As a member of the Senate Armed Services, Veterans’ Affairs, and Judiciary Committees, Mazie has been deeply involved in ensuring our nation is prepared to respond to any threat that arises – while prioritizing constructive, proactive diplomatic solutions to avoid potential conflicts – and making sure that we support our servicemembers and their families all the way through from enlistment, to deployment, to the transition back into our communities.
Mazie understands that our national security isn’t just about our military strength, it’s also about leading by example. As one of the Senate’s leading voices for a progressive foreign policy, she has been a staunch advocate for pursuing diplomatic solutions to the serious international challenges we face on issues like global nuclear proliferation; the destabilizing actions taken by the regimes of Iran, Russia, North Korea, and Syria; and the ever-growing influence of China.
Mazie believes that America should stand up for human rights, lead the global effort to fight climate change, pursue a shared approach to alleviating poverty, and improve the health and well-being of those around the globe. To ensure that the U.S. remains a beacon of hope for those fleeing oppression, Mazie has stood strong against the Trump administration’s efforts to gut the State Department and engage in a foreign policy based on xenophobia and fear.
Diplomacy and cooperation should be the cornerstone of keeping our nation safe, but at the same time we cannot ignore the reality that our military must remain strong in order to back those efforts. As the gateway to the Indo-Asia-Pacific, Hawaii plays a critical role in our national security. The U.S. Pacific Command is headquartered on Oahu, and tens of thousands of military families and veterans call Hawaii home. In the Senate, Mazie has supported initiatives to protect Hawaii from the growing North Korean threat, while simultaneously promoting vigorous diplomacy to de-escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
In the annual National Defense Authorization process, Mazie continues to fight for Hawaii’s priorities, ensuring necessary resources and funding for Pacific Command; promoting military use of clean energy and energy efficiency technologies that reduce costs and risks to our servicemembers; strengthening the Services’ energy resiliency; promoting research projects with local institutions; and pursuing programs to increase stability for military families. As Ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee’s Seapower Subcommittee, Mazie oversees the budget and functioning of Navy and Marine Corps programs.
Mazie stands with Hawaii’s servicemembers, veterans, and their families and has worked with her colleagues to shed light on the scourge of sexual assault in the military. She introduced bipartisan legislation that would ensure that victims get the justice they deserve by putting the decision to prosecute these crimes in the hands of an impartial military prosecutors, not potentially-biased military commanders. She has previously supported legislation to provide an attorney to victims of sexual assault in the military.
Mazie has been recognized by veterans’ organizations for her work to help end veteran homelessness, and continues to fight to make sure that our veterans get the benefits they have earned and the care they deserve.