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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 5, 2019 Press Release

“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. 

February 4, 2019 Press Release

“I am deeply concerned about this administration’s handling of the current situation in Venezuela. I am especially alarmed by the President’s most recent statement that deploying the United States military is an option. The role of the U.S. government in this unfolding situation over the last two weeks has been counterproductive and may in fact contribute to deepening political divisions, increased insecurity, and decrease the likelihood of a peaceful solution to the crisis. 
 

January 29, 2019 Press Release

“Congress has an important role to play in foreign policy across the continent of Africa and I am honored to serve as Chair of this subcommittee.  I look forward to continuing our bipartisan work especially in the areas of human rights, democracy, rule of law, and economic development.  I am also particularly interested in finding ways to strengthen US-Africa economic relations.

January 20, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Bass Talks Family Separation with ABC7's Adrienne Alpert

Rep. Bass Talks Government Shutdown with ABC7's Adrienne Alpert

January 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat serving on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, introduced a resolution along with the Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Eliot L.

January 11, 2019 Press Release

“On December 30th, after two years of delay, people across the Democratic Republic of Congo went to the polls to cast their ballots. I congratulate the Congolese people's courage and commitment to holding elections and expressing themselves peacefully.  

January 8, 2019 Press Release

Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat serving on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement:

January 7, 2019 Press Release

Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat serving on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement:

“I strongly condemn the coup attempt in Gabon. The rule of law must be respected and any transition must be in line with the country’s constitution.”

December 19, 2018 Press Release