Press Releases

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.

Apr 15, 2013

Statement on the Passing of Community Activist Sal Castro

Issues: Civil Rights, Local Issues

Congresswoman Karen Bass issued the following statement on the passing of former Los Angeles Unified School District teacher and community activist Sal Castro.

Apr 8, 2013

In Case You Missed It: Karen Bass Delivers Remarks on Gun Violence

Issues: Criminal Justice, Local Issues

This weekend, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) spoke out on the need for Congress to enact comprehensive reforms to reduce gun violence in America.

Apr 7, 2013

Statement on the Casualties Suffered in Afghanistan

Issues: Foreign Policy

This loss reminds us of the tremendous dangers foreign service officers and our men and women in uniform confront each and every day defending the ideals of peace, democracy and the rule of law.

Mar 22, 2013

Statement on the Passing of Renowned African Novelist Chinua Achebe

Today, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa issued the following statement on the passing of Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, the grandfather of modern African literature

Mar 21, 2013

Rep. Karen Bass Introduces the Student Loan Fairness Act of 2013

Issues: Education

Today Congresswoman Karen Bass (D – Calif.) introduced The Student Loan Fairness Act of 2013 to address the out of control debt being placed on the backs of over 37 million student loan borrowers across the country and end the need for Congress to continue enacting short-term deals to stop interest rates from doubling, which is set to take effect July 1.

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