Minority Press

December 08, 2020

Judiciary Democrats to Barr: Explain Hiring Political Appointees to Civil Service Positions

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today led nine Judiciary Committee Democrats in calling on the Justice Department to explain the hiring of political appointees to civil service positions."The department recently hired John Lott, a pro-gun advocate who claims that widespread gun ownership can reduce crime," the senators wrote. "Although the department has confirmed that Lott was hired as a senior adviser in the Office of Justice Programs, it has … Continue Reading

November 23, 2020

Feinstein Statement on 2021 Committee Assignments

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today announced she will not seek the position of chairman or ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 117th Congress. Feinstein has served as ranking member of the Judiciary Committee since 2017 and previously served as chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and chairman of the Senate Rules Committee. She will continue to serve as a member of those committees next year, as well as remaining on the Senate … Continue Reading

November 19, 2020

Members of Congress Colleauges Call on Trump Administration to Halt Deportations of Victims of Medical Malpractice by ICE Doctor

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Representatives Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and a group of their colleagues to call on the Trump administration to halt any and all plans to deport the dozens of women who have come forward to report unnecessary and non-consensual medical procedures while detained at Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla, Georgia. The members … Continue Reading

November 18, 2020

Feinstein, Peters, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Block Trump Order Stripping Federal Employees of Critical Protections

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senator Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and a group of their colleagues to introduce legislation that would block the implementation of an October 21 executive order by President Trump, which created a new classification for federal employees, Schedule F. This harmful executive order would make it easier for the Administration to fire non-partisan civil servants with policy expertise. On October 21, President Trump signed an executive order that … Continue Reading

November 17, 2020

Feinstein, Grassley Bill to Confront Rising Threat of Methamphetamine Passes Senate

Washington-Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today applauded Senate passage of the Methamphetamine Response Act. Their bill declares methamphetamine an emerging drug threat that requires the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to develop, implement and make public a national plan to prevent methamphetamine addiction and overdoses from becoming a crisis. "The rise of methamphetamine in the United States is a serious cause for concern. In a … Continue Reading

November 13, 2020

Feinstein, Cortez Masto, Van Hollen, Cardin, Colleagues Urge Support of TPS Holders

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and a group of their colleagues to send a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in support of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders. The letter requests that an 18 month extension of status for TPS holders be included in the December appropriations package. Like millions across the country, TPS holders are facing unprecedented challenges due … Continue Reading

November 12, 2020

Feinstein to Graham: Follow Precedent, Stop Processing Judges During Lame Duck

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today called on Chairman Lindsey Graham to follow committee precedent and stop processing judicial nominations during the lame duck session of Congress. "Now that the 2020 election has concluded, it is clear that the American people have overwhelmingly rejected a second term for President Trump. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are already implementing their transition plan," … Continue Reading

November 12, 2020

Feinstein on One-Year Anniversary of VAWA Reauthorization Introduction

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) issued the following statement on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, a bill she introduced one year ago tomorrow: "Tomorrow marks one year since I introduced a Senate bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, which had already been passed by the House of Representatives. It's a shame the Republican-controlled Senate still refuses to bring it up for a vote. "Our bill isn't a Democratic or … Continue Reading

November 10, 2020

Feinstein Statement on Texas v. California Supreme Court Hearing

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in California v. Texas and Texas v. California, two cases to overturn the Affordable Care Act: "Today, the Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in two cases that could strike down the entire Affordable Care Act, leaving tens of millions of Americans without affordable health care in the midst of a global … Continue Reading

October 29, 2020

Feinstein, Menendez, Castro, Torres, Colleagues Call For Accountability Following Trump Administration’s Reckless Immigration Operation in Guatemala

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), Congresswoman Norma Torres (D-Calif.) and a group of their colleagues to call on the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) take immediate action to prevent U.S. immigration authorities overseas from conducting future unauthorized enforcement operations similar to the January 2020 incident exposed by the SFRC Democratic Staff's recent report. "The … Continue Reading

