Press Releases

May 22, 2020

Harris, Feinstein Demand Protection for Domestic Violence Victims Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Friday sent a letter to Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) requesting relief for Family Justice Centers, which function to support domestic violence and abuse survivors, during the COVID-19 crisis. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been an increase in domestic violence cases across the nation. Last year, Harris … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Harris, McBath Demand Independent DOJ Investigation into Breonna Taylor Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Representative Lucy McBath (D-GA-06) on Friday demanded that Assistant Attorney General Eric S. Dreiband launch an independent investigation into the killing of Breonna Taylor, and into whether the Louisville Police Department has engaged in a pattern or practice of constitutional violations. On March 13, the Louisville Police Department entered Breonna Taylor's apartment to execute a drug search warrant, and allegedly fired 20 shots … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Praise Senate Passage of Resolution Marking National Minority Health Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Tim Scott (R-SC) and 14 of their colleagues in applauding the passage of the resolution recognizing April as Minority Health Month. As in previous years, the Senators introduce this resolution to raise awareness of the disparities in health care and health outcomes faced by minority populations including American Indians, Alaska Natives, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Hawaiians, … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Establishing “National Gun Violence Awareness Day”

To bring attention to the issue of gun violence, Americans are encouraged to wear orange on June 5 - this June would've marked Hadiya Pendleton's 23rd birthday WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and 15 of their colleagues in introducing a resolution in the Senate establishing June 5, 2020, as "National Gun Violence Awareness Day" and designating June as "National Gun Violence Awareness Month." U.S. … Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Urge FCC To Ensure Rural Tribal Communities Have Equal Internet Access

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and 16 Senate Democrats in a letter calling on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to request that the FCC extend the 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window by 180 days. Extending this deadline would allow Tribal governments additional time to secure access to unassigned spectrum over tribal lands suitable for both mobile coverage and broadband services as Indian … Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Harris Calls Out Johnson for Neglecting “Biggest Crisis” Since Creation of Homeland Security Committee

Full Video of Harris' Remarks WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday called out Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) Chairman Senator Ron Johnson for holding a political vote in the midst of a pandemic. In her remarks, Harris holds Johnson accountable for the failure of the committee to oversee vital government agencies who are in charge of the COVID-19 response. Harris stressed that the committee should be protecting the American people … Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Harris, Inhofe Praise Senate Passage of National Public Works Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) on Wednesday praised the passage of S. Res. 586, a bipartisan resolution designating this week as National Public Works Week. The resolution encourages the public to recognize and celebrate the important contributions that public works officials make every day to improve public infrastructure in the United States. "National Public Works Week honors the dedicated public works professionals who make vital … Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Announce DHS IG Will Examine ICE Detention Facilities COVID-19 Policies and Practices

Watchdog review comes at the request of Democratic Senators who raised concerns about ICE's ability to protect staff and detainees from coronavirus outbreaks in ICE facilities WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) in releasing a letter announcing that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (IG) will conduct a review of U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement's (ICE) efforts to prevent and mitigate the spread … Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Harris Pushes to Allow Furloughed Employees of Yosemite National Park to Stay in Housing During COVID-19 Pandemic

With only two weeks notice to leave, employees fear homelessness WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday sent a letter to Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and Aramark Corporation CEO John Zillmer urging them to reverse the decision to evict furloughed workers of Yosemite National Park, who reside in shared subsidized housing in the park, over fears of homelessness. The letter comes after reports that Yosemite National Park employees were told … Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Call to Secure U.S. Capitol Phone Networks

Bicameral Coalition Warns that Calls Between House and Senate Are Unencrypted and Vulnerable to Surveillance WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) with Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and 16 members of the House and Senate in sending a request to encrypt phone calls between the chambers to protect communications against foreign surveillance. "Congress must secure itself from the serious threat posed by … Continue Reading


May 18, 2020

Harris, Murray Urge DOL to Address Disparities for Workers of Color Exacerbated by COVID-19

Harris, Murray: "The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a bright light on … racial and gender disparities within our economic system that have persisted for far too long." WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Patty Murray (D-WA) on Monday urged Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia to address racial and gender disparities in our economic system that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and target support to workers of color, particularly women of color, … Continue Reading


May 18, 2020

Harris To Johnson: Committee Must Focus On COVID-19, Not Politics

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday sent a letter to Senator Ron Johnson, Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, demanding a hearing with administration officials who are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). There has not been a hearing in the committee with any administration officials handling the coronavirus crisis in over two months, yet this … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Harris, Sanders, Gillibrand, Booker, Warren, Markey, Merkley Introduce Emergency Health Care Guarantee Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and 5 of their colleagues in introducing the Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act to eliminate all out-of-pocket health costs for every person in America during the COVID-19 crisis. Along with Harris and Sanders, the legislation was cosponsored by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Edward Markey (D-MA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR). "The COVID-19 … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Harris, Rosen Lead Colleagues in Call for Funding for State Unemployment Agencies in Future Coronavirus-Related Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) led 11 of their Senate colleagues in a letter to Senate Leadership urging them to include additional funding for state unemployment agencies to upgrade their IT systems and increase hiring in future coronavirus-related legislation, with the goal of getting unemployment support to Americans faster. "We write to urge that forthcoming legislation in the Senate relating to the COVID-19 pandemic include additional … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Harris Leads Call for Accurate Count of Fatalities and Consistent Statistics During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday led her colleagues in a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar demanding an accurate death count and consistent statistics during the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this month, Harris urged FEMA and HHS to obtain an accurate count of COVID-19 fatalities based on legislation she passed in 2018. Since then, the Trump … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Harris, Duckworth, Hirono Introduce Resolution Condemning Anti-Asian Discrimination Caused by the COVID-19 Outbreak

Anti-Asian sentiment rises as the coronavirus continues to spread WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) on Thursday introduced a resolution condemning anti-Asian racism that has been prompted by the COVID-19 outbreak. In March, the FBI released an intelligence report finding that hate crimes against Asian-Americans were likely to surge with the spread of the virus. Since that report, we have continued to see hatred and … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Harris, Feinstein, Cornyn Bill Makes California, Texas Doctors Eligible for Loan Forgiveness

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and John Cornyn (R-TX) on Thursday introduced the Stopping Doctor Shortages Act, a bill to close a loophole in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program that excludes from eligibility certain physicians employed in California and Texas. The legislation is a Senate companion to a bill introduced in the House by Representatives Josh Harder (D-CA), Paul Cook (R-CA), Karen Bass (D-CA), Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) and … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Harris to Graham: Hold a Hearing on Spread of COVID-19 in Prisons

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday sent a letter to Senator Lindsey Graham, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, demanding a hearing addressing the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Prison's (BOP) response to the spread of the coronavirus in prisons. Prison facilities in California and across the nation are paying the price of the department's lack of preparation for COVID-19 in prisons. In March, Harris started demanding information about BOP's … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Harris, Menendez, Blumenthal Blast Facebook’s Continued Failure to Protect Users from Hate Speech and Misinformation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), along with Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), in blasting Facebook for its continued failure to protect users from the proliferation of hate speech and misinformation on its platform as the country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and prepares for the 2020 presidential election. In a letter sent to the social media giant, the senators also questioned the company's policy of not … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Harris, Senators Call For Creation of New Fund to Support Essential Frontline Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Wednesday wrote to Congressional leadership calling for the creation of a federal fund to reimburse essential frontline workers for costs incurred while serving the American public during the pandemic. The Essential Frontline Worker Compensation Fund would help workers safely stay on the job and afford medical costs, … Continue Reading

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