Press Releases

February 20, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Push Departments of Education and Labor to Withdraw Rules Allowing for Federally Sanctioned Discrimination

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and their colleagues in urging the Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia to withdraw proposed rules that would expand federally funded discrimination against members of the LGBTQIA+ community and women. The lawmakers sent two separate letters to the Department of Education and the Department of Labor. Both rules would eliminate crucial protections that would leave … Continue Reading


February 19, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Demand Answers about Reported Mistreatment of Pregnant Detainees by CBP

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and 12 of their colleagues in expressing deep concerns to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) following reports of serious ongoing mistreatment of pregnant people at the hands of their immigration enforcement officials - contrary to existing policy. The senators demanded Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan clarify the agency's policies and provide information about the detention … Continue Reading


February 14, 2020

Harris, Senators Call on EPA to Deliver on Promises Made in PFAS Action Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and 26 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler requesting he provide an updated timeline for when the EPA will implement commitments made in the agency's plan to combat exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The EPA released its plan - the PFAS Action Plan - one year ago … Continue Reading


February 14, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Gun Safety Bill to Mandate Preservation, Disclosure of Federal Gun Data

Access to gun records will help local law enforcement solve gun crimes, crack down on traffickers, help Americans understand impact of gun violence on communities WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and 6 of their colleagues in introducing legislation to greatly enhance the ability of law enforcement to investigate and solve gun crimes, crack down on gun trafficking and negligent gun dealers, and allow researchers-for the first time-to … Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Harris, Senate Democrats Press Upstart, Lenders for Answers Following Reports of Higher Interest Rates for Students of Minority-Serving Institutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), along with Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Cory Booker (D-NJ), in pressing Upstart and other lenders and service providers for answers following a report from the nonprofit Student Borrower Protection Center that lenders may be charging higher interest rates to students who graduated from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic-Serving … Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Harris, Senators Press Barr on Politicization of Justice Department Administration of Immigration Courts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and 7 of their colleagues in pressing Attorney General William Barr for information and documents related to the brazen politicization and maladministration of American immigration courts under President Donald Trump. Against the backdrop of extreme and cruel rhetoric trained on immigrants by President Trump, the Trump Justice Department has quietly undermined immigration courts' … Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Harris, Castro, Colleagues Condemn White Nationalist Stephen Miller, Call for Immediate Removal From Role As White House Senior Advisor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) on Thursday introduced a resolution condemning the presence of white nationalist Stephen Miller in the White House and called for his immediate resignation from office. The resolution outlines Miller's consistent advocacy of racist and white supremacist ideology. Miller's work in the Administration has encouraged a resurgence of racism and bigotry and helped create a climate of fear, danger, and … Continue Reading


February 12, 2020

Harris, Feinstein Applaud House Passage of Public Lands Bill and Introduce Senate Companion Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Wednesday introduced the Protecting Unique and Beautiful Landscapes by Investing in California (PUBLIC) Lands Act, a package of three previously introduced bills that would increase protections and access for over 1 million acres of California lands, including nearly 600,000 acres of new wilderness and over 100,000 acres of new national monument. The bill introduction comes after the House of … Continue Reading


February 12, 2020

VIDEO: Harris Demands Coronavirus Hearing With Trump Administration Officials

To view full 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 Government Affairs Committee, on Wednesday pressed Chairman Ron Johnson for a public hearing about the coronavirus with current public health officials. Harris pointed out that Trump administration officials were unwilling to attend today's hearing about protecting the United States from global pandemics. Key Excerpt: Senator Harris: … Continue Reading


February 11, 2020

Harris to Graham: Hold Immediate Hearing on Roger Stone Case and Make AG Barr Testify

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday sent a letter to Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) demanding that the committee hold a hearing-with Attorney General Bill Barr as a witness-on potential political interference in the sentencing of Roger Stone, President Trump's former campaign advisor and longtime friend. Harris' letter comes after reports that the Department of Justice was considering reducing the sentencing … Continue Reading


