Press Releases

October 12, 2018

Harris, Thompson, Nadler, Lofgren, Beatty Lead Lawmakers in Letter to Urge Administration to Halt Deportation of Black Mauritanians

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Representatives Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Joyce Beatty (D-OH) led a group of lawmakers in a bicameral letter calling on Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to cease the deportation of Black Mauritanian nationals, who face the threat of race-based discrimination, violence, or slavery if forced to return to Mauritania. "Most … Continue Reading

October 11, 2018

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Anti-Lynching Legislation Introduced by Harris, Booker, and Scott

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to advance the bipartisan Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018, historic legislation that would criminalize lynching, attempts to lynch, and conspiracy to lynch for the first time in American history. The legislation was originally introduced in June 2018 by U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Tim Scott (R-SC). "Lynching is a dark and despicable part of our country's history. These … Continue Reading

October 10, 2018

Harris Presses FBI Director on White House Limits on Kavanaugh Investigation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a hearing of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris pressed FBI Director Christopher Wray on the FBI's recent supplemental background investigation of then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Under questioning by Harris, Wray confirmed that the White House directed the FBI's investigation into Kavanaugh to be "very specific" and "very limited" in scope. "[W]hen the FBI was directed then to do that investigation as it relates to … Continue Reading

October 06, 2018

Senator Harris Statement on Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on her vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court: "When Judge Brett Kavanaugh was first nominated, I said that he represents a direct and fundamental threat to that promise inscribed above the Supreme Court, 'Equal Justice Under Law.' "In the weeks since then, the basis for my concern has been confirmed. "Senate … Continue Reading

October 05, 2018

Harris on Kavanaugh Nomination: This Has Not Been a Search for the Truth

Video of Harris' Remarks WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U. S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke on the United States Senate floor with Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) against the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. "This has not been a search for the truth," said Senator Harris. "The minimum standard for a Supreme Court nominee should be someone who we are confident will demonstrate … Continue Reading

October 03, 2018

Senate Passes FAA Reauthorization Bill, Includes Key Provisions Authored by Harris

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the United States Senate passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018, incorporating key provisions introduced by U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris that will strengthen cybersecurity at ports and provide relief for victims of natural disasters. Harris also led the effort to ensure that a provision preempting state meal and rest break laws for truck drivers was kept out of the final bill in order to maintain driver and public safety … Continue Reading

October 02, 2018

Harris, Udall, Heinrich Introduce Legislation to Establish Body-Worn Camera Programs at CBP, ICE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich (both D-NM) introduced the DHS Body-Worn Camera Act, legislation that would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish pilot programs for body-worn cameras (BWC) at Customs and Border Patrol and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. The legislation would also require DHS to report to Congress on these pilot programs, develop policies governing the use of BWC with public … Continue Reading

September 27, 2018

Harris Commends Blasey Ford’s Courage, Presses Kavanaugh to Call for an FBI Investigation into Sexual Assault Allegations

Video of Panel One Video of Panel Two WASHINGTON, D.C. - At today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) commended Dr. Christine Blasey Ford for coming forward, and pressed U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh about the allegations of sexual assault sworn to by Dr. Ford. Specifically, Harris questioned Kavanaugh on whether, like Dr. Ford, he had taken a polygraph, whether he would call for the White House to open an FBI investigation into … Continue Reading

September 27, 2018

Harris, Bipartisan Senators Introduce Legislation To Improve Federal Government’s Use Of Artificial Intelligence

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced the Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Government Act, legislation that would improve the use of AI across the federal government by providing resources and directing federal agencies to include AI in data-related planning. "Artificial intelligence has the potential to benefit society in ways we cannot imagine today," said Senator Harris. … Continue Reading

September 26, 2018

Harris, Gillibrand Call on DHS and USCIS to Preserve Employment Authorization for Immigrant Women Holding H-4 Visas

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director L. Francis Cissna urging them not to revoke employment authorization for roughly 100,000 high-skilled immigrant women currently covered under the "H-4 rule." Under the rule, the women, who are mostly South Asian, are able to employ their education and … Continue Reading

September 26, 2018

Harris, Nadler, Lofgren, Colleagues Urge DHS IG to Investigate Allegations of Coercion and Abuse against Separated Immigrant Parents

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) led 17 lawmakers in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Inspector General John V. Kelly requesting an investigation into allegations that DHS officials used coercive and abusive tactics on detained immigrant parents who were separated from their … Continue Reading

September 25, 2018

Harris Introduces Legislation to Expand Access to Outdoor Recreation Opportunities in Cities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris introduced the Outdoors for All Act, legislation to establish a dedicated source of funding for the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) to increase access to outdoor recreation opportunities in cities and towns. As a nationally competitive grant program funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, ORLP helps create and improve state and locally-owned parks and other outdoor recreation areas, particularly in … Continue Reading

September 20, 2018

Harris, Carper, Hassan, Peters Renew Call for Hearing on 2020 Census, Proposed Citizenship Question

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Gary Peters (D-MI), all members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), called on Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) to hold an oversight hearing on the U.S. Census Bureau's management of the 2020 Census with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and other top Census Bureau officials. In their letter, the senators highlighted the lack of … Continue Reading

September 18, 2018

Harris Presses Immigration Officials on Conditions for Detained Migrant Children, Family Separations

Video of Harris' Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris questioned Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Executive Associate Director Matthew Albence on the conditions at family immigration detention facilities, and his previous statement comparing these facilities to "summer camps." On July 24, 2018, thirteen leading national medical associations, including the American Medical … Continue Reading

September 17, 2018

Harris, Espaillat Lead Lawmakers in Letter Urging GOP Leadership, Appropriators to Reject Expansion of Family Immigration Detention

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris and Representative Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) led 74 lawmakers in a letter requesting that Republican Congressional leaders and appropriators reject any DHS appropriations amendments for the 2019 fiscal year that would allow the department to expand family immigration detention or weaken protections for detained immigrant children. The letter follows DHS and Department of Health and Human Services' publication of proposed regulations to … Continue Reading

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

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