Press Releases

November 01, 2017

Harris Presses Social Media Companies on Advertising Revenue, Senior Executives Responsible for Countering State-Sponsored Information Operations

HD Video WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris today pressed representatives from Facebook, Google, and Twitter on the profits each of their companies earned from Russian propaganda in the 2016 presidential election, and the human resources the companies have dedicated to countering state-sponsored information operations. The representatives could not provide clear answers to Harris' questions, including failing to … Continue Reading

October 31, 2017

Harris Highlights Needs of CA Wildfire Victims at Hearing with FEMA Director

HD Video WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a hearing of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris urged representatives from FEMA, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Department of Health and Human Services on the critical needs of California communities devastated by the recent wildfires. Harris highlighted the need for temporary and permanent housing, crop insurance, and loans for small businesses that have been … Continue Reading

October 31, 2017

ICYMI: At HRC National Dinner, Harris Calls for United Fight for Civil Rights

HD Video WASHINGTON, D.C. - Over the weekend, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris delivered remarks at the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) 21st Annual National Dinner, an event recognizing the LGBT community's history of progress and honoring champions of equality. In her remarks, Harris highlighted attacks on LGBT rights under the Trump Administration, and urged attendees to recommit themselves to fighting for the rights of communities everywhere including immigrants, women, and people of color. … Continue Reading

October 30, 2017

Senator Harris, EPW Colleagues Request Update on Waste Cleanup in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, the top Democrat on the Environment and Public Work (EPW) Committee's Subcommittee on Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight, recently led a letter with seven of her EPW colleagues to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, FEMA Administrator William Long, and Army Corp of Engineers' Commanding General Todd Semonite regarding concerns of debris and waste cleanup in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virginia Islands following the devastation caused by … Continue Reading

October 26, 2017

Harris Leads Bipartisan Letter Urging Trump Administration to Prioritize Federal Funding for Wildfires

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris led a bipartisan group of Western Senators including Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jim Risch (R-ID), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Tom Udall (D-NM) in a letter requesting the Trump Administration to prioritize emergency funding ahead of the next disaster assistance legislation that the Senate will consider in the upcoming weeks. The Senators wrote, "In times of … Continue Reading

October 25, 2017

Senators, House Tri-Caucus Chairs Demand Trump Administration Protect DACA Information

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) today led a letter along with nearly three dozen of their colleagues to the Department of Homeland Security demanding clarity on the Trump Administration's position on the use of personal information collected from individuals as part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. "Since its inception, … Continue Reading

October 25, 2017

Harris: I’ll Oppose End-of-Year Spending Bill if DACA Not Fixed

VIDEO Available Here WASHINGTON - Speaking at a press conference alongside a group of Senate and House Democrats, and University Presidents and Chancellors in support of the Dream Act, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris today pledged to vote against any end-of-year spending bill if it does not include a solution for the more than 700,000 recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Harris said, "I'm very proud to stand with my colleagues and our great educational … Continue Reading

October 24, 2017

Senator Harris Statement on Opposition to Advancing FISA Amendment Reauthorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement today following her vote to oppose the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 2017: "Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act is a vital tool for protecting our national security and ensuring public safety. As a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, I have seen its value to the American people, and to … Continue Reading

October 24, 2017

In Senate Floor Speech, Harris Calls for Emergency Resources for California and Urges Passage of Wildfire Disaster Funding Act

HD Video WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, delivered remarks on the Senate floor that highlighted the devastation of the recent California wildfires and the impact they have had on the communities left in their wake. Harris called for the passage of the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act as part of the next supplemental emergency package. Key Excerpts from Harris' Remarks: "And I must tell you, I am in awe … Continue Reading

October 19, 2017

Harris Statement on Passage of the Republican Budget

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today on the passage of the FY2018 Budget Resolution: "Americans deserve a budget that prioritizes the core functions and responsibilities of government: public health, public education, and public safety. This budget does none of those things, hurts the most vulnerable among us, and fails to strengthen the middle class. It's a budget that cuts Medicaid and Medicare by $1.5 … Continue Reading

October 18, 2017

Harris, Colleagues Press Senate Leadership to Include Bipartisan Wildfire Funding Fix in Upcoming Disaster Aid Legislation

