Press Releases

October 21, 2020

Harris, Feinstein, Cortez Masto, Rosen Urge Air Force to Upgrade Nevada Air National Guard Aircraft Fleet to Help Fight Wildfires

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) wrote a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett urging her to reconsider the Nevada Air National Guard Base in Reno as a candidate for eight C-130J aircraft, which would help improve the Guard's firefighting abilities in Nevada, California, and other states in the region. The senators first asked Secretary Barrett to consider the Nevada Air … Continue Reading


October 20, 2020

Harris, Feinstein Call for Federal Firefighter Pay Increase, Permanent Employment Status

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Monday sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt urging them to review the pay and employment classification for all wildland firefighters employed by the Departments of Agriculture and Interior. "As California and the West contend with yet another historic and destructive wildfire season, it has become clear that we are entering a 'new normal' in … Continue Reading


October 15, 2020

Harris, Menendez, Colleagues Call on Library of Congress to Recognize Armenian Genocide Despite Trump Administration’s Denial

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), along with Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Jack Reed (D-RI), in calling for the Library of Congress' records on the Armenian Genocide to reflect both scholarly and Congressional consensus. In a letter to Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla D. Hayden, the … Continue Reading


October 14, 2020

Harris At Barrett Hearing: Illegitimate Process Causing Great Harm

Full Video of Harris' Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Wednesday questioned Judge Amy Coney Barrett, nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States. During the hearing, Harris asked Barrett if she agreed with Chief Justice John Roberts' writing in Shelby County v. Holder, "Voting discrimination still exists; no one doubts that." Judge Barrett did not answer the question. Harris also asked Barrett if she … Continue Reading


October 13, 2020

Harris Statement on Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

"I am extremely alarmed by reports of continued aggression in Nagorno-Karabakh. My heart is with those who have lost loved ones. "There can be no military solution to this conflict. The Trump administration must do more to help bring about a cease fire, end Turkey and Iran's involvement, put monitors on the ground, and resume talks on a lasting diplomatic resolution. Immediate action is necessary to save … Continue Reading


October 12, 2020

Harris: Republicans Are Rushing Confirmation to Strike Down Affordable Care Act

Full Video of Harris' Statement WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Monday participated in the hearing to consider the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States. Senator Harris spoke out against Senate Republicans' attempt to jam through a nominee who will take away healthcare from millions of Americans- all while our nation is in the midst of a deadly pandemic. In her statement, Harris … Continue Reading


October 12, 2020

Harris: Republicans Are Rushing Confirmation to Strike Down Affordable Care Act

Full Video of Harris' Statement WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Monday participated in the hearing to consider the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States. Senator Harris spoke out against Senate Republicans' attempt to jam through a nominee who will take away healthcare from millions of Americans- all while our nation is in the midst of a deadly pandemic. In her statement, Harris … Continue Reading


October 09, 2020

Harris, Leahy, Booker Press Chairman Graham Not To Conduct Supreme Court Hearings Without COVID-19 Testing Procedures In Place

…Warn That Hearings Could Otherwise Become Virus Super-Spreader WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) in pressing Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) not to proceed with Supreme Court confirmation hearings next week unless stringent COVID-19 testing procedures are implemented immediately. Pointing out that two Judiciary Committee members have tested positive for COVID-19 and others … Continue Reading


October 01, 2020

Harris, Brown Introduce Heat Stress Legislation to Protect Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on Thursday introduced legislation to ensure the safety and health of workers who are exposed to dangerous heat conditions in the workplace. The bill, the Asunción Valdivia Heat Illness and Fatality Prevention Act, is named in honor of Asunción Valdivia who died in 2004 after picking grapes for ten hours straight in 105-degree temperatures. Mr. Valdivia fell unconscious and instead of calling an … Continue Reading


September 29, 2020

Harris, Feinstein to Trump: Grant ‘Major Disaster Declaration’ for California Fires

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Tuesday sent a letter to President Trump in support of Governor Gavin Newsom's request for a major disaster declaration for California in response to devastating wildfires. "California has already experienced record-breaking wildfires this year. In August, a severe lightning storm sparked dozens of major fires that threatened tens of thousands of homes and families. So far this year, over 3.7 million acres … Continue Reading


