Minority Press

June 19, 2018

Fact-Check: Bill to Keep Families Together Does Not Bar Prosecutions, Mandate Release

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement correcting false Republican statements about her bill, the Keep Families Together Act: "The legislation I have introduced, which has the support of all 49 Democratic senators, is simple and straightforward. It would prevent the separation of children from their parents at or near the border. Period. "Despite the misinformation spread by the RNC and others, the bill doesn't bar prosecutions or arrests. It … Continue Reading

June 19, 2018

Feinstein: Trump Wrong to Call Protections for Unaccompanied Children ‘Loopholes’

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement correcting the record on Trump administration mischaracterizations of laws that protect unaccompanied minors: "The Trump administration has falsely portrayed protections for unaccompanied immigrant children as so-called 'loopholes.' These laws provide basic humanitarian protections and due process rights, and it's simply wrong to call them 'loopholes.' "The plight of unaccompanied immigrant children first … Continue Reading

June 14, 2018

Feinstein Statement on Family Separation, Protections for Unaccompanied Minors

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today responded to House Republicans' proposal to roll back protections for unaccompanied minors in exchange for keeping families together: "There is no law that requires a child be taken from a mother's arms while nursing. This is the Trump administration's policy. President Trump could put an end to this immoral policy right now. "If family separation persists, Congress must take a stand and pass our … Continue Reading

June 14, 2018

Feinstein to Facebook: Clarify Relationship with Huawei

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to clarify his testimony about Facebook's relationship with Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications company that U.S. intelligence agencies consider to be a national security threat. "This letter is to follow up on your recent testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding Facebook's consumer data practices," Senator Feinstein wrote. "Recent … Continue Reading

June 14, 2018

Feinstein Remarks on Justice Department IG Report

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today spoke about the Justice Department inspector general's report on the 2016 election. Excerpt: "Throughout the Clinton investigation, Republicans in Congress demanded information from Director Comey and DOJ under subpoena and threat of contempt. Today, they're doing the same thing with the Mueller investigation. It was wrong then and it's wrong now." Senator Feinstein's full remarks … Continue Reading

June 12, 2018

Feinstein Remarks on Keeping Families Together

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today delivered remarks on the Keep Families Together Act, a bill to prevent the separation of immigrant children from their parents: "We continue to hear terrible news about how the government is removing children from their parents arbitrarily at the border. The Washington Post reported recently that a 39-year-old father committed suicide in a Rio Grande City jail last month one day after his 3-year-old son … Continue Reading

June 11, 2018

Feinstein Statement on Asylum Law Changes

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement in reaction to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to unilaterally change asylum law: "People seeking asylum in this country are among the most vulnerable. Victims of domestic violence have endured unspeakable trauma that's driven them to travel thousands of miles, many on foot. They deserve an opportunity to make their asylum case in court. That's not just my … Continue Reading

June 11, 2018

Feinstein Statement on Net Neutrality

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement in reaction to the end of net neutrality: "In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission under the Obama administration approved the Open Internet Order, the latest in a long series of measures taken by the FCC to protect and preserve the principles of net neutrality. This rule, like the rule it replaced, prohibited internet service providers from blocking, slowing down or charging more for access to … Continue Reading

June 08, 2018

Feinstein, Schatz, Colleagues Call On Credit Card Companies To Stand Against Gun Violence

Washington-Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) led eight senators in calling on credit card companies and credit card processing companies to take a stand against gun violence by encouraging their clients to improve public safety and save lives. "While your industry has used the "lawful purchase" standard with regards to firearm sales, there is a growing consensus in the private sector that companies can and should take additional action to address … Continue Reading

June 08, 2018

Senate Democrats Urge Trump DOJ To Reverse Decision Not To Defend Affordable Care Act In Court

Washington - Senate Judiciary Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today joined Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) in releasing a new letter to President Donald Trump urging him to reverse the administration's decision to not defend the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. President Trump promised that people with pre-existing conditions would retain … Continue Reading

June 08, 2018

Feinstein, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Halt Separation of Immigrant Families

