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.
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“I’m saddened by the passing of Colin Powell -- the first African American to be Secretary of State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and National Security Advisor. I had the honor of spending a brief period of time with the General and periodically sought his advice about world affairs. His contribution to our nation will always be remembered. My thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.”
"I congratulate the people and government of Cabo Verde on conducting and participating in free, fair and transparent elections yesterday that resulted in the country’s fourth peaceful transfer of power. This track record is to be commended and noted in a time when democratic principles are being challenged across the continent and the world. I wish President-elect Jose Maria great success and look forward to deepening the collaboration between our two countries, particularly in the fight against COVID-19 and increasing investment and trade."
“With Prime Minister Abiy being sworn in for a second five-year term, I am now hopeful that he will work towards a political solution to the ongoing crisis rather than a military one. I am also hopeful that this election, which included votes held on September 30 in certain regions where citizens were unable to participate in June due to insecurity, will give the government the chance to renew its commitment to reform and enhance the country’s human rights situation.
"I condemn the recent bombing against UN peacekeepers that left an Egyptian UN peacekeeper dead, and four others seriously injured in Mali’s northern Kidal region. My condolences go out to the family of the Egyptian soldier who was killed, and I wish for a speedy recovery to all injured in this heinous crime.
"Unfortunately, the work of UN peacekeepers is oftentimes dangerous and their sacrifice in the name of peace is commonly unnoticed.
"I am deeply concerned by the decision of the Government of Ethiopia to expel seven United Nations officials. These actions only frustrate international efforts to support the millions of civilians who have been displaced and face famine conditions because of the current conflict. I urge the Government of Ethiopia to commit to the preservation of life and dignity and work with the United Nations and humanitarian organizations to deliver food, medicine, and other lifesaving aid to those who need it most."
Rep. Chu and Rep. Bass are joined on the letter by Tony Cardenas (CA-29), Steve Cohen (TN-09), Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), Raul Grijalva (AZ-03), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Jim McGovern (MA-02), Jerry Nadler (NY-10), Mark Pocan (WI-02), and Ayanna Pressley (MA-07)
“We strongly condemn any efforts that undermine Sudan’s progress towards a civilian-led political system that respects human rights and the rule of law. We also denounce any actions aimed at undermining efforts to stabilize Sudan, including in the East of the country, and underscore the need for thorough reform and robust civilian oversight of Sudan’s security institutions.
“I want to thank Speaker Pelosi and congratulate Congresswoman Barbara Lee on her appointment to once again represent the United States Congress at the United Nations. Congresswoman Lee brings decades of international experience as the Chair of the Appropriations Foreign Operations Subcommittee. She is prepared to face international challenges head on – whether it’s COVID-19 recovery and vaccination access or famine, election integrity and domestic backsliding or conflict.
“I am concerned by media reports of unrest in Conakry that allegedly involve soldiers detaining President Condé, dissolving the cabinet and constitution, and closing Guinea’s borders. I know many citizens in the country were and remain frustrated with the current regime but this is not the way to a true democracy. Detaining the President and dissolving the government is not a long-term solution to solving the country’s most pressing problem of systemic poverty.”
“The people of Zambia have spoken in electing Mr. Hakainde Hichilema as their next president. The Zambian electoral commission and international election observers have declared the election transparent and peaceful but condemned the restrictions on freedom of assembly and movement during the election. I applaud President Lungu’s timely concession that adheres to the will of the Zambian people while promoting a peaceful transfer of power and other democratic principles.