October 25, 2020

Feinstein Speaks Against Barrett Nomination

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today delivered remarks on the Senate floor against the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Video of her remarks is available here. "Just over a month ago, our country lost Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a leading voice for equality and fundamental rights. Justice Ginsburg's nomination was the first that I participated in when I came to the Senate 28 years ago. At her hearing, I had the … Continue Reading

October 22, 2020

Feinstein, Klobuchar, Colleagues Demand Explanation of Justice Department’s Sudden Change to Election Non-Interference Policy

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and a group of their colleagues to send a letter to Corey R. Amundson, Chief of the Department of Justice's Public Integrity Section, requesting an immediate explanation of the Department's recent decision to weaken its longstanding policy of non-interference with elections, which ensures that election fraud investigations do not affect an upcoming election. The department has long recognized that public … Continue Reading

October 22, 2020

Schumer And Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats Statement On Decision To Boycott Illegitimate Supreme Court Markup

Washington-Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats today released a statement on their decision to boycott tomorrow's markup of Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court: "This has been a sham process from the beginning. Amidst a global pandemic and ongoing election, Republicans are rushing to confirm a Supreme Court Justice to take away health care from millions and execute the extreme and deeply unpopular agenda that they've … Continue Reading

October 22, 2020

Feinstein, Murkowski Introduce Resolution Supporting Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Washington-Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today introduced a bipartisan resolution in support of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is observed in October. The resolution would raise further awareness about the ongoing problem of domestic violence in the United States and the struggles survivors face, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Domestic Violence Awareness Month encourages survivors to share their stories so that others will … Continue Reading

October 22, 2020

Feinstein Remarks as Judiciary Democrats Boycott Committee Vote on Barrett Nomination

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) delivered the following remarks on the Capitol steps as Senate Judiciary Democrats boycotted the committee vote to report Judge Amy Coney Barrett nomination to the Senate floor: Video of her remarks is available here. "Last week, committee rules were broken to set today's vote - and the Republicans broke the rules again by proceeding today without any Democrats present. … Continue Reading

October 22, 2020

Senate Democrats Denounce Trump Administration’s Historically Low Refugee Resettlement Goal and Push for Increased Admissions

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and a group of their colleagues to oppose the Trump administration's proposal to cap refugee admissions at 15,000 for fiscal year 2021-the lowest ceiling in the history of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program -and in urging the administration to increase refugee admissions. "The United States has a long, bipartisan legacy of providing refugees protection through resettlement-prior to 2016 we resettled an … Continue Reading

October 21, 2020

Feinstein, Warren, Senate Democrats to Attorney General William Barr: Stop Efforts to Gut the Affordable Care Act in Court

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and a group of their colleagues to send a letter to Attorney General William Barr, urging the Department of Justice to rescind its support of the Supreme Court lawsuit that seeks to invalidate the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the letter, the senators highlight how health insurance protections for millions of Americans are at stake in light of the current Supreme Court nomination fight and the ways in … Continue Reading

October 21, 2020

Feinstein, Durbin, Nadler, Lofgren Statement on Administration’s Consultation on Refugee Admissions

For third year in a row, administration violated law by failing to consult committees, set refugee admission number by Sept. 30 Washington-The Trump administration yesterday conducted its legally required consultation with members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. The Immigration and Nationality Act requires that by September 30, the president consult with members on the House and Senate Judiciary Committees and set the number of refugees that will be admitted to the country … Continue Reading

October 21, 2020

Feinstein: Barrett Hearings Confirmed Reproductive Rights Fears

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on Judge Amy Coney Barrett's remarks on reproductive rights during her nomination hearing: "Judge Amy Coney Barrett would give conservatives the votes necessary on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and end women's hard-fought right to make their own reproductive health decisions. "President Trump said he would appoint judges who would overturn Roe. It's clear that Judge … Continue Reading

October 15, 2020

Feinstein to Vote No on Barrett Nomination; Democrats Showed What’s at Stake in Hearing

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the conclusion of the Barrett nomination hearing: "Judiciary Committee Democrats had one goal this week: to show what's at stake under a 6-3 conservative Supreme Court - and we did that. We showed that Judge Barrett has a long history of opposing the Affordable Care Act and Roe v. Wade and represents the vote to overturn both. "The Senate is structured so the majority had … Continue Reading

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