, Hirono Voted Yea)

         HIRONO: “I Voted To Give More Than 10 Million Children The Care They Deserve, And I
          Call On The President To Sign This Bill Into Law Rather Than Make Good His Veto Threat .
          . . I support providing all Americans with affordable, high-quality health care. Until we reach that goal,
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            we should take steps that help our most vulnerable populations, including low-income children.
            Today’s vote moves us in that direction.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes To Provide Healthcare For 10
            Million Children,” Press Release, 9/25/07)

Hawaii Ended Its “Keiki Care Plan,” The Only State Universal Healthcare Plan For Children, After
Just 7 Months
“Hawaii Is Ending The Only State Universal Child Health-Care Program In The Country After Just
Seven Months.” (Grace-Marie Turner, “Hawaii’s Hard Health-Care Lesson, New York Post, 10/27/08)
Governor Lingle Pulled Funding For The Program And Called It “Unwise To Spend Public Money
To Replace Private Coverage Children Already Had.” “When Gov. Linda Lingle saw the data, she pulled
the plug on funding. With Hawaii facing budget shortfalls, she realized it was unwise to spend public money
to replace private coverage that children already had.” (Herbert Sample, “Lingle Defends Halting ‘Keiki Care Plan,’ Associated Press,
10/27/08)

           “[T]he Results Showed That An Estimated 85% Of The 2,000 Children Enrolled In The
            Program Had Switched From A Private Health Plan To The State-Funded Program.” (Jane
            Anderson, “Hawaii Ends Child Health Care Plan,” Pediatric News, 12/1/08)

           “The Keiki Care Plan Cost The State About $50,000 A Month.” (Herbert Sample, “Lingle Defends Halting ‘Keiki
            Care Plan,” Associated Press, 10/27/08)

           “Not Only Did Keiki Care Fail To Achieve Its Worthy Goal Of Helping So-Called ‘Gap
            Group’ Children Who Don’t Qualify For State Medicaid Insurance And Could Not Afford
            Private Coverage, But The Program Inefficiently Utilized State Funds By Subsidizing
            Families Who Did Not Need Help.” (Linda Smith, Op-Ed,”Keiki Care’s Goal Was Worthy But Its Execution Was Flawed,”
            Honolulu Star Bulletin, 11/2/08)

“[Governor] Lingle Said An Alternative To The ‘Keiki Care Plan,’ Called Children’s Plan, Will Be
Sufficient Even Though Parents Will Be Charged $55 A Month For Each Child Who Is Enrolled.”
(Herbert Sample, “Lingle Defends Halting ‘Keiki Care Plan,” Associated Press, 10/27/08)

Hirono Opposed Measures To Restrict Women’s Access To Reproductive Health Care Services
Hirono Applauded President Obama’s Decision To Provide Free Contraceptive Coverage For
Women
HIRONO: “Making Sure Women Have Essential Medical Care Is A Fundamental Right. I’m Glad
President Obama Brought Everyone Together So Women Will Have The Full Range Of Preventive
Health Care Services, Regardless Of Where They Work, While Also Addressing Religious
Concerns.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Statement by Congresswoman Hirono on Announcement by President Obama on Contraception Coverage,” Press
Release, 2/10/12)

Hirono Voted In Support Of Federal Funding For Abortion Coverage
On October 13, 2011 Hirono Voted Against Baring The Use Of Federal Funds To Cover Abortion
Services. “Passage of the bill that would bar the use of federal funds to purchase insurance plans that cover
abortion services. The bill also would require that insurance companies offering plans on state exchanges that
cover abortion services also offer identical plans that do not cover abortion services. It also would bar federal
agencies and state or local entities that receive funding under the health care overhaul law from discriminating
against health care entities that refuse to provide abortions or training related to abortions.” (HR 358, CQ Vote #789:
Passed by a vote of 251-172: R 236-2; D 15-170, 10/13/11, Hirono Voted Nay)




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            “Those Supporting This Bill [HR 358] Say It’s Necessary To Prevent Federal Funding For
             Abortion. They’re Wrong. . . . Rather, Its True Goal Is To Make Abortion As Unavailable As
             Possible.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, Congressional Record, 10/13/11, H3018)
On November 7, 2009 Hirono Voted Against An Amendment Baring The Use Of Federal Funds To
Cover Abortion Services. “Stupak, D-Mich., amendment that would bar the use of federal funds authorized
in the bill to pay for an abortion or to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes abortion
coverage, unless the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, or if the woman suffers from a physical disorder,
injury or illness that would, as certified by a physician, endanger the woman’s life. Individuals with subsidized
policies who also want abortion coverage would have to purchase it separately, using their own money. It
would prohibit individuals from using affordability credits to purchase a plan that provides for elective
abortions.” (HR 3962, CQ Vote #884: Adopted by a vote of 240-194: D 64-194; R 176-0, 11/7/09, Hirono Voted Nay)

            HIRONO: “‘It’s Not That Easy To Say I’m Going To Vote Against The Whole Thing
             Because Of An Amendment I Don’t Like.’ . . . Hirono, a Democrat representing Hawai’i’s second
             congressional district, was one of 194 reps — all Democrats — to vote against the Stupak
             amendment on Nov. 7 but was among the 220 reps — 219 Democrats and one Republican — to vote
             for passage of the underlying bill, a narrow victory over 215 noes.” (Michael Levine, “Overall Health Care Bill Trumps
             Anti-Abortion Amendment, Rep Says,” The Garden Island, 12/2/09)

Hirono Supported Measures To Make Emergency Contraceptives More Readily Available
Mazie Hirono Co-Sponsored The Access To Birth Control Act. (HR 2659, Introduced 7/26/11, Referred To House
Subcommittee)

Hirono Opposed HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ Decision To Overturn The FDA’s Decision To
Allow Over-The-Counter Sale Of Plan B Emergency Contraceptives. “Hawaii’s congresswomen say
they disagree with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on her controversial decision not
to loosen restrictions on the sale of emergency contraception known as Plan B or the morning-after pill.
Reps. Colleen Hanabusa and Mazie Hirono join a chorus of Democrats who say Sebelius ought to provide
more information about why she overruled the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to allow over-the-
counter sale of the emergency contraceptive, including to young teenagers.” (Adrienne LaFrance, “Hawaii Reps Blast
Administration On ‘Plan B,’” Civil Beat, 12/20/11)

Hirono Deemed Herself A “Champion Of Choice”
“Mazie Hasn’t Just Defended Women’s Rights--She Has Actively Fought To Expand Them. A Self-
Described ‘Champion Of Choice’ . . . she has introduced and supported an amazing array of legislation
beneficial to women and families.” (Karen Bruggeman, “Mazie Hirono: A First Of Many Firsts,” EMILY’s List Blog, www.emilyslist.org, Posted
9/29/11)

Hirono Sponsored Native Hawaiian Healthcare System Expansions

Hirono Voted In Support Of Native Hawaiian Health Care Expansions
In 2011, Hirono Requested $14.2 Million For The Native Hawaiian Health Care Act.                                    (Rep. Mazie Hirono, FY
2011 Appropriations Request)

Hirono Sponsored The Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Reauthorization Act Of 2009
Which Was Referred To House Subcommittee On Health. (HR 4024, Intorduced 11/4/09, Referred To House Subcommittee
On Health)

            HIRONO: “Congress Has Previously Recognized The Unique And Historical Relationship
             Between The United States And The Indigenous People Of Hawaii. I Urge My Colleagues

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           Continued Support For The Health And Wellbeing Of Native Hawaiians.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “The
           Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Reauthorization Act of 2009,” Press Release, 11/4/09)

Hirono Sponsored The Native Hawaiian Medicaid Coverage Act Of 2011 Which Was Referred To
House Subcommittee On Health. (HR 857, Introduced 3/1/11, Referred to House Subcommittee On Health)
Hirono Sponsored The Native Hawaiian Medicaid Coverage Act Of 2010 Which Was Referred To
House Committee On Energy And Commerce. (HR 6489, Introduced 12/2/10, Referred To House Committee On Energy And
Commerce)

Hirono Announced Over $9 Million In Funding For Native Hawaiian Health Centers.
“Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) today announced the awarding of $9,044,880 in U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services grant funding to support Native Hawaiian health centers on
Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and the Island of Hawaii.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Announces $9,044,880 in
Federal Funding to Support Health Care Programs for Native Hawaiians,” Press Release, 8/10/10)

          $2,980,450 For Hui No Ke Ola Pono, Inc. (Maui) (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Announces $9,044,880
           in Federal Funding to Support Health Care Programs for Native Hawaiians,” Press Release, 8/10/10)

          $2,399,670 For Ho’ola Lahui Hawaii (Kauai) (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Announces $9,044,880 in
           Federal Funding to Support Health Care Programs for Native Hawaiians,” Press Release, 8/10/10)

          $2,023,370 For Hui Malama Ola Na O’iwi (Hawaiian Island) (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono
           Announces $9,044,880 in Federal Funding to Support Health Care Programs for Native Hawaiians,” Press Release, 8/10/10)

          $1,641,390 For Na Pu’uwai, Inc. (Molokai) (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Announces $9,044,880 in Federal
           Funding to Support Health Care Programs for Native Hawaiians,” Press Release, 8/10/10)

On July 24, 2009 Hirono Voted In Support Of The FY 2010 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations
Bill Which Authorized Native Hawaiian Health Care Funding. “Passage of the bill that would
appropriate $730.5 billion, including $163.4 billion in discretionary spending, in fiscal 2010 for the
departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education and related agencies. It would provide
$67.8 billion for the Education Department, including $17.8 billion for Pell Grants; $16 billion for the Labor
Department, including $3.8 billion for training and employment services; and $603.5 billion for Health and
Human Services, including $31.3 billion for the National Institutes of Health and $518.8 billion, most of
which is mandatory spending, for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.” (HR 3293, CQ Vote #646: Passed by
a vote of 264-153: D 244-5; R 20-148, 7/24/09, Hirono Voted Yea)

          The FY 2010 HHS Appropriations Bill Authorized $14 Million For The Native Health Care
           Act Requested By Hirono. “This legislation includes $60,173,000 in FY2010 funding for four
           projects in the State of Hawai’i that Congresswoman Hirono, who is a member of the House
           Education and Labor Committee, requested . . . $14,000,000 for Native Hawaiian Health Care. First
           established in 1988, the Native Hawaiian Health Care Act authorizes initiatives to promote disease
           prevention, provided health promotion activities, and increase the number of Native Hawaiians in the
           health profession. Another important component of the Act is the Native Hawaiian Health
           Professionals Scholarship Program, which seeks to increase the number of Native Hawaiians in health
           care professions and is consistent with national efforts to promote great opportunities for
           underrepresented groups in the health profession.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Helps Secure $60.1 Million
           in Funding for Education and Native Hawaiian Health,” Press Release, 7/24/09)

          HIRONO: “The Passage Of This Bill Out Of The House Illustrates Our Ongoing
           Commitment To Meeting The Needs Of Native Hawaiian Families . . . Despite being under
           constant attack, the programs that are funded through this legislation go a long way toward ensuring
           Native Hawaiians receive proper health care and educational opportunities.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono,
           “Congresswoman Hirono Helps Secure $60.1 Million in Funding for Education and Native Hawaiian Health,” Press Release, 7/24/09)


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INEFFECTIVE LEGISLATOR
In The Past, Hirono Has Praised The Democratically-Controlled Congress For Their Legislative
Accomplishments
Hirono Applauded The Democratic-Controlled Congress For Passing “Over 400 Bills” During Her
First Two Terms In Congress. “Speaking to a crowd of mostly Democratic students, Rep. Hirono touted
the many legislative successes of her first two terms in Congress from 2006 to 2010, happily noting that “over
400 bills were passed” within the four years of Democratic congressional control.” (Ricky Garza, “Senate Candidate Rep.
Mazie Hirono (HI-2) Visits Campus,” The Georgetown Progressive, www.guprogressive.com, Accessed 1/13/12)

Hirono Said “Her Record Stands On Its Own”
2006: Hirono Claimed “Her Record Stands On Its Own.” “At a recent candidate forum, state Rep. Brian
Schatz criticized perceived Democratic front-runner Mazie Hirono, the former lieutenant governor,
questioning her record and what she has accomplished in the past 12 years. Hirono’s campaign fired back
with a list of achievements, arguing that her record stands on its own.” (BJ Reyes, “US Congress – Parties Jockeying For Primary
Advantage,” Honolulu Star, 8/17/06)

Hirono Cited Her Greatest Accomplishment As Securing $2 Million For A WWII Dumpsite In
Waimanalo, Hawaii
In A July 2012 Debate, Hirono Said Her Crowing Achievement Was Securing $2 Million For
Hawaii’s WWII Dumpsite In Waimanalo, Hawaii. Q: “Can you please name some specific, key
legislation your authored or you were a leader in pushing through while in congress?” HIRONO: “The
accomplishments that I’m most proud of are the ones that I’ve worked with constituents together; this is my
collaborative leadership style where I listen, work together and get things done. For example, the people in
Waimanalo were really upset that a WWII dumpsite could not be cleaned up because the military said ‘we
don’t have the money’ and they came to came to me and we worked together and I got $2 million dollars for
them to clean that dumpsite. That’s the kind of collaborative style that we need in Washington D.C. to get
things done for the people of Hawaii.” (Hawaii News Now, www.hawaiinewsnow.com, Debate, Accessed 7/31/12) (28:58)

Hirono Blamed The Tea Party For A Lack Of Legislative Effectiveness In Congress
Hirono Blamed The Tea Party Movement For A Lack Of Congressional Effectiveness With “Only
28” Bills Having Been Passed Since The Movement. “When asked about the current sentiment in
Congress, however, she expressed regret at the lack of progress since the 2010 Tea Party wave. To contrast
then and now, she remarked that ‘only 28’ bills have been passed and signed by the President this year so far.”
(Ricky Garza, “Senate Candidate Rep. Mazie Hirono (HI-2) Visits Campus,” The Georgetown Progressive, www.guprogressive.com, Accessed 1/13/12)

Hirono Has Not Sponsored Any Bills That Have Become Public Law

2006: “Hirono Said She Has A Record Of Getting Things Done, And Had 120 Bills Passed During
Her 14 Years In The State House.” (Treena Shapiro, “Election 2006,” Honolulu Advertiser, 8/7/06)

In The 112th Congress, Hirono Had Sponsored 25 Bills – None Of Which Became Law
In The 2012th Congress, Hirono Sponsored 25 Bills – None Of Which Became Law
During The 112th Congress So Far, Hirono Has Not Sponsored Any Bills That Have Become Public
Law. (Library Of Congress, www.thomas.gov, Accessed 10/3/11)


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Hirono’s “Renewable Energy Applied Partnerships (REAP) Act” Was Referred To House
Subcommittee. (H.R. 288, Introduced 1/12/11)
Hirono’s “National STEM Education Tax Incentive For Teach Act Of 2011” Was Referred To
House Committee. (H.R. 289, Introduced 1/12/11)
Hirono’s “SBIR Enhancement Act Of 2011” Was Referred To House Subcommittee. (H.R. 447, Introduced
1/26/11)

Hirono’s “Small Business Innovation Enhancement Act Of 2011” Was Referred To House
Subcommittee. (H.R. 448, Introduced 1/26/2011)
Hirono’s “STTR Enhancement Act Of 2011” Was Referred To House Subcommittee. (H.R. 449, Introduced
1/26/11)

Hirono’s “Ensuring Worker Safety Act” Was Referred To House Subcommittee. (H.R. 571, Introduced 2/9/11)
Hirono’s “To Amend The Internal Revenue Code Of 1986 To Modify The Incentives For The
Production Of Biodiesel” Was Referred To House Committee. (H.R. 684, Introduced 2/14/11)
Hirono’s “Youth Corps Act Of 2011” Was Referred To House Subcommittee. (H.R. 711, Introduced 2/15/11)
Hirono’s “Native Hawaiian Medicaid Coverage Act Of 2011” Was Referred To House
Subcommittee. (H.R. 857, Introduced 3/1/11)
Hirono’s “To Provide For The Conversion Of A Temporary Judgeship For The District Of Hawaii
To A Permanent Judgeship” Was Referred To House Subcommittee. (H.R. 858, Introduced 3/1/11)
Hirono’s “Shingle’s Prevention Act” Was referred To House Subcommittee. (H.R. 859, Introduced 3/1/11)
Hirono’s “K-9 Companion Corps Act” Was Referred To House Subcommittee. (H.R. 943, Introduced 3/8/11)
Hirono’s “Medicaid Coverage For Citizens Of Freely Associated States Act Of 2011” Was Referred
To House Subcommittee. (H.R.1035, Introduced 3/11/11)
Hirono’s “Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act Of 2011” Was Referred To House
Committee. (H.R. 1250, Introduced 3/20/11)
Hirono’s “Local Taxpayer Relief Act” Was Referred To House Subcommittee. (H.R. 1342, Introduced 4/4/11)

Hirono’s “Asthma Management Plans In School Act” Was Referred To House Subcommittee.
(H.R.1692, Introduced 5/3/11)

Hirono’s “Transportation Infrastructure Improvements On Federal Lands Act Of 2011” Was
Referred To House Subcommittee. (H.R. 2113, Introduced 6/3/11)

Hirono’s “Filipino Veterans Of World War II Family Reunification Act” Was Referred To House
Subcommittee. (H.R. 2115, Introduced 6/3/11)

Hirono’s “Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act Of 2011” Was Referred To House
Subcommittee. (H.R. 2116, Introduced 6/3/11)

Hirono’s “Hawaiian Homeownership Opportunity Act Of 2011” Was Referred To House
Subcommittee. (H.R. 2648, Introduced 7/26/11)


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Hirono’s “Continuum Of Learning Act Of 2011” Was Referred To House Subcommittee. (H.R. 2794,
Introduced 8/5/11)

Hirono’s “Visa Improvements Of Stimulate International Tourism To The United States Of America
Act” Was Referred To House Subcommittee. (H.R. 3341, Introduced 11/3/11)
Hirono Sponsored 2 Amendments – 1 Of Which Passed
Hirono’s Amendment “Exempts Hawaii’s Large And Medium Hub Airports From Collecting PFCs
From Interisland Travelers And Ensures That Hawaii’s Airports Would Still Be Subject To The
Same 75% Reduction As Any Other Airport Charging A PFC But Would Take Into Account The
Percentage Of Passengers Traveling Interisland” Was Not Agreed To On 3/31/11. (H.AMDT. 128 to H.R. 658,
Introduced 3/31/11)

Hirono’s Amendment “Provides $3 Million For Preventive Measures Under The Watershed
Protection And Flood Prevention Act And The Soil Conservation And Domestic Allotment Act” Was
Agreed To On 6/16/11. (H.AMDT. 469 to H.R. 2112, Introduced 6/16/11)

In the 111th Congress, Hirono Has Sponsored 13 Bills – None Of Which Became Law

In The 2011th Congress, Hirono Sponsored 13 Bills – None Of Which Became Law
During The 111th Congress, Hirono Did Not Sponsor Any Bills That Became Public Law. (Library Of
Congress, www.thomas.gov, Accessed 10/3/11)

Hirono’s “Kalaupapa Memorial Act of 2009” Was Referred To House Subcommittee. (H.R. 410, Introduced
1/9/09)

Hirono’s “PRE-K Act” Was Referred To House Committee. (H.R. 702, Introduced 1/27/09)
Hirono’s “Shingles Prevention Act” Was Referred To House Subcommittee. (H.R. 1038, Introduced 2/12/09)
Hirono’s “To Provide For The Conversion Of A Temporary Judgeship For The District Of Hawaii
To A Permanent Judgeship” Was Referred To House Subcommittee. (H.R. 1272, Introduced 3/3/09)
Hirono’s “Honouliuli Internment Camp Special Resources Study Act Of 2009” Was Referred To
House Subcommittee. (H.R. 2079, Introduced 4/23/09)
Hirono’s “Fair Funding For Schools Act Of 2009” Was Referred To House Subcommittee. (H.R. 2280,
Introduced 5/6/09)

Hirono’s “Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act” Was Referred To House Subcommittee. (H.R.
2412, Introduced 5/14/09)

Hirono’s “To Direct The Secretary Of The Interior To Study The Suitability And Feasibility Of
Designating The Ka’u Coast On The Island Of Hawaii As A Unit Of The National Park System”
Was Referred To House Subcommittee. (H.R. 2602, Introduced 5/21/09)
Hirono’s “To Direct The Secretary Of The Interior To Study The Suitability And Feasibility Of
Designating Certain Lands Along The Northern Coast Of Maui, Hawaii, As A Unit Of The National
Park System” Was Referred To House Subcommittee. (H.R. 2603, Introduced 5/21/09)
Hirono’s “Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Reauthorization Act Of 2009” Was Referred
To House Subcommittee.” (H.R. 4024, Introduced 11/4/09)
Hirono’s “Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge Expansion Act Of 2010” Was Referred To
House Committee/Subcommittee Actions Where Subcommittee Hearing Were Held. (H.R. 5380, Introduced
5/25/10)

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Hirono’s “Native Hawaiian Medicaid Coverage Act of 2010” Was Referred To House Committee.
(H.R. 6489, Introduced 12/2/10)

Hirono’s “Transportation Infrastructure Improvements On Federal Lands Act of 2010” Was Referred
To House Committee. (H.R. 6546, Introduced 12/17/09)
Hirono Sponsored 5 Resolutions Which Passed
Hirono’s Resolution “Authorizing The Use Of Emancipation Hall In The Capitol Visitor Center For
An Event To Celebrate The Birthday Of King Kamehameha” Passed The Senate On 5/13/09.
(H.CON.RES. 80, Introduced 3/24/09)

Hirono’s Resolution “Authorizing The Use Of Emancipation Hall In The Capitol Visitor Center For
An Event To Celebrate The Birthday Of King Kamehameha” Passed The Senate On 4/19/10.
(H.CON.RES.243, Introduced 2/25/10)

Hirono’s Resolution “Honoring The Contributions Of Takamiyama Daigoro To Sumo And To
United States-Japan Relations” Passed The House On 6/15/09. (H.RES. 479, Introduced 5/21/09)
Hirono’s Resolution “Commemorating The Canonization Of Father Damien De Veuster, SS.CC. To
Sainthood” Passed The House 10/14/09. (H.RES. 786, Introduced 9/30/09)
Hirono’s Resolution “Celebrating September 30, 2010, As The 60th Anniversary Of Impact Aid”
Passed The House On 11/16/09 And Referred To Subcommittee On 11/18/10. (H.RES. 1641, Introduced
9/22/10)

In The 110th Congress, Hirono Has Sponsored 12 Bills – None Of Which Became Law
In The 110th Congress, Hirono Sponsored 12 Bills – None Of Which Became Law
During The 110th Congress, Hirono Did Not Sponsor Any Bills That Became Public Law. (Library Of
Congress, www.thomas.gov, Accessed 10/3/11)

Hirono’s “Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act” Was Referred To House Committee. (H.R. 1287,
Introduced 3/1/07)


Hirono’s “Ka’u Coast Preservation Act” Was Referred To House Subcommittee. (H.R. 1798, Introduced
3/29/07)

Hirono’s “To Provide For The Conversion Of A Temporary Judgeship For The District Of Hawaii
To A Permanent Judgeship” Was Referred to House Subcommittee. (H.R. 2155, Introduced 5/3/07)
Hirono’s “North Maui Coastal Preservation Act Of 2007” Was Referred To House Subcommittee.
(H.R. 2618, Introduced 6/7/07)

Hirono’s “Early Educator Loan Forgiveness Act Of 2007” Was Referred To House Subcommittee.
(H.R. 2655, Introduced 6/11/07)

Hirono’s “PRE-K Act” Was Referred To House Committee/Subcommittee. (H.R. 3289, Introduced 8/1/07)
Hirono’s “Kalaupapa Memorial Act Of 2008” Was Placed On Senate Legislative Calendar Under
General Orders. (H.R. 3332, Introduced 8/2/07)
Hirono’s “Early Education Workforce Act” Was Referred To House Subcommittee. (H.R. 3966, Introduced
10/25/07)

Hirono’s “Fair Funding For Schools Act” Was Referred To House Subcommittee. (H.R. 4540, Introduced
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Hirono’s “Shingles Prevention Act” Was Referred To House Committee. (H.R. 5877, Introduced 4/23/08)
Hirono’s “To Authorize Appropriations For The National Tropical Botanical Garden, And For
Other Purposes” Was Referred To House Committee. (H.R. 5999, Introduced 5/8/08)
Hirono Sponsored 3 Resolutions Which Passed
Hirono’s Resolution “Honoring The University Of Hawaii For Its 100 Years Of Commitment To
Public Higher Education” Passed The Senate On 12/17/07. (H.CON.RES. 264, Introduced 12/4/07)
Hirono’s Resolution “Celebrating The Accomplishments Of Title Ix Of The Education
Amendments Of 1972, Also Known As The Patsy Takemoto Mink Equal Opportunity In Education
Act, And Recognizing The Need To Continue Pursuing The Goal Of Educational Opportunities For
Women And Girls” Passed The House On 6/18/07 And Referred To Subcommittee On 7/17/07.
(H.RES. 406, Introduced 5/15/07)

Hirono’s Resolution “Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month” Passed The House On
5/21/08 With A Motion To Reconsider Agreed To On 5/21/08. (H.RES. 1153, Introduced 4/24/08)
Hirono Sponsored 2 Amendments Which Passed The House
Hirono’s Amendment “Allows Funds Under Section 103 Of The Bill To Be Used To Assist
Communities In Developing Integrated Water Resource Plans For The Coordinated Management
And Protection Of Surface Water, Ground Water And Storm Water Resources On A Watershed Or
Subwatershed Basis” Passed The House on 3/9/07. (H.AMDT. 28 to H.R. 720, Introduced 3/9/07)
Hirono’s Amendment “Revises The Training And Technical Assistance System By Ensuring That
These Services Are Provided By Entities With Specific Expertise In Infant And Toddler
Development; And Directs At Least 50 Percent Of Training And Technical Assistance Funds
Directly To The Grantees” Passed The House On 5/2/07. (H.AMDT. 119 to H.R. 720, Introduced 5/2/07)



EDUCATION
Hirono Has Served On Educational Subcommittees In House
Hirono Served On The Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee.
“Hirono was selected to the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education which
will have jurisdiction over the No Child Left Behind Act, special education, Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act, teacher training, preschool education, Headstart and quality and vocational and technical
education, among other areas.” (“Rep Hirono Appointed To Higher Education And Early Childhood, Elementary And Secondary Education
Subcommittees,” US Fed News, 1/19/07)

Hirono Served On The Higher Education Subcommittee. “She [Hirono] will also serve on the Higher
Education subcommittee that will deal with the Higher Education Act, supporting low and middle income
students to access colleges and helping families to pay for college education.” (“Rep Hirono Appointed To Higher Education
And Early Childhood, Elementary And Secondary Education Subcommittees,” US Fed News, 1/19/07)

Hirono Sponsored The Continuum Of Learning Act That Required Early Education Program
Integration Within School’s Existing K-12 Plans
Hirono Sponsored The Continuum Of Learning Act Which “Is A Research-Driven Approach That
Integrates Early Learning Considerations Within States’ And School Districts’ Existing K-12 Plans.”
“It [H.R. 2794] is a research-driven approach that integrates early learning considerations within states’ and
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school districts’ existing K-12 plans. This will strengthen the early education efforts for our nation’s 21.2
million children under age 5, some 86,000 of whom are in Hawaii.”(Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Statement of Congresswoman Mazie K.
Hirono Introducing the Continuum of Learning Act” Press Release, 8/5/11)

On September 8, 2011 The Continuum Of Learning Act Of 2011 (H.R. 2794) Was Referred To The
House Subcommittee On Early Childhood, Elementary, And Secondary Education. “Continuum of
Learning Act of 2011 - Amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to coordinate
school improvement and professional development activities with early childhood development and
education programs.” (H.R. 2794, Introduced 8/5/11, Referred To House Subcommittee)
HIRONO: “The Continuum Of Learning Act Of 2011 Does Not Contain Any New Spending Or
Create Any New Programs.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Statement of Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono Introducing the Continuum of Learning Act”
Press Release, 8/5/11)

Hirono Helped Expand President Obama’s Controversial Race To The Top Program

Hirono Has Shown Unwavering Support For The RTTT Program
On May 20, 2011 The Race To The Top Act Of 2011 (H.R. 1532) Was Referred To House
Subcommittee On Early Childhood, Elementary, And Secondary Education. (H.R. 1532, Introduced 4/14/11,
Referred To House Subcommittee)

“[T]he Federal Race To The Top Grant Competition Was Expanded To Encourage Pre-
Kindergarten Initiatives, Thanks In Part To Hirono’s Leadership On The Issue. President Obama’s
administration said it would invest $500 Million in early education programs nationwide.” (Chad Blair, “Hirono: ‘I’m A
Workhorse, Not A Show Horse,” Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/26/11)

“Congresswoman Hirono Spearheaded The Effort In Congress To Expand The Next Round Of
The Federal Race To The Top Grant Competition To Include Early Learning Initiatives.” (Rep. Mazie
Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Statement On Announcement To Expand Preschool Opportunities For Hawaii’s Keiki,” Press Release, 9/14/11)

          “Through The RTTT-Early Learning Challenge, Hawaii Will Be Able To Apply For Up To
           $50 Million This Fall.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Statement On Announcement To Expand Preschool Opportunities
           For Hawaii’s Keiki,” Press Release, 9/14/11)

          “President Obama’s Administration Announced Wednesday That It Would Use Its Race To
           The Top Competition To Invest $500 Million In Early Childhood Education Programs
           Nationwide.” (Katherine Poythress, “Race To The Top Is On For Tots, Thanks To Hirono,” Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/25/11)
Under RTTT, Hirono Announced Hawaii Would Receive Funding For New Preschool Subsidies
For Parents On Oahu’s Waianae Coast And In Kau. “Hawaii was one of nine states and the District of
Columbia to be awarded funding during the second round of the federal Race to the Top competition in the
summer of 2010. As part of its implementation plan to turn around its lowest performing schools, the State
of Hawaii is providing new preschool subsidies to parents in designated Zones of School Innovation on
Oahu’s Waianae Coast and in Kau on the island of Hawaii.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Statement On
Announcement To Expand Preschool Opportunities For Hawaii’s Keiki,” Press Release, 9/14/11)

Hawaii Was Awarded “Up To $75 Million In Federal Funding In Phase II Of The Race To The Top
Competition.” “Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) this morning hailed the U.S. Department of
Education’s decision to award Hawaii up to $75 million in federal funding in Phase II of the Race to the Top
competition.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Hails the Hawaii Department of Education’s $75 Million Victory in America’s Race to the Top
Competition,” Press Release, 8/24/10)

President Obama’s RTTT Program Has Been Scrutinized For Using Competition To Gain Access
To Federal Funding

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President Obama Called His RTTT Program One Of The Most Important Things He
Accomplished Despite Its Criticism For Using Competition To Gain Access To Federal Funding.
“President Obama spoke to the National Urban League this week and defended his ‘Race to the Top’
program, which has become increasingly controversial. Mr. Obama insisted that it was the most important
thing he had done in office . . . Mr. Obama was unfazed by the scathing critique of the Race by the nation’s
leading civil rights organizations, who insisted that access to federal funding should be based on need, not
competition.” (Diane Ravitch, “Obama’s Race To The Top Will Not Improve Education,” Huffington Post, 8/1/10)
“Officials From Several States Criticized The Scoring Of The Contest, which favored states able to gain
support from 100 percent of school districts and local teachers’ unions for Obama administration objectives
like expanding charter schools, reworking teacher evaluation systems and turning around low-performing
schools.” (Sam Dillson, “States Skeptical About ‘Race To Top’ School Aid Contest,” New York Times, 4/4/10)

Hirono Opposed The Local Funding Flexibility Act

On July 25, 2011 The State And Local Funding Flexibility Act Was Placed On the Union Calendar.
(HR 2445, Introduced 7/7/11, Placed On The Union Calendar)

Hirono Voted Against The State And Local Funding Flexibility Act, A Bill Claiming To Reform The
No Child Left Behind Act. “U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii says a bill purporting to reform the now-
infamous No Child Left Behind Act misses its mark, and would rob keiki already at a disadvantage. Her
opposition to the measure didn’t stop with her vote against the State and Local Funding Flexibility Act on
Wednesday.” (Katherine Poythress, “Hirono: ‘No Child’ Reforms Would Rob Keiki,” Honolulu Civil Beat, 7/13/11)

          HIRONO: “‘I View This Bill As A Full Frontal Assault On The Needs Of Disadvantaged, At-
           Risk And English Language Learner Children.” (Katherine Poythress, “Hirono: ‘No Child’ Reforms Would Rob Keiki,”
           Honolulu Civil Beat, 7/13/11)

In 2011, Hirono Launched A Petition Against The State And Local Funding Flexibility Act (HR
2445) For It’s Dismantling Effects Of Equal Education Opportunities Which Includes Immigrant
Children. “That’s why I staunchly oppose the Republicans’ H.R. 2445 -- the so-called State and Local
Funding Flexibility Act -- and why I spoke and voted against it when it came before the Education and
Workforce Committee. Under the guise of ‘flexibility,’ this shortsighted legislation would dismantle decades
of work equalizing educational opportunities for low-income and other disadvantaged students -- including
English Language Learners like me.” (The Daily Kos Website, www.dailykos.com, Accessed 8/29/11)
In 2011, Hawaii Received About $52 Million From The U.S. Department Of Education For Four
Programs That Would Be Affected Under The State And Local Funding Flexibility Act. “The state
[Hawaii] received about $52 million from the U.S. Department of Education this year for the four programs
that would be affected, according to Hirono’s office.” (Katherine Poythress, “Hirono: ‘No Child’ Reforms Would Rob Keiki”, Honolulu
Civil Beat, 7/13/11)

          Title I, Part A - Improving Basic Programs Operated By Local Educational Agencies:
           $47,568,135. (Katherine Poythress, “Hirono: ‘No Child’ Reforms Would Rob Keiki”, Honolulu Civil Beat, 7/13/11)

          Title I, Part C - Education Of Migratory Children: $833, 732. (Katherine Poythress, “Hirono: ‘No Child’ Reforms
           Would Rob Keiki”, Honolulu Civil Beat, 7/13/11)

          Title I, Part D, Subpart 1 - Prevention And Intervention Programs For Children And Youth
           Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, Or At- Risk: $354,956. (Katherine Poythress, “Hirono: ‘No Child’ Reforms Would
           Rob Keiki”, Honolulu Civil Beat, 7/13/11)

          Title III, Part A - English Language Acquisition State Grants: $2,990,877. (Katherine Poythress, “Hirono:
           ‘No Child’ Reforms Would Rob Keiki”, Honolulu Civil Beat, 7/13/11)


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Also, Hirono Opposed NCLB Reauthorization
Hirono Called NCLB A “Huge Federal Mandate.” “Rep. Mazie Hirono, a member of the House
Education and Labor Committee, which has jurisdiction over the issue, said the law is a ‘huge federal
mandate’ imposed on the states and has created major problems. ‘I could not support reauthorizing No Child
Left Behind without changing the provisions that have an overemphasis on tests ... and how the schools in
trouble were going to be helped,’ she said.” (Dennis Camire, “No Child Left Behind,” Honolulu Advertiser, 1/28/08)
“Hirono Said That On Balance, The Law’s Impact On Hawai’i Hasn’t Been Beneficial To State
Education. ‘If It Had Gotten The Kind Of Monetary Support That Was Supposed To Come With It,
Then Maybe (It Would Have Had A Beneficial Impact),’ Hirono Said.” (Dennis Camire, “No Child Left Behind,”
Honolulu Advertiser, 1/28/08)

Hirono Proposed Expanding Pre-Kindergarten Programs Under NCLB Reauthorization Proposals.
“Hirono, who also wants an expanded pre-kindergarten program as part of any reauthorization, also backs
allowing the use of multiple measures, such as graduation rates and other test scores, to measure annual
progress by students.” (Dennis Camire, “No Child Left Behind,” Honolulu Advertiser, 1/28/08)

          Hirono Proposed NCLB Reauthorization Which Contained Hirono’s Legislation “To Create
           A Five-Year, $5 Billion Grant Program So States Can Improve Their Pre-Kindergarten
           Programs With More Teachers And Longer Days.” “On the House side, Rep. Mazie Hirono, D-
           Hawaii, a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, said she wants to finish work on
           reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act. The proposed reauthorization contains her legislation to
           create a five-year, $5 billion grant program so states can improve their pre-kindergarten programs with
           more teachers and longer days.” (Dennis Camire, “In D.C., It’s Back To Unfinished Business,” Honolulu Advertiser, 1/13/08)
Hirono Supported “Multiple Measures, Such As Graduation Rates And Other Test Scores, To
Measure Annual Progress By Students” Under NCLB Reauthorization. “Hirono, who also wants an
expanded pre-kindergarten program as part of any reauthorization, also backs allowing the use of multiple
measures, such as graduation rates and other test scores, to measure annual progress by students.” (Dennis Camire,
“No Child Left Behind,” Honolulu Advertiser, 1/28/08)

Hirono Opposed Private School Voucher Programs And Claimed “Government Should Instead
Promote Early Education”
2011: Hirono Opposed The Washington DC School Voucher Program
On March 30, 2011 Hirono Voted Against The DC School Voucher Program That Authorized $20
Million For Scholarship Programs And $40 Million For Public School Improvements And Charter
School Expansion. “Passage of the bill that would reauthorize and modify the D.C. Opportunity
Scholarship program, which provides low-income students with scholarships, or school vouchers, that allow
them to attend the school of their choice within the District of Columbia. It would authorize $60 million
annually from fiscal 2012 through fiscal 2016, of which $20 million would be provided for the scholarship
program and $40 million would be provided for public school improvement and charter school expansion.”
(HR 471, CQ Vote #204: Passed by a vote of 225-195: R 224-9; D 1-186, 3/30/11, Hirono Voted Nay)

HIRONO: “I Rise Today In Opposition To This Bill [H.R. 471] To Expand The Failed Private
School Voucher Program In Washington, District Of Columbia. In This Time Of Budget Strife And
Cutbacks For Public School Districts Across The Country, This Is Exactly The Wrong Time To
Take Federal Money Away From Public Schools And Give It To Private Schools.” (Rep Mazie Hirono,
“Statement of The Honorable Mazie K. Hirono In Opposition to H.R. 471, the District of Columbia School Vouchers Bill,” Press Release, 3/30/11)




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2008: Hirono Opposed Private School Vouchers And Claimed “Government Should Instead Promote
Early Education”
HIRONO: “And As Far As The President’s Idea For Moving Toward A Voucher Program, Would
All Of You Agree That That Is Fixing A Problem That’s Not Broken?” “And I’m glad that all of you
noted that what the 21st Century program does is it creates partnerships all across the board, and the chief
certainly talked about that. And as far as the president’s idea for moving toward a voucher program, would all
of you agree that that is fixing a problem that’s not broken?” (“Rep Dale E Kildee Holds A Hearing On The Fiscal Year 2009 Budget
For After-School Programs,” Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, Political Transcript Wire, 3/13/08)

Hirono Criticized Spending $300 Million On School Vouchers And Advocated “Government Should
Instead Promote Early Education And Recruiting, Training, And Retaining Highly Qualified
Teachers.” “She [Hirono] also criticized Bush’s proposal to spend $300 million on school vouchers. ‘There
are so many other things we could do to support our public school system,’ Hirono said. The congresswoman
said the government should instead promote early education and recruiting, training, and retaining highly
qualified teachers.” (Audrey McAvoy, “Hawaii’s Delegation: Bush Speech Falls Short On Economy, Iraq,” Associated Press, 1/29/08)
Then Senator Obama Showed Soft Support For School Voucher Programs. “‘I will not allow my
predispositions to stand in the way of making sure that our kids can learn,’ Mr. Obama, who has previously
said he opposes vouchers, said in a meeting with the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.”
(Elizabeth Green, “Obama Open To Private School Vouchers,” NY The Sun, 2/15/08)

