Press Releases

March 28, 2019

15 Coastal Senators to Oppose Interior Secretary Nomination: A Vote for Bernhardt is a Vote for Offshore Drilling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following his confirmation hearing Thursday in the Energy and Natural Resources committee, a coalition of 15 East and West Coast senators, led by Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), announced their intent to vote "NO" on David Bernhardt's nomination for Interior Secretary due, at least in part, to his role in expanding offshore drilling that threatens their states' coastal economies. In declaring their opposition, Harris and Menendez were joined by Senators … Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Applaud Senate Passage of Bill to Recognize ‘Hidden Figures’

Legislation will award Congressional Gold Medals to Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Dr. Christine Darden for their work at NASA and award an additional Congressional Gold Medal to honor all women who contributed to NASA during the Space Race WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) on Thursday applauded Senate passage of their bipartisan bill to award Congressional Gold Medals to Katherine Johnson … Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Stop HATE Act

Senators Introduce Stop HATE Legislation, Calling Out Role Of The Internet In Inciting Violence WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris on Thursday joined Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) in introducing a measure that aims to prevent online extremism from turning into real-life hate crimes. Harris and Casey are joined in this effort by Senators Booker (D-NJ), Jones (D-AL), Klobuchar (D-MN), Menendez (D-NJ), Sanders (I-VT) and Van Hollen (D-MD). "Hate is real in this country. The tragedies … Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Amendment to Improve Military Housing in FY20 Budget Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday, joined Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), along with members of the Senate Committee on the Budget, in filing an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2020 budget resolution to ensure military families have safe and healthy housing. The amendment would protect the wellbeing of our nation's military families by creating a reserve fund to address health hazards in military housing. "California's service members and … Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Demand DHS Reunite Deported Parents with Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) on Tuesday sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen demanding the reunification of 17 immigrant parents deported under the Trump Administration's zero tolerance policy with their children. Earlier this month, 29 previously removed parents arrived at the Calexico Port of Entry seeking asylum and to be reunited … Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

Harris Statement on the Green New Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) released a statement on Tuesday after the United States Senate defeated a stunt effort by Republicans who deny the threat of climate change. Harris is a supporter and original co-sponsor of the original Green New Deal resolution offered by U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA): "Climate change is an existential threat, and confronting it requires bold action. I'm a proud cosponsor of Senator Markey's Green New Deal resolution," said Harris. … Continue Reading


March 25, 2019

Harris Announces Diverse New Hires In Senior Roles

Senator Harris Appoints Three Women of Color to Key Positions WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday announced the hiring of three staff members, all women of color. Heather Hutt has been appointed as State Director, Deanne Millison will serve as Legislative Director, and Meaghan Lynch has been named Press Secretary. "I am thrilled to have Heather, Deanne, and Meaghan on my team," said Senator Harris. "Each of these women are experienced public servants, and I am … Continue Reading


March 22, 2019

Harris: Barr Must Testify About Special Counsel Investigation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday released a statement following reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller transmitted his report on foreign interference in the 2016 election to the Attorney General: "We need total transparency here. The Department of Justice launched the Special Counsel investigation to get to the bottom of foreign interference in the 2016 election and any other illegal actions. A declassified report must be made public immediately and … Continue Reading


March 21, 2019

Senators File Brief in Ninth Circuit Case to Hold Big Oil Responsible for Climate Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) have filed a brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit calling out major oil companies for blocking action in Congress on climate change. The senators filed their brief in a case pitting the cities of Oakland and San Francisco against major oil companies in a dispute over costs … Continue Reading


