Press Releases

October 02, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Raise Alarm on Border Patrol Agents Conducting Initial Interviews for Asylum Seekers

WASHINGTON, D.C - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday led her colleagues in a letter to the acting heads of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) expressing concern and demanding answers about the Trump administration's recent decision to allow Border Patrol agents-as opposed to highly trained asylum officers within USCIS-to conduct "credible fear" interviews of individuals seeking … Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Harris, Senate Judiciary Democrats to Menashi: Disclose Involvement in Zelensky Call, Whistleblower Complaint

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and every Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday called on 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Steven Menashi to disclose what knowledge or involvement he had in President Trump's July 25 call with Ukrainian President Zelensky and the resulting whistleblower complaint. "We write to inquire about your knowledge of or involvement with any of the events related to a telephone call between President Trump and Ukrainian … Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Harris, Senators Oppose Cruel and Devastating Cuts to Refugee Admissions

Trump Administration reportedly plans to set the 2020 cap at 18,000 refugees - the lowest level ever. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and 13 of their Senate colleagues in opposing the Trump Administration's reported plans to slash the U.S.'s refugee cap to admit only 18,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2020-a cap which, if not reversed, would represent the lowest level of refugee admittances in … Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Senators Introduce Congressional Effort to Overturn DeVos Borrower Defense Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 32 of their colleagues in introducing the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval on Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' rewritten borrower defense rule that gutted essential protections for student borrowers and taxpayers. CRA resolutions of disapproval allow Congress to overturn regulatory actions of federal agencies with a simple … Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Senate Democrats Call on Interior Secretary to Terminate Acting BLM Director’s Authority

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and 9 Senate Democrats in urging U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to terminate William Perry Pendley's authority as acting director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). In the letter, the senators outline their concerns with Pendley's advocacy for the widespread sale of public lands, his efforts to roll back key conservation laws, and … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Harris Demands Inspector General Investigate Any State Department Officials Working with Rudy Giuliani

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday sent a letter to Steve Linick, Inspector General for the Department of State, demanding he investigate whether any Department of State officials enabled Rudy Giuliani to advance political activities on behalf of President Trump, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Ambassador Kurt Volker, and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland. "The August 12, 2019 … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Harris, Cornyn Introduce Bill to Reauthorize Program to Support Child Welfare Cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and John Cornyn (R-TX) on Thursday reintroduced the Continuing of Useful Resources to States (COURTS) Act to reauthorize the State Court Improvement Program (CIP), which provides formula grants to state courts to help them improve their handling of child welfare cases. The bill reauthorizes CIP for five years and was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Harris Statement on Senate GOP Blocking Funding for HBCUs, Minority-Serving Institutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday released the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked passage of the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act, bi-partisan and bi-cameral legislation that would reauthorize funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority-Serving Institutions for the next two years. Current funding is set to expire on September 30, 2019. "Let me be clear: … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Provide Tax Relief to California Wildfire Victims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) in introducing the bipartisan Hurricanes Florence and Michael and California Wildfire Tax Relief Act to provide tax relief to victims of last year's wildfires in California and other natural disasters. "Last year's wildfires devastated communities across California and … Continue Reading


September 24, 2019

Harris, Senate Judiciary Democrats: Committee Must Investigate Whistleblower Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and all committee Democrats in calling on Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to obtain and investigate the whistleblower report and hold a hearing with Attorney General Barr. "We have a constitutional responsibility to determine the reasons for the whistleblower's report and why it is being withheld from Congress. Specifically, this Committee should use … Continue Reading


September 24, 2019

Harris to ICE: Stop Detaining Families and Children at Karnes Facility

Letter also urges ICE to release women currently detained at Karnes from ICE custody WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday sent a letter to Daniel Bible, San Antonio Field Office Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), demanding that ICE reconsider detaining families and children at the Karnes County Residential Center in light of multiple reports of insufficient medical care and attempted suicides. Given the inhumane conditions at Karnes, … Continue Reading


September 20, 2019

Harris on Nomination of Patrick Bumatay to the Ninth Circuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today issued the following statement on Patrick Bumatay's nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit: "Once again, the president has put forth a highly flawed nominee to the Ninth Circuit, without the support of California's senators. I first objected to Mr. Bumatay after his initial nomination to the Ninth Circuit a year ago and again raised concerns about his … Continue Reading


September 19, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Colleagues Introduce Senate Resolution Honoring Over 500 Hispanic-Serving Institutions

The resolution designates September 16-22 as "National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week" WASHINGTON, D.C. - As our nation begins its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and 15 of their colleagues in introducing a Senate resolution recognizing the work, goals, and achievements of 523 non-profit Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) throughout our nation by designating the week of … Continue Reading


September 18, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Senate Democrats Introduce Clean Air, Healthy Kids Act to Rescind President Trump's Anti-Climate Agenda

WASHNGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and 18 Senate Democrats in introducing a new version of the Clean Air, Healthy Kids Act to repeal President Trump's anti-climate agenda. "For the past two and a half years, the Trump administration has mounted an all-out assault on environmental protections that protect public health and help secure our future," said Senator Harris. "Let's be clear- climate … Continue Reading


September 18, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Protect Endangered Species

Bill would reverse Trump Administration's changes to the ESA that will exacerbate the extinction crisis WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and 7 of their colleagues in introducing legislation to repeal three Trump administration final rule changes to the Endangered Species Act, which taken together will fundamentally change the way we protect threatened and endangered species. "The administration's … Continue Reading


September 18, 2019

Harris Leads Colleagues in Reintroducing Resolution to Protect Ambitious National Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday led a group of 33 colleagues in reintroducing a Senate resolution in response to the Trump administration's efforts to roll back federal fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards designed to fight climate change and protect Americans' access to clean air. Harris and her colleagues are reintroducing the resolution in advance of the administration's expected move to formally revoke California's authority to set its own … Continue Reading


September 17, 2019

Harris, DeSaulnier Condemn Trump Administration Effort to Revoke California’s Authority to Set Auto Emissions Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday condemned the Trump administration's reported intention to formally rescind California's ability to set its own automobile emissions standards. Harris is the sponsor of a 2018 Senate resolution asserting California's authority to set its own standards and supporting the current One National Program. The resolution is set to be reintroduced this week alongside Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA-11), who will introduce a companion … Continue Reading


September 17, 2019

Harris Applauds House Passage of the FUTURE Act to Boost HBCUs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act. This bill will reauthorize $255 million for Minority Serving-Institutions (MSIs), including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), over the next two years. Harris is a co-sponsor of companion legislation in the Senate. "As the proud graduate of an … Continue Reading


September 17, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Senate Democrats Introduce Legislation to Block Implementation of Trump Administration’s So-Called “Public Charge” Rule

The Protect American Values Act Would Prohibit the Government from Using Federal Funds to Carry Out Latest Trump Administration Attack on Immigrant Families WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and 24 Senate Democrats in introducing the Protect American Values Act - legislation that would prohibit the Trump Administration from using federal funding to implement its so-called "public charge" rule. … Continue Reading


September 17, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Warn That Pharmaceutical Mergers May Threaten Drug Competition, Increase Prices and Reduce Patient Access to Essential Medications

WASHINGTON, D.C - In light of ongoing consolidation in the pharmaceutical sector, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and 7 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons calling on the agency to closely scrutinize pharmaceutical mergers that raise competition issues. In the letter, the senators raised concerns about the potential impact of these proposed transactions on pharmaceutical innovation … Continue Reading

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