Minority Press

July 31, 2020

Intelligence Committee Democrats Request Answers from DHS Intelligence on Role in Tracking and Suppressing Portland Protests

Washington - Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined all her Democratic colleagues on the Senate Intelligence Committee to send a letter requesting that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provide information to the committee about the role that its Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) has played in responding to the protests in Portland, OR. The letter was also signed by Senators Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Angus King (I-Maine), … Continue Reading


July 31, 2020

Feinstein, Hirono, Murray, Colleagues Urge Support for Immigrants in Coronavirus Relief Legislation

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and a group of their colleagues to urge Majority Leader McConnell to support tax-paying immigrant families who have Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITIN) by ensuring they have access to economic relief payments provided in the CARES Act and any future coronavirus relief package. An estimated 20 million immigrants work in essential industries. These immigrants, particularly … Continue Reading


July 30, 2020

Feinstein: Election Will Happen on November 3

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on President Trump suggesting the election should be delayed: "President Trump today once again attacked the integrity of our election system, this time even suggesting the election should be delayed. "Tactics like undermining electoral processes and trying to push back elections are common, but never in the United States. Mail-in voting is safe and secure. My home state of … Continue Reading


July 29, 2020

Senators to Administration: Honor State, Local Requests Concerning Federal Law Enforcement Deployments

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and 13 colleagues today called on the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security to coordinate closely with state and local officials and honor their wishes with respect to the deployment of federal law enforcement personnel, including in Portland, Ore. They also called on the agencies to provide information on what federal forces have been deployed as … Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Feinstein, Hassan, Colleagues Call on Facebook to Stop Spread of Climate Change Disinformation on Its Platform

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and a group of their colleagues to urge Facebook to stop the spread of climate change disinformation on its platform. In their letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, the senators detail how Facebook's decision to label climate change content as "opinion content" has prevented fact checks on misleading or false information on climate change, which emboldens climate deniers and promotes the spread of … Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Senate Judiciary Democrats Press Graham to Move on John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and all Senate Judiciary Democrats on a letter pressing Chairman Lindsey Graham to expeditiously hold a hearing and markup on the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (S. 4263) - a bipartisan bill with 48 Senate cosponsors to restore the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act that John Lewis risked his life to secure. With the late John Lewis lying in state within the Capitol … Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Feinstein: DACA Rollback Jeopardizes Dreamers

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) issued the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security's decision to roll back Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) protections: "The Trump administration today said it will reject new DACA applications and limit the duration of renewals. This is clearly another attempt to undermine the program despite last month's Supreme Court ruling that rejected the Trump administration's effort to … Continue Reading


July 22, 2020

Feinstein, Hirono, Klobuchar, Colleagues Call on Trump Administration to Help Secure Access to PPE to Conduct November Election Safely During Pandemic

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and a group of their colleagues to send a letter to Vice President Mike Pence and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor urging them to take immediate action to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sanitizing supplies for election and poll workers-and voters-ahead of the November 2020 election. Guidance from the Centers for Disease … Continue Reading


July 22, 2020

Feinstein: Mail-in Voting Safe, Secure

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement rebutting President Trump's repeated claims that mail-in voting would lead to a "rigged" election: "It's deeply troubling that the president continues to insist that mail-in voting would result in a rigged election. Mail-in voting is secure, and during the coronavirus pandemic, it's the safest way for Americans to exercise their right to vote. "U.S. service members have voted by … Continue Reading


July 21, 2020

Feinstein: Census Executive Order is Unconstitutional

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on the president's executive ordering banning undocumented immigrants from being counted for congressional apportionment in the census: "The Constitution is clear when it comes to the census - it must count all people for apportionment. The president's executive order would exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted for apportionment in the 2020 Census. "This executive … Continue Reading


July 21, 2020

Judiciary Democrats to 11th Circuit Judges: Explain Involvement in Florida Voting Rights Case Despite Commitment to Recuse

