Press Releases

October 28, 2019

Harris Statement on Wildfires and Blackouts Across California, Long-Term Solutions to Climate Change-Driven Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday released a statement as wildfires continued to spread across California and blackouts continued to impact communities in fire-prone areas. Earlier this year, at the urging of Senator Harris, FEMA confirmed Pre-Disaster Mitigation funds could be used toward microgrid infrastructure that would help communities be more resilient to large-scale blackouts. "My thoughts are with the tens of thousands of Californians who have been … Continue Reading


October 25, 2019

As Shutoffs Continue, Harris Vows To Help California Cities Secure Federal Resources to Help Mitigate Future Outages

At Harris' urging earlier this year, FEMA confirmed Pre-Disaster Mitigation funds could be used toward microgrids that would help mitigate the impacts of large-scale blackouts WASHINGTON, D.C. - As California continues to suffer massive power shutoffs, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday vowed to assist California cities in seeking Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant funding to mitigate such blackouts in the future. Earlier this year, at the urging of Senator Harris, … Continue Reading


October 24, 2019

Harris, Senate Democrats Introduce the Homeland Security Improvement Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), along with Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) in introducing the Homeland Security Improvement Act, legislation that addresses some of the nation's immigration challenges at the southwest border and improves Department of Homeland Security (DHS) engagement with border communities. The bill … Continue Reading


October 24, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Emphasizing Need for Nonpartisan Foreign Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and 7 of their colleagues in announcing a new resolution to reaffirm the importance of nonpartisanship in the Foreign Service of the United States. The Senators' resolution stresses that members of the Foreign Service deserve the strong support of the American public, and condemns political retaliation against them. "Our dedicated … Continue Reading


October 23, 2019

Harris, Whitehouse, Blumenthal, Coons Press Barr to Explain Growing Record of Political Influence in Justice Department Decisions

Senators Ask Attorney General Whether Established Department Policy Against Political Interference Still in Effect as Instances of Insider Special Dealing and Bias Mount WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a letter on Wednesday, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Chris Coons (D-DE) asked Attorney General Bill Barr to explain how numerous reports of political considerations seeping into the highest levels of Justice Department decision-making … Continue Reading


October 23, 2019

Harris, Blumenthal, Whitehouse Demand Attorney General Barr Turn Over Records Related to Political Interference from White House and Giuliani

Freedom of Information Act Request Encompasses Correspondence With, To, or From AG Barr and DAG Rosen WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) on Wednesday sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to Attorney General William Barr seeking documents that will shed light on any attempts by the White House to interfere with the Justice Department's work in the interest of the president's political goals. The FOIA … Continue Reading


October 22, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Major Resolution to Set National Conservation Goal: Conserve 30% of U.S. Lands and Ocean by 2030

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), and 5 of their colleagues in introducing a major Senate resolution to set a national goal of conserving at least 30 percent of the land and 30 percent of the ocean within the territory of the United States by 2030. The resolution recognizes that nature - like climate change - has reached a tipping point. The resolution responds to a growing group of scientists, who say … Continue Reading


October 21, 2019

Harris, Feinstein Urge Californians to Participate in 2020 Census

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) issued a proclamation urging Californians to take part in the 2020 Census in order to ensure an accurate count for federal funding and congressional representation. "Our democracy depends on having a full and accurate Census count every 10 years," said Senator Harris. "We must take every step to ensure that every person in our country is counted, particularly in light of this administration's failed attempts to … Continue Reading


October 18, 2019

Bill Recognizing ‘Hidden Figures’ for Contributions to U.S. During the Space Race Headed to be Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), along with U.S. Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Frank Lucas (R- OK), applauded the congressional passage of a bipartisan bill they introduced, along with hundreds of their colleagues, to award Congressional Gold Medals to Katherine Johnson and Dr. Christine Darden and to posthumously award Congressional Gold Medals to Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. The bill would also … Continue Reading


October 17, 2019

Harris Introduces Resolution Recognizing October as National Youth Justice Action Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday introduced a resolution recognizing October as "National Youth Justice Action Month." The resolution notes that an estimated 76,000 youth are tried, sentenced, or incarcerated as adults annually. National Youth Justice Action Month recognizes that the juvenile justice system is better equipped to work with young people, and plays a critical role in rehabilitating and treating young offenders while holding them accountable … Continue Reading


