Press Releases

March 13, 2020

Harris Calls on Water, Electricity, Telecom Companies to Cease Shutoffs During Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday sent a letter to the trade associations for the water, electricity, and telecommunications industries, urging them to immediately suspend the practice of shutting off services to customers for reasons of nonpayment during the coronavirus pandemic. "Clean water is a human right and necessary for hand washing; electricity is vital as public health officials encourage people to stay at home; and access to telecommunications is a … Continue Reading


March 13, 2020

Harris to McConnell: Cancel the Weekend & Call Senate Back to Vote on Emergency Coronavirus Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday released a statement ahead of the House of Representatives voting on a package in response to the coronavirus outbreak to provide paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave to workers, extend unemployment benefits, expand food assistance, and provide free coronavirus testing. On Thursday, Harris called on the Senate to include paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave as components of any legislative package to … Continue Reading


March 12, 2020

Harris on Coronavirus: “Paid Sick Leave Will Save Lives”

Click Here for Video of Harris' Remarks WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) at a press conference to demand the United States Senate include paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave as components of any legislative package to address the outbreak of coronavirus. Harris called on the Senate to pass the plan currently being considered in the House of Representatives, which would provide … Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

CORONAVIRUS: Harris, Feinstein, Democrats Push Scalia to Advocate for Workers, Question DOL’s Absence from Task Force

As coronavirus continues to impact workers, Department of Labor still absent from the President's Coronavirus Task Force WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Patty Murray (D-WA) and 27 Democratic Senators in demanding that Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia ensure the federal government's response to coronavirus address the immediate and long-term needs of workers. The Democrats expressed concern regarding the Department of … Continue Reading


March 10, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Question Bureau of Prisons and Private Prison Contractors About Plans to Prepare for and Manage Coronavirus at Federal Prisons

Over 175,000 individuals are incarcerated in federal prisons and jails, with over 17,500 of those in the custody of private prisons WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), along with Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory A. Booker (D-NJ), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Mazie … Continue Reading


March 10, 2020

Harris, Underwood, Adams, Black Maternal Health Caucus Unveil Historic Legislative Package to Address America’s Black Maternal Health Crisis

The Black Maternal Health Momnibus includes nine bills to comprehensively improve maternal health outcomes and close racial disparities in outcomes WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Representatives Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Alma Adams (NC-12), and members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus on Tuesday introduced a historic legislative package to address the United States' urgent maternal health crisis. The Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2020 will build on … Continue Reading


March 06, 2020

Harris Demands Accountability After Facebook Approves Trump Ads Containing Census Misinformation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday sent a letter to Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg demanding answers and accountability after Facebook approved thousands of Trump campaign ads that directed users to a misleading "Official 2020 Congressional District Census" despite a clear policy prohibiting misinformation related to the Census. "Facebook's failure to enforce your policies banning misinformation is shocking and casts doubts … Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Harris, Feinstein, Senators Call on HHS & DHS IGs to Investigate Reported “Weaponizing” of Confidential Therapy Sessions to Deport Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Patty Murray (D-WA) and 19 of their Senate colleagues in pressing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General to review the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement's (ORR) reported disclosure of confidential information from children's therapy sessions to U.S. … Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Harris Demands Information on Coronavirus Preparedness 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 requesting information about BOP's preparation for coronavirus in BOP facilities and private prisons. Harris asked for more information about BOP's coordination with federal health officials on issues related to incarcerated populations and correctional staff, as well as whether the Center for Disease Control plans to test for coronavirus in BOP … Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Harris Statement on Senate Passage of Coronavirus Emergency Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday released a statement after the Senate passed emergency supplemental appropriations legislation to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. The legislation now heads to the president's desk. The legislation provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding to fight the spread of coronavirus, including support for state and local governments. "Coronavirus poses a serious threat to the public health of Californians and people across our … Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Harris Questions Admin Officials on Coronavirus Preparations for Vulnerable Populations

