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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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December 6, 2018 Press Release

“It is in the best interest of the United States to maintain a strong bilateral relationship with a politically stable, democratic, and economically sound Nigeria that can play a leadership role in the region and the continent more broadly. A credible, transparent and peaceful election this coming February would further consolidate democratic gains achieved over the last two decades.  Nigerians are deeply committed to democracy and ensuring transparency in electoral preparations would build public confidence in the electoral process.

December 1, 2018 Press Release

“Today is a day to raise awareness, reflect on our progress, and recommit our resolve to fight HIV/AIDS throughout the world.

“This year, Congress came together in a bipartisan fashion to extend the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program which has already saved 17 million lives across the globe.

November 27, 2018 Press Release

“The DRC has the potential to be one of the richest countries on earth, but it has been crippled by decades of conflict and corruption,” said Rep. Bass. “Congolese citizens have long called for the international community to play a role in holding the ruling party accountable to their country’s constitution. This bill responds to that request and also sends a message to the world that the United States has not retreated from its commitment to protect human rights and advance democracy around the world.”

November 16, 2018 Press Release

“I’m encouraged that the Trump administration and the State Department are expressing interest in staffing important U.S. diplomatic posts in African countries. This is absolutely essential to bettering our relationship with the countries on the continent and the economic opportunities they offer. 

November 6, 2018 Press Release

“Kidnapping should always be condemned, especially if it involves more than 70 children. 

“Last night, armed separatists kidnapped 79 students and three staff from a Presbyterian boarding school in Cameroon’s Northwest anglophone region. This is the most recent example of how citizens, especially children, are increasingly the ones who suffer the most from terrorist activity. 

“In the wake of President Biya’s re-election to serve a seventh term, we are at a critical moment for him to work towards a nonviolent solution to the conflict in the anglophone region.”

October 9, 2018 Press Release

“I am encouraged by the First Lady’s trip to the continent,” said Rep. Bass. “I hope that during her trip she was able to see the critical work of the U.S. Agency for International Development and the benefits of the contributions that our country makes every day across Africa. Successful U.S-Africa policy hinges on mutual interests on issues such as maternal and newborn health as well as education, so I was glad to see that these topics were highlighted during her time there. I hope that this visit is parlayed into continuing collaboration and cooperation with the continent.”

October 2, 2018 Press Release

“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 Anglophone separatists must be held accountable for their role in the violation of fundamental human rights. The government has violently repressed protests organized by lawyers, teachers, and students, which has resulted in deaths, imprisonments, and extrajudicial executions.

August 18, 2018 Press Release

"Few will ever lead with the dignity and grace that Kofi Annan lead with, or accomplish more for the world than Kofi Annan accomplished. 

“The first person from Sub-Saharan Africa to lead the United Nations, Mr. Annan served with ceaseless compassion and responsibility to those in need around the world.  Mr. Annan’s dignified statesmanship was revealed as the legendary humanitarian’s greatest strength as he transformed relationships and improved lives, not just during his term as U.N Secretary General, but throughout his decorated career and life. 

July 12, 2018 Press Release

"I am once again saddened to see Trump so ill-informed.  Most of Africa is peaceful, and it is not at all accurate to characterize an entire continent through a conflict framework.

"Africa is comprised of 54 countries and more than 1.2 billion people living in different geographic regions and diverse economies.  This means that African countries cannot and should not be viewed through one lens.  Africa is the world’s second-fastest growing economy and several international observers have named the continent, 'the future economic growth engine of the world.'