Press Releases

July 19, 2018

Amid Rising Costs of Housing, Harris Introduces Bill to Provide Rent Relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With the cost of housing continuing to rise in California and across the country, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris today introduced legislation to provide rent relief for working families struggling to pay their bills. The Rent Relief Act would create a new, refundable tax credit to put more money in the pockets of families at a time when renters' wages have remained stagnant and housing costs have increased rapidly. Harris was joined in the introduction by Senators Dianne … Continue Reading


July 17, 2018

Harris, Merkley, Cortez Masto Introduce Bill to Reunify and Protect Immigrant Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) introduced the Reunite Every Unaccompanied Newborn Infant, Toddler and Other Children Expeditiously (REUNITE) Act, a bill to immediately reunify all families and establish a permanent system of coordination between agencies and non-governmental organizations to protect detained immigrants with children. Government inaction has resulted in a failure of young migrant children … Continue Reading


July 16, 2018

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Ban Use of Gay and Trans Panic Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Aiming to end the use of so-called "gay panic" and "trans panic" defenses in federal court, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris joined democratic lawmakers in the Senate and House to introduce the Gay and Trans Panic Defense Prohibition Act of 2018. "Gay panic" and "trans panic" defenses seek to excuse crimes such as murder and assault by arguing that the victim's sexual orientation or gender identity provoked the defendant's violent reaction, blaming victims for the violence … Continue Reading


July 13, 2018

Harris, Carper, Murray, Hassan Urge DHS IG to Open Investigation into Treatment of Pregnant Women in ICE Detention Facilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), all members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General urging him to conduct an investigation into ICE policies and practices related to the detention of pregnant women … Continue Reading


July 11, 2018

At Judiciary Hearing, Harris Speaks out Against Judge Kavanaugh Nomination

Video of Harris' Remarks WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris spoke out against Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States and highlighted the threat Kavanaugh poses to American's access to healthcare. In her remarks, Harris noted Kavanaugh's history of criticizing the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, as well as Kavanaugh's suppression of a woman's health care rights in a 2017 ruling that … Continue Reading


July 10, 2018

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Mandate Release of Civil Rights Cold Case Records

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined Senators Doug Jones (D-AL) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) in introducing legislation to mandate the review, declassification, and release of government records related to unsolved criminal civil rights cases. Legislation is necessary because the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), as implemented, has prevented the timely and adequate disclosure of executive branch records, and congressional records are not subject to public … Continue Reading


July 09, 2018

Senator Harris Statement Opposing Nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement tonight on the nomination of U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States: "The Supreme Court has a profound impact on the rights-and lives-of all Americans. When at its best, it has advanced the meaning of those words above its doors, 'Equal Justice Under Law.' At its worst, the Supreme Court has upheld racial segregation, enabled voter suppression, and equated corporations … Continue Reading


June 29, 2018

Harris, Booker, Scott Introduce Bill to Make Lynching a Federal Crime

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC), the only African-American members of the United States Senate, have introduced legislation to make lynching - the willful act of murder by a collection of people assembled with the intention of committing an act of violence upon any person - a federal crime. The Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018will amend the United States Code to specify that lynching is a crime in itself that would … Continue Reading


June 28, 2018

Harris Leads Colleagues in Letter Demanding Answers on Trump Administration’s Zero Tolerance Policy, Plans to Reunite Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris led a group of senators in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar demanding answers on the Trump Administration's implementation of the President's June 20 Executive Order on family separation. In the letter, the senators pressed the officials on the status of the over 2,300 children that were separated from their parents and on what … Continue Reading


June 27, 2018

Harris Statement on Announcement of Justice Kennedy Retirement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement on Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's announcement that he will retire from the Court at the end of next month: "This Supreme Court vacancy puts issues that affect every single American in the balance, from a woman's constitutionally protected right to make her own health care decisions to privacy, equality and civil rights. "Given the stakes of this seat which will determine the fate of protected … Continue Reading


