Press Releases

June 06, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Accelerate Electrification of Nation’s School Bus Fleet

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday led Senators Merkley (D-OR), Feinstein (D-CA) Booker (D-NJ), Smith (D-MN), Sanders (I-VT), and Cortez Masto (D-NV) in introducing the Clean School Bus Act, legislation to assist school districts around the country in replacing traditional diesel school buses with new, electric buses in order to mitigate students' and drivers' exposure to harmful pollutants and help address the climate crisis. "Our children deserve a healthy … Continue Reading


June 04, 2019

Harris Urges FEMA to Provide Clean Energy Technologies for Disaster Preparedness

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday sent a letter to Acting Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor urging the agency to make solar microgrids and other clean energy technologies eligible resources under the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program. Such technologies would allow emergency services to have access to power even if the larger electric grid is down, ensuring community safety while providing sustainable solutions. "I urge … Continue Reading


June 04, 2019

Harris, Murphy Reintroduce Legislation to Help Communities Protect Their Coasts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) on Tuesday reintroduced the Living Shorelines Act, legislation that would create a new grant program for nature-based shoreline protection projects known as living shorelines. As sea-level rise and coastal storms continue to threaten thousands of coastal communities and economies, investing in living shorelines can help reduce risk from floods and storms and increase the resiliency of our coasts. Rep. Frank … Continue Reading


May 31, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Call For Investigations Into Trump Administration Efforts to Undercut Minority Communities, Politicize 2020 Census

Senators Are Urging Inspectors General at the Departments of Justice and Commerce to Review Internal Efforts to Hide Political Motive in Adding Citizenship Question WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), along with 12 of their colleagues, in calling for the Departments of Justice and Commerce to launch internal investigations after new evidence came to light revealing deeply partisan and undemocratic motives behind the addition … Continue Reading


May 23, 2019

Harris Urges FEMA to Provide Further Housing Assistance to Californians Affected by Wildfires

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday sent a letter to Acting Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor urging the agency to take further action to secure temporary housing for survivors of the Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California's history. In the letter, Harris expressed her concern that FEMA is not utilizing all available tools to provide housing assistance for survivors of the fire and underlined the … Continue Reading


May 23, 2019

Harris, Correa Lead California Democrats in Letter Opposing HUD Rule Targeting Immigrant Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Representative Lou Correa (D-CA-46) led 37 of their colleagues on Wednesday in a letter to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson urging him to withdraw a proposed rule targeting immigrant communities. The rule would restrict households with undocumented immigrant family members from receiving federal housing assistance, creating massive housing instability for American families and children. "Existing … Continue Reading


May 22, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Senate Democrats Highlight Support for Women’s Reproductive Rights

44 Senate Democrats stand up for women's rights to make their own health care decisions, including their constitutionally protected right to safe, legal abortion WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), along with 40 of their Democratic colleagues in the Senate, in introducing a resolution supporting women's reproductive rights in the U.S. The resolution, which affirms their … Continue Reading


May 22, 2019

Harris Reintroduces Legislation Addressing Black Maternal Mortality Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday reintroduced the Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies (Maternal CARE) Act, legislation to address persistent biases and shortcomings in our nation's medical system that have contributed to the ongoing crisis in Black maternal mortality. The United States is one of only thirteen countries in the world where the rate of maternal mortality is now worse than it was 25 years ago. For Black women, the risk of dying from … Continue Reading


May 17, 2019

Harris on Trump’s Ninth Circuit Nominee: Daniel Bress Is Not a California Lawyer

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday issued the following statement on President Trump's nomination of Daniel Bress to a California seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Daniel Bress on May 22 despite California's two senators not returning blue slips for this nomination, a long held Senate tradition to protect home-state senators' role in the nomination process: "It's important … Continue Reading


May 16, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Stop Arctic Drilling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), along with 11 of their colleagues, in introducing the Stop Arctic Drilling Act of 2019, legislation to prohibit irresponsible and unacceptable drilling that puts at risk the health of local ecosystems, communities, and the global climate. The bill would prevent any new or renewed leases for the exploration, development, or production of oil, natural gas, or any other mineral in the Arctic … Continue Reading


