Press Releases

July 22, 2020

Harris Hails Committee Passage of Racial Disparities Amendment to COVID-19 Task Force Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday released the following statement after her amendment based on the COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force Act passed out of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee: "COVID-19 has affected people of color at alarming rates and highlighted longstanding racial disparities in our health care system. I introduced my COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force Act to bring together experts in … Continue Reading


July 22, 2020

Harris, Slotkin Partner on Amendment Requiring Comprehensive Assessment of Russian Threat to U.S. Troops

Amendment to NDAA Earns Bipartisan Support in House WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) on Tuesday lauded the House passage of their amendment to require a comprehensive assessment of Russian threats to the safety of U.S. troops. Senator Harris is leading the amendment in the Senate, and introduced it as an amendment to the Senate NDAA. The amendment comes a month after reports that Russia paid bounties to Taliban militants to … Continue Reading


July 21, 2020

Harris, Warner, Booker, Schumer Introduce Legislation To Help Low-Income And Minority Communities During Economic Crisis

Study: 41% of Black-owned businesses, 32% of Latinx-owned businesses & 36% of immigrant-owned businesses have permanently shuttered during the pandemic Bill will open up billions in new credit opportunities for Black, Latinx and low-income communities through neighborhood lenders WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are introducing the Jobs and Neighborhood Investment Act, … Continue Reading


July 20, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Announce Legislation to Block Federal Paramilitary Occupations in Portland and Other American Cities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday joined Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), along with Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), in announcing that they are introducing the Preventing Authoritarian Policing Tactics on America's Streets Act, which would block the Trump administration from deploying federal forces as a shadowy paramilitary against … Continue Reading


July 18, 2020

Senator Kamala Harris Statement on the Passing of Civil Rights Hero John Lewis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Saturday released the following statement on the passing of Congressman John Lewis. Congressman Lewis passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020. "Congressman John Lewis was an American hero-a giant, whose shoulders upon many of us stand. Throughout his life, he showed unending courage, generosity, and love for our country. "As the son of sharecroppers in Alabama, John Lewis' courage and vision placed him at the forefront of the civil … Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Advocates, Experts Praise Harris’ RELIEF Act Protecting Renters and Homeowners Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday announced the Rent Emergencies Leave Impacts on Evicted Families (RELIEF) Act, legislation that keeps renters and homeowners in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The RELIEF Act bans evictions and foreclosures for a year; prevents utility shutoffs and negative credit reporting; prohibits rent increases; and expands legal protections for borrowers and renters. The proposal received praise from a number of … Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Harris Announces RELIEF Act to Keep Americans in their Homes Throughout COVID-19 Pandemic

Comprehensive bill will ban evictions, foreclosures, utility shutoffs, rent increases, and negative credit reporting during historic health and economic crisis WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday announced major new legislation to keep renters and homeowners in their homes during the historic COVID-19 pandemic in the wake of a new report showing that nearly a third of Americans missed their June housing payments. The Rent Emergencies Leave Impacts on Evicted … Continue Reading


July 15, 2020

Harris, Adams Announce Legislation to Support Bias and Anti-Racism Training in COVID-19 Response

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday announced the COVID-19 Bias and Anti-Racism Training Act, legislation to ensure health providers and other individuals involved in COVID-19 testing, treatment, vaccine distribution, and response receive bias and anti-racism training. The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the urgent need to address longstanding biases in our health care system. Representative Alma S. Adams (D-NC-12) will introduce companion legislation in the … Continue Reading


July 14, 2020

Harris, Durbin Lead 33 Senators Demanding Administration Comply With Supreme Court Decision On DACA

DHS Must Reopen DACA for New Applicants WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), member of the United States Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee and author of the Dream Act, on Tuesday led a letter from 33 Senators to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf calling on the Trump Administration to immediately comply with the Supreme Court's decision … Continue Reading


July 14, 2020

Harris, Feinstein, Whitehouse, Senators Release GAO Report: By Misrepresenting Cost of Carbon, Administration Underestimates Cost of Climate Change to Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and four of their Senate colleagues in releasing a report by the Government Accountability Office that found the Trump administration misrepresented the cost of climate change to our economy. The GAO found that the Trump administration's changes to the federal government's core measure of the costs of climate change - the social cost of carbon - mean "current … Continue Reading