March 15, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Support Military Families by Fixing Inconsistency in GI Bill Benefit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with 12 of their colleagues, in introducing the GI Education Benefits Fairness Act, legislation that would support veterans' families by extending Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits to foster children and legal wards. "Members of the military make sacrifices every day for our nation, and we should do everything we can to support them and their families," … Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Harris Votes to Terminate National Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday released the following statement after the Senate passed H.J. Res. 46, a resolution that terminates the president's declaration of a national emergency at the Southern border: "With the passage of today's resolution to overturn the president's declaration of a fake emergency, the Senate did its job and sent a clear message that the American people will not pay to carry out the president's vanity project. "From the outset, I … Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Harris Introduces Legislation to Jumpstart Digital Innovation in Government

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday introduced the Digital Service Act, legislation to empower state and local governments to invest in "digital services," small teams of technologists, designers, and civil servants who will update and rebuild government systems. The legislation will also bolster the United States Digital Service (USDS), which since 2014 has completed over 100 projects improving the federal government's ability to serve the American people while … Continue Reading


March 13, 2019

Harris Votes to End U.S. Support for War in Yemen

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) released the following statement Wednesday after the Senate voted on a resolution to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition's war in Yemen. The resolution passed 54-46. "What's happening in Yemen is devastating. Last year, the war killed on average 100 civilians a week, and thousands of children have died of starvation-Congress must take a stand. The resolution is a powerful signal that Congress will not stand by while the crisis … Continue Reading


March 13, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Call on HHS to Revoke Waiver Allowing South Carolina Child Welfare Agencies to Discriminate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, D-Calif., on Wednesday joined Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Bob Menendez, D-N.J., along with 39 of their colleagues, in an effort to stop the Trump administration from allowing taxpayer-funded discrimination that will deny vulnerable children access to the qualified, welcoming and safe families they deserve. In a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, the senators condemned … Continue Reading


March 13, 2019

Harris Questions Judicial Nominee on Voter Disenfranchisement, Disparate Impact

Video of Harris' Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) pressed Kenneth Lee, a nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, on his views about voting rights for formerly incarcerated individuals. According to the Sentencing Project, as of 2010, 1 out of every 13 Black voters had lost the right to vote due to felony convictions, in contrast to the only 1 in 56 non-Black voters who had lost their … Continue Reading


March 13, 2019

Senator Kamala Harris on California Death Penalty Moratorium

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) released the following statement today on California Governor Gavin Newsom's announcement of a moratorium on the state's death penalty. Harris has opposed the death penalty throughout her career in law enforcement: "This is an important day for justice and for the state of California. I applaud Governor Newsom for his decision to place a moratorium on the death penalty. As a career law enforcement official, I have opposed the death penalty … Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Harris Legislation Signed into Law as Part of Public Lands Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, two pieces of legislation authored by U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) were signed into law as part of the Natural Resources Management Act, as well as a permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF supports projects across California that preserve the state's wildlife, protect Californians' access to clean air and clean water, and fuel California's $92 billion outdoor recreation economy-the largest in the nation. "I'm … Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Urge Department of Education to Immediately Assist Argosy University Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last week, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), along with nine of their colleagues, in sending a letter to the Department of Education urging it to take immediate action to assist students in the aftermath of its February 27 decision to terminate Argosy University's eligibility for federal Title IV financial aid and reports of Argosy's imminent closure. The Senators called on the Department to … Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Harris, García, Cunningham Introduce Legislation Providing Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Public Housing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday introduced the Safe Housing for Families Act to provide carbon monoxide detectors in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) housing units. The bill follows recent reports of carbon monoxide poisoning among residents of HUD housing, which has led to at least 11 deaths since 2003. Companion legislation will also be introduced today in the House of Representatives by Reps. Chuy García (D-IL) and Joe … Continue Reading


March 11, 2019

Harris, Feinstein Call For Withdrawal of Kenneth Lee nomination to the Ninth Circuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein (both D-CA) have sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, asking the Committee not to move forward with a hearing on Kenneth Lee's nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In the letter, the Senators highlighted that Lee has repeatedly failed to turn over dozens of controversial writings, including on voting rights, race, and civil rights. The Senators noted that this not … Continue Reading

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