June 27, 2018

Senate Unanimously Passes Harris/Schatz/Gardner Legislation to Improve Emergency Alert System

ALERT Act Will Give the Federal Government Primary Responsibility of Notifying the Public of a Missile Threat WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last night, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Authenticating Local Emergencies and Real Threats (ALERT) Act, legislation authored by U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.). The ALERT Act, which was introduced following the false emergency alert that went out across Hawai'i on January 13, will improve the … Continue Reading


June 27, 2018

Harris Statement on SCOTUS Ruling Against Workers in Janus v. AFSCME

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court of the United States' ruling against workers' rights in Janus v. AFSCME: "Our country's success depends on the right of all workers - including teachers, firefighters, peace officers and nurses - to collectively negotiate fair wages, benefits and protections. The Court's decision today undermines the basic American premise, held … Continue Reading


June 25, 2018

Congressman DeSaulnier and Senator Harris’s Legislation to Expand John Muir National Historic Site Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) announced that his bill to expand the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California was signed into law. The John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act (H.R. 1719) adds an additional 44 acres of donated land to the 330 acre park to help improve access to the East Bay's natural spaces and preserve the land for generations to come. Congressman DeSaulnier's bill first passed in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote … Continue Reading


June 25, 2018

Harris Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Labor Protections for Farm Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, on the 80th Anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris, Dianne Feinstein (both D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) have introduced the Fairness for Farm Workers Act - legislation to strengthen critical protections for farm workers as they face long hours and exposure to heat. According to the Centers for Disease … Continue Reading


June 22, 2018

Senator Harris Visits Otay Mesa Detention Facility

SAN DIEGO - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, toured the Otay Mesa Immigration and Detention Facility in California where she met with mothers who have been separated from their children. The Department of Homeland Security prohibited press from entering the detention facility. Following the tour of the facility, Harris spoke out against the Trump Administration's separation of … Continue Reading


June 21, 2018

Harris Sponsors Legislation to Combat Valley Fever

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris introduced a bill, the Combat Valley Fever Act, to spread awareness and help determine the best methods to combat Valley Fever, a fungal lung infection that can be fatal. Valley Fever results from fungus that's trapped in the soil, and when the earth is tilled during agricultural activity it releases organisms that enter peoples' lungs. It often presents as a cold or the flu and can be misdiagnosed. Valley Fever occurs most often in areas … Continue Reading


June 21, 2018

Harris on Separating Families at the Border: “We will be judged harshly”

Video of Harris' Remarks WASHINGTON, DC - Last night, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris spoke out on the Senate floor against the Trump Administration's separation of 2,300 immigrant children from their parents. In her remarks, Harris highlighted the trauma children experience from being forcibly separated from their parents, praised the activism across the country condemning the separation of families, and called on the Trump Administration to end its zero-tolerance policy that continues to be … Continue Reading


June 19, 2018

Harris, Murphy Introduce Bill to Help Communities Protect Their Coasts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As sea-level rise and coastal storms continue to put thousands of homes at risk across the country, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) led a group of their colleagues today in introducing The Living Shorelines Act - legislation that would create a new grant program under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for nature-based shoreline protection projects known as living shorelines. "Our nation's coasts must be fortified to … Continue Reading


June 18, 2018

Harris Statement on Vote Against NDAA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement today on her vote against the National Defense Authorization Act. "Our men and women in uniform sacrifice daily for the country we love to keep Americans safe, both at home and abroad. As a senator from the state with the largest number of military personnel in the country, I support providing them with the necessary tools to keep our country safe in a world of growing national security threats. "While I … Continue Reading


June 18, 2018

Harris, Menendez, Casey Introduce Legislation to Shine Light on Spending Programs for Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.), introduced the Children's Budget Act and the Focus on Children Act, a package of bills designed to shine a light on and provide a full accounting of all federal funding that is spent on behalf of our children. The legislation would require the President's budget request to include a separate accounting of proposed spending on children and provide a similar accounting from the Congressional … Continue Reading

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