Press Releases

April 16, 2019

Harris Joins Court Brief in Support of Planned Parenthood and Health Care in Texas Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday joined Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Patty Murray (D-WA), along with 15 Senate Democrats, in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in the case of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Family Planning and Preventative Health Services, Inc. et al v. Courtney Phillips, in her official capacity as Executive Commissioner of HHSC, et al. Planned Parenthood is challenging Texas' attempt to exclude … Continue Reading

April 12, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Senate Resolution Affirming U.S. Recognition of Armenian Genocide

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), along with 13 of their colleagues, on Tuesday in introducing a Senate resolution to ensure the foreign policy of the United States reflects appropriate understanding and sensitivity concerning the Armenian Genocide. Carried out by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923, the Armenian Genocide resulted in the forced deportation of nearly 2 million Armenians, of whom 1.5 million were … Continue Reading

April 11, 2019

Harris, 16 Senators Introduce Resolution Designating April 11-17 as Black Maternal Health Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Thursday, in recognition of International Maternal Health and Rights Day and during National Minority Health Month, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) led 16 of her colleagues to introduce a resolution to designate April 11-17, 2019 as Black Maternal Health Week. Black Maternal Health Week aims to raise awareness about the Black maternal health crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Black mothers in the United States are three to four times more likely … Continue Reading

April 10, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Medicare for All

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and 13 Democratic colleagues to introduce the Medicare for All Act of 2019 to guarantee health care at far lower cost to working families and the nation as a whole. "Health care should be a right for everyone in this country, not a privilege for the few. No family should be forced to go into debt to pay for the medical treatment of a loved one or the prescription drugs they need to stay … Continue Reading

April 10, 2019

Harris, Feinstein Propose New Protections for Over 1 Million Acres of Land in California

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Wednesday introduced a package of legislation to restore and expand protections for California's public lands. Together, the legislation proposes new public lands protections for more than 1 million acres of public lands, including nearly 600,000 acres of new wilderness and over 100,000 acres of new national monument. This legislation comes as the current administration continues its years-long campaign to … Continue Reading

April 10, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Welcome Refugees to the United States

Legislation would prevent U.S. President from manipulating refugee admissions levels WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with 11 of their colleagues, in introducing the Guaranteed Refugee Admissions Ceiling Enhancement (GRACE) Act, legislation that would prevent a U.S. President from setting a Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions at a level below 95,000 in a given fiscal year. In September 2017, the … Continue Reading

April 09, 2019

TODAY: Harris to Join Bipartisan Commemorative Reading of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, April 9, 2019, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) will join a group of bipartisan senators for a reading of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail on the floor of the United States Senate at approximately 3:45pm ET. In April 1963, Dr. King penned the letter from his cell at the Birmingham jail, where he and other protestors were detained for leading a series of nonviolent protests and boycotts in Birmingham to put pressure on the business … Continue Reading

April 09, 2019

Harris Reintroduces Legislation to Provide Relief to Americans Facing Skyrocketing Cost of Rent

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday reintroduced the Rent Relief Act, legislation to provide much-needed support to middle class and working Americans who are struggling to keep up with the rising cost of rent. The legislation creates a new, refundable tax credit for households whose housing costs exceed 30% of their income, including rent and utilities. Unlike existing tax credits, Americans who qualify would receive the benefits every month. Harris was joined … Continue Reading

April 08, 2019

Harris, Senators Call for Reinstatement of Policy Against Holding Pregnant Women in Immigration Detention

Senators demand answers from ICE and CBP regarding treatment of pregnant women in DHS custody WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday joined Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), along with fourteen of their Senate colleagues, in calling for the reinstatement of an Obama-era policy ordering most pregnant women to be released from immigration detention. In a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the senators … Continue Reading

April 08, 2019

Harris: Next DHS Nominee Must Forcefully Denounce Family Separation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), the first senator to call on Kirstjen Nielsen to resign as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, released a statement Monday after Secretary Nielsen announced her resignation: "Kirstjen Nielsen's resignation was long overdue. Under her tenure, children were ripped from their parents' arms and locked into cages, forced to endure inhumane conditions and to suffer trauma that will endure for the rest of their lives. She … Continue Reading

