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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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October 18, 2021 Press Release

“I’m saddened by the passing of Colin Powell -- the first African American to be Secretary of State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and National Security Advisor. I had the honor of spending a brief period of time with the General and periodically sought his advice about world affairs. His contribution to our nation will always be remembered.  My thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.”

October 18, 2021 Press Release

"I congratulate the people and government of Cabo Verde on conducting and participating in free, fair and transparent elections yesterday that resulted in the country’s fourth peaceful transfer of power.  This track record is to be commended and noted in a time when democratic principles are being challenged across the continent and the world. I wish President-elect Jose Maria great success and look forward to deepening the collaboration between our two countries, particularly in the fight against COVID-19 and increasing investment and trade."

October 4, 2021 Press Release

“With Prime Minister Abiy being sworn in for a second five-year term, I am now hopeful that he will work towards a political solution to the ongoing crisis rather than a military one. I am also hopeful that this election, which included votes held on September 30 in certain regions where citizens were unable to participate in June due to insecurity, will give the government the chance to renew its commitment to reform and enhance the country’s human rights situation.

October 4, 2021 Press Release

"I condemn the recent bombing against UN peacekeepers that left an Egyptian UN peacekeeper dead, and four others seriously injured in Mali’s northern Kidal region. My condolences go out to the family of the Egyptian soldier who was killed, and I wish for a speedy recovery to all injured in this heinous crime.

"Unfortunately, the work of UN peacekeepers is oftentimes dangerous and their sacrifice in the name of peace is commonly unnoticed.

October 1, 2021 Press Release

"I am deeply concerned by the decision of the Government of Ethiopia to expel seven United Nations officials. These actions only frustrate international efforts to support the millions of civilians who have been displaced and face famine conditions because of the current conflict. I urge the Government of Ethiopia to commit to the preservation of life and dignity and work with the United Nations and humanitarian organizations to deliver food, medicine, and other lifesaving aid to those who need it most."

September 22, 2021 Press Release

“We strongly condemn any efforts that undermine Sudan’s progress towards a civilian-led political system that respects human rights and the rule of law. We also denounce any actions aimed at undermining efforts to stabilize Sudan, including in the East of the country, and underscore the need for thorough reform and robust civilian oversight of Sudan’s security institutions.  

September 13, 2021 Press Release

“I want to thank Speaker Pelosi and congratulate Congresswoman Barbara Lee on her appointment to once again represent the United States Congress at the United Nations. Congresswoman Lee brings decades of international experience as the Chair of the Appropriations Foreign Operations Subcommittee. She is prepared to face international challenges head on – whether it’s COVID-19 recovery and vaccination access or famine, election integrity and domestic backsliding or conflict.

September 5, 2021 Press Release

“I am concerned by media reports of unrest in Conakry that allegedly involve soldiers detaining President Condé, dissolving the cabinet and constitution, and closing Guinea’s borders. I know many citizens in the country were and remain frustrated with the current regime but this is not the way to a true democracy. Detaining the President and dissolving the government is not a long-term solution to solving the country’s most pressing problem of systemic poverty.”

September 1, 2021 Press Release

“I am greatly troubled by the recent reports of looting at USAID warehouses containing humanitarian food supplies. These actions by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) will have a direct effect on nearly 5 million Ethiopians who need serious support, and for the first time, USAID is inhibited from doing its job of providing food aid to those who most need it.

August 24, 2021 Press Release

“On the Republic of Zambia’s inauguration day, we commend President-Elect Hakainde Hichilema, former President Edgar Lungu, and the Zambian people’s commitment to a peaceful transition of power. Zambia’s transition demonstrates how the people’s will to uphold these democratic principles has borne fruit for those who have sacrificed much to see this day. We congratulate the people of Zambia, including the youth who turned out in record numbers, for their steadfast commitment to exercising their right to vote.