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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"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.”
"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."
"President Donald Trump’s absolute abdication of international responsibility and leadership is now unequivocally apparent.
"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."
"There have been a series of deadly assaults across the Sahel. Since the beginning of this outbreak, extremists have attacked Chad’s military, killing soldiers near the border of Nigeria and Niger; Nigerian soldiers have been killed in northeastern Nigeria; and this week, numerous Malian soldiers were killed in an attack on their military base.
"I commend the pledges made thus far by leaders of the G-20 to help the most vulnerable countries, particularly on the African continent where some countries where already face ongoing complex humanitarian emergencies. The long-term impact on African countries will be devastating.
"I am disappointed that a constitutional referendum passed that could allow President Alpha Conde to run for a third presidential term. I also condemn the violence against the political opposition, protestors, and the citizens of Guinea by government forces. The people of Guinea have spoken by continuously protesting and boycotting. Reportedly, citizens who opposed the government’s constitutional reforms have been killed, kidnapped, and detained by the country’s government.
“Last month, I met with Maurice Kamto to discuss good governance, human rights, and the violence taking place in the Anglophone Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon. I was encouraged when the Government of Cameroon released Mr. Kamto after months of detainment.
"This is the first U.S. Cabinet official to visit Africa in more than 18 months and comes less than a month after the Trump administration imposed travel restrictions on Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania and amid speculation that the U.S. will reduce its troop presence across Africa. If this happens, the withdrawal will come at a time of increased insecurity in the Sahel region as al-Qaeda and Islamic State off-shoots take hold of parts of countries there including Burkina Faso and Mali.