Press Releases

Jul 31, 2015

Statement on Obama Administration announcement of pilot program to allow incarcerated Americans to receive Pell Grants and take college courses

Rep. Bass, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after the federal Department of Education announced the Second Chance Pell Pilot program that will allow Americans in both state and federal prisons to receive Pell Grants and pursue the post-secondary education:

Jul 23, 2015

Rep. Bass introduces bipartisan legislation to ensure foster youth can continue to receive crucial housing and healthcare through age 23

Issues: Foster Care & Adoption

As part of her work to ensure that foster youth are successful as they move into adulthood and to combat some of the startling statistics about former foster youth, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) today joined the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth co-chairs Reps. Tom Marino (R-PA), Jim McDermott (D-WA), Jim Langevin (D-RI), Diane Black (R-TN) and Trent Franks (R-AZ) to introduce H.R. 3160, the "Foster Youth Independence Act of 2015."

Jul 22, 2015

Rep. Karen Bass hosts U.S.-Africa trade forum to examine next steps following AGOA's reauthorization

Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Africa Subcommittee, welcomed more than 120 participants, including members of the African private sector, diaspora and civil society, Obama Administration officials and the African diplomatic corps, to the first Congressional public forum on the future of U.S.-Africa trade now that President Obama has signed legislation that will extend the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for 10 years.

Jul 10, 2015

Mandela Washington Fellows stress role of youth for strong African governance today and in the future

In their first public event this year, the 2015 Class of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program of President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) were welcomed to the U.S. Capitol by Rep. Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the House Africa Subcommittee, for the latest edition of the "Africa Policy Forum."

Jul 9, 2015

Reps. Bass, Lieu join FAA officials, constituents to discuss future of Santa Monica Airport

Following meeting with Santa Monica and Los Angeles residents, both members of Congress agree that it is time to close the airport.

Jul 1, 2015

Statement on President Obama's decision to reestablish diplomatic relations, reopen embassies with Cuba

Issues: Foreign Policy

Congresswoman Karen Bass released the following statement after President Obama announced that the Administration has reached a deal with Cuba to reestablish diplomatic relations and reopen embassies.

Jun 25, 2015

Statement on House and Senate Voting on Final Passage of AGOA

Issues: Foreign Policy, Jobs & the Economy, U.S.-Africa Policy

Rep. Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the Africa Subcommittee, issued the following statement after the House voted final passage of the reauthorization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

Jun 25, 2015

Statement on Senate Passage of AGOA

Congresswoman Karen Bass issued the following statement after the Senate voted to pass H.R. 1295, the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, which includes the reauthorization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

Jun 11, 2015

Statement on House passage of African Growth and Opportunity Act

Issues: Foreign Policy, Jobs & the Economy, U.S.-Africa Policy

Rep. Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the Africa Subcommittee, issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1295, the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, which would extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

Jun 10, 2015

Bass statement on Department of Education Corinthian College announcement

Rep. Karen Bass issued the following statement after the Department of Education announced that it will forgive student loans for people impacted by Corinthian Colleges' closing campuses.

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