February 11, 2020

Harris, Feinstein, Lawmakers Unveil Landmark Legislation to Break Free From Plastic Pollution

Bill tackles the most common forms of plastic pollution, saves taxpayers billions and holds large corporations accountable for waste WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) joined Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) in unveiling the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020, legislation that would phase out unnecessary single-use plastic products, hold corporations accountable for wasteful products, reduce wasteful packaging, and … Continue Reading


February 11, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Counter Safety Net Cuts Pushed By Trump Administration

Bill would improve financial security for low-income Americans & remove unnecessary bureaucratic red tape in public assistance program application process WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and 8 of their colleagues in introducing the Allowing Steady Savings by Eliminating Tests, or ASSET, Act to eliminate asset limits as a means of eligibility for three vital public assistance programs and raise asset … Continue Reading


February 11, 2020

In Judiciary Hearing, Harris Speaks Out Against Misleading and Punitive Bill Targeted at Pregnant Women

To view video of Harris' questioning, click here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday raised serious concerns about the punitive nature of a bill that traffics in misinformation about abortion and seeks to criminalize physicians during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In her question to Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women's Law Center, she expressed her belief that the bill attempts to put the priorities of politicians ahead … Continue Reading


February 10, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Demand Answers From Amazon As Work-Related Injuries Continue To Rise

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and 11 of their colleagues in demanding answers from Amazon as work-related injuries at the company's facilities continued to rise over the holidays, and recent reports indicate poor and unsafe working conditions. In a letter sent to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the Senators urged the company to put worker safety ahead of profits, and to do more to … Continue Reading


February 06, 2020

After Senate Intelligence Committee Releases Third Volume of Bipartisan Russia Report, Harris Renews Call for Election Security Measures Before Ahead of November

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday released the following statement after the Senate Intelligence Committee released the third volume of its report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. "Today's bipartisan report clearly reiterates the fact that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and underscores the need for our nation's intelligence agencies, law enforcement, and lawmakers to work together to combat Russia's efforts to do so again in … Continue Reading


February 05, 2020

Harris: “The Senate Trial of Donald Trump Has Been a Miscarriage of Justice”

To view video of Harris' remarks, click here. To download video of Harris' remarks, click here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday delivered a speech on the floor of the United States Senate announcing that she will vote to convict President Donald Trump on two articles of impeachment for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Highlights from Harris' remarks: When the framers wrote the Constitution they didn't think someone like me would serve as a … Continue Reading


February 04, 2020

Harris Statement on State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday released a statement following President Trump's State of the Union Address. "The State of the Union address is an opportunity for the president of the United States to speak candidly about the challenges our nation faces and the direction he or she intends to take in the year ahead. Unfortunately, President Trump chose tonight to deliver a divisive speech that ignored the real challenges that working people continue to face … Continue Reading


February 03, 2020

Harris to Bring Californian Dedicated to Reentry Programs to State of the Union

Photo of Elder Joseph Paul WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday announced that Elder Joseph Paul, Jr., a seasoned reentry professional with more than 25 years working with ex-offenders, high-risk adults, and various community service and faith-based organizations throughout the Los Angeles area, will be her guest to the 2020 State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 4. "Since his own reentry more than 25 years ago, Elder Paul has devoted his life to … Continue Reading


January 31, 2020

Harris: “There Will Be No True Acquittal If There is Not A Fair Trial”

To view video of Harris' remarks, click here. To download video of Harris' remarks, click here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in a press conference ahead of an expected vote on whether the Senate will allow firsthand witnesses or additional documents in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. "The American people - the vast majority of the American public - want … Continue Reading


January 29, 2020

VIDEO: Harris and Murray Question Whether Emergence of New Evidence in Impeachment Trial Suggests More Evidence Will Come to Light

To view full video of Harris and Murray's question and House managers' response, click here. To download full video of Harris and Murray's question and House managers' response, click here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Patty Murray (D-WA) on Wednesday asked House impeachment managers whether the recent discovery of a tape in which President Trump can be heard calling for the removal of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch suggests that new … Continue Reading

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