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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Foreign Policy

Congressmember Karen Bass and her Congressional colleagues visited the United Nations and met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Congressmember Karen Bass is honored to serve on the House Foreign Affairs Committee as Ranking Member (or lead Democrat) on the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Human Rights, and International Organizations.

Congressmember Bass firmly believes that a strong U.S. foreign policy is rooted in three important and fundamental pillars: diplomacy, development, and defense. These pillars provide the basis for our nation’s ability to wisely and effectively leverage U.S. resources to address global challenges including food insecurity, the burden of endemic and epidemic disease and, war and conflict from around the world.

Watch Congressmember Bass's interviews about foreign policy issues in the news.

U.S.-led economic development and trade promotion activities help expand markets and ensure greater peace and stability in foreign nations and importantly empower individuals and communities through job creation and opportunities for underrepresented populations including women and girls. U.S. foreign engagement has created jobs and employment opportunities not only overseas but here in the United States.

As our government seeks opportunities to engage the U.S. private sector in business opportunities abroad, we do so knowing that both public and private sectors have important roles to play in a most justice, stable and peaceful world.

Learn more about Congressmember Bass's work on U.S.-Africa Policy.

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December 4, 2017 Press Release

“Congress cannot sit idly by as news of the Libya slave trade spreads,” said Rep. Bass, top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Africa. “Slavery is a crime against humanity. This resolution calls for a comprehensive response, both domestically and internationally, to this report, which is what we’ll need going forward to take an effective stand against this tragedy. Thank you to my colleagues for standing together against the heinous act.”

October 24, 2017 Press Release

“The early October attack that left four American service members dead in Niger has raised a number of important questions about exactly what happened, highlighted growing counterterrorism efforts across the continent, and emphasized the need for the Administration to reveal its policy toward Africa. 

August 22, 2017 In The News

Watch Rep. Bass and her constituents react after President Trump announced another troop surge in Afghanistan. 

 

August 17, 2017 Press Release

"The situation in Freetown, Sierra Leone remains dire as rainfall continues, slowing recovery efforts and bringing the threat of further mudslides. The Government of Sierra Leone has made an urgent international appeal for assistance and the Embassy of Sierra Leone in the United States has launched an emergency relief fund. The United States must ramp up relief efforts and join the international community and the region to provide increased aid to assist Sierra Leone during this extreme time of need. My thoughts are with the thousands affected during this difficult time."

August 11, 2017 Press Release

“It is the duty of the President to keep our country safe. Just this week, the Trump administration has done the opposite, putting out three different statements ranging from encouraging sound sleep to an improvised remark pledging fire and fury against a country with nuclear weapons. Far from quelling threats abroad, these threats have also created unrest domestically. My offices have received hundreds of calls and letters from concerned constituents as our country barrels towards war. This is no way to conduct foreign policy and it must stop.”

August 11, 2017 Press Release

“The Kenyan people have a lot to be proud of in this election. The passionate enthusiasm felt county to county and the overwhelming voter turnout were both inspiring. The notion that Kenyans don’t care about the future of the country is just simply not true. This past election proves the opposite is true.”

August 1, 2017 Press Release

Leading NDI’s international and bipartisan mission in addition to Rep. Bass will be: