Press Releases

February 17, 2017

Senator Harris Joins Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Democratic Colleagues to Request Full Investigation of Russian Interference in U.S. Elections

Investigation would focus on Russian attempts to hack election infrastructure and influence US elections WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), joined fellow committee members Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Tom Carper (D-DE), Jon Tester (D-MT), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today as they formally requested an investigation focusing on "Russia's attempts to infiltrate and … Continue Reading


February 17, 2017

Senator Harris Statement on Reports of Trump Administration Plan to Mobilize National Guard for Immigration Action

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement in response to reports that the Trump Administration has considered mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to identify and deport undocumented immigrants. "The mere suggestion that the President would consider ordering100,000 members of the National Guard to go door to door checking people's document status is deeply disturbing. The National Guard's principal responsibility is to help people in distress … Continue Reading


February 16, 2017

Senator Harris Delivers Maiden Speech on Defending Immigrant Communities

HD Video: https://s3.amazonaws.com/sdmc-media.senate.gov/HARRIS/Harris+2-16-17.mp4 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris delivered her maiden speech on the Senate floor, addressing the contributions immigrants make to our society and how she will be a fierce advocate for them, especially the more than 250,000 DREAMers who reside in California. Harris, a former California Attorney General and career prosecutor, also discussed why President Trump's Executive Orders that target … Continue Reading


February 14, 2017

Senator Harris Statement on Resignation of General Flynn

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement: "This Administration and this President owe the public a full and transparent accounting of General Flynn's conversations with Russian officials that jeopardized national security and made him susceptible to blackmail. General Flynn's resignation has raised far more questions than it's answered, including who authorized or was aware of the calls to … Continue Reading


February 09, 2017

Following Muslim Ban Detentions, Senator Harris Introduces First Bill to Guarantee Access to Counsel at Border, Ports of Entry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, introduced her first piece of legislation today, the Access to Counsel Act, to ensure that those held or detained while attempting to enter the United States, whether at a border crossing or a port of entry, be guaranteed access to legal counsel. In the wake of the Trump Administration's Muslim Ban, reports flooded in of refugees, Green Card holders, and even … Continue Reading


February 09, 2017

Senator Harris Statement on 9th Circuit Court Ruling Against Reinstating Muslim Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against reinstating President Trump's Muslim Ban, Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs and former California Attorney General, released the following statement: "America draws strength from its reliance on the rule of law and the integrity of an independent judiciary. I wholeheartedly agree with the Ninth Circuit's decision which recognizes this … Continue Reading


February 06, 2017

Senator Harris to Oppose Nomination of AG Scott Pruitt

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Committee on the Environment and Public Works, released the following statement today on the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: "Clean air and clean water are essential to healthy children, safe communities, and a sustainable economy with good paying jobs. I carefully reviewed Attorney General Scott Pruitt's nomination process, and it's fundamentally … Continue Reading


February 02, 2017

Senator Harris Joins Colleagues to Introduce Legislation to Codify Membership on the National Security Council

Addresses issues raised by President Trump's move to diminish roles of intel, military experts WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today introduced legislation that will clarify the permanent membership of the National Security Council (NSC) to better ensure that decisions affecting the national security of the nation are not clouded by political calculations. The … Continue Reading


February 02, 2017

Senator Harris Statement on Nomination of Mick Mulvaney

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs and Senate Budget Committee, today issued the following statement on the nomination of U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney to lead the Director of the Office of Management and Budget: "America's values are reflected in our budget, including whether we live up to the promises we've made to our most vulnerable and whether we pay our bills. I appreciate Congressman … Continue Reading


January 30, 2017

Senator Kamala D. Harris Announces Opposition to Betsy DeVos’ Nomination for Secretary of Education

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) today released the following statement on her opposition to the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as the next Secretary of Education: "Every child in the U.S. should have access to a first-rate education to ensure an opportunity of a good job with good pay. After thorough review and consideration of Betsy DeVos's nomination, including her record and confirmation testimony, and after speaking with teachers, students, and parents from across … Continue Reading


