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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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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 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:

June 16, 2017 Press Release

“The policy that the president signed this afternoon is a slap in the face to all who welcomed the United States abandoning an outdated Cold War policy and a terrible step backwards for our international perception. I’ve traveled to Cuba since President Obama’s landmark policy and can attest firsthand the Cuban people have benefited from the thaw of our relationship. The President’s insistence to damage our global relationships and leadership will only harm us in the long run.” 

June 8, 2017 Press Release

“Today’s hearing exemplified the diminished prestige of the presidency since Donald Trump took office. If the president is not to be trusted, his administration cannot be trusted to investigate itself. In addition to the appointed independent prosecutor, we need an independent commission to begin to restore our country’s international perception and to get to the bottom of Russia’s interference in our democracy.”