Press Releases

January 10, 2018

Harris, Feinstein Statement on FCC Draft Order to Improve Wireless Emergency Alerts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif.) today released the following statement in response to the FCC's draft proposal to overhaul their Wireless Emergency Alerts program. The proposal follows the concerns Harris and Feinstein originally raised following the deficiencies in the program revealed during the Northern California wildfires. The draft proposal will be voted on at the FCC's Open Commission meeting on January 30th. "Californians are … Continue Reading

January 10, 2018

At Judiciary Hearing, Harris Presses Judicial Nominees on LGBTQ and Women’s Rights

HD Video WASHINGTON, D.C. - At her first hearing as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris pressed a judicial nominee for the District of Utah, Howard Nielson, Jr., on his history of advocating against the rights of LGBTQ Americans. Previously, Nielson represented the proponents of California Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot measure that outlawed same sex marriages. After he lost the case, Nielson then tried to reverse the outcome by arguing that the judge … Continue Reading

January 10, 2018

Harris Statement on DACA Ruling

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 the temporary nationwide injunction blocking the Trump Administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: "Dreamers are Americans in every respect except on paper. They go to our schools, serve in our military, work in our businesses, live in our … Continue Reading

January 09, 2018

Senator Harris Joins Senate Judiciary Committee

Today, U.S. Senator Kamala. D. Harris released the following statement about her appointment to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee: "I look forward to the chance to continue to provide a voice for our most vulnerable communities, work on issues I've handled since my earliest days in the Alameda County District Attorney's office, and defend California in the face of this Administration's repeated attacks on our values. While I will no longer serve on the Environment and Public Works … Continue Reading

January 09, 2018

Harris, Senate Colleagues Shred Trump Administration’s Offshore Drilling Reversal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris joined more than three dozen U.S. Senators in sharply criticizing the Trump administration's decision to reopen offshore drilling leases. This decision puts vast stretches of coastline along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts and in the Arctic at risk, including six sites in California. "This draft proposal is an ill-advised effort to circumvent public and scientific input, and we object to sacrificing public trust, community safety, and … Continue Reading

December 22, 2017

Harris, Warren, Feinstein, Blumenthal Introduce Bill to Empower State AG Enforcement for National Banks

WASHINGTON. D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today introduced the Accountability for Wall Street Executives Act of 2017, a bill that will allow state attorneys general and other state law enforcers to issue subpoenas during the course of investigations regarding compliance with state law by national banks. "We have a duty to the American people to uncover unlawful behavior and hold violators … Continue Reading

December 21, 2017

Harris Statement on Opposition to Stopgap Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement tonight on the Senate's passage of a short-term spending bill: "Americans rely on the federal government to ensure our fundamental right to public safety, public health, and public education. I believe we must fund our government-especially for the brave service-members who defend our freedom. Instead, my Republican colleagues prioritized jamming through a tax bill to benefit corporations and the top one … Continue Reading

December 21, 2017

Harris, Peters Press Commerce Secretary on Unfilled Leadership Positions at Census Bureau

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Gary Peters (D-MI), both members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), sent a letter today to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross pressing him on the unfilled Director and Deputy Director positions at the Census Bureau ahead of the 2020 Census. The senators wrote, "The Census Bureau has been without a permanent Director since former Director John Thompson resigned on June 30, 2017, and has been without a … Continue Reading

December 21, 2017

Senators Harris, Lankford, Klobuchar, Collins, and Graham Introduce Comprehensive Election Cybersecurity Bill

Legislation Would Protect Against Foreign Interference in Future Elections WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of both the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), along with co-sponsors Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Susan Collins (R-ME), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today introduced The Secure Elections Act, a bill to modernize election cybersecurity … Continue Reading

December 20, 2017

Harris Urges Senate Leadership to Strike GOP Provisions Preempting State Safety Laws For Truck Drivers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris led a group of Senate Democrats in a letter to Senate leadership urging that they strike Republican provisions from end-of-year legislation that would preempt state laws that provide for truck driver meal and rest breaks. "These decades-old state laws protect the safety and working conditions of our nation's truck drivers and the safety of the men, women, and families that use our roads and highways every day," the senators … Continue Reading

