Press Releases

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


May 08, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Push To Support Victims Of Gun Violence

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on Wednesday in introducing the Resources for Victims of Gun Violence Act, which would establish an interagency Advisory Council to gather and disseminate information about the resources, programs and benefits that can help victims of gun violence. Each day in the United States, about 100 individuals are killed with guns, totaling more than 36,000 deaths annually. Approximately … Continue Reading


May 08, 2019

Harris, Feinstein Introduce Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitic Attack at the Chabad of Poway

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Wednesday introduced a resolution condemning the recent anti-Semitic attack on worshippers at the Chabad of Poway. The resolution also honors the memory of Lori Gilbert Kaye, who was killed in the attack, expresses hope for a full recovery for the three congregants who were injured, and recognizes the first responders and law enforcement officials who rushed to the scene to provide assistance. "As we … Continue Reading


May 08, 2019

Dozens of California Leaders Applaud Harris’ EQUAL Defense Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday introduced the EQUAL Defense Act, legislation to support the nation's public defenders and ensure that every American has access to counsel, dozens of California public defenders and elected officials released statements in support of the bill. The EQUAL Defense Act would establish a new $250 million grant program to establish workload limits for public defenders, create pay parity between public defenders and … Continue Reading


May 08, 2019

National Advocacy Groups & Civil Rights Leaders Applaud Harris’ EQUAL Defense Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday introduced the EQUAL Defense Act, legislation to support the nation's public defenders and ensure that every American has access to counsel, national public defender advocates and civil rights leaders released statements in support of the bill. The EQUAL Defense Act would establish a new $250 million grant program to establish workload limits for public defenders, create pay parity between public defenders and … Continue Reading


May 08, 2019

Harris Introduces EQUAL Defense Act to Boost Pay and Resources, Limit Workload of Public Defenders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday introduced the Ensuring Quality Access to Legal Defense (EQUAL Defense) Act of 2019. The legislation aims to support public defender systems, which are straining to uphold the constitutional right to counsel for indigent defendants as required by the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Gideon v. Wainwright decision. "After spending my career around the criminal justice system, I've seen up close how it can fail to ensure that poor … Continue Reading


May 07, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Request Public Update On Status of NSA Phone Records Surveillance Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Tuesday joined five of her committee colleagues to request the National Security Agency (NSA) provide a public update on the status of the NSA's phone records surveillance program. Along with Harris, Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mark Warner (D-VA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), sent the request in a letter to NSA Director General Paul Nakasone. The full … Continue Reading


May 03, 2019

Harris Demands Justice Dept. Inspector General Investigate Whether White House Improperly Ordered or Pressured Barr to Open Investigations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday sent a letter to Department of Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz requesting he investigate whether Attorney General William Barr has received or acted upon pressure from the president or the White House to open up investigations into any individuals. The letter comes on the heels of Barr's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, when he appeared unwilling or unable to answer Harris' questioning about whether he … Continue Reading


May 03, 2019

Harris Joins Legislation Banning Offshore Drilling Across Pacific, Atlantic Coasts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined her colleagues in support of two pieces of legislation, the West Coast Ocean Protection Act and the Clean Ocean and Safe Tourism (COAST) Anti-Drilling Act, which together would ban offshore drilling across the nation's Pacific and Atlantic coasts. "Offshore drilling is a direct threat to the health of our coasts and to the economic vitality of our coastal communities across California and the nation," said Harris. … Continue Reading


May 02, 2019

Harris, Senators Call Out Trump Administration for Inadequate Effort to Combat White Supremacist Violence

Trump Administration shifting its approach to tracking domestic terrorism incidents to obfuscate the white supremacist threat WASHINGTON, D.C.- Following last week's deadly shooting at Chabad of Poway synagogue, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) on Thursday called out the Trump Administration for shifting its approach to tracking domestic terrorism … Continue Reading


