Press Releases

April 24, 2020

Harris, Feinstein, Schumer, Gillibrand Demand FCC Extend Comment Period for Net Neutrality Repeal for First Responders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on Wednesday sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai demanding an extension on the comment period for the issues that the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals recently remanded in the commission's net neutrality repeal. Local governments in California and New York requested a 60-day extension of the comment period, yet the commission … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Push for Bipartisan Legislation to Make Oral Cancer Medications More Affordable

Implications of COVID-19 Pandemic on Cancer Patients Seeking Treatment During This Emergency WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senators Tina Smith (D-MN) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) and 11 of their colleagues in calling on House and Senate leadership to make sure the next coronavirus relief package includes their Cancer Drug Parity Act, which would make sure oral cancer drugs are covered in the same way as traditional intravenous (IV) chemotherapy. Right … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Call For Relief For Rural Broadcasters, Local Newspapers During Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Steve Daines (R-MT), Gary Peters (D-MI), John Barrasso (R-WY), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and 68 of their colleagues in calling for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell Vought to support radio and television broadcasters and local newspapers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senators said in part, "Our radio and television broadcasters and rural newspapers provide … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Harris, Peters, Fudge, Richmond Demand FEMA Address Racial Disparities in Disaster Response

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Gary Peters (D-MI) and Representatives Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Cedric Richmond (D-LA) on Friday sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor demanding FEMA make transparent its plans to address the existing racial and socioeconomic disparities in disaster response. In light of FEMA's long history of providing inequitable … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Harris, Warren, Murphy Push to Ensure College Students Have Food on the Table Amid COVID-19 Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) on Thursday sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer pushing to help college students access critical nutrition assistance by allowing Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) to be triggered during a pandemic. College students across the nation have been struggling with food insecurity long before the COVID-19 outbreak. The … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Push Treasury To Ensure Americans Without Broadband Can Receive Economic Impact Payments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 22 of their Senate colleagues in urging the Department of Treasury to increase its efforts to make Economic Impact Payments available to the most vulnerable populations-including those without access to the internet who cannot file a tax return electronically. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Senators highlighted that at least 21 million Americans are without … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Harris, Gillibrand, Sanders Announce Bill To Fight Hunger, Help Families Afford Food Amid Economic Crisis

Bill opens up SNAP program to more people, increases benefits WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), along with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), on Thursday announced the introduction of the Closing the Meal Gap Act of 2020, legislation that expands and strengthens Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for vulnerable community members that are struggling to make ends meet. With food banks experiencing skyrocketing demand … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Call on Congressional Leaders to Ensure Cannabis Small Businesses Can Access Emergency SBA Loan and Grant Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), and 7 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Congressional leadership calling for forthcoming COVID-19 relief legislative packages to allow state-legal cannabis small businesses and indirect cannabis small businesses to access loan and emergency grant programs administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In the letter, the Senators highlight … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Call for Broad Investigations of the Trump Administration’s COVID-19 Response

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and 8 of their Senate colleagues in calling for investigations into the Trump Administration's coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response, including whether political expediency rather than the country's urgent public health needs has driven the Trump Administration's distribution of life-saving medical supplies and equipment and other key public health and economic decisions. Senators … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Harris, Escobar Lead Colleagues in Demanding Release of Detained Children Amid COVID-19 Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (D-TX) led 49 of their colleagues on Wednesday in sending a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf demanding the release of detained children amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As the number of children in HHS custody infected with COVID-19 continues to increase, the lawmakers stress the need to protect the … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Harris, Feinstein, Carbajal Send Second Letter to Bureau of Prisons Urging Assistance for Lompoc Penitentiary

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Representative Salud Carbajal (D-CA) on Tuesday sent a second letter to Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Director Michael Carvajal re-emphasizing the need for rapid action to provide medical equipment and care facilities at the Lompoc U.S. Penitentiary, and asking for an update from the bureau on what is being done to protect the health of all within the facility and the broader community. "We are writing … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Urge Senate to Protect COVID-19 Relief Funds from Predatory For-Profit College Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and 14 of their Senate colleagues in urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL), and Senate Appropriations Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), to explicitly direct any additional emergency funding specifically for institutions of higher education … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Harris Statement on New Senate Intelligence Committee Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, member of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement after the release of the Intelligence Committee's fourth installment of its review of the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) - which focused on Russian meddling in the 2016 election. "The facts are indisputable. Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee agree that Russia interfered in our 2016 presidential election and did so to help … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Harris, Murray, Schumer Demand Trump Extend Authorization for National Guard to Fight COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Monday sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump demanding the extension of authorization for the National Guard to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The authorization for the California, Washington, and New York National Guards is scheduled to expire within the next two weeks. The senators emphasize the urgency of this request, given the Guardsmen are at the frontlines of this … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Call on Congressional Leaders to Ensure Immigrant Families Can Access Critical Services During Coronavirus Pandemic

Letter urges access to vital protections and economic lifelines for all communities, regardless of English language proficiency or immigration status WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday joined Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and Representative Judy Chu (D-CA), along with 27 Senators and 76 Members of the House of Representatives in writing to members of Congressional leadership to call for an inclusive coronavirus relief package that ensures that urgently-needed … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Harris, McNerney Lead Colleagues in Push for FEMA Disaster Plans Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Representative Jerry McNerney (D-CA) on Monday led 80 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor demanding FEMA outline disaster preparation and recovery plans for the COVID-19 pandemic. As disaster season approaches, the lawmakers emphasize the importance of preparing for the unique challenges the virus presents. A tornado outbreak across the South earlier this … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Harris, Booker, Colleagues Demand DOJ Provide Training to Combat Racial Profiling During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Cory A. Booker (D-NJ) on Friday led a letter to Attorney General William Barr and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray demanding racial profiling training for all law enforcement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter comes after reports of African American men being targeted by law enforcement based on the CDC's guidance to wear face coverings. "On April 3, the CDC recommended that individuals "wear[] … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Harris Leads Colleagues in Push to Halt Debt Collectors from Seizing COVID-19 Stimulus Checks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday led her colleagues in sending a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin demanding an exemption for direct assistance checks from debt collectors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Families across the nation are in dire need of assistance to pay their rent and put food on the table. "We ask you to act right away to use Treasury's rulemaking authority to exempt Americans' direct assistance payments from private debt collection … Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Harris, Pressley, Meeks, Brown Lead Colleagues in Call to Ensure Minority-Owned Small Businesses Are Not Shut Out From Paycheck Protection Program

While Lawmakers Consider Additional PPP Funds, The Administration Must Ensure That There Is Accurate Reporting on the Demographics Of PPP Lending WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07) and Gregory Meeks (D-NY-05) on Thursday led Democratic lawmakers in calling for the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury Department to ensure that minority-owned businesses are not shut out of the Paycheck … Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Harris Announces VoteSafe Act to Protect Voters Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Provides nationwide early voting. Expands vote-by-mail. Improves the safety of polling places. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday announced the VoteSafe Act, legislation that expands voting options and improves the safety and accessibility of polling places across the nation. The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the need to protect and expand voting rights. "So many have marched, protested, fought and died for the fundamental right to vote, yet that right is … Continue Reading

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