Press Releases

April 07, 2020

Harris, Senate Democrats to HHS: Reopen the ACA Marketplace, Allow More Americans to Get Health Insurance During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and 25 Senate Democrats in urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reopen the Affordable Care Act's online marketplace to allow more un- and under-insured Americans to get health insurance as they face potential health issues related to COVID-19. In a letter to the Secretary Alex Azar, the senators urged HHS to allow Americans to enroll through … Continue Reading


April 07, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Request COVID-19 Testing Data from CDC to Ensure Effective Response to the Pandemic

Members ask CDC for comprehensive demographic data about testing availability, health care access and more amid ongoing limited access to tests WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and 15 of their colleagues in asking the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to publicly report all available information about who is able to access COVID-19 tests, which continue to be scarce. The members of Congress requested data broken down by sex, … Continue Reading


April 04, 2020

Harris Calls Out Trump’s “Intentional Failure” To Appoint IGs, Demands POTUS Move Quickly To Fill Vacancies to Oversee COVID-19 Response

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Saturday sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump urging him to move quickly to fill vacant inspector general positions across the federal government. The letter comes after the firing of the Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson late last night. As the COVID-19 crisis persists, these vacancies threaten to undermine efforts to protect the health and safety of the public. "Your intentional failure to appoint … Continue Reading


April 04, 2020

Harris Statement on Firing of Intelligence Community Inspector General

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on Saturday released a statement following President Trump's firing of Michael Atkinson as Inspector General of the Intelligence Community. Last year, Atkinson alerted Congress to the whistleblower complaint that ultimately led the House to impeach the president. "The firing of the Intelligence Community's Inspector General, just months after ousting the Acting Director of … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Call On Administration To Ensure Veterans, SSI Beneficiaries Get Stimulus Checks Automatically

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and 40 of their colleagues in calling on the Trump Administration to issue stimulus checks automatically to recipients of benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Supplemental Security Income program. In their letter, the Senators point out that these are two groups with large amounts of non-filers and … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Harris, Senators Call for Halt to EPA Rulemakings That Would Worsen Air and Water Pollution During Coronavirus Emergency

Request comes in wake of Trump Administration's final fuel economy emissions rule that is projected to result in hundreds of additional deaths from air pollution alone WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the country learns more about the devastating risks posed by the novel coronavirus, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) in calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to halt any rulemakings or guidance documents that could cause in increase in … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Harris, Hirono, Chu, Grijalva, Correa Introduce Legislation to Provide Critical Assistance to Vulnerable Communities Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), and Lou Correa (D-CA) unveiled new legislation to ensure that everyone in our country - especially vulnerable communities - can access health care and other critical resources during the coronavirus pandemic. The Coronavirus Immigrant Families Protection Act would, among other provisions, help ensure that all communities are able to access COVID-19 … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Harris, Feinstein, Colleagues Call on FCC to Preserve Radio Frequency for First Responders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Friday joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and a group of their colleagues in urging Senate leadership to include language in any upcoming coronavirus economic relief legislation that would preserve first responders' access to the T-band spectrum (470-512 MHz). The 2012 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act directed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to auction off this band of … Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Harris Demands Transparency & Accountability For Prioritization Of Medical Supplies Amid COVID-19 Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor, and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar demanding answers on how the federal government is making decisions of where to send scarce resources across the country to combat the COVID-19 crisis. Californians and Americans across the nation are in dire need of supplies such as respirators, … Continue Reading


April 02, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Demand Expanded Internet Access for Low-Income Americans Throughout COVID-19 Crisis

Senators urge Lifeline internet service providers to expand service to ensure American families can work and learn remotely, access telehealth resources during this pandemic WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and 20 of their colleagues in demanding better mobile internet service for low-income Americans impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Improved internet access would help American families better work and … Continue Reading


April 02, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Push to Ensure All Students Can Continue Education Online During Coronavirus Pandemic

The current public health emergency will exacerbate a longstanding "homework gap" without immediate action by Congress WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) and 30 of their colleagues in sending a letter to House and Senate leadership requesting robust funding for all K-12 students to have adequate home internet connectivity if their schools close due … Continue Reading


April 02, 2020

Harris, Duckworth, Hirono to Introduce Resolution Condemning Anti-Asian Racism Prompted by COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) on Thursday announced their plan to introduce a resolution condemning discrimination against Asian-Americans and Asian immigrants caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Recent reports show anti-Asian sentiment has increased since the COVID-19 crisis began. According to an FBI intelligence report, hate crimes against Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities are likely to surge as … Continue Reading


April 01, 2020

Harris Leads Colleagues in Push for Release of Vulnerable, Low-Risk Detained Persons from Immigration Detention Facilities Amid Coronavirus Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday led her colleagues in a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Matthew T. Albence, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Mark A. Morgan pushing for the release of vulnerable and low-risk detained persons from DHS custody as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise. In March, Harris … Continue Reading


March 31, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Urge Administration to Address Child Care Needs of Frontline Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and 20 of their colleagues in urging the Office of Child Care at the Department of Health and Human Services to take additional steps to expand child care options for health care workers and others on the frontlines responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as provide critical guidance to child care providers to ensure that they are taking appropriate action to minimize the risk of … Continue Reading


March 31, 2020

As Americans’ Bills Come Due, Harris Demands Treasury Dept. Send Payments ASAP

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday sent a letter to Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin demanding the Department of the Treasury expedite payments to American families and lay out a clear timeline for the cash payments laid out in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. With April 1st approaching, Americans who are struggling financially during this crisis are in need of help to pay … Continue Reading


March 31, 2020

Harris Response to Trump Gutting Obama’s National Fuel Economy and Emissions Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) released the following statement after the Trump administration announced its final rule to roll back Obama-era federal fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards. The Trump administration's own analysis through the Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board showed this isn't a good deal for Americans. "Hospitals are in desperate need of ventilators for people with respiratory illnesses, millions have applied for … Continue Reading


March 30, 2020

Harris, Lawmakers Urge HHS to Address Racial Disparities in Access to Testing and Treatment during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Currently, no federal agency is collecting racial and ethnic demographic data on COVID-19 tests, cases, or fatalities WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), along with Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL), in sending a letter urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to collect racial and ethnic demographic data on testing and treatment for the … Continue Reading


March 30, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Push for a Stop to Electric and Gas Disconnections, Reconnection Fees, Late Fees, and Rate Hikes During Coronavirus Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) along with Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) in introducing a resolution calling for states and utilities to issue a moratorium on gas and electric service disconnections, late fees, reconnection fees, rate hikes, and other penalties for all consumers as a result of the … Continue Reading


March 27, 2020

Harris Pushes for Closure of CA National Park Units for Remainder of Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday sent a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, National Park Service Deputy Director David Vela, and Chief Executive Officer at Presidio Trust Jean Fraser, pushing for the closure of all 28 California national park units for the remainder of California's state of emergency. After seeing an increase in visitors, Harris warned that keeping national parks open threatens public health and the health of … Continue Reading


March 26, 2020

Harris Leads Call for Large Employers to Enact Emergency Paid Leave Protections Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday led a letter to 36 large companies that are exempt from the paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave protections in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act urging them to enact robust paid leave protections for all of their workers. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten lives, Harris urged these companies to put public health ahead of profits and at minimum provide two weeks of emergency paid sick … Continue Reading

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