Press Releases

December 12, 2019

Harris, Senators Request Update from Federal Agencies on Progress Towards Issuing Long-Delayed Licensing of Marijuana Manufacturing for Research Purposes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Cory Booker (D-CT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) on Thursday sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), requesting an update on the progress of the federal government's efforts to … Continue Reading

December 11, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Colleagues Urge Passage of Bipartisan Resolution to Recognize Critical Role of Census, Importance of Full and Accurate Count

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) in introducing a bipartisan resolution to ensure the 2020 Census is fair and accurate. The resolution encourages individuals, families, and households across the United States to take part in the Census so that all communities can be counted. "Accurately counting every single American in the U.S. Census ensures representation among all … Continue Reading

December 11, 2019

In Response To Harris, Justice Department IG Proclaims Rudy Giuliani’s Ukraine Scheme Is “Very Concerning”

Horowitz Admits Other Executive Branch IGs Have Discussed the Ukraine Scheme Full Video of Harris' Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Wednesday pressed Department of Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz on a number of troubling incidents suggesting that Attorney General William Barr allowed political influence to threaten the independence of the Department of Justice. Harris pointed to reports that … Continue Reading

December 10, 2019

Harris, Murphy Applaud House Passage of Legislation to Help Protect Coastal Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) on Tuesday applauded the House of Representatives after it passed the Living Shorelines Act, legislation that invests in protecting coastal communities from rising sea levels and stronger storms by creating a new grant program for nature-based shoreline protection projects known as living shorelines. In June, Senators Harris and Murphy introduced the Living Shorelines Act in the Senate. Representative Frank … Continue Reading

December 10, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Cosponsored by All 25 Women Senators Honoring First All-Female Spacewalk

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday joined Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Susan Collins (R-ME), along with all 22 of their female colleagues, in introducing a resolution congratulating astronauts Dr. Jessica U. Meir and Christina H. Koch for the historic accomplishment of completing the first all-female spacewalk. The bipartisan resolution also supports the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) efforts to fully integrate women into the … Continue Reading

December 09, 2019

Harris Leads Colleagues in Demand for Stephen Miller’s Removal from the White House

27 senators demand the immediate firing of Stephen Miller amid multiple, consistent reports of Miller's alignment with white supremacist ideology and far-right extremism WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday led 26 of her colleagues in a letter to President Donald J. Trump, demanding the immediate removal of Stephen Miller from his position as a White House senior adviser. The letter follows recent reports detailing over 900 e-mails, sent from Mr. Miller to … Continue Reading

November 27, 2019

Harris, Democrats Slam Trump Administration Over Latest Walk Back from Strong Tobacco Regulation

23 Democratic Senators call out President Trump for repeatedly putting companies' profits ahead of families' health and abandoning strong steps to address nicotine addiction WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and 21 of their Democratic Senate colleagues in sending a letter to President Trump criticizing his Administration's alarming pattern of making decisions that prioritize tobacco companies' profits over public health. The … Continue Reading

November 27, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Announce Senate Companion to Remove the Stain Act

Legislation would revoke Medal of Honor from soldiers who slaughtered hundreds of Lakota men, women, and children at the Wounded Knee massacre WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) in announcing that they will introduce the Senate companion to the Remove the Stain Act. First introduced in the House by Representatives Denny Heck (D-WA), Deb Haaland (D-NM), and Paul Cook (R-CA), the bill would revoke … Continue Reading

November 26, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Introduce New Legislation to Protect Workers, Ensure Dignity in The Workplace

Legislation Would Ensure Workers Receive Breaks To Eat Meals, Use The Restroom WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) in introducing the Treating Workers With Dignity Act, new legislation that would guarantee employees receive a break to eat a meal, use the restroom, or tend to their medical needs. "It is time we raise the bar for every worker in our country, and guarantee the right to take rest and meal breaks for all working people," said … Continue Reading

November 26, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Call for Transparency from White House Regulatory Office Nominee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, on Tuesday joined Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) in calling on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to cooperate with Congressional records requests regarding the nomination of Paul J. Ray to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). Mr. Ray served as Acting Administrator of OIRA from March of this year until he was formally … Continue Reading