Hirono Supported The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act That Directed The Federal
Government To Issue Student Loans
On September 17, 2009 Hirono Voted To Direct The Federal Government To Issue Student Loans.
“Passage of the bill that would terminate the authority of the Federal Family Education Loan program to
make or insure new loans after June 30, 2010, and direct the federal government to originate student loans.
The legislation would provide for a competitive bidding process for entities to service the loans. The bill
would make several modifications to education programs, including increasing funding for Pell grants, early-
childhood education and community colleges. As amended, it would bar federal agreements from being
entered into with certain organizations, including the Association of Community Organizations for Reform
Now (ACORN).” (H.R. 3221, CQ Vote #719: Passed By A Vote Of 253-171: D 247-4; R 6-167, 9/17/09, Hirono Voted Yea)
HIRONO: “This Legislation [HR 3221] Will Provide An Immediate Boost To College Students In
Hawaii. Eligible students in the islands will have access to more than $82 million in Pell grant scholarships.
$54 million of those scholarship funds will available to my constituents in Hawaii’s 2nd congressional
district.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Rep. Hirono votes to invest in quality education from birth through college,” Press Release, 9/13/09)
H.R. 3221 Established The Early Learning Challenge Fund Which Provided $1 Billion A Year In
“Federal Incentive Grants To States Over The Next Decade To Help States Fortify Their Early
Learning Programs.” “H.R. 3221 accomplishes this by establishing the Early Learning Challenge Fund,
which provides $1 billion a year in competitive federal incentive grants to states over the next decade to help
states fortify their early learning programs.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Co-Sponsors Bold Initiatives to Boost Quality
Early Education,” Press Release, 7/15/09)

Hirono Praised The Bill’s Language And Provisions Similar To The Pre-K Act. “This bill [HR 3221]
has language and provisions similar to the Pre-K Act (HR 702), first introduced by Hirono in 2007 and again
earlier this year.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Co-Sponsors Bold Initiatives to Boost Quality Early Education,” Press Release, 7/15/09)

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Hirono Touted Economic Success Of The Pre-Plus Program And Other Universal Preschool
Initiatives
HIRONO: “Universal Preschool Programs Could Add $2 Trillion To Annual US GDP By 2080 –
Talk About Stimulating The Economy.” “A Brookings Institution policy brief concludes that a high
quality universal preschool program could add $2 trillion to annual U.S. GDP by 2080 – talk about
stimulating the economy. Initiatives such as the Pre-Plus Program, which I led, should be expanded and fully
funded.” (Rep Mazie Hirono, www.mazieforcongress.com, Wayback Machine: Accessed 6/9/07)
The Pre-Plus Program Has Been Called A “Very Successful Public/Private Partnership.” “[Statement
of Elisabeth Chun Executive Director Good Beginnings Alliance: Committee on House Education and
Labor] This program known as Pre Plus is now a very successful public/private partnership. Private agencies
are contracted to operate the preschool programs on public school land. Pre-Plus resulted in the construction
of 16 new preschool sites allowing over 300 preschool children to be served.” (“Early Childhood Education,” CQ
Congressional Testimony, 1/23/08)

HIRONO: “As Lt. Governor Of Hawaii, I Led The Pre-Plus Program, Obtaining $5 Million From
The Legislature To Build Preschool Classrooms On Elementary School Campuses Around The State
(12 Pre-Schools So Far).” (Mazie For Congress, www.mazieforcongress.com, Wayback Machine: Accessed 7/12/06)
HIRONO: “This Program Could Be A Model For A National Pre-School Education Program.” (Mazie
For Congress, www.mazieforcongress.com, Wayback Machine: Accessed 7/12/06)

But, The Pre-Plus Program Had A Disastrous Beginning And Was Deemed “An Example Of Poor
Planning”
In 2004, Officials Said The Pre-Plus Program Was Scaled Back Because “The Cost To Bring The
Classroom Buildings Up To Code Has Used Up Much Of The Budget Needed To Complete The
Project.” “The state is scaling back its Pre-Plus program which provides preschool education for low-
income children because the cost to bring the classroom buildings up to code has used up much of the
budget needed to complete the project, officials said.” (“State to cut back preschool program,” Associated Press, 3/17/04)

         Within The First Years, 13 Buildings Were Running $1 Million Over Budget And Counting.
          “The first 13 stand-alone structures are about $1 million over budget and counting.” (Gonser James, “State To
          Cut Back Preschool Program,” Honolulu Advertiser, 3/16/04)

         Of The Planned 26 Buildings, 4-6 Would Not Be Built. “The result is that four to six of the
          planned 26 buildings will not be built and dozens of parents and students have lost out on
          opportunities that could have benefited them for years to come.” (Gonser James, “State To Cut Back Preschool
          Program,” Honolulu Advertiser, 3/16/04)

         “‘Aiea Resident Vanessa Paracuelles Said Her 4-Year-Old Son, Sheldon, Missed Out On
          Preschool Because The Classroom Didn’t Open.” (Gonser James, “State To Cut Back Preschool Program,” Honolulu
          Advertiser, 3/16/04)

The Pre-Plus Program Was Deemed “An Example Of Poor Planning” By Matsuo Inaba, Interim
Director Of Head Start Program Who Won The Bid To Run 8 Of 12 Pre-Plus Preschools. “Matsuo
Inaba, interim director of Head Start programs on Oahu, said his company won the bids to run eight of 13
Pre-Plus preschools, but four of them have yet to open. The project is an example of poor planning, he said.
‘When you go out into these communities and you make these promises, a lot of parents with kids sign up
with the hope that they will have a place,’ Inaba said. ‘The first ones that came in are probably now already in
kindergarten.’” (“State to cut back preschool program,” Associated Press, 3/17/04)
Arthur Kaneshiro, Principal Of Pre-Plus School, Is “Frustrated Seeing The Building Every Day And
Knowing It Can’t Be Used.” “Arthur Kaneshiro, principal at Aiea Elementary School, said the Pre-Plus
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building on his campus was completed in October 2002, and it’s frustrating seeing the building every day and
knowing it can’t be used.” (Gonser James, “State To Cut Back Preschool Program,” Honolulu Advertiser, 3/16/04)

          KANESHIRO: “‘I’ve Got This Brand-New, Air-Conditioned Preschool Building On Campus
           . . . But We Cannot Open It Because It Doesn’t Have A Fire Hydrant Close Enough To The
           Building To Meet Preschool Standards.’” (Gonser James, “State To Cut Back Preschool Program,” Honolulu Advertiser,
           3/16/04)

Under Hirono’s Leadership, The Buildings Were Built With Building Code Violations. “The program
was started by former Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono and run by her office until it was handed off to human services,
which learned about the building code problems after they were built, Nakasone said.” (“State to cut back preschool
program,” Associated Press, 3/17/04)

“As A Candidate, [Linda] Lingle Promised To Hold Herself ‘And Those Who Serve In Government
Accountable ... For Achieving Measurable Results.’” (Editorial, “A Chance For Lingle To Rescue Pre-Plus,” Honolulu Advertiser,
www.honoluluadvertiser.com, 3/18/04)

Hirono Sponsored The PRE-K Act Which Moved Forward Universal State-Funded Preschool
On January 27, 2009 Hirono Sponsored The PRE-K Act Which Was Referred To House Committee
On Education And Labor. (H.R. 702, Introduced 1/27/09, Referred To House Committee)
According To Conservative Groups, The PRE-K Act Would “Create A $1 Billion Department of
Education Program To Provide Grants To States That Offer State-Funded Preschool.” “The
following information was released by the Heritage Foundation: [T]he Providing Resources Early for Kids
Act of 2009 (PRE-K Act) (H.R. 702), introduced by Representative Mazie Hirono (D-HI), would create a $1
billion Department of Education program to provide grants to states that offer state-funded preschool.” (The
Heritage Foundation, “Reforming And Improving Federal Preschool And Child Care Programs Without Increasing Deficit,” Press Release, 7/13/09)

          “The PRE-K Act Authorizes $4 Billion In Federal Funds From 2010 To 2014.” (Lindsey Burke, “Does
           Universal Preschool Improve Learning?” States News Service, 5/14/09)

          NOTE: The PRE-K Act Doubled Its Proposed Funding From The 2008 Version Of The Bill.
On June 25, 2008 The PRE-K Act Was Referred To House Committee/Subcommittee Actions And
Ordered To Be Amended. (H.R. 3289, Introduced 8/1/07, Referred To House Committee/Subcommittee Actions)
“Congresswoman Hirono Initially Introduced The Pre-K Act Two Years Ago, During The 110th
Congress, And Successfully Guided It Through The House Education And Labor Committee Where
It Was Passed last June by a vote of 31-11. The PRE-K Act was one of only 25 bills reported out of
committee, out of the 905 bills referred to the committee. Because the bill was not scheduled for a vote on
the House floor last year, Congresswoman Hirono reintroduced the bill in this Congress. 56 members of
Congress have already signed on as original cosponsors of this years legislation.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman
Hirono Reintroduces Legislation To Provide Quality Early Education,” Press Release, 1/28/09)

          The First Version Of The PRE-K Act, Introduced In 110th Congress, Would Authorize $500
           Million Per Year For Five Years. “The bill would provide $500 million per year for five years, and
           would support, not supplant, states efforts. The money can be used to increase the number of
           qualified early educators, improve the student-teacher ratio in preschools, or to increase the hours per
           day, days per week, and weeks per year families have access to early education. Additionally, grants
           could be spent on vital comprehensive services such as health screenings and nutritional assistance to
           preschool students.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “House Education And Labor Committee Passes Hirono’ Pre-K Act Legislation Will Improve
           Quality Preschool Opportunities For Our Youngest Children,” Press Release, 6/26/08)




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Hirono Was Named The “PRE-K Campion.” “Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) was honored
Wednesday as a 2008 ‘Pre-K Champion’ by Pre-K Now, a national preschool advocacy organization
established in 2005.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Hirono Honored As National ‘Pre-K Champion’ Of 2008,” Press Release, 7/18/08)
HIRONO: “My ‘One Big Idea’ Is Universal Preschool And A Caring, Qualified And Competent
Teacher In Every Classroom.” “Education is the great equalizer and is fundamental. My ‘one big idea’ is
universal preschool and a caring, qualified and competent teacher in every classroom.” (Treena Shapiro, “Election 2006,”
Honolulu Advertiser, 8/7/06)

Hirono Supported The $7 Billion A Year Improving Head Start Act Which Authorized HHS To
Monitor Program Quality And Access To Federal Grants
Hirono Shared Support With The President On The Improving Head Start Act Of 2007
In 2011, President Obama Built On The Improving Head Start Act Of 2007 By Imposing Higher
Quality Benchmarks. “Head Start programs in Hawaii and across the country will now have to meet higher
quality benchmarks, according to new guidelines announced today by President Barack Obama. These new
benchmarks were established with the passage of legislation co-sponsored by Congresswoman Mazie K.
Hirono (D-Hawaii), the bipartisan Improving Head Start Act of 2007.” (Rep Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Applauds
Obama Action To Strengthen Head Start,” Press Release, 11/8/11)

          HIRONO: “I Will Closely Monitor The Implementation Of This Initiative To Make Sure
           That Our Head Start Programs Are Strengthened And Receive The Support They Need.”
           “President Obama’s announcement gives parents the peace of mind to know that their children are
           attending a high-quality head start program that prepares them for school. And taxpayers know
           they’re getting the highest possible return on their investment in our children’s education. I will
           closely monitor the implementation of this initiative to make sure that our head start programs are
           strengthened and receive the support they need.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Applauds Obama Action To
           Strengthen Head Start,” Press Release, 11/8/11)

          The Department Of HHS Will Monitor Performance And Program Quality With Determines
           Access To Federal Grants. “For the first time in the Head Start program’s history, over the next
           three years the Department of Health and Human Services will review the performance and program
           quality of all organizations receiving grants. Those that fail to meet the new standards, which include
           on-site reviews, evaluations of school-readiness goals for children, fiscal management issues and
           requirements to keep state and local license up-to-date, will no longer receive an automatic grant
           renewal.” (Susan Crabtree, “Obama Again Sidesteps Congress With Head Start Order,” The Washington Times, 11/8/11)
On May 2, 2007 Hirono Voted For The Head Start Reauthorization Bill To Authorize $7.4 Billion In
FY 2008. “Passage of the bill that would authorize $7.4 billion in fiscal 2008 and such sums as necessary from
fiscal 2009 through 2012 for the Head Start program. It would require at least 50 percent of Head Start
teachers to have a bachelor’s degree by 2013. It would provide for a new system to review applications to
identify which programs provide high quality comprehensive early childhood programs. The bill would allow
Head Start programs to increase income eligibility to 130 percent of poverty, if the programs demonstrate a
community need.” (H.R. 1429, CQ Vote #285: Passed By A Vote Of 365-48: D 223-0; R 142-48, 5/2/07, Hirono Voted Yea)
Hirono Secured A $450 Million Amendment For Head Start Teacher Salaries and Program
Development Passed The House
Hirono Proposed An Amendment To H.R. 1429 That Authorized $450 Million For “Teacher And
Staff Salaries And Professional Development.” “Rep. Hirono’s amendment was to H.R.1429, Improving
Head Start Act of 2007, which she also cosponsored. The bill provides more funding for teacher and staff
salaries and professional development, and improves classroom and teacher quality. It authorizes $450 million

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in new funding which would provide up to 10,000 more children access to the program.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “House
Adopts Congresswoman Hirono’s Amendment To Improve Head Start,” Press Release, 5/2/07)

On May 2, 2007, Hirono’s Amendment For Training And Technical Assistance Within The Head
Start Reauthorization Bill Passed The House. “Hirono, D-Hawaii, amendment that would require
training and technical assistance in the Early Head Start program to be provided by entities with specific
expertise in infant and toddler development. It would require that 50 percent of training and technical
assistance funds be provided directly to Head Start grantees.” (H.R. 1429, CQ Vote #279: Adopted in Committee of the Whole by a
vote of 372-50: D 226-0; R 146-50, 5/2/07, Hirono Voted Yea)

           “As A Conferee, Congresswoman Hirono Participated In A Meeting Recently Involving
            Democrats And Republicans From Both The House And Senate To Reconcile House And
            Senate Versions Of The Head Start For School Readiness Act (H.R. 1429).” (Rep. Mazie Hirono,
            “Congresswoman Hirono Selected As Conferee On Head Start Bill,” Press Release, 11/8/07)

“The Bill ‘Moves Training And Technical Assistance Responsibility Away From Washington, D.C.,
And Into The Hands Of States And Local Providers,’ Hirono Said.” (Dennis Camire, “Hirono Aims To Raise Her
Profile,” Honolulu Advertiser, 7/5/07)

According To Conservative Groups, The Head Start Program Has Received Over $100 Billion In
Federal Funds “Without Visible Benefits”
“The Federal Government Has Spent More Than $100 Billion On The Program Since 1965, Without
Visible Benefits, According To The Heritage Foundation.” (Neil Munro, “Obama Can’t Wait To Comply With 2007 Law,” The
Daily Caller, 11/8/11)

Hirono Supported Student Loan Overhaul Measures

College Cost Reduction Act Of 2007
Hirono Was A Member Of The House Education And Labor Committee Which Passed Out Of
Committee The College Cost Reduction Act Of 2007. “Rep. Mazie K. Hirono today voted for a bill that
will make the single largest investment in higher education since the GI bill, at no cost to taxpayers. The
College Cost Reduction Act of 2007 passed out of the House Education and Labor Committee by a vote of
30 to 16. Rep. Hirono is a member of the Committee.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Rep Mazie K Hirono Votes For Largest Investment In
Higher Education Since GI Bill Education Bill Includes Incentives For Early Education Teachers,” Press Release, 6/14/07)

           “The Bill Would Increase College Financial Aid By Nearly $20 Billion Over The Next Five
            Years by cutting interest rates on student loans, increasing and expanding grants for students with
            financial needs, and providing loan forgiveness as an incentive to begin a career in public service.” (Rep.
            Mazie Hirono, “Rep Mazie K Hirono Votes For Largest Investment In Higher Education Since GI Bill Education Bill Includes Incentives For Early
            Education Teachers,” Press Release, 6/14/07)

           “The College Cost Reduction Act Of 2007 Provides $1,000 Toward Loan Forgiveness For
            Each Of The First Five Years Of Work In An Eligible School Or Center. It Also Provides
            Complete Loan Forgiveness After 10 Years Of Work.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Rep Mazie K Hirono Votes For Largest
            Investment In Higher Education Since GI Bill Education Bill Includes Incentives For Early Education Teachers,” Press Release, 6/14/07)

           “Rep. Hirono Estimates Hawaii Students And Families Would Receive More Than $33
            Million.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Rep Mazie K Hirono Votes For Largest Investment In Higher Education Since GI Bill Education Bill Includes
            Incentives For Early Education Teachers,” Press Release, 6/14/07)

Student Loan Reconciliation Bill
On July 11, 2007 Hirono Voted In Favor Of The Student Loan Reconciliation Bill Which Would “Cut
Nearly $19 Billion From Federal Student Loan Lender Subsidies And Redirect Most Of Those Funds
To Financial Aid For Students, Colleges And Universities.” “Passage of the bill that would cut nearly
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$19 billion from federal student loan lender subsidies and redirect most of those funds to financial aid for
students, colleges and universities. It would reduce lenders’ special allowance payments and insurance rates
and would eliminate a lender ‘exceptional performer’ incentive program. It would reduce the share of
collection fees kept by student loan guarantee agencies and increase the origination fees that lenders are
charged for new loans. It would increase the maximum Pell grant to $5,200 over five years, cut interest rates
on subsidized student loans and raise the aggregate limit for federally backed loans to $30,500 for
undergraduate and $65,000 for graduate students.” (H.R. 2669, CQ Vote #613: Passed By A Vote Of 273-149: D 226-0; R 47-149,
7/11/07, Hirono Voted Yea)

Childhood Loan Forgiveness Act
On November, 14 2007 Hirono Sponsored The Early Education Workforce Act Which Was Referred
To House Subcommittee On Early Childhood, Elementary, And Secondary Education. (H.R. 3966,
Introduced 10/25/07, Referred To House Subcommittee)

Hirono Claimed The Bill Would “Help Meet The Demand For Qualified Early Education And
Childcare Professionals.” “Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono has introduced the Early Education
Workforce Act (HR 3966), a bill which would help meet the demand for qualified early education and
childcare professionals.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Rep Hirono Introduces Early Education Workforce ACT,” Press Release, 9/26/07)

          HIRONO: “We Can Attract Highly Motivated And Talented People Into Early Education If
           We Streamline Professional Development Opportunities, Open Doors To Early Childhood
           Education Degree Programs And Raise Salaries For Preschool Teachers And Childcare
           Workers.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Rep Hirono Introduces Early Education Workforce ACT,” Press Release, 9/26/07)
“It [Childhood Educator Loan Forgiveness Act Of 2007] Provides Substantial Loan Forgiveness To
People Who Earn A Degree In Early Childhood Education And Go To Work In A Preschool Or
Child Care Center In A Low Income Community.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Rep Mazie K Hirono Votes For Largest Investment In
Higher Education Since GI Bill Education Bill Includes Incentives For Early Education Teachers,” Press Release, 6/14/07)

Hirono Sponsored The Fair Funding For School Act Of 2009
Hirono Sponsored The Fair Funding For School Act Which Would Provide Funding To Federally-
Impacted Schools. “Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) yesterday reintroduced the Fair Funding
for Schools Act (H.R. 2280), which reauthorizes and updates the Impact Aid Program, created to provide
essential funding to thousands of federally-impacted schools in Hawaii and throughout the country. Hirono
reintroduced this bipartisan bill with Congressman Lee Terry (R-Nebraska).” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Reauthorize Impact Aid
Funding Provides More than $43 Million for Island Schools,” Press Release, 5/7/09)

On June 4, 2011 The Fair Funding For Schools Act Of 2009 Was Referred To House Subcommittee
On Early Childhood, Elementary, And Secondary Education. (H.R. 2280, Introduced 5/6/09, Referred To House
Subcommittee)

Hirono Voted For $16.5 Billion In School Modernization And Efficiency Upgrades
On May 14, 2009 Hirono Voted In Favor To Authorize $6.4 Billion In Energy Efficient School
Construction. “Passage of the bill that would authorize $6.4 billion for school construction projects in fiscal
2010 and unspecified sums in fiscal 2011 through 2015, requiring that a certain percentage be used for
construction that meets environmental or energy efficiency standards. The bill also would authorize $600
million in fiscal 2010 through 2015 for the repair of public schools damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita,
apply Davis-Bacon wage requirements to the projects and bar states from taking into account funds
authorized under the bill when determining a school’s eligibility for other aid.” (HR 2187, CQ Vote #259: Passed by a vote
of 275-155: D 251-1; R 24-154, 5/14/09, Hirono Voted Yea)



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On September 26, 2008 Hirono Voted For The FY 2009 Supplemental Appropriations Which
Authorized $3 Billion To “Modernize, Renovate And Repair Schools As Well As Make Them More
Energy Efficient.” “Passage of the bill that would appropriate $60.8 billion to extend unemployment
benefits and provide additional fiscal 2009 funds for food assistance programs, infrastructure projects, energy
development, public housing, state Medicaid plans and other programs. The bill would appropriate $12.8
billion for highway infrastructure investment; $5 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers; $7.5 billion for
state and tribal assistance grants for drinking water and sewer projects; $3 billion to modernize, renovate and
repair schools as well as make them more energy efficient; $3.6 billion for transit capital assistance grants to
purchase buses and equipment needed to expand public transportation; and $2.6 billion for food assistance to
deal with rising food costs for seniors, people with disabilities and low-income families.” (HR 7110, CQ Vote #7110:
Passed by a vote of 264-158: D 223-8; R 41-150, 9/26/08, Hirono Voted Yea)

On June 4, 2008 Hirono Voted To Authorize $6.4 Billion For School Construction And
Modernization In FY 2009. “Passage of the bill that would authorize $6.4 billion in fiscal 2009 to modernize
and make repairs to public schools, and $100 million per year from fiscal 2009 through 2013 for repairs to
public schools damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It would allow funds to be used for repairs such as
eradicating asbestos and lead-based paint, replacing electric wiring and plumbing, and purchasing technology,
and require all repairs to be carried out according to “green” building standards, such as those set by the
government’s Energy Star rating system. The measure would authorize the grants based on the same
percentages of funds public schools receive under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.”
(HR 3021, CQ Vote #379: Passed by a vote of 250-164: D 223-0; R 27-164, 6/4/08, Hirono Voted Yea)


Additional Education Votes

112th Congress
On September 13, 2011 Hirono Voted For The Charter School Program Which Authorized $300
Million In Funding Through FY 2017. “Passage of the bill that would amend the federal charter school
program to emphasize the replication and expansion of successful models. It would authorize $300 million in
fiscal 2012 through fiscal 2017 for the charter school program. It also would explicitly permit state
educational agencies and governors to apply for money to make subgrants to open or expand charter
schools.” (HR 2218, CQ Vote #705: Passed by a vote of 365-54: R 219-13; D 146-41, 9/13/11, Hirono Voted Yea)
111th Congress
On March 3, 2010 Hirono Voted To Set Federal Standards For School Punishments. “Passage of the
bill that would set minimum federal standards for the use of seclusion and restraint in schools receiving
federal funds. It would allow schools to use restraints on students in cases when there is immediate danger to
the student or others. States would be required to submit a plan within two years to prove their policies and
procedures meet federal standards. It would require training for certain school personnel in crisis
intervention, and require schools to report the use of seclusion or restraint to the student’s parents on the day
of the incident. The bill would authorize sums as necessary to implement the standards from fiscal 2011
through 2015.” (H.R. 4247, CQ Vote# 82: Passed by a vote of 262-153: D 238-8; R 24-145, 3/3/10, Hirono Voted Yea)
110th Congress
On July 19, 2007 Hirono Voted For The FY 2008 Appropriations Bill Which Authorized $64.9 Billion
For The Education Department And $15.6 Billion For Pell Grants. “Passage of the bill that would
appropriate $607.4 billion, including $151.7 billion in discretionary spending, in fiscal 2008 for the
departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education and related agencies. It would provide
$64.9 billion for the Education Department, including $15.6 billion for Pell Grants; $14.9 billion for the
Labor Department, including $3.6 billion for training and employment services; and $479.4 billion for Health
and Human Services, including $29.6 billion for the National Institutes of Health and $401.4 billion, most of
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which is mandatory spending, for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.” (HR 3043, CQ Vote #686: Passed by
a vote of 276-140: D 223-1; R 53-139, 7/19/07, Hirono Voted Yea)

Hirono Voted For Education Earmarks

2010: Hirono Voted For Over $2.5 Million For Native Hawaiian Education Programs.
“Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) today announced $2,581,287 in U.S. Department Of Health
And Human Services grants that will support a wide-range of Native Hawaiian Education Programs
throughout the Island chain.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “$2,581,287 in Federal Funding to Support Native Hawaiian Education Programs,” Press Release,
9/21/10)

          $494,726.00 for Na Kamalei-Koolauloa Early Education Program. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “$2,581,287 in Federal
           Funding to Support Native Hawaiian Education Programs,” Press Release, 9/21/10)

          $441,788.00 for Edith Kanakaole Foundation. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “$2,581,287 in Federal Funding to Support Native
           Hawaiian Education Programs,” Press Release, 9/21/10)

          $376,690.00 for Pukoa Kani Aina Community Development Corporation. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “$2,581,287
           in Federal Funding to Support Native Hawaiian Education Programs,” Press Release, 9/21/10)

          $303,715.00 for Aha Punana Leo Hawaiian Medium Preschool Teacher Development
           Program. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “$2,581,287 in Federal Funding to Support Native Hawaiian Education Programs,” Press Release, 9/21/10)

          $291,149.00 for UH-Hilo’s Ka Olelo Oiwi: Hawaiian Oral Language Development. (Rep. Mazie
           Hirono, “$2,581,287 in Federal Funding to Support Native Hawaiian Education Programs,” Press Release, 9/21/10)

          $262,850.00 for Kipahulu Ohana, Inc. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “$2,581,287 in Federal Funding to Support Native Hawaiian
           Education Programs,” Press Release, 9/21/10)

          $225,000.00 for Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “$2,581,287 in Federal Funding to Support
           Native Hawaiian Education Programs,” Press Release, 9/21/10)

          $185,369.00 for Native Nations Education Foundation. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “$2,581,287 in Federal Funding to
           Support Native Hawaiian Education Programs,” Press Release, 9/21/10)

2009: Hirono Voted For The 2009 Omnibus Which $172 Million Of Her Highest Priorities Which
Included Education Funding. “Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) today voted in favor of the
Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, H.R. 1105, which includes $172 million of the Congresswoman’s
highest priority funding requests. The bill passed the House by a vote of 245 to 178. The current funding
resolution expires on March 6, 2009, which lends added urgency to the final passage of this legislation.” (Rep
Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes in Favor of FY2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill $172 Million in Hirono Funding Requests Approved for Hawaii,”
Press Release, 2/25/09)

          HIRNONO: “The $500,000 Appropriation To The Tutu And Me Traveling Program Will Be
           Put To Good Use By This Unique Preschool Program That Provides Free Preschool To
           Neighborhoods Where 50% Of Hawaiian Children Enter Kindergarten Without Any Early
           Educational Opportunities.” “I’m particularly pleased that we obtained funding for educational
           programs such as Tutu and Me and the Kanuikapono Charter School. The $500,000 appropriation to
           the Tutu and Me Traveling Program will be put to good use by this unique preschool program that
           provides free preschool to neighborhoods where 50% of Hawaiian children enter kindergarten
           without any early educational opportunities.” (Rep Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes in Favor of FY2009 Omnibus
           Appropriations Bill $172 Million in Hirono Funding Requests Approved for Hawaii,” Press Release, 2/25/09)

          HIRONO: “The $119,000 To The Kanuikapono Public Charter School On Kaua’I Will Be
           Used To Establish A Computer Technology And Learning Resource Center At The School.”
           (Rep Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes in Favor of FY2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill $172 Million in Hirono Funding Requests
           Approved for Hawaii,” Press Release, 2/25/09

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EPA ISSUES
Hirono Has Been A Steady Advocate For The EPA Despite Public Criticism
Hirono Applauded The EPA’s Ability To Create Jobs And Grow The Economy
HIRONO: “Recent Surveys Also Show The Biggest Challenge Facing Small Businesses Today Isn’t
Regulation. The Biggest Challenge Is That Consumer Demand For Products And Services Is Low.”
(Rep. Mazie Hirono, Congressional Record, 10/5/11, p. H6595)

HIRONO: “Now Is The Time For The Environmental Protection Agency To Finish The Job It Was
Given By Congress And Finish These Rules.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, Congressional Record, 10/5/11, p. H6595)
HIRONO: “We’ve Heard The Arguments Against These Regulations Before-That They’re Too
Expensive, That They’ll Kill Jobs. . . . However, Since The Passage Of The Clean Air Act 40 Years
Ago, Our Nation’s Economy Has Grown 200 Percent.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, Congressional Record, 10/5/11, p. H6594)
Hirono Claimed The Clean Air Act Has “Added 21 Million Jobs” Despite Criticism That “It Would
Cost $7.5 Billion To Comply, And Cost Tens Of Thousands Of Jobs.” HIRONO: “When acid rain
regulations were proposed after the 1990 law was enacted—industry claimed that it would cost $7.5 billion to
comply, and cost tens of thousands of jobs. But we know that was not what happened. Instead, our economy
added 21 million jobs–and had the longest running expansion in our nation’s history.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, Congressional
Record, 10/5/11, p. H6595)

          VIDEO: Hirono’s Complete Floor Speech
EPA Regulations: Bad For Economy
A Hearing On How Small Businesses Were Negatively Impacted By EPA Regulations Was Held By
The House Committee On Small Business Subcommittee On Oversight, Investigations And
Regulations. “On Thursday, May 12 at 10:00 am, the House Small Business Committee Subcommittee on
Oversight, Investigations and Regulations held a hearing entitled Green Isn’t Always Gold: Are EPA
Regulations Harming Small Businesses? The purpose of this hearing was to examine Environmental
Protection Agency regulations that negatively affect small business, most specifically those related to the
Clean Air Act and the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act.” (Home Committee On Small Business Website,
www.smbiz.house.gov, Accessed 1/20/12)

          The Hearing Looked At EPA Regulations Related To The Clean Air Act And The Resources
           Conservation And Recovery Act. “The purpose of this hearing was to examine Environmental
           Protection Agency regulations that negatively affect small business, most specifically those related to
           the Clean Air Act and the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act.” (Home Committee On Small Business
           Website, www.smbiz.house.gov, Accessed 1/20/12)

According To The SBA, “Compliance With Environmental Regulations Costs 364 Percent More In
Small Firms Than In Large Firms.” (The U.S. Small Business Administration Website, www.sba.gov, Accessed 1/20/12)
The Obama Administration Identified 219 New Regulations, A Nearly 15% Increase From 2010,
Costing Annually Over $100 Million Each. “This year the Administration’s current regulatory agenda
identifies 219 planned new regulations that have estimated annual costs in excess of $100 million each. That’s
almost a 15 percent increase over last year.” (Speaker John Boehner, Letter To President Barack Obama, 8/26/11)


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         The Proposed Regulations Were Estimated To Cost Companies At Least $35 Billion Annually
          And Cost Companies Up To $100 Billion In Compliance Costs. “All told, the seven proposed
          rules on the environment and transportation cited by Mr. Obama would cost U.S. companies at least
          $38 billion per year and could cost as much as $100 billion annually in compliance costs.” (Dave Boyer,
          “Obama’s Proposed Regs Would Cost Billions Annually,” The Washington Times, 8/30/2011)

Hirono Voted Against Blocking The EPA From Regulating Carbon Dioxide

On October 13, 2011 Hirono Voted Against Eliminating Certain EPA Commercial Boiler Emission
Standards. “Passage of the bill that would nullify certain EPA emissions standards for commercial and
industrial boilers and other related equipment. It would require the agency to repropose and finalize the rules
15 months after the bill’s enactment. The agency would be required to allow affected plants at least five years
to comply after the regulations become effective.” (HR 2250, CQ Vote #791: Passed by a vote of 275-142: R 234-0; D 41-142, 10/13/11,
Hirono Voted Nay)

         Hanabusa Voted For The Bill. (HR 2250, CQ Vote #791: Passed by a vote of 275-142: R 234-0; D 41-142, 10/13/11, Hanabusa
          Voted Yea)

On October 14, 2011 Hirono Voted Against Forcing The EPA To Defer To The State’s Established
Coal Combustion Regulations. “Passage of the bill that would authorize states to establish coal
combustion residuals permitting programs. It also would direct the EPA to defer to state-level coal
combustion residuals regulations.” (HR 2273, CQ Vote #800: Passed by a vote of 267-144: R 230-3; D 37-141, 10/14/11, Hirono Voted Nay)
Hirono Voted Against Delaying The Promulgation Of The Federal Cross-State Air Pollution Rules.
“Whitfield, R-Ky., amendment no. 10 that would that delay, until at least 2015, the promulgation of federal
cross-state air pollution rules, and require states to wait at least an additional three years to implement them.
The amendment also would prohibit EPA from using modeled data to determine the impact of pollution on
downwind states. It would delay air toxics standards for utilities until at least 2013 and would require giving
power plants at least five years to comply with the rules once they are issued.” (H.R. 2401, CQ Vote #737: Adopted in
Committee of the Whole by a vote of 234-188: R 221-15; D 13-173, 9/23/11, Hirono Voted Nay)

EPA Carbon Dioxide Regulations: Bad For The Hawaii Economy
Colleen Hanabusa Noted In A Press Release That Maui’s Hawaiian Commercial And Sugar
Company (HCandS) Claimed “$30 Million In Upgrades To The Mill May Not Achieve Full
Compliance” With Boiler MACT Emission Standards, Putting 800 Local Jobs At Risk. “The Boiler
MACT rules would set the emission standards for boilers and incinerators. Representatives from Maui’s
Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company (HCandS) - who use industrial boilers at their Puunene sugar mill
- say 800 local jobs could be affected if the Boiler MACT rules are adopted as currently written. Also, they
claim that even after $30 million in upgrades to the mill, they may not achieve full compliance with the
standards.” (Rep. Colleen Hanabus, “House Votes to Pass the Environmental Protection Agency Regulatory Relief Act,” Press Release, 10/24/11)

         In 2010: Hirono Tweeted A Photo With The Following Caption: “Discussing Hawaii’s
          Renewable Energy Future With Maui’s Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co In Kahului.”
          (@maziehirono tweet, 10/28/10)

William Yeatman, Energy Policy Analyst, Competitive Enterprise Institute: “Bottom Line: For The
Sake Of The US Economy, Congress Needs To Put An End To Obama’s War On Coal.” (William Yeatman,
Op-Ed, “Obama’s War On Coal,” New York Post, 8/9/11)

“By 2015, The Coal-Fired Power Generation Industry Will Have Invested $125 Billion In Coal
Utilization Technologies That Burn Coal Cleaner And With More Efficiency.” (Robert Sells, Op-Ed, “Over-
Regulation Will Harm Economy And Environment,” The Roanoke Times, 4/24/11)




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“A Coal-Fired Power Facility Built Today Is, On Average, 90 Percent Cleaner Than The One It
Replaces, According To The National Energy Technology Laboratory. Ironically, The Ability To
Build Those New Plants Is Next To Impossible Due To Even More Stringent EPA Regulations.”
(Robert Sells, Op-Ed, “Over-Regulation Will Harm Economy And Environment,” The Roanoke Times, 4/24/11)

As Regulations Are Imposed On Coal And The Cost Of Electricity Increases, The Costs Will Be
Passed To Consumers. “Let’s go back to the utilities. As most Virginians know, coal generates much of the
electricity provided to our consumers and businesses. These proposed rules will dramatically increase the
costs of electricity -- costs that, again, will be passed along to consumers who can ill afford it.” (Robert Sells, Op-Ed,
“Over-Regulation Will Harm Economy And Environment,” The Roanoke Times, 4/24/11)

The Regulations Will Also Result In “Significant Job Losses” In The Power Industry And In Coal
Production. “These regulations will also result in significant job losses. According to a study prepared by the
McIlvaine Company for the National Mining Association, the most likely scenario results in 18,000 lost jobs
in the power industry and 20,000 jobs lost in coal production, not to mention the elimination of thousands of
related jobs.” (Robert Sells, Op-Ed, “Over-Regulation Will Harm Economy And Environment,” The Roanoke Times, 4/24/11)
Possibly Most Outrageous, “The EPA Is Proposing Regulations To Control Numerous Air
Pollutants That The Agency’s Own Studies Show Pose No Risk To Human Health; The Health
Benefits Claimed By The EPA For These Proposed Regulations Are Actually For Pollutants That
Are Already Controlled Through Other Existing Regulations.” (Robert Sells, Op-Ed, “Over-Regulation Will Harm Economy
And Environment,” The Roanoke Times, 4/24/11)

Consumers Could See Their Electricity Bill Increase An Estimated 40 To 60 Percent Because Of
“Pending Environmental Regulations [That] Will Make Coal-Fired Generating Plants . . . More
Expensive To Operate.” “Consumers could see their electricity bills jump an estimated 40 to 60 percent in
the next few years. The reason: Pending environmental regulations will make coal-fired generating plants,
which produce about half the nation’s electricity, more expensive to operate. Many are expected to be
shuttered.” (Julie Wernau, “Consumers’ Electric Bills Likely To Spike As Coal Plants Close,” Chicago Tribune, 6/11/11)
American Electric Power, Which Is Among The Nation’s Largest Coal-Burning Electricity
Generators, Will “Retire Nearly A Quarter Of Its Coal-Fueled Generating Capacity,” And Spend As
Much As $8 Billion To Retrofit Units To Meet Regulations. “American Electric Power, one of the
country’s largest coal-burning electricity generators, said Thursday it will retire nearly a quarter of its coal-
fueled generating capacity and that it will spend up to $8 billion to retrofit remaining units to meet regulations
that start taking effect in 2014. Those moves will have an impact.” (Julie Wernau, “Consumers’ Electric Bills Likely To Spike As
Coal Plants Close,” Chicago Tribune, 6/11/11)

The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Is Most Expensive Regulation Ever Imposed By The EPA On
Coal-Fueled Power Plants. “The EPA today announced its final ‘Cross-State Air Pollution Rule,’ despite
an analysis showing that the regulation, in combination with other EPA rules, would be among the most
expensive ever imposed by the agency on coal-fueled power plants, dramatically increasing electricity rates for
American families and businesses, causing substantial job losses.” (Press Release, “EPA Finalizes Expensive New Regulation,”
American Coalition For Clean Coal Electricity, 7/7/11)

Obama Delayed Implementing Some EPA Regulations Due To Uncertainty Of The Economy And
Undue Stress For Businesses
“President Barack Obama Has Acknowledged That The Boiler Rule Is Among The Three Most
Expensive Regulations The Administration Is Considering.” (Brian Wingfield, “EPA Rule Shows Regulations That Kill Jobs
Can Create New Ones,” Bloomberg Businessweek, 11/30/11)

EPA Predicted The Regulation Would Cost Up To $90 Billion A Year, Making It One Of The Most
Expense Environmental Regulations Ever Imposed On The U.S. “The White House has been under
heavy pressure from GOP lawmakers and major industries, which have slammed the stricter standard as an
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unnecessary jobs killer. The Environmental Protection Agency, whose scientific advisers favored the tighter
limits, had predicted the proposed change would cost up to $90 billion a year, making it one of the most
expensive environmental regulations ever imposed in the U.S.” (Dina Cappiello, “Obama Yields On Smog Rule In Face Of GOP
Demands,” Associated Press, 9/2/11)

Obama Stated His Decision To Delay EPA Regulations Was Due In Part To Reduce Regulatory
Burdens and Uncertainty In The Midst Of Questions Regarding The Strength Of The US Economy.
“In a dramatic reversal, President Barack Obama on Friday scrubbed a clean-air regulation that aimed to
reduce health-threatening smog . . . Obama said his decision was made in part to reduce regulatory burdens
and uncertainty at a time of rampant questions about the strength of the U.S. economy.” (Dina Cappiello, “Obama
Yields On Smog Rule In Face Of GOP Demands,” Associated Press, 9/2/11)

Hirono Voted Against Eliminating Certain EPA Cement Plant Emission Standards
On October 6, 2011 Hirono Voted Against Eliminating Certain EPA Cement Plant Emission
Standards. “Passage of the bill that would nullify certain EPA emissions standards for cement plants and
other related equipment and require the agency to repropose and finalize the rules 15 months after the bill’s
enactment. The agency would be required to allow affected plants at least five years to comply after the
regulations become effective.” (HR 2681, CQ Vote #764: Passed by a vote of 262-161: R 237-2; D 25-159, 10/6/11, Hirono Voted Nay)
It Has Been Estimated That Stricter EPA Cement Plant Standards Could Result In The Direct Loss
Of 13,000 Jobs And The Closing Of 18 - 100 Cement Plants. “The cement industry is currently warning
that as many as 18 of the 100 cement plants currently operating in the United States could close down
because of proposed stricter standards for sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, resulting in the direct
loss of 13,000 jobs.” (Motoko Rich, “A Debate Arises On Job Creation And Environment,” The New York Times, 9/4/11)

Hirono Voted Against Blocking The EPA From Regulating Greenhouse Gasses/Climate Change

HIRONO: “America’s Small Businesses Owners Know That Global Warming Solutions Are A Win-
Win-Win Opportunity For The Country.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Hirono Stands With Small Business Community To Demand Clean
Energy Solutions to Climate Crisis,” Press Release, 9/9/08)

On April 7, 2011 Hirono Voted Against Blocking The EPA From Regulating Greenhouse Gases In
An Effort to Address Climate Change. “Passage of the bill that would prohibit the EPA from regulating
greenhouse gases in any effort to address climate change. It would amend the Clean Air Act to strike specific
elements from the definition of ‘air pollutant,’ unless regulation of those chemicals is not used in an attempt
to address climate change. It also would clarify that the bill does not limit the authority of a state to regulate
the emission of a greenhouse gas, unless the regulation attempts to address climate change.” (HR 910, CQ Vote #249:
Passed by a vote of 255-172: R 236-0; D: 19-172, 4/7/11, Hirono Voted Nay)

          HRIONO: “This Bill Should Be Called The “Dirty Air Act” Because It Turns Back The
           Clock By Erasing Years Of Advances That We’ve Made In Fighting Air Pollution And
           Curbing Greenhouse Gas Emissions.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, Congressional Record, 4/6/11, p. H2344)
On April 6, 2011 Hirono Voted To Allow The EPA Administrators To Use Any Authority Under The
Clean Air Act To Publicize Regulations Concerning Greenhouse Gas Emissions. “Amendment no. 9
that would add a section to the bill that would allow the EPA administrator to use any authority under the
Clean Air Act to promulgate any regulation concerning the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate
change, if the administrator determines that such action will reduce demand for oil.” (HR 910, CQ Vote #238: Rejected in
Committee of the Whole by a vote of 156-266: R 0-238; D 156-28, 4/6/11, Hirono Voted Yea)

            NOTE: On April 6, 2011 Hirono Voted With All Of Her Republican Colleagues For An
           Amendment To Modify The Process By Which EPA Can Consider And Propose Greenhouse
           Gas Regulations. “Amendment no. 2 that would strike sections of the bill that would prohibit the
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          regulation of greenhouse gases and insert a new section to modify the process by which the EPA can
          consider and propose greenhouse gas regulations.” (HR 910, CQ Vote #234: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of
          157-266: R 0-239; D 157-27, 4/6/11, Hirono Voted Nay)

On February 18, 2011 Hirono Voted Against Prohibiting The EPA From Using Federal Funds To
Implement Or Enforce Regulations Pertaining To The Emission Of Greenhouse Gases.
“Amendment that would prohibit the use of any appropriated funds by the EPA to implement or enforce any
regulations applicable after Jan. 1, 2011, pertaining to the emission of greenhouse gases from stationary
sources.” (HR1, CQ Vote #96: R 236-2; D 13-175, 2/18/11, Hirono Voted Nay)

In The 110th Congress, Hirono Co-Sponsored The Safe Climate Act Of 2007. (H.R. 1590, Introduced 3/20/07,
Referred To House Subcommittee On Energy And Air Quality)

         “Safe Climate Act of 2007 - Amends the Clean Air Act to direct the Environmental Protection
          Agency (EPA) to promulgate: (1) targets for a 2% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions each year
          from 2010-2050; and (2) regulations requiring reductions to meet such targets, including by setting
          caps on emissions of sources and sectors with the largest emissions or the best opportunities to
          reduce them, by issuing and authorizing trading of emission allowances, and by imposing penalties for
          excess emissions. . . .” (H.R. 1590, Introduced 3/20/07, Referred To House Subcommittee On Energy And Air Quality)
On June 26, 2007 Hirono Voted Against Striking Language That Claimed There Should Be A
Program Of “Mandatory, Market-Based Limits And Incentives” To Curb Global Warming.
“Amendment that would strike a section in the bill that would express the sense of Congress that there
should be a comprehensive national program of ‘mandatory, market-based limits and incentives’ to reduce
emissions of greenhouse gases in a way that would ‘not significantly harm’ the U.S. economy and would
encourage similar actions by other countries.” (H.R. 2643, CQ Vote # 555: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 153-274: R 153-44; D 0-230,
6/26/07, Hirono Voted Nay)

On June 26, 2007 Hirono Voted To Bar The EPA From Relaxing Any Air Pollution Emission
Standards. “Amendment that would prohibit the use of funds in the bill for the EPA to develop or
implement a proposed rule that would ease hazardous air pollution emissions standards for major source
polluters as defined under the Clean Air Act.” (H.R. 2643, CQ Vote # 556: Adopted in Committee of the Whole 252-178: R 26-171; D 226-7,
6/26/07, Hirono Voted Yea)

Hirono Supported The Hu Honua Biomass Plant
Hirono Attended Hu Honua Blessing For The Conversion From Coal To A Bioenergy Plant. “U.S.
Sen. Daniel Akaka and U.S. Reps. Neil Abercrombie and Mazie Hirono attended a blessing yesterday for the
plant’s conversion to a bioenergy facility.” (“Business Briefs,” Honolulu Star, 8/21/08)

         The Hu Honua Site Conversion From Coal To A Biomass Plant Was A $70 Million Project.
          “Hu Honua Bioenergy is proposing a 24-megawatt biomass power plant in Pepe’ekeo at a site that
          was previously converted to burn coal to produce power, but closed in 2004. Hu Honua plans to
          spend $70 million to reconfigure the operation from a coal-fired plant to a biofuels plant, and to seek
          an amendment to the federal emissions permit to allow it to burn biomass instead of coal. Hu Honua
          aims to begin producing electricity in late 2010.” (US Chamber Of Commerce Website, www.projectnoproject.com, Accessed
          1/26/12)

Local Hawaii Residents Voiced Opposition To The Hu Honua Plant For Its Potential Pollution
Level And Health Concerns. “Some Pepeekeo residents have come out against the company’s plan to burn
as much as 700 tons of wood and other biomass per day. The plant would create clouds of emissions and
exhaust, noxious odors and a daily stream of trucks, leading to health problems and lower property values,
opponents said.” (“Proposed Hawaii Biomass Plant Draws Opposition,” Associated Press, 6/13/09)

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          When Challenged About The Pollution Record For Biomass Plants, The Hu Honua
           President Stated, “I’m Not Going To Say There Are No Emissions.” “‘I’m not going to say
           there are no emissions from biomas,’ McQuain said [Richard McQuaian, Hu Honua President].”
           (“Proposed Hawaii Biomass Plant Draws Opposition,” Associated Press, 6/13/09)

The EPA Voiced “Significant Concerns” With How Hawaii Planned To Regulate The Hu Honua
Bioenergy Plant Emissions. “The Environmental Protection Agency said it has ‘significant concerns’ with
how the state Department of Health plans to regulate emissions from the $70 million plant Hu Honua
Bioenergy wants to operate on the site of the old Pepeekeo electrical facility. Chief among them is whether
the 21.5-megawatt biomass facility will qualify as a ‘minor’ source of hazardous air pollutants or if it must
meet more costly regulations imposed on ‘major’ polluters.” (Jason Armstrong, “Power Plant Spurs Concern,” Hawaii Tribune Herald,
8/12/11)

The EPA Expected Pollution Levels For The Hu Honuua Plant To Be Much Higher Than Stated In
Filings For Air Quality Permits With The DOH. “Hu Honua Biomass burning facility - EPA expects that
particulate pollution could be much higher than stated in documents filed with DOH, which approved the air
quality permits last week.” (The Sierra Club Website, www.hi.sierraclub.org, Accessed 1/25/12)

Hirono Supported The Honolulu Rail Project Which Has Been Projected To Increase Greenhouse
Gas Emissions And Has Been Accused Of Violating Environmental Laws
Hirono Supported The Honolulu Rail Projected And Praised The $1.55 Billion In Federal Funding
Awarded To The Project

HIRONO: “I Will Continue To Work With The Rest Of Hawaii’s Congressional Delegation To
Ensure That We Receive The Full $1.55 Billion In Federal Funds.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Honolulu Rail Transit
Project to Receive $55 Million This Fiscal Year,” Press Release, 6/24/11)

In 2011, The Honolulu Rail Project Received $55 Million From The Federal Transit Authority For FY
2011. “The Honolulu rail transit project will receive $55 million from the federal transit authority for the
current fiscal year.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Honolulu Rail Transit Project to Receive $55 Million This Fiscal Year,” Press Release, 6/24/11)

          HIRONO: “Today’s Announcement Shows That, Despite The Budget Battles Going On In
           Washington, When It Comes To Projects That Will Create Jobs, Reduce Congestion, And
           Create Transportation Opportunities, The President And Congress Stand With The People
           Of Hawaii. . . . I will continue to work with the rest of Hawaii’s Congressional delegation to ensure
           that we receive the full $1.55 billion in federal funds.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Honolulu Rail Transit Project to Receive
           $55 Million This Fiscal Year,” Press Release, 6/24/11)

          Hirono Called The Project “Affordable, Efficient And Environmentally Responsible.”
           HIRONO: “Today’s announcement is a significant milestone and another positive step toward
           providing Oahu residents and visitors with more affordable, efficient, and environmentally
           responsible transportation options.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Honolulu Rail Transit Project to Receive $55 Million This Fiscal
           Year,” Press Release, 6/24/11)

In 2009, Honolulu Rail Project Received $20 Million For FY 2009 As A Part Of The Omnibus
Appropriations Act Of 2009. “Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) today voted in favor of the
Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, H.R. 1105 . . . Another $20 million will go to Honolulu’s fixed rail
transit project.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes in Favor of FY2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill $172 Million in Hirono Funding
Requests Approved for Hawaii,” Press Release, 2/25/09)

          On February 25, 2009 Hirono Voted For The FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Which
           Funded The Honolulu Rail Project. (HR 1105, CQ Vote #86: Passed by a vote of 245-178: D 229-20; R 16-158, 2/25/09, Hirono
           Voted Yea)

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The Small Business Education Foundation Reported The Honolulu Rail Project Will Marginally
Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions At An Extremely High Cost Per Ton
The Small Business Hawaii Education Foundation Report Found That The Honolulu Rail Project
Was Projected To Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions By As Much As 28,000 Tons By 2030. “The
report, ‘The Honolulu Rail Line Greenhouse Gas Emissions Evaluation,’ was commissioned by the Small
Business Hawaii Education Foundation, a nonprofit research arm of Smart Business Hawaii, a trade group
that opposes rail. . . . The city’s proposed $5.3 billion rail system could increase greenhouse gas emissions in
Hawaii by as much as 28,000 tons by 2030, according to a study commissioned by rail opponents.” (BJ Reyes,
“Pollution From Rail Feared,” Honolulu Star, 12/9/09)

          “‘In The Best Case, Rail Would Marginally Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions At An
           Extremely High Cost Per Ton,’ the study said. ‘As a strategy for reducing greenhouse gas
           emissions, the Honolulu rail line is exorbitantly expensive.’” (BJ Reyes, “Pollution From Rail Feared,” Honolulu Star,
           12/9/09)

          “As A Strategy For Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions, The Honolulu Rail Line Is
           Exorbitantly Expensive.” (BJ Reyes, “Pollution From Rail Feared,” Honolulu Star, 12/9/09)
The Honolulu Rail Project Could Have Violated Environmental Laws
On May 12, 2011 The Group Honlulutraffic.com Filed A Lawsuit Against The Honolulu Rail Project
For Violating Environmental Laws In Connection With The Project. “As expected, the group
Honolulutraffic.com filed a lawsuit Hawaii Thursday in federal court, accusing the City and County of
Honolulu and federal transportation agencies of violating environmental laws in connection with the city’s
proposed $5.3 billion rail transit project.” (Curtis Lum, “Honlulutraffic.com Files Lawsuit Against Rail Project,” Pacific Business News, 5/12/11)
Honolulu City Has Spent More Than $1.87 Million On Legal Fees To Defend The Project, And An
Additional $400,000 Was Approved In Anticipation Of New Legal Costs. “The city has spent more than
$1.87 million and hired seven private law firms to handle legal work related to its rail project. In addition to
the money already spent, the City Council on Wednesday authorized the corporation counsel to pay an
additional $400,000 in anticipated new legal costs. That money will be used to defend against lawsuits
challenging the rail project.” (Kevin Dayton, “Rail’s Legal Bills Total $1.87M So Far,” [Honolulu] Star Advertiser, 1/26/12)

Hirono Voted Against Limiting The EPA’s Power To Regulate Clean Air Regulations
On December 8, 2011 Hirono Voted Against Prohibiting The EPA From Imposing Regulations That
Affect The Emission Of Course Particulates For One Year. “Passage of the bill that would prohibit the
EPA from proposing, finalizing, implementing or enforcing regulations for one year that would modify
current rules regarding the emission of coarse particulate matter. It would exempt “nuisance dust” from
regulation under the Clean Air Act except in cases where it is not regulated under state, local or tribal law and
the benefits of regulation exceed the cost and potential economic effects on local and regional employment.
Nuisance dust would be defined as particulate matter “generated primarily from natural sources, unpaved
roads, agricultural activities, earth moving, or other activities typically conducted in rural areas,” that is not
radioactive and is not emitted directly into the air from combustion.” (HR 1633, CQ Vote #912: Passed by a vote of 268-150: R
235-0; D 33-150, 12/8/11, Hirono Voted Nay)

On June 22, 2011 Hirono Voted Against Imposing A Six-Month Dealing On The EPA To “Take
Final Action On Air Pollution Permits” And Limit The Environmental Appeals Board’s (EAB)
Ability To Hinder Issuing Such Permits. “Passage of the bill that would set a six-month deadline for the
EPA to take final action on air pollution permit applications for outer continental shelf exploration. It would
strip the ability of the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) to remand or deny the issuance of such permits.

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It also would modify air quality standards so that impacts are determined solely with respect to the impact in
the corresponding onshore area.” (HR 2021, CQ Vote #478: Passed by a vote of 253-166: R 230-2; D 23-164, 6/22/11, Hirono Voted Nay)

Hirono Voted To Increase The EPA’s Ability To Monitor The Clean Water Act Requirements
On July 13, 2011 Hirono Voted Against Prohibiting The EPA From Issuing New Water-Quality
Standards, Unless The State Agrees With The EPA In Meeting The Clean Water Act Requirements.
“Passage of the bill that would prohibit the EPA from issuing a new or revised water-quality standard when a
state standard has been approved by the agency, unless the state agrees that a new or revised standard is
necessary to meet Clean Water Act requirements. It also would prohibit the EPA from withdrawing approval
of a state program for issuing water quality permits or limiting federal financial assistance if the EPA disagrees
with state water-quality standards or the implementation of federal guidance. It would allow states to assume
and administer parts of a water-permitting program rather than all or none of it.” (HR 2018, CQ Vote #573: Passed by a
vote of 239-184: R 223-13; D 16-171, 7/13/11, Hirono Voted Nay)

On November 6, 2009 Hirono Voted To Authorize The EPA To Regulate The Security Of
Community Water Systems. “Passage of the bill that would authorize $900 million in fiscal 2011 through
2013 for the Department of Homeland Security to conduct assessments and codify security standards for
chemical plants. It would direct the agency to identify chemical plants according to a risk-based tier system,
require plants operators to submit site security plans and establish training standards and background checks
for employees. It also would authorize the EPA to regulate the security of community water systems serving
more than 3,300 people and other public water systems that present a security risk. It would authorize $315
million in fiscal 2011 for grants to states and nonprofits to help develop security plans for covered public
water systems.” (HR 2868, CQ Vote #875: Passed by a vote of 230-193: D 230-21; R 0-172, 11/6/09, Hirono Voted Yea)
Hawaii Has A History Of EPA Violations Under The Clean Water Act
2011: The EPA Ordered Honolulu To “Take Immediate Steps” To Address Stormwater Violations At
The Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill On Oahu. “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this
week issued an order to the City and County of Honolulu and Waste Management, Inc., to take immediate
steps to address stormwater violations at the Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill on Oahu.” (“U.S. EPA Orders City
and County of Honolulu and Waste Management to Address Stormwater violations at Waimanalo Gulch Landfill,” Hawaii Reporter, 11/30/11)

2010: The City Of Honolulu Settled With The EPA To Pay A $1.6 Million Penalty Over Clean Water
Act Violations. “A comprehensive settlement has been reached with the City and County of Honolulu that
will address Clean Water Act compliance at Honolulu’s wastewater collection and treatment systems. . . . The
settlement agreement requires Honolulu pay a $1.6 million penalty to be split evenly between the United
States and the State of Hawaii within 30 days of the effective date of the settlement.” (The EPA Website, www.epa.gov,
Accessed 1/25/12)

2009: The Was EPA Forced To Order Two Hawaiian Companies To Comply With Clean Water Act
Requirements For Storm Water Runoff Violations At Their Facilities. “The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency has ordered Honolulu Marine LLC and Hawaii Stevedores Inc. to comply with Clean
Water Act requirements for stormwater runoffs at their facilities.” (“EPA Cites Honolulu Marine, Hawaii Stevedores For Clean
Water Violations,” Honolulu Advertiser, 9/28/09)

2006: In Hawaii, The EPA Reached The Largest Settlement In US History Which Amounted To
Over $7.5 Million For A Single Site By A Single Landowner. “The EPA has reached a settlement of over
$7.5 million with James Pflueger over Clean Water Act violations associated with construction activities on
Pflueger’s property in Hawaii. This is the largest storm water settlement in the United States for violations at a
single site by a single landowner.” (The EPA Website, www.epa.gov, Accessed 1/25/12)
2005: The Hawaii Depart Of Transportation Settled With The EPA To Pay A $1 Million Penalty And
Spend An Estimated $50 Million To Address Clean Water Act Storm Water Violations. “The
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Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Hawaii Department of Health
have reached an agreement with the Hawaii Department of Transportation that requires the department to
pay a $1 million penalty and spend an estimated $50 million to address Clean Water Act storm water
violations at highways and airports in Hawaii.” (The EPA Website, www.epa.gov, 1/25/12)

Hirono Supported Cap-And-Trade Regulated By The EPA
On June 26, 2009 Hirono Voted To Limit Greenhouse Emissions Through A Cap-And-Trade System
Regulated By The EPA. “Passage of the bill that would create a cap-and-trade system for limiting
greenhouse gas emissions and set new requirements for electric utilities. The EPA would be allowed to
auction emission allowances to permit the buyer to emit a certain amount of greenhouse gases. Under the bill,
three-quarters of emission allowances would be provided to polluters free of charge, based on formulas, when
the cap-and-trade program would begin in 2012. Remaining allowances would be sold at auction. By 2030, 75
percent of the allowances would be sold to polluters by EPA. The bill would limit emissions at 17 percent
below current levels in 2020, 42 percent in 2030 and 83 percent in 2050. Companies such as electric utilities,
refineries and factories could buy and sell pollution allowances and get credit for funding special projects to
reduce emissions on farms and in forests. It would require utilities to produce 15 percent of the nation’s
electricity from renewable sources by 2020, with another 5 percent energy savings from efficiency. States
could petition to bring the renewable mandate down to 12 percent, with 8 percent from efficiency. It would
set new emissions standards for coal-fired power plants, and new energy efficiency and water use standards
for buildings and products. It would establish programs to assist energy consumers with higher utility bills as
a result of the system. It also would create programs for electrical transmission lines, smart grid technologies,
modernizing electricity infrastructure to respond to changing conditions, reduction of emissions, increased
energy efficiency, and carbon capture and sequestration.” (HR 2454, CQ Vote #477: Passed by a vote of 219-212: D 211-44; R 8-168,
6/26/09, Hirono Voted Yea)

          Hirono Supported Cap-And-Trade. “The U.S. House passed climate change legislation two weeks
           ago that contains a national cap-and-trade program. Both Hawaii representatives, Democrats Neil
           Abercrombie and Mazie Hirono, supported it.” (Herbert Sample, “Aiona Opposes System To Reduce CO2 Emissions,”
           Associated Press, 7/9/09)

Hirono Signed A Letter Along With House Majority Leader Hoyer And 20 Other Democrats Urging
The Global Warming And Energy Bill To Include Provisions That Encourage Landowners Not To
Cut Down Their Trees. “House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland and 20 other Democrats urged
the authors of a major global warming and energy bill today to include provisions that encourage landowners
in developing and industrialized countries not to cut down their trees. . . . Lawmakers signing the letter with
Hoyer represent a broad cross section of the party’s caucus . . . Mazie Hirono of Hawaii.” (Darren Samuelsohn,
“Climate: Hoyer Leader Dems Seeking Forestry Credits In Emissions Bill,” Energy & Environment Daily News, 3/27/09)

          “The Lawmakers Wrote Leaders Of The House Energy And Commerce Committee To Allow
           U.S. Companies To Meet A Share Of Their Annual Compliance Requirements From A Cap-
           And-Trade Program Through The Purchase Of Domestic And International Forest Credits.”
           (Darren Samuelsohn, “Climate: Hoyer Leader Dems Seeking Forestry Credits In Emissions Bill,” Energy & Environment Daily News, 3/27/09)

HIRONO: “I Voted For The American Clean Energy And Security Act Because It Will Provide An
Important Signal To The Marketplace To Invest In Clean Energy Technologies, Which Will Create
Jobs, Restore Our Competitiveness, Free Us From Vulnerability To Foreign Oil Suppliers, And
Finally Begin To Address Climate Change.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Clean Energy Act Will Provide Important Signal To the Marketplace
To Invest In Clean Energy Technologies,” Hawaii Reporter, 7/24/09)

HIRONO: “H.R. 2454 Is By No Means Perfect, But We Can’t Make The Perfect The Enemy Of The
Good.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, Letter HR 2454, www.alohaanalytics.blogspot.com, 7/1/09)


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Cap-And-Trade Criticized
The CBO Says The National Energy Tax Will Hit Consumers, Not Corporate Profits. “Under a cap-
and-trade program, firms would not ultimately bear most of the costs of the allowances but instead would
pass them along to their customers in the form of higher prices. Such price increases would stem from the
restriction on emissions and would occur regardless of whether the government sold emission allowances or
gave them away.” (CBO Senior Advisor Terry Dinan, “The Distributional Consequences Of A Cap-And-Trade Program For CO2 Emissions,” Testimony
Before The Subcommittee On Income Security And Family Support House Committee On Ways And Means, 3/12/09)

The Washington Post’s David A. Fahrenthold And Steven Mufson: “The Climate Bill Approved By
The House Last Month Started Out As An Idea -- Fight Global Warming -- And Wound Up Looking
Like An Unabridged Dictionary. It Runs To More Than 1,400 Pages, Swollen With Loopholes And
Giveaways Meant To Win Over Un-Green Industries And Wary Legislators.” (David A. Fahrenthold and Steven
Mufson, “Q And A On The Climate Bill,” The Washington Post, 7/6/09)

          “This Would Be The First Economy-Wide Limit On Greenhouse Gases In The United States;
           Europe Has Had A Similar System In Place For Years.” (David A. Fahrenthold and Steven Mufson, “Q And A On
           The Climate Bill,” The Washington Post, 7/6/09)

          “Would This Bill Stop Climate Change? No. Even If It Works Exactly As Planned --
           Delivering A 17 Percent Reduction In U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 2020 Compared
           With 2005 Levels -- It Might Not Slow Down The Rate Of Climate Change By Very Much.”
           (David A. Fahrenthold and Steven Mufson, “Q And A On The Climate Bill,” The Washington Post, 7/6/09)

The Wall Street Journal: “A Cap-And-Tax Plan Would Be The Greatest Outsourcing Boon In
History.” “So in addition to all the other economic harm, a cap-and-trade tax will make foreign companies
more competitive while eroding market share for U.S. businesses. The most harm will accrue to the very U.S.
manufacturing and heavy-industry jobs that Democrats and unions claim to want to keep inside the U.S. A
cap-and-tax plan would be the greatest outsourcing boon in history.” (Editorial, “Cap And Trade War,” The Wall Street Journal,
3/30/09)

Hirono Voted To Increase EPA Funding
On June 26, 2009 Hirono Voted For The FY 2010 Interior-Environment Appropriations Bill Which
Authorized $10.5 Billion For The EPA. “Passage of the bill that would provide $32.7 billion in fiscal 2010
for the Interior Department, the EPA and related agencies. The bill would provide $11 billion for the Interior
Department, $10.5 billion for the EPA, $5.4 billion for the Forest Service, $1.1 billion for the Bureau of Land
Management and $4 billion for the Indian Health Service. The bill would fund the National Endowment for
the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities at $170 million each and the Smithsonian
Institution at $774 million. It would provide $3.7 billion to fight and prevent wildfires. It would prohibit
funds appropriated in the bill from being used to release detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, into the United
States.” (HR 2996, CQ Vote #475: Passed by a vote of 254-173: D 237-14; R 17-159, 6/26/2009, Hirono Voted Yea)

          Hirono Voted Against An Amendment To The FY 2010 Interior-Environment Appropriations
           Bill Which Reduced EPA Funding By 38%.”Amendment that would reduce the amount provided
           for the EPA ($10.6 billion) by 38 percent.” (HR 2996, CQ Vote #469: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 170-261:
           D 8-247; R 162-12, 6/26/09, Hirono Voted Nay)

On June 27, 2007 Hirono Voted For The FY 2008 Interior-Environment Appropriations Bill Which
Authorized $8.1 Billion For The EPA. “Passage of the bill that would provide $27.6 billion in fiscal 2008
for the Interior Department, the EPA and related agencies. The bill would provide $10.2 billion for the
Interior Department, $8.1 billion for the EPA, $4.6 billion for the Forest Service, $1.9 billion for the Bureau
of Land Management and $3.4 billion for the Indian Health Service. It would fund the National Endowment
for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities at $160 million each and the Smithsonian
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Institution at $652 million. It would maintain the moratorium on natural gas production in the Outer
Continental Shelf. The bill would provide $50 million for a new two-year commission on climate change to
recommend actions by federal agencies to combat global warming.” (HR 2643, CQ Vote #579: Passed by a vote of 272-155: D
224-5; R 48-150, 6/27/07, Hirono Voted Yea)




ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

Hirono On Green Jobs And Energy
Hirono Has Been Described As Talking “Most Comfortably About . . . Green Technology Jobs.”
“Hirono talks most comfortably about education issues, green technology jobs and protecting entitlements.
Her constituencies are union members and ‘progressive Democrats,’ however they are defined.” (Dan Boylan, “Of
Debating Pols And Dueling Polls,” Midweek Magazine, 6/27/12)

The League Of Conservation Voters Endorsed Hirono For Her Work To Protect And Cultivate
Green Jobs
The League Of Conservation Voters Endorsed Hirono Because “Representative Hirono
Understands That Investments In A Clean Energy Future Are Investments In Well-Paying, Stable
Jobs For Hawaiians For Generations To Come.” “‘The League of Conservation Voters is proud to
endorse Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate because she has fought to protect the rich natural beauty of Hawaii
and build a vibrant clean energy economy,’ LCV President Gene Karpinski said in a statement.
‘Representative Hirono understands that investments in a clean energy future are investments in well-paying,
stable jobs for Hawaiians for generations to come.’” (League Of Conservative Voters, “LCV Endorses Mazie Hirono For U.S. Senate,”
Press Release, 5/24/12)

Hirono’s Green Energy Amendment Was Blocked By The House
On June 5, 2012, Hirono Introduced The Energy Research Project Amendment To The FY 2013
Energy-Water Appropriations Bill Which Was Rejected By The House. “Hirono, D-Hawaii,
amendment that would reduce the amount in the bill provided for fossil energy research and development
activities by $133.4 million and increase funding for Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy projects by
the same amount.” (HR 5325, CQ Vote #316: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 131-257: R 5-221; D 126-36, 6/5/12, Hirono Voted Yea)

          “The Hirono Amendment Would Have Trimmed Fossil Fuel Research To $420.6 Million And
           Used Those Savings To Invest $333.4 Million In ARPA-E Research.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “House Blocks
           Increasing Investments In Clean Energy Innovation,” Press Release, 6/5/12)

HIRONO: “The People Of Hawaii And Americans Across The Country Want To See Us Take A
Balanced Approach To Our Energy - They Want To See Investments In Their Future. It’s
Disappointing That This Bill Is Putting Less Money Into Research Of Clean Energy Than Of Fossil
Fuels - An Industry That Is Mature.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “House Blocks Increasing Investments In Clean Energy Innovation,” Press
Release, 6/5/12)

Hirono Sponsored The Renewable Energy Partnerships Act Which Was Referred To Committee
On January 12, 2011, Hirono Introduced The Renewable Energy Partnership (REAP) Act Which Was
Referred To The House Committee. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, Introduced 1/12/11, Referred To Committee On Early Childhood, Elementary,
And Secondary Education)

Hirono’s REAP Act Would Create A Two Year U.S. Department Of energy Pilot Program To “Train
Teachers, Recruit Students, And Create Renewable Energy Instructional Programs.”
“Congresswoman Hirono also introduced the Renewable Energy Partnerships Act, H.R. 288, which will
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create a two year U.S. Department of Energy pilot program to provide grants of up to $1 million to
partnerships including universities and community colleges, state education agencies, businesses, and non-
profit organizations. The legislation authorizes $5 million annually. These grants can be used to train teachers,
recruit students, and create renewable energy instructional programs.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Introduces
Legislation To Strengthen Education Programs In Renewable Energy,” Press Release, 1/12/11)

“‘Hawaii Is At The Forefront Of Innovation In The Renewable Energy sector. I Have Met With
Members Of Existing Cross-Sector Partnerships In Wind, Solar, Biofuels, And Other Renewable
Energy Technology. It Is My Hope That This Bill Will Help Support The Best Of These
Collaborations In Hawaii And Around The Country, To Create Jobs And Train A Growing Number
Of Renewable Energy Workers,’ Said Congresswoman Hirono.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Introduces
Legislation To Strengthen Education Programs In Renewable Energy,” Press Release, 1/12/11)

Hirono Touted Her Assistance In Securing $6 Million In Federal Grant Funding For Hawaii’s Green
Industries
“Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) Today Announced The Awarding Of $6,000,000 In
U.S. Department Of Labor State Energy Sector Partnership And Training Grants Funding To Help
Develop Hawaii’s Green Industries By Providing Workers With Cutting-Edge Training In Energy
Efficiency, Renewable Energy, And Biofuels.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Announces $6 Million In Recovery Act
Funds To Provide Training For Green Jobs In Hawaii,” Press Release, 1/20/10)

“‘This $6 Million Grant Will Be Put To Good Use, Training Some 1,400 People In Hawaii To Work
In Clean Energy Jobs,’ Said Congresswoman Hirono. ‘These Are The Kinds Of Jobs That Will Help
Hawaii Become More Energy Self-Sufficient.’” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Announces $6 Million In Recovery Act
Funds To Provide Training For Green Jobs In Hawaii,” Press Release, 1/20/10)

Hirono Said The Recovery Act Would Create 1,391 Green Jobs In Hawaii
In A Press Release, Hirono Touted Her Vote For The Recovery That Included Green Jobs Training
Grant Funding. “The number of grants awarded nationwide amounts to $190 million of the $500 million in
Green Jobs training grant funding made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Congresswoman Hirono voted in favor of ARRA on February 13, 2009. President Barack Obama signed it
into law four days later.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Announces $6 Million In Recovery Act Funds To Provide Training For Green
Jobs In Hawaii,” Press Release, 1/20/10)

In That Same Press Release, Hirono Said “A Projected 1,391 Participants In Hawaii Are Expected
To Complete Education And Training Activities And Attain Either Certificates Or Licenses In Green
Occupations. The grantee, Hawaii Department of Labor Industrial Relations, will develop curricula and
training programs with opportunities to obtain certificates and/or degrees in Home Energy Rating System
(HERS), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Solar Photovoltaic Installation, Biofuels
Processing, and Power Plant Operation.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Announces $6 Million In Recovery Act Funds To
Provide Training For Green Jobs In Hawaii,” Press Release, 1/20/10)

Hirono Said She Voted For The Renewable Energy And Energy Conservation Tax Act Because Its
Investments In Renewable Energy Would “Create Hundreds Of Thousands Of New Jobs”
On February 27, 2008, Hirono Voted For The Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act
Of 2008. “Passage of the bill that would extend and create several tax incentives for energy conservation and
renewable-energy production, including a new tax credit for plug-in hybrid vehicles. It would extend expiring
tax credits for wind and solar energy and authorize $5.6 billion in tax-credit bonds to finance renewable
energy and energy conservation efforts. To offset the costs, the bill would eliminate or reduce the
manufacturing tax deduction for oil and gas companies. It also would change the way oil and gas companies
calculate foreign oil and gas income.” (HR 5351, CQ Vote #84: Passed by a vote of 236-182: D 219-8; R 17-174, 2/27/08, Hirono Voted Yea)

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Hirono Said The Act Would “Make Significant New Investments In Renewable Energy Sources
[And] Create Hundreds Of Thousands Of Jobs.” “Hirono voted for landmark legislation that will make
significant new investments in renewable energy sources, create hundreds of thousands of new jobs, help end
America’ dependence on foreign oil and slash taxpayer-funded subsidies to oil companies, a Feb. 27 House
news release says.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes to Promote Renewable Energy,” Press Release, 2/27/08)
HIRONO: “And At A Time When The Economy Is Struggling, These Investments Will Help Create
Hundreds Of Thousands Of New Jobs.’” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes to Promote Renewable Energy,” Press
Release, 2/27/08)

HIRONO: “The New Investments In Wind, Solar, Marine And Fuel Cell Technology Will Also
Create Hundreds Of Thousands Of New Jobs And Help Strengthen The American Economy.” (Rep.
Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes to Promote Renewable Energy,” Press Release, 2/27/08)

The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Said The Act Would “Discourage Energy Investment, Result In
Loss Of Jobs, And Ultimately, Decrease Supply And Increase Energy Costs For Businesses.” “This
legislation singles out the oil and gas industry for punitive tax treatment. The Chamber opposes any denial or
limitation of the section 199 deduction for oil and gas companies. This change would discourage energy
investment, result in the loss of jobs, and ultimately, decrease supply and increase energy costs for businesses
that rely on oil and gas.” (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce, “Letter Opposing H.R. 5351,” Press Release, 2/26/08)

Hirono Voted In Support Of Other Clean Air Initiatives

On July 17, 2009 Hirono Voted In Favor Of The Energy-Water Appropriations Bill Which
Authorized $33.3 Billion In FY 2010 For Energy And Water Development Projects. “Passage
of the bill that would provide $33.3 billion in fiscal 2010 for energy and water development projects,
including $26.9 billion for the Energy Department and $5.5 billion for the Army Corps of
Engineers. It would appropriate $9.3 billion for the National Nuclear Security Administration and
$98.4 million for nuclear waste disposal, including the closure of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste
repository. The bill would provide $4.9 billion for Office of Science programs and $1.1 billion for
the Bureau of Reclamation. It would include $589 million for member-requested projects run by
various entities, including the Energy Department, Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of
Reclamation.” (HR3183, CQ Vote #592: Passed by a vote of 320-97: D 241-7; R 79-90, 7/17/09, Hirono Voted Yea)
         H.R. 3183 Included Funding For 18 Project Hirono Requested For The State Of
          Hawaii. “H.R. 3183 includes $20,922,000 in FY2010 funding for 18 projects in the State of
          Hawai'i that Congresswoman Hirono requested. Many of the projects approved for funding
          were also requested by Senators Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka and Congressman Neil
          Abercrombie.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes for Energy and Water Bill and Helps Secure $20,922,000 in
          Funding for Hawai‘I,” Press Release, 10/1/09)

On September 18, 2008 Hirono Voted To Reauthorize $14 Million For The Environmental Education
Grant Program In FY 2009 And Require The EPA To Consult With The Education Department
When Making Program Grants. “Passage of the bill that would establish a competitive grant program for
nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and state and local governments to develop
environmental education curricula. It also would reauthorize $14 million for the Environmental Education
and Training Program in fiscal 2009 and make changes to the program, requiring the EPA to consult with the
Education Department when making program grants. It would require the program to encourage traditionally
unrepresented individuals to pursue degrees in environmental fields.” (HR 3036, CQ Vote #614: Passed by a vote of 293-109: D
225-1; R 68-108, 9/18/08, Hirono Voted Yea)

Hirono Supported Renewable Energy Initiatives And Increased Efficiency Standards

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Hirono Claimed Hawaii “Can And Should” Be The Leader In Alternate Energy
HIRONO: “Hawaii Can And Should Be A Leader In Alternative And Renewable Energies.” (Mazie
Hirono, “End Dependence On Fossil Fuels,” Honolulu Civil Beat, 7/5/10)

HIRONO: “Hawaii Is At The Forefront Of Innovation In The Renewable Energy Sector.”
(“Congresswoman Hirono Introduces Legislation To Strengthen Education Programs In Renewable Energy; Science, Technology, Engineering, And Mathematics
(Stem),” States News Service, 1/12/11)

HIRONO: “We Have The Technology And The Know-How To Enjoy Economic Growth While
Using 20 Percent Less Energy Than We Do Today.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, www.mazieforcongress.com, Accessed 1/13/12)
Hirono Voted For Alternative Energy Tax Incentives
HIRONO: “I Will Work With Experts To Move Forward On Ideas Such As Renewable Energy
Income Tax Credits And Proposals To Require Utility Companies To Share A Percentage Of The
Cost Increases Associated With Fluctuation In Oil Prices.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, www.mazieforcongress.com, Accessed
1/13/12)

On February 27, 2008 Hirono Voted For $5.6 Billion In Tax-Credits To Finance Renewable Energy
And Energy Conservation Efforts. “Passage of the bill that would extend and create several tax incentives
for energy conservation and renewable-energy production, including a new tax credit for plug-in hybrid
vehicles. It would extend expiring tax credits for wind and solar energy and authorize $5.6 billion in tax-credit
bonds to finance renewable energy and energy conservation efforts. To offset the costs, the bill would
eliminate or reduce the manufacturing tax deduction for oil and gas companies. It also would change the way
oil and gas companies calculate foreign oil and gas income.” (HR 5351, CQ Vote #84: Passed by a vote of 236-182: D 219-8; R 17-
174, 2/27/08, Hirono Voted Yea)

On August 4, 2007 Hirono Voted To Authorize $16.1 Billion Energy-Related Tax Incentives. “Passage
of the bill that would authorize $16.1 billion in energy-related tax incentives, including expanded tax breaks
for renewable energy, hybrid cars and energy-efficient buildings and appliances. It would authorize $3.6
billion in bonds for state and local governments to fund energy conservation efforts. The bill also would
create a $6 billion ‘green bond fund’ to help local and state governments build energy-efficient projects. The
costs would be offset primarily by reducing current tax benefits for oil and gas companies.” (HR 2776, CQ Vote #835:
Passed by a vote of 221-189: D 212-11; R 9-178, 8/4/07, Hirono Voted Yea)

In 2011, Hirono Introduced The Renewable Energy Partnership Act, H.R. 288, Which Authorizes $5
Million In Grants Annually To “Train Teachers, Recruit Students, And Create Renewable Energy
Instructional Programs.” “Congresswoman Hirono also introduced the Renewable Energy Partnerships
Act, H.R. 288, which will create a two year U.S. Department of Energy pilot program to provide grants of up
to $1 million to partnerships including universities and community colleges, state education agencies,
businesses, and non-profit organizations. The legislation authorizes $5 million annually. These grants can be
used to train teachers, recruit students, and create renewable energy instructional programs.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono,
“Congresswoman Hirono Introduces Legislation To Strengthen Education Programs In Renewable Energy; Science, Technology, Engineering, And Mathematics
(Stem),” Press Release, 1/12/11)

Hirono Announced $1 Million In Funding For Kihei’s Renewable Energy And Resource Center.
“$2.2M in grants awarded for 2 construction projects. . . The Renewable Energy Resource Center in Kihei
will get $1,064,000 in construction funding. Hirono said the center will help diversify Maui’s economy by
supporting development of renewable-energy businesses designed to use Hawaii’s natural resources. The
renewable sources include solar, wind and wave energy, as well as algae and other crops used to generate
biofuels.” (“My Communities,” Honolulu Advertiser, 8/20/09)
Hirono Secured $3.5 Million For General Atomics To Initiate An Algae-Based Biofuel Project. “Of
the two earmarks in the final spending measure that Hirono sponsored, one is slated for a private firm. It
would direct $3.5 million for an algae-based biofuel project to a team led by General Atomics and including
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two Hawaii-based companies. Federal records show no contributions to Hirono’s campaigns by the firms’
employees.” (Herbert Sample, “Pentagon Spending Bill Includes Inouye Earmarks,” Associated Press, 12/23/09)
On August 4, 2007 Hirono Voted For New Efficiency Standards On Appliances, Lighting and
Buildings. “Passage of the bill that would set new efficiency standards for appliances, lighting and buildings,
and create new programs to research infrastructure and delivery of alternative fuels. The bill would require oil
and natural gas producers who pay no royalties on leased federal land to agree to renegotiate their leases or
pay a new fee. It would expand an existing federal program to promote the capture and storage of carbon
dioxide and set a goal of eliminating greenhouse-gas emissions by federal agencies by 2050. As amended, it
would require utilities, starting in 2010, to produce at least 2.75 percent of electricity from renewable sources,
with percentages rising each year to 15 percent by 2020.” (HR 3221, CQ Vote #832: Passed by a vote of 241-172: D 215-9; R 26-163,
8/4/07, Hirono Voted Yea)

          The State Of Hawaii Showed Strong Support Of President Obama For Moving Forward
           Legislation To Improve Efficiency Standards. “President Obama last week ordered the Energy
           Department to draft efficiency standards for a range of products, from ovens, dishwashers and light
           bulbs to industrial boilers. The standards had been on the books for three decades, but previous
           administrations had failed to draw up regulations for enforcement. Efficiencies in fluorescent and
           reflector light bulbs alone can save businesses and consumers as much as $67 billion over 30 years.”
           (Editorial, “Obama’s New Course Will Boost Economy, Environment,” Honolulu Star, 2/9/09)

On July 27, 2007 Hirono Voted To Authorize $286 Billion For Federal Farms, $2 Billion In Loan
Guarantees For Biofuel Refineries, And $1.5 Billion For Ethanol And Biodiesel Production
Incentives. “Passage of the bill that would authorize roughly $286 billion from fiscal 2008 through fiscal
2012 for federal farm, nutrition assistance, rural development and agricultural trade programs. It would bar
producers making more than $1 million a year from receiving federal subsidies, but increase the maximum
individual farmers can collect in direct payments to $60,000. It would authorize $2 billion in mandatory loan
guarantees for biofuel refineries and $1.5 billion for production incentives for ethanol and biodiesel fuels.
Farmers could choose between the current form of counter-cyclical income support payments and payments
based on a national revenue target. The bill includes tax provisions that would raise $4 billion over five years,
mainly by ending the ability of foreign companies operating in the United States to shift income to a third
country.” (HR 2419, CQ Vote #756: Passed by a vote of 231-191: D 212-14; R 19-177, 7/27/07, Hirono Voted Yea)

Hawaii Residents Have Paid One Of The Highest Electricity Rates In The Country
The EPA Reported The Hawaii Is Fossil Fuel Dependent And Residents Pay One Of The Highest
Electricity Rates
According To The EPA, Honolulu, HI “Is One Of The Most Fossil-Fuel Dependent Regions In The
United Stated And Residents Pay The Country’s Highest Rates For Energy.” “Project Summary - A
Partnership to Model Mass Individual Behavior Change That Leads to Quantifiable and Long-Lasting
Reductions in Greenhouse Gases. The City and County of Honolulu, HI is one of the most fossil-fuel
dependent regions in the United States and residents pay the country’s highest rates for energy. . . . Blue
Planet Foundation will lead community outreach and canvassing efforts, designed to swap 60,000 to 75,000
incandescent bulbs for energy-efficient CFL and LED bulbs.” (“Long-Lasting Greenhouse Gas Reductions for Marginalized
Communities throughout Hawaii, the U.S., and Beyond,” www.epa.gov, Accessed 1/18/12)

In 2010, Hawaii Residents Paid The Highest Electricity Rate In The Nation. “New data from the
federal government shows that Hawaii residents paid the highest rates for electricity in the country in 2010.”
(“Brief: Report: Hawaii Electricity Cost Is Highest In The Nation,” Honolulu Star Advertiser, 1/31/12)

          “The U.S. Energy Information Administration Says The Average Price In Hawaii That Year
           Was 25.1 Cents Per Kilowatt-Hour.” (“Brief: Report: Hawaii Electricity Cost Is Highest In The Nation,” Honolulu Star Advertiser,
           1/31/12)
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          “The National Average 9.83 Cents Per Kilowatt-Hour In According To The Most Recent
           Numbers Available From The U.S. Energy Information Administration.” (“Electric Rates Down In Feb.
           On All Islands Except Kauai,” Honolulu Star Advertiser, 2/8/12)

          NOTE: In 2010, Hawaii Residents Paid 3 Times The National Average
Hirono Vowed To Fight Against The “Country’s Cushing Dependence On Fossil Fuels” “[W]e must
look to the future and renew our fight to break free of another kind of dependence; our country’s crushing
dependence on fossil fuels, especially foreign oil.” (Mazie Hirono, “End Dependence On Fossil Fuels,” Honolulu Civil Beat, 7/5/10)
Hirono Supported The Kauai County Sustainable Energy Initiative
Hirono Submitted The Kauai County Sustainable Energy Initiative To Help Curb Their High
Electricity Rates. “Kauai County Sustainable energy Initiative ($500,000): The County of Kauai is seeking
support for expanded use of advanced energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Funding would
be used at the Police, Civil Defense Agency, and Prosecutors’ Facility in Lihue, Kauai, to implement energy
management systems coordinated with the installation of energy efficient lighting, HVAC (heating,
ventilating, and air conditioning) improvements, water use efficiency, and power quality improvements to
lower electricity costs.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Appropriations Request,” www.hirono.house.gov, Accessed 1/18/12)

          “Kauai’s Electricity Rates Are Among The Highest In The Nation, ranging from $.30 to over
           $.40 per kilowatt hour. In April 2009, the national average was $.12 per kilowatt hour.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono,
           “Appropriations Request,” www.hirono.house.gov, Accessed 1/18/12)

Hirono Announced Funding For Hawaii To Install 100 Solar Water Heaters and Provide Energy
Conservation Education To Low Income Families
Hirono Announced Over $1.2 Million In Funding To Install 100 Solar Water Heaters And Provide
Energy Conservation Education To Low Income Families. “The Hawaii Economic Opportunity
Council will receive $1,218,791 to help install 100 solar water heaters and provide energy conservation
education to low income families on Hawaii Island, Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Senator Daniel K. Akaka, and
U.S. Representative Mazie K. Hirono announced today. The money comes through a Rural Development
Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.” (Rep Mazie Hirono, “Hawaii Island To Receive More Than $1.2 Million To Install Solar
Water Heaters For Low Income Families,” Press Release, 12/1/11)

          HIRONO: “This Also Keeps Our Island State On The Path To Reaching Our Goal Of
           Becoming Energy Self-Sufficient.” “This is the type of program that puts people to work installing
           solar heating units and helps Hawaii families save money, especially our rural communities on Hawaii
           Island. This also keeps our island state on the path to reaching our goal of becoming energy self-
           sufficient.” (Rep Mazie Hirono, “Hawaii Island To Receive More Than $1.2 Million To Install Solar Water Heaters For Low Income Families,”
           Press Release, 12/1/11)

Hirono Opposed Oil And Natural Gas Expansion
Hirono Voted Against The Keystone XL Pipeline And Called The Measure An “Anti-People
Budget”
On July 26, 2011 Hirono Voted Against Requiring The White House To Make A Decision On The
Keystone XL Pipline. “Passage of the bill that would require the administration to make a permitting
decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline within 30 days after the final environmental impact statement is
issued or by Nov. 1, whichever is earlier. It would direct the president, working through the Energy secretary,
to coordinate with federal agencies to make sure necessary review stages are expedited.” (HR 1938, CQ Vote #650:
Passed by a vote of 279-147: R 232-3; D 47-144, 7/26/11, Hirono Voted Nay)


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On December 13, 2011 Hirono Voted Against The Year-End Payroll Tax Bill Which Included
Approval Of the Keystone XL Pipeline. “Passage of the bill that would extend the 4.2 percent employee
payroll tax rate through 2012. It also would provide for a 1 percent increase in Medicare payments rates to
doctors in 2012 and 2013, preventing a reduction scheduled to occur in 2012. The bill also would extend
workers’ eligibility for certain expanded unemployment benefits through January 2013 and would make
certain changes to eligibility criteria for the benefits. It also would reduce the maximum duration of benefits
from 99 weeks to 59 weeks. The bill would increase the fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for
guaranteeing home loans by at least 0.1 percentage point and, beginning in 2017, would raise Medicare
premiums paid by people making over $80,000 per year. It also would require the president to approve the
Keystone XL pipeline permit application within 60 days of the bill’s enactment unless it is determined that the
pipeline is not in the national interest.” (HR 3630, CQ Vote #923: Passed By A Vote Of 234-193: R 224-14; D 10-179, 12/13/11, Hirono Voted
Nay)

            Hirono Called GOP Version Of the Year-End Budget Extension An “Anti-People Budget”
             For Its Inclusion Of Subsidies For Oil And Gas Companies.” “Rep. Hirono also criticized the
             Budget for its inclusion of what she called tax cuts for the wealthy and subsidies for oil and gas
             companies. ‘Those two things by itself, shows the kind of priorities that the Republicans have, and
             that’s why I’ve called it an anti-people budget,’ said Rep. Hirono who argues that the tax cuts alone
             would add a trillion dollars to the deficit.” (Wendy Osher, “Video: Hirono Calls Republican Budget An Anti-People Budget,”
             www.mauinow.com, 5/5/11)

            Hirono Stated That It’s Not Right For Oil Companies Continue To Receive Taxpayer
             Subsidies. “‘[M]y district pay more for a gallon of gas than any other place in the country—on
             average almost $5,’ said Hirono. ‘At the same time, Big Oil just raked in $35 billion in profits this last
             quarter while still receiving $4 billion in taxpayer subsidies. That’s simply not right. We should give
             those tax benefits to the people who need them most.’” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Blumenauer, Moran, Hirono Joined by
             Business Leaders in Unveiling ‘Commuter Relief Act,’” Press Release, 5/11/11)

Hirono Has Opposed Measures For Energy Exploration
On May 12, 2011 Hirono Voted Against Expanding Oil And Natural Gas Offshore Drilling. “Passage
of the bill that would require the Interior Department to expand the area of the outer continental shelf that is
available for oil and natural gas drilling, and set a national goal for domestic oil and gas production in its five-
year leasing plan.” (HR 1231, CQ Vote #320: Passed by a vote of 243-179: R 222-9; D 21-170, 5/12/11, Hirono Voted Nay)
On June 26, 2007 Hirono Voted Against An Amendment That Allowed The Interior Department To
Issue New Leases For Offshore Natural Gas Development. “Amendment that would allow the Interior
Department to issue new leases for offshore natural gas development in areas at least 25 miles from the U.S.
coast.” (HR 2643: CQ Vote #552: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 196-233: D 38-194; R 158-39, 6/26/07, Hirono Voted Nay)
On June 27, 2007 Hirono Voted For An Amendment To Bar Publishing Final Regulations Regarding
Leasing Oil Share Reserves. “Amendment that would bar the use of funds in the bill for preparing or
publishing final regulations regarding commercial leasing for oil shale reserves on public land as required
under the 2005 energy law or to conduct oil shale leasing activities.” (HR 2643, CQ Vote #574: Adopted in Committee of the
Whole by a vote of 219-215: D 203-32; R 16-183, 6/27/07, Hirono Voted Yea)

On June 26, 2006 Hirono Voted To Require Current Lease Holders To Develop Or Relinquish Their
Existing Leases Before They Could Receive New Ones. “Motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill
that would require current holders of oil or natural gas exploration leases to develop or relinquish their
existing leases before they could receive new ones. Leaseholders who do not comply could be subject to fines
ranging from $500 to $25,000 a day.” (HR 6251, CQ Vote #469: Motion rejected by a vote of 223-195: D 212-19; R 11-176, 6/26/08, Hirono
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On July 17, 2008 Hirono Voted To Change The Interior Department’s Process For Considering Oil
And Gas Leases. “Motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would require the Interior Department
to offer oil and gas lease sales on an annual basis. It would require current holders of oil or natural gas
exploration leases to develop or relinquish their existing leases before they could receive new ones. It would
seek to expedite construction of oil and natural gas pipelines in Alaska and ban the export of oil from
Alaska.” (HR 6515, CQ Vote #511: Motion rejected by a vote of 244-173: D 218-11; R 26-162, 7/17/2008, Hirono Voted Yea)
Hirono Has Supported Increased Regulatory Controls For The Oil Industry
On July 30, 2010 Hirono Voted To Repeal Offshore Drilling Regulations Which Included A “$75
Million Cap On Liability For Offshore Oil Spills.” “Passage of the bill that would repeal the current $75
million cap on liability for offshore oil spills. It also would abolish the agency formerly known as the Minerals
Management Service in the Interior Department and assign its responsibilities to three new agencies in the
department. It would create numerous new safety regulations for leases for offshore oil and gas development,
including features designed to prevent well blowouts, and it would require some holders of leases to
renegotiate royalty payments disputed by industry. As amended it would prevent oil companies from shifting
oil spill cleanup costs onto taxpayers in the event one of its subsidiaries goes bankrupt.” (HR 3534, CQ Vote #513:
Passed by a vote of 209-193: D 207-39; R 2-154, 7/30/10, Hirono Voted Yea)

On May 5, 2011 Hirono Voted Against Requiring The Interior Department To “Conduct Certain Oil
And Natural Gas Lease Sales In The Gulf Of Mexico And Off The Coast Of Virginia.” “Passage of the
bill that would require the Interior Department to conduct certain oil and natural gas lease sales in the Gulf of
Mexico and off the coast of Virginia. The bill would deem that the existing environmental impact statement
issued for the current department five-year plan for 2007-2011 is sufficient to satisfy environmental
requirements for the lease sales.” (HR 1230, CQ Vote #298: Passed by a vote of 266-149: R 233-2; D 33-147, 5/5/11, Hirono Voted Nay)
On May 11, 2011 Hirono Voted Against Modifying The Offshore Permitting Process, To Expedite
The Process In The Gulf Of Mexico. “Passage of the bill that would modify the permitting process for
lessees in the Gulf of Mexico seeking to initiate exploratory drilling. It would provide the Interior Department
30 days to approve such permits, with the option of extending reviews by two 15-day periods. If the
department does not issue a ruling on an application within 60 days, it would be deemed approved. The
measure also would limit and expedite the process for filing a civil action in response to an approved drilling
permit.” (HR 1229, CQ Vote #309: Passed by a vote of 263-163: R 235-0; D 28-163, 5/11/11, Hirono Voted Nay)
On January 18, 2007 Hirono Voted For The Energy Independence And Security Act Of 2007 Which
Limited Tax Benefits And Required Royalty Payments By Certain Oil And Gas Companies. “Passage
of the bill that would limit tax benefits and require royalty payments from certain oil and gas companies. The
resulting revenue would be deposited into a new renewable energy account that could be used to offset the
cost of research into alternative energy sources and conservation measures contained in future legislation.”
(H.R. 6, CQ Vote #40: Passed by a vote of 264-163: D 228-4; R 36-159, 1/18/07, Hirono Voted Yea)

         HIRONO: “The Energy Independence And Security Act (H.R. 6) Will Strengthen Our
          National Security By Reducing Our Dependence On Foreign Oil, Lower Energy Costs, Grow
          Our Economy, Create New Jobs, And Begin To Address Global Warming.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono,
          “Congresswoman Hirono Votes For Historic Energy Security Legislation,” Press Release, 12/6/07)

Hirono Vowed To “Fight” For Increased CAFE Standards

HIRONO: “In Congress I Will Fight For Increases In The CAFE Standards That Make Cars
Cleaner.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, www.mazieforcongress.com, Wayback Machine: Accessed 8/22/07)
Hirono Promised To Support Increased CAFE Stands To 40 Miles Per Gallon. “Nationally, it means
we must build cleaner cars and invest in cleaner energy. I would support increases in the CAFE standards to

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40 miles per gallon, as well as revising CAFE tests to more accurately measure the fuel economy of cars,
SUVs, and trucks. Further, we should eliminate the loophole that allows SUVs and light trucks to have
weaker CAFE standards.” (Rep Mazie Hirono, www.mazieforcongress.com, Wayback Machine: Accessed 8/22/07)
Hirono Co-Sponsored The Commuter Relief Act Which Provides Tax Incentives To Businesses And
People Who Commute To Work. “Today, Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Jim Moran and Mazie Hirono were
joined by leaders from the business and transportation communities in unveiling the “Commuter Relief Act
of 2011.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Blumenauer, Moran, Hirono Joined by Business Leaders in Unveiling ‘Commuter Relief Act,’” Press Release, 5/11/11)

Hirono Voted In Supported Of The Failed “Cash For Clunkers” Program

On July 31, 2009 Hirono Voted To Authorize $2 Billion For The “Cash-For-Clunkers” Program the
Offered A $4,500 Voucher Toward The Purchase Of A New Vehicle. “Obey, D-Wis., motion to suspend
the rules and pass the bill that would provide $2 billion for the ‘Cash for Clunkers’ vehicle trade-in program,
which offers vouchers worth up to $4,500 toward the purchase of new vehicles to consumers who trade in
their older, less-efficient models. The funds would be transferred from the Energy Department’s innovative
technologies loan guarantee program.” (HR 3435, CQ Vote #682: Motion agreed to by a vote of 316-109: D 239-14; R 77-95, 7/31/09, Hirono
Voted Yea)

            According To A Study By Edmunds.com, The Government Spent $24,000 For Each
             Additional Car Sale Created By “Cash For Clunkers.” “A total of 690,000 new vehicles were sold
             under the Cash for Clunkers program last summer, but only 125,000 of those were vehicles that
             would not have been sold anyway, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the automotive
             Web site Edmunds.com. . . . The average rebate was $4,000. But the overwhelming majority of sales
             would have taken place anyway at some time in the last half of 2009, according to Edmunds.com.
             That means the government ended up spending about $24,000 each for those 125,000 additional
             vehicle sales.” (Peter Valdes-Dapena, “Clunkers: Taxpayers Paid $24,000 Per Car,” CNNMoney.com, 10/29/09)

            The Most Common Deals In “Cash For Clunkers” Replaced Pickups “With New Ones That
             Got Only Marginally Better Gas Mileage.” “The idea behind the government’s $3billion Cash for
             Clunkers program was to put more fuel-efficient cars on the road. But the most common deals
             replaced old Ford or Chevrolet pickups with new ones that got only marginally better gas mileage,
             according to an analysis of federal data by Associated Press.” (Ted Bridis, “Clunker Program Missed The Mark,” Associated
             Press, 11/4/09)

“Cash For Clunkers” Was Described As “Not An Effective Way To Attack Climate Change.”
“Climate experts aren’t impressed. Compared to overall carbon dioxide emissions in the United States, the
pollution savings from cash for clunkers do not noticeably move the fuel gauge. Environmental experts say
the program conceived primarily to stimulate the economy and jump-start the auto industry is not an effective
way to attack climate change.” (Seth Borenstein, “‘Cash For Clunkers’ Effect On Pollution? A Blip,” Associated Press, 8/4/09)
Also, Hirono Voted In Support Of Other Car Vouch Programs
On June 9, 2009 Hirono Voted For The Fuel Efficient Car Voucher Program Which Authorized $4
Billion For The Transportation Department To Issue $4,500 Vouchers Toward The Purchase Of A
More Fuel Efficient Vehicle. “Sutton, D-Ohio, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would
authorize $4 billion for the Transportation Department to establish a one-year program to allow individuals
to turn certain vehicles over to the government in exchange for vouchers of up to $4,500 for more fuel
efficient ones. Trade-ins would be required to have a fuel economy of 18 miles per gallon or less and be
manufactured after model year 1982, with a suggested retail price of less than $45,000 and in drivable
condition. Vouchers would be issued for vehicles with a fuel economy of at least 22 miles per gallon for
passenger cars, 18 miles per gallon for trucks with a gross weight of 6,000 pounds or less, and 15 miles per
gallon for trucks with a gross weight of between 6,000-10,000 pounds. Individuals could receive a $3,500
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voucher for a new passenger vehicle with a fuel economy at least 4 miles per gallon higher than their trade-in
and $4,500 for one at least 10 miles per gallon higher. Individuals could receive a $3,500 voucher for a new
truck or SUV with a value of at least 2 miles per gallon higher than their trade-in and $4,500 for one at least 5
miles per gallon more.” (HR 2751, CQ Vote #314: Motion agreed to by a vote of 298-119: D 239-9; R 59-110, 6/9/09, Hirono Voted Yea)

Hirono Voted For Increased Clean Water Regulations
Hirono Voted For The Clean Water Revolving Fund
On April 14, 2011 Hirono Voted Against The FY 2011 Continuing Appropriations Bill Which Contains
$38 Billion In Cuts. “Passage of the bill that would provide $1.055 trillion in discretionary funding for fiscal
2011, $39.9 billion less than fiscal 2010 spending. The bill contains a full Defense Department spending bill
that would appropriate $513 billion for fiscal 2011, plus $157.8 billion for overseas operations. Spending for
other government agencies and programs would be based on fiscal 2010 levels, less certain reductions,
rescissions and eliminations. The bill would bar the use of federal or local funds for abortions in the District
of Columbia. It also would modify, reauthorize and appropriate funds for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship
Program through fiscal 2016. The bill would bar the use of funds to transfer or release Guantanamo detainees
to the United States.” (HR 1473, CQ Vote #268: Passed by a vote of 260-167: R 179-59; D 81-108, 4/14/11, Hirono Voted Nay)

         Hirono Criticized President Obama For Signing The FY 2011 Continuing Appropriations Bill
          (HR 1473) Which Cut $1 Billion From The Clean Water State Revolving Fund And Drinking
          Water State Revolving Fund. “Also yesterday President Ba-rack Obama signed the spending bill
          that averted a government shutdown but came with $38 billion in cuts. U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono, D-
          Hawaii, said the continuing resolution to fund government through the end of the 2011 fiscal year
          would have too adverse an effect on Hawaii and across the country. ‘What is most alarming about this
          compromise bill is that it asks working- and middle-class Americans to bear the brunt of the budget
          cuts without asking the wealthiest Americans to do the same,’ Hirono said on the House floor.
          ‘Where is the shared sacrifice? Where is the aloha?’ One specific area targeted by the continuing
          resolution was environmental protection, Hirono said, noting it cuts almost $1 billion for the Clean
          Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.” (B.J. Reyes, “House GOP Budget Worries
          Lawmakers,” Honolulu Star Advertiser, 4/16/11)

         Hirono Claimed The “Hawaii’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund Would Be Reduced By
          $4.4 Million.” (B.J. Reyes, “House GOP Budget Worries Lawmakers,” Honolulu Star Advertiser, 4/16/11)

         HIRONO: “Access To Clean Water Should Be One Of Our Highest Priorities, As It Is One
          Of The Most Basic Needs Of All Of Our People.” (B.J. Reyes, “House GOP Budget Worries Lawmakers,” Honolulu Star
          Advertiser, 4/16/11)

On March 12, 2009 Hirono Voted To Authorize $13.8 Billion For The Clean Water State Revolving
Fund And $3 Billion For Other EPA Projects. “Passage of the bill that would authorize $13.8 billion from
fiscal 2010-14 for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and more than $3 billion for other EPA projects
related to water pollution and sewage control. The bill would expand the scope of water projects eligible to
receive funding through state loan programs and apply Davis-Bacon rules, which require contractors for
federally funded projects to pay the prevailing local wages and benefits to employees, to projects receiving
grants or loans through the revolving fund. The bill’s costs would be offset by an increase on the vessel
tonnage duties on ships entering from foreign ports.” (HR 1262, CQ Vote #123: Passed by a vote of 317-101: D 244-0; R 73-101,
3/12/09, Hirono Voted Yea)

         “[H]awaii Will See A Four-Fold Increase In The Annual Level Of Federal Funding — From
          $5.3 Million In FY2009 To An Estimated $21 Million Each Year From FY2010 To FY2014.”
          (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Hawaii To Receive $21 Million Annually For Five Years,” Press Release, 3/12/09)



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          HIRONO: “This Level Of Funding Could Create Or Sustain Some 700 Jobs A Year In
           Hawaii.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Hawaii To Receive $21 Million Annually For Five Years,” Press Release, 3/12/09)
On March 9, 2007 Hirono Voted To Authorize $14 Billion For The Clean Water State Revolving Fund
And $2 Billion For Other EPA Clean Water Projects. “Passage of the bill that would authorize $14 billion
in fiscal 2008 through 2011 for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and $2 billion for three other EPA
clean-water programs. The bill would increase revenue in fiscal 2008 through 2017 by raising tonnage duties
assessed on vessels arriving from foreign ports or embarking on “voyages to nowhere.” It would apply Davis-
Bacon rules to wastewater construction projects financed with non-federal funds. Davis-Bacon requires that
any workers on a federal project be paid prevailing wages.” (HR 720, CQ Vote #135: Passed by a vote of 303-108: D 244-0; R 79-108,
3/9/07, Hirono Voted Yea)

Hirono Supported The Watershed Protection Program
On June 16, 2011 Hirono Sponsored An Amendment To The FY 2012 Appropriations Bill For
Watershed Protection And Flood Prevention Which Was Adopted. “Hirono, D-Hawaii, amendment that
would increase funding for preventive measures under the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act
and Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act by $3 million. It would be offset with a reduction for
Agriculture Department buildings, facilities and rental payments by the same amount.” (HR 2112, CQ Vote #450:
Adopted in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 288-132: R 107-129; D 181-3, 6/16/11, Hirono Voted Yea)

          NOTE: On June 16, 2011 Hirono Voted Against The FY 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill.
           “Passage of the bill that would provide $125.5 billion in fiscal 2012 for the Agriculture Department
           and related agencies, including $17.3 billion in discretionary funding. The bill would provide $24.5
           billion for agricultural programs, $2.2 billion for the Food and Drug Administration and $172 million
           for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. It would fund the food stamp program at $71.2
           billion and the child nutrition program at $18.8 billion. It would provide $5.9 billion for the Women,
           Infants and Children program and $1 billion for the Food for Peace program.” (HR 2112, CQ Vote #459: Passed
           by a vote of 217-203: R 217-9; D 0-184, 6/16/11, Hirono Voted Nay)

Hirono’s Amendment Authorized $3 Million In Funding For The Watershed Protection And Flood
Prevention Program. “Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) today won strong bipartisan support
for an amendment she introduced to the FY2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill that restores $3 million in
funding to the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Fights for
Hawaii Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Projects,” Press Release, 6/16/11)

Hawaii Had Four Projects Authorized Under The Watershed Protection Program. “Hawaii currently
has four authorized projects under this program with federal funding commitments of $34 million.” (Rep. Mazie
Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Fights for Hawaii Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Projects,” Press Release, 6/16/11)

          “The Upcountry Maui Watershed (Irrigation) Project will benefit more than 170 farmers with
           approximately 500 acres of high-value truck and ornamental crops.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono
           Fights for Hawaii Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Projects,” Press Release, 6/16/11)

          “The Lower Hamakua Ditch Watershed Project is projected to eventually irrigate approximately
           2,500 acres of cropland.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Fights for Hawaii Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention
           Projects,” Press Release, 6/16/11)

          “The Lahaina Watershed Project will protect about 200 homes, 35 condominiums, 160 commercial
           buildings, and 4 public facilities within the floodplain. Hotels, recreation, and other visitor industries
           will also benefit from reduced sedimentation along the shore.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Fights for
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            “[T]He Wailuku-Alenaio Watershed encompasses approximately 540 acres of rural and agricultural
             lands in the Kaumana Drive area of Hilo.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Fights for Hawaii Watershed Protection
             and Flood Prevention Projects,” Press Release, 6/16/11)

Hirono Voted For Other Clean Water Initiatives
On March 19, 2010 Hirono Voted To Authorize Two National Oceanic And Atmospheric
Administration Programs Through Fiscal Year 2015: $65 Million For The Bay-Watershed Education
And Training Program And $81 Million For The Environmental Literacy Grant Program. “Passage of
the bill that would reauthorize two National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration programs to provide
grants for education programs on water systems. It would authorize $65 million from fiscal 2011 through
2015 for the Bay-Watershed Education and Training program and $81 million over the same period for the
Environmental Literacy Grant program.” (HR 3644, CQ Vote #142: Passed by a vote of 244-170: D 236-9; R 8-161, 3/19/10, Hirono Voted
Yea)

Hirono Voted For Hawaii’s Land Protection And Conservation Measures

On June 27, 2007 Hirono Voted To Authorize $4.6 Billion For The Forest Service And $1.9 Billion
For The Bureau Of Land Management Within The Interior-Environment Appropriations Bill For
Fiscal Year 2008. “Passage of the bill that would provide $27.6 billion in fiscal 2008 for the Interior
Department, the EPA and related agencies. The bill would provide $10.2 billion for the Interior Department,
$8.1 billion for the EPA, $4.6 billion for the Forest Service, $1.9 billion for the Bureau of Land Management
and $3.4 billion for the Indian Health Service. It would fund the National Endowment for the Arts and the
National Endowment for the Humanities at $160 million each and the Smithsonian Institution at $652
million. It would maintain the moratorium on natural gas production in the Outer Continental Shelf. The bill
would provide $50 million for a new two-year commission on climate change to recommend actions by
federal agencies to combat global warming.” (HR 2643, CQ Vote #579: Passed by a vote of 272-155: D 224-5; R 48-150, 6/27/07, Hirono
Voted Yea)

On April 15, 2010 Hirono Voted To Authorize $50 Million Annually For EPA’s National Estuary
Program Through Fiscal Year 2016. “Passage of the bill that would authorize $50 million annually through
fiscal 2016 for the EPA’s National Estuary Program. It would require the EPA to evaluate estuary
management plans every four years. As amended, it would require EPA plans to evaluate the impact of
climate change on estuaries and require the agency to evaluate the effectiveness of the estuary program and
identify best practices.” (HR 4715, CQ Vote #209: Passed by a vote of 278-128: D 240-2; R 38-126, 4/15/10, Hirono Voted Yea)
On April 17, 2007 Hirono Sponsored The Ka’u Coast Preservation Act Which was Referred To House
Subcommittee On National Parks, Forests And Public Lands. (H.R. 1798, Introduced 3/29/07, Referred To House
Subcommittee)

On February 25, 2009 Hirono Announced Funding For Some Of Her Top Priorities Within The FY
2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act. “Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) today voted in favor of
the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, H.R. 1105, which includes $172 million of the Congresswoman’s
highest priority funding requests. The bill passed the House by a vote of 245 to 178. The current funding
resolution expires on March 6, 2009, which lends added urgency to the final passage of this legislation.
Among the remaining appropriations obtained, $24 million will go toward critical agricultural projects in
Hawaii such as the $469,000 for the Hawaii Honeybee Protection/Varroa Mite Suppression program.
Another $20 million will go to Honolulu’s fixed rail transit project. The bill also includes strong funding for
several environmental initiatives, including the Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Project, which was never
funded under the Bush Administration, $7 million to expand the Campbell National Wildlife Refuge on
Oahu’s North Shore, as well as $185,000 to study the degradation of some of Maui’s reefs. A number of
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recovery of endangered species.”“ (Rep Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes in Favor of FY2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill $172
Million in Hirono Funding Requests Approved for Hawaii,” Press Release, 2/25/09)

          $469,000 For The Hawaii Honeybee Protection/Varroa Mite Suppression Program. (Rep Mazie
           Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes in Favor of FY2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill $172 Million in Hirono Funding Requests Approved for
           Hawaii,” Press Release, 2/25/09)

          Funding For Hawaiian Monk Sean Recovery Project. (Rep Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes in Favor of
           FY2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill $172 Million in Hirono Funding Requests Approved for Hawaii,” Press Release, 2/25/09)


          $7 Million To Expand The Campbell National Wildlife Refuge On Oahu’s North Shore. (Rep
           Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes in Favor of FY2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill $172 Million in Hirono Funding Requests Approved
           for Hawaii,” Press Release, 2/25/09)

          $185,000 To Study The Degradation Of Some Of Maui’s Reefs. (Rep Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono
           Votes in Favor of FY2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill $172 Million in Hirono Funding Requests Approved for Hawaii,” Press Release, 2/25/09)

On May 5, 2009 Hirono Announced $600,000 For Hawaii’s State Department Of Land And Natural
Resources In Its Efforts To Protect Island Wildlife And Habitats. “Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono
(D-Hawaii) today announced the state of Hawaii will receive $610,704 in U.S. Department of Interior State
Wildlife Grants Program funding to assist the State Department of Land and Natural Resources in its effort
to protect island wildlife and habitats.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “$610,704 in Federal Funds to Help Prevent Hawaii Fish and Wildlife from
Becoming Endangered,” Press Release, 5/21/09)

On April 22, 2009 Hirono Announced Over $15 Million For Hawaii’s National Park Service To Make
Improvements To Preserve Hawaii’s History And Heritage. “From Haleakala to Kalaupapa to Kaloko-
Honokohau, the National Park Service will undertake $15,740,000 in improvement projects in Hawaii that
will create jobs, restore and protect our islands’ national parks, and preserve our history and heritage for
future generations, Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced today.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “15.7 Million
Investment To Restore And Protect Hawaii’s National Parks, Create Jobs,” Press Release, 4/22/09)

HIRONO: “Of That Funding, $9,757,000 Will Be Utilized In Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District.”
(Rep. Mazie Hirono, “15.7 Million Investment To Restore And Protect Hawaii’s National Parks, Create Jobs,” Press Release, 4/22/09)

          “The Projects Are A Part Of The $750 Million Investment In Our National Park System
           Under The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Of 2009.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “15.7 Million Investment
           To Restore And Protect Hawaii’s National Parks, Create Jobs,” Press Release, 4/22/09)

          “$1,338,000 To Repair And Replace Fences Throughout Haleakala National Park On Maui, as
           well as repair flashflood damage to the Pipiwai trail and remove debris.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “15.7 Million
           Investment To Restore And Protect Hawaii’s National Parks, Create Jobs,” Press Release, 4/22/09)

          “$7,802,000 To Demolish And Replace Existing Dilapidated Visitor Contact Station To
           Support Visitor Services At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and to rehabilitate Halemaumau
           Trail from Iliahi Trail to Crater Rim Trail. Funds will also be used to replace boundary and pig fencing
           as well as resurface rainshed roads.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “15.7 Million Investment To Restore And Protect Hawaii’s National Parks,
           Create Jobs,” Press Release, 4/22/09)

          “$536,000 To Rehabilitate Paschoal Hall At The Kalaupapa National Park.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “15.7
           Million Investment To Restore And Protect Hawaii’s National Parks, Create Jobs,” Press Release, 4/22/09)

          “$20,000 To Grade And Re-Gravel Of 2 Miles Of Unpaved Roads At Kaloko-Honokohau
           National Park.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “15.7 Million Investment To Restore And Protect Hawaii’s National Parks, Create Jobs,” Press Release,
           4/22/09)

          “$61,000 To Repair Flood Damage To Historic Ki’Ilae Archaeological Village, 1871 Trail and
           fence line at Pu’uhonua o Hnaunau National Park.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “15.7 Million Investment To Restore And Protect
           Hawaii’s National Parks, Create Jobs,” Press Release, 4/22/09)

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          “$5,983,000 To Construct An Intermodal Transfer Station At The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial At
           Pearl Harbor.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “15.7 Million Investment To Restore And Protect Hawaii’s National Parks, Create Jobs,” Press Release,
           4/22/09)

On April 27, 2009 Hirono Announced Over $15 Million For Hawaii’s Fish And Wildlife Service
Improvement Projects. “The U.S. Department of the Interior will undertake $10,534,000 in Fish and
Wildlife Service improvement projects in Hawaii that will create jobs, as well as restore and protect the state’s
fragile National Wildlife Refuges, Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) announced today.” (Rep. Mazie
Hirono, “$10.5 Million Investment in Fish and Wildlife Service Projects Throughout the Hawaiian Islands,” Press Release, 4/27/09)

          “The Projects Are Part Of The $280 Million Investment In The Fish And Wildlife Service
           Under The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Of 2009.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “$10.5 Million
           Investment in Fish and Wildlife Service Projects Throughout the Hawaiian Islands,” Press Release, 4/27/09)

          “$590,000 To Replace The Existing Pua ‘Kala Barn With A New Storage/Maintenance
           Building At Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge on the island Hawaii.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “$10.5
           Million Investment in Fish and Wildlife Service Projects Throughout the Hawaiian Islands,” Press Release, 4/27/09)

          “$406,000 To Replace Housing And Storage Units On Laysan Island At The Hawaiian
           Islands National Wildlife Refuge within the Papahnaumokukea Marine National Monument.
           Funding will also be used to replace the photovoltaic system on the island.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “$10.5 Million
           Investment in Fish and Wildlife Service Projects Throughout the Hawaiian Islands,” Press Release, 4/27/09)

          “$7,300,000 To Construct An Administrative Headquarters And Visitor Center At Kelia Pond
           National Wildlife Refuge. The new complex replaces the previous structure that burnt down in
           2006.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “$10.5 Million Investment in Fish and Wildlife Service Projects Throughout the Hawaiian Islands,” Press Release,
           4/27/09)

          “$120,000 To Rehabilitate The Historic Klauea Point Lighthouse At Klauea Point National
           Wildlife Refuge on the island of Kaua’i.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “$10.5 Million Investment in Fish and Wildlife Service Projects
           Throughout the Hawaiian Islands,” Press Release, 4/27/09)

          “$220,000 For The Pacific Island Coastal Program. The funding will be used to restore natural
           habitats on the islands of Moloka’i, Maui, and Lehua Island near Ni’ihau.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “$10.5 Million
           Investment in Fish and Wildlife Service Projects Throughout the Hawaiian Islands,” Press Release, 4/27/09)

          “$1,898,000 To Rehabilitate The Historic Seaplane Hangar At Midway Atoll National Wildlife
           Refuge. The funding will also be used to improve the atoll’s visitor housing units, as well as improve
           energy efficiency at its various facilities.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “$10.5 Million Investment in Fish and Wildlife Service Projects
           Throughout the Hawaiian Islands,” Press Release, 4/27/09)

On December 4, 2009 Hirono Announced Over $400,000 To Modernize The Monitoring Of Hawaii’s
Volcanic Sites. “Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) today announced the awarding of $420,000
in U.S. Department of the Interior grant funding to modernize the monitoring of Hawaii’s volcanic sites.
These funds will be used to upgrade equipment and analyze data from recent eruptions. With the
improvements, more reliable and robust information will be provided to emergency responders, helping them
to protect lives and reduce damage.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Announces $420,000 in Recovery Act Funds to Upgrade
Volcano Monitoring in Hawaii,” Press Release, 12/4/09)

On March 21, 2008 Hirono Announced Over $2.1 Million In Grants To Protect Land That Provides
Habitats For Native Special On The Islands Of Hawaii And Oahu. “Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono
today announced the awarding of more than $2.1 million in grants for the state of Hawaii and through the
Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund. The funding will be used to permanently protect
pristine land, which provides habitat for native species on the islands of Hawaii and Oahu.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono,

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“Congresswoman Hirono Announces $2 million in Federal Grants To Acquire Land on Oahu and the Big Island for the Protection and Preservation of Native
Species,” Press Release, 3/21/08)

