Press Releases

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.

Jun 30, 2014

Statement on Supreme Court Decision Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

Issues: Civil Rights, Health Care

Rep. Karen Bass issued the following statement after the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby, Inc.

Jun 19, 2014

Rep. Karen Bass introduces legislation to increase international investment and lift quality of life across the globe

Rep. Karen Bass announced today she has introduced the “Millennium Compacts for Regional Economic and Integration Act” (M-CORE), legislation that will expand flexibility of the Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to do additional projects with countries with the hope of further promoting regional integration and cross border cooperation.

Jun 18, 2014

Statement on the escalation of violence in Iraq

Issues: Foreign Policy

Rep. Karen Bass issued the following statement about the escalating instability in Iraq.

Jun 16, 2014

Congresswoman Bass fighting to ensure South Los Angeles designated as a “Promise Zone”

Issues: Jobs & the Economy, Local Issues

Today, Rep. Karen Bass today sent a letter to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan to help areas in South Los Angeles become a designated “Promise Zone.”

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.

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