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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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February 27, 2017 Event

Please join Rep. Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, as she kicks off the 2017 Africa Policy Breakfast Series. 

February 23, 2017 Press Release

"In the wake of several years of internal conflict, growing insecurity and deliberate restriction of humanitarian activities, famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan. At risk are an estimated 4 million men, women, and children. These people are suffering not because of an absence of assistance, but because of the inability of U.S.,UK,  EU and several other key international humanitarian players to access communities in need and provide critical lifesaving assistance.

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 13, 2017 Press Release

“I congratulate Mr. Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on his election as President of the Federal Republic of Somalia.  Somalia has made tremendous progress in its recovery from decades of debilitating civil war.  I sincerely wish the Somali people continued success in the task of nation-building.  While elections must be conducted by way of parliamentary representatives in order to avoid terrorists’ attempts to disrupt the election process, I am confident that the Federal Republic of Somalia will achieve one person- one vote by the year 2020.”

February 10, 2017 Press Release

"Last night, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled rejecting the Trump administration's travel ban. This unanimous ruling to side with the constitution not only will benefit the hundreds of thousands threatened with being separated from loved ones, it will also make our country safer. The president's predictable lashing out on social media after the verdict adds an additional troubling aspect of this entire ordeal, as he seems inclined to further question the integrity of our country's high court system.

January 31, 2017 Press Release

“Mr. President, the refugees from the three African countries you have banned are attempting to escape war, persecution or famine. The majority are seeking shelter, food, and safety,” Rep. Bass wrote. “They wait years to be selected by a country and have to undergo an extremely thorough vetting process.”

January 13, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, ahead of a classified briefing by the Intelligence Community on attempts by the Russian government to influence the last election, all House Judiciary Democrats, led by Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr.

January 9, 2017 Press Release

Last Saturday, Rep. Karen Bass (D- Calif.) represented President Barack Obama and the United States as part of a Presidential Delegation to Ghana to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo as the next president of the African country. Rep. Bass joined Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield and the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana Robert Jackson.