WASHINGTON - With deadly fires still raging in California and across the West, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris joined a bipartisan group of senators today and pressed Senate Leaders Mitch McConnell and Charles E. Schumer in a letter to include a wildfire funding fix in disaster aid legislation the Senate will soon consider. In addition to Harris, the senators who signed the letter are: Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Patty Murray, … Continue Reading

October 18, 2017

Sen Harris Presses OPM Director Nominee on Diversity and Protecting Federal LGBTQ Employees from Discrimination

HD VIDEO of Harris' Questioning at today's hearing WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris pressed the nominee for Director of Office of Personnel Management, Dr. Jeff Pon, today on diversity, inclusion, and protecting LGBTQ federal employees from discrimination during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing. Senator Harris highlighted the need for OPM to make aggressive efforts to strengthen diversity and inclusion within the federal government, and secured a … Continue Reading

October 18, 2017

Harris, Senate Colleagues Introduce Bill to Block Trump Travel Ban 3.0

WASHINGTON - Hours after President Trump's harmful travel restrictions on foreigners from eight countries were set to go into effect, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris joined 28 of her senate colleagues on Wednesday in introducing legislation to reverse Trump's executive order and block its implementation. Specifically, the bill would withhold funding to enforce the executive order. The bill also declares the executive order illegal based on the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which banned … Continue Reading

October 17, 2017

Harris, Feinstein Raise Concerns About Wireless Emergency Alert System Deficiencies During California Wildfires

WASHINGTON - In the wake of the deadliest wildfires in California's history, U.S Senators Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein (both D-CA) today raised concerns with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai about the limitations of the Wireless Emergency Alert system. "Recent news reports have indicated that emergency services in Northern California were not able to transmit lifesaving WEA messages, because of significant technical deficiencies in the WEA system," the Senators … Continue Reading

October 10, 2017

Harris, Feinstein Call for Expedited Federal Assistance for California Wildfires

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein (both D-CA) today called on President Trump to expedite the availability of federal assistance to the California counties affected by the wildfires that began on October 9, 2017. "We strongly support California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.'s request for a Major Disaster declaration for the State of California in response to the wildfires that have severely impacted the counties of Butte, Lake, Napa, Nevada, Mendocino, Sonoma, … Continue Reading

October 05, 2017

Budget Committee Adopts Harris’ Workforce Development Amendment

HD Video WASHINGTON - At a Budget Committee Hearing on the FY 2018 Budget Resolution today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris introduced an amendment that would prioritize funding for worker training programs, which was unanimously approved by the committee. Harris introduced additional amendments focused on issues such as fighting against cuts to Medicare and protecting middle class families from unfair tax increases. "This fund would invest in training programs to help employers upskill their … Continue Reading

October 05, 2017

Harris, Feinstein Introduce St. Francis Dam Disaster Memorial Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein (both D-CA) introduced the St. Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act, legislation which would establish a national memorial to honor the lives of the 1928 St. Francis Dam disaster that claimed the lives of 431 Californians. The Dam disaster was California's second largest tragedy in terms of lives lost. "We should not forget the hundreds of lives lost during one of the worst tragedies in California's history," said … Continue Reading

October 04, 2017

Harris on Senate Republicans’ Budget: “Americans Deserve Better”

HD Video WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, delivered remarks at a hearing on the FY 2018 Budget Resolution. In her remarks, Harris spoke out against the proposed Republican budget for not addressing the core responsibilities of the federal government, including public health, public safety, and public education. Key excerpt from Harris' remarks: "The budget is supposed to be a clear indication of American priorities and values. … Continue Reading

October 03, 2017

Sen Harris at DACA Rally: “Let’s Be Compassionate”

Video of the event can be found HERE WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, delivered remarks today at a rally regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Harris urged the Trump Administration to keep America's promise to them by not sharing their information with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and encouraged DACA recipients to mail their renewal applications today to ensure they … Continue Reading

October 01, 2017

Sen Harris in Atlanta: "Let us have the courage to speak truth"

ATLANTA - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris delivered remarks at the 150th anniversary of First Congregational Church in Atlanta, Georgia, the second-oldest African-American Congregational Church in the country. During her remarks, Senator Harris spoke about the need to speak truth about the current threats to our values, and how there is more that unites Americans than divides them. Key excerpts from Senator Harris' remarks: · Let's speak the truth that when Americans … Continue Reading

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