Press Releases

March 22, 2018

Harris, Bipartisan Senate Colleagues Announce Funding For Election Security

Funding was First Proposed in the Secure Elections Act WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris and a bipartisan group of senate colleagues last night announced the inclusion of election security funding in the Omnibus Appropriations bill to be voted on this week. The bill includes $380 million for states to make election security improvements, implement cybersecurity guidelines, and replace outdated electronic voting machines. This funding was first proposed in the Secure Elections … Continue Reading

March 22, 2018

After Reports of Open Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Investigation, Harris and Klobuchar Encourage FTC to Thoroughly Investigate Facebook for All Potential Breaches of Americans’ Personal Data

In 2011, a consent decree was negotiated to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaints that Facebook was deceiving consumers by sharing or publicizing private user information; Recent reports detailing Cambridge Analytica's misuse of that data raise questions about whether Facebook is in compliance with the terms of that consent decree WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following reports that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) opened an investigation this week, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and … Continue Reading

March 21, 2018

Harris Statement on Senate Passage of SESTA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement today on her vote in favor of: H.R.1865: SESTA (The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017) - FOSTA (Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017): "Victims of sex trafficking should be protected and have the ability to seek justice. That's why, from my earliest days as a prosecutor, I've led the fight against Backpage and other sex trafficking platforms. And I am proud to support the … Continue Reading

March 21, 2018

Harris Presses DHS Officials on Election Security Priorities Ahead of 2018 Midterms

HD Video of Harris' Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing today to examine election security, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris pressed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on whether the Department is prioritizing providing election security assistance ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Last month, Harris also pressed DHS Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke and Acting Under Secretary Christopher Krebs on what steps the … Continue Reading

March 19, 2018

Harris Statement on Vote Against McAleenan as CBP Commissioner

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement today on her vote against Kevin McAleenan to serve as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection: "The management of trade and people through our ports and borders is a critical responsibility that's vital to national security, public health and our economy. To fulfill that responsibility, we must have a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner with effective management capabilities, a sense of … Continue Reading

March 14, 2018

Harris Statement Opposing Bill to Deregulate Big Banks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement today on her vote against the so-called "Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act" that will roll back bank regulations in Dodd-Frank: "The American people deserve an economy where Main Street is protected from the excesses of Wall Street. After 2008, when Wall Street recklessly triggered the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, Congress put in place a number of common-sense … Continue Reading

March 14, 2018

Harris at Judiciary Committee Hearing on Gun Violence: “What We Need is Congress to Act”

HD VIDEO WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, on the one month anniversary of the tragic shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris participated in a Judiciary Committee hearing on how Congress can work to ensure that mass shootings like at Stoneman Douglas, and senseless acts of gun violence, can be prevented in the future. Harris began her remarks by expressing solidarity with the students walking out of their schools across the country today in memory … Continue Reading

March 13, 2018

At Judiciary Hearing, Harris Highlights Importance of FOIA and Open Government Data

HD Video of Harris' Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today to examine the Trump Administration's progress on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris questioned witnesses on whether the high cost of litigation is a barrier to individuals and organizations when agencies are non-compliant with FOIA requests. In her questioning, Harris also highlighted the OpenJustice initiative she introduced as Attorney General of California, … Continue Reading

March 13, 2018

Ahead of Trump’s Visit to California, Harris, Feinstein Lead CA Congressional Delegation in Raising Concerns Over Administration’s Immigration-Related Actions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, ahead of President Trump's first trip to California, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif) and Representatives Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) and Lou Correa (CA-46) led a group of their colleagues in a letter that raises concerns over the Trump Administration's targeting of their state through numerous immigration-related actions, and their threat to California's public health, safety, and economy. "We are deeply troubled by the misguided legal … Continue Reading

March 13, 2018

28 Senators to EPA: Don’t Weaken Rules Protecting Workers & Children from Toxic Pesticides

Harris, Udall, Booker, Blumenthal, Feinstein lead Senate letter expressing alarm at EPA decision to "reconsider" basic protections against dangerous pesticides WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) led a group of 28 Senate Democrats in expressing alarm at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision to reconsider two federal … Continue Reading

March 12, 2018

ICYMI: Harris at 7th Annual Y for Youth Luncheon: “Our youth have always been our future”

