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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

July 12, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement responding to President Trump’s outrageous comments about Africa at the end of a press conference during the NATO summit in Brussels.

"I am once again saddened to see Trump so ill-informed.  Most of Africa is peaceful, and it is not at all accurate to characterize an entire continent through a conflict framework.

July 11, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) questioned Trump administration officials from the State Department regarding the international effort to end the separation of families at our border. The hearing included testimony from Kenneth Merten, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and Sarah-Ann Lynch, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Watch the full questioning below.

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July 10, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) – led by CBC Foreign Affairs and National Security Task Force co-chairs Congressmember Karen Bass (D-CA-37) and Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX-33) – met with a high-level delegation of Nigerian Senators and Representatives to discuss Nigeria’s domestic affairs and relations with the United States.

“During the discussion, our delegations focused on improving the relationship between our two countries and expanding business opportunities,” said Rep. Bass, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa.

July 10, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning the migrant slave auctions in Libya that were exposed by a CNN International report in November of last year. Rep. Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, introduced the resolution in December of last year.

“Slavery is a crime against humanity and we cannot sit idly by while people around the world are exploited,” Rep. Bass said. “In November, CNN broke a story about modern-day slavery in Libya. I am proud to lead this body today in responding to this human rights abuse. Today, we respond not just on behalf of ourselves, but on behalf of all Americans.

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July 9, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

“Brett Kavanaugh is an absolutely disastrous nominee for the United States Supreme Court.

July 7, 2018 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) held a Congressional Conversation to hear the thoughts and concerns of constituents living in West Adams and Jefferson Park. The event was well attended, with more than 100 constituents in the audience at the Holy Name of Jesus Church on Jefferson Blvd.

“The level of anxiety about just what this administration could do next has increased with every town hall I’ve hosted since last January.” Rep. Bass said. “It is so important to hear the priorities of those I’ve been sent to D.C. to serve and represent.

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June 28, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein following up on months of questions regarding the origin of an FBI report entitled "Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers".

The questioning followed up on numerous hearings and testimony from top officials regarding the true origin of the report.

June 28, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined her colleagues in introducing legislation to reunite the families who were separated by the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy. Watch their press conference below.

June 27, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, and Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), Ranking Member on the Subcommittee, introduced a bill yesterday, HR 6207, the Democratic Republic of Congo Democracy and Accountability Act of 2018, to promote free and fair elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, and Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), Ranking Member on the Subcommittee, introduced a bill yesterday, HR 6207, the Democratic Republic of Congo Democracy and Accountability Act of 2018, to promote free and fair elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). 

June 27, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in the case of Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.

“This morning, the Supreme Court overturned 41 years of legal precedent to undermine the freedom of teachers, firefighters, police officers and all other public service workers to negotiate for decent pay and fair workplaces. I will continue to fight to strengthen our unions, to protect health care and retirement benefits, and to raise the wages of hardworking Angelinos.”

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