Press Releases

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

July 26, 2018

On Deadline Day To Reunite Separated Families, Harris & Senators Call For DOJ Investigation Of “Zero Tolerance” Immigration Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, along with 30 other senators, sent a letter to Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz calling for an investigation into DOJ's role in the creation and implementation of the Trump Administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy. The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General are conducting reviews of the zero-tolerance … Continue Reading

July 20, 2018

Sen. Harris Visits Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego, Tours USS Scranton

SAN DIEGO - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, visited the Naval Base at Point Loma and toured the USS Scranton. Harris received a briefing on capabilities and operations of U.S. Navy Submarine Squadron 11 and learned about the unique role the U.S. Navy plays in National Defense and Intelligence. "I had the opportunity today to be with the brave men and women who are the ultimate professionals, who have been trained, are dedicated, … Continue Reading

July 19, 2018

Amid Rising Costs of Housing, Harris Introduces Bill to Provide Rent Relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With the cost of housing continuing to rise in California and across the country, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris today introduced legislation to provide rent relief for working families struggling to pay their bills. The Rent Relief Act would create a new, refundable tax credit to put more money in the pockets of families at a time when renters' wages have remained stagnant and housing costs have increased rapidly. Harris was joined in the introduction by Senators Dianne … Continue Reading

July 17, 2018

Harris, Merkley, Cortez Masto Introduce Bill to Reunify and Protect Immigrant Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) introduced the Reunite Every Unaccompanied Newborn Infant, Toddler and Other Children Expeditiously (REUNITE) Act, a bill to immediately reunify all families and establish a permanent system of coordination between agencies and non-governmental organizations to protect detained immigrants with children. Government inaction has resulted in a failure of young migrant children … Continue Reading

July 16, 2018

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Ban Use of Gay and Trans Panic Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Aiming to end the use of so-called "gay panic" and "trans panic" defenses in federal court, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris joined democratic lawmakers in the Senate and House to introduce the Gay and Trans Panic Defense Prohibition Act of 2018. "Gay panic" and "trans panic" defenses seek to excuse crimes such as murder and assault by arguing that the victim's sexual orientation or gender identity provoked the defendant's violent reaction, blaming victims for the violence … Continue Reading

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