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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“Our economy and our businesses stand to suffer from the latest ill-advised and unnecessary restrictions placed on the island nation just 90 miles south of us. After 60 years of ineffective policy, it was President Obama who began to repair relations and improve the possibility that the United States would finally have a positive relationship with Cuba. We should be heading towards a full diplomatic relationship instead of taking pages from the playbooks of authoritarian regimes and restricting the travel of citizens.
In 1953, the division of the Korean Peninsula separated more than an estimated 10 million families, including some who are now citizens of the United States and have not been able to see their families in more than 60 years. Rep. Bass and her colleagues have introduced a resolution calling upon North Korea and the United States to reunite divided family members within 60 days of the adoption of this resolution.
"Despite socio-political and economic challenges, Malawi is a great example of democracy on the continent. I am hopeful that their presidential and parliamentary electoral results will reflect the will of the people, and I urge young people to be politically active and let their voices be heard through the power of the vote. Malawi is a shining example of how a country can transfer from a dictatorial rule to one of peace, but it must continue to improve its good governance to increase the development of its institutions."
"Congratulations to South Africa on 25 years of democracy after the fall of the apartheid regime. But like any young democracy, the country has some challenges. The racial disparities and wealth divide are important issues that the country must confront. This election has the potential to invigorate the nation and set it back on a path of being a pillar of the continent. As millions of South Africans cast their votes, I am hopeful it will be peaceful and the election results will be the choice of the people."
“The ongoing crisis and violence taking place in Cameroon at this very moment is something that deserves the attention of the world. Both the government and armed groups must be held accountable for their role in the violation of fundamental human rights. The rule of law must be adhered to regarding the civil liberties of all Cameroonian citizens including the right to free speech and assembly without the threat of being detained or executed.
“A full and complete embargo along with high-level sanctions against the nation of Cuba would have disastrous economic consequences and plunge the state of our foreign policy into the time of the Cold War. After 60 years of ineffective policy, it was President Obama who began to repair relations and improve the possibility that the United States would finally have a positive relationship with the island just 90 miles south of the United States. An embargo would be a regrettable development that would be judged harshly by history, just like our first one was.
“I am disappointed by the detainment of journalists and the control of the internet and social media platforms in Benin by the government during the elections. A fair democratic system allows for the right to peacefully assemble, protest, and express views that may disagree with the existing state. The escalating number of arrests and detentions around elections in Benin are very troubling, and journalists must be able to do their job without fear of being arrested.
“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.”