Press Releases

July 02, 2020

House Passes Several Harris Bills and Provisions in Major Infrastructure Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday applauded the House passage of the Moving Forward Act, a $1.5 trillion investment in our nation's infrastructure. The package, which passed the House late Wednesday, includes a number of important bills and key provisions led by Harris. "I applaud the House for passing the Moving Forward Act and including important bills and key provisions I've introduced along with my partners in the House," said Harris. "This vital … Continue Reading

July 01, 2020

Harris, Klobuchar, Clyburn, Colleagues Introduce Comprehensive Broadband Infrastructure Legislation to Expand Access to Affordable High-Speed Internet

Senate bill follows introduction in the House of Representatives led by Majority Whip James Clyburn and the Rural Broadband Task Force WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) in introducing comprehensive broadband infrastructure legislation to expand access to affordable high-speed internet for all Americans. The Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act will invest $100 billion to build high-speed broadband infrastructure in … Continue Reading

July 01, 2020

Harris, Murray, Colleagues to Barr: Reverse Anti-LGBTQ Position, Protect Transgender Workers from Discrimination

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Ga., which held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ workers from discrimination, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Patty Murray (D-WA) on Tuesday sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr demanding the Department of Justice (DOJ) reverse its anti-LGBTQ position that federal law does not shield transgender workers. The senators called on Barr to … Continue Reading

July 01, 2020

Harris, Gillibrand Urge Pompeo To Take Immediate Action To Cease Genocidal Campaign Against Minority Women In China

Push Follows Alarming Report From Associated Press Detailing Violation of Uyghur, Kazakh and Other Ethnic Minority Women's Rights, Including Forced Sterilization WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on Tuesday called on the Trump administration to take immediate action following an alarming report from the Associated Press detailing China's ongoing genocidal campaign against Uyghur and other ethnic minority women in western China. According … Continue Reading

June 30, 2020

Harris, Baldwin, Colleagues Introduce NDAA Amendment to Increase National Production of Testing Supplies and PPE as COVID-19 Cases Rise

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) in introducing an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 (NDAA) that would require President Trump to unlock the full authority and power of the Defense Production Act to scale up nation-wide production of the testing supplies, personal protective equipment, and medical equipment needed at the local level to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "This is simple: as COVID-19 … Continue Reading

June 30, 2020

Harris, Tester, Colleagues to Trump Administration: Don’t Rip Away Health Care for Millions During Public Health Crisis

Senators introduce resolution slamming effort to invalidate Affordable Care Act WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the Trump Administration moves full-steam ahead to dismantle the health care law that provides coverage for millions of Americans, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and 46 of their colleagues in introducing a resolution putting in the official Senate record their condemnation of that "reckless" effort and demanding the Department of Justice … Continue Reading

June 30, 2020

Harris Introduces Bill to Better Prepare for and Respond to Pandemics

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday introduced the Improving Pandemic Preparedness and Response Through Diplomacy Act, legislation that creates a special presidential envoy for pandemic preparedness and response, charged with developing and implementing a diplomatic strategy to prepare for, detect, respond to, and recover from pandemics and other global outbreaks of infectious disease. The legislation was also introduced as an amendment to the Fiscal Year (FY) … Continue Reading

June 30, 2020

Harris, Senators Blast EPA’s NAAQS Proposal and Urge EPA to Set More Protective Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), along with Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Ed Markey (D-MA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jeffrey Merkley (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) in urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to pursue stronger standards to protect Americans … Continue Reading

June 30, 2020

Harris, Schatz, Murkowski, Paul Introduce Legislation To Help End Police Militarization

New Amendment To NDAA Limits Transfer Of Certain Military Equipment To Local Police Departments WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to limit the transfer of certain surplus military-grade equipment to local law enforcement agencies across the country. The Harris-Schatz-Murkowski-Paul amendment places limitations on the Department of … Continue Reading

June 30, 2020

Harris, Booker Introduce Resolution Designating June as African American Music Appreciation Month

Lawmakers call for greater access to music education for Black students WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) on Monday introduced a resolution honoring the contributions of African Americans to America's musical heritage. The resolution also calls for greater access to music education for African American students. A recent Department of Education study found that only seven percent of music teacher licensure candidates were African American. An … Continue Reading

