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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

May 18, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement of concern after the World Health Organization announced that Ebola had reached Mbandaka, the provincial capital of nearly one million people in the Equateur Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“The international community must act immediately to contain the spread of Ebola. What we learned during the last outbreak was that only through extensive international collaboration can we stop this epidemic.

May 16, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, the Congressional Black Caucus Foreign Affairs and National Security Task Force, co-chaired by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Africa, and Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Texas), hosted an Africa Policy Breakfast Forum to discuss the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The forum was attended by more than 200 people. The expert panel, which was moderated by former Assistant Secretary of State, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, featured three experts on the crisis in the DRC, one of whom flew to the United States from the Congo to participate just for this forum.

May 14, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) named Caren Street as her next Chief of Staff. Caren was formerly the Policy Director for the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), a bicameral, bipartisan 48-member congressional caucus.

During her time with the Caucus, Caren played an integral role in drafting the 130-page document that members of the CBC Executive Committee delivered to President Trump during their meeting in March of 2017.

May 12, 2018 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) hosted a reception to honor the nearly 300 high-school art competition participants. More than 250 constituents attended the art celebration, and saw those selected for awards, including the First Place winner, Brennan Elliott of Culver City High School. Brennan will have his artwork displayed for a year in the halls of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and get to fly to the opening reception for all of the winning artists from across the country. His winning piece, Imani, depicts a student (pictured above) who was in his mother’s fourth grade class.
This year 21 educators from 18 high schools, submitted 288 pieces of art for the contest.  
“It’s exciting to see the Congressional Art Competition in my district grow every year,” Rep. Bass said. “More and more students can see their art displayed in a professional manner, and can understand that we value their work and their courage in submitting.”
May 10, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – On Thursday, May 10, 2018, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and members of the the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) introduced the Jobs and Justice Act of 2018, omnibus legislation that would, if passed, increase the upward social mobility of Black families, and help ensure equal protection under the law. The CBC hopes the legislation will serve as a guiding light for any White House, major legislative caucus, or member of Congress who claims to care about the African-American community, other communities of color, and rural communities.

On the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald J. Trump asked the African-American community “What do you have to lose?” in reference to voting for him. When the Rep.

May 8, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) today issued the following statement after President Trump withdrew from the Iran Nuclear Deal.

“Withdrawing from this deal sets a dangerous precedent that our country’s word cannot be trusted as we engage in delicate diplomatic talks with North Korea’s dictator. This was not just a deal between the United States and Iran, this was an international pact with China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom.

May 7, 2018 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and the newly-elected California Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager hosted an event over the weekend in South Los Angeles focusing on identifying and combatting senior scams. The meeting was an opportunity for Los Angeles residents to learn about what can be done to fight senior scams and what resources are available to assist them.

“In a time when Trump is featured in every headline, it’s important to make sure that the real struggles and issues that local constituents are facing every day are being heard and addressed,” Rep. Bass said.

May 2, 2018 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Last night in a packed room of more than 100 constituents, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson together tackled issues ranging from development of a long-vacant local lot and parking accessibility, to concerns about the state of our federal government and its ability to meet the needs of its people. Questions also focused on services for older residents, airplane noise, and the renovation of a local post office.

“In a time when Trump is featured in every headline, it’s important to make sure that the real struggles and issues that local constituents are facing every day are being heard and addressed,” Rep. Bass said.

May 1, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Last Friday, the House of Representatives passed a 6-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which contained provisions sponsored and co-sponsored by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), including language that would: seek to overhaul the inaccurate way that FAA accounts for noise impacts; recognize that noise during the night has even more health effects than noise during the day; and increase the priority that the FAA gives to effects on the ground when changing flight paths.

“It’s long past time for Congress to address airplane noise and its harms,” said Rep. Bass. “Increasing airline efficiency must not and cannot require the sacrifice of health and well-being of those on the ground. I look forward to continuing to fight for constituents affected by the roar of aviation over their heads."

April 30, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass, top democrat on the House Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement ahead of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Washington, D.C.

“Though it has taken more than a year, I am happy that President Trump has finally had an official meeting here in Washington with a head of state representing a country in sub-Saharan Africa. I hope that this visit will be used as an opportunity to unveil the specifics of the Trump administration’s policy towards Africa.