Hirono Has Been Supported By Environmentalist And Conservationist Groups
Sierra Club Called Hirono “One Of The Best We’ve Ever Had.” “She has been terrific for the
environment,” said Robert Harris, director of the Sierra Club in Hawaii. “Nationally, we tracked five bills that
have significant environmental impact. She supported all of them. Overall, she is one of the best we’ve ever
had.” (Trevor Nedd, “Ms. Hirono Goes To Washington,” Honolulu Weekly, 12/16/09)



HAWAII TOURISM
Hirono Sponsored The VISIT USA Act

Hirono Sponsored The Visa Improvements To Stimulate International Tourism To The United
States Of America Act (VISIT USA Act). (HR 3341, Introduced 11/3/11, Referred To House Subcommittee)
Hirono Introduced The Visa Improvements To Stimulate International Tourism To The United
States Of America Act (VISIT USA Act) Legislation To Ease Visa Requirement And Promote
Tourism To The Region. “Bipartisan legislation recently introduced by Rep. Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and
Rep. David Dreier (R-CA) would cut red tape and reform U.S. visa policies—potentially bringing an
estimated 280,000 visitors yearly from China, Canada, and other high-growth markets to Hawaii, boosting
economic growth in the state.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “VISIT USA Act Opens Hawaii’s Shores To Additional Visitors from China, Canada,” Press
Release, 1/8/12)

          Under The Legislation, Chinese Visitors Can Apply For Five-Year Multiple-Entry Visitor
           Visas Verses The Current One-Year Limitation. “The VISIT USA legislation would allow
           Chinese visitors to apply for five-year multiple-entry visitor visas. Chinese visitors now can only apply
           for a one-year multiple-entry visa at a time.” (The Garden Island Website, www.thegardenisland.com, Accessed 1/31/12)

          Under The Legislation, Canadian Citizens Are Offered Accommodating Visa Regulations To
           Boost Travel. “The proposal would allow Canadian citizens to obtain 240-day visas renewable every
           three years and also offer lower visa fees during off-peak times of the year to encourage more
           applications when demand is lower.” (The Garden Island Website, www.thegardenisland.com, Accessed 1/31/12)
October 20, 2011 The VISIT USA Act Was Referred To Senate Committee. (S. 1746, Introduced 10/20/11, Referred
To Senate Committee)

Hawaii Tourism Has Suffered In Recent Years
Hirono’s House Website Explained That Tourism Is “Hawaii’s Largest Economic Driver.”
“Tourism. The visitor industry is Hawaii’s largest economic driver, accounting for approximately a quarter of
the Gross State Product and one third of all jobs. Each island offers a unique experience for the more than 7
million visitors who come to enjoy Hawaii’s beauty and its culture each year.” (Congresswoman Mazie Hirono,
www.hirono.house.gov, Accessed 10/4/11)

September 2011: University Of Hawaii Economists Were Prompted To “Forecast Only Very Weak
Growth For The National Economy In The Near Term” Partly Due To The Debt Crisis And Market
Inconsistencies In The U.S., Both Of Which Will Affect Hawaii, “And Particularly The State’s No. 1
Industry, Tourism.” “The U.S. debt crisis and market fluctuations have had a negative effect on confidence
in the United States, prompting UHERO to forecast only very weak growth for the national economy in the

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near term, with only moderate growth in 2012 and 2013. All of that affects Hawaii, and particularly the state’s
No. 1 industry, tourism.” (Janis L. Magin, “UH Economists Downgrade Forecast For State’s Economy,” Pacific Business News, 9/2/11)

         “UHERO [University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization] Believes The Strongest
          Part Of Growth In The Visitor Industry Already Has Passed. It Is Forecasting A Smaller
          Increase In Visitor Arrivals - 1.7 percent - than the 2.7 percent bump forecast in May, then rising by
          more than 2 percent in each of the next three years. Visitor spending growth will slow down from a
          10.2 percent pace this year to 4.4 percent growth in 2012, the report said.” (Janis L. Magin, “UH Economists
          Downgrade Forecast For State’s Economy,” Pacific Business News, 9/2/11)

2010: Hawaii Tourism Authority: “2010 Was The First Year Of Positive Growth After Three Years Of
Losses, As Hawaii’s Tourism Industry Continued To Recover From The Global Economic
Recession.” (Hawaii Tourism Authority, “2010 Annual Visitor Research Report,” www.hawaii.gov)

         March 2010: UHERO: The “Visitor Industry Remains In A Deep Slump.” “While the visitor
          industry remains in a deep slump, arrivals numbers edged up slightly over the course of 2009 and
          visitor spending stabilized by year end. With a mild recovery underway across the globe and more
          airlift planned, we expect a 2.9% gain in arrivals this year. International markets will be relatively
          stronger than the domestic market. We continue to expect a very attenuated recovery over the next
          several years. Discounting will continue to be the norm, continuing to exert downward pressure on
          profits.” (University Of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, “Annual Hawaii Economic Forecast Hawaii Recovery Takes Hold,”
          www.uhero.hawaii.edu, 3/26/10)

2009: Hawaii Tourism Authority: “2009 Was Another Challenging Year For Hawaii’s Tourism
Industry As The State Like Many Other Visitor Destinations Continued To Struggle Through The
Global Economic Recession.” (Hawaii Tourism Authority, “2009 Annual Visitor Research Report,” www.hawaiitourismauthority.org)

         September 2009: UHERO Executive Director: “The Past Year Has Been A Challenging One
          For Hawaii. The Deepest Global Downturn In A Half-Century Plunged The Local Economy
          Into A Steep Tourism-Led Recession.” (University Of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, Annual Report, FY2009,
          www.uhero.hawaii.edu, 9/30/09)

UHERO Described 2008-2009 As The “Dark Days” Of The Visitor Industry. “Despite the weakness of
recent months, the visitor industry has made significant strides since the dark days of 2008-2009.” (“University Of
Hawaii Economic Research Organization Report: With Hawaii Growth Slow, U.S. Risk Looms Large,” Hawaii Reporter, 9/2/11)

2008: Hawaii Tourism Authority: “2008 Was A Challenging Year For Hawaii’s Tourism Industry And
Many Visitor Destinations Worldwide.” (Hawaii Tourism Authority, “2008 Annual Visitor Research Report,”
www.hawaiitourismauthority.org)

         “After Four Years Of Growth From 2004 (+8%) To 2007 (+2.6%), Combined Expenditures By
          Visitors Who Came To Hawaii By Air Or By Cruise Ships Fell 11 Percent In 2008, To $11.4
          Billion” (Hawaii Tourism Authority, “2008 Annual Visitor Research Report,” www.hawaiitourismauthority.org)
Visitors Arriving In Hawaii From Air Or Cruise Ships Declined From 2007 To 2009, And Slightly
Increased In 2010
2007: “A Total Of 7,627,819 Visitors Arrived By Air Or By Cruise Ships, Virtually Unchanged From
2006.” (Hawaii Tourism Authority, Annual Research Reports, www.hawaiitourismauthority.org, Accessed 10/4/11)
2008: “A Total Of 6,822,911 Visitors Arrived By Air Or By Cruise Ships Down From 7,627,819 Visitors
In 2007.” (Hawaii Tourism Authority, Annual Research Reports, www.hawaiitourismauthority.org, Accessed 10/4/11)
2009: “A Total Of 6,517,054 Visitors Arrived By Air Or By Cruise Ships, Down From 6,822,911 Visitors
In 2008.” (Hawaii Tourism Authority, Annual Research Reports, www.hawaiitourismauthority.org, Accessed 10/4/11)
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2010: “A Total Of 7,083,663 Visitors Arrived By Air Or By Cruise Ships, Up From 6,517,054 Visitors In
2009.” (Hawaii Tourism Authority, Annual Research Reports, www.hawaiitourismauthority.org, Accessed 10/4/11)


NATIONAL SECURITY
Military Is 18% Of Hawaii’s Economy
In June 2011, RAND Corporation Sponsored A Study That Found 18% Of Hawaii’s Economy Is
Linked To Department Of Defense Spending. “Up to 18 percent of Hawaii’s economy can be linked to
spending by the U.S. Department of Defense, according to a new study from the RAND Corporation.” (Rand
Corporation, “Military Spending Linked To 18% Of Hawaii’s Economy, Press Release, 6/1/11)

          The Study Was Conducted In Conjunction With Hawaii Public Interest Groups. “The study
           was done in cooperation with the Hawaii Institute of Public Affairs and the Military Affairs Council
           of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. These two public interest groups asked RAND to make an
           assessment of the relationship between defense department spending and Hawaii’s levels of output,
           employment and earnings.” (Rand Corporation, “Military Spending Linked To 18% Of Hawaii’s Economy, Press Release, 6/1/11)

          “Defense Department Spending In Hawaii Averaged $6.5 Billion Per Year During FY’s 2007-
           2009. Of that, $4.1 billion was for personnel and $2.4 billion for the purchase of goods and services in
           Hawaii.” (Rand Corporation, “Military Spending Linked To 18% Of Hawaii’s Economy, Press Release, 6/1/11)
In 2009, Defense Department Spent $12.2 Billion In Hawaii Which Amounts To More Than 18% Of
Hawaii’s Economy. The U.S. military pumped up to $12.2 billion into Hawaii in 2009 — or more than 18
percent of total spending in the islands, according to the first study of its kind in nearly 50 years, scheduled
for release today.” (Dan Nakaso, “Military Pays Out $12.2B In Hawaii,” Honolulu Star Advertiser, 6/1/11)
In 2007-2009, The Defense Department Employed 16% Of Hawaii’s Workforce. “The full-time
equivalent of 91,000 to 101,000 employees worked for the military here between 2007 and 2009, representing
16 percent of the work force in the state, said the RAND National Defense Research Institute’s report.” (Dan
Nakaso, “Military Pays Out $12.2B In Hawaii,” Honolulu Star Advertiser, 6/1/11)

Defense Cuts In Sequestration Would Be Devastating To Hawaii’s Economy
Hawaii Would Be One Of The States Hit The Hardest By Defense Cuts
A Bloomberg Government Study Indicated Hawaii Was One Of Three States That “May Suffer The
Most Economic Harm From Defense Cuts Of As Much As $1 Trillion.” “Virginia, Hawaii and Alaska
may suffer the most economic harm from defense cuts of as much as $1 trillion during the next decade, a
Bloomberg Government study shows. Those three states are the most dependent on U.S. military spending,
the study found. Virginia, home of the Pentagon and the Norfolk naval base, tops the list with 13.9 percent of
its gross domestic product derived from defense spending.” (David Lerman, “Military Cuts Threaten Defense-Dependent States,”
Bloomberg, 11/17/11)

Hawaii Has A History Of Reliance On Defense Contracts
In 2010, Hawaii Led The Nation In Defense Dollars Spent Per Capita. “A federal report released in
September shows that Hawaii received $10 billion in defense spending last year, the most federal defense
dollars, per capita, of any state.” (Adrienne LaFrance, “Hawaii Defense Cuts Loom After Super Committee Implodes,” [HI] Civil Beat, 11/22/11)
“Hawaii Also Ranked First In The Amount Of Federal Dollars It Gets, Per Capita, To Pay Salaries
And Wages Last Year. More Than 91 Percent Of The $7.9 Billion In Hawaii Wages That The Federal
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Government Paid Last Year Were Within The Defense Department, Including $725 Million For
Hawaii Civilians Working In The Defense Department.” (Adrienne LaFrance, “Hawaii Defense Cuts Loom After Super
Committee Implodes,” [HI] Civil Beat, 11/22/11)

The Defense Sequestration Is Estimated To Cut Hawaii’s GDP By 2.8%
The Hawaii Star Advertiser Reported That The Pending Defense Sequestration Would Result In A
2.8% Cut To Hawaii’s GDP. “The pending sequestration cuts to the national military budget amount to 15
percent. Fifteen percent of 18.4 percent would result in a 2.8 percent cut to Hawaii’s GDP.” (RichardTillotson,
“Hawaii Need Not Fear Military Cuts,” Hawaii Star Advertiser, 7/1/12)

          “A 2011 Rand National Defense Research Institute Report Estimated That 18.4 Percent Of
           Hawaii’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Comes From The Military.” (RichardTillotson, “Hawaii Need Not
           Fear Military Cuts,” Hawaii Star Advertiser, 7/1/12)

“Of The Overall Defense Money That Flowed Into Hawaii In 2010, $2.4 Billion Went Toward
Military Contracts, Which Made Up More Than 85 Percent Of Federal Procurement In Hawaii Last
Year.” (Adrienne LaFrance, “Hawaii Defense Cuts Loom After Super Committee Implodes,” [HI] Civil Beat, 11/22/11)
It Was Also Estimated Defense Cuts Could Result In The Loss Of Over 10,000 Hawaiian Jobs
According To A Study By George Mason University, The Defense Spending Cuts In Sequestration
Would Result In Hawaii Losing Over 10,000 Jobs. (Stephen S. Fuller, “The Economic Impact Of The Budget Control Act Of 2011
On DOD And Non-DOD Agencies,” Report, 7/17/12)

Defense Cuts Would Greatly Affect Hawaii’s Budget
Hawaii Has Ranked 5th In The Nation For Per Capital Federal Spending Which Would Result In A
$45 Million Loss For Hawaii With Sequestration. “Hawaii ranks fifth in per capita federal spending,
which makes the state particularly vulnerable to attempts to deal with the nation’s deficit. . . [Michael Bird,
senior affairs counsel for the National Conference on State Legislators] did tell House and Senate money
committee members that under the current proposal for across-the-board cuts, or sequestration, Hawaii could
lose about $45 million in funding.” (Treeena Shapiro, “Hawaii Vulnerable To Federal Budget Actions,” Associated Press, 3/23/12)
“Defense Spending Cuts Could Also Have A Significant Impact On Hawaii’s Budget.” (Treeena Shapiro,
“Hawaii Vulnerable To Federal Budget Actions,” Associated Press, 3/23/12)

For 2013, Hawaii Defense Contractors Have Already Begun To Respond To The Looming Effects
On Hawaii’s Economy
“Defense Contracting Opportunities In Hawaii Are Likely To Be Flat In Fiscal 2013, And Future
Work Remains Threatened By The Prospect Of Deep Defense Department Budget Cuts, senior U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers Pacific Ocean and Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific are warning.”
(Mark Abramson, “No Increase In Defense Work During Fiscal 2013,” [HI] Pacific Business News, 6/22/12)

Hawaii Has Experienced A Notable Decline In Defense Spending For 2013. “The Senate
Appropriations Committee chaired by Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, recently approved $366 million for
military construction in Hawaii in fiscal 2013, which is about the same amount that was approved for 2006. In
2011, by contrast, the corps spent about $500 million on Army and projects it does for the other services in
Hawaii.” (Mark Abramson, “No Increase In Defense Work During Fiscal 2013,” [HI] Pacific Business News, 6/22/12)
Hawaiians Are Worried About The Sequestration
“The Department Of Defense’s Budget Is In ‘Decline Mode,’ Navy Capt. Christopher Kurgan, The
Incoming Operations Officer For NAVFAC Pacific, told the engineering group. What could make
matters even worse is if defense spending has to be cut by $500 billion during the next 10 years after
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Congress failed to trim $1.2 trillion from the federal budget last year, he said.” (Mark Abramson, “No Increase In Defense
Work During Fiscal 2013,” [HI] Pacific Business News, 6/22/12)

          “‘We Still Have The Sequestration Bogey,’ Kurgan Said. ‘If Sequestration Goes Into Effect
           [Projects] Could Be Impacted.’” (Mark Abramson, “No Increase In Defense Work During Fiscal 2013,” [HI] Pacific Business News,
           6/22/12)

Defense Contractors Said The “Outlook Has Them Looking At How To Do Business . . .
Elsewhere.” “Contractors interviewed for this story said the outlook has them looking at how they do
business, and branching into other sectors. ‘I think it’s really a reflection of the overall budget,’ said Kelvin
Osborne, Watts Constructors senior vice president for Hawaii operations.” (Mark Abramson, “No Increase In Defense Work
During Fiscal 2013,” [HI] Pacific Business News, 6/22/12)

“To Deal With The Slowdown In Defense Contracting In Hawaii, Dck Pacific Is Going To Start
Looking At Work In The Philippines And Australia, Where More Marines Are Being Rotated, he
[McLaughlin] added. Nothing is confirmed for the Philippines, McLaughlin [dck Pacific’s Director Of Project
Development] said, but based on what is going on dck pacific believes U.S. troops could be heading there and
to Thailand.” (Mark Abramson, “No Increase In Defense Work During Fiscal 2013,” [HI] Pacific Business News, 6/22/12)

Hirono Called For “Careful And Considered Approach” To Defense Cuts

Hirono Said Cuts To Defense Should Be Handled In A “Careful And Considered Approach.” “Rep.
Mazie Hirono had a similar reaction to news of the super committee’s failure, and emphasized the need for a
‘careful and considered approach’ to defense cuts.” (Adrienne LaFrance, “Hawaii Defense Cuts Loom After Super Committee Implodes,”
[HI] Civil Beat, 11/22/11)

“‘Our National Security Depends On A Strong Military Presence In The Pacific,’ Hirono Said In A
Statement. ‘For That Reason, We Must Also Ensure Continued Support For This Critical Aspect Of
Our National Defense.’” (Adrienne LaFrance, “Hawaii Defense Cuts Loom After Super Committee Implodes,” [HI] Civil Beat, 11/22/11)

The House Approved The Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act But Hirono Voted Against
The Bill
Hirono Voted Against Passage Of The Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act Of 2012. “Passage
of the bill that would cancel $98 billion in automatic discretionary spending cuts that would go into effect in
January 2013. It would replace the sequester with a $19 billion reduction in the discretionary cap for fiscal
2013 and with reconciliation savings from mandatory programs recommended by six House committees. It
also would eliminate the separate cap on defense spending for the year to allow for higher spending levels.
The bill would modify mandatory programs to save $19.7 billion through fiscal 2013 and more than $310
billion over 10 years, including by decreasing benefits and eligibility for the food stamp program, reducing and
repealing elements of the 2010 health care law, and requiring all current and future federal workers to pay an
additional 5 percentage points of their salary toward their federal pensions.” (H.R. 5652, CQ Vote #247: Passed by a vote of
218-199: R 218-16; D 0-183, 5/10/12, Hirono Voted Nay)

“The House Voted Thursday To Override Steep Cuts To The Pentagon’s Budget Mandated By Last
Summer’s Debt Deal And Replace Them With Spending Reductions To Food Stamps And Other
Mandatory Social Programs.” (Erik Wasson and Pete Kasperowicz, “House Votes To Replace Pentagon Cuts Mandated By Debt Deal,” The
Hill’s On The Money Blog, www.thehill.com, Posted 5/10/12)

“The House Bill Would Leave Pending Mandatory Cuts In Place, Including Cuts To Medicare. It
Would Turn Off $72 Billion In Cuts To Both The Pentagon And Non-Defense Spending Mandated
By Sequestration, But Add $315 Billion In New Cuts, None Of Which Are Imposed On The
Pentagon.” (Erik Wasson and Pete Kasperowicz, “House Votes To Replace Pentagon Cuts Mandated By Debt Deal,” The Hill’s On The Money Blog,
www.thehill.com, Posted 5/10/12)


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The Bill “Completely Exempts Defense Cuts.” “But the GOP bill is highly controversial because it
completely exempts defense cuts and focuses cuts only on social programs, a move Democrats blasted as the
bill was debated.” (Erik Wasson and Pete Kasperowicz, “House Votes To Replace Pentagon Cuts Mandated By Debt Deal,” The Hill’s On The Money
Blog, www.thehill.com, Posted 5/10/12)

“Republicans Crafted Their Bill To Nullify The $55 Billion In Defense Cuts Slated To Kick In At
The Beginning Of 2013, Fearing That They Are So Deep They Would Cripple The U.S. Military.”
(Janet Hook And Corey Boles, “House Approves Bill To Avoid Defense Cuts,” The Wall Street Journal, 5/10/12)

Savings Included Federal Workers Contributing More To Their Pensions, “New Restrictions On
Premium Subsidies” Under The New Health Law, “Limits On Child-Tax Credits Intended To Deny
Benefits To Illegal Immigrants,” And A Provision That Would End “Federal Authority To Shut
Down Firms Deemed ‘Too Big To Fail.” “The domestic savings included requiring federal workers to
contribute more to their pensions, new restrictions on premium subsidies under the new 2010 health-
insurance law and limits on child-tax credits intended to deny benefits to illegal immigrants. Another
provision, reflecting ongoing GOP opposition to the Dodd-Frank law regulating financial institutions, calls
for ending federal authority to shut down firms deemed ‘too big to fail.’” (Janet Hook And Corey Boles,
“House Approves Bill To Avoid Defense Cuts,” The Wall Street Journal, 5/10/12)
“Members Approved The Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act In A Party-Line 218-199 Vote.”
(Erik Wasson and Pete Kasperowicz, “House Votes To Replace Pentagon Cuts Mandated By Debt Deal,” The Hill’s On The Money Blog,
www.thehill.com, Posted 5/10/12)

The Legislation Would Reduce The Deficit By $243 Billion. “While doomed in the Senate and opposed
by the White House, the legislation, which would reduce the deficit by $243 billion, is a Republican marker
for post-election budget talks with the White House.” (Erik Wasson and Pete Kasperowicz, “House Votes To Replace Pentagon Cuts
Mandated By Debt Deal,” The Hill’s On The Money Blog, www.thehill.com, Posted 5/10/12)

While Campaign For The U.S. Senate, Hirono Has Missed Key 2012 Defense Votes
Hirono Missed The Vote On The 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill
Hirono Missed A Vote On To Pass The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill. “Passage of the bill that
would provide $605.8 billion for the Defense Department in fiscal 2013. The total includes $518.1 billion in
discretionary funding and an additional $87.7 billion for overseas contingency operations, including those in
Afghanistan. Of the combined funding, approximately $239 billion would be provided for operations and
maintenance, $110 billion for procurement and $70 billion for research and development. It would provide
$34 billion for defense health programs and about $142 billion for military personnel, including a 1.7 percent
pay raise.” (HR 5856, CQ Vote #498: Passed by a vote of 326-90: R 225-11; D 101-79, 7/19/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)
Hirono Missed A Vote To Force The White House To Report On Which Military Programs Will Be
Cut By Sequestration
Hirono Missed A Vote For A Motion To Require The White House To Produce A Report Within 30
Days With Details On How Sequestration Would Affect Defense Programs. “Ryan, R-Wis., motion to
suspend the rules and pass the bill that would require the White House to produce a report within 30 days of
the bill’s enactment explaining how the automatic spending cuts scheduled to go into effect in January, 2013,
would affect both domestic and defense programs.” (H.R. 5872, CQ Vote #471: Motion Agreed To 414-2: R 237-0; D 177-2, 7/18/12,
Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Voted Against Some Defense Funding Bills And For Others
HIRONO: “We Cannot Hurt Our Families And Seniors. Our National Security Depends On A
Strong Military Presence In The Pacific.” (Richard Borreca, Op-Ed, “Help Congress Help Itself By Cutting $174,000 Salary,” Honolulu
Star Advertiser, 11/29/11)

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“Hirono Cites Her Concern Over Foreign Policy In The Middle East As The Reason She Repeatedly
Voted Against Defense Appropriations Bills. ‘If I wanted to express a concern about the fact that we were
not winding down and bringing our troops home from Afghanistan quickly enough, I would express my
sentiments through my votes on those bills,’ Hirono told Civil Beat. ‘I can tell you one thing: I’m very aware
of how important military activity is in Hawaii. If ever there was a bill that made huge, huge cuts... I certainly
would not be supporting such a bill.’” (Adrienne LaFrance, “When Hawaii’s U.S. Reps Don’t Vote The Same Way,” Civil Beat, 8/22/11)
FY2012 National Defense Appropriations
On May 26, 2011 Hirono Voted Against The FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act That
Included Potential Funding The F-35 Alternate-Engine Program And Prohibited The Transfer Of
Detainees From Guantanamo Bay. “Passage of the bill that would authorize $690 billion in discretionary
funding for defense programs in fiscal 2012, including $118.9 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and
other overseas contingency operations. It would authorize $261.2 billion for operations and maintenance
accounts, $126.4 billion for procurement and $153.4 billion for military personnel. The bill would authorize
approximately $14.8 billion for military construction and family housing; $33.2 billion for the Defense Health
Program and a 1.6 percent pay raise for military personnel. It would authorize $10.2 billion for missile defense
programs. It would leave open the possibility that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter alternative-engine program
could be revived. It also would prohibit the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay to prisons in the
United States and, as amended, would require all foreign terror suspects subject to trial to be tried by a
military commission.” (HR 1540, CQ Vote #375: Passed by a vote of 322-96: R 227-6; D 95-90, 5/26/11, Hirono Voted Nay)
On July 8, 2011 Hirono Voted Against The FY 2012 Defense Appropriations Bill That Included
Funding For The Afghanistan And Iraq Wars. “Passage of the bill that would provide $649.2 billion for
the Defense Department in fiscal 2012. The total includes $530 billion in discretionary funding and an
additional $118.7 billion in funding for overseas contingency operations including those in Afghanistan and
Iraq. Of the regular funding, $170 billion would be provided for operations and maintenance, $107.6 billion
for procurement and $73 billion for research and development. It would provide about $10 billion for ballistic
missile defense; $32.3 billion for the Defense Health Program; and $132.1 billion for military personnel,
including a 1.6 percent pay raise.” (HR 2219, CQ Vote #532: Passed by a vote of 336-87: R 224-12; D 112-75, 7/8/11, Hirono Voted Nay)
On December 14, 2011 Hirono Voted For The Conference Report Of The FY 2012 National Defense
Authorization Act That Also Included Potential Funding For The F-35 Alternate-Engine Program
And Prohibited The Transfer Of Detainees From Guantanamo Bay. “Passage of the bill that would
authorize $690 billion in discretionary funding for defense programs in fiscal 2012, including $118.9 billion
for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other overseas contingency operations. It would authorize $261.2
billion for operations and maintenance accounts, $126.4 billion for procurement and $153.4 billion for
military personnel. The bill would authorize approximately $14.8 billion for military construction and family
housing; $33.2 billion for the Defense Health Program and a 1.6 percent pay raise for military personnel. It
would authorize $10.2 billion for missile defense programs. It would leave open the possibility that the F-35
Joint Strike Fighter alternative-engine program could be revived. It also would prohibit the transfer of
detainees from Guantanamo Bay to prisons in the United States and, as amended, would require all foreign
terror suspects subject to trial to be tried by a military commission.” (HR 1540, CQ Vote #932: Passed by a vote of 283-136: R
190-43; D 93-93, 12/14/11, Hirono Voted Yea)

         HIRONO: “I Do Have Reservations About The Detainee Provisions Included In The Bill.
          Although the provisions have been modified to provide protections for U.S. citizens, this issue
          deserves further consideration by the Congress.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Statement by Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono on
          Passage of the Conference Report on the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act,” Press Release, 12/14/11)

         White House Objected To Many Provisions Calling Them “Unneeded Upgrades In A
          Fiscally Constrained Environment.” “When the authorization bill came to the House floor, the
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           White House announced in a Statement of Administration Policy its opposition to several provisions.
           They included the bill’s authorization of $272 million in unrequested spending on upgrades for more
           tanks, as well as $404 million in enhancements to Bradley Fighting Vehicles, or $153 million more
           than requested. The White House objected to what it called ‘unneeded upgrades in a fiscally
           constrained environment.’” (John M. Donnelly, “Acquisitions Fight Brewing Tank Upgrades,” Congressional Quarterly, 6/3/11)

          The FY2012 Defense Bill Authorized $404 Million Bradley Fighting Vehicle Upgrades. “They
           included the bill’s authorization of $272 million in unrequested spending on upgrades for more tanks,
           as well as $404 million in enhancements to Bradley Fighting Vehicles, or $153 million more than
           requested. The White House objected to what it called ‘unneeded upgrades in a fiscally constrained
           environment.’” (John M. Donnelly, “Acquisitions Fight Brewing Tank Upgrades,” Congressional Quarterly, 6/3/11)

          The FY2012 Defense Bill Authorized $272 Million For Abrams Tank Upgrades. “Aides familiar
           with the bill said it would provide not only $181 million requested by the Pentagon for upgrading
           Abrams tanks -- the Army’s main workhorse -- to a more fully computerized and networked form,
           but an additional $272 million beyond that, bringing the bill’s total proposed funding for the program
           to $453 million. The fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill (HR 1540), which the House passed last
           month, green-lighted the same amount of spending on modernizing the 75-ton tanks.” (John M. Donnelly,
           “Acquisitions Fight Brewing Tank Upgrades,” Congressional Quarterly, 6/3/11)

          “The Measure Also Authorizes $225 Million In Construction Projects For Hawaii, including
           projects in Fort Shafter, Schofield Barracks, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Kaneohe Bay, and
           Kalaeloa on Oahu and Barking Sands on Kauai.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “U.S. House Passes National Defense Authorization,”
           Press Release, 12/14/11)

The NDAA Renewed The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) And Small Business
Technology Transfer (STTR) Program Of Which Hirono Has Been A Steady Advocate. “The NDAA
renews the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
programs for six years. Congresswoman Hirono introduced three measures in January that call for increased
investments for these initiatives.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “U.S. House Passes National Defense Authorization,” Press Release, 12/14/11)

          HIRONO: “The SBIR Program Has Been Especially Important In Hawaii And Has Helped
           To Nurture The Growth Of Some Of Our Most Innovative Companies, Such As Trex
           Enterprises, Oceanit, Archionetics, And Cellular Bioenginnering, Inc., To Name A Few.” (Rep.
           Mazie Hirono, “Statement by Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono on Passage of the Conference Report on the 2012 National Defense Authorization
           Act,” Press Release, 12/14/11)

          HIRONO: “This Bill Also Advances US Competitiveness By Renewing Important Research
           And Development Programs I Have Long Supported.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “U.S. House Passes National Defense
           Authorization,” Press Release, 12/14/11)

On January 26, 2011 Hirono Introduced An Amendment To The Small Business Act To Improve The
SBIR And STTR Programs. “Rep. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, has introduced legislation (H.R. 448) to
amend the Small Business Act to ‘improve the Small Business Innovation Research Program and the Small
Business Technology Transfer Program.’ The bill was introduced on Jan. 26.” (Karen Narag, “Rep. Hirono Introduces Bill to
Improve Small Business Innovation Research Program, Small Business Technology Transfer Program,” Targeted News Service, 1/29/11)

FY2011 Defense Appropriations
On May 28, 2010 Hirono Voted Against The FY2011 Defense Authorization Bill. “Passage of the bill
that would authorize $725.9 billion in discretionary funding for defense programs in fiscal 2011, including
$159.3 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other overseas contingency operations. It would
authorize $167.6 billion for operations and maintenance accounts, $111 billion for procurement and $138.5
billion for military personnel. The bill would authorize approximately $20 billion for military construction and
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family housing; $32.4 billion for the Defense Health Program and a 1.9 percent pay raise for military
personnel. The measure would repeal the military’s policy on the service of openly gay personnel, contingent
upon certification and the results of a Dec. 1 review. It would prohibit the use of funds to transfer or release
detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, into the United States. It also would require the Defense Department to
overhaul its acquisition practices, including the creation of a performance management system, financial
incentives and penalties to ensure that goals are being met.” (HR 5136, CQ Vote #336: Passed by a vote of 229-186: D 22-26; R 9-
160, 5/28/10, Hirono Voted Nay)

On April 14, 2011 Hirono Voted Against The FY 2011 Department Of Defense And Continuing
Appropriations Act. “Passage of the bill that would provide $1.055 trillion in discretionary funding for fiscal
2011, $39.9 billion less than fiscal 2010 spending. The bill contains a full Defense Department spending bill
that would appropriate $513 billion for fiscal 2011, plus $157.8 billion for overseas operations. Spending for
other government agencies and programs would be based on fiscal 2010 levels, less certain reductions,
rescissions and eliminations. The bill would bar the use of federal or local funds for abortions in the District
of Columbia. It also would modify, reauthorize and appropriate funds for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship
Program through fiscal 2016. The bill would bar the use of funds to transfer or release Guantanamo detainees
to the United States.” (HR 1473, CQ Vote #268: Passed by a vote of 260-167: R179-59, D 81-108, 4/14/11, Hirono Voted Nay)

         HIRONO: “I Am Voting Against H.R. 1473 Because Far Too Many People Will Be Adversely
          Impacted By The Cuts It Will Make.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Statement Of Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono In Opposition To
          H.R. 1473,” Press Release, 4/14/11)

         Hirono Claimed HR 1473 Was A Deal The President Didn’t Want To Make And Went On To
          Say “I Feel That It Is My Duty To Vote Against This Deal.” “I support the President and know
          that this is a deal he didn’t want to have to make. As a member of the House, I want him to know
          that these extremists do not represent the full will of the American people—so I feel that it is my duty
          to vote against this deal.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Statement Of Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono In Opposition To H.R. 1473,” Press
          Release, 4/14/11)

FY2011 Defense Appropriations Requested By Hirono:

         Infrastructure Modernization For Condition-Based Maintenance Of Shipyard Facilities And
          Capital Production Assets ($4,500,000). This project would modernize critical information
          technology infrastructure for the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard to enable continued efficient execution
          of submarine maintenance and reduce the risk to the Navy’s information security. (Rep. Mazie Hrono, “FY
          2011 Appropriations Requests,” Press Release, Accessed: 2/17/12)

         Schofield Memorial Replication Project ($500,000). Since the current memorial has a limited
          audience with its location on the island of Oahu, 25th Infantry Division Memorial Fund, a non-profit
          organization, seeks funding to replicate this memorial outside the National Infantry Museum and
          Soldiers Center near Fort Benning, Georgia, where it can be more visible to our military and civilian
          populations. (Rep. Mazie Hrono, “FY 2011 Appropriations Requests,” Press Release, Accessed: 2/17/12)

         Steel Grit Blast System ($2,000,000). Current submarine paint tank removal systems require grit and
          paint chips or dust to be recaptured and disposed of as hazardous material. Pearl Harbor Naval
          Shipyard would use project funding to use a new steel grit blast system that would increase productive
          capacity, as the equipment has the ability to separate the grit and paint chips or dust. (Rep. Mazie Hrono, “FY
          2011 Appropriations Requests,” Press Release, Accessed: 2/17/12)

         Wastewater Reclamation Facility Redundancy and Electrical Upgrades ($5,280,000). Funding
          would be used to modify the Wastewater Reclamation Facility (WRF) at Marine Corps Base Hawaii
          (MCBH) to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and State of Hawaii Department of Health
          requirements for redundant wastewater treatment facilities. (Rep. Mazie Hrono, “FY 2011 Appropriations Requests,” Press
          Release, Accessed: 2/17/12)
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            Water Well Drilling ($12,000,000). The purpose of this water well drilling project would be to find
             water in the Saddle Region on the Big Island of Hawaii and would include drilling two production
             water wells for 200,000 gallons per day capacity at the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) to replace
             existing expensive and inefficient water truck hauling operations. (Rep. Mazie Hrono, “FY 2011 Appropriations
             Requests,” Press Release, Accessed: 2/17/12)

            Welding School Shop Consolidation ($5,780,000). A modernized welding school facility would be
             developed at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard to support the training and certification of its welders. (Rep.
             Mazie Hrono, “FY 2011 Appropriations Requests,” Press Release, Accessed: 2/17/12)

FY2010 Defense Appropriations
On July 27, 2010 Hirono Voted Against The FY2010 Supplemental Defense Appropriations Bill That
Authorized An Additional 30,000 Troops In Afghanistan. “Obey, D-Wis., motion to suspend the rules,
recede from the House amendment to the Senate amendment, and concur in the Senate amendment to the
bill that would provide $58.8 billion in supplemental funds for fiscal 2010, including $33.5 billion for the
Defense Department for the addition of 30,000 troops in Afghanistan, $3.6 billion for Afghan and Iraqi
security forces and $4.9 billion for Defense Department procurement. It would provide $162 million in funds
related to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It also would provide $5.1 billion for the Federal Emergency
Management Agency to pay for costs of past disasters and $13.4 billion in mandatory funds to compensate
Vietnam War veterans exposed to Agent Orange.” (HR 4899, CQ Vote #474: Motion agreed to, (thus clearing the bill for the president),
by a vote of 308-114: D 148-102; R 160-12, 7/27/10, Hirono Voted Nay)

On July 30, 2009 Hirono Voted For The FY 2010 Defense Appropriations Act That Included $9.3
Billion For Ballistic Missile Defense Funding. “Passage of the bill that would appropriate $636.6 billion
for the Defense Department in fiscal 2010. The total includes $154.2 billion for operations and maintenance;
$104.8 billion for procurement; and $80.2 billion for research and development. It would provide $9.3 billion
for ballistic missile defense; $29.9 billion for the Defense Health Program; and $122.4 billion for military
personnel, including a 3.4 percent pay raise.” (HR 3326, CQ Vote #675: Passed by a vote of 400-30” D 230-23; R 170-7, 7/30/09, Hirono
Voted Yea)

“This Legislation Includes $10,400,000 In FY2010 Funding For Two Projects In The State Of Hawaii
That Congresswoman Hirono Requested.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes for Defense Appropriations Bill and
Secures $10,400,000 in Funding for Hawaii,” Press Release, 7/30/09)

            Hawaii’s General Atomics Received $4.4 Million To Fund A Research Project That Studies
             Environmentally-Friendly And Efficient Production Of JP-8, Military Grade Jet Fuel.
             “$4,400,000 to demonstrate that the elements needed to manufacture JP-8 (military grade jet fuel) can
             be produced on a large scale using a highly efficient combination of plant materials in ponds to feed
             and grow microalgae to produce raw oil. This process also proposes to utilize CO2 emissions from
             area power plants and nutrients found in waste water to improve the procedure’s efficiency. The
             project will be conducted by General Atomics in partnership with Hawaii Agriculture Research Center
             (HARC), Hawaii BioEnergy, Kuenhle AgroSystems, and Ceres, Inc.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono
             Votes for Defense Appropriations Bill and Secures $10,400,000 in Funding for Hawaii,” Press Release, 7/30/09)

            University Of Hawaii Received $6 Million To Continue Research And Develop Of Improved
             Sensor Technologies. “$6,000,000 to continue research and development of a new generation of
             sensor technologies to protect U.S. military personnel from improvised explosive devices. The
             University of Hawaii is working in partnership with Florida A&M University and Arkansas State
             University on this project.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Votes for Defense Appropriations Bill and Secures $10,400,000
             in Funding for Hawaii,” Press Release, 7/30/09)

On October 8, 2009 Hirono Voted For The Conference Report Of The FY 2010 Defense
Authorization Act. “Adoption of the conference report on the bill that would authorize $680.2 billion in
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discretionary spending for defense programs in fiscal 2010, including approximately $130 billion for the wars
in Iraq and Afghanistan and other operations. It would authorize $244.4 billion for operations and
maintenance; $150.2 billion for military personnel; $24.6 billion for military construction, family housing, and
base closings; and $29.3 billion for the Defense Health Program. It would authorize a 3.4 percent pay raise for
military personnel. It would prohibit detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from being transferred to U.S. soil
until the president submits a plan to Congress and consults with the governors of affected states. It would
extend, through 2010, bonus and special pay for military members, and make disabled retirees eligible for one
year of concurrent military retirement and veterans disability payments. It would extend federal hate crimes
laws to cover offenses motivated by a victim’s gender identity, sexual orientation or disability, and would
prohibit attacks on military personnel based on their military service.” (HR 2647, CQ Vote #770: Adopted (thus sent to the
Senate) by a vote of 281-146: D 237-15; R 44-131, 10/8/09, Hirono Voted Yea)

FY2009 Defense Appropriations
On September 24, 2008 Hirono Voted For The FY 2009 Defense Authorization Act. “Skelton, D-Mo.,
motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would authorize $611.1 billion for defense programs in
fiscal 2009, including $68.6 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Excluding the war funding, it would
authorize $154.3 billion for operations and maintenance; $104 billion for procurement; $128.7 billion for
military personnel; $25 billion for military construction, family housing and base closure; $77.7 billion for
research development, testing and evaluation; and $25 billion for the Defense Health Program. It would
authorize a 3.9 percent pay increase for military personnel. It also contains provisions to govern oversight of
contracts, including one to set up a database of defense contractors found to have violated the law.” (S 3001, CQ
Vote #631: Motion agreed to by a vote of 392-39: D 200-34; R 192-5, 9/24/08, Hirono Voted Yea)

