Press Releases

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

August 06, 2020

Harris, Ocasio-Cortez Introduce Landmark Legislation to Empower Frontline Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) on Thursday introduced the Climate Equity Act, legislation to ensure that the United States government centers communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis in policy related to climate and the environment. For the last year, Harris and Ocasio-Cortez have worked with frontline community leaders to receive feedback on this legislation to ensure the strongest policy … Continue Reading

August 05, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Impact Aid Infrastructure Act to Boost School Infrastructure Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) in introducing theImpact Aid Infrastructure Act (IAIA), which provides $1 billion in supplemental funding for school infrastructure construction grants through the Impact Aid program. Similar legislation was introduced in the House last … Continue Reading

August 05, 2020

Harris Joins Menendez, Colleagues in Urging Trump Admin to Address Reports of Retaliation Among Workers of Color Who Report COVID-19 Workplace Concerns

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and a group of 19 colleagues in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding reports that workers of color face disproportionate acts of retaliation when reporting workplace concerns related to COVID-19. A recent report by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) found one in eight workers has perceived … Continue Reading

August 05, 2020

Harris, Van Hollen, Menendez, Booker Introduce Legislation to Increase Diversity on CARES Oversight Commission

Bill Would Ensure Board Represents Communities Hardest Hit by COVID-19 Pandemic WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) to introduce the CARES Congressional Oversight Commission Diversity Act, legislation to ensure that the communities who have been hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic are represented on the Congressional Oversight Commission. The Coronavirus crisis has … Continue Reading

August 04, 2020

Harris, Warner, Smith, Colleagues Introduce Legislative Fix To COVID-19 Unemployment Insurance Program That Excludes Millions Of American Workers’ Self-Employed Income

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tina Smith (D-MN) in introducing the Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act of 2020 to help ensure Americans who earn a living through a mix of traditional (W-2) and independent employment income (1099) can fully access the financial relief made available under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program. Following March passage of the CARES Act, states were directed … Continue Reading

August 03, 2020

Harris Demands Answers Regarding Trump’s Attempt to Bring British Open Golf Tournament to His Resort

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanding answers after a report revealed that President Trump urged U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Robert Wood Johnson to steer the British Open golf tournament to his resort in Scotland. The report also suggests that Ambassador Johnson has made inappropriate comments towards his female staff. Harris expresses her deep concern regarding these reports, citing this is not the … Continue Reading

July 31, 2020

Harris, Brown, Warren Call on CFPB To Protect Borrowers from Discrimination

Senators Say Companies' Use of Educational Data in Underwriting Raises Risk of Discrimination Against Minority and Women Borrowers WASHIINGTON, D.C. - U. S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Friday sent a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger urging the agency to take immediate actions to address potential violations of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) by lenders who use educational data to … Continue Reading

July 30, 2020

Harris, Bennet, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Bolster Medicaid Coverage for COVID-19-Related Treatment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), along with Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), in introducing legislation to increase coverage for uninsured Americans receiving Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)-related treatment and vaccines through Medicaid. The Stronger Medicaid Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Act directly responds to the increased need for health care resulting from the … Continue Reading

July 30, 2020

Harris, Sinema, Cornyn Introduce Bipartisan Legislation Ensuring Special Districts Receive COVID-19 Relief Funding, Providing Critical Services to Millions of Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and John Cornyn (D-TX) last week introduced the bipartisan Special Districts Provide Essential Services Act-legislation ensuring fire, sewage, water, power public utilities, flood control, and public health special districts are eligible to receive future federal coronavirus relief. This vital federal funding will allow special districts to provide critical services to communities throughout the nation. This … Continue Reading

July 30, 2020

Harris Introduces Legislation to Support Uterine Fibroids Research and Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday introduced the Uterine Fibroid Research and Education Act, legislation to initiate crucial research and education in relation to uterine fibroids and ensure women get the information and care they need. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY-11) introduced this legislation in the House of Representatives. "Millions of women across the country are affected by uterine fibroids, which can present serious health complications," said … Continue Reading

July 30, 2020

Harris, Booker, Duckworth Introduce Comprehensive Legislation to Help Achieve Environmental Justice for All

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), along with Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), on Thursday introduced the Environmental Justice for All Act, comprehensive environmental justice legislation to achieve health equity and climate justice for all, particularly underserved communities and communities of color. This legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Chair of the House Natural … Continue Reading

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