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Feinstein, Padilla to Biden Administration: Raise Wildland Firefighter Pay

Washington—Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla (both D-Calif.) joined Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) on a bipartisan, bicameral letter calling on the Biden administration to establish a special pay rate for federal wildland firefighters to prevent staffing shortages as the fire season begins and wildfires continue to spread throughout the Western United States.             “As the […]

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Feinstein: Overturning Roe Will Endanger Lives, Eviscerate Constitutional Right to Choice

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement after reports that the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade:             “Make no mistake, if Roe v. Wade is overturned, women will be harmed and some will die. It happened before Roe became the law of the land and it will happen again, […]

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Feinstein, Padilla, Booker, Stabenow to Secretary Vilsack: Support California Prop 12

Washington—Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) today called on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to support California’s Proposition 12 before the Supreme Court.             In 2018, California voters passed Proposition 12, which set humane standards for farm animal products sold in California. Last month, the Supreme Court agreed […]

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Feinstein Applauds Biden Administration’s Ghost Guns Ban

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ proposed rule that would regulate untraceable firearms known as ghost guns:             “I support the Biden administration’s actions to ban untraceable firearms. Ghost guns have become the weapon of choice for criminals because they provide anonymity for […]

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Feinstein Statement on Confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court:             “Throughout the confirmation process, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson showed why President Biden nominated her. She displayed an exceptional legal mind, impeccable integrity and a commitment to impartiality – qualities that will make […]

Posted inRegional

Feinstein Secures $69 Million in Funding for Central Valley, Northern California Projects

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) applauded passage of the fiscal year 2022 government funding bill, which included more than $69 million in direct funding for Central Valley and Northern California projects that the senator requested from the Appropriations Committee.             “Fighting to ensure California gets its share of federal funds is a top priority for me,” […]

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Feinstein, Padilla Applaud Restoration of California’s Emissions Waiver

Washington—Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla  (both D-Calif.) today released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency reaffirmed California’s authority under the Clean Air Act to implement vehicle emissions standards that exceed federal clean car standards:             “We applaud the Biden administration’s restoration of California’s authority to set its own, stronger vehicle emissions standards. […]

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Feinstein Statement on Updated Forest Service Plan to Confront Western Wildfire Crisis

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today commended the U.S. Forest Service on its updated wildfire mitigation plan titled “Strategy for Protecting Communities and Improving Resilience in America’s Forests.”             “I’m pleased the U.S. Forest Service has released its 10-year implementation plan to confront the wildfire crisis in the West. This plan greatly expands the work that […]

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Feinstein Applauds House Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today applauded House passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This bill, which already passed the Senate, will help modernize the country’s infrastructure and create thousands of jobs. The bill will next go to President Biden for his signature.             “This bill is critical for the future of California. […]

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Federal funding bills include Feinstein requests for Nevada, Placer and Yuba counties

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today announced the Senate versions of the fiscal year 2022 government funding bills include nearly $62 million in direct funding for Central Valley and Northern California projects that the senator requested from the Appropriations Committee.             “The government funding bills recently released by the Senate invest heavily in California,” said Senator […]

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Feinstein: California Oil Spill Highlights Need to Ban Drilling Off West Coast

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the oil spill off the coast of Orange County:             “The oil spill off the coast of Orange County reiterates the perils of offshore drilling. A pipeline failure has leaked an estimated 126,000 gallons of oil, killing aquatic wildlife, threatening the health of local communities […]

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Feinstein on Passing of Ambassador Hormel

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the passing of former Ambassador James Hormel:             “San Francisco lost a great friend today. A philanthropist, civil rights pioneer and loving spouse and father, James Hormel lived an extraordinary life and will be deeply missed by many.             “I had the pleasure of working […]

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Feinstein: Bipartisan Bill Invests in California, World-Class Infrastructure

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the Senate passed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a bill that will modernize the country’s infrastructure and create thousands of jobs:             “The bill is the greatest investment in infrastructure I’ve had the privilege of voting for in the Senate. It will allow us […]

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Feinstein to Interior: Suspend Wild Horse, Burro Adoption Incentive Program

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today called on the Interior Department to suspend its Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Incentive Program over reports that some program participants have abandoned animals at slaughter auctions in direct opposition to the program’s requirements.             “I write with great concern regarding the attached New York Times article, which indicates that […]

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Feinstein Questions Forest Service Chief on Wildland Firefighting Issues

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today questioned U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen about ways the Forest Service can help address inequities in pay between federal and state wildland firefighters, an issue that makes it more difficult to hire and retain federal firefighters.             Video of the exchange is available here, and a full transcript follows: […]

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Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Reauthorize Lake Tahoe Restoration Act

Washington—Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla (both D-Calif.) today joined with Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen (both D-Nev.) to introduce bipartisan legislation to extend the authorization of the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act.             The original Lake Tahoe Restoration Act was passed in 2000 and authorized $300 million for the restoration of the lake […]

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Feinstein Remarks on Becerra Nomination to be HHS Secretary

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) submitted the following remarks to the Congressional Record on Xavier Becerra’s nomination to be Secretary of Health and Human Services:             “Madam President, I rise today in support of Xavier Becerra’s nomination to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.              I’m proud to have known Xavier […]

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Feinstein: NTSB Findings in Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash Confirm Need for Legislation

Washington February 9, 2021 – Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement after the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) gave an update on its investigation into the 2020 helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., that killed nine passengers including Kobe and Gianna Bryant:             “The NTSB’s findings reiterate the need to update existing helicopter […]

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Feinstein Joins Calls to Remove Trump from Office

Washington January 7, 2021 – Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement supporting efforts to remove President Trump from office:             “In the wake of yesterday’s violence at the Capitol – chaos directly incited by President Trump – we’ve seen numerous calls for his removal by impeachment or the 25th Amendment. I am […]