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.
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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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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.
Harris, while attending a forum with AFSCME members, noted the critical role people who work in public service play, particularly during crises, saying, “it is you who do all the work and is going to do the responsive work about the shooting of El Paso. It’s about the county workers, it’s about state workers, it’s about public service and it’s about first responders.”
Harris unveiled her plan to achieve universal health care coverage by expanding Medicare through private insurers, which many characterized as a middle ground between Medicare for All and the Affordable Care Act.
Harris released a plan to invest $60 billion in historically black colleges and universities.
Harris, together with Senators Cory Booker and Marco Rubio, introduced legislation to establish the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys which would investigate potential civil rights violations affecting black males and study the disparities they experience in education, criminal justice, health, employment, fatherhood, mentorship and violence.
Harris announced plans to introduce legislation, the Water Justice Act, to ensure all Americans have access to safe, affordable drinking water. The bill would invest nearly $220 billion in clean and safe drinking water programs, with priority given to high-risk communities and schools.
Harris to Introduce Bill That Would Protect Home Care and Domestic Workers from Harassment and Discrimination
Sen. Kamala Harris and Rep. Pramila Jayapal will introduce the National Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights to extend civil rights protections against sexual harassment and racial discrimination to house cleaners, nannies and home care workers.
By linking the price of drugs to their prices in other countries, Harris’ plan aims to lower drug prices and rein in pharmaceutical companies.
Releasing a plan to address the racial wealth gap, Harris proposed a $100 billion federal program to help black people buy homes by providing down payment and closing cost assistance.
“Harris proposes to create a new $25 million program aimed at fighting racial bias in maternal care by directing grants to medical schools, nursing schools and other training programs intended to improve care for African American women.”
“You can’t go around talking about the Golden Arches, as a symbol of the best of America, when you are not conducting yourself in the best way in terms of supporting the working people of America.” Harris also reaffirmed her support for a $15 minimum wage, a ban on right-to-work laws, and “Medicare for All.”