September 26, 2020

Harris Statement on Supreme Court Nomination

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Saturday released the following statement following President Trump's nomination of U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States: "The Supreme Court has a profound impact on the rights of all Americans. As a U.S. Senator and member of the Judiciary Committee, I have a duty to ensure that a Supreme Court nominee will uphold the law and has a demonstrated … Continue Reading


September 23, 2020

Harris, Casey, Booker, Durbin Urge Finance Committee Leaders to Adopt Proposals to Reduce Maternal Mortality Rate

U.S. Ranks Last Among Similar Countries in Maternal Death Rate WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Bob Casey (D-PA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) wrote a letter urging the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee to draw on their individually proposed maternal health bills as the committee develops policy recommendations to expand and improve coverage and services for pregnant and post-partum people. Those bills are: Senator Kamala … Continue Reading


September 13, 2020

Readout of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris’s Call with Mark Ghilarducci, Director of Cal OES about California Wildfires

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) on Sunday held a call to discuss California's response to the current wildfire crisis. Senator Harris's call with Director Ghilarducci is the latest in a series of conversations with state leaders concerning this year's devastating fire season. This week, Senator Harris also spoke with California Governor Gavin Newsom. "California has been … Continue Reading


August 27, 2020

As The School Year Begins, Harris, Senators Call On FCC To Bolster Lifeline Program To Keep Students Connected

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and 25 of their colleagues in calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to boost its Lifeline program to keep students connected as millions return to school both virtually and in person. Since 1985, the FCC's Lifeline program has made basic internet and telephone service more affordable for low-income Americans and has had bipartisan support. "As millions of American … Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

Harris, Feinstein Push for Expedited Major Disaster Declaration Amid Ongoing California Wildfires

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Friday sent a letter to President Donald Trump pushing for an expedited Major Disaster declaration in response to the devastating wildfires burning across California. Harris and Feinstein wrote in support of Governor Gavin Newsom's request for an expedited declaration to ensure Californians have the support they need to battle the fires and begin the road to recovery. "As of August 20, over 350 fires have … Continue Reading


August 10, 2020

Harris, Feinstein, Carbajal: Include Funding to Protect Incarcerated Individuals in COVID-19 Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Congressman Salud Carbajal (D-CA) on Monday called on House and Senate leadership to quickly finalize a COVID-19 emergency response package that includes critical assistance to respond to outbreaks in federal prisons in California. "We are concerned that BOP has not yet implemented universal testing or onsite testing for inmates and staff to stop the spread of the virus throughout the prison system or … Continue Reading


August 10, 2020

Harris, Warren, Underwood, Colleagues Announce Bicameral Legislation to Combat Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Crisis During COVID-19 Pandemic

Both public health crises are fueled by racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic inequities, comorbidities, inadequate health care access, and structural racism WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL), along with Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Tina Smith (D-MN), in introducing the Maternal Health Pandemic Response Act to improve research and data collection, … Continue Reading


August 06, 2020

Harris, Rosen Lead Letter Calling on CBP to Protect Unaccompanied Children at the Southern Border

Senators: Absent screenings and additional protections required by law, unaccompanied children-including the more than 2,000 unaccompanied children returned by DHS-face steep challenges to pursue safety from the dangers they flee. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV), both members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), on Thursday led 26 of their colleagues in a letter to Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection … Continue Reading


August 06, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Celebrating the 55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and 22 of their colleagues to introduce a Senate Resolution to recognize, commemorate, and celebrate the 55th anniversary of the enactment of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. President Lyndon Johnson proposed the legislation just days after the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, during which the late Representative John Lewis was savagely beaten by law … Continue Reading


August 06, 2020

With In-Person Visits Suspended, Harris, Colleagues Advocate for Access to Free Telephone Calls and Video Conferencing for Incarcerated People in Next Relief Package

Letter to Senators McConnell and Schumer highlights urgency to connect families as many facilities have suspended in-person visits and families face layoffs, furloughs, and evictions due to the pandemic. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and 12 colleagues to send a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck … Continue Reading

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