January 29, 2017

Senators Murray and Harris Lead Senate Democrats Calling on President Trump to Revoke Muslim Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C - Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) led a coalition of more than half of the Senate Democratic Caucus to urge President Trump to immediately revoke the Executive Order on refugees as it runs "counter to what truly makes America great." The letter details the manner in which it runs counter to America's values, as well as national security and economic interests, by restricting more than 200 million people from entering our country with no clear evidence … Continue Reading


January 28, 2017

Senator Kamala Harris to Sec. Kelly: “Grant Detainees Access to Counsel”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly that urges the Customs and Border Patrol not to inhibit access to counsel for those arriving at U.S. ports of entry who become detained under the Trump Administration's new Executive Order that is a "de facto" Muslim Ban. "I write to demand that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) immediately comply with federal court orders that have enjoined enforcement … Continue Reading


January 26, 2017

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris Statement on Trump’s Muslim Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following the announcement of a new executive order by President Donald Trump that effectively bans Muslim refugees from entering the United States, Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs and former California Attorney General, released the following statement: "Make no mistake - this is a Muslim ban. Broad brush discrimination against refugees and immigrants from Muslim-majority countries, most of … Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris Statement on Immigration Executive Orders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following the announcement of new executive orders by President Donald Trump, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs and former California Attorney General, released the following statement. "These executive orders will harm public safety, tear families apart, and jeopardize national security. Directing a deportation force to break up immigrant families contributing to our country is not a show of … Continue Reading


January 23, 2017

Senator Harris Presses Rep. Mulvaney on Disaster Relief for California

HD Video: https://s3.amazonaws.com/sdmc-media.senate.gov/HARRIS/HARRIS_BUDGET_012417.mp4 Today, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Budget Committee questioned U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, President Trump's nominee for Director of the Office of Management and Budget, on how he'd address the budget priorities of California, if confirmed. Among the series of topics Harris raised was if Mulvaney would commit to providing immediate funding for disaster relief in California, or other … Continue Reading


January 22, 2017

Senator Kamala D. Harris Statement on Nomination of Congressman Mike Pompeo to Lead CIA

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) today, a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the nomination of Congressman Mike Pompeo to lead the Central Intelligence Agency: "Throughout his confirmation process Congressman Pompeo has been responsive, engaging, and has made a number of positive commitments to me, and to the Committee, on issues ranging from the politicization of intelligence to support for the Committee's Russia … Continue Reading


January 19, 2017

Senator Kamala D. Harris Announces Opposition to General John Kelly’s Nomination

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) today, a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, issued the following statement on the nomination of General John Kelly to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security: "I strongly support a robust Department of Homeland Security and its mission of keeping the nation safe. I also strongly support the use of prosecutorial discretion to prevent the deportation of young people who were brought to … Continue Reading


January 19, 2017

Senator Kamala D. Harris Statement on Vote to Confirm General James Mattis

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) today released the following statement on her vote to confirm General James Mattis as the next Secretary of Defense: "After careful review of General James Mattis' record and testimony, I believe he will be a voice of moderation and pragmatism in the incoming Administration, a steady leader of the Pentagon, and put the national security interests ahead of politics. Overseeing our brave men and women in uniform is one of the highest … Continue Reading


January 17, 2017

VIDEO: Senate Kamala Harris Presses EPA Administrator on Upholding California’s Motor Vehicle Pollution Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), a member of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, questioned President-Elect Trump's EPA Administrator nominee Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt at a confirmation hearing. Among the key topics addressed, Harris pressed Pruitt on his commitment to allow California to continue enforcing stricter standards on motor vehicle pollution than the federal government, as granted by an EPA waiver. "The EPA has historically … Continue Reading


January 13, 2017

Senator Kamala D. Harris Announces Opposition to Senator Jeff Sessions’ Nomination for United States Attorney General

Harris: "We must have an Attorney General who looks out for every American." LOS ANGELES, CA - Speaking at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO's annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. labor breakfast this morning, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) announced her opposition to the nomination of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for U.S. Attorney General. Harris cited Sessions' "troubling pattern" of disregard for some of the most vulnerable communities and his history of … Continue Reading

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