Press Releases

October 10, 2019

Harris, Senators Call on Juul to End Unfair Forced Arbitration Agreements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and 8 of their colleagues in writing to K.C. Crosthwaite, CEO of Juul, to call on the company to remove forced arbitration and other anti-consumer provisions from its terms and conditions for online sales. Forced arbitration clauses restrict Americans' access to justice by stripping consumers and workers of their right to go to court. Instead, consumers and workers are forced into an … Continue Reading


October 09, 2019

Harris and Blumenthal Demand Entire Trump Cabinet Cooperate with Ongoing Investigations, Protect Whistleblowers and Inspectors General

Letter Warns That Efforts to Destroy Evidence or Intimidate Whistleblowers Would Be Evidence of Obstruction of Justice WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), both former state attorneys general, on Wednesday sent a letter to every Trump cabinet official calling on them to cooperate with all ongoing and future investigations related to the potential wrongdoing by the President of the United States, preserve all evidence relevant to their … Continue Reading


October 08, 2019

After Senate Intelligence Committee Releases Second Volume of Bipartisan Russia Report, Harris Warns of Further Efforts to Suppress Black Voters

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday released a statement after the Senate Intelligence Committee released the second volume of its report on Russian interference in the 2016 election: "Today's bipartisan report of the Senate Intelligence Committee makes clear that Russia deployed information warfare to sway the 2016 elections and exploited American social media networks to do it-and that their disinformation campaign ramped up after Election Day 2016. Russian … Continue Reading


October 04, 2019

Harris, Colleagues File Amicus Brief in Support of DACA in the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), and 46 current and former Senators in filing an amicus brief in the Supreme Court in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on DACA on November 12, 2019. President Trump terminated the DACA program on September 5, 2017, throwing the lives of nearly 800,000 DREAMers into chaos. "President Trump's decision to end DACA went … Continue Reading


October 04, 2019

Harris, Members of Congress File U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Support of Federal Civil Rights Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday led an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in Comcast Corporation v. National Association of African American-Owned Media and Entertainment Studios Networks, Inc. The issue before the U.S. Supreme Court is whether victims of race discrimination must meet the burdensome "but-for" causation standard at the pleading stage under one of the oldest federal civil rights laws. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in this … Continue Reading


October 04, 2019

Harris Announces Kristine Lucius As New Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) released the following statement on the appointment of Kristine Lucius to serve as her new Chief of Staff. "I'm excited to bring Kristine on board. She has a proven track record in the Senate, as a lawyer, and within the non-profit space that will serve Californians well," said Senator Harris. "Kristine will be a great asset in the fight for equality and justice in Congress." "I'm excited to return to the Senate and join a talented team … Continue Reading


October 03, 2019

Harris, Feinstein to Inspector General: Investigate White House Role in EPA Attacks on California

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Thursday called on the Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general to investigate whether the White House pressured the agency to abuse its law enforcement authority to single out California and the city of San Francisco. Last week, EPA Administrator Wheeler sent a letter to Governor Newsom alleging state water quality violations that contradict the agency's own findings. The letter was sent after … Continue Reading


October 03, 2019

Harris, Murray, Hirono, Gillibrand Announce Comprehensive Legislation to End Homelessness

Sens. Harris, Murray, Hirono, Gillibrand, and Rep. Waters' legislation makes landmark investments to confront homelessness WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), along with Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), on Thursday announced the Ending Homelessness Act, a comprehensive plan to confront homelessness in our country. Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced the … Continue Reading


October 03, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Senators Urge Administration to Protect Health Coverage for People with Preexisting Conditions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and 37 of their Senate colleagues in urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to protect individuals with preexisting conditions by limiting the proliferation of "junk plans" - short-term insurance plans that can exclude coverage for essential benefits and provide no protections for … Continue Reading


October 02, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Senators Call for Financial Certainty for Rural Counties

Bipartisan group of 32 Senators request two-year reauthorization for PILT and SRS programs WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jim Risch (R-ID), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mike Crapo (R-ID), and 25 of their Senate colleagues in requesting that any end-of-year legislation include at least a two-year reauthorization of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and the Secure Rural Schools and Community … Continue Reading


October 02, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Raise Alarm on Border Patrol Agents Conducting Initial Interviews for Asylum Seekers

WASHINGTON, D.C - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday led her colleagues in a letter to the acting heads of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) expressing concern and demanding answers about the Trump administration's recent decision to allow Border Patrol agents-as opposed to highly trained asylum officers within USCIS-to conduct "credible fear" interviews of individuals seeking … Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Harris, Senate Judiciary Democrats to Menashi: Disclose Involvement in Zelensky Call, Whistleblower Complaint

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and every Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday called on 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Steven Menashi to disclose what knowledge or involvement he had in President Trump's July 25 call with Ukrainian President Zelensky and the resulting whistleblower complaint. "We write to inquire about your knowledge of or involvement with any of the events related to a telephone call between President Trump and Ukrainian … Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Harris, Senators Oppose Cruel and Devastating Cuts to Refugee Admissions

Trump Administration reportedly plans to set the 2020 cap at 18,000 refugees - the lowest level ever. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and 13 of their Senate colleagues in opposing the Trump Administration's reported plans to slash the U.S.'s refugee cap to admit only 18,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2020-a cap which, if not reversed, would represent the lowest level of refugee admittances in … Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Senators Introduce Congressional Effort to Overturn DeVos Borrower Defense Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 32 of their colleagues in introducing the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval on Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' rewritten borrower defense rule that gutted essential protections for student borrowers and taxpayers. CRA resolutions of disapproval allow Congress to overturn regulatory actions of federal agencies with a simple … Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Senate Democrats Call on Interior Secretary to Terminate Acting BLM Director’s Authority

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and 9 Senate Democrats in urging U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to terminate William Perry Pendley's authority as acting director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). In the letter, the senators outline their concerns with Pendley's advocacy for the widespread sale of public lands, his efforts to roll back key conservation laws, and … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Harris Demands Inspector General Investigate Any State Department Officials Working with Rudy Giuliani

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday sent a letter to Steve Linick, Inspector General for the Department of State, demanding he investigate whether any Department of State officials enabled Rudy Giuliani to advance political activities on behalf of President Trump, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Ambassador Kurt Volker, and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland. "The August 12, 2019 … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Harris, Cornyn Introduce Bill to Reauthorize Program to Support Child Welfare Cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and John Cornyn (R-TX) on Thursday reintroduced the Continuing of Useful Resources to States (COURTS) Act to reauthorize the State Court Improvement Program (CIP), which provides formula grants to state courts to help them improve their handling of child welfare cases. The bill reauthorizes CIP for five years and was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Harris Statement on Senate GOP Blocking Funding for HBCUs, Minority-Serving Institutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday released the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked passage of the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act, bi-partisan and bi-cameral legislation that would reauthorize funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority-Serving Institutions for the next two years. Current funding is set to expire on September 30, 2019. "Let me be clear: … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Provide Tax Relief to California Wildfire Victims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) in introducing the bipartisan Hurricanes Florence and Michael and California Wildfire Tax Relief Act to provide tax relief to victims of last year's wildfires in California and other natural disasters. "Last year's wildfires devastated communities across California and … Continue Reading


September 24, 2019

Harris, Senate Judiciary Democrats: Committee Must Investigate Whistleblower Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and all committee Democrats in calling on Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to obtain and investigate the whistleblower report and hold a hearing with Attorney General Barr. "We have a constitutional responsibility to determine the reasons for the whistleblower's report and why it is being withheld from Congress. Specifically, this Committee should use … Continue Reading

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