June 29, 2020

Harris Statement on Supreme Court Striking Down Unconstitutional Restriction on Abortion

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday released the following statement in response to the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case June Medical Services LLC v. Russo. "Today's Supreme Court decision preserved access to abortion. Thanks to this ruling, health clinics in Louisiana will be able to remain open and continue providing safe, legal abortion care. The Court struck down a Louisiana law designed to shutter reproductive health clinics and make abortion … Continue Reading

June 26, 2020

Harris, Baldwin, Colleagues Call for HIV/AIDS Treatment and Prevention Funding in Next COVID-19 Response Package

Effort for increased HIV/AIDS funding comes as the nation observes Saturday, June 27, as the 25th Anniversary of National HIV Testing Day WASHINGTON, D.C. - In recognizing and honoring the 25th anniversary of National HIV Testing Day, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris on Friday joined Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and a number of their colleagues in calling on Senate leadership to include federal funding for HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and housing programs in the next COVID-19 pandemic … Continue Reading

June 26, 2020

Harris, Hassan, Homeland Security Committee Democrats Call for Answers on Strategic National Stockpile

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris on Friday joined Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and fellow Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Tom Carper (D-DE), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) in calling for answers from the administration about the Strategic National Stockpile, which is maintained by the federal government to rapidly distribute personal protective equipment and other critical medical supplies during public … Continue Reading

June 26, 2020

Harris Condemns Trump’s Latest Attempt to Strip Health Care Away from Millions of Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) released a statement after the Trump administration demanded the Supreme Court to strike down the entire Affordable Health Care Act. "Donald Trump is trying to strip health coverage from millions of Americans just to spite President Obama. It's cruel and dangerous," said Harris. "People need health insurance that is affordable and covers what they need it to- especially during a pandemic. "By stalling COVID-19 testing and trying to rip … Continue Reading

June 25, 2020

Harris Applauds Bipartisan House Passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act with bipartisan support. This legislation is a comprehensive approach to change the culture of law enforcement and hold police accountable for misconduct. Harris is a lead co-sponsor of companion legislation in the Senate. "Today's bipartisan House passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is a big … Continue Reading

June 25, 2020

Harris, Feinstein, Blumenthal Introduce Bill to Close Background Check Loophole for Gun Sales

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and a group of their Senate colleagues to introduce the Background Check Completion Act. The legislation would close a loophole that allows gun sales to proceed if a background check is not completed after 72 hours, even if the buyer is not legally allowed to purchase a gun. The gap in existing law has resulted in thousands of guns being sold to prohibited … Continue Reading

June 25, 2020

Harris Secures Commitment for Details of Border Agency Involvement with Police Brutality Protests

Full Video of Harris' Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday questioned Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Mark Morgan on CBP's involvement with the ongoing protests against police brutality. Harris got Morgan to commit to releasing vital information on what states the agency went to and who ordered the deployments. Earlier this month, Harris sent a letter to Acting Commissioner Morgan requesting information on ICE and … Continue Reading

June 25, 2020

Harris Introduces Legislation to Require Transparency of Small Business Loans Amid COVID-19 Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday introduced the Paycheck Protection Program Transparency Act, legislation that requires the Small Business Administration (SBA) to release data on companies receiving loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) amid the COVID-19 crisis. The bill comes after reports of PPP loans going to rich corporations, while shutting out small businesses- particularly small businesses in minority communities. Last week, the Treasury … Continue Reading

June 24, 2020

Harris on Police Reform: “This Movement Will Not Be Deterred”

Full Video of Harris' Remarks WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) in a press conference following Senate Republicans' failed attempt to proceed with the hollow GOP policing bill. Harris applauded her Democratic colleagues for not falling for Republicans' empty legislation and called on Congress to pass a real, substantive solution- the Justice in Policing Act. Harris stressed that … Continue Reading

June 24, 2020

Harris Statement on Vote Against Senate Republicans’ Watered Down Policing Bill

Harris: "The Republican bill was written to check a box, not save a life" WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a lead co-sponsor of the Justice in Policing Act, on Wednesday released the following statement after voting against the motion to proceed to the Republican bill on policing: "Our country is demanding an end to the constant loss of Black life at the hands of police. Americans are demanding an end to Black Americans … Continue Reading

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