May 02, 2019

Harris on Yom HaShoah: We Must Do More To Combat Anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released a statement on Wednesday commemorating Yom HaShoah: "On Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, we honor the memory of the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust. My thoughts are with the survivors who continue to bear witness and the families of the generations lost. We also owe a debt of gratitude to the brave men and women whose service during World War II helped to liberate the concentration camps and end the horrors of the … Continue Reading


May 02, 2019

Harris Introduces Legislation to Build Pipeline of Diverse Talent for STEM Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday introduced the 21st Century STEM for Girls and Underrepresented Minorities Act, legislation to provide funding for school districts across the country to support STEM education for girls, students of color, LGBTQ students, and students with disabilities. With the United States facing a projected shortage of approximately 1 million STEM professionals by 2025, Harris is committed to increasing opportunities for women and … Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

After Judiciary Hearing, Harris Calls on Barr to Resign

Full Video of Harris' Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday released a statement following Attorney General William Barr's appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee: "After today's hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, it is clear that Attorney General Barr lacks all credibility," said Harris. "The American public deserves an attorney general that will fairly and impartially enforce the law. Barr must resign." Harris continued, "As … Continue Reading


April 30, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Call for DOJ Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility to Investigate Attorney General Barr’s Handling of the Mueller Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), along with 10 of their colleagues, in urging Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz and Director of the Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility Corey Amundson to investigate Attorney General William Barr's conduct while handling Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and report. "Attorney General Barr's actions raise significant questions about his … Continue Reading


April 30, 2019

Harris Leads Colleagues in Letter Urging Administration to Address Pollution Crisis along U.S.-Mexico Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday led her colleagues in a letter to the State Department, Environmental Protection Agency, International Boundary and Water Commission, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Army Corps of Engineers urging them to develop a comprehensive plan to address the ongoing pollution crisis along California's border with Mexico. In addition to Harris, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Representatives Juan Vargas (CA-51), Scott Peters … Continue Reading


April 26, 2019

Harris, Colleagues to EPA: Change Course and Extend Methylene Chloride Protections to Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Friday, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Charles Schumer (D-NY), along with 18 of their colleagues, in sending a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant EPA Administrator Alexandra Dunn decrying the agency's March decision to exclude commercial applications from a ban on the use of methylene chloride, a lethal and likely carcinogenic chemical found in many paint … Continue Reading


April 25, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Call on DeVos to Protect Student Loan Relief for Public Servants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), along with 22 of their colleagues, in calling on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to correct missteps the Department of Education has taken in implementing the Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF) program. In the letter, the Senators call on DeVos to implement a comprehensive strategy to increase the approval rates for loan relief through … Continue Reading


April 19, 2019

Harris, García, Cunningham Welcome Move To Require Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Lawmakers call for passage of their Safe Housing for Families Act WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Congressmen Jesús "Chuy" García (D-IL-04) and Joe Cunningham (D-SC-01) on Friday welcomed reports that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is moving to put in place a federal rule requiring carbon monoxide detectors in public housing. Last month, Harris, Garcia and Cunningham introduced the Safe Housing for Families Act to do just that. The … Continue Reading


April 18, 2019

Harris: Barr Press Conference Proves Mueller Must Testify

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, released a statement Thursday responding to Attorney General William Barr's press conference this morning: "The Attorney General's press conference today should concern us all, filled with political spin and propaganda. He acted more like the president's defense attorney than our nation's Attorney General. "Congress must receive this report in full along with all underlying … Continue Reading


April 17, 2019

Harris Leads Senators in Opposing Funding for Administration’s Cruel Immigration Policies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday led a group of her colleagues in a letter urging Senate Appropriators to reduce or reject funding for a range of the Trump administration's immigration policies, including the president's vanity project of a border wall and additional beds in federal detention facilities. "We urge the Committee to reject President Trump's request for funding to hire additional ICE agents at this time," wrote the senators. "Under current … Continue Reading

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