Press Releases

November 15, 2019

Harris, Durbin, Booker Introduce New Legislation to Combat Rampant Use of Solitary Confinement in Immigration Detention

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following reports from the Project on Government Oversight, NBC News, and others that illustrated that solitary confinement is significantly overused in federal immigration detention, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) on Thursday introduced legislation to combat the rampant and unnecessary use of solitary confinement in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operated and ICE contract facilities. "Solitary confinement … Continue Reading

November 15, 2019

Harris, Lofgren, Nadler Lead Letter Questioning ICE’s Move to Circumvent CA Law Banning Private Detention Facilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), on Thursday led a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland (DHS) Chad F. Wolf and Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Matthew T. Albence questioning whether ICE has complied with federal procurement rules to award contracts for new detention facilities in California in the wake of California's new law eliminating private prisons, including … Continue Reading

November 15, 2019

Harris Introduces Comprehensive Legislation to Protect Communities from Growing Threat of Wildfires

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday announced the Wildfire Defense Act, comprehensive legislation to help communities-especially in California-implement science-based methods for mitigating wildfire damage and defending life and property. Harris' bill would provide local communities with up to $10 million dollars to implement a Community Wildfire Defense Plan to ensure they are resilient in the face of the growing wildfire threat before disaster strikes. … Continue Reading

November 13, 2019

After PG&E’s Failures, Harris Introduces Legislation to Eliminate Bonuses for Executives of Bankrupt Utility Companies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday introduced the Accountability for Utility Executives Act, legislation to ensure that publicly-traded utility companies going through bankruptcy cannot reward their executives with bonuses or trips. This year in California, utility companies have left millions of people up and down the state without power in order to avoid sparking wildfires and to limit their own legal and financial liability. "Years of corporate negligence … Continue Reading

November 12, 2019

Harris, Blumenthal, Whitehouse Urge Inspector General to Investigate Political Interference at DOJ

On May 3, 2019, Harris urged DOJ IG to investigate whether Barr received or acted upon requests from the White House to investigate anyone WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) on Tuesday sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz demanding a response to Senator Harris' May letter in which she urged Horowitz to investigate whether Attorney General William Barr has received … Continue Reading

November 09, 2019

Harris, Blumenthal, Whitehouse Demand Documents on Trump’s Request for Barr News Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) on Friday sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to Attorney General William Barr seeking documents relevant to any attempt by President Trump to convince Barr to hold a news conference declaring Trump had broken no laws during his July 25, 2019 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Harris, Blumenthal, and Whitehouse previously sent a FOIA request for … Continue Reading

November 08, 2019

Harris, Lofgren, Roybal-Allard Lead Lawmakers in Letter Supporting DACA Recipients’ Ability to Travel Abroad

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA-40) on Friday sent a letter to President Trump express their support for advanced parole for DACA recipients, which allows them to travel internationally for humanitarian, educational, and employment purposes. The Department of Homeland Security suspended the availability of advanced parole for DACA recipients in September 2017. "USCIS has not reasonably exercised … Continue Reading

November 07, 2019

Harris Statement on PG&E’s Failure to Ensure Equal Access to Wildfire Recovery Tools

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday released a statement as Californians seeking assistance from PG&E in the aftermath of the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County experienced numerous obstacles, including a lack of Spanish-language forms and PG&E staff asking for IDs, which are not necessary for the claims process. "Over the past month, communities across California have been forced to endure mass blackouts, some lasting for nearly a week, in order to prevent … Continue Reading

November 06, 2019

Harris, Leahy Lead Judiciary Democrats Urging Briefing Following Latest Trump Admin Move to Restrict Refugees

Senators Urge Further Consultation with Congress to Avoid Permanently Damaging U.S. Refugee Admissions Program WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on Wednesday led all Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan, in which they urgently request a briefing to understand the potentially devastating consequences of President Trump's Presidential … Continue Reading

November 06, 2019

Harris Introduces Family Friendly Schools Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday introduced the Family Friendly Schools Act, first-of-its-kind legislation to align the school day with the work day to better support working families. "My mother raised my sister and me while working demanding, long hours," said Senator Harris. "So, I know firsthand that, for many working parents, juggling between school schedules and work schedules is a common cause of stress and financial hardship. But, this does not have … Continue Reading

