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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“I want to acknowledge the passing of former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe. Robert Mugabe helped liberate Zimbabwe from the British colony in 1980 and served as its leader for 37 years. His ZANU-PF party won Zimbabwe’s first independent election. He helped build a foundation for a country where his government instituted health and education programs that lowered infant mortality rates and increased the number of high school and college graduates.
“I call on both the South African and Nigerian governments to stand in solidarity against isolated malicious attacks against the people of Nigeria and South Africa. I am extremely concerned by the increased violence and retaliatory attacks against citizens in both countries and denounce violence of any kind on the people of Nigeria and South Africa including the rape and kidnapping of young girls, and gender-based violence against women and young children.
“I am encouraged by the signing of a political agreement and Constitutional Declaration between the Transitional Military Council and the Forces of Freedom and Change. By swearing-in Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and the members of the sovereign council, Sudan is one step closer to a civilian-led government. The country is taking positive steps forward by having six civilians on the 11-person council including two women.
"At the beginning of this month, I held a hearing to examine the scope of the Ebola outbreak and what the United States government has done thus far to combat the latest Ebola epidemic,” said Rep. Bass. “The World Health Organization’s global health emergency declaration should shake the consciousness of the international community. I hope that this declaration will bring the international attention that this crisis deserves, including increased resources from the international community to tackle the outbreak.
"I’m encouraged by recent reports of a deal brokered in Sudan that will lead to a transition to civilian rule. As I have said before, the people of Sudan have the right to assemble without being killed or wounded. The violence must end and I am hopeful that when the deal is finalized on Monday, we will be closer to making that a reality."
"It is unacceptable for Sudanese security forces to shoot peaceful protesters who only want a civilian-led government. The people of Sudan have the right to assemble and demand that the Sudanese security forces negotiate without being killed or wounded. We stand with the African Union and the international community in demanding that the security forces stop assaulting their citizens and go back to the negotiating table. The violence against the people of Sudan is intolerable and will be met with severe consequences."
“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."