Press Releases

July 28, 2017

Harris Statement on Failure of Affordable Care Act Repeal

WASHINGTON - Tonight, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement on the failure of the Republican efforts to repeal the ACA and strip millions of their health care coverage: "Tonight, the message sent by the American people was vindicated: Republicans must no longer play politics with people's lives. Tonight, veterans and working families who rely on Medicaid are more secure. Seniors in nursing homes and children with complex medical conditions are more secure. And cancer … Continue Reading


July 27, 2017

Senator Harris, Democratic Senators Call on President Trump to Protect Dreamers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, joined Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and 39 of their Democratic Senate colleagues today on a letter to request President Donald Trump use his executive authority to the greatest extent possible to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides temporary relief from … Continue Reading


July 26, 2017

Senator Harris Statement on Trump Forcing Transgender Individuals out of the Military

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement on the President's decision to remove all transgender individuals from serving in the military: "The President's decision to force transgender individuals out of the military is discriminatory, wrong, and un-American. We should not punish or turn away courageous people who are willing to risk their lives to serve our country-we should embrace them. "The President's claim that the service of transgender … Continue Reading


July 25, 2017

Senator Harris Statement on Vote to Begin Debate on Health Care Repeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement after Senate Republicans voted to proceed with debate on repealing health care: "We are better than this as a country, and the American people deserve more from us as their representatives. This vote to consider a bill that kicks more than 20 million people off of their health care is utterly shameful, but we cannot throw up our hands when it is time to roll up our sleeves. This is about the child with a … Continue Reading


July 24, 2017

Sen Harris: Bail Reform is a Matter of “Economic Justice”

BALTIMORE - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris delivered remarks at the annual Federal Policy and Legislative Workshop at the NAACP's 108th National Convention, an event to highlight public policy issues facing the African-American community. Harris discussed the practice of money bail, which requires individuals awaiting trial to remain in jail unless they pay for their release. Last week, Harris joined Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to introduce The Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017, a … Continue Reading


July 21, 2017

Sens. Harris, Feinstein, and Colleagues Raise Concerns over Trump Administration’s Targeting of Parents and Relatives of Unaccompanied Children Fleeing Central America

Senators Express Concern to Sec. Kelly, AG Sessions, and Sec Price Over Reports of "Surge Initiative" WASHINGTON, D.C. - Led by Senators Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, 22 Senators sent a letter to DHS Secretary Kelly, Attorney General Sessions, and HHS Secretary Price to raise concerns over reports that the federal government has begun a "surge initiative" … Continue Reading


July 20, 2017

Harris, Paul Introduce Bill to Encourage States to Reform or Replace Unjust, Costly Money Bail System

Read a joint op-ed from Senators Harris and Paul HERE WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Sens. Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a bipartisan bail reform bill - The Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017 - to encourage states to reform or replace the practice of money bail, the requirement that individuals awaiting trial remain in jail unless they pay for their release. Across the country, state and local governments continue to have ineffective money bail systems … Continue Reading


July 18, 2017

Senator Harris Calls for Reform of Criminal Justice Policies that Impact Incarcerated Women

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris delivered remarks at the Justice Action Network's "Women Unshackled" Conference, a bipartisan event held to address the drastic increase in the female prison population. During her remarks, Harris discussed the importance of reforming criminal justice policies that impact incarcerated women, focusing on prevention and the humane treatment of women during and after incarceration. "This is such an important conversation and it does not … Continue Reading


July 14, 2017

Harris, Bonamici Call on Education Department to Help Struggling Student Loan Borrowers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), and 42 members of Congress urged the Department of Education to strengthen services for people who have defaulted on their student loans. The letter follows a federal court's injunction barring the Department of Education from assigning newly defaulted student loans to private collection agencies, which give borrowers options for curing their default. The lawmakers asked the Secretary of Education … Continue Reading


July 12, 2017

Senator Harris Welcomes Riverside County’s Transportation Commission Director at Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris today introduced Anne Mayer, the Executive Director of the Riverside County Transportation Commission, at an Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA), a federal loan program that helps fund highway, transit, and passenger rail projects. The following are Senator Harris' remarks as delivered: Thank you, Chairman Barrasso and Ranking Member Carper. I appreciate and … Continue Reading


July 11, 2017

Senators Harris, Booker, Warren, Durbin Introduce Landmark Bill to Reform the Way Women Are Treated Behind Bars

