Minority Press

January 16, 2020

Feinstein Remarks on Brasher 11th Circuit Nomination

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today highlighted concerns with Judge Andrew Brasher, President Trump's nominee to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Video of her remarks is available here. "I'm happy to support Judge Scott Rash. He has experience. I think he has the necessary judicial experience, received a ranking of 'well qualified' from the ABA. I will also be supporting [judicial nominee] Matthew … Continue Reading


January 16, 2020

Feinstein, Graham, Durbin, Colleagues Pass Bill to Keep Fentanyl-Related Substances Schedule I

Washington-Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) today applauded Senate passage of the Temporary Reauthorization and Study of the Emergency Scheduling of Fentanyl Analogues Act, legislation they authored to extend the Drug Enforcement Agency's temporary order making fentanyl-related substances Schedule I, a designation reserved for substances that have no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. "In 2018 there … Continue Reading


January 14, 2020

Feinstein on Preparations for Impeachment Trial

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement ahead of the expected opening of the Trump impeachment trial: "As the Senate prepares to begin the Trump impeachment trial, it's important that Americans understand just how serious this responsibility is. The Clinton impeachment was incredibly sobering, and I expect the same for this trial. "I've said repeatedly that I'm prepared to listen to the … Continue Reading


January 08, 2020

Feinstein to DHS: Don’t Deport Asylum Seekers to Dangerous Northern Triangle Countries

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today called on the Trump administration to stop deporting asylum seekers to Guatemala - which began late last year - and end efforts to deport them to Honduras and El Salvador over safety concerns and a lack of fair asylum systems in those countries. "Guatemala does not have the ability to protect or process these asylum seekers," Senator Feinstein wrote. Feinstein continued: "Its asylum … Continue Reading


January 06, 2020

Feinstein: Senate Should Subpoena Bolton

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on a subpoena of former National Security Advisor John Bolton: "Given John Bolton's willingness to appear before the Senate, I can see no reason not to call on him to testify. As President Trump's national security advisor, he had firsthand knowledge of the president's actions and thinking with respect to Ukraine. "In fact, if the Senate is to engage … Continue Reading


January 03, 2020

Feinstein: Court Should Uphold Roe, Reject Senate Republicans’ Amicus Brief

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on an amicus brief submitted by Republican members of Congress to the Supreme Court ahead of oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Gee: "Respect for precedent is a guiding principle of our federal legal system. That's why I led my Senate colleagues in an amicus brief in the June Medical case urging the Supreme Court to adhere to its longstanding reproductive rights precedents. "I am … Continue Reading


January 02, 2020

Feinstein Urges Senate Support for Impeachment Witnesses, Documents

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today called on her colleagues to support Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's call for key witnesses and documents related to the upcoming impeachment trial. "This is to request your support for the witnesses and documents requested in Senator Schumer's December 15 and December 23 letters," Feinstein wrote in a letter to all senators. "The House collected a significant amount of evidence during its … Continue Reading


December 30, 2019

Feinstein Condemns Anti-Semitic Attacks

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the series of anti-Semitic attacks in New York and New Jersey over the past week: "Saturday's horrific attack at a rabbi's home in Monsey, N.Y., was the latest in a string of anti-Semitic attacks in New York and New Jersey that should shake all of us to our core. "No one in this country should be fearful of practicing their religion, yet that's … Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Feinstein on 5th Circuit ACA Decision

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on the 5th Circuit decision regarding the Affordable Care Act: "After multiple failed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Trump decided to back a lawsuit that would take health insurance away from millions of Americans. "By ruling in favor of President Trump and against the Affordable Care Act, the 5th Circuit has endangered a law that … Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Feinstein on House Impeachment Vote, Senate Impartiality

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on today's House impeachment votes: "By approving two articles of impeachment, the House of Representatives has moved this process to the Senate for trial. "I served in the Senate during the Clinton presidency, and his impeachment was a very sobering experience. Only three times in our country's history has a president been impeached, and the weight of … Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

