Press Releases

July 10, 2020

Harris, Duckworth, Schumer, Democrats Demand Opportunity To Review Any Relevant Materials Related To Alleged Intelligence That Russia Offered Bounties For Killing American Troops

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) along with 9 of their colleagues in sending a letter to President Donald Trump demanding information related to the alleged intelligence that Russia has been covertly offering bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing U.S. servicemembers deployed to Afghanistan. The Senators are requesting that the Administration immediately make available any relevant … Continue Reading

July 10, 2020

Harris, Feinstein to Administration: Don’t Deport International Students Taking Online Classes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Friday called on the Trump administration to allow international students at colleges and universities who are taking classes online due to the coronavirus pandemic to remain in the United States. This follows new guidance from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) stating that international students on F-1 and M-1 visas "may not take a full online course load and remain" in the U.S. "The best and … Continue Reading

July 10, 2020

Harris, Bennet Urge Facebook to Strengthen Efforts to Protect Civil Rights, Combat Voter Suppression

Following New Audit of Facebook's Civil Rights Policies, Senators Call on Company to Improve Policies to Defend American Democracy and Civil Rights Ahead of 2020 Elections WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) on Friday wrote to Facebook urging the company to strengthen efforts to protect civil rights, remove hate speech, and combat voter suppression on its platforms by heeding recommendations of a newly released audit of the company's civil … Continue Reading

July 09, 2020

Harris, Democrats Urge ICE and DHS to Immediately Withdraw New Guidance that Threatens International Students

"ICE's new policy is irrational and xenophobic, and risks the health of students, faculty, and staff" WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris on Thursday joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), along with Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Joe Neguse (D-CO), Katherine Clark (D-MA), and Seth Moulton (D-MA) and 87 of their colleagues in a … Continue Reading

July 09, 2020

Harris, Porter Blast Trump Administration for Failing to Plan for Safe Reopening of Schools

Senator and Congresswoman call on Administration to communicate clearly with schools on how to reopen, keep families safe WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and U.S. Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) on Thursday blasted the Trump Administration for failing to communicate a plan to school districts on how to reopen safely ahead of the upcoming academic year. The two demanded that the Administration develop clear and concise standards that include the input of health … Continue Reading

July 08, 2020

Harris Statement on Supreme Court Decision Restricting Access to Birth Control

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday released the following statement in response to the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case that considered the Trump administration's rules that would allow virtually any employer or university to declare itself exempt from the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) requirement that health plans cover birth control without out-of-pocket costs: "Today's ruling is a setback for reproductive health. As our country continues to … Continue Reading

July 07, 2020

Harris Introduces Legislation to Ensure Nation’s Water Sustainability

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday announced the introduction of the Water for Tomorrow Act, legislation that ensures the nation's water supply is safe and sustainable. The threat of climate change, which has a disproportionate impact on low-income communities and communities of color, will continue to intensify water scarcity and extreme weather conditions, particularly in California and the West. The Water for Tomorrow Act combines the water sustainability … Continue Reading

July 07, 2020

Harris, Blumenthal, Senators Demand Full Implementation & Enforcement Of The Death In Custody Reporting Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and 15 of their colleagues in writing Attorney General William Barr calling for the immediate, full implementation and enforcement of the Death in Custody Reporting Act. The Death in Custody Reporting Act, which requires states to report to the Department of Justice (DOJ) how many individuals die each year while in police custody or during the course of an arrest, was reauthorized in 2014. … Continue Reading

July 06, 2020

Harris, Cardin, Cantwell, Schumer, Booker, Cortez Masto Introduce Legislation to Invest in Minority-Owned Businesses

New Bill Would Broaden Reach of Minority Business Development Agency & Make It Permanent WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) on Thursday introduced the Minority Business Resiliency Act. The bill would make the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), which was created by Executive Order in 1969, permanent and expand the reach of the agency by … Continue Reading

July 02, 2020

Harris, Brown, Casey, Cortez Masto Introduce Comprehensive Legislation To Support Child Welfare Agencies During COVID-19

Legislation Invests in Health, Safety and Wellbeing of Children, Youth and Families WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) on Thursday introduced the Child Welfare Emergency Assistance Act, comprehensive legislation to provide flexible, emergency aid for key child welfare programs working to support young people and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The senators' legislation will help ensure … Continue Reading

July 02, 2020

Harris, Cornyn, Blumenthal, Sasse File Amendment to Require Transparency for Foreign Agent Media Outlets

Requires news outlets pushing foreign interests to disclose foreign agent status WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Ben Sasse (R-NE) on Thursday filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to require registered foreign media outlets to provide notice to U.S. consumers. The Intelligence Community's assessment of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and the Senate Intelligence Committee's … Continue Reading

July 02, 2020

House Passes Several Harris Bills and Provisions in Major Infrastructure Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday applauded the House passage of the Moving Forward Act, a $1.5 trillion investment in our nation's infrastructure. The package, which passed the House late Wednesday, includes a number of important bills and key provisions led by Harris. "I applaud the House for passing the Moving Forward Act and including important bills and key provisions I've introduced along with my partners in the House," said Harris. "This vital … Continue Reading

July 01, 2020

Harris, Klobuchar, Clyburn, Colleagues Introduce Comprehensive Broadband Infrastructure Legislation to Expand Access to Affordable High-Speed Internet

Senate bill follows introduction in the House of Representatives led by Majority Whip James Clyburn and the Rural Broadband Task Force WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) in introducing comprehensive broadband infrastructure legislation to expand access to affordable high-speed internet for all Americans. The Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act will invest $100 billion to build high-speed broadband infrastructure in … Continue Reading

July 01, 2020

Harris, Murray, Colleagues to Barr: Reverse Anti-LGBTQ Position, Protect Transgender Workers from Discrimination

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Ga., which held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ workers from discrimination, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Patty Murray (D-WA) on Tuesday sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr demanding the Department of Justice (DOJ) reverse its anti-LGBTQ position that federal law does not shield transgender workers. The senators called on Barr to … Continue Reading

July 01, 2020

Harris, Gillibrand Urge Pompeo To Take Immediate Action To Cease Genocidal Campaign Against Minority Women In China

Push Follows Alarming Report From Associated Press Detailing Violation of Uyghur, Kazakh and Other Ethnic Minority Women's Rights, Including Forced Sterilization WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on Tuesday called on the Trump administration to take immediate action following an alarming report from the Associated Press detailing China's ongoing genocidal campaign against Uyghur and other ethnic minority women in western China. According … Continue Reading

June 30, 2020

Harris, Baldwin, Colleagues Introduce NDAA Amendment to Increase National Production of Testing Supplies and PPE as COVID-19 Cases Rise

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) in introducing an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 (NDAA) that would require President Trump to unlock the full authority and power of the Defense Production Act to scale up nation-wide production of the testing supplies, personal protective equipment, and medical equipment needed at the local level to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "This is simple: as COVID-19 … Continue Reading

June 30, 2020

Harris, Tester, Colleagues to Trump Administration: Don’t Rip Away Health Care for Millions During Public Health Crisis

Senators introduce resolution slamming effort to invalidate Affordable Care Act WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the Trump Administration moves full-steam ahead to dismantle the health care law that provides coverage for millions of Americans, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and 46 of their colleagues in introducing a resolution putting in the official Senate record their condemnation of that "reckless" effort and demanding the Department of Justice … Continue Reading

June 30, 2020

Harris Introduces Bill to Better Prepare for and Respond to Pandemics

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday introduced the Improving Pandemic Preparedness and Response Through Diplomacy Act, legislation that creates a special presidential envoy for pandemic preparedness and response, charged with developing and implementing a diplomatic strategy to prepare for, detect, respond to, and recover from pandemics and other global outbreaks of infectious disease. The legislation was also introduced as an amendment to the Fiscal Year (FY) … Continue Reading

June 30, 2020

Harris, Senators Blast EPA’s NAAQS Proposal and Urge EPA to Set More Protective Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), along with Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Ed Markey (D-MA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jeffrey Merkley (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) in urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to pursue stronger standards to protect Americans … Continue Reading

June 30, 2020

Harris, Schatz, Murkowski, Paul Introduce Legislation To Help End Police Militarization

New Amendment To NDAA Limits Transfer Of Certain Military Equipment To Local Police Departments WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to limit the transfer of certain surplus military-grade equipment to local law enforcement agencies across the country. The Harris-Schatz-Murkowski-Paul amendment places limitations on the Department of … Continue Reading

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