July 10, 2020

Harris, Duckworth, Schumer, Democrats Demand Opportunity To Review Any Relevant Materials Related To Alleged Intelligence That Russia Offered Bounties For Killing American Troops

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) along with 9 of their colleagues in sending a letter to President Donald Trump demanding information related to the alleged intelligence that Russia has been covertly offering bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing U.S. servicemembers deployed to Afghanistan. The Senators are requesting that the Administration immediately make available any relevant … Continue Reading


July 10, 2020

Harris, Feinstein to Administration: Don’t Deport International Students Taking Online Classes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Friday called on the Trump administration to allow international students at colleges and universities who are taking classes online due to the coronavirus pandemic to remain in the United States. This follows new guidance from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) stating that international students on F-1 and M-1 visas "may not take a full online course load and remain" in the U.S. "The best and … Continue Reading


July 10, 2020

Harris, Bennet Urge Facebook to Strengthen Efforts to Protect Civil Rights, Combat Voter Suppression

Following New Audit of Facebook's Civil Rights Policies, Senators Call on Company to Improve Policies to Defend American Democracy and Civil Rights Ahead of 2020 Elections WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) on Friday wrote to Facebook urging the company to strengthen efforts to protect civil rights, remove hate speech, and combat voter suppression on its platforms by heeding recommendations of a newly released audit of the company's civil … Continue Reading


July 09, 2020

Harris, Democrats Urge ICE and DHS to Immediately Withdraw New Guidance that Threatens International Students

"ICE's new policy is irrational and xenophobic, and risks the health of students, faculty, and staff" WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris on Thursday joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), along with Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Joe Neguse (D-CO), Katherine Clark (D-MA), and Seth Moulton (D-MA) and 87 of their colleagues in a … Continue Reading


July 09, 2020

Harris, Porter Blast Trump Administration for Failing to Plan for Safe Reopening of Schools

Senator and Congresswoman call on Administration to communicate clearly with schools on how to reopen, keep families safe WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and U.S. Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) on Thursday blasted the Trump Administration for failing to communicate a plan to school districts on how to reopen safely ahead of the upcoming academic year. The two demanded that the Administration develop clear and concise standards that include the input of health … Continue Reading


July 08, 2020

Harris Statement on Supreme Court Decision Restricting Access to Birth Control

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday released the following statement in response to the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case that considered the Trump administration's rules that would allow virtually any employer or university to declare itself exempt from the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) requirement that health plans cover birth control without out-of-pocket costs: "Today's ruling is a setback for reproductive health. As our country continues to … Continue Reading


July 07, 2020

Harris Introduces Legislation to Ensure Nation’s Water Sustainability

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday announced the introduction of the Water for Tomorrow Act, legislation that ensures the nation's water supply is safe and sustainable. The threat of climate change, which has a disproportionate impact on low-income communities and communities of color, will continue to intensify water scarcity and extreme weather conditions, particularly in California and the West. The Water for Tomorrow Act combines the water sustainability … Continue Reading


July 07, 2020

Harris, Blumenthal, Senators Demand Full Implementation & Enforcement Of The Death In Custody Reporting Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and 15 of their colleagues in writing Attorney General William Barr calling for the immediate, full implementation and enforcement of the Death in Custody Reporting Act. The Death in Custody Reporting Act, which requires states to report to the Department of Justice (DOJ) how many individuals die each year while in police custody or during the course of an arrest, was reauthorized in 2014. … Continue Reading


July 06, 2020

Harris, Cardin, Cantwell, Schumer, Booker, Cortez Masto Introduce Legislation to Invest in Minority-Owned Businesses

New Bill Would Broaden Reach of Minority Business Development Agency & Make It Permanent WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) on Thursday introduced the Minority Business Resiliency Act. The bill would make the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), which was created by Executive Order in 1969, permanent and expand the reach of the agency by … Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Harris, Brown, Casey, Cortez Masto Introduce Comprehensive Legislation To Support Child Welfare Agencies During COVID-19

Legislation Invests in Health, Safety and Wellbeing of Children, Youth and Families WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) on Thursday introduced the Child Welfare Emergency Assistance Act, comprehensive legislation to provide flexible, emergency aid for key child welfare programs working to support young people and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The senators' legislation will help ensure … Continue Reading

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