May 16, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Protect America’s Precious Biodiversity and Help Combat Mass Extinction Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative Don Beyer (D-VA), along with 8 of their colleagues, in introducing the bipartisan Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019 to begin reversing the tide of habitat loss and fragmentation for America's fish, wildlife, and plant species - a major factor in species decline and extinction. The legislation would give authority to key federal agencies to designate National Wildlife … Continue Reading


May 16, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Major Legislation to Transition America to 100% Zero-Emission Vehicles

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representative Mike Levin (D-CA-49), along with 5 of their colleagues, in introducing the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act of 2019, which presents a bold plan for transitioning the United States to 100% zero-emission vehicles. This plan will position the United States to lead the world in vehicle innovation, tackle climate chaos, and reduce asthma attacks and premature deaths caused by the … Continue Reading


May 15, 2019

Harris Demands Delta Cease Anti-Union Activities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday sent a letter to Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines, urging him to bring an end to Delta's coordinated, strategic anti-union campaign, which has included distributing fliers to its non-unionized workforce discouraging unionization, playing anti-union advertisements continuously in employee break rooms, and holding weekly anti-union activities. "The right of workers to join together in a union and collectively bargain has … Continue Reading


May 15, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Protections Against Gun Violence

The Disarm Hate Act Would Keep Guns Away From Violent Offenders WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), along with 12 of their colleagues, in reintroducing legislation that would keep guns out of the hands of those who commit criminal acts based on hate. The Disarm Hate Act would prevent individuals convicted of violent misdemeanor hate crimes from purchasing or possessing firearms. "As hate crimes continue to rise in this country, … Continue Reading


May 15, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Require States to Secure Elections

The Protecting American Votes and Elections Act Mandates Paper Ballots and Risk-Limiting Audits in All Federal Elections WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), along with 11 of their colleagues, in introducing the Protecting American Votes and Elections (PAVE) Act of 2019, a bill to protect American elections from foreign interference by mandating hand-marked paper ballots and setting new cybersecurity standards for all federal … Continue Reading


May 15, 2019

Harris, Senate and House Colleagues Urge FEMA to Take Rapid and Robust Action to Help Rebuild Key Puerto Rico Hospital

More than 18 months after Hurricane Maria, 9,000 U.S. citizens still cannot access comprehensive medical care at Vieques' single hospital WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) in sending a letter to Acting Administrator Peter Gaynor of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requesting information about problems with FEMA's provision of … Continue Reading


May 14, 2019

Harris Reintroduces Legislation to Expand Access to Parks in Cities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday reintroduced the Outdoors for All Act, legislation to help communities around the country construct and improve parks and other outdoor recreational spaces, particularly in underserved communities that lack access to outdoor recreation areas. Currently, one in three Americans do not live within a 10-minute walk of a quality local park, which limits the ability for children to grow up experiencing the outdoors. "Every … Continue Reading


May 10, 2019

Harris and Colleagues to DHS: Stop Unconstitutional Surveillance of Journalists, Activists, and Lawyers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Friday, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Tom Udall (D-NM), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) wrote to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan demanding answers on reports of targeted government surveillance of journalists, activists, and lawyers at the U.S.-Mexico border by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) - an attack on the First Amendment and a potential violation of the Privacy Act of 1974. In … Continue Reading


May 09, 2019

After Trump Comments, Harris Demands Barr Clarify Testimony Over Improper Pressure From White House

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr requesting he supplement his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding whether the President or other White House officials requested that he investigate the President's perceived enemies. Barr previously refused to answer Harris' questions about such improper requests. Harris' letter comes on the heels of the President's public call for the prosecution of former … Continue Reading


May 09, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Demand Legal Justification for Expanded Militarization of The Southern Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), along with 17 of their colleagues, in writing to Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan raising concerns over the expanding mission of active duty servicemembers deployed to the southern border. The senators demanded a legal justification for increased military activities at the border, including a loosening of restrictions on contact between servicemembers and … Continue Reading

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