Press Releases

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

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 generation of Howard graduates will forge the way forward for our … 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

"The Republican health care bill is a statement thatthey believe health care is a privilege for the few, not a right for all. This billraises 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 children with disabilities. It allows seniors to be … Continue Reading


May 02, 2017

Harris Statement on DHS’ Anti-Immigrant CIS Ombudsman Appointment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement about the appointment of Julie Kirchner as the Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) Ombudsman. Kirchner is the former Executive Director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, an anti-immigrant policy center. "Immigrants are critical to the success of our communities and our country. The appointment of Julie Kirchner, a … Continue Reading


May 01, 2017

Sen Harris Delivers Keynote Address at NDI’s Madeleine Albright Luncheon

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris delivered the keynote address at the National Democratic Institute's 2017 Madeleine K. Albright Luncheon. During her remarks, Senator Harris discussed the importance of the next generation of women leaders making their voices heard and the potential they have to make change. "When people's voices are silenced, women's voices are silenced," said Harris. "That's what's at stake here. And by the way, the United States, as we all know, has a … Continue Reading


April 26, 2017

Senator Harris Joins Democratic Senators In Condemning Trump’s Executive Order Threatening National Monuments

Demand that any process for evaluating monument protections be 'open, transparent and public' Senators to Trump: 'These monuments have been built upon the support of local communities and are economic drivers across the United States' WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, joined a group of Democratic Senators in condemning President Trump's Executive Order which threatens national monuments by directing the … Continue Reading


April 26, 2017

Senator Harris Joins Colleagues in Support of $15 Minimum Wage Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Kamala D. Harris joined Senators Bernie Sanders, Patty Murray, and a group of other Senate Democrats in support of new legislation that would raise the national minimum wage to $15 an hour. "The minimum wage must be a living wage, and the current rate of $7.25 makes it impossible to support a family," said Senator Harris. "Two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women. That means we've got to change a system that forces a mom trying to keep a roof over the … Continue Reading


April 25, 2017

Senator Harris Joins Colleagues to Urge Trump Administration to Continue Program that Reunites Filipino World War II Veterans with Their Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris joined Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), to urge the President to continue the implementation of the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program (FWVP) program, which reunites Filipino veterans who fought for the United States during World War II with their families. The Senators wrote to the President in response to reports that the Administration … Continue Reading


April 20, 2017

Sen. Harris Speaks Out Against Trump’s Workforce Development Cuts at Roundtable

LOS ANGELES- Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, held an economic roundtable with representatives from the Worker Education and Resource Center (WERC) and Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC). At the roundtable, Harris discussed the need to invest in job training for the 21st century and spoke out against President Trump's proposed cuts to programs that prepare workers for good paying, American jobs. "This Administration said it would support … Continue Reading


April 17, 2017

Senator Harris Returns from Trip to the Middle East

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, returned recently from a week-long trip to the Middle East, where she met with servicemembers who are supporting local forces in the fight against ISIS, and other U.S. personnel in the region. Harris' first overseas trip as a Senator was focused on Iraq and Jordan. While in Iraq, Harris spent time with servicemembers from … Continue Reading


April 11, 2017

Senator Harris Joins Colleagues in Letter to the Attorney General on the Administration’s Troubling Review of Consent Decrees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris joined 15 Senate Democrats in pressing Attorney General Jeff Sessions for answers on the Department of Justice's plan to review consent decrees between the federal government and local law enforcement agencies. The Senators asked Attorney General Sessions to lay out the impact of the review, including if the Department of Justice's actions could result in the termination or modification of existing consent decrees. "Consent decrees offer … Continue Reading


April 06, 2017

Senate Unanimously Passes Harris, Rubio, Feinstein, and Collins’ Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Ethnic, Religious & Racial Hate Crimes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced a bipartisan resolution condemning racial, religious and ethnic hate crimes, as well as all forms of bias and discrimination, incitement to violence, and other forms of animus targeting these communities across the United States. Following its introduction, the resolution unanimously passed the Senate last night. The bipartisan resolution cites the … Continue Reading


April 06, 2017

Senator Harris Statement on U.S. Military Action in Syria

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement in response to U.S. military action in Syria: "Syrian President Bashar al-Assad viciously attacked innocent civilians, including scores of children, who suffocated to death from chemical weapons. This attack reinforces the clear fact that President Assad is not only a ruthless dictator brutalizing his own people-he is a war criminal the international community cannot ignore. "President Trump must consult … Continue Reading


April 06, 2017

Senator Harris Statement on Confirmation of Neil Gorsuch

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement on her vote on the nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court: "Written above the doors of the Supreme Court are the words 'Equal Justice Under Law'-a reminder that the Court exists not to protect the powerful but rather to uphold the rights of all Americans. Whether or not the Supreme Court lives up to that ideal depends on the appointment of jurists who understand … Continue Reading


April 05, 2017

Sen. Harris and Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Block Immigration Enforcement at Sensitive Locations

Increased ICE presence at schools, courthouses, churches, and hospitals foments fear and deters immigrants from receiving an education, reporting domestic abuse and other crimes, and seeking social services WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and ten other Senators to introduce legislation to prevent immigration enforcement officers from taking enforcement … Continue Reading


April 05, 2017

Sen. Harris Presses DHS Sec. Kelly About Immigration Enforcement Policy Priorities and Department Contradictions

VIDEO of Senator Harris' Q&A with Secretary Kelly WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris asked Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly about the department's immigration enforcement policy priorities, including an Associated Press report that victims and witnesses of crimes can be arrested by ICE agents at courthouses and if women and children would be separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Seeking a … Continue Reading


April 04, 2017

Sen. Harris Delivers Floor Remarks Against Gorsuch Nomination

HD Video: https://s3.amazonaws.com/sdmc-media.senate.gov/HARRIS/2017+04+04+Harris+Floor+speech+on+Gorsuch+v1.mp4 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch. During her remarks, Harris outlined why Gorsuch's record demonstrates he would not uphold justice for all Americans, and in particular, women. Key Lines: "You see, almost two decades after the Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Brown v. Board … Continue Reading


March 30, 2017

Senator Harris Outlines Russian Threat at Intelligence Committee Hearing

HD Video:https://s3.amazonaws.com/sdmc-media.senate.gov/HARRIS/032017_HARRIS_1_WEBHD.mp4 Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today outlined the attack Russia waged on American democracy with theirinterference in the 2016 presidential election and questioned experts on Russia's cyber capabilities compared to traditional weapons. "Let's all be clear about what happened,"Harris said."We know - as has already been … Continue Reading

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