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Hirono sees first bill as a federal lawmaker pass

By Oskar Garcia

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:02 p.m. HST, Mar 26, 2014

 U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii has had her first bill as a federal lawmaker signed into law, a measure speeding up tax breaks for donations made to typhoon relief in the Philippines.

Hirono's office said Wednesday that President Barack Obama signed the bill into law late Tuesday night allowing taxpayers to claim deductions for donations made between now and April 15 on their 2013 taxes rather than waiting until 2014.

The bill is meant to spur relief for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the central Philippines on Nov. 8. It killed more than 6,200 people, flattened towns and was one of the strongest typhoons on record.

More than 27,000 people were hurt in the typhoon and about 4 million were displaced, Hirono said.

"Many communities in the Philippines are still struggling to recover," she said. "Nearly five months later, we can't lose sight of the loved ones who are still missing, families that are still homeless."

Hirono, a Democrat who was elected in November 2012 to replace the retiring Daniel Akaka, had previously had amendments and other elements within laws pass, but not a standalone bill she introduced.

The bill was introduced in December, the same day a companion bill was introduced in the House by U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, a Democrat from California.

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entrkn wrote:
Wow, that's the only thing she has gotten passed since she became our other Senator...?
on March 26,2014 | 10:35AM
1local wrote:
how much have USA taxpayers paid for hirono and her staff to help Filipinos? Hirono and democrats in washington are lose money. Fire them all with their staffs and utilize the Federal money to help out the Hawaii economy...
on March 26,2014 | 10:41AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
They woke her up just for that?
on March 26,2014 | 10:58AM
Rite80 wrote:
Fact is republicans have been stonewalling congress since Obama became President. Almost nothing has been passed since Republicans rule the House and republicans in the senate filibuster just about everything. Therefore it is a miricle Hirono was able to get this bill passed.
on March 26,2014 | 11:53AM
droid wrote:
It is a miracle that Hawai‘i voters take spin-doctors like Rite80 seriously.
on March 26,2014 | 12:01PM
OldDiver wrote:
Always amazed to read comments from the pretend CONservative billionaires who post on this forum.
on March 26,2014 | 12:20PM
lee1957 wrote:
Boo hoo, boo hoo, those evil republicans.
on March 26,2014 | 12:09PM
deeteedub wrote:
Her first bill passed does absolutely NOTHING for the people of Hawai'i. Way to go!
on March 26,2014 | 12:08PM
MakaniKai wrote:
I agree with your post; but this does benefit HI residents that donated to the relief fund. And for political reasons like stated in the post by toobn.
on March 26,2014 | 05:52PM
toobn wrote:
This doesn't help the vast majority of her constituents, and is strictly a measure to make her more popular with Filipino voters in her district. She's basically a follower rather than a leader, just like Hanabusa.
on March 26,2014 | 12:12PM
pake48 wrote:
This was the first bill she ever got passed EVER, either as a congresswoman or senator. Even when the Democrats were the majority in the House, she never got anything passed. I don't ever remember her submitting ANY bill for consideration. Like toobn says, she's a follower. Don't know why voters chose Lazy Mazie over Ed Case.
on March 26,2014 | 12:57PM
MakaniKai wrote:
Ah c'mon you know why! D vs R and eh dat Case guy is one ha ole despite his families Kama aina roots Mazie born in Japan looks like...........................
on March 26,2014 | 05:44PM
st1d wrote:
she needs to try and get a bill passed that will help hawaii, unless her acorn president has figured out how to register phillipine citizens as democrat voters.
on March 26,2014 | 02:12PM
SteveToo wrote:
Now that's really impressive.
on March 26,2014 | 03:47PM
danji wrote:
Big deal. How long has she been in Washington? Maize is a loser in my opinion and a lot of other people
on March 26,2014 | 04:24PM
MakaniKai wrote:
Yes dis wahine is a waste of taxpayer salary yet she has been voted in time and time again (not by me) but by others that make up the small percentage of voters. SMH. Hawaii my beloved nei we can do better than this !!!!!
on March 26,2014 | 05:49PM
false wrote:
Riiight. Mufi is a willing Polynesian but few would ever vote for him. And what has our wee little Schatz rascal been doing since becoming our senior senator? Time for your pablum Brian but first your doo doo diaper change.
on March 26,2014 | 07:05PM
kekelaward wrote:
Well, 0bama does think Hawaii is part of Asia.
on March 26,2014 | 06:53PM
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