Press Releases

July 24, 2019

Harris, Judiciary Democrats Condemn Proposal to Zero Out Refugee Admissions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and all Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee - the Senate committee of jurisdiction over all refugee and immigration laws - in forcefully condemning a proposal reportedly being considered by Trump administration officials to dramatically reduce - or worse, eliminate - annual refugee admissions, which have already plummeted to historic lows under President Trump. The Judiciary Committee … Continue Reading


July 24, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Senate Democrats Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

Democracy for All Amendment, introduced by entire Senate Democratic Caucus, would help get big money out of politics and put power back in the hands of the American people WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and the entire Senate Democratic Caucus in introducing the Democracy for All Amendment, a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC and other … Continue Reading


July 23, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Oppose New Commission Set to ‘Redefine’ Human Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and 21 of their Democratic Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlining their opposition to the Trump Administration's establishment of a new Commission on Unalienable Rights. Described as a new body to advise the Secretary of State on human rights in U.S. foreign policy, the Trump Administration's new commission will seek to redefine well-established, … Continue Reading


July 23, 2019

Harris, Nadler Introduce Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday introduced the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, one of the most comprehensive marijuana reform bills ever introduced in the U.S. Congress. "Times have changed - marijuana should not be a crime," said Sen. Harris. "We need to start regulating marijuana, and expunge marijuana convictions from the records of … Continue Reading


July 22, 2019

Harris, Rubio, Booker Introduce Legislation to Establish Commission Devoted to Uplifting Black Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced legislation to establish the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys. The Commission would be housed within the United States Commission on Civil Rights' Office and would recommend policies to improve current government programs. U.S. Representative Frederica Wilson (D-FL) introduced companion legislation (H.R. 1636) in the House. "We must speak truth that slavery … Continue Reading


July 22, 2019

Harris, Kildee, Lawrence Announce Comprehensive Legislation to Address Nation’s Water Crisis

The Water Justice Act will invest $250 billion in water safety, affordability, and sustainability WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday announced the Water Justice Act, landmark legislation to ensure that the nation's water supply is safe, affordable, and sustainable. To address the ongoing drinking water crisis in the country, the comprehensive legislation would immediately invest in communities and schools to test for and remove contaminants in water, including … Continue Reading


July 15, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Colleagues Warn USGS of Scientific Data Suppression

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Friday joined Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and 19 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Dr. James Reilly, the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), to express their concern over recent reports that USGS will only utilize climate models that project the effects of climate change through 2040. USGS has historically used models that projected the anticipated impact of climate change through the … Continue Reading


July 15, 2019

Harris Denounces Trump Administration’s Move to Restrict Asylum for Central Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday released a statement after the Trump administration announced a new rule that restricts access to asylum protections for individuals who travel through other countries. "The administration's move to restrict asylum for Central Americans is deliberately cruel. America should embrace its moral responsibility to serve as a safe haven for children and families fleeing violence and persecution. "Let's be perfectly clear: the … Continue Reading


July 15, 2019

Harris, Jayapal Announce Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

Bill Would Ensure Protections and Benefits for All Domestic Workers WASHINGTON, D.C. - U. S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA-07) on Monday announced the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Act, the first ever national set of legislation ensuring the rights and protections of millions of domestic workers throughout the country. "Domestic workers are one of the fastest growing workforces in our country," said Sen. Harris. "They provide essential care … Continue Reading


July 11, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Block Immigration Raids at Schools, Hospitals, Courthouses and Churches

Increased ICE presence at schools, courthouses, churches, and hospitals foments fear and deters immigrants from receiving an education, reporting domestic abuse and other crimes, and seeking social services WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the Trump Administration reportedly plans to target immigrant communities with widespread, indiscriminate raids starting on Sunday, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and 14 of their colleagues in introducing legislation to block … Continue Reading


July 11, 2019

Harris, Senators Press HHS About Public Health Impact of “Fentanyl-Related” Scheduling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Mike Lee (R-UT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chris Coons (D-DE), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Cory Booker (D-NJ), all members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a bipartisan letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar about their concerns that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) have not adequately consulted with public health … Continue Reading


July 11, 2019

Harris, Colleagues to Trump: Don’t Deport Military Families

Trump Administration's proposed policy change would end protections against deportation of military spouses & families, threatening military readiness WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following reports that the Trump Administration is ending protections against the deportation of military families whose loved ones are deployed, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and 20 of their colleagues in demanding the Trump Administration reverse course … Continue Reading


July 10, 2019

Harris, Ocasio-Cortez Introduce Bill to Provide People with Criminal Records A Fair Chance at Housing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) on Wednesday introduced the Fair Chance at Housing Act of 2019, legislation to remove barriers to obtaining federal housing assistance for individuals with criminal records and their families. The proposal is a comprehensive reform of the eviction and screening policies so individuals with a criminal history have a fair chance at housing assistance. "Too many people become … Continue Reading


July 09, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Announce Introduction of Climate Emergency Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and 5 of their colleagues in introducing a resolution to declare that the climate emergency facing the planet demands a "national, social, industrial, and economic mobilization of the resources and labor of the United States" in order to "restore the climate for future generations." The resolution comes in the wake of President Trump's environmental speech yesterday, in which he avoided any … Continue Reading


July 09, 2019

Harris Demands Barr, Rosen Recuse from Epstein Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen urging them to recuse themselves from overseeing matters involving Jeffrey Epstein, the 66-year-old financier who stands accused of the sexual exploitation and trafficking of young girls. "In light of your professional ties to the firm that previously represented Jeffrey Epstein . . . , I … Continue Reading


July 03, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Demand Thorough Investigation Into Anti-Immigrant Social Media Activity By Border Patrol Employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday led a group of her colleagues on a letter to Jennifer L. Costello, Department of Homeland Security Acting Inspector General, demanding a thorough investigation after a ProPublica report uncovered a private online group in which current and former employees of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) posted numerous vile, anti-immigrant messages. Although CBP has already requested an investigation into employees' online … Continue Reading


June 28, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Probe Trump Administration Delay in Providing Emergency Nutrition Assistance for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and 5 of their colleagues in writing a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue probing the Trump administration's failure to release emergency nutrition assistance funds to Puerto Rico already appropriated by Congress. The Senate Budget Committee has oversight authority over OMB. "More … Continue Reading


June 27, 2019

Harris Applauds Advancement of Safe Housing for Families Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday applauded the advancement of the Safe Housing for Families Act, which requires carbon monoxide detectors in public and publicly subsidized housing. The bill advanced out of the House Financial Services Committee this week and is on its way to a full vote in the House of Representatives. Harris introduced the Safe Housing for Families Act earlier this year in partnership with Representatives Jesús G. "Chuy" García … Continue Reading


June 27, 2019

Harris, Senators Introduce Legislation to Stop Trump Administration Proposal to End Protections for Transgender Americans

Bill Would Block New HUD Rule Allowing Homeless Shelters To Turn Away Transgender Individuals WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and 9 of their colleagues in introducing new legislation to block a proposed rule at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that would strip away protections for transgender Americans who are experiencing homelessness. The Ensuring Equal Access to Shelter Act, is cosponsored by U.S. … Continue Reading


June 27, 2019

Harris, Colleagues to Introduce First Ever Bipartisan Senate Resolution to Honor the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising

June 28, 2019 marks 50 years since brave Americans at New York's Stonewall Inn stood up to oppression and discrimination WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and 22 of their colleagues in introducing the first ever bipartisan U.S. Senate resolution to honor the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. Stonewall is an important moment in American history that sparked the … Continue Reading

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