November 25, 2019

Harris, Senate Democrats Urge HUD to Reject Proposed Changes to the Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and forty-four Senate Democrats in sending a letter to Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, urging him to reject changes proposed in the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) August 19, 2019 Proposed Rulemaking: HUD's Implementation of the Fair Housing Act's Disparate Impact Standard (the Proposed Rule). The Proposed Rule would effectively … Continue Reading

November 21, 2019

Harris, Leahy, Booker, Lofgren Lead Landmark Legislation to Reinvigorate Nation’s Refugee System

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19) on Thursday led the bicameral introduction of the Refugee Protection Act of 2019, a comprehensive blueprint for restoring and reinvigorating U.S. refugee and asylum systems in response to the Trump administration's attempts to shut the nation's doors to refugees and asylum seekers. "The United States must always be a place where refugees are … Continue Reading

November 21, 2019

Harris, Waters Introduce Bill to Address the Affordable Housing Crisis

Amid shortage of affordable housing options, Sen. Harris and Rep. Waters' legislation proposes over $100 billion investment in affordable housing WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, on Thursday introduced the Housing is Infrastructure Act, comprehensive legislation to confront the nation's affordable housing crisis, including public housing and low- and mixed-income … Continue Reading

November 21, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Call Out Trump Admin Efforts to Promote Junk Health Care Plans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and 20 of their colleagues in sending a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), requesting that the agencies answer for the Trump administration's efforts to promote junk plans to the American public during the Open Enrollment period for health insurance … Continue Reading

November 20, 2019

Harris Applauds House Committee Passage of Marijuana Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday applauded the House Judiciary Committee after it advanced the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, a comprehensive marijuana reform bill introduced by Senator Harris and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). "As more states legalize marijuana, millions of Americans with marijuana-related convictions continue to face overwhelming barriers to jobs, education, and housing," said Senator … Continue Reading

November 20, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Ensure U.S. Financial System is Prepared for Climate Change

Bill Requires Federal Reserve to Take Action to Identify and Manage Climate-Related Financial Risks WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and 8 of their colleagues in introducing the Climate Change Financial Risk Act of 2019. The legislation will direct the Federal Reserve ("Fed") to conduct stress tests on large financial institutions to measure their resilience to climate-related financial risks. "There is no dispute we are … Continue Reading

November 19, 2019

Harris Introduces Legislation to Ensure Toxic Waste Sites Are Resilient to Climate Change

In December 2017, Harris requested GAO study on climate change readiness of Superfund sites, which was released publicly Monday WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday introduced the Preparing Superfund for Climate Change Act, legislation requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to incorporate climate change into their plans for overseeing Superfund sites, which contain toxic waste and other contaminants harmful to Americans' health. While the Trump … Continue Reading

November 19, 2019

Following Supreme Court Oral Argument, Harris Resolution Affirms 150-Year-Old Federal Civil Rights Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday introduced a Senate resolution affirming the importance of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, Section 1981, one of the country's fundamental anti-discrimination laws. Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced a companion resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives. Harris' resolution follows oral argument in the United States Supreme Court case, Comcast Corporation v. … Continue Reading

November 18, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Demand Answers on Chamber of Commerce’s Anti-Climate Agenda, Funding

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Members Set To Meet on Tuesday To Discuss Climate Policy WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ahead of a meeting at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce centered on climate policy, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday joined Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) in calling on board members to explain their support for the Chamber's anti-climate agenda, how its activities to block climate action conflict with their own companies' public positions, and whether … Continue Reading

November 18, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Announce GAO Report: Climate Change Poses Real Threat to Our Nation’s Superfund Sites

In 2017, Senator Harris led a letter to the GAO requesting a report on how the EPA is accounting for the impact of climate change on Superfund sites WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday joined Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and 10 of their colleagues in announcing a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that concludes our nation's Superfund sites are woefully underprepared to withstand the worsening impacts of climate change, putting human health and the … Continue Reading

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