Press Releases

September 10, 2018

Harris, 31 Senate Lawmakers Urge EPA to Extend Comment Period for Proposed Rollback of Fuel Economy Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris led 31 Senate lawmakers in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urging them to extend the public comment period for the Trump Administration's proposed rollback of the federal fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards. The Administration's proposal would roll back the current standards, known as the One National Program, and withdraw California's Clean Air Act … Continue Reading


September 07, 2018

During Second Day of Questioning, Harris Presses Kavanaugh on Roe v. Wade and LGBTQ Rights

Video of Harris' Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - At today's Senate Judiciary confirmation hearing, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris pressed U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on a wide range of topics including Roe v. Wade and LGBTQ rights. Harris repeatedly asked Kavanaugh whether he believed Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark civil rights case in which the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples, was correctly … Continue Reading


September 06, 2018

Harris, Gardner Introduce Legislation to Hold Opioid Manufacturers Accountable

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Accountability in Opioid Advertising Act, legislation that would direct the FDA to provide greater oversight over advertising and other promotion materials for opioid drugs. The legislation aims to refocus the FDA's efforts to fight the opioid epidemic by ensuring that these marketing materials don't mislead consumers and exacerbate the existing crisis. Misleading marketing about the … Continue Reading


September 06, 2018

Harris, Feinstein, Murray Lead Senate Democrats in Letter to Protect Safety Laws for Truck Drivers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris, Dianne Feinstein (both D-CA), and Patty Murray (D-WA) led a group of Senate Democrats in a letter requesting that Senate leadership and leadership of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation strike a section of the Federal Aviation Administration Act (FAA) Reauthorization that would preempt state laws providing meal and rest breaks to truck drivers. "The retention of this language could hurt truck drivers and … Continue Reading


September 05, 2018

Harris Presses Facebook COO on Company’s Revenue from Russian Propaganda, Hate Speech

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At an open hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris questioned Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg on Facebook's revenue from Russian propaganda on their platform aimed at influencing the 2016 presidential election. Harris' exchange with Sandberg followed a line of questioning by Harris from previous committee hearings with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and separately with other representatives from Facebook, Google, and … Continue Reading


September 05, 2018

At Confirmation Hearing, Harris Presses Kavanaugh on Mueller, Roe v. Wade, and Voting Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At today's Senate Judiciary confirmation hearing, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris pressed U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh on a wide range of topics including potential conversations on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, Roe v. Wade, and voter suppression. Senator Harris began her questioning by inquiring whether or not Judge Kavanaugh had ever discussed Mueller or his investigation with anyone at Kasowitz Benson & Torres - the law firm … Continue Reading


September 04, 2018

Harris at Kavanaugh Hearing: The American people deserve better than this.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today to consider the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris spoke out against Kavanaugh's history of carrying out a conservative, partisan agenda, and outlined the stakes at hand with respect to women's reproductive rights, worker's rights, and whether a president is above the law. Harris objected to Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing, noting the lack of transparency … Continue Reading


August 22, 2018

Bipartisan Group of Intelligence Committee Senators Urge Election Systems Vendor to Commit to Independent Equipment Testing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris and members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, including Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA), Susan Collins (R-ME), and James Lankford (R-OK), today sent a bipartisan letter to Election Systems & Software (ES&S), one of the three largest election systems vendors in the country. This letter comes in response to participants in the cybersecurity conference DEF CON probing ES&S voting systems to find that they had security … Continue Reading


August 22, 2018

Sen. Harris Introduces Bill Aimed at Reducing Racial Disparities in Maternal Mortality

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris and 13 Democratic colleagues introduced the Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies (CARE) Act, a bill to reduce the racial disparities in maternal mortality and morbidity. 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 death from pregnancy-related causes is three to four times higher than for white women, and … Continue Reading


August 21, 2018

Senator Harris Statement on Meeting with Judge Brett Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement tonight after meeting with U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh, nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States: "Following his nomination, I made clear my opposition to Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who has a record as a conservative ideologue instead of an unbiased jurist and was handpicked by special interest groups based on his support for overturning Roe v. … Continue Reading