On September 24, 2008 Hirono Voted For The Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, And
Continuing Appropriations Act Of 2009. “Obey, D-Wis., motion to concur in the Senate amendment to
the bill with a House amendment that would provide $41.2 billion in fiscal 2009 funding for the Homeland
Security Department, $487.7 billion in discretionary funding for the Defense Department, $119.6 billion for
military construction and veterans programs, and $22.9 billion for disaster relief. The amendment would also
appropriate funding through March 6, 2009, for programs covered by the nine unfunded fiscal 2009
appropriations bills. It also would provide extra funding, including $7.5 billion to support a $25 billion Energy
Department auto company loan program and $2.5 billion above fiscal 2008 levels for Pell grants.” (HR 2638, CQ
Vote #632: Motion agreed to by a vote of 370-58: D 224-7; R 146-51, 9/24/08, Hirono Voted Yea)

Hirono Secured $24.2 Million For Hawaii’s 2nd District Within The FY2009 Defense Appropriations
And Continuing Appropriations Bills. “Between these two major pieces of legislation [H.R. 2638, S. 3001],
Congresswoman Hirono has secured $24,240,000 in federal funding for programs in Hawaii’s 2nd
Congressional District.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Hirono Announces FY2009 Appropriations,” Press Release, 9/24/08)
Hirono Secured The Followings Appropriations For Hawaii:

          $400,000 In FEMA Predisaster Mitigation Funds for a disaster shelter in Ocean View on the Big
           Island. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Hirono Announces FY2009 Appropriations,” Press Release, 9/24/08)

          $4 Million To Continue Funding For Research, Development, And Improvement Of
           Technology To Search For Munitions Dumped Into The Ocean Offshore Around The Island
           Of Oahu Following World War II. This builds on $5.5 million secured by Congresswoman Hirono
           for this purpose, last year. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Hirono Announces FY2009 Appropriations,” Press Release, 9/24/08)

          $840,000 For Brown Tree Snake Control and Interdiction by the U.S. Navy on Guam (the bill also
           includes $400,000 for U.S. Air Force brown tree snake interdiction efforts on Guam). (Rep. Mazie Hirono,
           “Hirono Announces FY2009 Appropriations,” Press Release, 9/24/08)



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          $1 Million For Research On Detection And Classification Of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)
           In Volcanic Soil. Hawaii’s soils present difficulties in detection of UXO due to the presence of
           magnetic anomalies in volcanic soils. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Hirono Announces FY2009 Appropriations,” Press Release, 9/24/08)

          $4.8 Million To Expedite Research And Development Of A New Generation Of Sensor
           Technologies For Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Standoff Detection And Forensic
           Tracing. This research will help to protect our soldiers from the deadly threat of IEDs. The research
           is being conducted by the University of Hawaii in cooperation with Florida A&M and Arkansas State
           University. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Hirono Announces FY2009 Appropriations,” Press Release, 9/24/08)

          $1.6 Million To Support Development, Testing, And Evaluation Of Ballistic Missile Intercept
           Technology For The Maui Space Surveillance System. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Hirono Announces FY2009
           Appropriations,” Press Release, 9/24/08)

          $1 Million To Further Development Of A High Quality Night Vision Sensor By A Hawaii
           Company to greatly improve sight in extreme low light situations. This technology has great potential
           for commercial applications. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Hirono Announces FY2009 Appropriations,” Press Release, 9/24/08)

          $1.6 Million In Continued Funding For Development In Hawaii Of Better Protective Paints,
           Coatings, Cable Lubricants, And Other Materials For The U.S. Navy Fleet Through The
           Incorporation Of Nanotechnology. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Hirono Announces FY2009 Appropriations,” Press Release, 9/24/08)

          $4 Million For Development And Testing Of Technology To Enhance The Advantage Of Our
           Troops Through Mobile Sensor Technology And Training At Kaneohe Marine Base. (Rep. Mazie
           Hirono, “Hirono Announces FY2009 Appropriations,” Press Release, 9/24/08)

          $5 Million In Continued Funding For Deployment And Operation Of A Series Of
           Multifunctional Microsatellites. The University of Hawaii, in conjunction with government and
           industry partners, will explore state-of-the-art technologies designed to provide a low-cost, rapidly
           deployable small satellite launch activity. (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Hirono Announces FY2009 Appropriations,” Press Release,
           9/24/08)

FY2008 Defense Appropriations
On June 15, 2007 Hirono Voted For The Homeland Security Appropriations Bill. “Passage of the bill
that would provide $37.4 billion in fiscal 2008 for the Homeland Security Department and related activities.
The bill would include $8.9 billion for customs and border protection; $6.6 billion for the Transportation
Security Administration (TSA), including fees; $8.4 billion for the Coast Guard; $1.4 billion for the Secret
Service and $7.2 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It would expand the number of
federal airport screeners and prohibit the federal government from pre-empting stricter state and local
chemical security laws and regulations. It would require TSA to double the amount of air cargo that it screens
in fiscal 2008.” (HR 2638, CQ Vote #491: Passed by a vote of 268-150: D 223-2; R 45-148, 6/15/07, Hirono Voted Yea)
On November 8, 2007 Hirono Voted For The Conference Report Of The FY 2008 Defense
Appropriations Act. “Adoption of the conference report on the bill that would appropriate $460.3 billion in
discretionary funding for Defense Department programs in fiscal 2008. The total includes $140.1 billion for
operations and maintenance and $105.3 billion for military personnel, including a 3.5 percent pay raise. It
would provide $8.7 billion for ballistic missile defense and $23.5 billion for the Defense Health Program. The
measure includes $11.6 billion in emergency funding for vehicles to protect troops in Iraq from improvised
explosive devices. It also contains appropriations provisions that would temporarily fund the rest of the
government through Dec. 14 and provide emergency disaster aid.” (HR 3222, CQ Vote #1064: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate)
by a vote of 400-15: D 211-13; R 189-2, 11/8/07, Hirono Voted Yea)



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Hirono Supported A “Department Of Peace”
Hirono Co-Sponsored The Department Of Peace And Nonviolence Act Which Has Been Referred
To House Subcommittee. (HR 808, Introduced 2/5/07, Referred To House Subcommittee)
The Bill Called For Allocating At Least 2 Percent Of The Total Amount Appropriated For The Fiscal
Year To The Defense Department To Fund The Department Of Peace. “There is authorized to be
appropriated to carry out this Act for a fiscal year beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act an
amount equal to at least 2 percent of the total amount appropriated for that fiscal year for the Department of
Defense.” (H.R. 808, 110th Congress, First Session, http://www.opencongress.org/bill/110-h808/text)
“Estimates Say That Creating A Department Of Peace Would Cost About $8 Billion, Garlow Said,
Which Is 2 Percent Of Last Year’s Military Budget. If that seems like a lot of money, he said, waging war
costs trillions of dollars.” (Cynthia Pease, “Group Pushes Cabinet Change,” The Berkshire Eagle, 3/18/07)
HIRONO: “The US Should Play A Leading Role In Promoting Peace In The Region. As Long As
We Are At War, We Are Severely Compromised In Our Ability To Do So.” (Mazie For Congress,
www.mazieforcongress.com, Accessed 1/5/12)

Hirono Was Called A “Big Government Peacenik”
NRCC Called Hirono A “Big Government Peacenik” In Response To Her Support Of A Department
Of Peace. “One example of these so-called ‘wacky’ proposals is Hirono’s support for the creation of a
Department of Peace, which was co-sponsored by Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District Rep. Neil
Abercrombie.” (Treena Shapiro, “Election 2006,” Honolulu Advertiser, 10/2/06)

         “Might Not Be The Insult The NRCC Intended” Given Hawaii’s Strong Opposition To The
          War. “The Peace Department legislation was introduced by Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a 2004
          presidential candidate with a strong following in Hawaii, where he came in second in the state’s
          presidential caucus, garnering 30 percent of the primary vote. The state’s strong support for the anti-
          war Kucinich suggests that calling Hirono a ‘big government peacenik’ - as Burgos did in an earlier
          news release - might not be the insult the NRCC intended.” (Treena Shapiro, “Election 2006,” Honolulu Advertiser,
          10/2/06)

         “Using Peacenik As A Criticism ‘Was So Out Of Touch With Who The District Is,’ Said Julie
          Stauch, Hirono’s Campaign Manager.” (Treena Shapiro, “Election 2006,” Honolulu Advertiser, 10/2/06)

Hirono Called For Direct Negotiations With North Korea
Hirono Called For Direct Negotiations With North Korea – “I Don’t See How We Can Seek To
Resolve Or To Come To Understanding Of Anything If We Are Not At The Table.” “While Democrat
Mazie Hirono urges direct one-on-one talks with North Korea. . . ‘I think we should’ve been having direct
negotiations,’ Hirono said. ‘I don’t see how we can seek to resolve or to come to understanding of anything if
we are not at the table.’” (BJ Reyes, “US House 2nd Congressional District,” Honolulu Star, 10/22/06)
Hirono Criticized Then President Bush For Not Entering Into Negotiations Earlier. “Hirono,
meanwhile, said she was glad that the United States was willing to work with the United Nations, but she said
that Bush should have been engaged earlier.” (Treena Shapiro, “Election 2006,” Honolulu Advertiser, 10/23/06)

         HIRONO: “He’s [President Bush] Not Facing Reality.” (Treena Shapiro, “Election 2006,” Honolulu Advertiser,
          10/23/06)

Hirono Called For The US To Work With Russia And China In Developing Sanctions. “She said the
United States needs to work with Russia and China in developing sanctions and suggested that the situation
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calls for more tact and diplomacy than the administration has been known for.” (Treena Shapiro, “Election 2006,” Honolulu
Advertiser, 10/23/06)

          Hirono Also Said The Situation Called For More “Tact And Diplomacy Than The
           Administration Has Been Known For.” “She said the United States needs to work with Russia and
           China in developing sanctions and suggested that the situation calls for more tact and diplomacy than
           the administration has been known for.” (Treena Shapiro, “Election 2006,” Honolulu Advertiser, 10/23/06)

Hirono Opposed The F-22 And F-35 Aircraft
HIRONO: “Until The Troops Are Out Of Harm’s Way, They Deserve The Best Available Gear,
Armor, And Moral Support.” “Until the troops are out of harm’s way, they deserve the best available gear,
armor, and moral support. I support common sense measures such as providing padded, shock absorbent
helmets for our Marines. For as little as $100 per helmet, we could prevent traumatic brain damage and loss
of life. Congress should require the Marine Corps to follow the Army’s lead in issuing these reinforced
helmets to every service man and woman.” (Mazie For Congress, www.mazieforcongress.com, Wayback Machine: Accessed 11/1/06)
Hirono Claimed That Government Has Spent Recklessly On Out-Dated Weapon Systems. “We need
to eliminate spending on out-dated Cold War-era weapon systems. No private business would continue to
produce obsolete products long after their time had past. Further, we must stop paying for untested
weapons. This type of reckless spending must be curbed. We are spending too much and getting too little in
return.” (Mazie For Congress Website, www.mazieforcongress.com, Wayback Machine: Accessed 11/1/06)
Hirono Voted To Eliminate Funding For The F-35 Alternate Engine Program. “Pingree, D-Maine,
amendment that would strike funds authorized for the F-35 alternate engine program.” (HR 5136, CQ Vote #316:
Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 193-231: D 136-115; R 57-116, 5/27/10, Hirono Voted Yea)

          Hawaii Is One Of Only Three States Not To Be Affected By Cutting This Program. “About
           130,000 people in 47 states and Puerto Rico have jobs related to the project. The only states without
           F-35 work are Hawaii, North Dakota and Wyoming.” (Eric Talmadge, “Struggling In US, F-35 Fighter Pushes Sales Abroad,”
           Associated Press, 1/27/10)

Hirono Voted To Stop The Procurement Of F-22 Aircrafts. “Murtha, D-Pa., amendment that would bar
the use of funds in the bill for advance procurement of F-22 aircraft and shift $368.8 million that would be
provided in the bill for advance procurement to other accounts, including the purchase of spare engines for
F-22 and C-17 aircraft and the shutdown of the F-22 production line. It also would make a number of
changes in program funding, including funding the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command at $60.2 million;
barring funds from being used to award contractors the provision of utilities at the U.S. Military Academy at
West Point and to convert government-owned ammunition production assets to the private sector; and
increasing the amounted provided for chemical agents and munitions destruction by $50 million, offset by a
reduction in the same amount for Air Force operations and maintenance.” (HR 3326, CQ Vote #661: Adopted in Committee
of the Whole by a vote of 269-165: D 243-13; R 26-152, 7/30/09, Hirono Voted Yea)

          Hawaii’s Joint Base Harbor-Hickman To House 20 F-22 Raptor Fighter Jets. “The first of 20
           F-22 Raptor fighter jets that will be based at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam touched down
           yesterday, bringing with it the start of a new chapter in Hawaii Air National Guard fighter history
           reaching back to 1946.” (William Cole, “First Isle Guard F-22 Raptor Fighter Jet Arrives At Hickam,” Honolulu Star Advertiser, 7/3/10)

          “‘These F-22 Raptors Are The State Of The Art Air Superiority Fighter And Couldn’t Be
           Located At A Better Place,’ General McKinley Said.” (USAF Website, www.af.mil.com, Accessed 2/3/12)

          “‘Basing The F-22 Raptor In Hawaii Underscores America’s Commitment To The Pacific
           Region And Adds Further Air Dominance Capability To United States Pacific Command,’

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           Jouas [Director Of Pacific Air Forces Operations] said.” (William Cole, “First Isle Guard F-22 Raptor Fighter Jet Arrives At
           Hickam,” Honolulu Star Advertiser, 7/3/10)

Hirono Has Opposed Missile Defense Programs

Hirono Voted Against An Amendment To Increase Missile Defense Funding By $97.2 Million.
“Franks, R-Ariz., amendment that would increase by $97.2 million funding for ground-based mid course
defense, offset by a reduction of the same amount from defensewide research, development, test and
evaluation.” (HR 3222, CQ Vote #840: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 161-249: D 11-211; R 150-38, 8/5/07, Hirono Voted Nay)
Hirono Voted Against An Amendment To Add $719 Million In Missile Defense Funding. “Franks, R-
Ariz., amendment that would add $719 million to the bill’s authorization for the Missile Defense Agency, to
be offset by a decrease of the same amount for the Defense Department’s research, development, testing and
evaluation activities.” (HR 5658, CQ Vote #356: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 186-229: D 12-215; R 174-14, 5/22/08, Hirono Voted
Nay)

Hirono Voted Against An Amendment To Increase Missile Defense Funding By $784 Million For FY
2008. “Franks, R-Ariz., amendment that would increase the bill’s authorization for Missile Defense Agency
activities by $764 million.” (HR 1585, CQ Vote #368: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 199-226: D 13-216; R 186-10, 5/17/07,
Hirono Voted Nay)

Hirono Voted Against Expanding The Missile Defense System With Israel. “Hunter, R-Calif., motion
to recommit the bill to the Armed Services Committee with instructions that it be immediately reported back
with language that would expand the ballistic missile defense system with Israel. It would instruct the Defense
secretary, within 180 days of enactment, to report to Congress about the system and would authorize $205
million, offset by a reduction in the bill’s amounts for procurement and research, development, testing and
evaluation areas, other than missile defense.” (HR 1585, CQ Vote #372: Motion agreed to by a vote of 394-30: D 198-29; R 196-1, 5/17/07,
Hirono Voted Nay)

          Hirono Voted Against An Amendment That Cut Missile Defense Funding By $1.1 Billion For
           FY 2008. “Tierney, D-Mass., amendment that would reduce the bill’s authorization for Missile
           Defense Agency activities by $1.1 billion.” (HR 1585, CQ Vote #367: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 127-299: D
           124-105; R 3-194, 5/17/07, Hirono Voted Nay)

Hirono Supported The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal Act

On December 15, 2010 Hirono Voted To Repeal The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy. “Davis, D-Calif.,
motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the bill with a House amendment that would allow for the
repeal of the military’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy, which prohibits military service by openly gay men and
women, after certain requirements are met, including the submission of a written certification, signed by the
president, the secretary of Defense, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that the repeal is consistent
with military readiness and effectiveness and that they have considered the recommendations of the
Comprehensive Review Working Group and prepared the necessary policies and regulations to implement the
repeal.” (HR 2965, CQ Vote #638: Motion agreed to by a vote of 250-175: D 235-15; R 15-160, 12/15/10, Hirono Voted Yea)
HIRONO: “Enforcement Of This Policy Has Not Only Wasted Millions Of Taxpayer Dollars But
Has Caused Irreparable Harm To Our Military By Dismissing More Than 12,000 Well-Trained And
Qualified Members Of The Armed Forces.” (Rep Mazie Hirono, “Statement by Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono Supporting H.R.
2965, The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal Act,” Press Release, 12/15/10)

Hirono Voted On Intelligence Measures
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On December 13, 2007 Hirono Voted In Favor Of The Conference Report Of The FY 2008
Intelligence Authorization That Required Interrogation Techniques In Compliance With The
Military Field Manual. “Adoption of the conference report on the bill that would authorize classified
amounts in fiscal 2008 for 17 U.S. intelligence agencies and programs, including the CIA, the Office of the
National Intelligence Director and the National Security Agency. It would authorize funds for the intelligence
portion of the fiscal 2008 emergency supplemental for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It would also
authorize increased investment in U.S. human intelligence activities, including training and infrastructure. It
would prohibit the use of any interrogation technique not authorized by a U.S. Army Field Manual against any
individual in the custody of the intelligence community.” (HR 2082, CQ Vote #1160: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) by a vote of
222-199: D 217-10; R 5-189, 12/13/07, Hirono Vote Yea)

On March 11, 2008 Hirono Voted To Override The President’s Veto Of The FY 2008 Intelligence
Authorization. “Passage, over President Bush’s March 8, 2008 veto, of the bill that would authorize
classified amounts in fiscal 2008 for 17 U.S. intelligence activities and agencies, including the CIA, the Office
of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Security Agency. It would authorize funds for the
intelligence portion of the fiscal 2008 emergency supplemental for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It would
prohibit the use of any interrogation treatment not authorized by the U.S. Army Field Manual on Human
Intelligence Collector Operations against any individual in the custody of the intelligence community.” (HR 2082,
CQ Vote #117: Rejected by a vote of 225-188: D 220-3; R 2-185, 3/11/08, Hirono Voted Yea)

Hirono Opposed The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)
On August 4, 2007 Hirono Voted Against The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Revision
To Conduct Surveillance On Suspected Foreign Terrorists Without A Court Warrant. “Passage of the
bill that would amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA) to expand the authority of the
attorney general and the director of National Intelligence to conduct surveillance of suspected foreign
terrorists without a court warrant. Within 120 days of enactment, the administration would be required to
provide the FISA court with a description of the procedures they used to determine whether the intelligence
acquisition being conducted without a warrant is directed at foreign targets overseas. The bill would sunset
after six months.” (S 1927, CQ Vote #836: Passed (thus cleared for the president) by a vote of 227-183: D 41-181; R 186-2, 8/4/07, Hirono Voted Nay)
HIRONO: “We Must Protect America From Terrorism, But We Must Also Follow The Law And
Maintain The Rights And Freedoms That Make Our Country Great. In The Area Of Domestic
Spying . . . We Can Do Both.” (RJ Reyes, “Congress Hopefuls Take Aim At Spying,” Honolulu Star, 8/7/06)
Hirono Supported The Stop Outsourcing Security Act
Hirono Co-Sponsored The Stop Outsourcing Security Act. (HR 2665, Introduced 7/27/11, Referred To House Committee On
Foreign Affairs)




WARS IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ
Hirono Voted Against The Surge In Afghanistan
Hirono Co-Sponsored The Reasonable End To The War In Afghanistan Act. (HR 780, Introduced 2/17/11,
Referred To House Committee)

On July 27, 2010 Hirono Voted Against The FY2010 Supplemental Defense Appropriations Bill
Which Authorized Funding For An Additional 30,000 Troops In Afghanistan. “Obey, D-Wis., motion
to suspend the rules, recede from the House amendment to the Senate amendment, and concur in the Senate
amendment to the bill that would provide $58.8 billion in supplemental funds for fiscal 2010, including $33.5
billion for the Defense Department for the addition of 30,000 troops in Afghanistan, $3.6 billion for Afghan
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and Iraqi security forces and $4.9 billion for Defense Department procurement. It would provide $162
million in funds related to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It also would provide $5.1 billion for the Federal
Emergency Management Agency to pay for costs of past disasters and $13.4 billion in mandatory funds to
compensate Vietnam War veterans exposed to Agent Orange.” (HR 4899, CQ Vote #474: Motion agreed to, (thus clearing the bill
for the president), by a vote of 308-114: D 148-102; R 160-12, 7/27/10, Hirono Voted Nay)

HIRONO: “I Do Have Concerns About What We Can Realistically Achieve With 30,000 Additional
Troops. When we met with President Karzai, I stressed that the American people need reassurance through
his actions that he would be a reliable partner. The American people and the Congress will now have an
opportunity to fully examine this strategy and its costs.” (Hawaii News Now Website, www.hawaiinewsnow.com, Accessed 2/2/12)
HIRONO: “I Strongly Support President Obama’s Decision To Bring 10,000 Of Our Brave Men And
Women In Uniform Home From Afghanistan And 33,000 By Next Summer.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Statement of
Congresswoman Hirono on President Obama’s Announced Troop Drawdown from Afghanistan,” Press Release, 6/22/11)

In 2010 And 2011 Hirono Voted To Withdraw And Defund Troops In Afghanistan
Hirono Voted For An Amendment That Allocated $31 Billion For Operations In Afghanistan But
Prohibited Any Funding To Be Used In Iraq. “Obey, D-Wis., motion to concur in the Senate amendment
with House amendment no. 2. The House amendment would provide $31 billion for operations in
Afghanistan and prohibit the funds from being used for operations in Iraq.” (HR 2764, CQ Vote #1172: Motion agreed to by
a vote of 206-201: D 201-18; R 5-183, 12/17/07, Hirono Voted Yea)

Hirono Voted For An Amendment That Would Specify No More Than $10 Billion Be Made
Available For Military Operations In Afghanistan. “Nadler, D-N.Y., amendment that would specify that
no more than $10 billion of the funds made available in the bill may be used for U.S. military operations in
Afghanistan.” (HR 1, CQ Vote #91: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 98-331: R 7-232, D 91-99, 2/18/11, Hirono Voted Yea)

Hirono Supported Initiatives To End The War In Iraq

Hirono Voted Against An Amendment To Provide $158 Million For Land Mine Removal And Other
Humanitarian Efforts In Iraq
Hirono Voted Against An Amendment To Provide $158 Million For Land Mine Removal And Other
Humanitarian Efforts In Iraq. “Wolf, R-Va., amendment that would add $158 million for assistance to Iraq
to be used for clearing land mines and counterterrorism activities, human rights training for the Iraqi military
and reconciliation and rule of law programs. It would be offset by a reduction of the same amount from the
State Department’s diplomatic and consular programs.” (HR 2764, CQ Vote #528: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of
205-219: D 16-214; R 189-5, 6/7/07, Hirono Voted Nay)

In 2007, Hirono Voted Five Times To Withdraw Troops From Iraq
In 2007, Hirono Voted Five Times To Withdraw Troops From Iraq. (HR 2237, CQ Vote #329: Motion rejected by a vote
of 210-218: D 13-216; R 197-2, 5/10/07, Hirono Voted Nay; HR 1591, CQ Vote #276: Rejected by a vote of 222-203: D 220-7; R 2-196, 5/2/07, Hirono Voted
Yea; HR 1591, CQ Vote #265: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) by a vote of 218-208: D 216-13; R 2-195, 4/25/07, Hirono Voted Yea; HR 1591, CQ Vote #186:
Passed by a vote of 218-212: D 216-14; R 2-198, 3/23/07; HR 2237, CQ Vote #330: Rejected by a vote of 171-255: D 169-59; R 2-196, 5/10/07, Hirono Voted
Yea)

On May 10, 2007 Hirono Voted To Set A Timeline For Withdrawing Troops From Iraq. “Saxton, R-
N.J., motion to recommit the bill to the Armed Services Committee with instructions that it be immediately
reported back with language stating that a determination to withdraw or redeploy troops should be based on a
number of factors including protection of members of the U.S. armed forces, the Army Corps of Engineers
and the U.S. Embassy.” (HR 2237, CQ Vote #329: Motion rejected by a vote of 210-218: D 13-216; R 197-2, 5/10/07, Hirono Voted Nay)
On May 10, 2007 Hirono Voted For A Bill That Required Withdrawal Of Iraqi Troops Within 90
Days Of The Bill’s Passage. “Passage of the bill that would require the withdrawal of U.S. troops and
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Defense Department contractors from Iraq within 90 days of the bill’s enactment. The withdrawal would
have to be completed within 180 days. The bill would prohibit the Defense Department from increasing the
number of U.S. troops serving in Iraq beyond the number serving there as of Jan. 1, 2007, without a specific
congressional authorization.” (HR 2237, CQ Vote #330: Rejected by a vote of 171-255: D 169-59; R 2-196, 5/10/07, Hirono Voted Yea)
On May 2, 2007 Hirono Voted To Override President Bush’s Veto Of The FY 2007 U.S. Troop
Readiness, Veterans’ Health, and Iraq Accountability Act. “Passage, over President Bush’s May 1, 2007,
veto, of the bill that would provide $124.2 billion in fiscal 2007 emergency funding, as well as set as a goal of
redeploying most U.S. combat troops in Iraq by the end of March 2008, if the president can certify the Iraq
government is meeting benchmarks, and by the end of 2007 if he cannot. The measure would provide $95.5
billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, $6.8 billion for hurricane recovery and relief, $3.5
billion in crop and livestock disaster assistance and $2.3 billion for homeland security anti-terrorism
programs. It also would raise the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour over two years and provide $4.8 billion in
small-business tax incentives.” (HR 1591, CQ Vote #276: Rejected by a vote of 222-203: D 220-7; R 2-196, 5/2/07, Hirono Voted Yea)
On April 25, 2007 Hirono Voted For The Conference Report Of The FY 2007 U.S. Troop Readiness,
Veterans’ Health, and Iraq Accountability Act Which Moved Forward The Initiative To Withdraw
Iraqi Troops By The Summer Of 2007. “Adoption of the conference report on the bill that would provide
$124.2 billion in fiscal 2007 emergency funding, as well as set as a goal of redeploying most U.S. combat
troops in Iraq by the end of March 2008, if the president can certify the Iraq government is meeting
benchmarks, and wby the end of 2007 if he cannot. The measure would provide $95.5 billion for military
operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, $6.8 billion for hurricane recovery and relief, $3.5 billion in crop and
livestock disaster assistance and $2.25 billion for homeland security anti-terrorism programs. It also would
raise the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour over two years and provide $4.8 billion in small-business tax
incentives.” (HR 1591, CQ Vote #265: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) by a vote of 218-208: D 216-13; R 2-195, 4/25/07, Hirono Voted Yea)
On March 23, 2007 Hirono Voted For The FY 2007 U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Health, and
Iraq Accountability Act Which Set In Motion The Withdrawal Of Iraqi Troops By August 2008.
“Passage of the bill that would appropriate $124.3 billion in fiscal 2007 emergency funding, as well as set in
motion a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq by August 2008 and establish waiveable requirements for unit
readiness and deployment lengths. It would provide $95.5 billion for military operations in Iraq and
Afghanistan, $6.4 billion for hurricane recovery and relief, $3.7 billion in farm assistance and $2.5 billion for
homeland security anti-terrorism programs.” (HR 1591, CQ Vote #186: Passed by a vote of 218-212: D 216-14; R 2-198, 3/23/07, Hirono
Voted Yea)

On November 14, 2007 Hirono Voted Against A Motion To Commit An Appropriations Bill To
Committee With Instructions To Strike Language Regarding The Withdrawal Of Iraqi Troops.
“Young, R-Fla., motion to recommit the bill to the Appropriations Committee with instructions that it be
reported back immediately after striking the provisions on troop withdrawal, troop readiness and application
of the Army field manual. The motion would also strike language that would express the sense of Congress
that all funds are for redeployment and that the amounts are sufficient to meet the needs of the armed
forces.” (HR 4156, CQ Vote #1107: Motion rejected by a vote of 192-231: D 7-223; R 185-8, 11/14/07, Hirono Voted Nay)
Hirono Voted For An Amendment That Would Restrict The Department Of Defense From
Managing Iraq Troop Levels After The Redeployment. “Lewis, R-Calif., motion to instruct House
conferees to include language that would insist on various House-passed provisions related to the
redeployment of U.S. troops from Iraq and restrictions on the secretary of Defense’s use of the armed forces
in Iraq after the redeployment.” (HR 1591, CQ Vote #235: Motion agreed to by a vote of 215-199: D 214-9; R 1-190, 4/19/07, Hirono Voted Yea)
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Hirono Voted For Amendment To Bar Completely Funding The Troops In Iraq. “Obey, D-Wis.,
motion to concur in the Senate amendment with House amendment no. 2. The House amendment would
provide $31 billion for operations in Afghanistan and prohibit the funds from being used for operations in
Iraq.” (HR 2764, CQ Vote #1172: Motion agreed to by a vote of 206-201: D 201-18; R 5-183, 12/17/07, Hirono Voted Yea)
“Hirono Proposed Redirecting Money Spent On The War In Iraq To Federal Education Programs.”
(“Congressional Candidates Debate Education And War,” Associated Press, 10/20/06)

Hirono Did Not Support The Successful Surge Strategy In Iraq

Hirono Did Not Support The Surge In Iraq
On February 16, 2007 Hirono Voted To Publicly Disapprove Of the Troop Surge In Iraq. “Adoption
of the concurrent resolution that would express support for U.S. military personnel serving in Iraq, while
disapproving of President Bush’s decision to deploy more than 20,000 additional U.S. combat troops to that
country.” (H Con Res 63, CQ Vote #99: Adopted by a vote of 246-182: D 229-2; R 17-180, 2/16/07, Hirono Voted Yea)

          The “Surge” Was Very Effective. “The surge, clearly, has worked, at least for now: violence,
           measured in the number of attacks against Americans and Iraqis each week, has dropped by 80
           percent in the country since early 2007, according to figures the general provided. Civilian deaths,
           which peaked at more than 100 a day in late 2006, have also plunged. Car and suicide bombings,
           which stoked sectarian violence, have fallen from a total of 130 in March 2007 to fewer than 40 last
           month. In July, fewer Americans were killed in Iraq -- 13 -- than in any month since the war began.”
           (Dexter Filkins, “Exiting Iraq, Petraeus Says Gains Are Fragile,” The New York Times, 8/21/08)

Hirono Called For A Quick Exit Strategy From Iraq
Hirono Stated “We Should Bring Our Troops Home As Soon As It Can Be Done Safely” Unlike Her
Democrat Counterparts That Called For An Exit Strategy and Iraqi Self-Governance. “The other
Democrats called for putting plans in place, establishing time lines for withdrawal or giving the Iraqis the
responsibility for self-governance, except for former Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono, who said, ‘We should bring our
troops home as soon as it can be done safely.’” (Treena Shapiro, “Election 2006,” Honolulu Advertiser, 8/12/06)

          Hirono Called For “Phased Redeployment.” “Hirono wants to see ‘phased redeployment’ of Iraq
           troops by the end of the year, a stance that could be spelled out more clearly but nonetheless appears
           to allow some consideration for ground conditions.” (Editorial, “Hirono, Dem Incumbents Would Form Best DC Team,”
           Honolulu Advertiser, 10/8/06)

HIRONO: “If We’re Just Going To Be Sending More Troops There Without Any Kind Of Plan To
Enable The Iraqis To Run Their Country, That’s Just More Lives That Will Be Lost.” “Asked after
the swearing-in ceremony about her position on Iraq, Hirono said, ‘If we’re just going to be sending more
troops there without any kind of plan to enable the Iraqis to run their country, that’s just more lives that will
be lost.’” (Mark Niesse, “Hirono Sworn In, Opposes Money For More Troops In Iraq,” Associated Press, 1/4/07)
HIRONO: “The Bush Administration Misled The Country When It Entered This War, And Has
Shown No Credible Plan For Winning The Peace Or For A Safe Exit Strategy.” “The Bush
administration misled the country when it entered this war, and has shown no credible plan for winning the
peace or for a safe exit strategy. We should get out of the quagmire that is Iraq with a phased redeployment
of U.S. forces that begins before the end of 2006 and significant transition to full Iraqi sovereignty should
also occur.” (Mazie For Congress, www.mazieforcongress.com, Accessed 1/5/12)
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“She [Hirono] Also Points Out That Maintaining A Strong Military Able To Respond To Threats
Should Be Combined With ‘Diplomacy To Achieve And Keep The Peace, And Oppose Ill-
Considered International Military Entanglements.’” (Editorial, “Our View: End In Iraq Puts Needed Focus On U.S.,”
Honolulu Star, 10/23/11)

HIRONO: “We Need To Make Very Sure As We Fight The War On Terror That It Is Not Used As
An Excuse For Infringing On The Fundamental Rights We Have As Individuals.” “Hirono finds it
ironic that as the country is pushing for democracy in the Middle East, she believes it is infringing on the civil
liberties of its own citizens with invasions of privacy and unwarranted searches and seizures. ‘We need to
make very sure as we fight the war on terror that it is not used as an excuse for infringing on the fundamental
rights we have as individuals,’ she said.” (Treena Shapiro, “Election 2006,” The Honolulu Star, 10/23/06)
HIRONO: “We Must Protect America From Terrorism, But We Must Also Follow The Law And
Maintain The Rights And Freedoms That Make Our Country Great.” “‘We must protect America from
terrorism, but we must also follow the law and maintain the rights and freedoms that make our country great.
In the area of domestic spying,’ Hirono said. ‘We can do both.’” (BJ Reyes, “Congress Hopefuls Take Aim At Spying,” Honolulu Star,
8/7/06)

Hirono Showed Soft Support For Soldier Watad’s Refusal To Deploy To Iraq
Hirono Showed Soft Support of Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada’s Refusal To Deploy To Iraq. “Asked to
comment on Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada’s refusal to go to Iraq, Hirono said she recognizes his right to speak
out as an individual and lauded his willingness to accept the consequences.” (David Briscoe, “Forum Airs Big Issues In 2nd
District Race,” Associated Press, 8/8/06)

           Hirono Claimed “Students Should Be Taught They Can Disagree With Government.” “‘I
            believe that everyone of us has the right to speak our minds,’ she said, adding that students should be
            taught that they can disagree with government.” (David Briscoe, “Forum Airs Big Issues In 2nd District Race,” Associated Press,
            8/8/06)

           HIRONO: “I Really Respect The Fact That He Is Willing To Take The Consequences Of
            His Actions. . . . That Is What We Should All Be Doing.” “She also voiced support for U.S.
            Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, who is facing court-martial for his refusal to deploy with his unit to Iraq,
            commending him for speaking his mind. ‘I really respect the fact that he is willing to take the
            consequences of his actions,’ she said. ‘That is what we should all be doing.’” (Treena Shapiro, “Election 2006,”
            Honolulu Advertiser, 8/8/06)

Hirono Did Not Oppose MoveOn.org’s Ad Attacking General Petraeus
Hirono Was One Of Only 79 House Members Who Voted Against A Motion Condemning The
MoveOn.org Attack On General Petraeus. “Lewis, R-Calif., motion to recommit the bill to the
Appropriations Committee with instructions that it be immediately reported back with language that would
express the sense of the House that it recognizes and honors the service of Gen. David H. Petraeus and the
U.S. armed forces, condemns the advocacy group MoveOn.org for the attack advertisement against him, and
commits to judge his sworn testimony and any further debate on a supplemental funding request or policy
decisions regarding the war in Iraq without personal bias.” (H. J. Res. 52, CQ Vote #910: Motion agreed to 341-79: R 195-0; D 146-79,
9/26/07, Hirono Voted Nay)




ISRAEL
Hirono Has Not Been Supportive Of Pro-Israel Initiatives A Few Times In The Past


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Hirono Was One Of Only 102 Members Of The House Of Representatives Who Did Not Sign A
March 2010 Letter In Support Of Israel
Hirono Did Not Sign A March 2010 “Hoyer-Cantor Letter In Support Of Israel,” Addressed To
Secretary Of State Clinton. “327 Representatives were signatories to the letter. 102 were non-signers: 94
were Democrats and 8 were Republican. ‘We are writing to reaffirm our commitment to the unbreakable
bond that exists between our country and the State of Israel and to express to you our deep concern over
recent tension.’” (“Hoyer-Cantor Letter In Support Of Israel,” The Jerusalem Connection Report Blog, www.thejerusalemconnection.us, Posted 3/31/10)
The Letter “Expressed Dismay At The ‘Highly Publicized Tensions’ Between The White House
And The Government Of Benjamin Netanyahu, And Pointedly Counseled The Administration To
Resolve Its Differences With Israel ‘Quietly, In Trust And Confidence, As Befits Longstanding
Strategic Allies.’” “IN THE wake of the diplomatic fight that the Obama administration went out of its way
to pick with Israel last month, two high-ranking members of the US House of Representatives - Majority
Leader Steny Hoyer and Minority Whip Eric Cantor - invited their colleagues to sign a letter to Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton. The letter reaffirmed the signers’ commitment to the ‘unbreakable bond’ and
‘extraordinary closeness’ that exists between the United States and Israel, and declared that ‘our valuable
bilateral relationship with Israel needs and deserves constant reinforcement.’ It expressed dismay at the
‘highly publicized tensions’ between the White House and the government of Benjamin Netanyahu, and
pointedly counseled the administration to resolve its differences with Israel ‘quietly, in trust and confidence,
as befits longstanding strategic allies.’ The letter was polite, but there was no mistaking the implicit rebuke of
the president for treating Israel so shabbily. Nor, one might think, was there any mistaking its bipartisan
appeal: It was signed by 333 members of the US House, more than three-fourths of the entire membership.”
(Jeff Jacoby, Op-Ed, “Support For Israel Runs On Party Lines,” The Boston Globe, 4/11/10)

Hirono Was In A Small Minority Of House Members Who Opposed A 2007 Motion To Expand The
Ballistic Missile Defense System With Israel
On May 17, 2007, Hirono Was One Of Only 30 House Members Who Voted Against A Motion To
Send The 2008 Defense Bill Back To Committee With Instructions That It Include $200 Million To
Expand The Ballistic Missile Defense System With Israel. “Hunter, R-Calif., motion to recommit the
bill to the Armed Services Committee with instructions that it be immediately reported back with language
that would expand the ballistic missile defense system with Israel. It would instruct the Defense secretary,
within 180 days of enactment, to report to Congress about the system and would authorize $205 million,
offset by a reduction in the bill’s amounts for procurement and research, development, testing and evaluation
areas, other than missile defense.” (H.R. 1585, CQ Vote #372: Motion agreed to by a vote of 394-30: D 198-29; R 196-1, 5/17/07, Hirono Voted
Nay)

          NOTE: On December 12, 2007, Hirono Voted In Favor Of The Final 2008 Fiscal Year
           Defense Appropriations Bill. “Adoption of the conference report on the bill that would authorize
           $696.4 billion for defense programs in fiscal 2008, including $189.4 billion for the wars in Iraq and
           Afghanistan. It would authorize $142.8 billion for operations and maintenance; $119.7 billion for
           military personnel; $23.7 billion for military construction and family housing; and $23.1 billion for the
           Defense Health Program. It would authorize a 3.5 percent pay increase for military personnel.” (H.R.
           1585, CQ Vote #1151: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) by a vote of 370-49: D 182-45; R 188-4; 12/12/07, Hirono Voted Yea)