October 17, 2019

Trump Cabinet Officials Ignore Harris & Blumenthal Demands to Protect Whistleblowers and Preserve Evidence of Wrongdoing

Every Cabinet-level department refused to answer simple questions related to the preservation of evidence & interference in investigations WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), both former state attorneys general, on Thursday sent a follow-up letter to every Trump cabinet official demanding answers about the cabinet officials' efforts to protect the rights of whistleblowers, preserve evidence of wrongdoing, and guarantee the integrity of … Continue Reading


October 10, 2019

Harris, Senators Call on Juul to End Unfair Forced Arbitration Agreements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and 8 of their colleagues in writing to K.C. Crosthwaite, CEO of Juul, to call on the company to remove forced arbitration and other anti-consumer provisions from its terms and conditions for online sales. Forced arbitration clauses restrict Americans' access to justice by stripping consumers and workers of their right to go to court. Instead, consumers and workers are forced into an … Continue Reading


October 09, 2019

Harris and Blumenthal Demand Entire Trump Cabinet Cooperate with Ongoing Investigations, Protect Whistleblowers and Inspectors General

Letter Warns That Efforts to Destroy Evidence or Intimidate Whistleblowers Would Be Evidence of Obstruction of Justice WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), both former state attorneys general, on Wednesday sent a letter to every Trump cabinet official calling on them to cooperate with all ongoing and future investigations related to the potential wrongdoing by the President of the United States, preserve all evidence relevant to their … Continue Reading


October 08, 2019

After Senate Intelligence Committee Releases Second Volume of Bipartisan Russia Report, Harris Warns of Further Efforts to Suppress Black Voters

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday released a statement after the Senate Intelligence Committee released the second volume of its report on Russian interference in the 2016 election: "Today's bipartisan report of the Senate Intelligence Committee makes clear that Russia deployed information warfare to sway the 2016 elections and exploited American social media networks to do it-and that their disinformation campaign ramped up after Election Day 2016. Russian … Continue Reading


October 04, 2019

Harris, Colleagues File Amicus Brief in Support of DACA in the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), and 46 current and former Senators in filing an amicus brief in the Supreme Court in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on DACA on November 12, 2019. President Trump terminated the DACA program on September 5, 2017, throwing the lives of nearly 800,000 DREAMers into chaos. "President Trump's decision to end DACA went … Continue Reading


October 04, 2019

Harris, Members of Congress File U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Support of Federal Civil Rights Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday led an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in Comcast Corporation v. National Association of African American-Owned Media and Entertainment Studios Networks, Inc. The issue before the U.S. Supreme Court is whether victims of race discrimination must meet the burdensome "but-for" causation standard at the pleading stage under one of the oldest federal civil rights laws. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in this … Continue Reading


October 04, 2019

Harris Announces Kristine Lucius As New Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) released the following statement on the appointment of Kristine Lucius to serve as her new Chief of Staff. "I'm excited to bring Kristine on board. She has a proven track record in the Senate, as a lawyer, and within the non-profit space that will serve Californians well," said Senator Harris. "Kristine will be a great asset in the fight for equality and justice in Congress." "I'm excited to return to the Senate and join a talented team … Continue Reading


October 03, 2019

Harris, Feinstein to Inspector General: Investigate White House Role in EPA Attacks on California

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Thursday called on the Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general to investigate whether the White House pressured the agency to abuse its law enforcement authority to single out California and the city of San Francisco. Last week, EPA Administrator Wheeler sent a letter to Governor Newsom alleging state water quality violations that contradict the agency's own findings. The letter was sent after … Continue Reading


October 03, 2019

Harris, Murray, Hirono, Gillibrand Announce Comprehensive Legislation to End Homelessness

Sens. Harris, Murray, Hirono, Gillibrand, and Rep. Waters' legislation makes landmark investments to confront homelessness WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), along with Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), on Thursday announced the Ending Homelessness Act, a comprehensive plan to confront homelessness in our country. Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced the … Continue Reading


October 03, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Senators Urge Administration to Protect Health Coverage for People with Preexisting Conditions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and 37 of their Senate colleagues in urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to protect individuals with preexisting conditions by limiting the proliferation of "junk plans" - short-term insurance plans that can exclude coverage for essential benefits and provide no protections for … Continue Reading

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