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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The lawmakers begin, “We write regarding your intent to terminate the designation of Ethiopia as a beneficiary country under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) as of January 1, 2022. We ask that you reconsider this decision to suspend Ethiopia’s eligibility on such an abrupt timeline and allow time for all parties in Ethiopia to take the necessary steps to end the conflict, deploy humanitarian aid to those who need it, and continue negotiations to garner peace.
“On November 2nd, the Biden Administration announced its intent to suspend Ethiopia from AGOA by January 1, 2022. Suspension of AGOA will reverse economic gains that have been hard won by the people of Ethiopia and American investors, and exacerbate the circumstances of the most vulnerable sectors of the population, including women and children. I urge the Administration to allow time for all parties in Ethiopia to take the necessary steps to end this conflict, deploy humanitarian aid to those who need it, and continue negotiations to garner peace.
The Members, joined by 42 of their House colleagues, urged the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea to condemn sexual and gender-based violence and hold all perpetrators accountable.
“I want to send my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims who were killed in the explosive attacks at the UN camp in Mali and the military base in Niger yesterday. Targeted attacks by extremist groups are the very reason why we must continue to support peace and security programs on the continent. The fragility of governance in the region continues to be exploited by violent extremists groups and human traffickers as civilians are being killed and displaced.
“Saturday was an important day for the Gambia as the country held its presidential election where President Adama Barrow emerged victorious in winning his second term through a fair and transparent democratic process. The people of the Gambia deserve a political process where votes are fairly counted and their voices can be heard when electing their leader. In 2016, the presidential election caused tension when the former leader for 22 years, Yahya Jammeh, initially rejected his political defeat.
"I want to give my heartfelt condolences to the victims, their families, and the people of Uganda where there are reports of several people killed and countless injured in two different suicide bombings in the capital of Kampala.
"I will continue to support the people of Uganda and the government’s investigation in bringing those responsible to justice."
"I am deeply concerned by the Government of Ethiopia detaining 16 United Nations staff members in Addis Ababa without providing specific reasons for detention. Reports that the detained UN employees are ethnic Tigrayans, and that their arrests may have been motivated by ethnicity, are not only deeply troubling but would contravene human rights and the rule of law. Moreover, these detentions hamper already severely disrupted humanitarian efforts for the millions in need of food and medical assistance.
“I denounce the threat to ‘oust Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed – through political negotiation or military force if necessary – and install a transitional government’ made by the alliance of the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front with the Oromo Liberation Army and other opposition groups throughout Ethiopia.
“One year into this devastating civil war in Northern Ethiopia, we reiterate our urgent call to all parties, particularly the Government of Ethiopia and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), to end the senseless violence immediately and start the negotiation process in good faith. We condemn the TPLF’s continued advance towards Addis Ababa and the Government of Ethiopia’s intensified strikes in Northern Ethiopia.
The lawmakers begin, “We write to you today to request that you issue an immediate 18-month designation of either Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Cameroon. A humanitarian crisis and civil war characterized by massive internal displacement, war crimes, and shortages of essentials like water, food, healthcare, and housing make safe return impossible, and we must act quickly to extend protection against deportation to Cameroonian nationals in the United States (U.S.).”