Press Releases

August 21, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Colleagues to Forest Service: Listen to Fire Fighter and Forest Manager Input to Protect National Forests

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Tom Carper (D-DE) and 21 of their Democratic colleagues in calling on the U.S. Forest Service to listen to the input of wildland fire fighters and forest managers and extend the public comment period for its proposed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rule. The proposed rule could undermine the scientific processes considered in NEPA to protect … Continue Reading


August 21, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Colleagues Call to Ban Low-Yield Nuclear Missiles Deployment and Extend New START Treaty in Final Defense Authorization Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and 15 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James M. Inhofe (R-OK) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI) urging them to include three key nuclear weapons provisions in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020. The provisions, which were included in the House-passed NDAA, would … Continue Reading


August 08, 2019

Harris, Udall, Warren, Blumenthal Release New Details of Expanded DHS Watchdog Probe of CBP Surveillance of Journalists, Activists, and Lawyers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Tom Udall (D-NM), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) on Thursday released a letter from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (OIG) detailing its investigation into the alleged compiling of lists and targeted government surveillance of journalists, activists, and lawyers at the U.S.-Mexico border by Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The lawmakers demanded answers from CBP leadership in May … Continue Reading


August 07, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Democratic Senators Urge Trump Administration to Reject $100 Billion Tax Cut for Wealthy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and 37 Democratic senators in urging Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin against unilaterally cutting capital gains taxes for the wealthiest Americans by an additional $100 billion over 10 years, an illegal action that would defy longstanding Justice Department policy. The request follows a letter signed by 21 Republican … Continue Reading


August 07, 2019

Harris, Senators to EPA: Reverse Course and Ban Toxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Now

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and 13 Senate Democrats in calling on EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to ban chlorpyrifos, a toxic pesticide linked to brain damage in children and known to cause serious harm to human health. The letter comes in response to a recent EPA decision to reject a petition to ban chlorpyrifos. Several states and public health groups petitioned for the removal of the chemical from the marketplace, but the EPA … Continue Reading


August 06, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Colleagues Urge Secretary DeVos to Fulfill Her Responsibility and Help Students Impacted By Sudden Closures of For-Profit Colleges

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Monday joined Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 26 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary DeVos urging the Department of Education to fulfill its duty in providing assistance to the 32,000 students impacted by the recent and sudden closures of three for-profit college chains-Education Corporation of America, Vatterott Educational Centers, and Dream Center Education … Continue Reading


August 06, 2019

Harris, Democrats Demand Google End Misuse of Independent Contractors, Temporary Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and 8 of their colleagues in demanding answers from Google, after a New York Times report found Google has more temporary and contract workers than full-time employees. The report also found that temporary and contract workers often remain in those positions for extended periods of time. Temporary workers and independent contractors are by definition intended for short-term or work outside the scope of … Continue Reading


August 01, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Urge VA Secretary to End Anti-worker, Anti-union Negotiation Tactics

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and 32 of their colleagues in urging the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie to abandon the Department's current destructive approach to ongoing negotiations with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). Despite VA and AFGE's history of engaging in good-faith negotiations that equally benefit employees, veterans and the Department, the current … Continue Reading


August 01, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Senate Democrats Unveil Resolution To Save Pre-Existing Condition Protections From Harmful Trump Administration Rule Pushing Junk Plans

Senate Democrats To Trump Administration: Stop Your Health Care Sabotage, Stop Your Attacks On Americans With Pre-Existing Conditions WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and every Senate Democrat in unveiling a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would roll back the 1332 waiver rule, another Trump Administration effort to sabotage Americans' health care and another attack on the 130 … Continue Reading


July 31, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Senate Democrats Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

Democracy for All Amendment, introduced by entire Senate Democratic Caucus, would help get big money out of politics and put power back in the hands of the American people WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and the entire Senate Democratic Caucus in introducing the Democracy for All Amendment, a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC and other … Continue Reading


July 30, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Democrats Reiterate Concerns about Trump Admin’s Lack of Strategy for Central America

