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U.S.-Africa Policy

Throughout her entire time in Congress, Bass has held the position of being the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations. Her goal is to transform how we think and engage African nations and to promote the many opportunities to expand trade and economic growth between the U.S. and African nations. During her time in that post, one of her key priorities was the re-authorization and Strengthening of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which enables the nations of Africa to export goods to the U.S. duty-free. In 2015, Bass was instrumental in reauthorizing the bill.

Bass has been a leading voice and an advocate for preventing and ending famine in Africa. In 2017, she helped secure nearly $1 billion in funds to combat famine in Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan.

She has introduced more than 50 bills and resolutions pertaining to democracy protection, expanding economic opportunity, and other issues pertaining to the continent. Bass continues to engage the African diaspora with regular popular policy breakfasts, which are open for public participation, to discuss the latest issues on the continent.

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August 3, 2020 Press Release

"I call on the Government of Zimbabwe to release journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and Jacob Ngarivhume, leader of the opposition party Transform Zimbabwe. The Government of Zimbabwe has continuously detained and arrested individuals who oppose their economic and political views, and this is a direct violation of their right to freedom of press, speech, and assembly.

July 20, 2020 Press Release

The bill is being cosponsored by Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus; Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as well as the Vice-Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; and Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-NM), Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus.

July 7, 2020 Press Release

"The move to withdraw from the World Health Organization in the midst of a pandemic highlights this administration’s gross mismanagement of this global health emergency and a complete abdication of international responsibility and leadership.

"As past administrations have done successfully before, we should be investing in our response capacity and rallying the entire world to respond in a unified fashion to the crisis before us. To abandon this international effort as our death toll continues to rise past 130,000 is abhorrent.

July 6, 2020 Press Release

"I would like to extend my condolences to the family of Ethiopian singer and activist Hachalu Hundessa, and other victims of the violence that ensued following his death. All Ethiopian voices must be heard, and people must be given the right to assemble peacefully. The situation in Ethiopia is very tense and citizens are angry, this is the time for the government to lead and provide a viable and fair solution for all Ethiopians.

July 2, 2020 Press Release

"I would like to congratulate President Lazarus Chakwera on winning the rerun of the historic election in Malawi.  The repeat of this election demonstrated that the voice of the people can be heard and that African courts have the capacity to tackle ballot fraud and restrain presidential power. Malawians came together through peaceful protests to urge that Malawi must be for all citizens, regardless of class or party affiliation."

June 12, 2020 Press Release

"President Nkurunziza is a former university teacher, he served as the minister of good governance in a transitional administration, then eventually took up Burundi's highest post in 2005.  I would like to offer my condolences to the family and citizens of the country on the loss of President Pierre Nkurunziza."

May 15, 2020 Press Release

"I am discouraged by the recent apparent detainment and brutal assault of three young women from the opposition party in Zimbabwe. Joannah Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri, and Netsai Marova have the right to peacefully protest the government, and should not be subjected to inhumane treatment while exercising their human rights. I implore the government of Zimbabwe to investigate this matter and bring the culprits to justice.  I also urge the government of Zimbabwe to ensure all citizens can exert their views in a safe space.”

May 1, 2020 Press Release

"This week G-20 nations agreed to suspend bilateral debt service payments until the end of the year for 76 low-income countries including 40 sub-Saharan African countries. This will allow vulnerable nations to use those financial resources for responding to the coronavirus pandemic that will place a heavy burden on already weak healthcare systems.  This is an important first step, but more will be needed as African countries deal with the social and economic impact of the virus."

April 14, 2020 Press Release

"President Donald Trump’s absolute abdication of international responsibility and leadership is now unequivocally apparent.

April 7, 2020 Press Release

"On April 7th, we pause to commemorate the 1994 Rwandan Genocide during which more than half a million people were killed and millions of others displaced. The best way to honor the memory of those who lost their lives 26 years ago is to advance respect for international humanitarian law and human rights and to reduce the potential for future genocides by holding accountable those responsible for abuses and acts of horrific violence. As we commemorate this day, the international community must pledge to work together to promote lasting peace and common prosperity."