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Congressmember Karen Bass is honored to serve on the House Foreign Affairs Committee as Chair 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.

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 22, 2021 Press Release

The lawmakers begin, “We write regarding your intent to terminate the designation of Ethiopia as a beneficiary country under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) as of January 1, 2022. We ask that you reconsider this decision to suspend Ethiopia’s eligibility on such an abrupt timeline and allow time for all parties in Ethiopia to take the necessary steps to end the conflict, deploy humanitarian aid to those who need it, and continue negotiations to garner peace.

December 15, 2021 Press Release

“On November 2nd, the Biden Administration announced its intent to suspend Ethiopia from AGOA by January 1, 2022.  Suspension of AGOA will reverse economic gains that have been hard won by the people of Ethiopia and American investors, and exacerbate the circumstances of the most vulnerable sectors of the population, including women and children.  I urge the Administration to allow time for all parties in Ethiopia to take the necessary steps to end this conflict, deploy humanitarian aid to those who need it, and continue negotiations to garner peace.

December 7, 2021 Press Release

The Members, joined by 42 of their House colleagues, urged the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea to condemn sexual and gender-based violence and hold all perpetrators accountable.

December 6, 2021 Press Release

“I want to send my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims who were killed in the explosive attacks at the UN camp in Mali and the military base in Niger yesterday. Targeted attacks by extremist groups are the very reason why we must continue to support peace and security programs on the continent. The fragility of governance in the region continues to be exploited by violent extremists groups and human traffickers as civilians are being killed and displaced.

December 6, 2021 Press Release

“Saturday was an important day for the Gambia as the country held its presidential election where President Adama Barrow emerged victorious in winning his second term through a fair and transparent democratic process.  The people of the Gambia deserve a political process where votes are fairly counted and their voices can be heard when electing their leader. In 2016, the presidential election caused tension when the former leader for 22 years, Yahya Jammeh, initially rejected his political defeat.

November 16, 2021 Press Release

"I want to give my heartfelt condolences to the victims, their families, and the people of Uganda where there are reports of several people killed and countless injured in two different suicide bombings in the capital of Kampala.

"I will continue to support the people of Uganda and the government’s investigation in bringing those responsible to justice."

November 4, 2021 Press Release

“One year into this devastating civil war in Northern Ethiopia, we reiterate our urgent call to all parties, particularly the Government of Ethiopia and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), to end the senseless violence immediately and start the negotiation process in good faith. We condemn the TPLF’s continued advance towards Addis Ababa and the Government of Ethiopia’s intensified strikes in Northern Ethiopia.

November 2, 2021 Press Release

The lawmakers begin, “We write to you today to request that you issue an immediate 18-month designation of either Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Cameroon. A humanitarian crisis and civil war characterized by massive internal displacement, war crimes, and shortages of essentials like water, food, healthcare, and housing make safe return impossible, and we must act quickly to extend protection against deportation to Cameroonian nationals in the United States (U.S.).”

October 25, 2021 Press Release

"I condemn the ongoing military coup that is threatening Sudan’s political transition, and I urge the Sudanese military to immediately release Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and all others unlawfully detained. I have met Prime Minister Hamdok on several occasions and was hopeful that Sudan would make a peaceful transition to democracy.  

October 23, 2021 Press Release

After the passage of the resolution, Rep. Bass released the following statement, which also reflects in part her remarks during the markup: