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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

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February 15, 2017 Press Release

"General Flynn is a good soldier that is very possibly falling on his sword for following orders given by the President,” Rep. Bass stated. “Flynn was always a poor choice for National Security Advisor, a role not suitable for someone who flirts loosely with the truth. Sean Spicer tried desperately to sweep this one under an already molding rug by labeling this as a ‘trust issue,’ but it’s becoming clear that this is much more than that. This is an issue of possible Russian collusion.”

February 10, 2017 Press Release

"Kellyanne Conway’s comment yesterday regarding the president’s daughter’s clothing line was more than an unacceptable slip; it was a blatant violation of ethics and an abuse of power. I join the Chairman and the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight in a bipartisan call on the Office of Government Ethics to promptly recommend discipline for this remark, which was described in their joint letter as a clear and unacceptable violation of ethical principles for federal employees."

February 9, 2017 Press Release

“The MERCY Act rightly calls attention to the need for smart reform and trauma-informed care for all justice-involved youth and is a necessary piece of legislation that aims to eliminate harmful and dangerous confinement practices for this vulnerable population,” Rep. Bass, a member of the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, stated. “It is time we start addressing the underlying issues of trauma and abuse, as well as the emotionally damaging triggers of adolescent behaviors in a humane and medically informed way.

January 6, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D – Calif.) cosponsored legislation that would create a 12-member, bipartisan, independent commission empowered to interview witnesses, obtain documents, issue subpoenas, and receive public testimony to examine attempts by the Russian government and others to use electronic means to influence, interfere with, or sow distrust in this year’s U.S. elections. 

January 5, 2017 In The News

It's not just the racist past of Sen. Sessions that makes him unfit to be Attorney General, it's his stance on current issues like immigration and police misconduct. It's about whether or not he would appropriately prosecute civil rights violations. See more of the interview below:

November 21, 2016 Press Release

“The Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States, charged with the administration of the criminal justice system and the enforcement of our civil rights.  We have grave concerns with Senator Sessions’ potential nomination for this post and urge President-elect Trump to reconsider.

October 4, 2016 Press Release

"I am deeply disturbed and distressed at the latest police-involved shootings. The people of South L.A. need answers, and I share their anger, frustration and fear. While the facts of both cases are still being examined, I urge that there be fair and impartial investigations. We must have a serious conversation about ways in which officers can defuse dangerous situations without necessarily resorting to shooting suspects. My condolences go to the families of the two men who were killed."

September 23, 2016 In The News

Several Congressional Black Caucus members tell The Hill that the Charlotte police chief "absolutely" needs to release the video of a police-involved shooting.

"I believe that the video should be released right away because when they’re not, distrust builds in the community; distrust about altering them, distrust about whether they’re going to get to know the truth," Texas Democratic Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson tells The Hill's Molly K. Hooper.

August 26, 2016 Press Release

Los Angeles, California  – Today, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.) marked Woman’s Equality Day, when we celebrate the 96th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which enshrined women’s right to vote.

“On Women’s Equality Day, we celebrate one of the great leaps forward for our democracy – finally giving women the right to vote,” Rep. Bass stated.  “When women won the vote, we honored our most fundamental values as a nation.” 

July 6, 2016 Press Release
On Tuesday, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.), released the following statement on the House floor, addressing the recent anti-terrorism package presented by Republicans, which includes gun-control restrictions to bar suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms.