Press Releases

Jun 10, 2015

Rep. Karen Bass welcomes judges, formerly incarcerated young women for discussion on criminal justice system

As Congress begins to discuss reforms to our nation's criminal justice system, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) welcomed more than 100 attendees to a panel of juvenile court judges and young women who had involvement in the criminal justice system to discuss how Congress should address the specific needs of women and girls in the judicial system.

Jun 3, 2015

Statement calling on Congress to renew the Export-Import Bank without delay

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

Rep. Karen Bass issued the following statement calling on Congressional Republicans to extend the Export-Import Bank before its charter expires on June 30.

May 30, 2015

Statement on Passing of Beau Biden

Rep. Karen Bass issued the following statement upon learning that Beau Biden, son of Vice President Biden, has passed away.

May 26, 2015

Bipartisan legislation introduced to help Millennium Challenge Corp. more effectively combat global poverty

Congresswoman Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the Africa Subcommittee, today joined House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Ranking Member Elliot Engel (D-N.Y.) in introducing H.R. 2571, the "Millennium Compacts for Regional Economic Integration (M-CORE) Act." This legislation would update and provide the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) with the authority to develop up to one additional compact agreement with a partner country to spur regional economic development at the same time with the goal of regionally integrating development projects and expanding the organization’s impact.

May 20, 2015

Rep. Karen Bass teams up with former foster youth for 4th Annual "Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day"

Issues: Foster Care & Adoption, Local Issues

Los Angeles’ Briana Smith went to Capitol Hill to spend the day with Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif) for the 4th Annual "Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day." On May 20, Ms. Smith joined more than 60 other foster youth alumni from across the country who traveled to Washington to shadow members of Congress to get a behind-the-scenes look at the House of Representatives and to share their experiences in the child welfare system as a way to influence policy around foster care.

May 18, 2015

House passes important human trafficking legislation including key Bass legislative priorities

Issues: Foster Care & Adoption

The House of Representatives today unanimously passed the "Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act," an omnibus trafficking bill that incorporates several bipartisan trafficking bills, including language from Congresswoman Karen Bass' (D-Calif.) legislation, the "Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act," which the House of Representatives unanimously passed in January.

May 13, 2015

Statement on Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Hearing: Stakeholder Perspectives On ICANN: The .sucks Domain and Essential Steps to Guarantee Trust and Accountability in the Internet’s Operation

Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held its hearing "Stakeholder Perspectives On ICANN: The .sucks Domain and Essential Steps to Guarantee Trust and Accountability in the Internet’s Operation".

May 5, 2015

Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth Co-Chairs Introduce Resolution Recognizing May as National Foster Care Month

Issues: Foster Care & Adoption

Co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, U.S. Reps. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Tom Marino (R-Penn.), Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Jim Langevin (D-Rhode Island) joined 119 bipartisan co-sponsors in introducing H. Res. 251 recognizing May as National Foster Care Month and encouraging Congress to implement policies to improve the lives of children in the foster care system.

Apr 29, 2015

Statement on House Judiciary Committee Hearing "The Register’s Perspective on Copyright Review"

Rep. Karen Bass released the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee held its hearing with Maria A. Pallante, Register of Copyrights and director of the United States Copyright Office.

Apr 29, 2015

Statement on Secretary Clinton's speech calling for reforms to our nation’s criminal justice system

Congresswoman Karen Bass, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after Secretary Clinton​ ​in a speech at Columbia University called today for changes to our nation's criminal justice system​.

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