Press Releases

February 08, 2019

Harris Joins Colleagues to Introduce ANTIQUITIES Act to Protect America’s National Monuments from Unlawful Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris recently joined a group of more than 100 Democratic Members of Congress to reintroduce legislation to protect America's treasured national monuments against the Trump administration's relentless attacks on public lands. The America's Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and Together Improve the Economies of States (ANTIQUITIES) Act of 2019 reinforces Congress' clear intent in the Antiquities Act of 1906: only Congress has … Continue Reading

February 08, 2019

Harris Joins Colleagues in Bipartisan Push to Permanently Repeal the Global Gag Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris joined colleagues to re-introduce the Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act, a bipartisan, bicameral effort to permanently repeal the harmful Global Gag Rule. The act would ensure that eligible foreign NGOs can operate U.S. health services - including counselling, referral, and legal abortion services - abroad with their own funds. Additionally, the act will work to increase access to health programs that improve health and … Continue Reading

February 08, 2019

Harris Joins Colleagues to Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve and Expand Health Care Services for Survivors of Sexual Assault

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) recently joined her colleagues to reintroduce the Survivors' Access to Supportive Care Act (SASCA), a bipartisan, bicameral bill to help improve and expand access to health care services for survivors of sexual assault. As the Senators announced SASCA's reintroduction in the Senate, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Congressman Peter King (R-NY) are also working to reintroduce a bipartisan version in the House. "We must do more to … Continue Reading

February 07, 2019

At Judiciary Meeting, Harris Speaks Out Against Nominees Who Are Outside the Mainstream

Full Video of Harris' Remarks WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Senate Judiciary Committee business executive meeting today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) delivered remarks expressing her concerns about the president's nominees for the federal judiciary, many of whom hold views that outside the mainstream. Harris also urged her colleagues to conduct the committee's work in a manner that will inspire confidence among the American people that the federal judiciary is committed to equal justice … Continue Reading

February 07, 2019

Harris and Wyden Lead Colleagues in Reintroduction of Legislation to Improve Resettlement Process for Unaccompanied Children, Protect Sponsors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), along with Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Edward Markey (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), re-introduced the Families Not Facilities Act, legislation that would prohibit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from using information gathered in the … Continue Reading

February 07, 2019

Harris Reintroduces Legislation to Strengthen Labor Protections for Farm Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) reintroduced the Fairness for Farm Workers Act, legislation to strengthen critical protections for farm workers as they face long hours and exposure to heat. The bill would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to grant overtime protections to farm workers who work more than 40 hours a week and eliminate most remaining exemptions to the minimum wage for farm workers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 100 … Continue Reading

February 06, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Introduce New Bill To Prevent Large Drug Price Hikes

FLAT Prices Act would target abusive pharmaceutical companies by shortening monopoly periods, bringing lower-cost generics to market sooner WASHINGTON D.C. - As the costs of prescription drugs continue to rise for American patients, providers, and taxpayers, U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), along with Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tina Smith (D-MN), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today introduced new legislation to help prevent sudden, outrageous price hikes for … Continue Reading

February 06, 2019

Harris, Stabenow, Peters, Lawrence Introduce Legislation to Award Aretha Franklin with Congressional Gold Medal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Debbie Stabenow, Gary Peters, and Representative Brenda Lawrence (all D-MI) introduced bicameral legislation to posthumously award the "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of her outstanding artistic and cultural contributions. The legislation was originally introduced in August 2018 in the wake of Franklin's passing. The Aretha Franklin Congressional Gold Medal Act would honor Franklin's … Continue Reading

February 05, 2019

Senator Harris Before State of the Union: “The American People Are Spirited, Resourceful, and Resilient”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tonight, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris delivered remarks in advance of President Trump's 2019 State of the Union address in which she rejected the president's attempts to drive Americans apart and instead offered a vision for the country based in speaking truth and recognizing that every American is united in service of a common, higher purpose. A full transcript of Senator Harris' remarks below, as prepared for delivery: Hi, everyone. Thanks for tuning in. So, … Continue Reading

February 05, 2019

Harris Presses Trump Judicial Nominee Rao on Controversial Writings on Sexual Assault, Consent

Video of Harris's Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee today, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris questioned Neomi Rao, nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., on her previous comments blaming survivors of sexual assault for the trauma they experienced, as well as her controversial writings on sexual assault and consent. Harris began by pressing Rao on her previous comments suggesting women should avoid excessive drinking in order to … Continue Reading

February 01, 2019

Harris to Bring Californian Affected by Wildfires, Government Shutdown to State of the Union

Photo of Trisha Pesiri-Dybvik and her family Video of Harris' previous floor speech about Trisha Pesiri-Dybvik WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) today announced that Trisha Pesiri-Dybvik, an air traffic control specialist who lost her home in the 2017 Thomas Fire and who was furloughed throughout the 35 day long government shutdown, will be her guest to the 2019 State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 5. Trisha's husband, Jed, is a Navy veteran and air traffic … Continue Reading

February 01, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Criticize Unprecedented Use of Thousands of Active Duty Servicemembers on Southern U.S. Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris joined 12 colleagues, including Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Edward Markey (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), in sharply criticizing the Trump administration's newly-extended deployment of active duty troops to the southern U.S. … Continue Reading

January 30, 2019

Harris, Graham Lead Bipartisan Legislation to Preserve Buildings and Sites at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) reintroduced a bill to reauthorize the Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) Historic Preservation Program for fiscal years 2019 to 2025. Across more than 100 HBCUs around the country, historic buildings and sites-some more than 100 years old-have deteriorated over time and are at risk of being permanently lost if they are not preserved and protected. The bill would authorize funding for … Continue Reading

January 29, 2019

Harris Joins Colleagues to Reintroduce Bill to Prevent Trump Administration from Distorting Census Count with Citizenship Question

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris joined her colleagues to reintroduce the Every Person Counts Act, legislation that prohibits the Secretary of Commerce from including any question regarding one's citizenship or immigration status on the U.S. census. The act also amends Title 13 of the United States Code, clarifying that each decennial census shall tabulate the total number of persons in each state. On January 15th, a U.S. District Judge ordered the administration to abort … Continue Reading

January 17, 2019

Senator Harris Statement on the Nomination of William Barr to be United States Attorney General

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) released the following statement opposing the nomination of William Barr to be Attorney General: The Attorney General is entrusted with ensuring the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. With the rule of law under daily attack from the President of the United States himself, that sacred trust is more important than ever. After two days of confirmation hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee, I do … Continue Reading

January 16, 2019

Harris on Unpaid Government Workers: “They don’t need a wall. They need a paycheck.”

Video of Harris' Remarks WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris spoke on the Senate floor today to call on her colleagues to immediately take up bipartisan legislation to re-open the government and put federal employees in California and across the country back to work. In her remarks, she noted that before the holidays the Senate unanimously passed legislation to re-open the government and that the president has consistently stood in the way of ending the shutdown. Key Points … Continue Reading

January 15, 2019

Harris Presses Attorney General Nominee on Recusal from the Mueller Investigation, Border Security

Video of Harris' First Round of Questioning Video of Harris' Second Round of Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee today, Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) questioned the nominee for Attorney General, William Barr, about whether he would follow the recommendation of career Department of Justice ethics officials on recusal from the Special Counsel's investigation-a practice former Attorney General Sessions abided by during his tenure. In response to … Continue Reading

January 09, 2019

Harris Re-Introduces Legislation to Promote Diversity and Inclusion at Federal Reserve

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris re-introduced the Ensuring Diverse Leadership Act, legislation to ensure that at least one minority and one female candidate are interviewed for each vacancy for the presidency of a reserve bank at each of the twelve reserve banks in the Fed (San Francisco, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Richmond, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Dallas). Of the more than 130 individuals who have served as presidents … Continue Reading

January 03, 2019

Harris’ First Action of 116th Congress: Re-introducing Tax Cut for Middle Class

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris re-introduced the LIFT (Livable Incomes for Families Today) the Middle Class Act, legislation that provides middle class and working families with a tax credit of up to $6,000 a year-or up to $500 a month-to address the rising cost of living. The latest Federal Reserve report on the economic well-being of Americans indicated that four in ten adults still say they don't have enough savings to cover a $400 emergency expense. "We need to … Continue Reading

December 20, 2018

Harris Introduces Legislative Package to Increase Access to Mental Health Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) introduced two bills, the Mental Health Telemedicine Expansion Act and the Mental Health Professionals Workforce Shortage Loan Repayment Act, to expand access to mental health services for millions of Americans experiencing mental illness, especially those in rural and medically underserved areas. Currently, more than 123 million Americans live in an area with a shortage of mental health professionals. The Mental Health … Continue Reading

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