April 04, 2019

Harris, Feinstein Reintroduce Legislation to Block Efforts to Roll Back Fuel Economy Emissions Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) on Wednesday reintroduced the Greener Air Standards Mean Our National Security, Environment, and Youth (GAS MONEY) Saved Act, legislation that would block efforts at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) to roll back strong fuel economy emissions standards. This legislation highlights the benefits of the existing fuel … Continue Reading

April 04, 2019

Harris, Rosen, Blumenthal Announce Legislation to Combat Sexual Harassment in STEM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) on Thursday announced the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019, legislation to provide for research to better understand the causes and consequences of sexual harassment in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, examine policies to reduce harassment, and encourage interagency efforts in these matters. This bill follows a landmark report from the … Continue Reading

April 03, 2019

Harris, Feinstein Reintroduce Legislation to Protect Earthquake Preparedness Incentives

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein (both D-CA) on Wednesday announced the Earthquake Mitigation Incentive and Tax Parity Act, legislation to prevent homeowners from being taxed at the federal level for undertaking measures to protect their homes from earthquakes. Companion legislation will also be introduced in the House by Representatives by Mike Thompson (D-CA). "Homeowners in earthquake-prone areas understand that they need to be prepared for potential … Continue Reading

April 03, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Introduce New Legislation to Narrow College Achievement Gaps

Bill Would Establish Competitive Grant Program for Higher Ed Institutions to Address Inequities WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) on Wednesday joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) in introducing the College Equity Act, a bill that would give colleges and universities funding to address disparities in higher education recruitment, admissions, and support. "The student achievement gap that persists along race and class lines at colleges and universities across the … Continue Reading

April 03, 2019

Harris, Cortez Masto, Durbin Introduce Bill to Lift Ban on DREAMers Working for Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) on Wednesday introduced the American Dream Employment Act, legislation to rescind the current prohibition on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients working or participating in paid internships in Congress. "The giant sign outside my office says 'DREAMers Welcome Here' because we know and value the contributions that these young people have made to their … Continue Reading

March 29, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Colleagues Honor the Legacy of Civil Rights and Labor Leader Cesar Chavez

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ahead of the 92th birthday anniversary of Cesar Estrada Chavez on March 31, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif.), joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) on Friday in introducing a resolution honoring the legacy of Chavez, recognizing him as one of the country's most important civil rights and labor leaders. A similar resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA-29). "At a moment when powerful forces are … Continue Reading

March 29, 2019

New Harris Letter Demands Answers from Barr on DOJ’s “Extreme and Legally Flawed” Attempt to Overturn Affordable Care Act

Video of Harris Questioning Barr in January WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr demanding an explanation for the Justice Department's latest position in Texas v. United States in support of striking down the entire Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional. During his confirmation hearing in January, Harris secured a commitment from Barr to reconsider the DOJ's opposition to the Affordable Care Act. "I am deeply … Continue Reading

March 28, 2019

15 Coastal Senators to Oppose Interior Secretary Nomination: A Vote for Bernhardt is a Vote for Offshore Drilling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following his confirmation hearing Thursday in the Energy and Natural Resources committee, a coalition of 15 East and West Coast senators, led by Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), announced their intent to vote "NO" on David Bernhardt's nomination for Interior Secretary due, at least in part, to his role in expanding offshore drilling that threatens their states' coastal economies. In declaring their opposition, Harris and Menendez were joined by Senators … Continue Reading

March 28, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Applaud Senate Passage of Bill to Recognize ‘Hidden Figures’

Legislation will award Congressional Gold Medals to Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Dr. Christine Darden for their work at NASA and award an additional Congressional Gold Medal to honor all women who contributed to NASA during the Space Race WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) on Thursday applauded Senate passage of their bipartisan bill to award Congressional Gold Medals to Katherine Johnson … Continue Reading

March 28, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Stop HATE Act

Senators Introduce Stop HATE Legislation, Calling Out Role Of The Internet In Inciting Violence WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris on Thursday joined Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) in introducing a measure that aims to prevent online extremism from turning into real-life hate crimes. Harris and Casey are joined in this effort by Senators Booker (D-NJ), Jones (D-AL), Klobuchar (D-MN), Menendez (D-NJ), Sanders (I-VT) and Van Hollen (D-MD). "Hate is real in this country. The tragedies … Continue Reading

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