Minority Press

May 14, 2020

Senators Introduce Bill to Ban Untraceable ‘Ghost’ Guns

Bill would require sellers of online gun-making kits to comply with federal firearm safety regulations Washington-Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala D. Harris (both D-Calif.) joined with Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and 12 senators today to introduce the Untraceable Firearms Act, a bill to ban "ghost" guns, untraceable guns built from kits or using 3-D printers. Reports indicate that the public health and economic crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have spurred an increase in … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Feinstein, Booker Introduce Bill to Help State, Local Prisons Test, Treat COVID-19

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Judiciary Committee member Cory Booker (D-N.J.) today introduced the COVID-19 Correctional Facility Emergency Response Act. The bill will help state and local governments provide COVID-19 testing and treatment for individuals in state and local correctional facilities. Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) introduced companion legislation in the House. In February, Senator Booker introduced a … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Feinstein, Klobuchar, Murray, Colleagues Urge Administration to Keep Voters and Election Officials Safe Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington - Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and a group of colleagues to send a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calling for the administration to issue updated and comprehensive guidance on safety measures to keep voters, poll workers and election workers safe during upcoming elections. Reports indicate that health officials have now linked over 50 cases of coronavirus to Wisconsin voters who showed … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Feinstein Calls for Hearing on Death of ICE Detainee, Conditions at Detention Facilities

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today called on Chairman Lindsey Graham to hold a committee hearing on safety at ICE detention facilities. Her call came in the wake of the death of Carlos Escobar-Mejia, a 57-year-old Salvadoran man in ICE custody at the Otay Mesa Detention Center in California who was being treated for COVID-19. "The death of Carlos Escobar-Mejia is deeply troubling," Senator Feinstein said Friday. "ICE is detaining … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Feinstein Statement on Killing of Ahmaud Arbery

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the video of the Ahmaud Arbery shooting: "The video released yesterday of the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery is horrifying. "It shows two white men pursuing a young, unarmed black man who was jogging through a neighborhood in Brunswick, Ga. They then shot him multiple times with a shotgun, killing him. "It's the right decision to refer this case to a grand jury for criminal … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Feinstein, Graham Introduce Bill to Support Secret Service Investigations, Accountability

Washington - Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to introduce a bill to improve accountability and bolster investigative priorities of the U.S. Secret Service. The U.S. Secret Service Mission Improvement and Realignment Act of 2020 would move the Secret Service from within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) back to its original location under the Department of the Treasury. While known primarily for protection, the Secret Service also performs … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Senators Introduce Resolution for Sexual Assault Awareness, Prevention Month

Washington-Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today introduced a bipartisan resolution in support of National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. "A sexual assault occurs almost every minute in our country but most won't be reported," said Senator Feinstein. "We need to remove the stigma associated with sexual assault so more victims are comfortable speaking out. Our resolution will … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Feinstein Remarks on Justin Walker Nomination for D.C. Circuit Court

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today highlighted concerns with Judge Justin Walker, President Trump's nominee to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals: "I want to begin by thanking the frontline workers who have spent untold hours responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. From doctors, nurses and first responders to grocery store workers, bus drivers and farmworkers, these men and women have helped keep us safe and well. I know I speak for all of us … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Feinstein Statement on Rollback of Campus Sexual Assault Protections


May 04, 2020

Feinstein, Grassley, Cornyn, Leahy Press FOIA Compliance During Pandemic

Washington - Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to request information about the federal government's ability to respond to public records requests in a timely manner in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to the Justice Department's Office of Information Policy (OIP), the senators, all members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, noted reports of decreased capability to process Freedom of Information Act … Continue Reading


May 04, 2020

Feinstein, Hirono, Booker, Colleagues Call on DOJ to Address Rise in Asian American Discrimination, Hate Crimes

Washington - Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and a group of their colleagues to call on the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Rights Division to take concrete steps to address the surge in discrimination and hate crimes against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) individuals. These steps are similar to those DOJ has taken in the past to address jumps in discrimination and hate crimes against a particular … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Feinstein Praises Canada for Banning Assault Weapons

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement after Canada imposed a ban on military-style assault weapons: "Canada made the right decision to ban military-style assault weapons in the wake of last month's deadly rampage. These weapons of war have but one purpose: to kill as many as possible as quickly as possible. They have no place on our streets. "The United States should follow Canada's lead and restore our own ban … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Feinstein, Klobuchar, Colleagues Urge Aggressive Antitrust Enforcement to Protect Consumers During Pandemic

Washington-Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and 13 colleagues sent a letter to Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Makan Delrahim and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons, urging the Department of Justice and the FTC to be vigilant in enforcing the antitrust laws and protecting consumers during and after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As COVID-19 has caused unprecedented volatility in American markets, challenges to protect competition and … Continue Reading


April 30, 2020

Feinstein, Harris to Bureau of Prisons: Stop Spread of Coronavirus at Terminal Island

Washington-Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala D. Harris (both D-Calif.) today called on Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal to explain what is being done to stop the spread of COVID-19 at the Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institution. The facility now has the highest COVID-19 infection rate of any federal prison in the country after at least 570 inmates - more than half the prison's population of 1,055 - tested positive for the virus. "The dramatic increase in cases … Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Feinstein, Blumenthal, Colleagues Seek DOJ Oversight of Textbook Company Merger

Washington - Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) to write to Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division, Makan Delrahim, to raise concerns regarding the proposed merger between Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education. "Approval of this merger risks further consolidation of an already concentrated market at the expense of students' pocketbooks, … Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Feinstein, Udall, Colleagues Call for Review of ICE Coronavirus Practices in Detention

Washington - Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and a group of their colleagues to call on the Department of Homeland Security inspector general to conduct a full assessment, including site inspections, of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities nationwide to evaluate whether the facilities' operations, management, standards, and conditions have adapted to address the threat of the coronavirus to both the staff and detainees. In … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Feinstein to ICE: Protect Detained Immigrants from Coronavirus, Allow Supervised Release

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today called on Immigration and Customs Enforcement to immediately reduce the risk of coronavirus infection among ICE detainees by exploring the supervised release of immigrants who don't pose a risk to national security or public safety and providing basic necessities to immigrants who remain in detention. "Because of this current crisis, ICE should explore the supervised release of vulnerable detained … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Feinstein Statement on 60-Day Immigration Ban

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on President Trump's proclamation pausing immigration for 60 days: "The president's proclamation halting most immigration for 60 days is a distraction at a time when we should be focused on fighting the pandemic and economic recovery. "The proclamation blocks most family-based immigration. Preventing families from reuniting won't help solve this crisis or protect American … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Senators Will Introduce Gun Safety Bill to Ensure Completion of Background Checks

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) today announced they will introduce the NICS Data Integrity Act, a bill that would allow the FBI to keep gun-purchase records until background checks are complete. Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) in February introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. Under current law, the FBI is required to purge incomplete … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Feinstein, Harris, Carbajal Send Second Letter to Bureau of Prisons Urging Assistance for Lompoc Penitentiary

Washington-Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala D. Harris and Representative Salud Carbajal (all D-Calif.) today sent a second letter to Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal re-emphasizing the need for rapid action to provide medical equipment and care facilities at the Lompoc U.S. Penitentiary, and asking for an update from the bureau on what is being done to protect the health of all within the facility and the broader community. "We are writing to you today to continue … Continue Reading

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