August 21, 2018

Harris, Hatch, Lawrence, Collins Introduce Bill to Award Aretha Franklin with Congressional Gold Medal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the wake of the passing of the "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin, today U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and U.S. Representatives Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) and Doug Collins (R-GA) introduced bicameral, bipartisan legislation to posthumously award Franklin the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of her outstanding artistic and cultural contributions. In addition to Harris and Hatch, the legislation in the Senate was introduced by U.S. Senators … Continue Reading


August 14, 2018

Harris, Colleagues Call on DHS Sec Nielsen to Take Immediate Steps to Reunify Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris and 16 Senate lawmakers sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen calling for immediate action to reunite the families of 539 immigrant children still in government custody who were separated from their parents at the Southwestern border because of the Trump Administration's ineffective and cruel "zero tolerance" policy. The letter stresses how each passing day that DHS fails to act to reunite … Continue Reading


August 13, 2018

CA Congressional Delegation Raises Concerns with HHS Over Home Care Workers’ Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last week, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, Representatives Anna Eshoo and Zoe Lofgren led California's Democratic congressional delegation in a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar expressing concern over the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) proposed rule to restrict home care workers' ability to voluntarily have union dues or health insurance automatically deducted from their paychecks. This proposal would have a … Continue Reading


August 13, 2018

Harris, Davis Lead Lawmakers in Letter Urging Nelnet to Comply with California Student Loan Servicing Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris and Representative Susan Davis (both D-Calif.) led 5 Democratic colleagues from California in a bicameral letter to student loan servicing company Nelnet, rejecting the company's claim that federal law preempts its subsidiary Great Lakes Educational Loan Services from complying with California's Student Loan Servicing Act. The Act, signed into law in 2016, requires the California Department of Business Oversight to license student loan … Continue Reading


August 02, 2018

Harris, Feinstein Lead Colleagues in Resolution to Protect National Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris, Dianne Feinstein (both D-CA), and thirty two of their colleagues introduced a Senate concurring resolution in response to the Trump Administration's proposal to roll back the federal fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards. The resolution asserts California's authority to set its own tailpipe emissions standards and supports the current One National Program. Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) has introduced the companion … Continue Reading


August 01, 2018

Harris Speaks out Against Russian Efforts to Sow Division in America

Video of Harris' Statement and Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris spoke out against Russia's continued attempts to sow discord in American democracy, highlighting that Russian disinformation campaigns during the 2016 presidential elections attempted to exploit divisive issues such as race. In her statement, Harris also reiterated the need to strengthen cybersecurity and election infrastructure by passing … Continue Reading


July 31, 2018

Harris, Carper Introduce Legislation to Ensure LGBTQ Community Represented in Census and ACS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Tom Carper (D-DE), both members of the Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced the Census Equality Act, legislation to require the U.S. Census Bureau to ensure the approximately 10 million Americans who identify as LGBTQ are properly counted for and represented in Census data collection efforts. The Census Equality Act requires the Census Bureau to begin the process of adding questions related to sexual … Continue Reading


July 31, 2018

At Hearing on Family Separations, Harris Blasts Immoral Separations and Inhumane Detention of Pregnant Women

Video of Harris' Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris questioned federal immigration officials on the Trump Administration's policies surrounding pregnant migrant women detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and again voiced her strong concern for families who have been separated. In her questioning, Harris pressed officials on whether current policies allow for pregnant women to be shackled. "What … Continue Reading


July 27, 2018

Harris Statement on Senate Republicans’ Decision to Conceal Kavanaugh Documents

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement following the decision by Senate Republicans to block the release of years' worth of critical documents related to Brett Kavanaugh's career: "The American people deserve transparency when considering a lifetime appointment to the highest Court in the country. Senate Republicans are blocking the release of years of records from Brett Kavanaugh's time in the White House … Continue Reading


July 26, 2018

Harris Presses OPM Director on Restrictions to Unions that Represent Federal Employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee hearing today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris Office pressed Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Jeff Pon on recent executive orders by the Trump Administration aimed at weakening unions that represent federal employees, including by restricting the amount of official time employees may use to address grievances. Official time is used by federal employees for activities such as establishing flexible … Continue Reading

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