Press Releases

January 28, 2020

Harris, Feinstein, Colleagues Call for a National Commitment to Refugee Resettlement on Third Anniversary of Trump’s Travel Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and 14 of their colleagues in introducing a resolution marking the third anniversary of President Trump's executive order barring immigrants from majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States, and calling on Congress to reaffirm the United States' commitment to providing a safe haven for refugees fleeing oppression including the tens of thousands … Continue Reading


January 28, 2020

Harris, Feinstein, Democrats Press Health Department for Updates on Novel Coronavirus, Call for Continuing Robust, Science-Driven Response

There are currently 5 confirmed U.S. cases of the novel coronavirus, including 2 in California WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Monday joined Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), and 28 of their Democratic Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary Alex Azar at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting updates on the Administration's response to the novel coronavirus outbreak and information on the steps being taken to … Continue Reading


January 17, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Question the Revolving Door Between Federal Agencies and the Private Detention Industry

High-level ICE and BOP officials are leaving their posts to work at the same companies they regulated, raising concerns about corruption and compliance with federal law WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), along with Representatives Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), in sending a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) questioning their anti-corruption … Continue Reading


January 16, 2020

Harris: “The Very Integrity of the United States Senate is on Trial”

Click Here for Full Video of Harris' Remarks Click Here to Download Video of Harris' Remarks WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) at a press conference to discuss the need for the Senate to call firsthand witnesses and demand direct evidence of the president's misconduct in the impeachment trial of President Trump. "I would … Continue Reading


January 16, 2020

VIDEO: Harris Demands Senate Judiciary Committee Halt Nominations During Impeachment Trial

Click Here for Full Video of Harris' Statement WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Thursday pressed her colleagues to halt all judicial nominations during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Harris pointed to the inappropriateness of moving forward with judicial nominees while the president is charged with high crimes and misdemeanors. "In light of the fact that the Senate is now in receipt of two articles of … Continue Reading


January 15, 2020

Harris Calls For Judicial Nominations To Stop During Senate Consideration of Impeachment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday called for a pause to any judicial nominees while the Senate considers the impeachment articles against President Trump. From the time the Clinton impeachment articles were delivered to the Senate in 1999 to the date of the Senate's verdict, the Senate Judiciary Committee did not hold any nominations hearings or advance any nominations to a confirmation vote. "Today, the United States Senate will receive articles of … Continue Reading


January 14, 2020

Harris Votes Against USMCA in Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday released a statement on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) after voting against the deal in the Senate Budget Committee: "It is the duty of the United States Congress to ensure that our nation's trade policies lift up workers, grow the economy, and protect public health and our environment. Trade agreements can open up new markets to American products and forge new alliances with foreign countries. They can also … Continue Reading


January 13, 2020

Ahead of Impeachment Trial, Harris Delivers Speech on Fight for the Integrity of the American System of Justice

Click here to download Harris' remarks Click here to view Harris' remarks (Video begins at 18:35) WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday delivered remarks on the floor of the United States Senate as the Senate prepared to receive articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. I n the speech, Harris laid out her view of the Senate's duty to ensure the integrity of the American system of justice, as well as her commitment to ensuring that nobody-including … Continue Reading


January 13, 2020

Harris, Feinstein, Colleagues Slam FDA E-Cigarette Policy Riddled with Loopholes for Flavors that Appeal to Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Monday joined Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and 27 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn criticizing the FDA's decision to break the Trump Administration's promise to clear all nontobacco flavored e-cigarette products from the market by announcing a weak policy that includes huge exceptions regarding menthol-flavored products and any … Continue Reading


January 13, 2020

Harris, Feinstein, Senate Colleagues Call on Trump Administration to Extend Humanitarian Protections for Somali Nationals

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) joined Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and 15 of their Democratic Senate colleagues in calling on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to extend humanitarian protections granted to hundreds of Somali nationals who have taken refuge in our nation before the deadline to decide whether to extend protections on January 17 of this year. Somalia was first designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) nearly 30 … Continue Reading


January 09, 2020

Harris, Lawmakers Introduce No War Against Iran Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and 11 of their Senate colleagues in introducing the No War Against Iran Act, which would deny the Pentagon of any funds for unauthorized use of military force against Iran. A measure to prohibit funds for an unconstitutional war with Iran passed by a bipartisan 251-member vote in the House of Representatives last year, though it was later stripped from the National Defense Authorization … Continue Reading


January 07, 2020

Harris Calls for Declassification of Soleimani War Powers Act Notification

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Tuesday released a statement calling for the declassification of President Trump's notification to Congress regarding the military strike against Qasem Soleimani. "I am deeply concerned by the potential consequences of the president's order and apparent lack of coherent strategy moving forward," said Harris. "Having reviewed the president's formal notification to Congress, it is clear … Continue Reading


December 30, 2019

Harris Leads Colleagues in Letter Opposing Drastic Increases to Immigration-Related Fees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) led a group of her colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) official Samantha Deshommes expressing their strong opposition to a rule change that would drastically increase immigration fees and directly harm vulnerable immigrant populations. Under the proposed rule change, the filing fee for individuals seeking naturalization would increase 83%, from $640 to $1,170. The renewal fee for DACA … Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Harris Statement on the Impeachment of President Donald J. Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday released a statement following the House of Representatives' vote to impeach President Donald J. Trump: "In the United States of America, nobody is above the law. And nobody, especially a president, is exempt from accountability. Our nation's founders provided Congress with the tool of impeachment because they envisioned a day when a future president would abuse his power and block congressional checks and oversight. Now, … Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Demand HUD Review Facial Recognition Technology Use in Federally Assisted Housing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Edward Markey (D-MA), along with U.S. Representatives Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), on Wednesday called on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to review policies regarding the use of facial recognition technologies in federally assisted housing. In a letter to HUD Secretary Ben Carson, the legislators … Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Safe Gun Storage Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and 18 of their Senate colleagues in introducing new legislation directing the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to establish safety standards for firearm locks and firearm safes. U.S. Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives earlier this year. "There is a gun violence epidemic in this … Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Cortez Masto, Rosen Celebrate 50 Years of Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

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) issued a proclamation ahead of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's 50th anniversary tomorrow. "For half a century, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has been at the forefront of the mission to conserve and restore Lake Tahoe's spectacular natural environment, which has inspired so many Californians, Nevadans and Americans nationwide," the proclamation … Continue Reading


December 16, 2019

Harris, Lawmakers File Amicus Brief Supporting the Indian Child Welfare Act

Amicus brief makes the case for the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act and Congress's authority-and trust responsibility-to legislate for the benefit of Indian Tribes WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and John Hoeven (R-ND), along with 22 senators and 52 representatives, in filing an amicus brief in federal court defending the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The bipartisan and bicameral … Continue Reading


December 13, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Schiff Applaud Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Passage of Bill to Protect Rim of the Valley Corridor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Thursday passed the Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act, a bill introduced by U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) to add more than 191,000 acres of the Rim of the Valley Corridor to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. "The Rim of the Valley corridor is an area of immense natural beauty and wildlife," said Senator Harris. "That is why … Continue Reading


December 12, 2019

Harris, Senators Request Update from Federal Agencies on Progress Towards Issuing Long-Delayed Licensing of Marijuana Manufacturing for Research Purposes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Cory Booker (D-CT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) on Thursday sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), requesting an update on the progress of the federal government's efforts to … Continue Reading

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