Press Releases

March 11, 2019

Harris, Feinstein Call For Withdrawal of Kenneth Lee nomination to the Ninth Circuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein (both D-CA) have sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, asking the Committee not to move forward with a hearing on Kenneth Lee's nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In the letter, the Senators highlighted that Lee has repeatedly failed to turn over dozens of controversial writings, including on voting rights, race, and civil rights. The Senators noted that this not … Continue Reading


March 11, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Limit Use of Solitary Confinement

Senators also press Acting BOP Director to take measures to address significant increase in the use of restricted housing in the Federal prison system WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chris Coons (D-DE), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) last week introduced legislation to reduce the Federal Bureau of Prisons' (BOP) use of solitary confinement and improve conditions for inmates separated from … Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Harris Joins 24 Senators in Pressing President Trump to Designate Venezuela for TPS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In light of the ongoing violence and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela caused by the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined 24 Senators in a letter to President Donald Trump requesting that his Administration promptly designate Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to ensure that Venezuelan nationals currently present in the United States are not forced to return to Venezuela at this time. "As the United States and … Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Protect Military Families Living in Private Housing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein yesterday introduced the Ensuring Safe Housing for our Military Act, a bill to address health, safety and environmental hazards in private contractor-provided military housing. The legislation is in response to a recent Reuters investigation that found hazardous living conditions in privatized military housing throughout the United States, including service members and their families living in homes with persistent mold … Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Harris, Clarke Reintroduce Legislation to Commission Statue Honoring U.S. Representative Shirley Chisholm

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) reintroduced a bill directing Congress to commission a statue of former U.S. Representative Shirley Chisholm to be displayed in the United States Capitol. Currently, there are four statues and busts in the United State Capitol representing African-Americans, including Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Sojourner Truth. Companion legislation will also be introduced today in the House of Representatives by … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Harris Joins Colleagues to Reintroduce Legislation to End Student Loan Debt Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined a group of 42 members of Congress in reintroducing the Debt-Free College Act, legislation that will reverse the growing student debt crisis in the United States. The bill restores a path to affordable college by providing states incentives through matching grants to increase investments in public higher education and provide students with debt-free college. "Students in America should be able to go to college to further … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Harris Joins Colleagues to Reintroduce Bill to Stop Trump Administration from Detaining and Shackling Pregnant Women

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined her colleagues to reintroduce the Stop Shackling and Detaining Pregnant Women Act. The legislation would protect the health and safety of pregnant women and youth by reinstituting the presumption of release of pregnant women and youth in immigration detention, further prohibiting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from shackling pregnant women in its custody, and setting new standards of care and transparency … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Harris, Colleagues Demand Hearings On Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined 37 Democrats in a letter to U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC), chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, on Wednesday calling on him to hold hearings on universal background checks legislation, which is supported by 97% of Americans. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. Harris co-sponsored the Senate counterpart bill, the Background Check Expansion Act, which is currently … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

In Response to Harris Questioning, Border Patrol Commissioner Coldly Denies Responsibility for Safety of Children

Full Video of Harris' Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) questioned Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Kevin McAleenan on CBP's duty to ensure the safety of children who enter their custody and are later handed off to HHS custody. Harris' questioning came on the heels of numerous reports of sexual abuse or harassment of migrant children in HHS-Office of Refugee Resettlement shelters. HARRIS: Do you … Continue Reading


March 04, 2019

Harris, Hirono Lead Call to Pass Disaster Relief Supplemental that Includes Funding for States, Tribal Nations, and U.S. Territories

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) led nine other senators in urging the bipartisan leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives to pass disaster supplemental legislation that includes much needed relief for states like California and Hawaii, Tribal Nations, and U.S. Territories. "We urge you to immediately bring up for consideration disaster supplemental appropriations that are sufficient to meet the needs of all affected … Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

