Press Releases

June 01, 2017

Senator Harris Statement on Trump’s Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement

WASHINTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, released the following statement in response to President Trump's decision to withdraw from the United Nations Paris Agreement: "We can all agree that all people should be able to breathe clean air and live in a safe and healthy environment. Pulling out of the Paris Agreement is an irrational decision that is a disastrous step backward, threatens the future viability of … Continue Reading


June 01, 2017

Senator Harris Meets with Patients, Physicians to Discuss GOP Funding Cuts to Battling the Opioid Epidemic

LOS ANGELES - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris met with patients and physicians at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center in Los Angeles. At the clinic, Harris was briefed on the Center's critical role in providing substance abuse treatment, including opioid addiction, to patients in Los Angeles, many of whom are covered by Medicaid. The GOP health care bill cut more than $800 billion from Medicaid. The President's proposed budget would cut up to an additional $616 billion from … Continue Reading


June 01, 2017

Senator Harris Tours CA Naval Base, Expresses Support for the Military, and Discusses Threats and Capabilities

CORONADO - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris met with Navy officials at U.S. Naval Base Coronado, where she toured the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt and visited the Navy SEALs at the Naval Special Warfare Command and training center. On the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, Harris received a briefing on the ship's capabilities, as well as the scope of Third Fleet operations in the Pacific and the role of the Carrier Strike Group. At the Naval Special Warfare Command, Harris was given an overview of … Continue Reading


May 31, 2017

Senator Harris Discusses Economic Importance of Port of Los Angeles and Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Budget Committee and the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, met with officials at the Port of Los Angeles. Harris was briefed by officials on the national and regional impact of the Port. The Trump Administration's proposed budget includes damaging cuts to transportation, goods movement, and workforce development. Harris also toured part of the Port. "California has the most significant ports in the … Continue Reading


May 25, 2017

HARRIS, BROWN ANNOUNCE FRIENDLY WAGER ON NBA FINALS BETWEEN THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS AND THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

Bet Between Harris, Brown Marks Third Year Senators from California, Ohio have Bet State-Brewed Beers on NBA Series WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Warriors) and Sherrod Brown (D-Cavaliers) made a bet today on the outcome of the 2017 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. If the Warriors win, Senator Brown will bring beer from the Platform Brewing Company to Harris' office. If the Cavaliers prevail, Senator Harris will deliver beer from Anchor … Continue Reading


May 25, 2017

Senate Unanimously Passes Measure Recognizing Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution led by Senators Kamala D. Harris, Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to recognize May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The resolution celebrates the contributions of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. "I am proud to stand alongside my Senate colleagues to celebrate the strides that the Asian American and Pacific Islander community has made in public service, media, … Continue Reading


May 24, 2017

Senators Harris, Heitkamp & Sullivan Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Boost Federal Employment Opportunities for Vets

Legislation Would Strengthen Advocacy for Veterans across 24 Federal Agencies, including USDA and HHS, Where Only 12% and 7% of Workers Are Veterans WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris joined Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) to introduce the bipartisan Empowering Federal Employment for Veterans Act to make sure federal agencies do everything they can to connect veterans with jobs that fit their skillsets in the federal government. When veterans … Continue Reading


May 24, 2017

Senator Harris on CBO Report: “This Bill is Nothing Short of a Disaster”

WASHINTON, 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: "Access to quality and affordable health care in America should be a right, not a privilege. This nonpartisan report makes clear that if the Republican health care bill becomes law, middle class families will pay more for health care, costs for seniors will increase, 14 million more Americans will be uninsured next year, … Continue Reading


May 23, 2017

Harris, Carper Question Census Bureau on Removal of “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” from 2020 Census

Senators to Census Bureau: "... it is critical that the Census Bureau's process to include subjects to fairly and accurately count all Americans is impartial and free from undue interference." WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.), both members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter to United States Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson requesting more information on the Census Bureau's processes it … Continue Reading


May 23, 2017

Senator Harris Statement on President Trump’s Budget

WASHINTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Committee on the Budget, released the following statement in response to President Trump's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018. "At its core, this budget is a cruel betrayal of the middle class and threatens our ability to ensure basic public safety, public health, and public education. This budget makes clear the values of this Administration: it prioritizes those at the top, while leaving working families and … Continue Reading


