Press Releases

March 25, 2020

In Response To Coronavirus Crisis, Harris Votes to Support Working Families and Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed the third relief package in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This bill would provide direct payments up to $1,200 for working people, and give families $500 per child, supply $150 billion for a state, tribal, and local Coronavirus Relief Fund, dramatically expand unemployment insurance for laid off workers - including those in the gig economy and entertainment … Continue Reading


March 25, 2020

CORONAVIRUS: Harris, Booker, Jeffries Introduce Bill Aimed at Vulnerable Incarcerated Individuals

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), both members of the Judiciary Committee, on Wednesday introduced a bill aimed at the large federal prison population that is particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), will introduce companion legislation in the House of Representatives this week. The Emergency Community Supervision Act of 2020 would immediately place vulnerable individuals - those who are pregnant, those with … Continue Reading


March 24, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Urge Administration to Help Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence During Coronavirus Pandemic

Domestic violence service providers expect an increase in the need for services during the pandemic WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Bob Casey (D-PA) and 20 of their colleagues in writing a letter expressing concern for the wellbeing of families who face an increased risk of domestic violence during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and urged the Administration to ensure service providers … Continue Reading


March 23, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Announce Legislation to Scale Up Made in America Production of Medical Supplies and Personal Protective Equipment For Hospitals and Health Care Workers

Bill will Require the Full Use of Defense Production Act WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday joined Senator Tammy Baldwin in announcing new legislation to expedite the procurement of medical equipment, under the Defense Production Act (DPA), to combat the spread of coronavirus. Despite multiple announcements, President Donald Trump has not utilized the federal government's entire authority under DPA, so the legislation would require the President to do so in … Continue Reading


March 22, 2020

Harris Statement on Vote Opposing Consideration of GOP Coronavirus Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Sunday released a statement after voting against cloture on Republican bill that aims to address the coronavirus outbreak in the United States by putting the interests of large corporations ahead of the needs of working people. "The coronavirus pandemic is a public health emergency that is driving an economic disaster for millions of families across our country. People are in their homes scared and suffering right now-Congress must … Continue Reading


March 20, 2020

Harris to Pompeo: Californians are Stranded Abroad, Help Them Get Home

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to develop a plan to ensure the expeditious return of all Californians and Americans stuck abroad due to travel restrictions in various countries related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. "In the last week, my office has made inquiries with the U.S. State Department on behalf of more than 50 individuals and families from California stuck in countries such as … Continue Reading


March 20, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Push to Protect Working Families from Utility Shut Offs in Next Coronavirus Relief Package

Heat, water, electricity, and internet are critical to public health and safety and must not be cut off for families in the midst of a crisis WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and 11 of their colleagues in pressing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to include protections for Americans against utility shut-offs in … Continue Reading


March 20, 2020

Harris, Durbin, Pressley Press Trump Administration on Reports That DHS is Preparing Mass Deportations of Dreamers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07) on Friday led a group of 36 Senators and 87 Representatives in pressing the Trump Administration on reports that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is preparing mass deportations of Dreamers, young immigrants who grew up in the United States and know no other home. Many Dreamers have reported receiving notice that their deportation cases have recently been … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Harris, Senate Democrats to Major Health Insurers: Fully Cover Testing, Treatment for Covid-19 Without Cost Sharing Requirements

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and 14 of their colleagues in calling on the health insurance companies to remove barriers to care for Americans who find themselves diagnosed with COVID-19. In a letter to CEOs for Kaiser Permanente, Aetna, Humana, Cigna Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Anthem, and UnitedHealth Group, the senators specifically asked the insurers to cover all COVID-19 related treatment and … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Urge Trump Admin to Guarantee Health Care Access for Americans with HIV, LGBTQ Community amidst COVID-19 Outbreak

Under Trump, HHS has repeatedly sought to undermine HIV, LGBTQ anti-discrimination protections for HHS-funded programs, services WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and 9 of their colleagues in expressing serious concerns to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar about the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the 1.1 million Americans living with HIV in light of the Administration's rolling back of … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Harris, Senate Democrats Condemn Trump Administration on Approval of Texas Medicaid Waiver that Limits Women’s Choice of Health Care Provider

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senators Ron Wyden, (D-OR) and Patty Murray, (D-WA), and 30 of their Senate colleagues in condemning the Trump administration's decision to approve a Medicaid waiver request submitted by Texas that allows the state to receive federal funding while excluding providers like Planned Parenthood from their family planning program. In a letter addressed to Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Harris Introduces Legislation to Expand Access to Disaster Assistance During Pandemics

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday introduced the Pandemic Disaster Assistance Act, legislation to expand the ability of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide financial assistance directly to individuals during a pandemic, including the current coronavirus outbreak. Currently, FEMA can only provide individual assistance during natural disasters, such as wildfires, floods, and earthquakes. "At a time when a global pandemic is threatening … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

After Report of Coronavirus Exposure in CA Jail, Harris Pushes for Release of Low-Risk Prisoners in Federal Prisons

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday sent a letter to Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Director Michael Carvajal pushing for the release of low-risk prisoners following reports that individuals in a California jail tested positive for coronavirus. Earlier this month, Harris sent a letter to Director Carvajal requesting preparedness information from BOP facilities and private prisons. "On March 13, 2020, The Mercury News reported that two jail inmates in Santa … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Harris Outlines Priorities for Third Coronavirus Response Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday laid out her priorities for the Senate's third legislative package in response to the outbreak of the coronavirus in the United States. As the legislation takes shape, Harris will fight for five main priorities on behalf of working families in California and across the country: direct, monthly cash assistance and consumer protection; support for workers and small businesses; expanded access to emergency assistance through … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Warn Trump Admin, Google of Privacy Concerns in COVID-19 Screening Website

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and 3 of their colleagues in sending separate letters to the Trump Administration and the tech giant Google raising concerns over privacy and cybersecurity vulnerabilities involving a third-party coronavirus (COVID-19) testing website announced last week by President Trump and coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx. "[W]e are concerned that the Administration and any third-party … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Harris Statement on Senate Coronavirus Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday released a statement after the Senate passed a legislative package to address the coronavirus outbreak. The bill passed by the Senate will provide for coronavirus testing at no cost, make an initial investment towards paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave for workers, and expand unemployment benefits. "The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare cracks in our society and our economy that too many families have long … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Harris Leads Colleagues in Seeking Answers on Coronavirus Preparedness in Immigration Detention Facilities

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 requesting information about the policies and procedures their respective agencies have in place to prepare for and manage a potential spread of the … Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

Harris, Democratic Senators Urge Trump to Immediately Maximize Telework for Federal Employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday joined Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and 25 of their colleagues in sending a letter to President Trump urging him to immediately issue an executive order directing agencies to utilize telework capabilities to the maximum possible extent. While the Administration has issued guidance recommending agencies expand their telework capabilities, too many federal employees are still required to come to work in-person when they can do … Continue Reading


March 16, 2020

Harris Demands Public Statement on Avoiding Immigration Enforcement at Public Health Facilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, on Monday sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security official Ken Cuccinelli requesting that DHS issue a public, formal statement affirming that both U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will avoid conducting enforcement actions at public health facilities during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. On March 5, Harris asked … Continue Reading


March 16, 2020

Following Hazardous Airport Lines, Harris Calls on Homeland Security Committee to Hold CBP and FEMA Oversight Hearings

Harris Demands Accountability After 6+ Hour Lines at Airports Over the Weekend WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday sent a letter to Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson calling on the committee to hold hearings to conduct oversight of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), both of which are key players in the nation's response to the coronavirus outbreak. Harris is calling for a CBP … Continue Reading

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