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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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March 22, 2017 In The News

Rep. Bass Discusses CBC Meeting With Pres. Trump, Chairman Nunes Remarks on MSNBC:

Rep. Bass Discusses CBC Meeting With ABC 7 Eyewitness News Los Angeles:

March 22, 2017 Press Release

“The purpose of the meeting, which I think we made very clear, was to answer his question about what our community has to lose,” Rep. Bass said after the meeting. “It’s his budget, it’s his policy, it’s his rhetoric; all of these factors demonstrate what we stand to lose and in some cases, what we’ve already begun to lose in the first fifty days of his administration.”

March 22, 2017 Press Release

During the meeting, the CBC Members will provide the President with short- and long-term solutions he can act on during his presidency to advance the African-American community in the United States.   
 
“During the President’s campaign, he asked our community what we have to lose,” Rep. Bass said. “I think the Caucus is looking forward to answering this question and presenting options for the President to explore and hopefully implement.”
 

March 17, 2017 Press Release

March 16, 2017 Press Release

“The President’s budget blueprint has forgotten Americans, making cuts to lifesaving programs by taking away investments in foreign aid, housing, and environmental protections. Draconian cuts of $11 billion at the State Department and the elimination of the US Trade and Development Agency will make us less safe by diminishing our international diplomatic leadership. Abolishing the Community Development Block Grant and further housing cuts of over $6 billion will damage the development of local communities. A 31.4% cut to the EPA only adds to the damage.

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.