Press Releases

Jul 25, 2014

Statement on Meriam Ibrahim’s release from Sudan

Congressmember Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement after the release of Meriam Ibrahim from Sudan.

Jul 25, 2014

House unanimously passes Bass legislation to fight child link between sex trafficking and foster youth

Issues: Criminal Justice, Foster Care & Adoption, Local Issues

The House of Representatives today unanimously passed the “Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2014,” legislation authored by Congresswoman Karen Bass that will help to connect child victims of trafficking to appropriate services and prevent further exploitation.

Jul 21, 2014

Statement on Sentencing Commission Decision to Reduce Drug Sentences

Rep. Karen Bass released the following statement after the United States Sentencing Commission voted to authorize judges to reduce drug sentences for over 46,000 eligible prisoners beginning November 2015.

Jul 11, 2014

Congresswoman Bass introduces bipartisan legislation to fight child sex trafficking

Issues: Criminal Justice, Foster Care & Adoption

Congresswoman Karen Bass today announced that she and Congressman John Kline (R-Minn.), chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and a group of bipartisan Members of Congress, have introduced the “Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2014,” legislation that would ensure that child welfare agencies have systems in place to properly identify, document and serve child victims of trafficking.

Jul 11, 2014

Congresswoman Karen Bass brings diplomatic leaders to address ongoing threat of Boko Haram

Months after kidnappings, Nigerian and American diplomats addressed instability in Northern Nigeria and US response to Boko Haram.

Jul 9, 2014

Statement on death of Mohammed Abu Khedir, Beating of Tariq Khedeir and Ongoing Violence

Issues: Foreign Policy

My heart goes out to the parents and family of Mohammed Abu Khedir, the Palestinian boy who was burned alive apparently in revenge for the killing of the three Israeli teenagers. I am glad Israeli authorities have arrested a number of suspects in this horrific crime.

Jul 8, 2014

Congresswoman Bass calls for Department of Justice to investigate CHP beating

In light of recent videos showing a California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer repeatedly punching a woman in the face during a confrontation on the 10 Freeway, Congresswoman Karen Bass sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder requesting the Department of Justice conduct an investigation into whether the officer’s conduct amounts to a criminal violation of the woman’s constitutional right to protection from police brutality.

Jul 7, 2014

Statement on the passing of former Assemblymember Ira Ruskin

Congresswoman Karen Bass issued the following statement upon learning of the passing of former Assemblymember Ira Ruskin.

Jul 3, 2014

Congresswoman Bass introduces veteran hiring initiative

Issues: Veterans

HEROES Act provides path to employment for veterans who continue service in law enforcement agencies.

Jun 30, 2014

Statement on murder of three Israeli teens

Issues: Foreign Policy

Rep. Karen Bass issued the following statement after the announcement of the discovery of the bodies of Naftali Frenkel, Gila'ad Shaer and Eyal Yifrach.