Harris Reintroduces Legislation to Protect Civil Rights of All Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris reintroduced the Do No Harm Act, legislation to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to ensure that the law can no longer be invoked to threaten fundamental civil and legal rights. Since its 1993 inception, RFRA has been used to discriminate against and harm others, including LGBTQ individuals, women, and children. Companion legislation will also be reintroduced today in the House by Representatives Joe Kennedy (D-MA) … Continue Reading


February 26, 2019

Harris, Merkley, Cortez Masto Reintroduce Bill to Reunify and Protect Immigrant Families

Harris, Merkley, Cortez Masto Reintroduce Bill to Reunify and Protect Immigrant Families WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) reintroduced the Reunite Every Unaccompanied Newborn Infant, Toddler and Other Children Expeditiously (REUNITE) Act, a bill to establish a permanent system of coordination between agencies and non-governmental organizations to expedite the reunification of separated immigrant families … Continue Reading


February 26, 2019

Harris Statement on House Resolution Opposing President’s National Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) released the following statement today after the House passed a resolution opposing the president's national emergency declaration: "I applaud my colleagues in the House for voting to overturn the president's efforts to declare a fake emergency and circumvent Congress to jam through his ineffective border wall. Dozens of national security experts, both Republicans and Democrats, say there is no factual basis for an emergency declaration … Continue Reading


February 23, 2019

Harris Statement on San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) released the following statement today on the passing of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi: "I was shocked and deeply saddened last night to learn of the passing of my friend Jeff Adachi. Jeff was a national leader in advocating for the rights of the accused and due process, an outspoken fighter for justice and police accountability, and a fierce and talented advocate for his clients. "In the 30 years I knew him, I always … Continue Reading


February 21, 2019

Harris Statement on Administration Backing Away from Negotiations Over Clean Car Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) released the following statement today after the Trump administration announced an end to negotiations with California over federal fuel economy standards and the state's ability to set its own tailpipe emissions standards: "Every American deserves the ability to breathe clean air and drink clean water. California has long led the nation in setting emissions standards that will improve air quality, combat climate change, and reduce our … Continue Reading


February 15, 2019

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

Harris, Collins Reintroduce Legislation to Support Animals Rescued by Federal Government WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) reintroduced the Help Extract Animals from Red Tape (HEART) Act, bipartisan legislation that would better prioritize the wellbeing of animals by speeding up the legal process for federal animal fighting cases, holding offenders financially responsible for the care of animals in custody, and allowing courts to take … Continue Reading


February 14, 2019

Senator Harris Statement on President’s Expected Declaration of a National Emergency

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, in response to the president's expected declaration of a national emergency in order to circumvent the authority of Congress and begin construction of a border wall, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) released the following statement: "This is ridiculous. I have opposed every effort to build the wall because the American people should not have to pay for the president's vanity project. We don't need … Continue Reading


February 14, 2019

Senators Harris, Booker, Scott Lead Unanimous Passage of Federal Anti-Lynching Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) asked for unanimous consent on the Senate floor to pass the bipartisan Justice for Victims of Lynching Act, legislation that would criminalize lynching for the first time in American history. The motion was passed, marking a historic step towards the first federal anti-lynching law in the United States. The legislation was introduced earlier today by Senator Harris, who was joined by her colleagues Senator … Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

Harris Joins Colleagues in Opposition to CFPB’s Payday Predator Protection Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined a group of 47 senators in opposing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) new attempt to gut its own payday protection rule. Today's push was joined by every member of the Senate Democratic Caucus. "Repealing this rule provides a green light to the payday lending industry to prey on vulnerable American consumers," wrote the senators in a letter to CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger. "In drafting these devastating … Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

Harris Joins Colleagues to Introduce Bill to Expand Social Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) joined her colleagues to introduce legislation to expand Social Security benefits and strengthen the retirement program for generations to come. The legislation would increase benefits by about $1,342 a year for seniors now making less than $16,000 annually and increase cost-of-living adjustments by more accurately measuring the spending patterns of seniors. "In the richest nation in the world, it is a travesty that so many … Continue Reading

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