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris, Cory Booker (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Richard Durbin (D-IL) today introduced a landmark bill to reform the way women are treated behind bars. This bill comes on the heels of Senator Harris' visit to the Central California Women's (CCWF) facility in Chowchilla, California - the largest female correctional facility in the United States. At the facility, Senator Harris was briefed on the unique conditions and needs of incarcerated … Continue Reading


July 05, 2017

Sen Harris Discusses Critical Issues Facing CA Agriculture Community

FRESNO - Today, U.S. Senator D. Kamala Harris toured the Fowler Packing Company in Fresno and held an agricultural roundtable discussion. Harris heard directly from agricultural and local leaders about their priorities, including the reauthorization of the Farm Bill. "I am here today to continue the conversation with our growers to make sure that when I'm addressing these issues in Washington, I am in touch with the real concerns of the folks in this community," Harris said. "What came out of … Continue Reading


July 03, 2017

Senator Harris Delivers Remarks at Citizenship Ceremony for Children and Youth

LOS ANGELES - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris delivered remarks at a Citizenship Ceremony for 41 children and youth, from 14 different countries, who were sworn in as U.S. citizens on board the USS Iowa in San Pedro. This was the first Citizenship Ceremony to be held on board the Battleship USS Iowa. The ceremony was for children and youth who derived citizenship when their immigrant parents became naturalized citizens. Full remarks as prepared for delivery: Good morning, everybody. … Continue Reading


June 28, 2017

Senator Harris Underscores Danger of Administration’s Failure to Acknowledge Russian Interference in U.S. Election

HD Video WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, questioned former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Nicholas Burns about the national security implications of President Trump's failure to acknowledge and respond to Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Although the U.S. intelligence community unanimously concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 presidential election, the White House has failed to respond … Continue Reading


June 26, 2017

Senator Harris on CBO Score: This Proposal is Downright Immoral

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement in response to the Congressional Budget Office's report on the GOP health care bill: "We should make it easier for Americans to increase access to quality, affordable health care, not make it harder. This report confirms what we already know: the Republican bill kicks millions of Americans off their health insurance in order to provide the wealthiest in America with a tax cut. 22 million more Americans … Continue Reading


June 22, 2017

Senator Harris, Senate Democrats Urge Senate Appropriators to Decrease Funding for President Trump’s Deportation Force

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a newly released letter, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and a group of Senate Democrats urged Senate Appropriators to decrease funding for President Trump's deportation force and detention beds as part of the FY18 budget, and that no funds be authorized for a costly and unnecessary border wall. "As your Committee considers the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations … Continue Reading


June 20, 2017

Senator Harris Questions DHS and FBI Reps on Insufficient Notifications Between State, Local, and Federal Officials on Election Breaches

HD Video WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, questioned DHS and FBI representatives on why the federal government has not consistently and promptly notifiedastate's top election official when an election system is breached withinthestate. Harris additionally highlighted that, under current law, there is no requirement that local election officials or election system vendors notify a state's top election official of … Continue Reading


June 20, 2017

Senator Harris Releases Spotify Playlist to Commemorate African-American Music Appreciation Month

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In honor of African-American Music Appreciation Month, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released a Spotify playlist today comprised of some of her favorite African-American artists that encompass a wide range of genres including rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel, hip-hop, rap, soul, pop, reggae, and funk.This month recognizes that American music and African-American music are inextricably linked, reflecting the diversity of the American cultural experience. "Our nation has an … Continue Reading


June 18, 2017

Senator Harris Delivers Floor Speech Calling Out the GOP Secret Health Care Bill

HD Video WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris joined her Senate Democratic colleagues to hold the floor in opposition to the Senate Republicans' secret health care bill, and highlighted the lack of transparency and bipartisanship shown throughout its development. Harris delivered personal testimonies from Californians whose lives have been saved by the Affordable Care Act. The Republican health care bill would put 4 to 5 million Californians at risk of losing … Continue Reading


June 15, 2017

Senator Harris Statement on the Fifth Anniversary of DACA/Declaración De la Senadora Harris en el Quinto Aniversario de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement today on the fifth anniversary of President Barack Obama authorizing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: "DACA recipients remind us of the strength that comes from diversity, and that our nation remains one shaped by the contributions of immigrants as it has from the very beginning. They serve in our military, work in Fortune 100 companies, conduct important medical research, and are … Continue Reading

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