Press Releases

February 13, 2018

Harris Joins Bipartisan Effort to Ensure Senate Appropriators Respect State Marijuana Laws

In letter, 18 senators urge appropriators to preserve strong regulatory frameworks created by states WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, along with a bipartisan group of 17 senators, this week sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MI) and Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), urging them to respect states' laws regarding the regulation of marijuana when finalizing fiscal year 2018 appropriations. The majority of states have some form of … Continue Reading

February 13, 2018

At Intel Hearing, Harris Highlights Trump’s Conflict of Interest in Declassification of Nunes Memo

HD Video of Harris' Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray on President Trump's access to information and evidence from an investigation into the President's own campaign. "Do you believe there is an actual - or at least the appearance of - a conflict of interest when the President is put in charge of declassifying information that could complicate an ongoing … Continue Reading

February 12, 2018

Harris, Feinstein, Murray, Menendez, Colleagues Raise Concerns Over Trump Administration’s Proposal to Separate Immigrant Children from Parents

WASHINGTON, D.C. - United States Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today led a group of senators in condemning the Trump Administration's proposal to systemically separate immigrant children from their parents upon arrival in the United States. The senators asked Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to unequivocally reject this measure. "We believe that a systematic and blanket policy to separate a … Continue Reading

February 09, 2018

Harris, Senators Demand Explanation from White House for Porter’s Continued Access to Classified Information

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As new details continue to emerge about what the White House knew about former Staff Secretary Rob Porter's history of alleged abuse - and when they knew it - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, and ten other Senators wrote White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House Counsel Don McGahn today to raise serious concerns regarding Porter's ongoing access to classified information even after Kelly was notified that Porter was unable to obtain a security clearance. The … Continue Reading

February 08, 2018

Harris Speaks Out Against Judicial Nominee with Anti-LGBTQ History

HD Video of Harris' Remarks WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris delivered remarks at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee where she spoke out against the nomination of Howard Nielson, Jr. to be United States District Judge for the District of Utah. In California, Nielson previously represented proponents of Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot measure that outlawed same-sex marriage. When Proposition 8 was ruled unconstitutional in 2010, Nielson attempted to vacate the … Continue Reading

February 07, 2018

Sen. Harris Questions Homeland Security Officials on Election Cybersecurity

HD Video of Harris Questioning DHS Officials WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, questioned Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke and Acting Homeland Security Undersecretary for National Protection and Programs Directorate Christopher Krebs. Harris pressed the officials on what steps are being taken to secure election infrastructure in advance of the 2018 elections, and the precise timeline … Continue Reading

February 07, 2018

Senators Harris, Sanders, Markey and Gillibrand Introduce Bills to Improve Safety at Decommissioned Nuclear Plants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Ed Markey (D-MA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) reintroduced two pieces of legislation today to improve the safety and security of decommissioning reactors and the storage of spent nuclear fuel at nuclear plants across the nation. This legislation comes on the heels of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's analysis released today that provides guidance on how to safely take a nuclear plant offline. The Safe … Continue Reading

February 02, 2018

Harris Statement on Release of Nunes Memo

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement today on the release of the Nunes memo: "This is not about transparency. This is an effort to weaponize classified information for political gain and expediency. In doing so, this White House is continuing its attacks on the American intelligence community. "The men and women of the intelligence and law enforcement … Continue Reading

January 31, 2018

Harris, Feinstein Praise FCC Vote to Improve Wireless Emergency Alerts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif) released the following statement in response to the vote by the Federal Communications Commission to improve the nation's Wireless Emergency Alert system: "Public safety is jeopardized when inadequate resources and technological shortcomings result in tragedy. In California, shortcomings in the Wireless Emergency Alert system recently led to local officials being unable to alert communities of … Continue Reading

January 30, 2018

Harris Statement in Response to State of the Union

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement tonight in response to President Donald Trump's remarks at the State of the Union: "The American people are strong and resilient, but millions of them have deep concerns about the state of our union and the President's speech did not reflect their reality. "A year into this divisive presidency, special interests and the top 1% are being put at the front of the line while the vast majority of Americans are being … Continue Reading

January 26, 2018

Senator Harris to Bring California UndocuBlack DACA Recipient to State of the Union

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris today announced that Denea Joseph, an UndocuBlack Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient who immigrated to the United States from Belize and was raised in South Central, Los Angeles, will be her guest to the 2018 State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 30. California is home to more Dreamers than any other state - 220,000 of the nation's approximately 700,000. "Dreamers like Denea represent the best of who we are as a … Continue Reading

January 25, 2018

Harris, Feinstein, California House Delegation Urge Interior Department to Allow Californians to Comment on Offshore Drilling Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif), and nearly two dozen fellow members of the California delegation urged the Department of Interior and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to provide Californians with more opportunities to directly address the Trump Administration's controversial offshore drilling plan in their own communities. The lawmakers requested that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and BOEM Acting Director Walter … Continue Reading

January 24, 2018

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Ensure Songwriters Are Paid Fair Value for Their Songs

Harris, Hatch, Whitehouse, Alexander, Durbin, Corker, Coons, Isakson, Jones sponsor consensus legislation supported by songwriters, music publishers and digital music services WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris joined a bipartisan group of senators to introduce legislation they said would be the "most significant change in music licensing laws in decades" to ensure songwriters are paid fair value for their songs. The Music Modernization Act would set up a new simplified … Continue Reading

January 23, 2018

Harris, Democratic Colleagues Raise Concerns Over Private Debt Collectors in Higher Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris led a group of Democratic senators in a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Federal Student Aid COO Dr. A. Wayne Johnson over the use of private sector collection agencies who are contracted to pursue defaulted student loan borrowers. Private debt collectors are incentivized to aggressively pursue defaulted student loan borrowers and do so while profiting from taxpayer dollars. Recently, the Department of Education renewed … Continue Reading

January 22, 2018

Harris Statement Opposing Stopgap Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement today on her vote against the motion to invoke cloture on the stopgap spending bill: "Our government made a promise to our Dreamers and it is long past time that we kept that promise. These are young people who are Americans in every respect except on paper. They have been waiting far too long to live … Continue Reading

January 18, 2018

Harris Statement on Passage of FISA Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement today following the passage of the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: "Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is among the most important tools available to our dedicated professionals in the Intelligence Community-but it raises significant privacy consequences for Americans. "The federal government has a responsibility to safeguard national security … Continue Reading

January 18, 2018

Harris, Feinstein Demand Information on Trump Administration’s Attempt to Prosecute Elected Officials

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee where she stated the Department of Justice (DOJ) is looking into prosecuting elected officials from states like California, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif.) sent a letter demanding additional information. The senators wrote, "Acting Director Homan's comment was specifically directed at California elected … Continue Reading

January 16, 2018

Harris Presses DHS Secretary on Trump Comments at Immigration Meeting & DACA

HD Video of Harris' Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the oversight of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris pressed DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on the disparaging comments made by President Trump against Haiti and African nations at a recent meeting on immigration. "I believe that the words spoken by any President of these United States are powerful words and should be spoken with the spirit of unifying and … Continue Reading

January 15, 2018

Harris at MLK Parade: “We are fighting for the best of who we are”

LOS ANGELES - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris served as Grand Marshal for the 33rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles, honoring Dr. King's 89th birthday and the 50thanniversary of his sacrifice in the name of civil and human rights. Harris also delivered remarks at the Kingdom Day Parade Breakfast, where she highlighted the importance of Dr. King's legacy and how it lives on through all those who organize and fight to ensure freedom and justice for all … Continue Reading

January 11, 2018

After Interior Exempts Florida from Controversial Offshore Drilling Plan, Harris and 21 U.S. Senators Call on Trump Administration to Ban Drilling Off Their Coasts Too

Senators from California, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington say their states don't want oil & gas drilling off their coasts and demand equal treatment WASHINGTON, D.C - A group of U.S. Senators representing coastal states is telling the Trump Administration that they don't want oil and gas drilling off their coasts, and are demanding the same respect for their states that was recently given … Continue Reading

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