Press Releases

May 6, 2013

Representative Bass, Education Advocates Convene for Forum on State of Black Education in California

Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined hundreds of parents, teachers and education advocates for a summit on the State of Black Education in Los Angeles and across the nation.

May 1, 2013

Statement In Recognition of May as National Foster Care Month

Issues: Foster Care & Adoption

Congresswoman Karen Bass, founder and Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth issued a statement in recognition of May as National Foster Care Month.

Apr 26, 2013

Statement on Legislation to Combat Youth Street Trafficking

Issues: Foster Care & Adoption

Congresswoman Karen Bass, founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth introduced the “Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act” in the wake of alarming trends showing foster youth represent a very high percentage of trafficking victims.

Apr 26, 2013

Statement on United Nations' Vote Establishing Mali Peacekeeping Force

Congresswoman Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa released the following statement on the United Nations Security Council’s unanimous vote to establish a peacekeeping force for Mali.

Apr 26, 2013

Statement on Naming Longtime Aide Jenny Wood to Serve as Deputy Chief of Staff

Congresswoman Karen Bass announced the promotion of Jenny Wood to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff in her Washington DC office.

Apr 26, 2013

Statement on the National Task Force Investigation into the Bethesda Temple Apolistic Church Fire

Issues: Local Issues

Congresswoman Karen Bass issued this statement on the announcement that a national task force will be investigating a fire at Bethesda Temple Apostolic Church in South Los Angeles.

Apr 24, 2013

Statement on Legislation Providing Flexibility in Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

Issues: Criminal Justice, Local Issues

Congresswoman Karen Bass, member of the House Judiciary Committee, co-sponsored the bipartisan “Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013,” which would provide judges broader flexibility in tailoring prison sentences and help to reduce the overcrowded prison population.

Apr 19, 2013

Statement on Award Given to Area Violence Activist Lawanda Hawkins

Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined Representative Ted Poe (R-TX.) in awarding the Eva Murillo Unsung Hero Award to the founder of Justice for Murdered Children (JFMC) LaWanda Hawkins in recognition of her tireless advocacy on behalf of area violence victims.

Apr 17, 2013

Statement on Senate Gun Violence Failure

Rep. Karen Bass, Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations released the following statement after the Senate failed to pass commonsense legislation extending background checks for all gun sales.

Apr 17, 2013

Statement on Secretary Kerry's Commitment to Appoint DRC Envoy

Congresswoman Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, urged Secretary of State John Kerry to appoint a Special Envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes Region in response to the ongoing conflict in the DRC.

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