Press Releases

January 16, 2019

Harris on Unpaid Government Workers: “They don’t need a wall. They need a paycheck.”

Video of Harris' Remarks WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris spoke on the Senate floor today to call on her colleagues to immediately take up bipartisan legislation to re-open the government and put federal employees in California and across the country back to work. In her remarks, she noted that before the holidays the Senate unanimously passed legislation to re-open the government and that the president has consistently stood in the way of ending the shutdown. Key Points … Continue Reading


January 15, 2019

Harris Presses Attorney General Nominee on Recusal from the Mueller Investigation, Border Security

Video of Harris' First Round of Questioning Video of Harris' Second Round of Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee today, Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) questioned the nominee for Attorney General, William Barr, about whether he would follow the recommendation of career Department of Justice ethics officials on recusal from the Special Counsel's investigation-a practice former Attorney General Sessions abided by during his tenure. In response to … Continue Reading


January 09, 2019

Harris Re-Introduces Legislation to Promote Diversity and Inclusion at Federal Reserve

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris re-introduced the Ensuring Diverse Leadership Act, legislation to ensure that at least one minority and one female candidate are interviewed for each vacancy for the presidency of a reserve bank at each of the twelve reserve banks in the Fed (San Francisco, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Richmond, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Dallas). Of the more than 130 individuals who have served as presidents … Continue Reading


January 03, 2019

Harris’ First Action of 116th Congress: Re-introducing Tax Cut for Middle Class

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris re-introduced the LIFT (Livable Incomes for Families Today) the Middle Class Act, legislation that provides middle class and working families with a tax credit of up to $6,000 a year-or up to $500 a month-to address the rising cost of living. The latest Federal Reserve report on the economic well-being of Americans indicated that four in ten adults still say they don't have enough savings to cover a $400 emergency expense. "We need to … Continue Reading


December 20, 2018

Harris Introduces Legislative Package to Increase Access to Mental Health Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) introduced two bills, the Mental Health Telemedicine Expansion Act and the Mental Health Professionals Workforce Shortage Loan Repayment Act, to expand access to mental health services for millions of Americans experiencing mental illness, especially those in rural and medically underserved areas. Currently, more than 123 million Americans live in an area with a shortage of mental health professionals. The Mental Health … Continue Reading


December 19, 2018

Senators Harris and Booker Lead Historic Passage of Federal Anti-Lynching Legislation

Video WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) took to the Senate floor to ask for unanimous consent to pass the bipartisan Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018, historic legislation that would criminalize lynching, attempts to lynch, and conspiracy to lynch for the first time in American history. The motion passed, marking the first time in American history that federal anti-lynching legislation has been passed by the Senate. "Lynchings … Continue Reading


December 18, 2018

Senator Kamala Harris Visits Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, recently returned from Kabul, Afghanistan and other locations in the country where she met American servicemembers, diplomats, and national security professionals supporting the Afghan military in their fight against insurgent forces and terrorist organizations such as ISIS, Al Qaeda and the Taliban, toured numerous bases … Continue Reading


December 17, 2018

Senator Harris Statement on FIRST STEP Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) released the following statement today on the FIRST STEP Act: "For years, we've been offered a false choice on criminal justice policy. It's a choice that suggests we are either 'soft' on crime or 'tough' on crime instead of asking: 'Are we smart on crime?' Americans deserve a criminal justice system that is both fair and smart. By passing the FIRST STEP Act, we can make our criminal justice system smarter. "For too long, … Continue Reading


December 14, 2018

Harris, Correa Lead CA Congressional Delegation Members in Oversight Letter to ICE on Conditions at CA Immigration Detention Facilities

WASHINGTON, D.C - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, U.S. Representative J. Luis Correa (both D-CA) and nearly two dozen fellow members of the California delegation sent a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Ronald D. Vitiello requesting information about ICE's management and oversight of its California detention facilities in light of numerous disturbing reports of substandard and inhumane conditions. Reports from the Department of Homeland Security's Office … Continue Reading


December 12, 2018

Harris Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Nation’s Ability to Combat Economic Espionage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced the Deterring Espionage by Foreign Entities through National Defense (DEFEND) Act, which would update the Economic Espionage Act (EEA) to better address the growing threat of economic and industrial espionage perpetrated by foreign actors. The legislation increases the damages available for victims of trade theft, extends the statute of limitations, and expands the scope of … Continue Reading


