Press Releases

July 28, 2020

Harris, Senators Urge Inclusion of Critical Health Care Privacy Bill in COVID-19 Relief Package

The Public Health Emergency Privacy Act would provide critical privacy and civil rights protections amid nationwide COVID-19 screening and tracing efforts WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), along with Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Angus King (I-ME), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ed Markey (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Amy Klobuchar … Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Harris, Merkley, Tlaib, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Protect Consumers from Dangerous Utility Shut-offs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Tuesday partnered with Representatives Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) to introduce legislation, along with five of their Senate colleagues, that would protect Americans' access to the water and power necessary for households to safely maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although many utility companies voluntarily committed to protect their … Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Harris, Sanders, Colleagues Introduce Masks for All Act to Curb Deadly Coronavirus Surge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As COVID-19 infections continue to surge across America and nearly 30 states impose public mask-wearing requirements, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and over three dozen of their Democratic colleagues in the Senate and House in introducing lifesaving legislation to manufacture and distribute high-quality, reusable masks to everyone in America. Along with Harris and Sanders, the Masks for All Act is cosponsored by … Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Harris, Pressley, DeLauro Unveil Bill to Provide Critical Lifeline for Families Facing Eviction Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Legislation Funds Eviction-Related Legal Aid, Requires HUD to Collect Eviction Data, and Limits Mark of Eviction on Tenants' Credit Reports WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) on Tuesday unveiled the Housing Emergencies Lifeline Program (HELP) Act, critical legislation to provide much needed assistance to those facing eviction amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation follows the expiration last week of a … Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Harris Demands Answers on Postal Service Plans to Secure Vote By Mail for Upcoming Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy demanding answers on the U.S. Postal Service's plans for the upcoming election where millions of Americans will vote by mail. The letter follows reports of operational changes that could slow down mail delivery, creating a less secure mail process. In April, Harris announced legislation that expands vote-by-mail and improves the safety of polling places across the country during … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

Harris, Leahy, Judiciary Democrats Press Chairman Graham For Committee Action On The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday joined Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), along with all Senate Judiciary Democrats, in a letter pressing Chairman Lindsey Graham to expeditiously hold a hearing and markup on the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (S. 4263) - a bipartisan bill with 48 Senate cosponsors to restore the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act that John Lewis risked his life to secure. With the late John Lewis lying in state within the Capitol Rotunda, … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

Harris, Menendez, Durbin, Schumer Democrats Once Again Call on Trump to Grant TPS for Venezuelans

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and 19 other senators in again calling on President Trump to support the victims of the Maduro regime by granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Venezuelans fleeing the political, economic, and humanitarian crisis in their home country. "As the people of Venezuela continue to suffer political oppression and economic deprivation at the hands of … Continue Reading


July 24, 2020

Harris, Gillibrand, Kaine, Colleagues Call For Fixes To Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program To Be Included In Relief Package

Bill Would Ensure Public Servants And Frontline Workers, Like Nurses And First Responders, Receive The Student Loan Forgiveness They Have Earned WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and 14 of their colleagues in calling on Senate leadership to include fixes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program in the next COVID-19 relief package. In a letter, the senators … Continue Reading


July 24, 2020

Harris, Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Call for Congress to Use the Power of the Purse to Stop Trump's Constitutional Abuses in Portland and Other American Cities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and 7 of their Senate colleagues in calling on congressional leaders to include provisions in future funding legislation that would explicitly prohibit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) from infringing upon the constitutional rights of Americans. The senators' letter to Senate Appropriations Committee leaders follows weeks of … Continue Reading


July 24, 2020

Harris, Hassan, Warren, Durbin, Brown, Colleagues Oppose COVID-19 Bailout for Predatory For-Profit Colleges

For-Profit Colleges Have Boosted Enrollment, Taken Advantage of Pandemic with Deceptive Advertising Campaigns to Lure in Vulnerable Students WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and 5 of their colleagues in calling for upcoming COVID-19 relief legislation to exclude federal funding for predatory for-profit colleges. If legislation does include support of … Continue Reading


July 24, 2020

Harris, Warren, Murray, Lawmakers Urge HHS to Address the Needs of Pregnant People during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Combat Maternal Mortality Crisis

Early data show higher rates of COVID-19 infection and maternal morbidity among people of color WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Patty Murray (D-WA), along with Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D-NY), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Tina Smith (D-MN), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), … Continue Reading


July 23, 2020

Harris, Jayapal Applaud House Passage of Bills Addressing Discriminatory Travel Bans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee, on Thursday applauded the House of Representatives after it passed the Access to Counsel Act, legislation to promote the fair treatment of U.S. citizens, green card holders, and other individuals detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at borders and ports-of-entry, and the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act, … Continue Reading


July 23, 2020

Harris Statement on Passage of Senate National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) released the following statement after voting against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). "Our service members put their lives on the line for all of us, and they deserve the very best. I am proud to support provisions of this bill that benefit service members, their families, and our state, including an amendment I offered requiring the Pentagon to conduct an independent scientific study of Tijuana River pollution and its … Continue Reading


July 23, 2020

Harris, Murphy Applaud Passage of Living Shorelines Act in Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) on Wednesday applauded the passage of an amended version of their Living Shorelines Act, which passed out of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee on a bipartisan vote. Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, led the bill in the House. "Climate change is real and continues to threaten communities across our nation. In 2018, Senator Murphy and I … Continue Reading


July 23, 2020

Harris, Brown, Booker Introduce Senate Resolution Declaring Racism A Public Health Crisis

Recognizing Role of Race in Health Disparities Especially Important during COVID-19 Pandemic WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) on Wednesday introduced a Senate Resolution to declare racism a public health crisis. The coronavirus pandemic has been the great revealer - underscoring the racial disparities that continue to pervade public health as a direct result of systemic racism. Barriers to quality health care access, … Continue Reading


July 22, 2020

Harris Statement on NDAA Amendment Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday released the following statement after the vote on Senator Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have redirected 10 percent of Pentagon funding to various federal programs: "As a member of the Senate Intelligence and Homeland Security Committees, I'm keenly aware of the global threats facing our country. I'm honored to represent a state with the most service members … Continue Reading


July 22, 2020

Harris, Booker, Wyden, Merkley Demand Answers from Attorney General Barr and Acting Secretary Wolf on Deployment of Anonymous Federal Agents in American Cities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and 23 additional Senators on Wednesday sent a letter pressing Attorney General Bill Barr and Acting Secretary Chad Wolf for answers on the alarming actions taken against protesters by federal law enforcement agents deployed by the Trump Administration, as well as threats by President Trump to deploy federal officers to more American cities. These steps are all the more … Continue Reading


July 22, 2020

Harris, 17 Senators Demand Answers on Federal Law Enforcement Presence in American Cities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), member of the United States Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and 17 Senators, sent a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan, and Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Matthew Albence demanding answers about the use of federal law enforcement against protestors expressing their constitutional First … Continue Reading


July 22, 2020

Harris Demands Hearing on Unidentified Federal Agents in American Cities

Full Video of Harris' Remarks WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday in a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) meeting demanded a hearing on the unidentified federal agents that have been deployed to American cities by President Trump. In her remarks, Harris explains that leaders of many cities and states are not requesting this kind of federal presence and can handle managing their constituents on their own. Harris stresses the serious … Continue Reading


July 22, 2020

Harris Hails Committee Passage of Racial Disparities Amendment to COVID-19 Task Force Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday released the following statement after her amendment based on the COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force Act passed out of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee: "COVID-19 has affected people of color at alarming rates and highlighted longstanding racial disparities in our health care system. I introduced my COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force Act to bring together experts in … Continue Reading

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