Press Releases

September 27, 2017

In HSGAC Hearing, Sen Harris Presses Acting DHS Sec Duke on Puerto Rico Response and DACA

Under Harris' questioning, Duke commits to providing Congress with a DHS lead for Puerto Rico response HD VIDEO of Harris' questioning at today's hearing AUDIO of Harris' questioning at today's hearing WASHINGTON, D.C. - In today's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris raised concerns over the Trump Administration's handling of the response to the crisis in Puerto Rico, including granting a waiver for the Jones Act which restricts which … Continue Reading


September 25, 2017

Senator Harris, Lawmakers Call for Extension of DACA Renewal Deadline in Wake of Storms

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the wake of three massive storms that have disrupted the day-to-day lives of millions of people in the United States, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris and a group of 37 Senators today called on the Trump administration to extend the crucial Oct. 5 deadline for Dreamers to renew their DACA status. The group made the request in a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke. "These major hurricanes significantly disrupted day to day living and operations in … Continue Reading


September 22, 2017

Sen. Harris at Black Women’s Agenda Luncheon: “Black Women’s Agenda Should Be America’s Agenda”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, member of the Congressional Black Caucus, delivered remarks and accepted the President's Award at the Black Women's Agenda, Inc. 40th Annual Symposium Workshop and Awards Luncheon. Founded in 1977, the Black Women's Agenda seeks to improve the lives of Black women and girls through developing strategies and providing resources to its member organizations. During her remarks, Harris discussed the importance of the Black Women's Agenda at … Continue Reading


September 18, 2017

Sen. Harris Praises Passage of Annual Defense Bill, Includes Key Provisions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris praised the final passage of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which contains bipartisan provisions drafted by Harris that will directly support California's military and defense community: "This bill ensures our brave service members have the equipment, support, and benefits required to defend our nation, and improves military readiness, capacity, and modernization," said Harris. "My amendments, introduced … Continue Reading


September 13, 2017

Senators Harris, Sanders and 15 Democratic Colleagues Introduce Medicare for All Act

Click Here for Facebook Live Video (Harris begins at 44 min mark) WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, and 15 members of the Democratic caucus introduced legislation to guarantee health care to every American by expanding and improving Medicare. "Healthcare should not be thought of as a partisan issue - it's a nonpartisan issue," Harris said. "Cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure affects folks around our country regardless of whether they … Continue Reading


September 12, 2017

Durbin-Harris Amendment Would Keep Non-Citizen Military Personnel From Discharge Due To Immigration Status

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to retain military personnel in the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program until their background screenings are completed. Because of a backlog in the screening process, it is estimated that between 1,000 and 1,800 MAVNI … Continue Reading


September 08, 2017

Harris, Senate Democrats Introduce Students Before Profits Act

Legislation protects students from deceptive practices and bad actors in the for-profit college sector WASHINGTON, D.C. - After President Donald Trump and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos last week named a former official of the fraudulent DeVry University to direct the Department of Education unit in charge of combatting fraud, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris joined Senate Democrats in reintroducing the Students Before Profits Act, a bill to protect students from deceptive practices and … Continue Reading


September 06, 2017

Senator Harris Remarks at DACA Press Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, delivered remarks alongside House and Senate Democrats at a press conference denouncing President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. During her remarks, Harris highlighted the contributions Dreamers make to California and our nation's economy, and called for a vote on the DREAM Act in … Continue Reading


September 05, 2017

Senator Harris Statement on Trump’s Decision to End DACA/Declaración de la Senadora Harris sobre la decisión de Trump de Rescindir a DACA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and co-sponsor of the DREAM Act and the Agricultural Worker Program Act, released the following statement: "DACA recipients make our nation strong and represent the best of America. The President's decision undermines our nation's values and is a cruel betrayal to the … Continue Reading


August 29, 2017

Senator Harris Hosts California Mayors’ Roundtable in San Jose

SAN JOSE - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris convened a group of California Mayors at a roundtable at the San Jose City Hall to discuss the diverse needs of California communities including infrastructure, bail reform, immigration, jobs, and public safety. "California's Mayors are at the forefront of every issue we are working on in Washington and I'm grateful for the opportunity to meet with them today," said Senator Harris. "Today's convening was a chance for me to hear their thoughts on … Continue Reading


August 28, 2017

Senator Harris to Dreamers: We Made a Promise to You, and We Must Keep It/Senadora Harris a los Dreamers: Les Hicimos Una Promesa, Y Debemos Mantenerla

LOS ANGELES - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, held a roundtable at the Downtown UCLA Labor Center with eight Dreamers, who are protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The young people, brought to the United States as children, would also benefit from the DREAM Act - a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Senator Harris that would ensure permanent resident status to … Continue Reading


August 22, 2017

Senator Harris at Lake Tahoe: We Must Come Together to Promote Environmental and Economic Growth

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris delivered remarks at the 21st Annual Lake Tahoe Summit, an event focused on discussing the restoration of the Lake Tahoe region. Senator Harris joined federal, state, and local leaders at the event, including fellow California Senator Dianne Feinstein and Nevada Senators Dean Heller and Catherine Cortez Masto. Key Excerpts: "When we look out at this lake, it is about understanding that nature has given us, with no cost … Continue Reading


August 21, 2017

Harris, Senate Homeland Security Democrats Call for Hearing on Domestic Violent Extremism

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris and her Democratic colleagues on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee are asking for a hearing on violent white supremacism following the domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville that killed one woman and injured many others. In a letter to Committee Chairman Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Senators Kamala D. Harris, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Tom Carper of Delaware, Jon Tester of Montana, Heidi Heitkamp of North … Continue Reading


August 01, 2017

Sen. Harris Statement on Vote to Confirm Christopher Wray

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris today released the following statement on her vote to confirm Christopher Wray as the next FBI Director: "For the past seven months, the President and his Administration have subverted long-standing norms that protect our system of justice. The President fired the FBI Director because of the investigation into Russia's attack on our democracy. The President criticized the Attorney General's necessary recusal in the Russia investigation, implied it's … Continue Reading


July 28, 2017

Senator Harris Joins Colleagues to Urge Secretary Mattis Not to Implement Ban on Transgender Servicemembers

Transgender service members have been serving openly since the policy was changed in June 2016; no military branch has reported any issues associated with their service Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris joined onto a bipartisan letter signed by 44 additional Senators to Secretary James N. Mattis urging him to advise the President against implementing the announcement he made via Twitter Wednesday that transgender Americans can no longer serve in the military. This announcement … Continue Reading


July 28, 2017

Harris Statement on Failure of Affordable Care Act Repeal

WASHINGTON - Tonight, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement on the failure of the Republican efforts to repeal the ACA and strip millions of their health care coverage: "Tonight, the message sent by the American people was vindicated: Republicans must no longer play politics with people's lives. Tonight, veterans and working families who rely on Medicaid are more secure. Seniors in nursing homes and children with complex medical conditions are more secure. And cancer … Continue Reading


July 27, 2017

Senator Harris, Democratic Senators Call on President Trump to Protect Dreamers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, joined Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and 39 of their Democratic Senate colleagues today on a letter to request President Donald Trump use his executive authority to the greatest extent possible to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides temporary relief from … Continue Reading


July 26, 2017

Senator Harris Statement on Trump Forcing Transgender Individuals out of the Military

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement on the President's decision to remove all transgender individuals from serving in the military: "The President's decision to force transgender individuals out of the military is discriminatory, wrong, and un-American. We should not punish or turn away courageous people who are willing to risk their lives to serve our country-we should embrace them. "The President's claim that the service of transgender … Continue Reading


July 25, 2017

Senator Harris Statement on Vote to Begin Debate on Health Care Repeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement after Senate Republicans voted to proceed with debate on repealing health care: "We are better than this as a country, and the American people deserve more from us as their representatives. This vote to consider a bill that kicks more than 20 million people off of their health care is utterly shameful, but we cannot throw up our hands when it is time to roll up our sleeves. This is about the child with a … Continue Reading


July 24, 2017

Sen Harris: Bail Reform is a Matter of “Economic Justice”

BALTIMORE - Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris delivered remarks at the annual Federal Policy and Legislative Workshop at the NAACP's 108th National Convention, an event to highlight public policy issues facing the African-American community. Harris discussed the practice of money bail, which requires individuals awaiting trial to remain in jail unless they pay for their release. Last week, Harris joined Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to introduce The Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017, a … Continue Reading

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