Press Releases

Nov 20, 2015

Rep. Bass introduces bipartisan legislation to curb recidivism, increase opportunities for ex-offenders

Issues: Civil Rights, Criminal Justice

In light of President Obama's work to stem over-incarceration, Congressmember Karen Bass introduced bipartisan legislation that would bolster the Administration's efforts to eliminate barriers to education for ex-offenders.

Nov 5, 2015

Rep. Bass introduces legislation to address Physician Assistant educational needs

Issues: Health Care

As the only former Physician Assistant (PA) now serving in Congress, Rep. Karen Bass introduced two pieces of legislation to make sure that people who want to become Physician Assistants have the ability to successfully attend college as well as making sure that Physician Assistant education programs have the resources they need.

Oct 5, 2015

Reps. Bass, McDermott introduce legislation to ensure former foster youth can keep health insurance in other states

Issues: Foster Care & Adoption, Health Care

Reps. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Jim McDermott (D-Wash.)—Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth—announced today they introduced H.R. 3641, the “Health Insurance for Former Foster Youth Act of 2015,” legislation that will close a loophole and guarantee that foster youth will still receive health insurance through Medicaid until they turn 26 years old regardless of their state of residence.

Sep 22, 2015

National Security Advisor Susan Rice headlines annual Africa BrainTrust looking at historic year in U.S.-Africa relations

As part of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Africa, welcomed more than 500 attendees to the annual “Africa BrainTrust.”

Sep 21, 2015

Congresswoman Bass hosts “Congressional Conversation” with Palms residents

Issues: Local Issues

For her sixth small meeting this year, she brought together over 70 Palms residents at the IMAN Cultural Center on Monday, September 21 to listen to their concerns and discuss the latest activities taking place in Washington, DC.

Sep 17, 2015

Statement on Unrest in Burkina Faso

Issues: Foreign Policy

Rep. Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the Africa Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding the actions by the Presidential Security Regiment in Burkina Faso.

Sep 2, 2015

Reps. Bass and Roybal-Allard welcome HUD Secretary Castro to South Los Angeles

Community leaders discussed diverse needs of the area and opportunities for additional investment

Aug 24, 2015

Rep. Bass announces support for Iran Nuclear Agreement

Issues: Foreign Policy

Today, Rep. Bass, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, released the following statement announcing her support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed upon by Iran and the P5+1.

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: