Press Releases

Jun 10, 2014

House adopts Bass amendment to allow “local hire” policies for transit agencies

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation today authored by Congresswoman Karen Bass that would allow local transit agencies like Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to prioritize hiring local residents for highway and transit projects. The amendment was adopted as part of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill.

Jun 2, 2014

Congressmember Bass teams up with a foster youth alumni for third annual "Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day"

Issues: Foster Care & Adoption, Local Issues

Los Angeles resident Toni Washington went to Capitol Hill to spend the day with Rep. Karen Bass for the third annual "Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day." Washington joined nearly 70 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 inner workings of the House of Representatives and to share their experiences in the child welfare system as a way to influence policy around foster care.

May 28, 2014

Statement on the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou

Issues: Local Issues

Today, the world mourns the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou. Read Rep. Karen Bass's statement here.

May 23, 2014

Statement about the Defense Authorization Act of 2015

Rep. Karen Bass issued the following statement against the "Defense Authorization Act of 2015".

May 21, 2014

Rep. Karen Bass to Join U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker in Visiting West Africa to Promote Trade

Congresswoman Karen Bass announced today that she would join U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and 20 American companies, including two California companies, on an Energy Business Development trade mission to Nigeria. The California firms joining the mission are SolarReserve from Santa Monica and EEC from Burlingame.

May 20, 2014

Statement on House passing legislation to fight human trafficking

Issues: Criminal Justice, Foster Care & Adoption

Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) issued this statement after the House of Representatives passed five pieces of legislation to combat human trafficking.

May 14, 2014

Statement on President Obama's Announcement of Sanctions on Individuals in the Central African Republic

Congressmember Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement on President Obama announcing sanctions for the Central African Republic.

May 12, 2014

Statement on South Sudan Leaders Signing Agreement to Resolve the Crisis in South Sudan

Rep. Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement after South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Macharan signed an Agreement to Resolve the Crisis in South Sudan.

May 8, 2014

Statement on the House of Representatives passing “Electrify Africa Act of 2014”

Congressmember Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the “Electrify Africa Act of 2014."

May 8, 2014

Members of Congress Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Condemning the Abduction of School Girls in Nigeria

Congresswoman Karen Bass joined Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24), Congressman Ed Royce (CA-39), Congressman Eliot L. Engel (NY-16), Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-26), and Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-4) in introducing House Resolution 573, a resolution condemning the abduction of Nigerian school girls by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

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