Press Releases

September 17, 2019

Harris: Trump’s “Counterproductive” Approach Ignores Real Solutions to Homelessness

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday released the following statement as Trump administration officials visit California to discuss homelessness in the state. "Housing is a human right - yet affordable housing remains out of reach for too many. The country is facing a housing and homelessness crisis, and there is no question that there are enormous housing challenges in California. "It is important to understand that our country's homelessness crisis has been … Continue Reading


September 17, 2019

Harris Urges House Judiciary Committee to Investigate Kavanaugh

Committee has flexibility to commit resources or establish structures to best address impeachment investigations WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler urging the committee to conduct an investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and hold him accountable for any inappropriate behavior or contradictions of his prior testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Given the gravity of … Continue Reading


September 13, 2019

Harris Calls for Investigation of Justice Department’s Inquiry into Automakers Working with California to Reduce Emissions

Letter to DOJ Inspector General Raises Questions about Potential Political Interference WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday sent a letter to Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz urging an investigation into the basis for the DOJ's antitrust investigation into four automakers working with California to make cleaner, less-polluting vehicles. After the Trump administration announced its intent to roll back Obama-era emission standards, … Continue Reading


September 12, 2019

Harris, Democratic Senators Introduce Bill to Invoke Temporary Protected Status Protections for Bahamians

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following reports that the Trump Administration will refuse to grant temporary protections to Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and 15 of their colleagues in introducing the Bahamas Temporary Protected Status of 2019. The legislation designates the Bahamas for Temporary Protected Status for 18 months and provides humanitarian protection for eligible Bahamian citizens who are unable to … Continue Reading


September 12, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Senators Introduce Legislation to Fight Methane Pollution from Pipelines

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and 7 of their colleagues in introducing a bill to protect public health and safety and fight climate change by reducing dangerous leaks from pipelines that release methane and other hazardous gases and pollutants into the air. The Methane Emissions from Transmission Harm American Neighborhoods and the Environment (METHANE) Act would require owners and operators of … Continue Reading


September 11, 2019

Following House Testimony, Harris Praises Courage of Isabel Bueso and Urges Administration to Protect Medical Deferred Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday commended California resident Maria Isabel Bueso for her courageous testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform and urged the Trump administration to restore the deferred action policy that has allowed Bueso to receive life-saving treatment in the United States for the past 16 years. Bueso has a rare genetic disorder that cannot be treated in Guatemala, her country of birth-yet she recently received a … Continue Reading


September 11, 2019

Harris, Senate Dems Call on Majority Leader McConnell to Act after House Judiciary Passes Gun Safety Bill to Ban High-Capacity Magazines

The Keep Americans Safe Act would prohibit the transfer, importation, or possession of magazines able to hold more than ten rounds of ammunition WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and 28 of their colleagues in calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to act on their Keep Americans Safe Act (S.447), which would prohibit the transfer, importation, or possession of magazines able to hold more than … Continue Reading


September 10, 2019

House Passes Harris Legislation Promoting Diversity and Inclusion at Federal Reserve

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday praised the House of Representatives' passage of the Ensuring Diverse Leadership Act, which Harris first introduced in the Senate in May 2018. The legislation, which is led in the House by Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH-03), would ensure that at least one minority and one female candidate are interviewed for each vacancy for the presidency of a reserve bank at each of the twelve reserve banks in the Federal Reserve System. "When our … Continue Reading


September 10, 2019

House Overwhelmingly Passes Harris’s Bill to Require Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Public Housing

Harris calls on Senate to pass the Safe Housing for Families Act WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday applauded the House passage of the Safe Housing for Families Act, legislation that requires public and publicly subsidized housing to have carbon monoxide detectors. In March, after multiple reports of deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning in public housing units, Harris introduced the Senate companion bill in conjunction with Representatives Jesús G. … Continue Reading


September 10, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Call on Defunct For-Profit College Education Corporation of America to Stop Attempts to Collect from Former Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Doug Jones (D-AL), and Patty Murray (D-WA), along with Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in sending a letter to Stu Reed, President and CEO of now-defunct Education Corporation of America (ECA), and John F. Kennedy, ECA's Receiver, regarding attempts to collect outstanding accounts receivable and other financial … Continue Reading


