Press Releases

May 13, 2020

Harris, Markey, Warren, Blumenthal, Murphy Introduce Legislation Requiring Airlines Return Billions to Consumers During Coronavirus Pandemic

New legislation will require that airlines offer full cash refunds for all cancelled tickets during the ongoing public health emergency WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) on Wednesday introduced the Cash Refunds for Coronavirus Cancellations Act of 2020. This legislation would require major airlines and third-party ticket sellers to offer full cash refunds for all … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Nutrition Equity Bill for Puerto Rico, Samoa and Northern Mariana Islands

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Representative Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) and 16 of their colleagues in introducing the Equitable Nutrition Assistance for the Territories Act of 2020 to ensure that in the face of the economic, public-health, and food-security crises posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the people of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa receive equal access to the … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Harris, Murray Push for Water Affordability in Next Coronavirus Relief Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Patty Murray (D-WA) on Tuesday sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy demanding a comprehensive investment in water affordability in the next coronavirus relief package. Last year, Senator Harris introduced the Water Justice Act, landmark legislation that would invest $250 billion in water safety, affordability, and … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Harris, CA Lawmakers Statement on EPA Dedicating $300 Million to Combat Tijuana River Pollution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Representatives Susan Davis (D-CA), Mike Levin (D-CA), Scott Peters (D-CA), and Juan Vargas (D-CA) on Tuesday announced the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted its expenditure plan to Congress dedicating the entire $300 million appropriated in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act to address the problem of toxic sewage flowing across the border into San Diego County. The … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Harris, Clyburn, Fudge Partner to Introduce VoteSafe Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and U.S. Representative James E. Clyburn (D-SC), House Majority Whip, along with U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH), on Tuesday introduced the VoteSafe Act, legislation to expand voting options and improve the safety and accessibility of polling places across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. "As our country combats COVID-19, we're also in the middle of an election year," said Sen. Harris. "It is critical that we meet voters … Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Harris Demands Independent DOJ Investigation into Ahmaud Arbery Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday demanded that Attorney General William Barr launch an independent investigation into the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, and into the Glynn County District Attorney's Office and the Glynn County Police Department's handling of this case. Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old African American man, was fatally shot on February 23rd while jogging in Glynn County, Georgia. No arrests were made in the case until after a video showing Arbery being … Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Push to Expand Delivery for SNAP Recipients During Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday joined Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and 26 of their colleagues in calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to immediately work to ensure SNAP participants can receive home food delivery and curbside pickup during the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, Harris introduced legislation expanding and strengthening SNAP benefits for vulnerable community members. In the letter to USDA, the Senators wrote, "The COVID-19 pandemic has … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Harris Demands Transparency on Distribution of COVID-19 Drug to Hospitals

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar demanding transparency on the distribution of remdesivir, an investigational antiviral drug, to hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis. The letter follows reports of the department's failure to equitably distribute the drug to areas with high rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths, and areas … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Harris, Sanders, Markey Introduce Bill to Provide Monthly $2,000 Payments During the COVID-19 Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Ed Markey (D-MA) on Friday introduced the Monthly Economic Crisis Support Act, legislation that provides a monthly $2,000 check to those struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic. As rent comes due and bills continue to pile up, Americans desperately need assistance to financially survive this crisis. "The coronavirus pandemic has caused millions to struggle to pay the bills or feed their … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Harris, Neguse, Warren, and Lieu Call for Price Gouging Measures to Be Included in Next COVID-19 Stimulus Package

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Congressman Joe Neguse (D-CO), along with Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA), in sending a letter to House and Senate leadership calling for provisions from the Price Gouging Prevention Act to be included in the next COVID-19 stimulus package. The legislation, introduced by the group a few weeks ago protects against price gouging during health emergencies and natural disasters by establishing … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Push Comcast to Open Public Wi-Fi to Students Lacking Access at Home During COVID-19

In a letter to Comcast, lawmakers urge the telecom giant to help close digital divide as education moves online through COVID-19 crisis WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), along with Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), in urging Comcast to open all of its public Wi-Fi networks to the approximately 12 million American students who lack internet access at home, as schools rely on online education as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. In a … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Advocates, Experts Hail Harris & Pressley’s Bill To Save Small, Neighborhood Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) on Wednesday announced the Saving Our Street (SOS) Act, which supports small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis by providing them with grants of up to $250,000. The bill received praise from a number of small business advocates: "COVID19 has disproportionately impacted the black community, and the federal response to ameliorating the effects of COVID19 needs to reflect those gaps. NAN supports … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Push for Emergency Funding to Protect Children in Abusive Situations

Legislation Would Bolster Efforts by Child Protective Services and Non-Profits to Prevent Abuse WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the COVID-19 pandemic strains the child welfare system, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Bob Casey (D-PA), Doug Jones (D-AL), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) are releasing a draft of the Emergency Funding for Child Protection Act, which would provide $500 million in emergency funds for local child protective services and $1 million for … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Call on VA to Develop COVID-19 Testing Strategy at Facilities Nationwide

Lawmakers Press VA Secretary to Set Example for a National Testing Strategy WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and 16 of their Senate colleagues in calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ramp up Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing at VA facilities nationwide and establish a framework for a large-scale strategy for national testing. "In support of a nationwide testing strategy, VA can be a great … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Harris, Pressley Announce Groundbreaking Bill To Support Small Neighborhood Businesses During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Saving Our Street Act provides grants of up to $250,000 to neighborhood businesses WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) on Wednesday announced the Saving Our Street (SOS) Act, legislation that provides federal support to micro-businesses throughout America during the COVID-19 crisis. The SOS Act will lift up local economies and allow for neighborhood businesses to stay open during this crisis. "Neighborhood businesses … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Harris Statement on Judiciary Committee Hearing on D.C. Circuit Court Nominee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday released the following statement following the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Justin Walker's nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals: "Today's Judiciary Committee hearing revealed Senate Republicans' priorities. Rather than work to ensure thousands of workers on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak have proper protective equipment, or provide relief to parents trying to figure out how to put food on … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Harris, Ruiz Push to Include Additional Funding for Tribal and Urban Indian Health Facilities in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representatives Raul Ruiz (D-CA) and Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) on Tuesday led 55 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Senate leadership urging them to include additional funding for Indian Health Service (IHS), Tribal Health Programs and Urban Indian Health Organizations (I/T/U) to recover from significant COVID-19 related losses in revenue. "I/T/U facilities provide critical … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Harris, Scott, Thompson, McGovern, Davis, Join Chef José Andrés To Introduce The FEED Act

Bill allows feds to pay all costs to states to partner with restaurants and provide food to vulnerable populations WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Tim Scott (R-SC), and Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA), Jim McGovern (D-MA), and Rodney Davis (R-IL), joined Chef José Andrés and World Central Kitchen in introducing the FEMA Empowering Essential Deliveries (FEED) Act. This bill allows the Federal government to pay 100 percent of the cost to states … Continue Reading


May 04, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Call on DOJ to Proactively Address Coronavirus-related Anti-Asian Discrimination, Hate Crimes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday joined Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and 13 colleagues in urging the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Rights Division to take concrete steps to address the surge in discrimination and hate crimes against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) individuals. These steps are similar to those DOJ has taken in the past to address jumps in discrimination and hate crimes against a particular community. The … Continue Reading


May 04, 2020

Harris, Durbin Press for Emergency Funding to Combat Hate Crimes During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) on Monday called on Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL), and Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to ensure that communities have the resources necessary to combat hate-motivated violence following a documented increase in hateful incidents and messages targeting Asian-American and other minority … Continue Reading

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