Press Releases

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


April 15, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Raise Concern Over EPA's Refusal to Strengthen Air Quality Standards Amid COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and 16 of their colleagues in raising concerns about the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) refusal to strengthen ambient air quality standards despite research showing its link to higher COVID-19 mortality. "Today, EPA announced its decision to maintain current national ambient air quality standards that EPA's own scientists say fail to protect public health - and that research links … Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Press Trump to Automatically Extend Work Authorizations for DACA & TTPS Recipients Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

An estimated 330,000 DACA and TPS recipients are essential workers, including more than 50,000 in the health care industry WASHINGTON, D.C.- As our nation continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 36 of their colleagues in a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to automatically extend work authorizations for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) … Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Harris, Feinstein, Carbajal Request Assistance for Lompoc U.S. Penitentiary to Protect Public Health Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Representative Salud Carbajal (D-CA) on Wednesday sent a letter to Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal urging further action to prevent the spread of coronavirus within Lompoc U.S. Penitentiary. The letter urges expedited approval of the facility's request to quickly establish a mobile hospital as well as their request for further personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers. "It is … Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Urge Administration to Increase Number of Doctors Available to Fight the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Representatives Tom Cole (R-OK-04), Abby Finkenauer (D-IA-01), and Brad Schneider (D-IL-10), along with colleagues in both the House and Senate, in writing to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) urging the Administration to waive restrictions that prevent doctors on certain employment-based visas-including doctors in the Conrad 30 program-from providing medical care at … Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Harris, Feinstein, Senators Will Introduce Bill to Make Small, Rural Communities Eligible for Relief Funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced they will join with Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) to introduce the Coronavirus Community Relief Act. The legislation would provide $250 billion in stabilization funds geared towards localities with populations under 500,000 that are struggling in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Communities across the United States, including smaller counties, cities and towns, are currently dealing with … Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Harris Demands DHS OIG Investigate Treatment of Detained Individuals at Otay Mesa Detention Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General Joseph Cuffari demanding an investigation into the treatment of detained individuals at Otay Mesa Detention Facility in San Diego, California. The letter follows disturbing reports of contractor personnel threatening the use of force against detained individuals and requiring those individuals to sign a waiver before receiving protective equipment. … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Harris Pushes to Combat Racial Health Disparities Amid COVID-19 Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday sent a letter to Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) demanding they prioritize addressing the racial health disparities that have emerged amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Harris joined her colleagues in introducing a bill to require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to collect and report comprehensive racial data on COVID-19 testing, treatment, and fatalities. Harris wrote, "By now, … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Require Federal Government to Collect and Report Coronavirus Demographic Data, Including Race and Ethnicity

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in introducing the bicameral Equitable Data Collection and Disclosure on COVID-19 Act. Along with Harris and Warren, the legislation is co-sponsored by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and 14 of their Senate colleagues. In the House, the legislation is being introduced by Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Announce New Bill to Create National Coronavirus Commission of Independent Experts to Determine How and When the Country Can Safely Reopen

Panel Of Independent Experts In Public Health, Economics, National Security, Transportation To Advise Policymakers WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and 3 of their colleagues in announcing new legislation they plan to introduce to create the America Forward Commission, a panel of independent experts tasked with developing a broad strategy of how and when to safely reopen the country. Harris and Schatz were joined by U.S. … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Harris, 22 Senators Reintroduce Resolution Designating April 11-17 as Black Maternal Health Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Monday, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) led 22 of her colleagues in reintroducing a resolution to designate April 11-17, 2020 as Black Maternal Health Week to raise awareness about the Black maternal health crisis. The resolution was led in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC). According to the Centers for Disease Control, Black mothers in the United States are three to four times more likely than white mothers to die from … Continue Reading


April 12, 2020

Harris Statement on Inhumane Conditions at Otay Mesa Detention Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee, released a statement after reports of worsening conditions at Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego, CA. The center now has the most reported COVID-19 cases among any U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility in the country. In 2018, Senator Harris visited the Otay Mesa Detention Center. "The horrifying … Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Push for More Information, Transparency on Coronavirus Testing Across Country

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) in calling on Vice President Mike Pence and the Coronavirus Task Force, as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to conduct a national inventory of the coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnostic testing supply, publicly release data on testing results, and provide a detailed plan and timeline for addressing future shortages and gaps in the testing supply chain. "Over three weeks after … Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Harris, Senate Dems to Introduce Bill Establishing 9/11-Style Coronavirus Commission

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) on Friday announced that they plan to introduce legislation establishing a bipartisan commission to examine the country's response to the coronavirus pandemic. The bill will be a companion to legislation introduced in the House by Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA). The commission would conduct a comprehensive review of the government's coronavirus response and … Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Harris Leads Push for Protecting At-Risk Children Amid COVID-19 Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday led her colleagues in sending a letter to Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, and Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy, pushing for vital resources for the child welfare system that support vulnerable children and families suffering from abuse and neglect during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ensuring the safety and stability of these households is … Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Harris, Warren Announce Bill to Stop Price Gouging During the COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - US. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in announcing their plan to introduce the Senate companion to the Price Gouging Prevention Act, legislation that would prohibit price gouging of consumer goods throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and future emergencies. The legislation was first introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Joe Neguse (D-CO-02) and Ted Lieu (D-CA-33). "No one should exploit people who are … Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Call for Federal Agencies to Address Coronavirus-Related Racist and Xenophobic Attacks Against Asian Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) in urging the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) to issue guidance to federal agencies on preventing and addressing anti-Asian racism and xenophobia related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. There has been no coordinated effort across federal agencies to address this issue. Joining the letter are Senators Maria … Continue Reading


April 09, 2020

Harris, Senators Demand State Department Take Steps To Ensure Immediate & Safe Return Of Americans Stranded Abroad Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As thousands of Americans and lawful permanent residents remain stranded overseas due to COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris on Thursday joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and 9 of their colleagues in calling on the State Department to take steps to secure their immediate and safe return to the United States. The senators urged the State Department to provide up-to-date and detailed data on the number of Americans unable to return home … Continue Reading


April 09, 2020

As Low-Income Communities Struggle, Harris Pushes for Recurring Monthly Payments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), U.S. Representatives Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Veronica Escobar (D-TX), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and 53 of their colleagues on Thursday sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) pushing for recurring monthly cash payments to those most at-risk during … Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Harris, Deutch Push for More Public Defender Funding Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL) on Wednesday sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) pushing for more funding for public defenders during the COVID-19 crisis. In 2019, Harris and Deutch introduced the Ensuring Quality Access to Legal Defense (EQUAL Defense) Act to give public defenders the support and resources they need to ensure … Continue Reading

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