September 09, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Question DHS and HHS on Decision Not to Administer Flu Vaccines for Migrant Families Held at CBP Detention Centers

Decision Not to Vaccinate Ahead of Flu Season Threatens Health of Detainees, CBP Personnel, and Others WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), along with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Jack Reed (D-RI), Patty Murray (D-WA), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI), in sending a letter to Kevin McAleenan, Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security … Continue Reading


September 06, 2019

Harris, Colleagues to Lighthizer: No Trade Negotiations with Brazil Until Bolsonaro Protects the Amazon

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) and 8 of their Democratic colleagues in urging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to postpone any trade negotiations with Brazil until President Jair Bolsonaro fully enforces his country's environmental laws and regulations to protect the Amazon from continued illegal deforestation. In the letter, the senators also called on Lighthizer to swiftly resolve the … Continue Reading


September 06, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Urge Facebook to Enforce Gun Selling Rules on its Digital Marketplace

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following an investigative report by The Wall Street Journal which found that gun sales are being conducted on Facebook Marketplace, in clear violation of the company's policy banning such sales, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and 12 of their Democratic colleagues in releasing a letter calling on the social media giant to monitor its own platform and enforce its own gun selling rules. "As … Continue Reading


August 28, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Colleagues Demand Trump Administration End Remain in Mexico Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and 21 of their colleagues in calling on the Trump administration to stop restricting access to the U.S. asylum system by ending its Remain in Mexico policy. The deceptively named Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) policy blocks legal asylum seekers from being in the U.S. while they await court hearings in their cases, forcing them to wait in dangerous cities in Mexico for … Continue Reading


August 26, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Colleagues Oppose Labor Department Proposal to Create Duplicative, Lower-Quality Unregistered Apprenticeships

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Monday joined Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and 42 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Acting Secretary Patrick Pizzella opposing the Labor Department's recent proposal to undermine the highly effective and widely supported registered apprenticeship program. The proposed rule would create duplicative, unnecessary, and lower-quality "industry-recognized apprenticeship programs" (IRAPs), that would not … Continue Reading


August 21, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Colleagues to Forest Service: Listen to Fire Fighter and Forest Manager Input to Protect National Forests

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Tom Carper (D-DE) and 21 of their Democratic colleagues in calling on the U.S. Forest Service to listen to the input of wildland fire fighters and forest managers and extend the public comment period for its proposed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rule. The proposed rule could undermine the scientific processes considered in NEPA to protect … Continue Reading


August 21, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Colleagues Call to Ban Low-Yield Nuclear Missiles Deployment and Extend New START Treaty in Final Defense Authorization Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and 15 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James M. Inhofe (R-OK) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI) urging them to include three key nuclear weapons provisions in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020. The provisions, which were included in the House-passed NDAA, would … Continue Reading


August 08, 2019

Harris, Udall, Warren, Blumenthal Release New Details of Expanded DHS Watchdog Probe of CBP Surveillance of Journalists, Activists, and Lawyers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Tom Udall (D-NM), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) on Thursday released a letter from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (OIG) detailing its investigation into the alleged compiling of lists and targeted government surveillance of journalists, activists, and lawyers at the U.S.-Mexico border by Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The lawmakers demanded answers from CBP leadership in May … Continue Reading


August 07, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Democratic Senators Urge Trump Administration to Reject $100 Billion Tax Cut for Wealthy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and 37 Democratic senators in urging Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin against unilaterally cutting capital gains taxes for the wealthiest Americans by an additional $100 billion over 10 years, an illegal action that would defy longstanding Justice Department policy. The request follows a letter signed by 21 Republican … Continue Reading


August 07, 2019

Harris, Senators to EPA: Reverse Course and Ban Toxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Now

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and 13 Senate Democrats in calling on EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to ban chlorpyrifos, a toxic pesticide linked to brain damage in children and known to cause serious harm to human health. The letter comes in response to a recent EPA decision to reject a petition to ban chlorpyrifos. Several states and public health groups petitioned for the removal of the chemical from the marketplace, but the EPA … Continue Reading

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