Press Releases

April 02, 2018

Senator Harris, Colleagues Call on HUD to Keep Words “Free from Discrimination” in Mission Statement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following reports that Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Ben Carson is considering removing the words "free from discrimination" from the mission statement of HUD, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris led colleagues in calling for the words "free from discrimination" to remain in the agency's mission statement and for HUD to commit to expand its work to eliminate housing discrimination. "We are writing to express our deep concern that the Department of Housing and … Continue Reading

March 30, 2018

Harris, Colleagues Call on Homeland Security Committee to Hold Hearing on 2020 Census

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following the Commerce Department's announcement that the 2020 Census will include a question about respondents' citizenship status, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris led her Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee colleagues in sending a letter to Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) calling for a hearing on the 2020 Census and for Secretary Wilbur Ross to testify. "We are deeply concerned about the recent announcement by the Commerce Department that it plans to add a new … Continue Reading

March 29, 2018

Harris, Senators Push Back on FCC Proposal to Cut Phone and Broadband Service from Struggling Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, along with Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), today called on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to drop the agency's recent proposal to cut phone and broadband service from struggling Americans who might not otherwise have access to basic … Continue Reading

March 28, 2018

Harris and Twenty-Four Senators Call For Full Funding Of Refugee Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris joined a letter with 24 of her colleagues to Senate appropriators this week, calling for robust funding for programs affecting refugees and other vulnerable migrant populations. The letter follows President Trump's budget request for fiscal year 2019 which seeks to slash funding for critical humanitarian programs. The President's proposed cuts would underfund key refugee resettlement accounts at a time when the world is grappling with the … Continue Reading

March 27, 2018

Senator Harris, Colleagues Call on Top Justice Officials to Commit to Protect the Special Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris joined a group of her Senate Judiciary Committee Democratic colleagues in calling for a public commitment to protect the integrity and independence of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation by the top officials who follow Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in the Department of Justice's line of succession. The senators' request follows growing concern about possible political interference in Mueller's inquiry. "We have … Continue Reading

March 22, 2018

Harris, Bipartisan Senate Colleagues Announce Funding For Election Security

Funding was First Proposed in the Secure Elections Act WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris and a bipartisan group of senate colleagues last night announced the inclusion of election security funding in the Omnibus Appropriations bill to be voted on this week. The bill includes $380 million for states to make election security improvements, implement cybersecurity guidelines, and replace outdated electronic voting machines. This funding was first proposed in the Secure Elections … Continue Reading

March 22, 2018

After Reports of Open Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Investigation, Harris and Klobuchar Encourage FTC to Thoroughly Investigate Facebook for All Potential Breaches of Americans’ Personal Data

In 2011, a consent decree was negotiated to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaints that Facebook was deceiving consumers by sharing or publicizing private user information; Recent reports detailing Cambridge Analytica's misuse of that data raise questions about whether Facebook is in compliance with the terms of that consent decree WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following reports that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) opened an investigation this week, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and … Continue Reading

March 21, 2018

Harris Statement on Senate Passage of SESTA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement today on her vote in favor of: H.R.1865: SESTA (The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017) - FOSTA (Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017): "Victims of sex trafficking should be protected and have the ability to seek justice. That's why, from my earliest days as a prosecutor, I've led the fight against Backpage and other sex trafficking platforms. And I am proud to support the … Continue Reading

March 21, 2018

Harris Presses DHS Officials on Election Security Priorities Ahead of 2018 Midterms

HD Video of Harris' Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing today to examine election security, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris pressed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on whether the Department is prioritizing providing election security assistance ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Last month, Harris also pressed DHS Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke and Acting Under Secretary Christopher Krebs on what steps the … Continue Reading

March 19, 2018

Harris Statement on Vote Against McAleenan as CBP Commissioner

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement today on her vote against Kevin McAleenan to serve as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection: "The management of trade and people through our ports and borders is a critical responsibility that's vital to national security, public health and our economy. To fulfill that responsibility, we must have a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner with effective management capabilities, a sense of … Continue Reading

