Kamala HarrisU.S. Senator
Kamala Harris is a U.S. Senator from California. Previously, she was the District Attorney of San Francisco and later the Attorney General of California.
Unions and Workers
She supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and legislation that would make it easier for working people to form unions.
Joined striking fast food workers on the picket line in Las Vegas.
Attended the National Forum on Wages and Working people on April 27.
Supports universal health coverage and has co-sponsored both a federal public option that would co-exist with employer-sponsored and other private insurance, as well as Medicare for All legislation that would create a single-payer system.
Supports legislation to provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and to reunite families, ensure immigrants have access to legal counsel, and provide alternatives to detention. Absent legislation, she has released detailed plans to immediately reinstate and expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which protects DREAMers from deportation, and also protect others with ties to their communities, provisions that she estimates will protect 6 million currently undocumented immigrants. She has also pledged to increase oversight of the immigration enforcement agencies, close private detention centers, and reverse Trump’s Muslim ban.
As Attorney General of California, worked to hold Exxon Mobil accountable for its role in hastening the effects of climate change. Supports the Green New Deal.
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Senators Booker, Sanders and Harris introduced a bill to create a Bureau of Prescription Drug Affordability and Access to lower prices for prescription drugs for consumers.
Harris told union members in Las Vegas that she would ensure working people could maintain their private health insurance under her plan to expand coverage.
Harris introduced a bill this week to push the end of the school day from 3pm to 6pm in effort to support low-income families who can’t afford child care.
Harris announced her plan to hold utility companies accountable for their role in misleading the public about climate change.
Harris released a plan to provide government-paid family and medical leave for six months. People who earn less than $75,000 would receive a full wage replacement during their leave with progressively smaller benefits for higher income people.
“I have fought with organized labor throughout my career and I’m proud to stand in solidarity with McDonald’s workers in Iowa fighting for the wages and benefits they deserve,” Harris said.
Harris released a new plan that calls for major reform of the criminal justice system by reducing the prison population, creating national standards in policing, and making sure incarcerated people are treated humanely.
Harris released her climate plan that would create a carbon-neutral economy by targeting companies that produce greenhouse gas emissions while ending subsidies for the fossil-fuel industry.
Harris criticized the Trump administration’s immigration raids she said were intended to instill fear in immigrant communities, make people afraid to go to work, and ultimately undermine the census by discouraging participation.
Harris Introduces New Health Care Plan in Response to Union Members’ Concerns About Medicare for All
Harris released a new health care plan that provides a 10-year transition to a single-payer system, saying part of the reason for her shift was listening to union members’ concerns.