November 05, 2019

At Homeland Security Hearing, Harris Questions FBI Director on Rudy Giuliani, Foreign Election Interference, Witness Intimidation

Full Video of Harris' Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, on Tuesday questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray about potential threats to the United States, including foreign interference in U.S elections, witness intimidation in ongoing investigations, and Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer. Wray could not say if the FBI has told the president whether Giuliani is a potential counterintelligence … Continue Reading

November 05, 2019

Harris, Warren, Murkowski, McSally, Tester, Sullivan, Gillibrand and Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Honor Women Veterans

Resolution urges U.S. Postal Service to issue a commemorative postage stamp series honoring women veterans of the Armed Forces WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Jon Tester (D-MT), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) on Tuesday introduced the Senate companion to a House resolution urging the U.S. Postal Service to issue a commemorative postage stamp series … Continue Reading

November 04, 2019

Harris Statement on Trump Administration Beginning Formal Withdrawal from Paris Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday released a statement following the Trump administration's formal notice that they will begin the process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement. "As California burns and unprecedented, climate change-driven weather conditions threaten more frequent and more intense wildfires throughout our state, the Trump administration today has opted to further endanger the health of our planet and our fellow Americans. This is a … Continue Reading

November 01, 2019

Harris and Blumenthal Demand Special Counsel to Investigate Failure to Preserve Evidence Within DHS and ICE

Press Reports Indicate ICE Deleted Surveillance Footage of Roxsana Hernández, a Transgender Woman Who Died in ICE Custody on May 25, 2018 WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) on Friday sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr demanding the appointment of a special counsel to investigate why evidence critical to identifying any wrongdoing by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials may have been destroyed relating to the … Continue Reading

October 31, 2019

As Californians Lose Cell Service During Blackouts, Harris Condemns Telecoms Companies for “Unacceptable” Lack of Engagement & Communication

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday announced she was sending a letter to top executives of AT&T California, Verizon, T-Mobile, Comcast/Xfinity, and Frontier Communications condemning them for a lack of engagement with the State over the course of Public Safety Power Shutoffs, during which millions of Californians have been left without power and, too often, without reliable cell phone service. Although the major telecommunications companies have been … Continue Reading

October 31, 2019

Harris, Senate Democrats Demand CFPB Investigate Mismanagement of Student Loan Forgiveness Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and 21 Senate Democrats in demanding Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger investigate student loan servicer Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for mismanagement of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. "We write to request that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) immediately open an enforcement investigation into the … Continue Reading

October 31, 2019

After “Butt Dial,” Harris Urges Expanded Investigation into State Department Involvement in Giuliani’s Activities

Giuliani Overheard Discussing Work in Bahrain and Turkey, Expressing Need for "A Few Hundred Thousand" Dollars After Whistleblower Complaint, Harris Called for Investigation Into Any State Department Officials Working with Giuliani WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday sent a letter to State Department Inspector General Steve Linick demanding an expanded investigation into any violations of law or policy by State Department officials related to Rudy Giuliani's … Continue Reading

October 29, 2019

Harris, Senate Democrats Urge Administration to Prioritize Children’s Health and Keep Promise to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes Amid Delay

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and 24 Senate Democrats in sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar denouncing his delay in addressing the growing epidemic of youth tobacco use. The senators urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to finalize its promised compliance policy and clear the market of unauthorized, flavored e-cigarette products, including mint and menthol flavors. In the … Continue Reading

October 29, 2019

Harris Honors Rep. Elijah Cummings with Statement in the Congressional Record

Statement Honors the Life and Contributions of Congressman Elijah Cummings WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday honored the life and contributions of U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD-07). Congressman Cummings passed away on October 17, 2019 in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland at the age of 68. Harris honored Cummings' many years of public service and tremendous impact on the nation with a statement inserted into the Congressional Record. On October … Continue Reading

October 28, 2019

Harris, Senate Democrats Slam Carson for Undercutting Transgender Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and 31 Senate Democrats in demanding Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson retract his statements about the rights of transgender individuals, following dismissive remarks he made during a staff meeting, according to the Washington Post. "We are deeply concerned that your comments undercut protections provided to transgender people under HUD's rules, undermine basic respect for … Continue Reading

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