May 22, 2017

Sen. Harris on Approval of Caltrain Electrification Project Grant

Following the exchange between Secretary Chao and Senator Kamala D. Harris during last week's hearing in the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, the U.S. Department of Transportation today announced Secretary Chao will sign and execute the Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) for the Caltrain Modernization Pacific Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP). The FFGA releases $100 million that Congress appropriated for Caltrain PCEP for FY2017. In addition, this agreement will commit … Continue Reading


May 18, 2017

Senator Harris Statement on FCC Vote to Repeal Net Neutrality

WASHINTON, D.C. - Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement in response to the vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to initially approve the advancement of a plan to repeal net neutrality. "An open internet is essential to the success of our economy and serves as the world's marketplace of ideas. In 2015, after a decade of deliberation and input from millions of Americans, the FCC adopted commonsense rules to protect the internet's openness. Those net neutrality … Continue Reading


May 17, 2017

Harris Addresses Reporting Requirements, IG Review in Amendments to Boots on the Border Bill

HD Video: https://s3.amazonaws.com/sdmc-media.senate.gov/HARRIS/051717.Harris.mp4 WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris introduced several amendments to S.595, "Boots on the Border Act of 2017", a bill before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee during a business hearing. Harris' amendments included legislation to implement a one-year pilot program for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner to issue waivers for polygraph tests, to … Continue Reading


May 16, 2017

Sen. Harris at CAP: It’s Time to Fight “not a War on Drugs but a War on Drug Addiction”

Video: https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4669869/sen-kamala-d-harris-capideas WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris delivered remarks at the Center for American Progress Ideas Conference. During her remarks, Senator Harris discussed how Attorney General Jeff Session's revival of the War on Drugs threatens our system of justice and outlined how we can effectively treat the current opioid epidemic. Harris urged policymakers to build broad coalitions to address our nation's … Continue Reading


May 16, 2017

Harris, Carper Question DHS Secretary Kelly On Private, For-Profit Detention Facilities

Senators to Secretary Kelly: "DHS's new immigration enforcement priorities raise concerns that DHS will rely even more heavily on these private detention facilities." WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Tom Carper (D-Del.), both members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly requesting more information about DHS's assessment of its use of privately operated immigration … Continue Reading


May 16, 2017

VIDEO/AUDIO: Senator Welcomes Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to Hearing to Discuss Transportation

HD Video available here. Audio available here. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, introduced Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, at a subcommittee committee hearing to discuss our nation's transportation needs. "Having quality infrastructure in Los Angeles is not just important for those who call it home, as do I, it is important for the entire country. When Los Angeles is moving efficiently, that means … Continue Reading


May 13, 2017

Senator Harris Delivers Commencement Address at Howard University

Senator Harris Delivers Commencement Address at Howard University WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris delivered the commencement address to the 2017 graduating class of Howard University. An alumna of Howard, Harris spoke to the graduates about the challenges before them, and importance of making their voices heard and serving their communities. She gave them three pieces of advice: Key Quotes from Senator Harris' commencement address: "History has proved that each … Continue Reading


May 12, 2017

Sen. Harris Joins Colleagues in Urging DOJ Inspector General to Investigate Political Interference with Russia Investigation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris joined Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), all members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to send a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General calling for an inquiry into possible political interference with the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged involvement with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. Harris, Peters, and … Continue Reading


May 10, 2017

Ahead of Tillerson Meeting with Lavrov, Sens. Harris and Collins Call on State Dept. to Press Russian Government on Violence Against LGBT Men in Chechnya

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In advance of Secretary Tillerson's meeting today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressing deep concern over the reported abduction, detention, torture, and murder of more than 100 LGBT men in Chechnya. In their letter, the Senators reiterated the "utmost urgency" of the matter and asked urged Secretary Tillerson to press the Russian government for … Continue Reading


May 04, 2017

Senator Harris Statement Against GOP Health Care Bill

Senator Harris Statement Against GOP Health Care Bill "The Republican health care bill is a statement that they believe health care is a privilege for the few, not a right for all. This bill raises costs and threatens access to care for millions of Americans. This bill jeopardizes protections for those with health insurance through their job, putting nearly half of the country back at risk of going bankrupt if they get a serious illness or injury. It guts Medicaid, and threatens services for … Continue Reading

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