Nearly four months after abruptly announcing the suspension of foreign assistance to Central America, the Trump Administration has failed to present a plan to mitigate the conditions driving migration WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and 21 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterating their concern about the Trump Administration's lack of a coherent … Continue Reading


July 30, 2019

Harris, Senate Colleagues Call on Trump Administration to Extend and Redesignate TPS

Trump Administration Expected to Make a Decision This Week on Whether Conditions Are Met to Extend and Redesignate TPS Protections for Syrians in U.S. If Administration Does Not Extend and Redesignate TPS, Syrians Living in the U.S. Could Face Deportation to War-Torn Syria and Face Life-Threatening Conditions WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) and 17 of their colleagues in calling on the Trump … Continue Reading


July 30, 2019

Harris, Feinstein to Secretary Perdue: Use New Authorities to Reduce Wildfires

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Tuesday called on Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to explain how the U.S. Forest Service is using new statutory authorities provided by Congress to reduce wildfire risk and expedite wildfire prevention actions. "Given the threat facing California of yet another catastrophic wildfire season, we write to ask how the Forest Service is making use of new forest management authorities provided by Congress to … Continue Reading


July 29, 2019

Harris, Ocasio-Cortez Announce Landmark Legislation to Ensure Green New Deal Lifts Up Every Community

Climate Equity Act will hold government accountable to interests of communities who have faced historic, systemic environmental injustice WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) on Monday announced the Climate Equity Act, a draft legislative proposal to ensure that the United States government makes communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis the foundation of policy related to climate and the environment, … Continue Reading


July 26, 2019

Harris Marks ‘United States Intelligence Professionals Day’

Senate unanimously approves bipartisan Intelligence Committee resolution WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate has designated July 26, 2019 as "United States Intelligence Professionals Day," following passage of a bipartisan resolution sponsored by U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and every member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The resolution, adopted Thursday, celebrates the courage, fidelity, sacrifice, and professionalism of the hardworking men and women of our nation's … Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

After Senate Intelligence Committee Releases First Volume of Russia Report, Harris Stresses Need for Investments in Election Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) released a statement Thursday after the Senate Intelligence Committee released the first volume of its report on Russian interference in the 2016 election: "The facts are clear: The Russian government mounted a deliberate and systematic attack on America's election infrastructure in 2016. This attack took the form of cyber operations, some of which succeeded, to access our nation's election infrastructure. More broadly, we can't forget … Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

Harris Statement on Trump Administration Resuming Capital Punishment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice's announcement that the Federal Bureau of Prisons will resume federal capital punishment after nearly two decades. Harris has opposed the death penalty throughout her career: "Today is a sad day for the United States. The administration's decision to resume the death penalty is both misguided and immoral. As a career law enforcement official, I have long … Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

Harris Reintroduces Legislation Addressing Rights and Conditions of Immigrants in Detention

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday reintroduced the Access to Counsel Act and the Detention Oversight, Not Expansion (DONE) Act, two bills that would promote the fair treatment of immigrants facing detention in response to the Trump administration's inhumane immigration policies. "For years, this president and his administration have demonized immigrants and committed human rights abuses against immigrants seeking refuge in our country. Enough is enough," said … Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

Harris Introduces BASIC Act to Help College Students Afford Basic Needs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday introduced the Basic Assistance for Students In College (BASIC) Act, legislation to ensure that college students-particularly those receiving Pell Grants or attending a community college or minority-serving institution-are able to afford basic, day-to-day necessities. Co-sponsors of the BASIC Act include U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). According to a recent Government Accountability Office … Continue Reading


July 24, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Reintroduce Butch Lewis Act and Reaffirm Commitment to Solving Pension Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tina Smith (D-MN) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) along with Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and 22 of their colleagues in reintroducing the Butch Lewis Act in the Senate as the House of Representatives is expected to pass the bill this afternoon. Named for a retired Ohio Teamster, the Butch Lewis Act would address the pension crisis threatening the retirement of more than 1.3 million … Continue Reading

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