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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Jobs & the Economy

Watch a video about the real faces of the unemployed.

When Republicans in the House were determined to slash funding for unemployment benefits, I spoke to Los Angeles's hardworking unemployed people determined to find good jobs. Watch the video.

My top priority is to work towards rebuilding our nation’s economy and creating jobs for the American people. As the economy continues to grow, I will fight for our overburdened middle-class and for the small business owners of America.  Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy, and I will fight to give tax credits to small businesses to hire new employees, restore the flow of credit to small businesses so they can grow and create jobs, and extend the research and development tax credit that encourages innovation and job creation.

For more information concerning my work and views on jobs & the economy, please contact my Washington, DC office. I look forward to your feedback

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February 13, 2017 Press Release

"Once again, we are witnessing dangerous attempts by the Trump administration to roll back legislation aimed at protecting the human and civil rights of people not only in this country but abroad. Prior to the Dodd-Frank Act’s implementation, local militias sought to finance their conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the immediate region by the sale of 'conflict minerals.' Section 1502  ensured that thousands of civilians in the affected regions are no longer subject to such violence or intimidation by warring factions.

January 5, 2017 In The News

Obamacare isn’t just a healthcare plan, it’s also a jobs plan. If Republicans destroy the ACA, they are not only abandoning millions of Americans with new health benefits, they are also abandoning those jobs. Thank you to those you who flooded my offices with calls yesterday to share your stories. Know that I hear you and will stand to protect Medicare and Obamacare. Watch my interview from last night on MSNBC below.

November 21, 2016 Press Release

LOS ANGELES, CA — On Friday, over 150 small business owners and constituents got the inside scoop on how to make government their next customer at an event hosted by Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.).  Titled “Cracking the Code: A Small Business Workshop on Government Contracting,” this forum and resource fair mobilized both federal and local support service providers to deliver resources to business leaders and others from the 37th Congressional District. 

June 25, 2015 Press Release
Rep. Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the Africa Subcommittee, issued the following statement after the House voted final passage of the reauthorization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
June 11, 2015 Press Release
Rep. Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the Africa Subcommittee, issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1295, the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, which would extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
June 3, 2015 Press Release
Rep. Karen Bass issued the following statement calling on Congressional Republicans to extend the Export-Import Bank before its charter expires on June 30.
April 28, 2015 Press Release
Reps. Karen Bass and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif) released the following statement after the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) did not select Los Angeles Trade-Technical College’s “Promise Zone” application.