December 11, 2018

Harris Questions CBP Commissioner on Economic Impact of San Ysidro Port of Entry Closing, Trafficking Prosecutions

Video of Harris' Questioning WASHINGTON, DC - At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) pressed Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan on the reasoning behind last month's five-hour closure of the San Ysidro Port of Entry, as well as the economic impact of the border closing on the surrounding communities. The border closure last month resulted in a loss of $5.3 million for City of San Ysidro businesses alone, and across … Continue Reading


December 10, 2018

Harris, Barragán Submit Comment to DHS Opposing Proposed Public Charge Rule Threatening California’s Health, Safety, and Economic Stability

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Friday, Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Representative Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA) submitted a comment to the Department of Homeland Security expressing their strong opposition to a proposed rule that would prevent non-citizens who lawfully participate in vital public health, nutrition, and housing programs from obtaining green cards and other visas. The rule would drastically limit the number of low- and middle-income immigrants eligible to obtain permanent … Continue Reading


December 05, 2018

Harris, Udall, and Heinrich Call on ICE and CBP to Release Documentation on Death of Transgender Woman in ICE Custody

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) sent a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Ronald D. Vitiello and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan urging the immediate public release of a death review and supporting documentation on Roxsana Hernández, a 33-year old transgender woman who died in ICE custody. The senators have also requested documentation of ICE … Continue Reading


December 05, 2018

Harris Introduces Legislation to Preserve and Strengthen California’s Wilderness and Public Lands

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) introduced two bills, the San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection Act and the Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act to restore, enhance, and preserve California's wilderness and public lands, as well as expand economic and recreational opportunities for the surrounding communities. The bills are Senate companions of House legislation introduced by Rep. Chu (D-CA) and Rep. Huffman … Continue Reading


November 27, 2018

Harris on Farr Nomination: We Must Do Better

Video of Harris' Remarks WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U. S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke out on the United States Senate floor against the nomination of Thomas Farr to be District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. "The way I see it, if it's something worth fighting for, it's a fight worth having," said Senator Harris. "And this fight against Thomas Farr is a fight worth having. Because Mr. Farr is far from what we should … Continue Reading


November 19, 2018

PHOTOS: Sen. Harris Visits Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

SAN DIEGO - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, visited the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, where she received a briefing on the capabilities and operations of military sites and I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) missions, and learned about the unique role the I MEF plays in National Defense and Intelligence. "What I saw are incredibly dedicated Americans who are serving our country, doing extraordinary work that requires … Continue Reading


November 18, 2018

Sen. Harris Tours Wildfire Affected Areas in Paradise

SACRAMENTO - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, toured the wildfire affected areas in Paradise, California with firefighters, local leaders, emergency management officials, and evacuees impacted by the Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history. Harris also received a briefing on the current response efforts and ongoing concerns this fire season from local firefighters and first responders. In August, in the wake of the Northern California fires, Harris … Continue Reading


November 15, 2018

Harris Presses ICE Director on Conditions of Detained Pregnant Women, Allegations of Abuse

Video of Harris' Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris pressed Acting Director and nominee to be Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Ronald Vitiello on the agency's policies surrounding detained pregnant women at the border and allegations of abusive and threatening behavior filed against ICE agents. Harris questioned Vitiello on the implications of ICE … Continue Reading


November 14, 2018

Senator Harris Statement on Coast Guard Authorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement today on her vote against the Coast Guard Authorization Act: "The United States Coast Guard is vital to the security of our nation but is too often under-appreciated and underfunded. In spite of these obstacles, the men and women of the Coast Guard work tirelessly - each and every day - to protect Americans. As the senator of a state with over 1,000 miles of shoreline, it is imperative that the Coast Guard … Continue Reading


November 14, 2018

Harris and Wyden Introduce Legislation to Improve Resettlement Process for Unaccompanied Children, Protect Sponsors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Families Not Facilities Act, legislation that would prohibit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from using information gathered in the process of resettling unaccompanied immigrant children to take civil enforcement actions against individuals in the homes of prospective sponsors. The legislation would also … Continue Reading

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