Press Releases

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​.

Apr 28, 2015

Reps. Bass and Roybal-Allard Issue Statement on LA Trade-Tech Not Being Selected as a Promise Zone

Issues: Jobs & the Economy, Local Issues

Reps. Karen Bass and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif) released the following statement after the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) did not select Los Angeles Trade-Technical College’s “Promise Zone” application.

Apr 23, 2015

Statement on Senate Confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General

Issues: Civil Rights

Rep. Karen Bass, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after the United States Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch to serve as the United States' 83rd Attorney General.

Apr 22, 2015

Reps. Bass, Smith introduce resolution condemning April 2nd terrorist attack at Kenyan University

Congressmembers Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Chris Smith (R-NJ)—Ranking Member and Chair of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations—today introduced H.Res. 216 condemning the heinous atrocities and terrorist attack that occurred on April 2, 2015, at Garissa University College in Garissa, Kenya that killed 147 people, offering condolences to the friends, families and loved ones of those who were killed, and reaffirming the United States’ support for the people and government of Kenya.

Apr 17, 2015

Congressmember Bass hails bipartisan introduction of “AGOA Extension and Enhancement Act of 2015”

Today, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Africa Subcommittee, applauded the bipartisan introduction of HR 1891, the “AGOA Extension and Enhancement Act of 2015” that will extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for 10 years.

Apr 14, 2015

Statement support President Obama removing Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism

Issues: Foreign Policy

Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement after President Obama officially removed Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism.

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