March 14, 2018

Harris Statement Opposing Bill to Deregulate Big Banks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement today on her vote against the so-called "Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act" that will roll back bank regulations in Dodd-Frank: "The American people deserve an economy where Main Street is protected from the excesses of Wall Street. After 2008, when Wall Street recklessly triggered the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, Congress put in place a number of common-sense … Continue Reading

March 14, 2018

Harris at Judiciary Committee Hearing on Gun Violence: “What We Need is Congress to Act”

HD VIDEO WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, on the one month anniversary of the tragic shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris participated in a Judiciary Committee hearing on how Congress can work to ensure that mass shootings like at Stoneman Douglas, and senseless acts of gun violence, can be prevented in the future. Harris began her remarks by expressing solidarity with the students walking out of their schools across the country today in memory … Continue Reading

March 13, 2018

At Judiciary Hearing, Harris Highlights Importance of FOIA and Open Government Data

HD Video of Harris' Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today to examine the Trump Administration's progress on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris questioned witnesses on whether the high cost of litigation is a barrier to individuals and organizations when agencies are non-compliant with FOIA requests. In her questioning, Harris also highlighted the OpenJustice initiative she introduced as Attorney General of California, … Continue Reading

March 13, 2018

Ahead of Trump’s Visit to California, Harris, Feinstein Lead CA Congressional Delegation in Raising Concerns Over Administration’s Immigration-Related Actions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, ahead of President Trump's first trip to California, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif) and Representatives Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) and Lou Correa (CA-46) led a group of their colleagues in a letter that raises concerns over the Trump Administration's targeting of their state through numerous immigration-related actions, and their threat to California's public health, safety, and economy. "We are deeply troubled by the misguided legal … Continue Reading

March 13, 2018

28 Senators to EPA: Don’t Weaken Rules Protecting Workers & Children from Toxic Pesticides

Harris, Udall, Booker, Blumenthal, Feinstein lead Senate letter expressing alarm at EPA decision to "reconsider" basic protections against dangerous pesticides WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) led a group of 28 Senate Democrats in expressing alarm at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision to reconsider two federal … Continue Reading

March 12, 2018

ICYMI: Harris at 7th Annual Y for Youth Luncheon: “Our youth have always been our future”

SAN FRANCISCO - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris delivered remarks on Friday at the YMCA's 7th Annual Y for Youth Luncheon in San Francisco, an event celebrating young leaders who have succeeded in the face of adversity and are making an impact in their communities. Harris reflected on the connection between education and public safety, the challenges facing the country today, and the past and present movements that have been fueled by young leaders, including the Civil Rights Movement and … Continue Reading

March 07, 2018

At Intelligence Hearing, Harris Highlights Risks of Interim Security Clearances

HD Video of Harris' Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing today to examine security clearance reform, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris questioned U.S. government witnesses on the factors that determine whether someone can access classified information, including foreign financial obligations and other issues that can lead to conflicts of interest or vulnerabilities such as blackmail. In light of reports that high level officials in the Trump … Continue Reading

March 07, 2018

Harris Amendments on Training, Emergency Alerts and Oversight Adopted in Bipartisan DHS Reauthorization Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris introduced five amendments into H.R. 2528, legislation to reauthorize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Harris' amendments were adopted through bipartisan consensus and include modifications to strengthen training, communication and guidance for DHS law enforcement, provide for innovative partnerships with the private sector to tackle cybersecurity challenges, … Continue Reading

March 05, 2018

Harris Calls Interior’s Public Engagement On Offshore Drilling Plan Inadequate, Demands Local Voices Be Heard

Harris joins Senators in demanding a 60-day extension of the public comment period, additional public meetings in rural and coastal communities WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris joined 22 Senators in a letter to Secretary Zinke requesting an extension of the March 9, 2018 deadline to submit comments on the Draft Proposed Program for the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2019-2024 and on scoping for the required Programmatic Environmental Impact … Continue Reading

March 05, 2018

Harris Statement on DACA Deadline

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement today on the deadline President Trump arbitrarily chose to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: "Dreamers are Americans in every way but on paper. They have grown up in our communities and pledge allegiance to our flag. They're contributing to our economy and thriving in our universities, workforce and military, including 220,000 in California alone. Dreamers represent the best of who … Continue Reading

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