To view video of Harris' questioning, click here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, on Thursday questioned Department of Homeland Security official Ken Cuccinelli and other administration officials about the preparations they are making for vulnerable populations who might be particularly impacted by coronavirus, including workers without paid sick leave, federal employees without teleworking options, and undocumented … Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Harris Grills DHS Acting Secretary, Secures DHS Commitment to Reveal DACA Contingency Plans

To view video of Harris' questioning, click here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, on Wednesday secured a commitment from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf that DHS would provide the committee with all ICE plans regarding the possible rulings in the Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California case currently pending in the Supreme … Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Harris to McConnell: Take Up Coronavirus Emergency Funding Without Delay

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) urging him to bring a bill providing emergency funding to fight the spread of coronavirus to the Senate floor as soon as the House of Representatives passes its own funding measure. "This funding is critical to communities in a growing number of states, including California, that have been responding to the virus for weeks," wrote Harris. "The Senate must act … Continue Reading


March 03, 2020

Harris, Warren, Merkley Raise Concerns That DHS-Operated “Tent Courts” Violate Asylum Seekers’ Due Process Rights

Lawmakers renew call for termination of Remain in Mexico policy, which has stranded 59,000 asylum seekers in dangerous conditions in Mexico as they wait for immigration court hearings WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) on Monday sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) raising concerns about the lack of access to appropriate legal services and lack of … Continue Reading


February 28, 2020

Harris, Warren, Booker Press Education Dept.'s Office of Civil Rights on Crisis Facing Student Loan Borrowers of Color

Senators Call on OCR to Investigate and Address Alarming Racial Disparities in Student Loan System, Enforce Nation's Civil Rights Laws at Colleges and Student Loan Servicers WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) on Thursday wrote to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) requesting information about how OCR plans to address alarming racial disparities in the federal student loan system through … Continue Reading


February 27, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Blast Facebook’s Continued Failure to Monitor and Enforce Gun Sales Ban

Senators call on Facebook to close its private group loophole WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Ed Markey (D-MA) and 10 of their Senate colleagues in calling out Facebook for its continued failure to enforce and monitor its own ban on guns sales, pointing to a recent report that shows sellers and buyers have simply moved their transactions to private Facebook groups in order circumvent the social media giant's own ban. … Continue Reading


February 27, 2020

Amid Apparent Pattern of Political Influence at DOJ, Harris Leads Judiciary Dems in Call for Investigation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Thursday led Judiciary Democrats in a letter to U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz demanding an investigation into a series of actions taken by the DOJ that appear to benefit the president's personal or political interests. Specifically, the letter points to Attorney General Barr and other political appointees overruling the sentencing recommendation … Continue Reading


February 26, 2020

Harris to Trump: Administration’s Coronavirus Response “Threatening Our Nation’s Public Health”

Harris demands answers on administration's plans on transparency and funding for state and local governments Letter demands administration's plan to increase domestic production of respirator masks WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday wrote a letter highlighting the Trump administration's "propensity to minimize its challenges, combined with its longstanding refusal to participate in adequate oversight, is now threatening our nation's public health." The … Continue Reading


February 26, 2020

Harris, Booker, Scott Applaud House Passage of Anti-Lynching Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC) on Wednesday applauded the House of Representatives for passing the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, legislation that would make lynching a federal crime for the first time in the history of the United States. The Emmett Till Antilynching Act was introduced in the House by Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL). Harris, along with her colleagues, Booker and Scott, led the Senate passage of anti-lynching … Continue Reading


February 20, 2020

Harris, Booker Applaud House For Announcing Vote on Anti-Lynching Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) on Thursday applauded the House of Representatives for announcing a vote on historic legislation to make lynching a federal crime for the first time in American history. Senators Harris and Booker, along with Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), introduced the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act that unanimously passed the Senate last year. After passing the House, their bill will head to the president's desk to be signed … Continue Reading

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