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.
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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.
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“My thoughts are with the hundreds of thousands in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi who have been affected by Cyclone Idai over the past week. The devastation this storm has caused deserves the attention and support of the international community to rebuild. I’m encouraged by the level of humanitarian assistance to the affected countries and fully expect that the United States Agency for International Development will assist appropriately.”
“The institution of family is inalienable,” Rep. Bass said. “I’ve heard from constituents in my district who have been unable to see their family members for decades because of international conflict. I’m proud to join this piece of legislation which shines the light on this plight that hundreds of thousands of Korean-Americans have lived with, some for the majority of their lives. This reunification should be a humanitarian priority of immediate concern, which is why I will be reintroducing my resolution calling for the reunification of these divided families.”
“I am encouraged by President Tshisekedi’s decision to pardon prisoners of conscience and other people arbitrarily detained. This is an important step towards restoring human rights in the country. I look forward to the additional steps President Tshisekedi takes toward strengthening democracy and rule of law in the Democratic Republic of Congo.”
“The situation in Venezuela continues to deteriorate. Our focus should be on supporting Venezuelan and regional efforts to bring about a peaceful solution to this crisis by providing humanitarian aid to Venezuelan migrants throughout Latin America. Unauthorized United States military intervention in Venezuela would contribute to deepening political divisions, increased insecurity, and ultimately decrease the likelihood of a peaceful solution to the crisis.
“President Trump’s budget is deeply troubling and makes it abundantly clear the White House isn’t serious about addressing the needs of this country,” said Rep. Bass. “It makes drastic cuts to housing assistance, as Los Angeles goes through one of its worst housing crises in history, and student loan debt programs, as young people are strapped with more than $1 trillion in student loan debt. The budget also hurts our leadership abroad.
“It was important our first Congressional Delegation trip of this Congress be to the Horn of Africa because of the change the region is going through following the historic peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea that ended 20 years of conflict,” said Representative Bass. “Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came into office with a serious reform agenda aimed at ending political repression. Since coming into office, the Prime Minister has freed thousands of political prisoners, opened the media, and appointed women to half of the cabinet posts.
“Despite the many challenges, such as postponements and protests, Nigerians once again exhibited their strong dedication to electoral and democratic processes and I applaud them for that.
“These emerging events are very concerning. Security forces will have greater powers and I am concerned that this could lead to increasing crackdown on civilians including more arrests, holding protesters in detention for longer without access to lawyers, and even deaths.
“This new path is unfortunate. The United States relationship with Sudan was moving in a positive direction and this will certainly impact that progress. The U.S. supports the Sudanese people’s desire for democratic, representative governance and the freedom to exercise their civil liberties.
“Tonight, the President again came to the halls of Congress and ironically attempted to push an agenda of unity.
“He said we should reject the politics of revenge and embrace cooperation on the same day that he taunted the Senate Minority Leader on Twitter about election results.
“Within the first few minutes of his speech, the President touted getting families off of food stamps. He stood there just months after pushing an agenda to eliminate SNAP for families across America.