Feinstein, Grassley, Capito, Durbin Introduce Bill to Stop Flow of Drugs to Pill Mills

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was joined today by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in introducing the Preventing Pill Mills Through Data Sharing Act, a bill giving the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) additional tools to hold drug distributors, manufacturers and pharmacies accountable for identifying, reporting and stopping suspicious orders of controlled substances. "Thousands of opioids, often bought … Continue Reading


December 11, 2019

Feinstein Floor Remarks on VanDyke 9th Circuit Nomination

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today highlighted concerns with Lawrence VanDyke, President Trump's nominees to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. "I rise today in strong opposition to the nomination of Lawrence VanDyke to a Nevada seat on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. VanDyke's temperament and integrity have been called into question by his colleagues and the American Bar Association, which rated him "not … Continue Reading


December 11, 2019

Feinstein Speaks on IG’s FBI Russia Investigation Report

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today spoke about the key findings in the Justice Department inspector general's report on the FBI Russia investigation. Video of the remarks is available here. "Last year, this inspector general pledged to Congress that he would examine whether political bias played a role in the FBI's decision to investigate ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. The inspector general … Continue Reading


December 10, 2019

Feinstein Statement on Encryption

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today spoke on the need for authorities to have the ability to bypass encryption when investigating major crimes. Video of the remarks is available here. "I want to take everybody back to December 2, 2015. The place is San Bernardino, California. What happened was a mass murder: 14 were killed and 22 more were injured. But a cell phone was found at the scene of the crime. As … Continue Reading


December 10, 2019

Feinstein ‘Outraged’ by Death of Immigrant Child, Calls for Senate Hearings

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the death of a young immigrant boy in Border Patrol custody. Senator Feinstein also called on Chairman Lindsey Graham to hold hearings on the deaths of immigrant children. "Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez died in May while in Border Patrol custody in Texas, found by his cellmate lying on a concrete floor. Every single American should be outraged by what … Continue Reading


December 09, 2019

Feinstein Statement on IG Report on FBI Russia Investigation

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the Justice Department inspector general's report on the FBI's Russia investigation: "President Trump has frequently called the FBI investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia a 'hoax' and a 'witch hunt.' Today's Justice Department inspector general report shows that simply isn't the case. "Inspector General Horowitz … Continue Reading


December 03, 2019

Feinstein Floor Remarks on Pitlyk Eastern District Nomination

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today highlighted concerns with Sarah Pitlyk, President Trump's nominees to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Video of the remarks is available here. "I rise today in opposition to the nomination of Sarah Pitlyk to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Ms. Pitlyk's record is extremely troubling … Continue Reading


November 21, 2019

Feinstein Highlights Concerns with Ninth Circuit Nominees

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today highlighted concerns with Patrick Bumatay and Lawrence VanDyke, President Trump's nominees to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Video of the remarks is available here. "I believe Mr. Bumatay does not have the appellate experience required of those appointed to courts of appeals. Mr. Bumatay has only argued twice before any appellate court, state … Continue Reading


November 20, 2019

57 Leading Survivor Advocacy Organizations Endorse Feinstein’s VAWA Reauthorization Bill

Washington-Fifty-seven leading survivor advocacy organizations endorsed S.2843, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, a bill introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) last week and cosponsored by all 47 Democrats. Her bill is the Senate companion to a bill passed by the House of Representatives in April. The full list of supporters can be found here. The bill reauthorizes VAWA through 2024, preserves advancements made in previous reauthorizations and … Continue Reading


November 15, 2019

Feinstein Urges Justice Department to Prevent Drones from Interfering with Firefighting

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today called on the Department of Justice to exercise its legal authority to prevent drones from interfering with firefighting efforts in California and throughout the West. "Troubling reports have surfaced, such as on October 31, 2019, when the Ventura County Fire Department's aerial operations to contain the Maria Fire had to be halted when a drone was spotted in the immediate airspace," Senator … Continue Reading

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