Press Releases

May 10, 2018

Harris Introduces Legislation to Promote Diversity and Inclusion at Federal Reserve

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris introduced the Diverse Leadership Act, legislation to ensure that at least one minority and one female candidate are interviewed for each vacancy for the presidency of a reserve bank at each of the twelve reserve banks in the Fed (San Francisco, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Richmond, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Dallas). Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Kirsten … Continue Reading

May 10, 2018

Harris Speaks out Against Denial of Blue Slip Rights for Democratic Senators

Video of Harris' Statement WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris spoke out against the recent moves by the committee's majority party to ignore the objections by Democratic senators to nominees for judicial appointments in their home-states. Traditionally, judicial appointments are processed when both home-state senators indicate their support of the nominee through a "blue slip." "The blue slip process was put in place to protect … Continue Reading

May 10, 2018

Harris Cosponsors Landmark Bill to End Federal Prohibition of Marijuana

Marijuana Justice Act seeks to reverse decades of policy that has disproportionately impacted communities of color, low-income communities WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) today became the fourth U.S. senator to cosponsor Senator Cory Booker's (D-NJ) landmark bill to end the federal prohibition on marijuana. The Marijuana Justice Act would remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances, making it legal at the federal level. Harris announced her support of the … Continue Reading

May 09, 2018

At Intelligence Hearing, Harris Repeatedly Asks Haspel for Views on Torture

Video of Harris' Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris pressed Gina Haspel, nominee to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), to assess the morality of the CIA's use of enhanced interrogation techniques, like waterboading. Harris asked Haspel four times whether she believes the enhanced interrogation program was immoral, and whether she agrees with President Trump's assertion that "torture … Continue Reading

May 08, 2018

Harris Statement on Trump Violating the Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement today on President Donald Trump's announcement to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal and violate the terms of the agreement: "Today's decision to violate the Iran nuclear deal jeopardizes our national security and isolates us from our closest allies. This nuclear deal is not perfect, but it is certainly the best existing tool we have to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and avoid a … Continue Reading

May 04, 2018

Harris, Feinstein, Wyden, Heinrich Call on CIA to Declassify Information on Haspel’s Role in Enhanced Interrogation Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats requesting that all Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) information related to any involvement Gina Haspel may have had in the CIA's Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation program be declassified in advance of her nomination hearing at the Senate Select Committee on the Intelligence on May 9, … Continue Reading

April 27, 2018

Harris, Menendez, Durbin and Hirono Lead Group of Senators in Demanding Rejection of Trump’s Deportation Force Budget Request

Trump Administration proposed to increase Border Patrol and ICE agents, detention beds, and wall funding in FY2019 Budget WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) led a group of their colleagues in a letter urging Senate Appropriators to reduce funding for the Administration's "reckless immigration enforcement operations." In the letter, the senators highlight the threat that such operations, including an … Continue Reading

April 20, 2018

Senator Kamala Harris at National Action Network: “We Must Speak Truth”

NEW YORK - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, delivered remarks at the National Action Network's 2018 Convention. She reflected on the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement and outlined the fights our country faces today. Key Lines: "This is a moment that is requiring us to speak truth. And so, let us speak truth then. That 50 years after that historic time, in so many ways the pendulum is swinging backward. Let's speak the truth that … Continue Reading

April 19, 2018

Harris on Mueller Investigation: Special Counsel must be allowed to go where the facts lead

HD Video of Harris' Remarks WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris spoke out on the importance of protecting the Special Counsel and the current investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Harris' statement comes in light of bipartisan legislation recently introduced in the Senate that would protect the Special Counsel from being fired for reasons other than good cause. Media reports have indicated that … Continue Reading

April 19, 2018

Harris, Cortez Masto Introduce Legislation to Shine Light on Hazardous Occupational Exposures

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) introduced the Environmental Justice Right to Know Act - legislation to address shortcomings in the disclosure of ingredients in pesticides and personal care products. Workers who handle these personal care products-in hair salons, nail salons, and agricultural settings-are often women from low-income communities or communities of color. These workers are more likely than the general population to … Continue Reading

April 18, 2018

Bipartisan Hack DHS Act Unanimously Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, the Senate unanimously passed by voice vote the bipartisan Hack Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Act introduced by U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to strengthen cyber defenses at DHS. The Hack DHS Act would establish a bug bounty pilot program - modeled off of similar programs at the Department of Defense and major tech companies - that uses vetted "white-hat" or ethical hackers to … Continue Reading

April 11, 2018

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Designating April 11-17, 2018 as Black Maternal Health Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, on International Maternal Health and Rights Day, and in an effort to raise awareness about the alarming Black maternal health crisis, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris and her colleagues introduced a resolution to designate April 11-17, 2018 as Black Maternal Health Week. Senator Harris was joined by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), … Continue Reading

April 11, 2018

Harris Questions Judicial Nominee on History Advocating Against Women’s Healthcare

HD Video of Harris' Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris pressed Wendy Vitter, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana nominee, on her extensive record of advocacy against women's healthcare. Harris noted Vitter moderated a panel in 2013 titled "Abortion Hurts Women's Health" in which Vitter suggested attendees discuss with their physician a brochure claiming oral contraception leads to "more … Continue Reading

April 10, 2018

Harris Presses Zuckerberg on Accountability, Transparency Failures

HD Video of Harris' Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris pressed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on his company's decision not to notify 87 million Facebook users in December 2015 that their data had been stolen and used by a political firm. The public became aware of the stolen data after a New York Times report on March 17, 2018. Facebook began … Continue Reading

April 09, 2018

Harris, Collins Introduce Legislation to Support Animals Rescued by Federal Government

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, in recognition of National Dog Fighting Awareness Day on April 8, Senators Kamala. D. Harris (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Help Extract Animals from Red Tape (HEART) Act, bipartisan legislation that would expedite the disposition process for animals seized in federal animal fighting cases, hold offenders financially responsible for the care of animals in custody, and allow courts to take into account the animals' welfare when considering legal … Continue Reading

April 05, 2018

Harris on Stephon Clark: “A Life That Should Not Have Been Lost”

SACRAMENTO - Speaking at a town hall in Sacramento today, Senator Kamala D. Harris addressed the tragic shooting of Stephon Clark. During her remarks, Harris expressed grief for the family, the community and called for the need for reform. As Attorney General, Harris introduced the first Procedural Justice and Implicit Bias training in the state. Key Quotes: … "there is no question that that was a life that should not have been lost. That is a life that should not have been ended. I … Continue Reading

April 05, 2018

Harris, Warren, Booker, Colleagues Question ICE on Policy Allowing Increased Detention of Pregnant Women

Reports of Mistreatment and Miscarriages in ICE Facilities; 506 Pregnant Women Detained Since December 2017 Text of letter (PDF) Washington, DC - United States Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) today sent a letter to Deputy Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Thomas Homan, requesting information on a recent policy change allowing for the increased detention of … Continue Reading

April 03, 2018

Harris, Feinstein Urge Defense Sec Mattis to Waive Recoupment of Camp Pendleton Police Officers’ Pay

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following reports that approximately 100 civilian police officers at Camp Pendleton and Naval Station Fallbrook have been asked to return excessive pay as a result of an administrative error, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein urged Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to waive the recoupment of this pay in a letter today. In the letter, the Senators said efforts to retrieve these funds are "unfair" and requested the collection process be halted immediately. "We … Continue Reading

April 03, 2018

Harris, Senators Demand Answers on the EPA’s Move to Gut Vehicle Emissions Standards

Move to weaken standards threatens consumer savings, energy independence, and the environment WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) requested that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt explain the revised so-called final determination on the historic 54.5 mpg fuel economy emissions standards. The … Continue Reading

April 02, 2018

Harris Statement on EPA Decision to Weaken Clean Car Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement today on the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to target California by weakening vehicle emissions standards. Last year, Harris pressed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on upholding California's Motor Vehicle Pollution standards at his confirmation hearing. Harris cited Pruitt's refusal to commit to upholding California's motor vehicle pollution standards among her reasons for voting against his … Continue Reading

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