Press Releases

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:

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.