Press Releases

June 26, 2019

Harris, Booker Introduce Resolution Designating June as African American Music Appreciation Month

Lawmakers call for greater access to music education for black students WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) on Tuesday introduced a resolution honoring the contributions of African Americans to America's musical heritage. The resolution also calls for greater access to music education for African American students, who received the lowest scores of all ethnicities on the most recent National Assessment for Educational Progress arts assessment. … Continue Reading

June 26, 2019

Harris, Porter Announce Bill to Empower State AG Enforcement of Banks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA-45) on Wednesday announced the Accountability for Wall Street Executives Act of 2019, legislation that will allow state attorneys general and other state law enforcement to issue subpoenas during the course of investigations regarding compliance with state law by national banks. "As a former attorney general, I know firsthand how vital it is for state law enforcement to have the tools needed to … Continue Reading

June 25, 2019

Harris, Sullivan Introduce Legislation to Expand Legal Representation for Victims of Violence

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) on Tuesday introduced S. 1959, the Ensuring Representation for Survivors Act, legislation to ensure that all survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault have access to a lawyer if they need it. Studies have shown that when abused victims are represented by an attorney, their ability to break out of the cycle of violence increases dramatically. "Let's be absolutely clear: domestic violence and sexual … Continue Reading

June 21, 2019

Harris, Whitehouse, Blumenthal Introduce Bill to Protect Independence of Justice Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) on Thursday introduced the Security from Political Interference in Justice Act, legislation to increase transparency in the relationship between the U.S. Department of Justice and the White House and prevent political interference in law enforcement decisions. The bill would impose important reporting requirements for contacts between the Justice Department and White House … Continue Reading

June 20, 2019

Harris Introduces Bill to Dramatically Expand Access to PrEP

Bill requires all private and public insurance plans to cover revolutionary HIV prevention drug and related services with no out-of-pocket costs, also facilitates access to PrEP for uninsured. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday introduced the PrEP Access and Coverage Act, legislation to dramatically expand Americans' access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), medication that when taken daily reduces the risk of HIV infection by up to 92%. HIV … Continue Reading

June 19, 2019

Harris Introduces 21st Century SKILLS Act to Invest in Workforce Training

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday introduced the 21st Century Skills are Key to Individuals' Life-Long Success (SKILLS) Act, legislation to make high-quality training, education, and supportive services more accessible for workers to help them secure 21st century jobs. As offshoring, automation, artificial intelligence, and other technological advances fundamentally change the future of work in our country, American workers face unprecedented challenges in … Continue Reading

June 18, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Call on DOJ and DHS to Stop Implementation of Guidance Denying Citizenship Over Cannabis-related Activities

Senators say Trump administration guidance "ignores the will of Americans across the country" WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and 8 of their colleagues in calling on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to prevent implementation of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) guidance considering cannabis-related activities as a factor for the "good moral character" … Continue Reading

June 18, 2019

Harris Applauds Announcement of Approved Temporary Visas to Help Save Man’s Life in San Jose

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) on Tuesday applauded the State Department's announcement that two Vietnamese men have been granted temporary visas to enter the United States in order to help save their brother's life. "I am pleased the Department of State has recognized the moral imperative to act, and that Tu Le will receive the urgent and life-saving care he needs," said Sen. Harris. "My thoughts will be with Tu Le, his … Continue Reading

June 14, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Call Out State Department’s Refusal to Let Pride Flags Fly at Embassies

Letter also expresses concern with State Department policies failing to promote LGBTI rights WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and 16 of their colleagues in opposing the State Department's decision to reject requests from four embassies to fly a rainbow flag on embassy flagpoles in commemoration of Pride month. Noting this year's State Department Human Rights Report that indicates "LGBTI violence and discrimination remained … Continue Reading

June 14, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Bicameral Bill to Preserve and Expand Access to Naturalization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and 5 of their colleagues in introducing the Citizenship Affordability Act, legislation to preserve and expand access to citizenship by ensuring legal residents who are eligible for naturalization, but struggling to afford its cost, can access waivers to reduce or eliminate fees associated with the process. "We are and have always been a nation of immigrants, and we should do all we can to provide a pathway … Continue Reading

June 13, 2019

Harris, Feinstein Applaud Senate Passage of Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitic Attack at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Thursday applauded the approval of a resolution condemning the recent anti-Semitic attack on worshippers at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue. S. Res. 231, Condemning the horrific Anti-Semitic Attack on the Chabad of Poway Synagogue near San Diego, California, on April 27, 2019, was introduced in May by Harris and Feinstein. The resolution condemns anti-Semitism, white supremacy, white nationalism, and … Continue Reading

June 13, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Legislation Pushing for Affordable Over-the-Counter Birth Control

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and 25 of their colleagues in introducing the Affordability is Access Act (AAA), legislation to make sure over-the-counter birth control is affordable and accessible for women across the country. The legislation would expand access to affordable birth control for women across the nation-including those in communities that face health disparities and greater challenges getting the care they … Continue Reading

June 13, 2019

Harris Reintroduces Bill to Combat Economic Espionage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday reintroduced the Deterring Espionage by Foreign Entities through National Defense (DEFEND) Act, legislation to expand the legal tools available to American victims of trade theft. In response to the growing and increasingly sophisticated threat of economic and industrial espionage, the legislation would act as a strong deterrent to foreign actors, such as China, committing these acts in the first place. "As the threat of … Continue Reading

June 12, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Outline Solutions for Preventing Abuse of Legal Expense Funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Democratic members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, in sending a letter to the director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) outlining a set of recommendations to prevent the abuse of legal expense funds, such as the problematic Patriot Fund Legal Expense Fund Trust, which was established to pay the legal fees for the President's associates involved in the … Continue Reading

June 11, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Demand McDonald’s Improve Sexual Harassment Policies at Locations Across the Country

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Tuesday called on McDonald's to improve its protections against sexual harassment at locations across the country and do more to address allegations of workplace harassment, abuse and retaliation suffered by McDonald's workers. In a letter to McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook, the Senators emphasized how the … Continue Reading

June 11, 2019

Harris, Menendez, Casey Reintroduce Legislation to Spotlight Federal Spending on Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Bob Casey (D-PA) on Tuesday reintroduced the Focus on Children Act and the Children's Budget Act, a package of bills aimed at increasing transparency about federal investment in the health and well-being of our children. The legislation, introduced during Children's Week 2019, would require the Office of Management and Budget and the Congressional Budget Office to produce annual, public reports on proposed and … Continue Reading

June 07, 2019

Harris, Blumenthal to JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon: Forced Arbitration is Unfair and Unjust

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) on Friday sent a letter to JPMorgan Chase Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon urging the bank to eliminate a forced arbitration clause from its credit card agreements. Despite initially removing it in 2009, JPMorgan Chase has recently informed its customers of updated account terms that now, once again, include a forced arbitration clause. The new provision will be imposed on consumers unless … Continue Reading

June 06, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Colleagues Introduce Bill Directing Trump Administration to Meet Standards Set by the Paris Climate Agreement

On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement - making the United States the only country to reject the climate accords. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Tom Carper (D-DE), along with 39 of their colleagues, in directing the Trump administration to meet the standards established by the historic Paris Climate … Continue Reading

June 06, 2019

Harris, Durbin, Blumenthal, Klobuchar: Keep International Student Talent in America

The Keep STEM Talent Act would retain international graduates with advanced STEM degrees WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced a bill that would remove unfair barriers for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educated international students who want to work in the United States after they complete their advanced degrees. The Keep STEM Talent Act of 2019 would help grow … Continue Reading

June 06, 2019

Harris, Merkley Lead Group of 19 Senators in Urging State Department to Reverse Policy Discriminating Against Children of LGBTQ Couples Born Abroad

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) on Thursday led a group of 19 Senators in pushing back on a State Department policy that discriminates against LGBTQ couples in recognizing the citizenship of their children. In a strongly-worded letter, the Senators urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to immediately reverse this policy, which threatens the constitutional right of citizenship for children of same-sex couples when those children happen to … Continue Reading

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