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and 31 of her colleagues have introduced legislation to keep immigrant families together by preventing the Department of Homeland Security from taking children from their parents at the border. The Keep Families Together Act was developed in consultation with child welfare experts to ensure the federal government is acting in the best interest of children. The bill is supported by the American Academy of … Continue Reading

June 07, 2018

Senate Democratic Caucus Urges Speaker Ryan to Schedule Vote to Save Net Neutrality

Washington - The entire Senate Democratic Caucus today sent a new letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging him to schedule a vote on the Senate CRA resolution to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) disastrous decision to repeal the agency's 2015 net neutrality rules. Despite the resolution's bipartisan passage in the Senate 21 days ago, Speaker Ryan has failed to bring the resolution to the House floor for a vote. In addition to the letter, Democrats have launched a new … Continue Reading

May 24, 2018

Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Five Bills to Address Drug Overdose and Opioid Epidemic

Washington-The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved five bipartisan bills to combat the opioid and drug overdose epidemics, including one authored by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). "The opioid epidemic is a national crisis that demands our continued attention. There were more than 42,000 opioid-related drug overdose deaths in 2016 alone. More Americans were killed by opioids than car accidents. One of the keys to addressing this crisis is giving law enforcement the tools to go … Continue Reading

May 23, 2018

Feinstein: Protections for Immigrant Children Are Not ‘Loopholes’

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today delivered opening remarks at a subcommittee hearing on protections for unaccompanied immigrant children: "I was the principal author of the Unaccompanied Alien Child Act, and I'm concerned by the administration's efforts to gut the law and mischaracterize what it does. It appears the administration does not know the history or the real world impact of this law. Recently, I authored an op-ed in the … Continue Reading

May 23, 2018

Feinstein On Trump, Republican Attacks on Rule of Law

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on attacks on the Justice Department and Special Counsel Mueller's investigation: "President Trump's repeated attempts to undermine Special Counsel Mueller's investigation are unprecedented. He's now demanding that the Justice Department convene a partisan briefing to share highly-classified information about an open and ongoing counterterrorism and criminal investigation … Continue Reading

May 23, 2018

Feinstein, Harris, Colleagues Call on Sessions to Uphold Protections for LGBTQ Asylum Seekers Fleeing Persecution

Washington - Today, U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala D. Harris (both D-Calif.) led a group of their senate colleagues in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging that the Justice Department uphold a ruling by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) that provides protections for LGBTQ asylum seekers who are fleeing persecution. In the letter, the senators highlight the increasing threat of violence LGBTQ individuals face in many parts of the world. "LGBTQ individuals' access … Continue Reading

May 21, 2018

Feinstein to Rosenstein: Protect Special Counsel Investigation

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today outlined the legal case for protecting the special counsel's investigation and rebutted Chairman Grassley's assertion that Congress is entitled to sensitive information related to the open and ongoing investigation. Feinstein wrote: "Contrary to Chairman Grassley's assertion, the investigation clearly contemplates possible criminal charges, as warranted by facts developed over the course of the … Continue Reading

May 18, 2018

Feinstein Statement on Shooting at Santa Fe High School

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement in reaction to the shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas: "Yet another American community has been devastated by a barrage of gunfire. Yet another community has been forever changed by deadly violence in their school. "Every time this happens, I feel sick to my stomach. Only in America are school shootings commonplace. Only in America are students running out of their schools with their hands raised … Continue Reading

May 16, 2018

Feinstein, Grassley, Capito, Durbin Introduce Bill to Prevent Diversion of Opioids

Washington-Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced the Using Data to Prevent Opioid Diversion Act of 2018, legislation that will provide drug manufacturers and distributors with data to identify pharmacies that are suspiciously ordering prescription opioids. The bill also grants law enforcement authority to hold drug manufacturers and distributors accountable if they fail to use these this data to … Continue Reading

May 16, 2018

Preliminary Findings About Trump Campaign’s Effort to Obtain Incriminating Information on Secretary Clinton from Russia at Trump Tower Meeting

Washington- Senate Judiciary Democrats today released preliminary findings from the Committee's investigation into the June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting where top Trump campaign officials sought incriminating information on Hillary Clinton from a Russian lawyer. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Cory A. Booker … Continue Reading

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