Washington-All 10 Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats today called on three members of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals - Judges Barbara Lagoa, Robert Luck and Andrew Brasher - to explain their involvement in Jones v. DeSantis, a case currently before the court concerning the voting rights of 750,000 Florida residents. None of the judges have disqualified themselves from participating in the case despite committing under oath during their Senate confirmation to recuse themselves from cases … Continue Reading


July 15, 2020

Feinstein to CBP: Address Alarming GAO Report, Protect Detained Immigrants

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today called on Customs and Border Protection to immediately implement recommendations by the Government Accountability Office to protect individuals in its custody. Following the deaths of migrant children in CBP custody, Senators Feinstein and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) last year requested the GAO examine the facility conditions for children detained by CBP. In a report issued today, the GAO found that CBP mismanaged … Continue Reading


July 15, 2020

Feinstein, Murray, Smith, Colleagues Urge Labor Department to Withdraw Proposal That Would Discourage Financial Advisors From Supporting Racial Justice

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and a group of their colleagues to submit a comment letter in response the Department of Labor's proposed rule that would discourage financial advisors from considering environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria. In their comment letter urging the Department to withdraw its proposed rule, the senators emphasize how ESG investing can be important in considering practices that … Continue Reading


July 14, 2020

Senate Dems Call on Administration to Comply With Supreme Court Decision, End Attack on DACA

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and a group of their colleagues to call on the Trump administration to immediately comply with the Supreme Court's decision rejecting the administration's rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and requiring the Administration to reopen DACA for new applicants. The Supreme Court announced its decision on June 18, with Chief Justice John Roberts calling the … Continue Reading


July 10, 2020

Feinstein, Harris to Administration: Don’t Deport International Students Taking Online Classes

Washington-Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) today called on the Trump administration to allow international students at colleges and universities who are taking classes online due to the coronavirus pandemic to remain in the United States. "The best and the brightest from around the world come to the United States to study, teach, and research," the senators wrote. "Approximately 162,000 international students chose California's thriving institutions of higher … Continue Reading


July 09, 2020

Members of Congress to President Trump: Remove Policies Discriminating Against LGBTQ Individuals

Washington-Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) and 116 members of Congress today called on President Trump to direct the federal government to remove all regulations, executive orders and agency policies that discriminate against LGBTQ individuals. The letter comes after the Supreme Court ruled in Bostock v. Clayton County that prohibitions on sex discrimination in federal civil rights laws … Continue Reading


July 08, 2020

Feinstein on Contraceptive Coverage Supreme Court Ruling

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the Supreme Court's 7-2 decision allowing employers to deny contraceptive coverage to employees for religious reasons: "The Supreme Court today upheld regulations put in place by the Trump administration that allow employers with religious or moral objections to deny their employees access to contraceptives. This ruling significantly undermines access to … Continue Reading


July 07, 2020

Senators Request Full Implementation, Enforcement of the Death In Custody Reporting Act

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and a group of their colleagues to write to Attorney General William Barr calling for the immediate, full implementation and enforcement of the Death in Custody Reporting Act. "One stark, staggering fact is that there exists no reliable metric on the number of law enforcement-related deaths that occur each year because DOJ has failed to implement and enforce the DCRA," the senators wrote. "To be clear, … Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Feinstein, Whitehouse Introduce Bill to Combat Dark Money in Judicial Nominations

Washington-Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today introduced the Judicial Ads Act to combat the rise of anonymous political donations - known as dark money - in judicial nominations. The identity of donors who fund advocacy efforts for judicial nominees, unlike donors who do the same for political candidates, are not required to be disclosed. As a result, judges can oversee cases involving litigants who spent millions to get them on the bench, creating the … Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Feinstein, Klobuchar, Udall, Colleagues Urge Department of Justice to Address Mass Closure of Polling Locations in Tribal Communities

Washington - Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and a group of their colleagues to send a letter to Attorney General Barr expressing serious concern regarding the mass closures of polling locations in Tribal communities due to the coronavirus pandemic. The senators are asking for a commitment from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to work with Tribal governments to find solutions that do not disenfranchise Native American voters. … Continue Reading

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