December 20, 2017

Harris Statement on Final Passage of Republican Tax Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement on tonight's vote on the Republican tax plan: "The tax plan approved by my Republican colleagues in the House and Senate today is a gift to corporations and the top 1% at the expense of middle class families. At a time when wages have stagnated and working Americans are trying to do more with less, this tax plan pulls the rug out from the middle class to give billions to … Continue Reading

December 15, 2017

Senator Harris Remarks to Young Women and Girls at Girls Build Leadership Summit

LOS ANGELES - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris delivered remarks at the LA Promise Fund's Girls Build Leadership Summit, a gathering of 10,000 young women and girls from public middle and high schools in California aimed at encouraging their participation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) related fields. In her remarks, Harris spoke about the importance of seeking and imparting mentorship, and encouraged the attendees to solve problems in their communities and continue … Continue Reading

December 15, 2017

Ahead of FISA Section 702 Expiration, Harris, Lee, Senate Colleagues, Call for Open and Transparent Debate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Mike Lee (R-UT), led a bipartisan letter with eight of their Senate colleagues urging Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to take up the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act through regular order ahead of its December 31st expiration. Recent reports have indicated the reauthorization of 702 may be included in the … Continue Reading

December 15, 2017

Harris, Duckworth, Senate Colleagues Urge Appropriators to Mandate Immigration Detention Centers Meet National Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today led a group of Senate Democrats to urge House and Senate Appropriators to mandate that all facilities within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention system meet the most current national standards as a condition of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations. The senators wrote, "Poor conditions and inhumane treatment of immigrants within ICE detention facilities continue to fuel … Continue Reading

December 12, 2017

Harris Amendment on Military Funerals Honors Programs Enacted in NDAA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris' bipartisan provision aiming to end limitations to the National Guard's service providing military funeral honors for veterans, was enacted as a part of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). "This bipartisan amendment directly responds to the needs of the National Guard and supports members of the military, veterans, and their families," Harris said. "I'm proud to work with members of both parties to support the … Continue Reading

December 12, 2017

Harris Statement on the Passing of Mayor Ed Lee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris issued the following statement today on the passing of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee: "I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my friend Mayor Ed Lee. From his earliest days as a fair housing advocate, Ed was a tireless champion for San Franciscans and a public servant who tackled every challenge with modesty, civility, and hard work. As the son of immigrants who became mayor of one of America's largest cities, Ed broke down barriers and … Continue Reading

December 11, 2017

Harris Applauds Hundreds of California City Officials Calling on California Members of Congress to Save SALT and Key Economic Development Tool

SACRAMENTO - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris applauded hundreds of California city officials today who sent a letter recently urging California members of Congress to support a proposal from U.S. Representatives Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) to improve the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1). Provisions in the proposal would preserve the state and local tax deduction (SALT) and protect the tax-exempt status of Private Activity Bonds. "This GOP Tax Bill is shameful and does not … Continue Reading

December 06, 2017

At Senate Hearing, Harris Highlights Impact of Climate Change on Natural Disasters

HD VIDEO WASHINTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, ranking member of the Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight, questioned witnesses on the impact of climate change on natural disasters, following the worst wildfire season in California's history. Harris highlighted the need to build climate change resilience into toxic Superfund sites that may be impacted by forest fires, which are projected to increase in frequency in western states like … Continue Reading

December 06, 2017

Senator Harris Questions FBI and Intelligence Officials on Terrorism Threats

HD VIDEO WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today questioned intelligence officials on the terrorist threat to the homeland after ISIS' territorial losses in Syria and Iraq. Harris questioned officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) on ISIS' increasing reliance on technology, especially social media. Harris began her remarks by … Continue Reading

December 06, 2017

Senator Harris Floor Remarks on Protecting Dreamers

HD Video WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris spoke yesterday on the Senate floor to show support for Dreamers and their contributions to America. Harris called for passage of the DREAM Act and stressed the urgent need to act before the end of the year to prevent the deportation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. Key Points from Senator Harris' Remarks: And I have been clear, along with my friend from Illinois, and several other colleagues, that any … Continue Reading

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