SAN FRANCISCO - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris delivered remarks on Friday at the YMCA's 7th Annual Y for Youth Luncheon in San Francisco, an event celebrating young leaders who have succeeded in the face of adversity and are making an impact in their communities. Harris reflected on the connection between education and public safety, the challenges facing the country today, and the past and present movements that have been fueled by young leaders, including the Civil Rights Movement and … Continue Reading

March 07, 2018

At Intelligence Hearing, Harris Highlights Risks of Interim Security Clearances

HD Video of Harris' Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing today to examine security clearance reform, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris questioned U.S. government witnesses on the factors that determine whether someone can access classified information, including foreign financial obligations and other issues that can lead to conflicts of interest or vulnerabilities such as blackmail. In light of reports that high level officials in the Trump … Continue Reading

March 07, 2018

Harris Amendments on Training, Emergency Alerts and Oversight Adopted in Bipartisan DHS Reauthorization Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris introduced five amendments into H.R. 2528, legislation to reauthorize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Harris' amendments were adopted through bipartisan consensus and include modifications to strengthen training, communication and guidance for DHS law enforcement, provide for innovative partnerships with the private sector to tackle cybersecurity challenges, … Continue Reading

March 05, 2018

Harris Calls Interior’s Public Engagement On Offshore Drilling Plan Inadequate, Demands Local Voices Be Heard

Harris joins Senators in demanding a 60-day extension of the public comment period, additional public meetings in rural and coastal communities WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris joined 22 Senators in a letter to Secretary Zinke requesting an extension of the March 9, 2018 deadline to submit comments on the Draft Proposed Program for the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2019-2024 and on scoping for the required Programmatic Environmental Impact … Continue Reading

March 05, 2018

Harris Statement on DACA Deadline

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement today on the deadline President Trump arbitrarily chose to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: "Dreamers are Americans in every way but on paper. They have grown up in our communities and pledge allegiance to our flag. They're contributing to our economy and thriving in our universities, workforce and military, including 220,000 in California alone. Dreamers represent the best of who … Continue Reading

March 04, 2018

Kamala Harris at 53rd Anniversary of Bloody Sunday: "Look to Selma"

SELMA - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris delivered remarks at the Martin and Coretta King Unity Breakfast in Selma, Alabama, as a part of the 25thAnnual Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee. This is the 53rdAnniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery March, and this year also marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition to the breakfast, Harris also attended service at Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and walked across the Edmund … Continue Reading

February 28, 2018

Harris, Gillibrand and Booker Introduce Legislation to Commission Statue Honoring U.S. Representative Shirley Chisholm

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and 11 senators introduced a bill directing Congress to commission a statue of former U.S. Representative Shirley Chisholm, to be displayed in the United States Capitol. A native of New York, Chisholm served in the New York State Assembly before she was the first Black woman to be elected to the United States Congress. Chisholm was also a founding member of the Congressional Black … Continue Reading

February 27, 2018

Harris, Feinstein File Supreme Court Amicus Brief to Protect Women’s Access to Information about their Rights & Healthcare Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Led by U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif), 14 Senators, and 85 House Members filed a bicameral amicus brief today in the Supreme Court Case National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra. A copy of the brief can be found here. In this case, groups opposed to comprehensive women's health services are challenging California's Reproductive FACT Act which requires certain reproductive health providers to disclose to women … Continue Reading

February 21, 2018

Harris, Feinstein Secure Funds to Keep Rural Families in Their Homes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif.) announced today that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue approved their request for funding to help keep 119 low-income, rural California residents in their homes. The senators requested that USDA use a portion of its $40 million surplus to help maintain affordable rents for the residents through the department's Rural Rental Housing program. "It is our duty as a nation to look after our most vulnerable … Continue Reading

February 16, 2018

Harris Introduces Resolution to Honor Buffalo Soldiers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In celebration of the achievements and contributions that African Americans have made as part of Black History Month, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris introduced a bipartisan resolution yesterday to honor the "Buffalo Soldiers," African-American soldiers who served in the United States Army following the Civil War and made invaluable contributions to the fabric of our nation's history. Following the conclusion of the Civil War, the United States Army allowed African-Americans … Continue Reading

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