Press Releases

May 04, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Call for $26 Billion in Next Coronavirus Relief Package to Support Research Workforce

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday joined Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) and 30 of their Senate colleagues in advocating for protections for the U.S. scientific research community during the coronavirus pandemic. Although coronavirus-related research is a current federal government priority, most other research has slowed or stopped due to closures of campuses and laboratories. The people who comprise the research workforce - graduate … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Call For Tax Credit Expansion To Help Working Families During Coronavirus Economic Downturn

Expansion Would Put Money in Pockets of Working Americans, Provide Badly-Needed Financial Resources as the COVID- 19 Economic Downturn Continues Into Next Year WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) and 34 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Senate Leaders calling for a temporary expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Harris Calls for Accurate COVID-19 Death Count During Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar pushing for an accurate count of COVID-19 fatalities. In response to the inaccurate death toll from Hurricane Maria, Harris introduced legislation in 2018 that was passed in to law to establish federal procedures for counting fatalities after a natural disaster. The study … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Harris Demands Answers On Administration’s Failures To Support California Small Businesses Amid COVD-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza expressing "great concern" about the administration's failure to provide assistance to California small businesses and demanding answers. Earlier this month, Harris and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) called on the Treasury and SBA to investigate the large disparity between California and other states in the … Continue Reading


April 30, 2020

Harris, Meeks Demand SBA Resolve Technical Difficulties Shutting Out Community Lenders from Accessing PPP Portal

Community Banks, MDIs, CDFIs Unable to Access SBA System in Race for PPP Funds WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Representative Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY) on Thursday sent a letter today to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Treasury Department regarding widespread reports by small community banks, Community Development Financial Institutions and Minority Depository Institutions experiencing technical difficulties with SBA's portal for PPP. Congress … Continue Reading


April 30, 2020

Harris, Feinstein, Western Democrats Press Forest Service on Wildfire Season Plans Amid COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and 8 Western Democrats in seeking answers on the planning efforts of the U.S. Forest Service to protect communities and firefighters heading into the upcoming 2020 wildfire season amid the COVID-19 crisis. Harris, Feinstein, and Wyden were joined by U.S. Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Martin … Continue Reading


April 30, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Ask About Political Interference In COVID-19 Response Following Ouster of Vaccine Development Head

Trump Administration reportedly removed Dr. Rick Bright as head of BARDA due to his insistence on scientifically vetted treatments Recent reports also raise questions about whether other personnel chosen for key leadership roles had relevant qualifications WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and 18 of their Democratic Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to … Continue Reading


April 30, 2020

Harris, Feinstein to Bureau of Prisons: Stop Spread of Coronavirus at Terminal Island

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Thursday called on Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal to explain what is being done to stop the spread of COVID-19 at the Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institution. The facility now has the highest COVID-19 infection rate of any federal prison in the country after at least 570 inmates - more than half the prison's population of 1,055 - tested positive for the virus. "The dramatic … Continue Reading


April 30, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Call on Trump Administration to Fill Gaps in COVID-19 Demographic Data and Mobilize Resources to Affected Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and 7 of their colleagues in sending letters to Vice President Mike Pence, head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calling on the Administration to fill the gaps in COVID-19 demographic data and mobilize resources to the hardest hit communities. They were joined by Senators Cory … Continue Reading


April 30, 2020

Harris Announces Legislation to Establish Task Force to Combat Racial and Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday announced the COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force Act, legislation to bring together health care and other policy experts, community-based organizations, and federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial leaders to confront the racial and ethnic disparities of the coronavirus pandemic head on. The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the urgent need to address long-standing inequities in our health care system. … Continue Reading


April 29, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Push to Strengthen Food Assistance Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) keeps food on the table, families from slipping into poverty WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) and 19 of their colleagues in urging Senate leadership to support and strengthen SNAP-also known as food stamps-to help ensure that families across America can keep food on their tables despite the mounting economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. … Continue Reading


April 29, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Urge House and Senate Leadership to Prioritize the Needs of People with Disabilities in the Next COVID-19 Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), along with Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), in sending a letter urging House and Senate leadership to prioritize the needs of people with disabilities as House and Senate leadership negotiates a fourth stimulus package to mitigate the health, social and economic impacts of the coronavirus … Continue Reading


April 29, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Push to Include $50 Billion Childcare Bailout in Next Coronavirus Relief Package

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senators Tina Smith (D-MN) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and 28 of their Senate colleagues in calling on Senate leadership to include a $50 billion childcare bailout in the next coronavirus relief package, saying it is indispensable part of the nation's response to the pandemic. "We write to strongly urge you to prioritize funding childcare in the next legislative package that responds to the public health and economic … Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Urge Bureau of Prisons to Release Critical Demographic Data as Country Confronts Coronavirus Pandemic

Preliminary data collected from the general public has shown that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is disproportionately impacting certain populations, including racial and ethnic minorities WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 13 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Director Michael Carvajal urging him to release system-wide demographic data in the BOP's public reporting of … Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Urge FCC to Coordinate With Other Federal Agencies to Inform Low-Income Families They Can Receive Broadband Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Representatives Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and 139 colleagues in both the House and Senate in urging Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to work directly with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ensure that the millions of Americans who are now eligible for the … Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Harris, Hirono, Murphy, Warren to USDA: College Students Need Access to SNAP During Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday joined Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), along with Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), in urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to immediately reverse its blanket denial of waiver requests and allow college students continued access to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits if they have become unemployed due to the pandemic. In their letter, the Senators noted that many college … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Harris, Warren, Hirono, Colleagues Blast Defense Secretary Esper Over DoD’s Failure to Adequately Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic

Slow and Disjointed Response to Outbreak Has Put Servicemembers at Risk and Undermined Readiness and Morale WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI), along with Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Ed Markey (D-MA), on Monday sent a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper expressing grave concern with the Department of … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Urge Administration to Take Action to Ensure Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Funds Reach Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and 20 of their colleagues in writing a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza, calling on the Administration to develop strong supervisory mechanisms to identify instances of unjust enrichment and ensure that Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds reach struggling small businesses who truly need the money. Recent reports indicate that the … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Urge Administration to Take Action to Ensure Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Funds Reach Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and 20 of their colleagues in writing a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza, calling on the Administration to develop strong supervisory mechanisms to identify instances of unjust enrichment and ensure that Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds reach struggling small businesses who truly need the money. Recent reports indicate that the … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Harris, Colleagues Urge Congress to Provide Housing Support for Domestic Violence Survivors During Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and 21 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Senate leaders asking that future legislation to address the coronavirus pandemic also include resources to meet domestic and sexual violence survivors' urgent housing needs, which have been exacerbated by stay-at-home orders, social distancing, and the ongoing economic upheaval caused by COVID-19. "Communities need a surge of … Continue Reading

Showing page   of 48