Press Releases

December 06, 2017

Senator Harris Questions FBI and Intelligence Officials on Terrorism Threats

HD VIDEO WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today questioned intelligence officials on the terrorist threat to the homeland after ISIS' territorial losses in Syria and Iraq. Harris questioned officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) on ISIS' increasing reliance on technology, especially social media. Harris began her remarks by … Continue Reading


December 06, 2017

Senator Harris Floor Remarks on Protecting Dreamers

HD Video WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris spoke yesterday on the Senate floor to show support for Dreamers and their contributions to America. Harris called for passage of the DREAM Act and stressed the urgent need to act before the end of the year to prevent the deportation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. Key Points from Senator Harris' Remarks: And I have been clear, along with my friend from Illinois, and several other colleagues, that any … Continue Reading


December 05, 2017

Harris Statement on Vote Against Nielsen as DHS Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, released the following statement today on her vote against the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen to be Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security: "The mission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is to secure our nation from threats while also safeguarding our deepest values. Unfortunately, this Administration has undermined that mission and put politics … Continue Reading


December 04, 2017

Harris, Senate Democrats Urge House Colleagues to Reject GOP Tax Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris joined a letter with Senate colleagues from California, Maryland, New York, and New Jersey, urging the 29 House Republicans who represent these states to oppose the Republican tax bill in light of a study finding that residents of these four states would pay higher taxes under the plan. Harris was joined in this letter by Senators Feinstein (D-Calif.), Van Hollen (D-Md.), Cardin (D-Md.), Schumer (D-N.Y.), Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Menendez (D-N.J.), … Continue Reading


December 02, 2017

Harris Statement on Passage of the Republican Tax Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today on the passage of the Republican tax plan: "The tax plan approved tonight by my Republican colleagues is shameful. Tonight, corporations and the top 1% of Americans won at the expense of middle class families. This is wrong and does not reflect the best of who we are as a country. "At a time when corporate profits are at an all-time high and pay for workers has … Continue Reading


November 30, 2017

Cornyn, Harris Introduce Bill to Reauthorize Program to Support Child Welfare Cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation today, S. 2173 - the Continuation of Useful Resources to States (COURTS) Act, to reauthorize the State Court Improvement Program (CIP), which provides formula grants to state courts to help them improve their handling of child welfare cases. The bill reauthorizes CIP for five years. "We must do everything we can to protect our nation's most vulnerable," said Senator Cornyn. "By … Continue Reading


November 28, 2017

Sens. Harris, Burr, Klobuchar and Rep. Speier Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Against Online Exploitation of Private Images

WASHINGTON. D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), alongside Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) today introduced the Ending Nonconsensual Online User Graphic Harassment (ENOUGH) Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation that will address the malicious exploitation of private, explicit images, such as "revenge porn" and "sextortion." Rep. Speier previously introduced a version of this bill in the 114th Congress, the Intimate Privacy Protection Act of … Continue Reading


November 28, 2017

At Budget Hearing, Harris Votes Against GOP Tax Plan

HD Video of Harris' Remarks WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a Senate Budget Committee hearing on the Republican tax plan, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris voted against the bill's passage out of committee, noting that it will make the majority of the American people worse off while benefiting the country's most fortunate. Harris urged her Republican colleagues to stop playing politics with people's lives and to pursue a solution to improve the lives of working families. "Instead of giving corporations a … Continue Reading


November 27, 2017

PHOTOS: Senator Harris CODEL Visit to Israel and the West Bank

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last week, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris returned from a visit to Israel and the West Bank, where she met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, members of civil society, technologists, academics, students, and international organizations. Harris traveled to Israel and the West Bank to express support for the Israeli and Palestinian people and governments, and to consider shifting regional security dynamics. She also visited some of the world's foremost leaders in the … Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Harris, Feinstein Request State Department Waive Passport Replacement Fees for Californians Impacted by Wildfires

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein (both D-CA) called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to waive passport replacement fees for Californians impacted by the devastating wildfires. "We write on behalf of the Californians whose passports have been lost, damaged, or destroyed by the spate of wildfires that devastated our state in October," the senators wrote. "We respectfully request that you issue clear guidance in order to waive passport replacement … Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Harris, Feinstein Call for Waived Fees for California Wildfire Victims Replacing Immigration Documents

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif.) sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services urging them to waive fees for individuals whose immigration and naturalization documents were lost, damaged, or destroyed as a result of the recent California wildfires. The wildfires burned more than 245,000 acres of land and destroyed 8,900 homes and structures, leaving 100,000 Californians … Continue Reading


November 15, 2017

Harris & 23 Democratic Senators Call On DHS To Accept DACA Applications Delayed By Postal Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris and 23 Democratic Senators sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expressing their concern with recent reports that DHS has rejected renewal requests for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that were received after the application deadline due to U.S. Postal Service processing delays and called on the department to take immediate action to reverse this decision. A similar letter in the House led by U.S. … Continue Reading


November 14, 2017

Senator Harris Statement on Vote Against Nielsen as DHS Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the committee's vote on the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen to be Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security: "A strong and effective Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is one that safeguards the American people, our homeland, and our values. Under the leadership of this Administration, those values have been threatened, … Continue Reading


November 09, 2017

Ahead of Senate GOP Tax Bill Release, Harris and Feinstein Introduce Legislation to Protect Earthquake Loss Mitigation Incentive

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senators Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif.) introduced legislation to prevent earthquake mitigation incentives from being taxed at the federal level. The Earthquake Mitigation Inventive and Tax Parity Act of 2017is the Senate companion to H.R.1691, introduced by Congressmen Paul Cook (CA-8) and Mike Thompson (CA-5), and its introduction comes ahead of Senate Republicans' tax bill expected to be released on Thursday. "Investments in efforts to … Continue Reading


November 08, 2017

Harris Presses DHS Secretary Nominee on DACA Recipients and Immigration Enforcement at Sensitive Locations

HD Video of Harris' First Round of Questioning HD Video of Harris' Second Round of Questioning WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris questioned the nominee for Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Secretary (DHS), Kirstjen Nielsen, on her commitment to protecting Dreamers, as well as on DHS' immigration enforcement priorities. Nielsen committed to Harris that if confirmed, DACA … Continue Reading


November 07, 2017

Senator Harris Applauds Bipartisan Group of California Mayors Opposing GOP Tax Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris applauded a bipartisan group of 24 California mayors who oppose the House tax proposal that would partially repeal the state and local tax (SALT) deduction. The mayors outlined their opposition in a letter to their Members of Congress. The State and Local Tax Deduction (SALT) is an important federal tax provision that allows taxpayers to reduce the amount of federal taxes they owe. Under the federal tax code, taxpayers are allowed to … Continue Reading


November 07, 2017

Harris, Sullivan Introduce Legislation to Upgrade Cybersecurity at U.S. Ports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the face of growing cybersecurity threats to America's critical infrastructure, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today introduced S. 2083, the Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act of 2017. This legislation would incorporate best practices in cybersecurity policy into the Department of Homeland Security and Coast Guard … Continue Reading


November 06, 2017

Senator Harris Launches Investigation into Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Alkermes Regarding Opioid Addiction Treatment Manipulation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, launched an investigation into Alkermes, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, regarding its efforts to artificially boost sales of Vivitrol, a treatment drug for opioid addiction. Recent reports have revealed that Alkermes attempted to increase sales of its own product while contributing to misconceptions about other medications used in the fight to combat the opioid … Continue Reading


November 03, 2017

Senators Announce Support of Bipartisan Bill to Combat Sex Trafficking

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) today announced their support of the bipartisan Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), a bill to crack down on sex trafficking and ensure justice for victims. "Sex trafficking is a despicable crime that is too often facilitated by nefarious websites like Backpage. These companies knowingly profit off the pain of others and must be held accountable," said the senators. "This … Continue Reading


November 02, 2017

Harris, Feinstein Statement on FCC Proposal to Strengthen Wireless Emergency Alerts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris and Dianne Feinstein (both D-CA) today released the following statement in response to the FCC’s plans to move forward on updating the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system. The FCC’s announcement follows a letter Harris and Feinstein sent to FCC Chairman Pai that raised concerns about the limitations of the WEA system:“Californians should have certainty that when disaster strikes, they will be alerted as soon as possible. That means critically … Continue Reading

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