Hirono Voted “Present” On A 2009 Resolution Opposing Any Endorsement Of A Report By The
United Nations On The Gaza Conflict And Reaffirm The House Support For Israel
On November 3, 2009, Hirono Voted “Present” For The Resolution Calling On The President And
Secretary Of State To “Oppose Any Endorsement Of A Report By The United Nations On The
Conflict In Gaza And Reaffirm The Support Of The House For The State Of Israel.” “Berman, D-
Calif., motion to suspend the rules and adopt the resolution that would call on the president and secretary of
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State to continue to oppose any endorsement of a report by the United Nations on the conflict in Gaza and
reaffirm the support of the House for the state of Israel.” (H.RES. 867, CQ Vote #838: Motion Agreed To By A Vote Of 344-36: D
179-33; R 165-3, 11/3/09, Hirono Did Not Vote)


Hirono Instances Of Support For Israel

Hirono Has Traveled To Israel
Hirono Traveled to Israel In August 2009, A Trip Sponsored By the American Israel Education
Foundation. (Mazie Hirono Privately Financed Travel, Legistorm, Accessed 1/19/12)

            The American Israel Education Foundation Is Affiliated With AIPAC. (Charles And Lynn Schusterman
             Family Foundation Website, www.schusterman.org, Accessed 1/19/12)

            The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Is A Grassroots Movement
             Dedicated To Ensuring “America And Israel Remain Strong And That They Collaborate
             Closely Together.” “AIPAC is a 100,000-member grassroots movement of activists committed to
             ensuring Israel’s security and protecting American interests in the Middle East and around the world.
             AIPAC’s priority is to ensure that both America and Israel remain strong and that they collaborate
             closely together.” (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee Website, www.aipac.org, Accessed 1/19/12)
Hirono Has Also Travelled To Lebanon
Hirono Traveled To Lebanon As A “Continuation Of The Partnership Between The U.S. Congress
And The Lebanese National Assembly.” “On November 10-11, 2009, a delegation from the U.S. House
of Representatives visited Lebanon as a continuation of the partnership between the U.S. Congress and the
Lebanese National Assembly. . . . Also traveling to Lebanon as part of the delegation were, Representatives
Lois Capps of California, Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, and Charles Boustany, Jr.,
from Louisiana.” (“Delegation From US Congress Looks To Strengthen Ties With Lebanese parliament,” US State News, 11/24/09)
112th Congress
On July 7, 2011, Hirono Voted With The Vast Majority Of The House To Adopt A Resolution To
“Reaffirm The Support For A Negotiated Two-State Solution To The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.”
“Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., motion to suspend the rules and adopt the resolution that would reaffirm the support
for a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and call on the administration to
announce that it will veto any resolution on Palestinian statehood that comes before the UN Security Council
which is not a result of agreements reached between Israel and the Palestinians.” (H.RES. 268, CQ Vote #524: Motion
Agreed To By A Vote Of 407-6: R 235-3; D 172-3, 7/7/11, Hirono Voted Yea)

111th Congress
On January 2, 2009, Hirono Voted With The Vast Majority Of The House To Adopt A Resolution To
“Express That Hamas Must End Attacks Against Israel And Reiterate Support For A Resolution Of
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Achieved Through Negotiations.” “Berman, D-Calif., motion to suspend the
rules and adopt the resolution that would express support and a commitment for the security of Israel,
express that Hamas must end attacks against Israel and reiterate support for a resolution of Israeli-Palestinian
conflict achieved through negotiations.” (H.RES. 34, CQ Vote #10: Motion Agreed To By A Vote Of 390-5: D 222-4; R 168-1, 1/9/09, Hirono
Voted Yea)

110th Congress
On March 5, 2008, Hirono Voted With The Vast Majority Of The House To Adopt A Resolution To
“Condemn The Continuing Palestinian Rocket Attacks On Israel.” “Berman, D-Calif., motion to
suspend the rules and adopt the resolution that would strongly condemn the continuing Palestinian rocket
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attacks on Israel and support Israel’s right to defend its territory.” (H.RES. 951, CQ Vote #93: Motion Agreed To By A Vote Of
404-1: D 214-0; R 190-1, 3/5/08, Hirono Voted Yea)

On June 22, 2007, Hirono Voted With The Vast Majority Of The House In Favor Of An Amendment
To “Prohibit Direct Aid To The Palestinian Authority.” “Pence, R-Ind., amendment that would prohibit
direct aid to the Palestinian Authority.” (HR 2764, CQ Vote #540: Adoption In Committee Of The Whole By A Vote Of 390-30: D 199-27; R
191-3, 6/22/07, Hirono Voted Yea)




MISSED VOTES
Hirono Has Been Criticized For Missing Considerably More Votes While Campaigning For The
U.S. Senate
The Hawaii Reporter Has Criticized Hirono On A Number Of Occasions For Missing House Votes
While Campaigning For The U.S. Senate
On July 18, The Hawaii Reporter Criticized Hirono For Missing Votes While Campaigning For U.S.
Senate. “Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, who is a hotly contested primary race for U.S. Senate
against former Congressman Ed Case, (D-Hawaii/2002-2007), missed several votes in the last few weeks, so
she could continue to fundraise and campaign for the seat left open by the retirement of U.S. Senator Daniel
Akaka, D-Hawaii.” (Malia Zimmerman, “Hirono Missing Votes To Campaign For U.S. Senate,” Hawaii Reporter, 7/18/12)

         Hawaii Reporter Headline: “Hirono Missing Votes To Campaign for U.S. Senate.” (Malia
          Zimmerman, “Hirono Missing Votes To Campaign For U.S. Senate,” Hawaii Reporter, 7/18/12)

On July 23, The Hawaii Reporter Criticized Hirono Again For Missing An Increasing Number Of
Votes In Favor Of Fundraising And Campaigning For U.S. Senate. “Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, D-
Hawaii, a candidate for U.S. Senate, missed three additional votes last week so she could continue to fundraise
and campaign for the seat left open by the retirement of U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii.” (Malia Zimmerman,
“Hirono Misses More Votes In U.S. House As Her U.S. Senate Primary Campaign Heats Up,” Hawaii Reporter, 7/23/12)

         Hawaii Reporter Headline: “Hirono Misses More Votes In U.S. House As Her U.S. Senate
          Primary Campaign Heats Up.” (Malia Zimmerman, “Hirono Misses More Votes In U.S. House As Her U.S. Senate Primary
          Campaign Heats Up,” Hawaii Reporter, 7/23/12)

Hirono’s Campaign Has Responded To Criticism Saying That The Primary Election Takes Priority
Over Her Commitments On The House Floor
July 18: Hirono Spokesperson Released A Statement Saying “If Hawaii Doesn’t Like The Partisan
Games Being Played Nearly Every Day By The Republicans Who Control The U.S. House, Then We
Certainly Cannot Afford To Allow The Republican Party To Win The Four Seats Required To Seize
Control Of The U.S. Senate.” “Carolyn Tanaka, spokesperson for Hirono, said in a July 18, 2012, statement
to Hawaii Reporter: ‘Mazie is committed to continuing to work for the people of her district while also
running a vigorous campaign for U.S. Senate, where the stakes for Hawaii are very high. Because if Hawaii
doesn’t like the partisan games being played nearly every day by the Republicans who control the U.S. House,
then we certainly cannot afford to allow the Republican Party to win the four seats required to seize control
of the U.S. Senate.’” (Malia Zimmerman, “Hirono Missing Votes To Campaign For U.S. Senate,” Hawaii Reporter, 7/18/12)
July 23: Hirono Spokesperson Released Another Statement Saying “During This Critical Period
Leading Up To The Primary Election Voters Want To See And Hear From Her And That Is What
She Has Been Doing This Week. She Has Been Out In The Community Meeting And Visiting With
Small Businesses And Their Employees Talking About Job Creation And Getting Our Families Back
To Work.” “Carolyn Tanaka, spokesperson for Hirono’s U.S. Senate campaign, said: ‘Mazie is committed to
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continuing to work for the people of her district while also running a vigorous campaign for U.S. Senate,
where the stakes for Hawaii are very high. During this critical period leading up to the Primary election voters
want to see and hear from her and that is what she has been doing this week. She has been out in the
community meeting and visiting with small businesses and their employees talking about job creation and
getting our families back to work.’” (Malia Zimmerman, “Hirono Misses More Votes In U.S. House As Her U.S. Senate Primary Campaign Heats
Up,” Hawaii Reporter, 7/23/12)

After Announcing Her Candidacy For U.S. Senate In May 2011, Hirono Has Missed More Than
Twice As Many Votes Since Taking Office In January 2007
As Of The 3rd Quarter Of 2012, Hirono Has Missed 166 Votes Since Announcing Her Candidacy For
The U.S. Senate. (GovTrack, www.govtrack.us, Accessed 7/30/12)

          Hirono Announced Her Candidacy For The U.S. Senate On May 19, 2011. “The democratic
           field to replace retiring Sen. Dan Akaka doubled on Thursday as Rep. Mazie Hirono announced her
           candidacy for the U.S. Senate.” (“Rep. Mazie Hirono Announces U.S. Senate Bid,” www.khon2.com, 5/19/12)
As Of The 2nd Quarter Of 2011, Hirono Had Missed Only 71 Votes Since Taking Office In January
2007. (GovTrack, www.govtrack.us, Accessed 7/24/12)

                                 Time Period       Votes Eligible          Missed Votes        Percent
                                 2007-Q1           213                     0                   0.0%
                                 2007-Q2           393                     5                   1.3%
                                 2007-Q3           317                     3                   0.9%
                                 2007-Q4           263                     6                   2.3%
                                 2008-Q1           149                     2                   1.3%
                                 2008-Q2           321                     5                   1.6%
                                 2008-Q3           205                     6                   2.9%
                                 2008-Q4           15                      0                   0.0%
                                 2009-Q1           174                     3                   1.7%
                                 2009-Q2           303                     3                   1.0%
                                 2009-Q3           268                     2                   0.7%
                                 2009-Q4           246                     14                  5.7%
                                 2010-Q1           195                     0                   0.0%
                                 2010-Q2           219                     3                   1.4%
                                 2010-Q3           151                     0                   0.0%
                                 2010-Q4           99                      5                   5.1%
                                 2011-Q1           212                     3                   1.4%
                                 2011-Q2           281                     11                  3.9%
                                 2011-Q3           247                     26                  10.5%
                                 2011-Q4           208                     16                  7.7%
                                 2012-Q1           151                     10                  6.6%
                                 2012-Q2           299                     38                  12.7%
                                 2012-Q3           85                      76                  89.4%
                                               (GovTrack, www.govtrack.us, Accessed 7/30/12)


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Hirono Missed Key Defense Votes In 2012
According To A Study By George Mason University, The Defense Spending Cuts In Sequestration
Would Result In Hawaii Losing Over 10,000 Jobs. (Stephen S. Fuller, “The Economic Impact Of The Budget Control Act Of 2011
On DOD And Non-DOD Agencies,” Report, 7/17/12)

Hirono Missed The Vote On The 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill
Hirono Missed A Vote On To Pass The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill. “Passage of the bill that
would provide $605.8 billion for the Defense Department in fiscal 2013. The total includes $518.1 billion in
discretionary funding and an additional $87.7 billion for overseas contingency operations, including those in
Afghanistan. Of the combined funding, approximately $239 billion would be provided for operations and
maintenance, $110 billion for procurement and $70 billion for research and development. It would provide
$34 billion for defense health programs and about $142 billion for military personnel, including a 1.7 percent
pay raise.” (HR 5856, CQ Vote #498: Passed by a vote of 326-90: R 225-11; D 101-79, 7/19/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)
Hirono Missed A Vote To Force The White House To Report On Which Military Programs Will Be
Cut By Sequestration
Hirono Missed A Vote For A Motion To Require The White House To Produce A Report Within 30
Days With Details On How Sequestration Would Affect Defense Programs. “Ryan, R-Wis., motion to
suspend the rules and pass the bill that would require the White House to produce a report within 30 days of
the bill’s enactment explaining how the automatic spending cuts scheduled to go into effect in January, 2013,
would affect both domestic and defense programs.” (H.R. 5872, CQ Vote #471: Motion Agreed To 414-2: R 237-0; D 177-2, 7/18/12,
Hirono Did Not Vote)

In Total, Hirono Has Missed At Least 237 Votes During Her Time In Congress
“From Jan 2007 To Jul 2012, Hirono Missed 237 Of 5014 Recorded Or Roll Call Votes, Which is 5.0%.
This Is Worse Than The Median Of 2.4%.” (GovTrack Website, www.govtrack.us, Accessed 7/30/12)
In 2012, Hirono Missed Key Votes
Hirono Missed A Vote On January 24, 2012 To Continue The Year-End Payroll Tax Extension
Compromise Bill. “Capps, D-Calif., motion to instruct conferees to file a conference report by Feb. 17, 2012
on a bill that would extend the 4.2 percent employee payroll tax rate, Medicare payment rates to doctors and
workers’ eligibility for certain expanded unemployment benefits.” (HR 3630, CQ Vote #9: Motion agreed to by a vote of 397-16: R
218-16; D 179-0, 1/24/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On April 17, 2012 To Reconsider The Sportsmen’s Land Access Bill.
“Question of whether the House should consider the rule (H Res 614) that would provide for House floor
consideration of the bill that would allow fishing, hunting and shooting on certain public lands. The rule,
upon adoption, also would deem the budget resolution (H Con Res 112) as the final budget resolution.” (H. Res.
614, CQ Vote #154: Agreed to consider by a vote of 234-175: R 233-0; D 1-175, 4/17/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On April 24, 2012 To Pass The Inyo National Forest Land Exchange Bill.
“Bishop, R-Utah, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would convey 20 acres of land within the
Inyo National Forest in California in exchange for non-federal lands outside the forest boundaries. The bill
would allow the Agriculture secretary to accept a cash equalization payment in excess of 25 percent to
complete the exchange.” (HR 2157, CQ Vote #178: Motion agreed to by a vote of 376-2: R 217-2; D 159-0, 4/26/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)
Hirono Missed A Vote On April 26, 2012 To Amend The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bill To
Include Critical Infrastructure Owners And Operators. “Langevin, D-R.I., amendment that would make
critical infrastructure owners and operators eliglible to participate in the information sharing program created
by the bill.” (HR 3523, CQ Vote #184: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 167-243: R 11-222; D 156-21, 4/26/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)
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Hirono Missed A Vote On April 26, 2012 To Amend The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bill To
Exempt FOIA Requests. “Rogers, R-Mich., amendment that would clarify that providing information to
the federal government as allowed by the bill does not affect requirements to provide information subject to
the Freedom of Information Act.” (HR 3523, CQ Vote #185: Adopted in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 412-0: R 233-0; D 179-0, 4/26/12,
Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On April 26, 2012 To Amend The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bill To
Include Information Use Provisions. “Quayle, R-Ariz., amendment that would limit the way the
government could use information on cyber threats obtained from the private sector. It would allow the
federal government to use the information for cybersecurity purposes generally, and to investigate and
prosecute cybersecurity crimes and threats involving possible death or serious bodily harm, to protect minors
from child pornography or other sexual crimes and to protect national security.” (HR 3523, CQ Vote #186: Adopted in
Committee of the Whole by a vote of 410-3: R 231-2; D 179-1, 4/26/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On April 26, 2012 To Amend The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bill To
Exclude Personal Information. “Amash, R-Mich., amendment that would prohibit the federal government
from using personal information from library records, firearms sales records, tax returns and education or
medical records received from private entities.” (HR 3523, CQ Vote #187: Adopted in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 415-0: R 234-0;
D 181-0, 4/26/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On April 26, 2012 To Amend The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bill To
Include The Impact On Information Sharing. “Mulvaney, R-S.C., amendment that would allow the
government to undertake efforts to limit the impact cyber-threat information sharing would have on privacy
and civil liberties. It also would prohibit the federal government from retaining or using information shared
by certain cybersecurity providers for purposes not allowed by the bill.” (HR 3523, CQ Vote #188: Adopted in Committee of
the Whole by a vote of 416-0: R 234-0; D 182-0, 4/26/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On April 26, 2012 To Amend The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bill To
Include A Cyberthreat Information Provision. “Goodlatte, R-Va., amendment that would narrow the
definitions of what information could be identified, obtained and shared under the bill. It would specify that
the information would have to be linked to threats to the integrity, confidentiality or availability of
government or private networks or to efforts to degrade, disrupt or destroy those systems or to gain
unauthorized access to extract information.” (HR 3523, CQ Vote #189: Adopted in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 414-1: R 233-0; D
181-1, 4/26/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On April 26, 2012 To Amend The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bill To
Include A Sunset Date. “Mulvaney, R-S.C., amendment that would sunset the provisions of the bill five
years after the date of enactment.” (HR 3523, CQ Vote #190: Adopted in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 413-3: R 233-1; D 180-2, 4/26/12,
Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On April 26, 2012 To Reconsider The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bill.
“Perlmutter, D-Colo., motion to recommit the bill to the House Intelligence Committee and report it back
immediately with an amendment that would prohibit employers or the federal government from requiring
that job applicants or employees disclose confidential passwords to social networking websites without a
court order. It also would prohibit the government from establishing a national firewall to control access to
and use of the Internet.” (HR 3523, CQ Vote #191: Motion rejected by a vote of 183-233: R 1-233; D 182-0, 4/26/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)
Hirono Missed A Vote On April 26, 2012 To Pass The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bill.
“Passage of the bill that would require the director of national intelligence (DNI) to establish procedures to
promote information sharing between the federal intelligence community and the private sector. It would
require the DNI to issue guidelines for temporary or permanent security clearances to allow the government
to share classified cybersecurity threat intelligence with certified entities. As amended the bill would limit the
federal government’s use of shared information to cybersecurity purposes, as well as for the investigation and

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prosecution of cybersecurity crimes and threats that could cause death or serious bodily harm and the
protection of minors from child pornography or other sexual crimes. It would sunset five years after the date
of enactment.” (HR 3523, CQ Vote #192: Passed by a vote of 248-168: R 206-28; D 42-140, 4/26/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)
Hirono Missed A Vote On April 27, 2012 To Pass The Cybersecurity Research And Development
Plan. “McCaul, R-Texas, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would require agencies of the
Networking and Information Technology Research and Development program to develop, update and
implement a strategic plan for cybersecurity research and development. It also would reauthorize
cybersecurity programs at the National Science Foundation and direct the National Institute of Technology
and Standards to develop cybersecurity standards for the federal government.” (HR 2096, CQ Vote #193: Motion agreed to
by a vote of 395-10: R 220-10; D 175-0, 4/27/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On April 27, 2012 To Reconsider The Federal Student Loan Interest Rate.
“Capps, D-Calif., motion to recommit the bill to the House Education and the Workforce and the House
Energy and Commerce committees and report it back immediately with an amendment specifying that
nothing in the bill would endorse, promote or result in a reduction or increased cost for health insurance for
women and children.” (HR 4628, CQ Vote #194: Motion rejected by a vote of 178-231: R 0-231; D 178-0, 4/27/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)
Hirono Missed A Vote On April 27, 2012 To Extend The Federal Student Loan Interest Rate.
“Passage of the bill that would extend for one year, through June 30, 2013, the 3.4 percent interest rate for
federally subsidized, undergraduate student loans. It would be offset by repealing the Prevention and Public
Health Fund established by the health care overhaul law and rescinding unobligated amounts in the fund.” (HR
24628, CQ Vote #195: Passed by a vote of 215-195: R 202-30; D 13-165, 4/27/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On May 8, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science
Appropriations Bill To Change The Trade Administration And USTR Funding. “Peters, D-Mich.,
amendment that would increase by $9 million the amount provided for the International Trade
Administration’s operations and administration and reduce by $17 million the amount provided for science,
aeronautics, exploration, space operations and education research and development activities. It also would
increase the amount provided for salaries and expenses for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative by
$1.8 million.” (HR 5326, CQ Vote #202: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 141-261: R 14-216; D 127-45, 5/8/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)
Hirono Missed A Vote On May 8, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science
Appropriations Bill To Reduce Spending. “Broun, R-Ga., amendment that would reduce by about 3
percent the amounts provided in the bill for various administrative and salaries and expenses accounts
covered in the bill and direct $874.6 million to the bill’s spending reduction account.” (HR 5326, CQ Vote #203: Rejected
in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 137-270: R 133-100; D 4-170, 5/8/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On May 8, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science
Appropriations Bill To Reduce Funding By $227.8 Million For International Trade Administration
Funding. “McClintock, R-Calif., amendment that would reduce by $277.8 million the amount provided for
International Trade Administration operations and administration and direct the same amount to the bill’s
spending reduction account.” (HR 5326, CQ Vote #204: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 121-287: R 121-112; D 0-175, 5/8/12,
Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On May 8, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science
Appropriations Bill To Reduce Funding For The Economic Development Administration Grants.
“Michaud, D-Maine, amendment that would increase funding by $38 million for economic development
assistance program grants under the Economic Development Administration, offset by reducing funds for
periodic censuses and programs by the same amount.” (HR 5326, CQ Vote #205: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 190-
218: R 48-185; D 142-33, 5/8/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On May 8, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science
Appropriations Bill To Reduce Funding For The Economic Development Administration Salaries
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And Expenses. “Scalise, R-La., amendment that would reduce funding for Economic Development
Administration salaries and expenses by $7.5 million and also reduce funding for the Commerce
Department’s management account by $10.7 million. The amendment would direct $18.2 million to the bill’s
spending reduction account.” (HR 5326, CQ Vote #206: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 174-233: R 172-61; D 2-172, 5/8/12,
Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On May 8, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science
Appropriations Bill To Reduce Funding For The Economic Development Administration Grants.
“Pompeo, R-Kan., amendment that would eliminate $182 million in Economic Development Administration
(EDA) program grants and $37.5 million in EDA salaries and expenses and direct $219.5 million to the bill’s
spending reduction account.” (HR 5326, CQ Vote #207: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 129-279: R 129-104; D 0-175, 5/8/12,
Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On May 8, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science
Appropriations Bill To Reduce Funding For The Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia.
“Quayle, R-Ariz., amendment that would reduce by $21 million the amount provided for industrial
technology services at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and direct that amount to
the bill’s spending reduction account. It would strike the requirement that $21 million be allocated for NIST’s
Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia.” (HR 5326, CQ Vote #208: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 147-259: R
147-86; D 0-173, 5/8/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On May 8, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science
Appropriations Bill To Reduce Funding By $542,000 For NOAA Operations And Research. “Harris,
R-Md., amendment that would reduce by $542,000 the amount provided for National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operations, research and facilities, and direct the same amount to the
bill’s spending reduction account.” (HR 5326, CQ Vote #209: Adopted in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 219-189: R 216-17; D 3-172,
5/8/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On May 8, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science
Appropriations Bill To Reduce Funding By $18 Million For Regional Information Sharing. “Grimm,
R-N.Y., amendment that would reduce by $18 million the amount provided for National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operations, research, and facilities and increase by the same amount
funding provided for the Office of Justice Programs. It would stipulate that the additional funds be used for
regional information sharing activities.” (HR 5326, CQ Vote #210: Adopted in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 209-199: R 163-70; D 46-
129, 5/8/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On May 8, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Commerce-Justice-Science
Appropriations Bill To Reduce Funding By $15 Million For The Pacific Salmon Populations. “Broun,
R-Ga., amendment that would reduce by $15 million the amount provided for expenses associated with the
restoration of Pacific salmon populations and direct the same amount to the bill’s spending reduction
account.” (HR 5326, CQ Vote #211: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 168-239: R 163-70; D 5-169, 5/8/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)
Hirono Missed A Vote On June 6, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Homeland Security Appropriations
Bill To Include Homeland Security Grant Programs. “Holt, D-N.J., amendment that would increase by
$50 million the amount provided for state and local grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements for
homeland security activities, offset by a $10 million reduction for the Office of the Secretary of Homeland
Security, a $25 million cut for intelligence analysis and operations coordination, a $15 million decrease for the
Transportation Security Administration’s civil aviation security services, and a $15 million cut for aviation
security direction and enforcement activities.” (HR 5855, CQ Vote #347: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 173-240: R 242-
211; D 149-29, 6/6/2012, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 9, 2012 To Pass The Veterans Licensing Bill. “Chaffetz, R-Utah,
motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would direct the heads of federal licensing authorities to
consider and apply any relevant training received by members of the armed forces towards training or
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certification requirements for federal licenses.” (HR 4155, CQ Vote #452: Motion agreed to by a vote of 369-0: R 206-0; D 163-0, 7/9/12,
Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 9, 2012 To Pass The ATM Fee Disclosures Bill. “Luetkemeyer, R-Mo.,
motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would repeal the requirement that banks and credit unions
maintain physical placards on automated teller machines (ATMs) warning that customers may be assessed
fees for use of an ATM if they are not an account holder of that financial institution.” (HR 4367, CQ Vote #453: Motion
agreed to by a vote of 371-0: R 211-0; D 160-0, 7/9/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 9, 2012 To Pass The Hydropower Facility Permits. “McMorris
Rodgers, R-Wash., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would modify the permitting process for
hydropower facilities by imposing deadlines on licensing authorities and exempting small-generating units.
The bill would extend the period provided for preliminary project permits by two years and require the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to conduct several studies of hydropower use and on
implementing the use of certain hydropower technologies.” (HR 5892, CQ Vote #454: Motion agreed to by a vote of 372-0: R 208-0;
D 164-0, 7/9/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 10, 2012 To Consider Repeal Of The Health Care Overhaul Bill.
“Sessions, R-Texas, motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and the possibility of
amendment) on the rule (H Res 724) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill to repeal
the 2010 health care law.” (HR 6079, CQ Vote #456: Motion agreed to by a vote of 238-184: R 235-0; D 3-184, 7/10/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)
Hirono Missed A Vote On July 10, 2012 To Consider Repeal Of The Health Care Overhaul Bill.
“Adoption of the rule (H Res 724) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill to repeal the
2010 health care law.” (HR 6079, CQ Vote #457: Adopted by a vote of 240-182: R 236-0; D 4-182, 7/10/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)
Hirono Missed A Vote On July 12, 2012 To Amend The Mineral Mining Projects Bill To Include
Royalty Payments. “Markey, D-Mass., amendment that would require the lead agency responsible for
issuing a mineral exploration or mine permit to require royalty payments of 12.5 percent of the value of
minerals extracted from federal lands. The funds would be dedicated, subject to appropriation, to the
reclamation of abandoned hardrock mines.” (HR 4402, CQ Vote #464: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 163-253: R 3-230; D
160-23, 7/12/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 17, 2012 To Pass The FY 2013 Foreign Relations Authorization Bill.
“Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would authorize fiscal 2013 funding
for the State Department and certain international organizations. The measure would authorize $9 billion for
the State Department’s diplomatic and consular programs, $1.6 billion for dues to international organizations
and $1.8 billion for contributions for international peacekeeping activities.” (HR 6018, CQ Vote #469: Motion agreed to by a
vote of 333-61: R 166-60; D 167-1, 7/17/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 17, 2012 To Pass The American Samoa Minimum Wage Bill. “Ros-
Lehtinen, R-Fla., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would delay a required 50-cent minimum
wage increase for American Samoa until Sept. 30, 2015. It also would require the Energy Department to
conduct radiochemical analyses of the groundwater surrounding the Cactus Crater containment structure on
the Marshall Islands and would allow territorial and magistrate judges to temporarily serve on courts on the
South Pacific islands known as the Freely Associated States.” (S 2009, CQ Vote #470: Motion agreed to by a vote of 378-11: R 212-
11; D 166-0, 7/17/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 18, 2012 To Pass The Sequestration Study. “Ryan, R-Wis., motion to
suspend the rules and pass the bill that would require the White House to produce a report within 30 days of
the bill’s enactment explaining how the automatic spending cuts scheduled to go into effect in January, 2013,
would affect both domestic and defense programs.” (HR 5872, CQ Vote #471: Motion agreed to by a vote of 414-2: R 237-0; D 177-2,
7/18/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)




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Hirono Missed A Vote On July 18, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To
Reduce Funding For Military Bands By $188 Million. “McCollum, D-Minn., amendment that would
reduce the military personnel account for military bands by $188 million and transfer the savings to a
spending reduction account.” (HR 5856, CQ Vote #472: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 166-250: R 84-154, D 82-96, 7/18/12,
Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 18, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To
Reduce NASCAR Sponsorship. “Kingston, R-Ga., amendment that would reduce various operations and
maintenance accounts by $72.3 million to restrict NASCAR sponsorship and transfer the savings to a
spending reduction account.” (HR 5856, CQ Vote #473: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 202-216: R 81-156; D 121-60, 7/18/12,
Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 18, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To
Reduce Destroyer Funding By $998 Million. “Quigley, D-Ill., amendment that would reduce funding for
one DDG-151 Destroyer by $998 million and transfer the savings to a spending reduction account.” (HR 5856,
CQ Vote #474: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 60-359: R 24-214; D 36-145, 7/18/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 18, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To
Reduce The Navy Procurement By $506 Million. “Cohen, D-Tenn., amendment that would reduce Navy
procurement by $506 million and increase defense health programs by $235 million. The remainder would go
towards deficit reduction.” (HR 5856, CQ Vote #475: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 145-273: R 16-221; D 129-52, 7/18/12,
Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 18, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To
Reduce The Rapid Innovation Fund By $250 Million. “Pompeo, R-Kan., amendment that would remove
$250 million for the Rapid Innovation Fund and transfer the savings to a spending reduction account.” (HR
5856, CQ Vote 3476: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 137-282: R 120-118; D 17-164, 7/18/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 18, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To
Reduce Ground-Based Missile Defense Funding By $75 Million. “Markey, D-Mass., amendment that
would reduce ground-based missile defense by $75 million and transfer the savings to a spending reduction
account.” (HR 5856, CQ Vote #477: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 150-268: R 12-226; D 138-42, 7/18/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)
Hirono Missed A Vote On July 18, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To
Include Commercial Contracting. “Amash, R-Mich., amendment that would strike the section in the bill
which prohibits the Defense Department from contracting out any commercial function unless it would save
the Defense Department at least $10 million or10 percent of its performance costs.” (HR 5856, CQ Vote #478: Rejected
in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 186-233: R 185-53; D 1-180, 7/18/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 18, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To
Reduce Afghanistan Infrastructure Funding By $175 Million. “Cohen, D-Tenn., amendment that would
reduce the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund by $175 million and transfer the savings to a spending reduction
account.” (HR 5856, CQ Vote #479: Adopted in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 228-191: R 68-170; D 160-21, 7/18/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)
Hirono Missed A Vote On July 18, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To
Reduce Afghanistan Infrastructure Funding By $375 Million. “Cicilline, D-R.I., amendment that would
eliminate $375 million for the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund and transfer the savings to a spending
reduction account.” (HR 5856, CQ Vote #480: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 149-270: R 48-190; D 101-80, 7/18/12, Hirono Did Not
Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 18, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To
Reduce Funding By $181 Million. “Woolsey, D-Calif., amendment that would reduce overall spending in
the bill by $181 million.” (HR 5856, CQ Vote #481: R 28-209; D 86-93, 7/18/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)



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Hirono Missed A Vote On July 18, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To Bar
Funding For Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. “Markey, D-Mass., amendment that would prohibit
funds in the bill from being used to operate or maintain more than 300 land-based intercontinental ballistic
missiles.” (HR 5856, CQ Vote #482: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 136-283: R 3-235; D 133-48, 7/18/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)
Hirono Missed A Vote On July 18, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To
Reduce Funding By $294 Million. “Woolsey, D-Calif., amendment that would reduce overall spending in
the bill by $294 million.” (HR 5856, CQ Vote #483: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 106-311: R 19-217; D 87-94, 7/18/12, Hirono
Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 18, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To
Reduce Funding By $1.7 Billion. “Woolsey, D-Calif., amendment that would reduce overall spending in
the bill by $1.7 billion.” (HR 5856, CQ Vote #484: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 91-328: R 14-224; D 77-104, 7/18/12, Hirono Did
Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 18, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To
Reduce Afghanistan Withdrawal Funding. “Lee, D-Calif., amendment that would reduce the budget for
overseas contingency operations budget by $20.8 billion and limit the use of funds provided for operations in
Afghanistan to the purpose of conducting a safe and orderly withdrawal.” (HR 5856, CQ Vote #485: Rejected in Committee of
the Whole by a vote of 107-312: R 8-230; D 99-82, 7/18/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 18, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To Bar
Funds For Wage Requirements. “King, R-Iowa, amendment that would prohibit funds in the bill from
being used to enforce or implement prevailing wage requirements of the labor law known as the Davis-Bacon
Act (PL 71-798).” (HR 5856, CQ vote #486: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 182-235: R 182-54; D 0-181, 7/18/12, Hirono Did Not
Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 19, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To Bar
Funds For The Defense Of Marriage Act. “King, R-Iowa, amendment that would bar funds in the bill
from being used in contravention of current law that defines marriage as a legal union between a man and a
woman.” (HR 5856, CQ Vote #487: Adopted in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 247-166: R 230-5; D 17-161, 7/19/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)
Hirono Missed A Vote On July 19, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To
Include $19.2 Billion In Spending Reductions. “Lee, D-Calif., amendment that would reduce total
appropriations by $19.2 billion, which would bring the bill’s total to $500 billion. The amendment would
exempt from this reduction funding for military personnel and the defense health program as well as for these
two activities within overseas contingency operations.” (HR 5856, CQ Vote #488: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 87-
326: R 7-228; D 80-98, 7/19/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 19, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To
Include Debt Limit Law Funding Level. “Lee, D-Calif., amendment that would reduce appropriations in
the bill by $7.6 billion, which would bring the total to the amount authorized under the Budget Control Act
(PL 112-25). The amendment would exempt funding for military personnel, health care and overseas
contingency operations from the reduction.” (HR 5856, CQ Vote #489: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 171-243: R 24-212,
D 147-31, 7/19/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 19, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To
Include Russian Loan Guarantees. “Moran, D-Va., amendment that would bar funds in the bill from
being used to enter into contracts or cooperative agreements or providing grants, loans or loan guarantees to
Rosoboronexport, Russia’s official weapons exporter.” (HR 5856, CQ Vote #490: Adopted in Committee of the Whole by a vote of
407-5: R 231-4; D 176-1, 7/19/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 19, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To
Include Nuclear Forces. “Turner, R-Ohio, amendment that would bar funds in the bill from being used to
reduce U.S. nuclear forces, implement the Nuclear Posture Review Implementation Study or change parts of
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the Secretary of Defense Guidance for Employment of Force or the Joint Strategic Capabilities Plan.” (HR 5856,
CQ Vote #491: Adopted in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 235-178: R 227-8; D 8-170, 7/19/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 19, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To
Include NATO Infantry Withdrawal. “Coffman, R-Colo., amendment that would bar the use of funds in
the bill for the deployment of the 170th and 172nd infantry brigade after fiscal 2013. The Army plans to
withdraw the two brigade combat teams from Europe, except if there is an emergency sanctioned by
NATO.” (HR 5856, CQ Vote #492: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 123-292: R 46-190; D 77-102, 7/19/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)
Hirono Missed A Vote On July 19, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To
Include Nuclear Weapons Funding. “Berg, R-N.D., amendment that would bar funds in the bill from
being used to reduce the number of nuclear weapons delivery vehicles. These include heavy bomber aircraft,
air-launched cruise missiles, nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines, submarine-launched ballistic
missiles and intercontinental ballistic missiles.” (HR 5856, CQ Vote #493: Adopted in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 232-183: R 220-
16; D 12-167, 7/19/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 19, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To
Include Overseas Contingency Operations. “Garamendi, D-Calif., amendment that would reduce funding
provided in the Overseas Contingency Operations account by $12.7 billion. The reduction would not apply
to: the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund; the Defense Health Program; Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug
Activities, Defense; Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Fund; or the Office of the Inspector
General.” (HR 5856, CQ Vote #494: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 137-278: R 8-228; D 129-50, 7/19/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)
Hirono Missed A Vote On July 19, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To
Maintain Current Spending Level. “Mulvaney, R-S.C., amendment that would decrease spending in the bill
by $1.1 billion. The reduction would not apply to military personnel, the Defense Health Program or overseas
contingency operations.” (HR 5856, CQ Vote #495: Adopted in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 247-167: R 89-146; D 158-21, 7/19/12, Hirono
did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 19, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To
Include Overseas Contingency Funding. “Mulvaney, R-S.C., amendment that would increase, and then
decrease, by $4.4 billion overseas contingency funding for Army personnel. It also would increase, and then
decrease, overseas contingency funding for Marine Corps personnel by $1.2 billion.” (HR 5856, CQ Vote #496: Adopted
in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 238-178: R 154-82; D 84-96, 7/19/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 19, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill To
Include TRICARE. “Stearns, R-Fla., amendment that would bar funds in the bill from being used by the
Defense Department to implement new TRICARE for Life enrollment fees.” (HR 5856, CQ Vote #497: Adopted in
Committee of the Whole by a vote of 399-17: R 236-0; D 163-17, 7/19/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 19, 2012 To Pass The FY 2013 Fiscal Defense Appropriations Bill.
“Passage of the bill that would provide $605.8 billion for the Defense Department in fiscal 2013. The total
includes $518.1 billion in discretionary funding and an additional $87.7 billion for overseas contingency
operations, including those in Afghanistan. Of the combined funding, approximately $239 billion would be
provided for operations and maintenance, $110 billion for procurement and $70 billion for research and
development. It would provide $34 billion for defense health programs and about $142 billion for military
personnel, including a 1.7 percent pay raise.” (HR 5856, CQ Vote #498: Passed by a vote of 326-90: R 225-11; D 101-79, 7/19/12, Hirono
Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 23, 2012 To Pass The Tribal Land Leases Bill. “Cole, R-Okla., motion
to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would allow up to six tribes to participate in a demonstration
project in which they could lease tribal lands held in trust by the federal government to Turkey and other
World Trade Organization countries without having to get approval from the Interior secretary.” (HR 2362, CQ
Vote #499: Motion rejected by a vote of 222-160: R 179-42; D 43-118, 7/23/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)


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Hirono Missed A Vote On July 24, 2012 To Consider The Regulatory Revisions and Offshore Oil
And Gas Leasing Bill. “Foxx, R-N.C., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and the
possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 738) that would provide for House floor consideration of a
package (HR 4078) of regulatory measures and a bill (HR 6082) that would replace the administration’s
offshore leasing plan and open additional areas to oil and gas drilling.” (HR 4078, HR 6082, CQ Vote #502: Motion agreed to by
a vote of 238-177: R 235-0; D 3-177, 7/24/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 24, 2012 To Consider The Regulatory Revisions and Offshore Oil
And Gas Leasing Bill. “Adoption of the rule (H Res 738) that would provide for House floor consideration
of a package (HR 4078) of regulatory measures and a bill (HR 6082) that would replace the administration’s
offshore leasing plan and open additional areas to oil and gas drilling.” (HR 4078, HR 6082, CQ Vote #503: Adopted by a vote
of 244-170: R 235-0; D 9-170, 7/24/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 25, 2012 To Amend The Republican Offshore Oil And Gas Drilling
Plan With An Environmental Impact Studies Provision. “Holt, D-N.J., amendment that would strike the
provision of the bill that would require the Interior secretary to conduct an environmental impact study for all
new drilling areas under the bill.” (HR 6082, CQ Vote #504: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 163-253: R 8-230; D 155-23,
7/25/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 25, 2012 To Amend The Republican Offshore Oil And Gas Drilling
Plan With A Gas Exportation Ban Provision. “Markey, D-Mass., amendment that would prohibit the
exportation of any resources produced as a result of lease sales required under the bill.” (HR 6082, CQ Vote #505:
Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 158-262: R 6-232; D 152-30, 7/25/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 25, 2012 To Amend The Republican Offshore Oil And Gas Drilling
Plan With A Drilling Safety Changes Provision. “Markey, D-Mass., amendment that would require leases
offered under the bill to include new safety requirements, such as third-party verification of safety systems,
blowout preventer performance standards and implementing technologies that would limit the risk of
hydrocarbon ignition.” (HR 6082, CQ Vote #506: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 189-232: R 15-224; D 174-8, 7/25/12, Hirono Did
Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 25, 2012 To Amend The Republican Offshore Oil And Gas Drilling
Plan With A Leasing Royalty Rates Provision. “Holt, D-N.J., amendment that would prohibit the Interior
secretary from offering a lease to any person who has not renegotiated existing leases to require the payment
of royalties if the price of oil or gas is greater than or equal to the current price thresholds in the Outer
Continental Shelf Lands Act.” (HR 6082, CQ Vote #507: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 177-247: R 10-229; D 167-18, 7/25/12,
Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 25, 2012 To Amend The Republican Offshore Oil And Gas Drilling
Plan With An Impact Of Gas Prices Provision. “Hastings, D-Fla., amendment that would require drilling
permit applications for wells to include an estimate of potential impact on gas prices resulting from oil and
gas developed on the leased land.” (HR 6082, CQ Vote #508: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 158-266: R 1-237; D 157-29,
7/25/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 25, 2012 To Amend The Republican Offshore Oil And Gas Drilling
Plan With An Oil And Gas Consumption Impact Provision. “Hastings, D-Fla., amendment that would
require drilling permit applications for wells to include an estimate of potential impact on global oil and gas
consumption and how the consumption of such resources would affect climate change.” (HR 6082, CQ Vote #509:
Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 150-275: R 1-238; D 149-37, 7/25/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 25, 2012 To Recommit The Republican Offshore Oil And Gas
Drilling Plan. “Slaughter, D-N.Y., motion to recommit the bill to the House Natural Resources Committee
and report it back immediately with an amendment that would prohibit the issuance of a drilling lease to any
person in violation of current sanctions on Iran or Syria.” (HR 6082, CQ Vote #510: Motion rejected by a vote of 179-240: R 0-239; D
179-1, 7/25/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)


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Hirono Missed A Vote On July 25, 2012 To Pass The Republican Offshore Oil And Gas Drilling
Plan. “Passage of the bill that would replace the Interior Department’s current offshore oil and gas drilling
plan with one that would establish a timeline for 29 specific leases, up from the current 15. Certain leases
would be conducted under a 2009 draft regulation rather than the 2012 plan. It also would require the Interior
Department to prepare a multi-lease environmental impact statement for any leases required under the bill
not in the June 2012 plan.” (HR 6082, CQ Vote #511: Passed by a vote of 253-170: R 228-9; D 25-161, 7/25/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)
Hirono Missed A Vote On July 25, 2012 To Implement The Administration Offshore Oil And Gas
Drilling Plan. “Hastings, R-Wash., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would direct the
Interior secretary to implement the administration’s Proposed Final Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas
Leasing Program. It would authorize 12 oil and gas drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as three leases
near Alaska through 2017. The plan would require the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to study the fair
market value of leasing areas and not sell any area for less than the determined value.” (HR 6168, CQ Vote #512: Motion
rejected by a vote of 164-261: R 1-238; D 163-23, 7/25/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 25, 2012 To Amend The Regulatory Revision Bill’ To Exempt
Drinking Water Regulations. “Hastings, D-Fla., amendment that would exempt regulatory proposals
directed at maintaining or increasing the safety of drinking water from the restrictions and analysis
requirements of the bill.” (HR 4078, CQ Vote #514: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 188-231: R 14-222; D 174-9, 7/25/12, Hirono
Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 25, 2012 To Amend The Regulatory Revision Bill To Exempt Oil
Speculation Regulations. “Kucinich, D-Ohio, amendment that would exempt regulations designed to limit
oil speculation from the restrictions and analysis requirements of the bill.” (HR 4078, CQ Vote #516: Rejected in Committee of
the Whole by a vote of 173-245: R 6-231; D 167-14, 7/25/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 25, 2012 To Amend The Regulatory Revision Bill To Exempt Energy
Efficiency Regulations. “Welch, D-Vt., amendment that would exempt regulations designed to increase or
promote energy efficiency from the restrictions and analysis requirements of the bill.” (HR 4078, CQ Vote #517: Rejected
in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 174-242: R 3-232; D 171-10, 7/25/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 26, 2012 To Amend The Regulatory Revision Bill’s Provision Fuel
Price Regulations. “Loebsack, D-Iowa, amendment that would exempt regulations designed to lower fuel
prices from the moratorium on ‘significant regulatory actions’ in the bill.” (HR 4078, CQ Vote #521: Rejected in Committee of
the Whole by a vote of 177-238: R 3-232; D 174-6, 7/26/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 26, 2012 To Amend The Regulatory Revision Bill To Include Health
Care Overhaul Implementation. “Richardson, D-Calif., amendment that would make regulations and rules
proposed to implement the health care overhaul law eligible for a presidential waiver from the moratorium on
‘significant regulatory action’ in the bill.” (H.R. 4078, CQ Vote #522: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 170-247: R 1-234; D
169-13, 7/26/12, Hirono Did Note Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 26, 2012 To Amend The Regulatory Revision Bill To Include Credit
Reporting Regulations. “Richardson, D-Calif., amendment that would make regulations pertaining to the
Fair Credit Reporting Act eligible for a presidential waiver from the moratorium on ‘significant regulatory
action’ in the bill.” (H.R. 4078, CQ Vote #523: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 173-246: R 0-237; D 173-9, 7/26/12, Hirono Did Not
Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 26, 2012 To Amend The Regulatory Revision Bill’s Provision For
Presidential Exemption Requests. “Connolly, D-Va., amendment that would require Congress to review
any presidential request for a waiver from the moratorium on ‘significant regulatory action’ in the bill within
seven days of its submission and allow the waiver to take effect absent such a review.” (H.R. 4078, CQ Vote #524:
Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 179-234: R 3-230; D 176-4, 7/26/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)




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Hirono Missed A Vote On July 26, 2012 To Amend The Regulatory Revision Bill To Include
Provisions For Attorney’s Fees. “Posey, R-Fla., amendment that would require any attorneys’ fees paid as a
result of federal agency violations of the bill’s moratorium on ‘significant regulatory actions’ be paid out of
the offending agency’s administrative budget.” (H.R. 4078, CQ Vote #525: Adopted in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 248-171: R
230-6; D 18-165, 7/26/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 26, 2012 To Amend The Regulatory Revision Bill To Exempt Nuclear
Power And Environmental Review Regulations. “Nadler, D-N.Y., amendment that would exempt
regulations related to nuclear power plant safety from the definition of ‘significant regulatory actions’ and
from provisions related to consent decrees, settlement agreements and environmental review requirements.”
(H.R. 4078, CQ Vote #526: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 176-243: R 9-227; D 167-16, 7/26/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 26, 2012 To Amend The Regulatory Revision Bill’s Definition Of
“Regulatory Action.” “McKinley, R-W.Va., amendment that would reduce the economic cost threshold for
the definition of ‘significant regulatory action’ from $100 million to $50 million.” (H.R. 4078, CQ Vote #527: Adopted in
Committee of the Whole by a vote of 240-178: R 226-10; D 14-168, 7/26/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 26, 2012 To Amend The Regulatory Revision Bill To Exempt
Workplace Injuries And Flammable Dust Regulations. “Miller, D-Calif., amendment that would exempt
regulations designed to prevent workplace injuries or deaths resulting from the ignition of flammable dust
from the definition of ‘significant regulatory actions’ and the restrictions on ‘midnight rules.’” (H.R. 4078, CQ Vote
#528: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 174-239: R 2-231; D 172-8, 7/26/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 26, 2012 To Amend The Regulatory Revision Bill To Exempt
Electrocutions And High Voltage Regulations. “Woolsey, D-Calif., amendment that would exempt
regulations designed to reduce the number of electrocutions or fatalities resulting from working with high-
voltage transmission and distribution lines from the definition of ‘significant regulatory actions’ and the
restrictions on ‘midnight rules.’” (H.R. 4078, CQ Vote #529: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 178-236: R 5-229; D 173-7, 7/26/12,
Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 26, 2012 To Amend The Regulatory Revision Bill To Include SEC
Cost-Benefit Analysis. “Waters, D-Calif., amendment that would authorize the appropriation of such sums
as necessary for the Securities and Exchange Commission to carry out the cost-benefit analysis requirements
of the bill.” (H.R. 4078, CQ Vote #530: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 171-247: R 1-235; D 170-2, 7/26/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)
Hirono Missed A Vote On July 26, 2012 To Amend The Regulatory Revision Bill To Include
Financial Reporting Requirements. “Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., amendment that would direct the Securities and
Exchange Commission to conduct a cost-benefit analysis on financial reporting requirements for companies
with $250 million or less in outstanding shares controlled by public investors, referred to as a ‘public float.’”
(H.R. 4078, CQ Vote #531: Adopted in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 251-166: R 233-3; D 18-163, 7/26/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 26, 2012 To Amend The Regulatory Revision Bill To Include Climate
Change Regulations. “Posey, R-Fla., amendment that would bar the Securities and Exchange Commission
from issuing or enforcing interpretive guidance designed to address climate change.” (H.R. 4078, CQ Vote #532: Adopted
in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 245-171: R 231-5; D 14-166, 7/26/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 26, 2012 To Amend The Regulatory Revision Bill To Delay
Provisions Related To The SEC. “Maloney, D-N.Y., amendment that would delay the implementation of
the bill’s provisions related to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) until the SEC certifies that the
cost-benefit analysis requirements would not divert resources from the agency’s core mission.” (H.R. 4078, CQ Vote
#533: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 173-243: R 2-234; D 171-9, 7/26/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 26, 2012 To Amend The Regulatory Revision Bill To Bar Non-
Residents. “Posey, R-Fla., amendment that would bar the Treasury Department from issuing regulations
regarding bank deposits of foreign citizens.” (H.R. 4078, CQ Vote #534: Adopted in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 251-165: R 233-3;
D 18-162, 7/26/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

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Hirono Missed A Vote On July 26, 2012 To Recommit The Regulatory Revision Bill. “Sutton, D-Ohio,
motion to recommit the bill to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and report it back
immediately with an amendment that would provide exemptions from the bill’s moratorium on regulations
for laws dealing with: offshore bank account disclosures, middle income tax relief, consumer protections,
invasive species, prescription drug safety, home foreclosure relief or predatory lending.” (H.R. 4078, CQ Vote #535:
Motion rejected by a vote of 181-234: R 1-233; D 180-1, 7/26/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Hirono Missed A Vote On July 26, 2012 To Pass The Regulatory Revision Bill That Restricts Federal
Agencies For Issuing New Rules Until The Unemployment Rate Drops Below 6 Percent. “Passage of
the bill that would prohibit federal agencies from issuing new rules that have an annual economic cost of
more than $50 million until the unemployment rate drops to or below 6 percent. It also would prevent
outgoing administrations from writing so-called ‘midnight rules’ after Election Day. The measure would
permit third-party intervention in litigation between private parties and government agencies that could result
in legal settlements compelling agencies to take regulatory actions. It also would require most independent
regulatory agencies to assess the effects of significant regulations where they previously were exempted under
current law and it would change the environmental review process for permits.” (H.R. 4078, CQ Vote #536: Passed by a
vote of 245-172: R 232-2; D 13-170, 7/26/12, Hirono Did Not Vote)

Of Hirono’s 2012 Missed Votes, She Voted 11 Times In Abstentia
*Hirono Missed A Vote On February 2, 2012 To Consider The Budget Baseline And Dynamic
Scoring Bill. “Adoption of the rule (H Res 534) that would provide for House floor consideration of a bill
(HR 3578) that would prevent the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) from incorporating inflation increases
into its projected spending baselines and a bill (HR 3582) that would require CBO to take into account the
effects that bills might have on economic growth, a calculation known as ‘dynamic scoring.’” (HR 3578, HR 3582, CQ
Vote #22: Adopted by a vote of 238-179: R 235-0; D 3-179, 2/2/12, Hirono Voted Nay In Abstentia)

*Hirono Missed A Vote On May 30, 2012 To Pas The FDA User Fee Bill. “Upton, R-Mich., motion to
suspend the rules and pass the bill that would reauthorize Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fee
programs through fiscal 2017 for pre-market approval of prescription drugs and medical devices. The bill
would authorize two new user fee programs for generic drugs and biosimilar biological products. It would
require drugmakers to notify the FDA of expected shortages of certain critical drugs and the FDA to inform
health care providers of the potential drug shortage.” (HR 5651, CQ Vote #294: Motion agreed to by a vote of 387-5: R 219-4; D 168-1,
5/30/12, Hirono Voted Yea In Abstentia)

*Hirono Missed A Vote On May 30, 2012 To Pass The Servicemember Custody Protections Bill.
“Stearns, R-Fla., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would require courts to reinstate custody
arrangements approved before a servicemember was deployed unless a court determines the arrangement is
no longer in the child’s best interest.” (HR 4201, CQ Vote #295: Motion agreed to by a vote of 390-2: R 220-2; D 170-0, 5/30/12, Hirono Voted
Yea In Abstentia)

*Hirono Missed A Vote On May 30, 2012 To Pass The Border Enforcement Security Bill. “King, R-
N.Y., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would establish a Border Enforcement Security Task
Force (BEST) program within Immigration and Customs Enforcement to coordinate efforts among federal,
state and local border and law enforcement officials to combat crime along and across the international
borders of the United States.” (HR 915, CQ Vote #296: Motion agreed to by a vote of 391-2: R 220-2; D 171-0, 5/30/12, Hirono Voted Yea In
Abstentia)

*Hirono Missed A Voted On June 8, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Legislative Branch Appropriations
Bill To Reduce Congressional Research Service Funding. “Broun, R-Ga., amendment that would cut
$878,000 from the amount provided for the Congressional Research Service and direct the same amount to
the bill’s spending reduction account.” (HR 5882, CQ Vote #372: Adopted in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 214-189: R 206-25; D 8-164,
6/8/12, Hirono Voted Nay In Abstentia)


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*Hirono Missed A Voted On June 8, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Legislative Branch Appropriations
Bill To Eliminate Funding For The Open World Leadership Center. “Scalise, R-La., amendment that
would eliminate funding in the bill for the Open World Leadership Center and direct $1 million to the bill’s
spending reduction account.” (HR 5882, CQ Vote #373: Adopted in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 204-203: R 190-41; D 14-162, 6/8/12,
Hirono Voted Nay In Abstentia)

*Hirono Missed A Voted On June 8, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Legislative Branch Appropriations
Bill To Bar Funding For Polystyrene Products. “Moran, D-Va., amendment that would bar the use of
funds in the bill to obtain polystyrene products for use in food service facilities of the House of
Representatives.” (HR 5882, CQ Vote #374: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 178-229: R 10-219; D 168-10, 6/8/12, Hirono Voted Nay
In Abstentia)

*Hirono Missed A Voted On June 8, 2012 To Amend The FY 2013 Legislative Branch Appropriations
Bill To Bar Funding For Online Advertising. “Flake, R-Ariz., amendment that would bar the use of funds
in the bill for members, committees and leadership offices to purchase online advertisements on websites
outside of their own official sites.” (HR 5882, CQ Vote #375: Rejected in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 148-261: R 94-137; D 54-124,
6/8/12, Hirono Voted Nay In Abstentia)

*Hirono Missed A Voted On June 8, 2012 To Recommit The FY 2013 Legislative Branch
Appropriations Bill. “Pingree, D-Maine, motion to recommit the bill to the House Appropriations
Committee and report it back immediately with an amendment that would reduce by $3.1 million the amount
provided for salaries and expenses of the House of Representatives. It also would cut $3.1 million from the
amount provided for members’ representational allowances, including clerk hire, official expenses and official
mail.” (HR 5882, CQ Vote #376: Motion rejected by a vote of 101-309: R 1-230; D 100-79, 6/8/12, Hirono Voted Yea In Abstentia)
*Hirono Missed A Voted On June 8, 2012 To Pass The FY 2013 Legislative Branch Appropriations
Bill. “Passage of the bill that would provide $3.3 billion for legislative branch operations, excluding Senate
operations, in fiscal 2013. The total would include $1.2 billion for House operations, $593 million for the
Library of Congress, $520 million for the Government Accountability Office, $444 million for the Architect
of the Capitol and $360 million for the Capitol Police.” (HR 5882, CQ Vote #377: Passed by a vote of 307-102: R 211-19; D 96-83,
6/8/12, Hirono Voted Yea In Abstentia)

*Hirono Missed A Voted On June 8, 2012 For The Surface Transportation Extension Bill. “Broun, R-
Ga., motion to instruct conferees to limit funding out of the Highway Trust Fund, including the Mass Transit
Account, to $37.5 billion for fiscal 2013.” (HR 4348, CQ Vote #378: Motion rejected by a vote of 82-323: R 82-145; D 0-178, 6/8/12, Hirono
Voted Nay In Abstentia)

In 2011, Hirono Abstained From Voting Three Times As Often As Any Other Hawaii House
Member
In 2011, Hirono Abstained From Voting Three Times As Often As Any Other Hawaii House
Member. “Hirono abstained from voting 23 times; Sen. Daniel Inouye abstained from voting nine times;
Hanabusa abstained from voting six times; Sen. Daniel Akaka abstained from voting six times.” (The Political Scoop
Website, www.politicalscoops.com, Accessed 2/1/12)




SOCIAL ISSUES
Card Check
Hirono Voted For Card Check
On March 1, 2007 Hirono Voted For Card Check. “Passage of the bill that would allow union organizers
to bypass secret-ballot elections if a majority of eligible employees sign a petition in support of union
formation. It would establish a system of mediation and arbitration that would apply when an employer and
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union are unable to agree on their first contract. Employers would be required to pay three times the amount
of back pay that an employee is due if the employee is illegally fired or discriminated against during an
organizational or first contract drive.” (HR 800, CQ Vote #118: Passed by a vote of 241-185: D 228-2; R 13-183, 3/1/07, Hirono Voted Yea)
Hirono Supported Card Check When On The Labor And Education House Committee
On February 14, 2007 Hirono Voted Against An Amendment That Would Permits Usage Of The
Card Check System To Decertify A Union. “J. Kline, R-Minn. – Amendment that would allow workers to
use the check-card system to decertify a union.” (HR 800, Rejected 19-28: R 19-1; D 0-27, 2/14/07, Hirono Voted Nay)
HIRONO: “The Process Is Very Much Tipped Toward Employers.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, House Committee On
Education And Labor, Hearing On The Employee Free Choice Act, 2/14/07)

Hirono Said That Current Penalties For Employers Are Not A “Deterrence” From Illegal Activity.
“And, yes, while there are existing penalties against employers who violate the existing provisions, these
penalties are so minor as to be basically useful and certainly not a deterrence to these kinds of illegal
activities.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, House Committee On Education And Labor, Hearing On The Employee Free Choice Act, 2/14/07)
HIRONO: “I Am Speaking Very Strongly Against This Amendment And All Other Amendments
That Seek To Go Against The Underlying Thrust Of This Bill.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, House Committee On Education And
Labor, Hearing On The Employee Free Choice Act, 2/14/07)

Immigration
Hirono Supported COFA Funding
“The Compact Of Free Association [COFA] Refers To The Legal Relationship Between The United
States And The Federated States Of Micronesia, The Republic Of Palau And The Republic Of The
Marshall Islands.” (Rep. Mazi Hirono, “Federal Government to Develop Plan to Address Burden of COFA Migrants,” Press Release, 12/21/11)

HIRONO: “We As A Nation Must Stand By The Agreements Made With The Pacific Nations In
The Compacts Of Free Association. These agreements provide important strategic advantages to the
United States and continue a long relationship with the people of these nations. The Micronesians and
Marshallese who live in Hawaii are our friends and neighbors. We know, however, that a few jurisdictions the
United States, such as Hawaii, carry more of the financial burden of these agreements than others, without
receiving a comparable amount of federal support. I recently spoke to President Obama about this issue. I
commend Senator Inouye for getting language included in the final spending bill to direct the federal
government to address the many needs of Compact migrants, while providing assistance to those areas that
serve the largest number of migrants.” (Rep. Mazi Hirono, “Federal Government to Develop Plan to Address Burden of COFA Migrants,” Press
Release, 12/21/11)

Hirono Co-Sponsored The Compact-Impact Reimbursement Act Of 2011 To Provide Adequate Aid
To Territories Burdened By COFA. “U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa on Wednesday introduced legislation to
amend the Compact of Free Association to provide for ‘adequate Compact-impact aid’ to affected states and
territories. . . . The legislation — titled the ‘Compact-Impact Reimbursement Act of 2011’ — has not yet been
assigned a bill number. Co-sponsors are Hawaii Rep. Mazie Hirono and Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam).”
(Chad Blair, “Hanabusa Sponsors Bill To Help COFA Migrants,” Civil Beat, 11/02/11)

On November 11, 2011 The Compact-Impact Reimbursement Act Of 2011 Was Referred To House
Subcommittee On Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans And Insular Affairs. (HR 3320, Introduced 11/2/11, Referred To House
Subcommittee)

          “[T]he Bill Seeks ‘To Address The Unfunded Mandate And Adverse Financial Consequences
           Resulting From The Compact By Meeting The Obligations Set Forth In The Compact,’

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           according to a draft of the legislation provided to Civil Beat.” (Chad Blair, “Hanabusa Sponsors Bill To Help COFA
           Migrants,” Civil Beat, 11/02/11)

          “The Bill Calls For The U.S. Department Of The Interior To Receive $185 Million Each
           Fiscal Year From 2012 Through 2024 To Provide For Grants To Hawaii, Guam, The
           Commonwealth Of The Northern Mariana Islands And American Samoa.” (Chad Blair, “Hanabusa
           Sponsors Bill To Help COFA Migrants,” Civil Beat, 11/02/11)

In 2011, Hirono Signed A Letter Urging Congress To Adopt Policy To Help Offset The Financial
Burden Of COFA Obligations In Hawaii. “Sens. Daniel K. Inouye and Daniel Akaka and Reps. Mazie
Hirono and Colleen Hanabusa in May 2011 signed a letter urging the U.S. government to adopt policy
options to address what they argued as COFA’s increasingly nonviable financial stipulations.” (Chad Blair, “Compact
Free Association,” Civil Beat, 11/2/11

          A Ruling Granted COFA Migrants Full Medical Benefits, Costs To The State Could Reach
           Up To $15 Million Annually. “The request, the second in 18 months by the delegation, comes in the
           wake of a court ruling in December that said Compact of Free Association (COFA) migrants must
           receive full medical benefits — a ruling that one attorney warned could cost the state up to $15
           million a year.” (Chad Blair, “Hawaii Congressional Reps To Feds: Help Us Curb Micronesians,” Civil Beat, 5/24/11)

          The Letter Was Met With Backlash From Some Pacific Island Officials Who Claimed The US
           Is Attempting To Pull Its Commitment To These Migrants. “The letter has upset some Pacific
           Island officials who say that the U.S. is trying to renege on its commitment to migrants from a region
           that was the location for nuclear tests in the 1940s and 1950s.” (Chad Blair, “Compact Free Association,” Civil Beat,
           11/2/11)

          “U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono Said She Asked President Barack Obama On Friday For Federal
           Money To Help Hawaii Absorb The Costs Of Providing Pacific Migrants With Health Care
           And Education Services.” (Derrick DePledge, “Hirono Seeks More Funding For Pacific Islands’ Migrants,” Honolulu Star, 9/24/11)
Voting Record
On November 29, 2011 Hirono Voted To Eliminate The Per-County Cap For Employment-Based
Immigration Visas. “Chaffetz, R-Utah, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would eliminate
the per-country cap for employment-based immigrant visas. It also would raise the per-country cap for
family-sponsored immigrant visas to 15 percent of such visas made available in that year.” (HR 3012, CQ Vote #860:
Motion agreed to by a vote of 389-15: R 210-12; D 179-2, 11/29/11, Hirono Voted Yea)

          HIRONO: “This Legislation Will Help Families Struggling To Reunite With Loved-Ones.
           For Filipinos, who must contend with some of the longest waits of any country for family-sponsored
           immigration, this bill will cut that wait and double the number of visas awarded to the Philippines.”
           (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Supports Bill Helping Filipino Families Reunite,” Press Release, 11/29/11)

On August 1, 2011 Hirono Voted To Reauthorize The Non-Immigrant Nurses Visas For Three
Years. “Smith, R-Texas, motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would extend for three years a
program that provides three-year visas for foreign nurses to work in certain hospitals with nurse shortages
and large numbers of Medicare and Medicaid patients. The reauthorization would reduce, from 500 to 300,
the number of such visas available and allow recipients to renew them for one additional three-year period.”
(HR 1933, CQ Vote #685: Motion agreed to by a vote of 407-17: R 220-16; D 187-1, 8/1/11, Hirono Voted Yea)

On June 2, 2011 Hirono Voted Against Prohibiting The Funding Of Alternative Detention For
Immigrants Who Commit A Crime Under The FY 2012 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill.
“Cravaack, R-Minn., amendment that would prohibit Immigration and Customs Enforcement from using
funds made available by the bill to process, release or administer alternative forms of detention to immigrants

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who commit a crime.” (HR 2017, CQ Vote #398: Adopted in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 289-131: R 234-0; D 55-131, 6/2/11, Hirono Voted
Nay)

On December 8, 2010 Hirono Voted In Favor Of The Dream Act. “Conyers, D-Mich., motion to concur
in the first and second Senate amendments and concur in the third Senate amendment to the bill with a
House amendment that would allow the Homeland Security Department to grant the undocumented children
of illegal immigrants conditional nonimmigrant status if they meet certain requirements, including that they
have been in the United States continuously for more than five years and were younger than 16 when they
entered the country, and that they have been admitted to a U.S. college or university or enlisted in the
military, and were younger than 30 on the date of enactment. The measure would require such individuals to
pay an application surcharge of $525 and, after five years, pay an additional $2,000 to renew their conditional
status for another five years, when they would be eligible to apply for legal permanent status.” (HR 5281, CQ Vote
#645: Motion agreed to, thus sent to the Senate, by a vote of 216-198: D 208-38; R 8-160, 12/8/10, Hirono Voted Yea)

On April 23, 2008 Hirono Voted To Prevent Business-Owning Illegal Immigrants From Receiving
Small Business Innovation Research Grants And Penalize Business That Knowingly Employ Illegal
Immigrants From Receiving Those Same Grants. “Foster, D-Ill., amendment that would prohibit
businesses owned or partly owned by an illegal immigrant from receiving Small Business Innovation Research
grants and would ban any business that knowingly recruited or hired an illegal immigrant from receiving
future grants.” (HR 5819, CQ Vote #215: Adopted in Committee of the Whole by a vote of 406-0: D 222-0; R 184-0, 4/23/08, Hirono Voted Yea)
On May 22, 2007 Hirono Voted To Increase Penalties For The Smuggling Of Illegal Immigrants.
“Berman, D-Calif., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would increase penalties for knowingly
bringing an illegal immigrant into the country or harboring an illegal immigrant and create new penalties for
vessels in U.S. jurisdiction that fail to comply with law enforcement officers.” (HR 2399, CQ Vote #400: Motion agreed to by
a vote of 412-0: D 217-0; R 195-0, 5/22/07, Hirono Voted Yea)

On May 22, 2007 Hirono Voted Against Requiring Illegal Immigrant Residents Of Housing Built
With Affordable Fund Money To Show Secure Forms Of Identification. “Price, R-Ga., amendment that
would require all owners or renters of housing built with affordable housing fund money to establish their
legal residency through the use of secure forms of identification.” (HR 1427, CQ Vote #387: Adopted in Committee of the Whole
by a vote of 235-188: D 46-181; R 189-7, 5/22/07, Hirono Voted Nay)

In 2009, Hirono Supported Immigrant Assistance Initiatives
In 2009, Hirono Hosted A Panel to Discuss The Status Of Women Immigrants In America.
“Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) today hosted a panel to discuss the results of a first-ever poll
on the status of women immigrants in America. The discussion, titled ‘Women Immigrants: The New Face
of Migration in America,’ centered on the implications of the historic poll taken by the non-profit think tank,
New American Media.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono Hosts Panel Discussion on First-ever Poll Focused on Women Immigrants in
the U.S.,” Press Release, 7/14/09)

          HIRONO: “The Challenges Facing The Women Documented In This Study Are
           Tremendous . . . Many Speak Little Or No English, While Facing Anti-Immigrant
           Discrimination, Lack Of Healthcare, While Working Low-Paying Jobs That Pay Just A
           Fraction Of The Wages They Earned In Their Home Countries.” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman
           Hirono Hosts Panel Discussion on First-ever Poll Focused on Women Immigrants in the U.S.,” Press Release, 7/14/09)

Hirono Assisted In Securing $200,000 For The Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center’s Human Rights
Alliance Project. “$200,000 for the Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center’s (formerly Na Loio) Human Rights
Alliance project, which assists immigrants who have been subjected to human trafficking, domestic violence,
sexual assault, or other human rights abuses with legal services, medical and psychological care, and social
services. (This project was also requested by Congressman Abercrombie.)” (Rep. Mazie Hirono, “Congresswoman Hirono
helps secure $7.7 million in Hawaii funding in the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill,” Press Release, 6/18/09)


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Hirono Challenged Republicans As Unwilling To Stand Up For Women’s Rights
“‘Today Planned Parenthood And Women’s Health Services Are Under Attack, Hirono Said. ‘With
Your Record Of Putting Republican Budget Principles Ahead Of Planned Parenthood And Women’s
Health Services, How Can We Trust You To Stand Up For Women’s Access To These Services?’”
(Derrick DePledge, “Case, Hirono Spar Over Issues In Lively Radio Debate,” Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 6/14/12)

Following The Aurora Colorado Shooting, Hirono Called For A National Discussion On Gun Rights
“Asked About Gun Control In The Wake Of The Mass Shooting At A Movie Theater In Colorado
Last Week . . . Hirono Said There Should Be A National Discussion On The Appropriate Way To
Balance The Right Of Individuals To Have Guns ‘And The Right Of The Community To Be Safe’ . .
. Hirono said voters can decide through elections.” (Derrick DePledge, “Case, Hirono Duke It Out,” Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 7/27/12)
Hirono Touted Hawaii’s “Very Progressive And Good Control Laws” That Should Be Used As A
National Example Of How To Proceed. HIRONO: “We have a lot of guns in our country and we should
have a national discussion about the appropriate way to balance the right of individuals to have guns and the
right of the community to be safe. We have over 20 mass killing in our country every year, that’s 20 too many.
And a state like Hawaii, I think, some very progressive and good gun control laws. And we should look at
states like Hawaii as to how we can proceed. I think we need to have a national conversation about what is
the appropriate way to protect individual rights as well as the right of community to be safe in our
community.” (Hawaii News Now, www.hawaiinewsnow.com, Debate, Accessed 7/31/12) (19:50)

Hirono Has Been A Steady Advocate For The Akaka Bill That Would Recognize Native Hawaiians;
Hirono Said She Would Continue To Push This Bill As A U.S. Senator
The Akaka Bill Sought To Federally Recognize Native Hawaiians And Laid The Ground Work For
Establishing A System By Which Native Hawaiians Could Oversee Land Use And Cultural Issues In
Hawaii. “The strategy behind the Akaka Bill has been in transition as the 87-year-old senator, the first with
Hawaiian ancestry, prepares to leave office. Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a state bill into law last year that
recognized Hawaiians as an indigenous people and created a process for establishing a roll of Hawaiians
eligible to participate in a new government that could oversee land use and cultural issues. The federal
government could recognize the Hawaiians eventually identified through the state law.” (Derrick DePledge, “Leading
Senate Candidates Commit to Akaka Bill,” Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 5/20/12)

           “‘The Goal Is Very Clear To Me,’ Hirono Said By Telephone From Washington, D.C. ‘And
            That Goal Is To Attain Federal Recognition For Native Hawaiians As A Native, Sovereign
            People With The Right To Self-Governance. And This Is How We Treat Alaska Natives And
            American Indians.’” (Derrick DePledge, “Leading Senate Candidates Commit to Akaka Bill,” Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 5/20/12)
Hirono Said She Would Continue To Push For The Akaka Bill, Adding “There Are A Log Of Public-
Policy Changes That Didn’t Happen Overnight.” “Hirono said she would be creative as a senator and
would work with the Native Hawaiian community and the delegation on a strategy. The congresswoman said
she is not discouraged that the Akaka Bill has failed to pass for more than a decade. ‘There are a lot of public-
policy changes that didn’t happen overnight,’ she said.” (Derrick DePledge, “Leading Senate Candidates Commit to Akaka Bill,” Honolulu
Star-Advertiser, 5/20/12)

Hirono Said Not Further Hearing Or Votes Were Needed To Recognize Native Hawaiians Due To
The Support For Akaka Bill’s Goal And Cited A Law That Passed The Hawaiian Legislature.
“Hirono said she does not believe additional public hearings or some type of vote on federal recognition is
needed in Hawaii, as some of the bill’s supporters and critics have suggested. ‘There have been a lot of
expressions of support for this goal,’ she said, the last being the state law approved overwhelmingly by the
Legislature.” (Derrick DePledge, “Leading Senate Candidates Commit to Akaka Bill,” Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 5/20/12)
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ETHICS AND CHARACTER
In 2011, Hirono Went On At Least One Privately Funded Trip Costing A Total Of $11,548
February 19-24, 2011 Hirono Went On A $11,548 Trip To Japan Paid For By The Japan Center For
International Exchange. (Legistorm Website, www.legistorm.com, Accessed 2/22/12)

In 2010, Hirono Went On At Least One Privately Funded Trip Costing $12,142

April 5-11, 2010 Hirono Went On A $12,142 Trip To Portugal Paid For By The Aspen Institute. (Legistorm
Website, www.legistorm.com, Accessed 2/22/12)

In 2009, Hirono Went On At Least Two Privately Funded Trips Costing $17,972

August 16-22, 2009 Hirono Went On A $5,714 Trip To Alberta Paid For By The Aspen Institute.
(Legistorm Website, www.legistorm.com, Accessed 2/22/12)

August 8-16, 2009 Hirono Went On A $12,258 Trip To Israel Paid For By The Aspen Institute. (Legistorm
Website, www.legistorm.com, Accessed 2/22/12)

In 2008, Hirono Went On At Least One Privately Funded Trip Costing $7,200
January 4-11, 2008 Hirono Went On A $7,200 Trip To Japan Paid For By The Japan-U.S. Friendship
Commission Of Georgetown University. (Legistorm Website, www.legistorm.com, Accessed 2/22/12)


CAMPAIGN FINANCE
Top Contributing Industries

Over Her Career, Hirono’s Top Contributing Industry Has Been Lawyers/Law Firms Which Have
Contributed $710,203. (Center For Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 7/24/12)
Over Her Career, Hirono Has Received $266,559 From Retired Individuals. (Center For Responsive Politics,
www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 7/24/12)

Over Her Career, Hirono Has Received $256,500 From Transportation Unions. (Center For Responsive Politics,
www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 7/24/12)

Over Her Career, Hirono Has Received $233,550 From Building Trade Unions. (Center For Responsive Politics,
www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 7/24/12)

Over Her Career, Hirono Has Received $221,368 From Private Sector Unions. (Center For Responsive Politics,
www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 7/24/12)

Hirono Has Received 29% Of Her Money From PACs
Over Her Career, Hirono Has Raised 29% Of Her Money From PACs - Totaling $2,012,271. (Center For
Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 7/24/12)

         $613,699 (33%) Of Hirono’s PAC Money Came From Business PACs. (Center For Responsive Politics,
          www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 7/24/12)

         $898,168 (48%) Of Hirono’s PAC Money Came From Labor PACs. (Center For Responsive Politics,
          www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 7/24/12)


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          $344,509 (19%) Of Hirono’s PAC Money Came From Ideological/Single Issue PACs. (Center For
           Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 7/24/12)

Hirono Has Also Taken Money From Leadership PACs
Over Her Career, Hirono Has Received $198,500 From Leadership PACs. (Center For Responsive Politics,
www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 7/24/12)

Hirono Founded The Patsy T. Mink PAC
“She [Hirono] Also Founded The Patsy T. Mink Political Action Committee To Raise Money For
Democratic Women, Who Support Abortion Rights, Seeking State Office.” (Treena Shapiro, “Election 2006,”
Honolulu Advertiser, 8/7/06)

In 2004, Eight Candidates Supported By The Patsy T. Mink PAC Were Elected. “Of the eight
candidates the committee supported in 2004, seven were elected.” (Treena Shapiro, “Election 2006,” Honolulu Advertiser, 8/7/06)

Top Contributors

Over Her Career, EMILY’s List Has Given $122,464 To Hirono. (Center For Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org,
Accessed 7/24/12)

Over Her Career, Alexander & Baldwin Has Given $51,700 To Hirono. (Center For Responsive Politics,
www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 7/24/12)

Over Her Career, The Sheet Metal Workers Union Has Given $42,550 To Hirono. (Center For Responsive
Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 7/24/12)

Over Her Career, Kobayashi, Sugita & Goda Has Given $41,400 To Hirono. (Center For Responsive Politics,
www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 7/24/12)

Over Her Career, The American Association For Justice Has Given $40,833 To Hirono. (Center For
Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 7/24/12)

Career Campaign Contributions By Region

Hirono Has Raised $1,911,856 From The Honolulu Region Over The Course Of Her Career. (Center For
Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 7/24/12)

Hirono Has Raised $220,814 From The Washington D.C. Region Over Her Career. (Center For Responsive
Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 7/24/12)

Hirono Has Raised $144,514 From The Los Angeles – Long Beach Region Over Her Career. (Center For
Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 7/24/12)

Hirono Has Raised $101,148 From The San Francisco Region Over Her Career. (Center For Responsive Politics,
www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 7/24/12)

Mainland Verses Island Contributions
Hirono 2011-2012 Cycle In State Vs Out Of State So Far:

In state           $476,315 59%

Out of             $327,637 41%
state

Hirono 2009-2010 Cycle In State Vs Out Of State:

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In state          $351,000            74%

Out of            $123,018            26%
state

Hirono 2007-2008 Cycle In State Vs Out Of State:

In state          $589,714            87%

Out of            $88,843             13%
state

Hirono 2005-2006 Cycle In State Vs Out Of State:

In state          $582,192            77%

Out of            $178,359            23%
state

(Center For Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 7/24/12)

2012 Senate Campaign
For 2011 Fourth Quarter, Hirono’s Campaign Received 28% Of Individual Contributions From Small
Donors. “Hirono reported $122,310 in unitemized donations to the Federal Election Commission, which
only requires candidates to provide an itemized list of donors who give more than $200 each. This means
those who gave smaller donations contributed 28 percent of the portion of Hirono’s haul that came from
individuals last quarter.” (Adrienne LaFrance, “Hirono Gets 28% Of Individual Contributions From Small Donors,” Honolulu Civil Beat, 2/9/12)

PROPERTY RECORDS
Hirono’s Honolulu Home
Hirono Co-Owns A $1.1 Million Home At 2443 Halekoa Dr. In Honolulu, Hawaii. (City Of Honolulu Website,
www.honolulupropertytax.com, Accessed 2/22/12)

          Hirono Co-Owns This Home With Her Husband, Leighton Oshima, And Daughter, Laura
           Hirono. (City Of Honolulu Website, www.honolulupropertytax.com, Accessed 2/22/12)

          Hirono’s 2524-Square-Foot House Has 3 Bedrooms. (City Of Honolulu Website, www.honolulupropertytax.com,
           Accessed 2/22/12)

          Hirono’s House Was Built In 1976. (City Of Honolulu Website, www.honolulupropertytax.com, Accessed 2/22/12)
Hirono’s 2011 Property Tax Bill Was $3,469.55. (City Of Honolulu Website, www.honolulupropertytax.com, Accessed 2/22/12)

          In 2011, Hirono Claimed An $80,000 Tax Exemption. (City Of Honolulu Website, www.honolulupropertytax.com,
           Accessed 2/22/12)

Hirono Has Paid Her Property Taxes In Full Since 2001. (City Of Honolulu Website, www.honolulupropertytax.com, Accessed
2/22/12)

Hirono’s Honolulu Rental Property
Hirono Owns A $249,200 Condominium At 1122 Elm St. #204 In Honolulu, Hawaii. (City Of Honolulu
Website, www.honolulupropertytax.com, Accessed 2/22/12)

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          Hirono’s Condominium Is 479 Square-Feet And Was Built In 1979. (City Of Honolulu Website,
           www.honolulupropertytax.com, Accessed 2/22/12)

Hirono’s 2011 Property Tax Bill Was $879.00. (City Of Honolulu Website, www.honolulupropertytax.com, Accessed 2/22/12)
Hirono Has Paid Her Property Taxes In Full Since 2001. (City Of Honolulu Website, www.honolulupropertytax.com, Accessed
2/22/12)

In 2011, Hirono Received Between $5,001 - $15,000 In Rental Income. (City Of Honolulu Website,
www.honolulupropertytax.com, Accessed 2/22/12)




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