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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

July 17, 2019 Press Release
Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced an ambitious bill that pioneers a groundbreaking approach to our justice system by giving a “second look” to those behind bars.

The Second Look Act of 2019 would allow any individual who has served at least 10 years in federal prison to petition a court to take a “second look” at their sentence before a judge and determine whether they are eligible for a sentence reduction or release.

July 17, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement after the World Health Organization issued a global health emergency for the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

"At the beginning of this month, I held a hearing to examine the scope of the Ebola outbreak and what the United States government has done thus far to combat the latest Ebola epidemic,” said Rep. Bass. “The World Health Organization’s global health emergency declaration should shake the consciousness of the international community.

July 17, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) made the following remarks criticizing the Trump administration's family separation policy.

July 16, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined Nicole Wallace on MSNBC's Deadline White House to discuss her vote to condemn President Trump's racist tweets.

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July 15, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, the House of Representatives passed House Resolution 432, which condemns the attacks on peaceful protesters and supporting an immediate peaceful transition to a civilian-led democratic government in Sudan. Watch her remarks on the House Floor below.

July 14, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass responded to President Trump's racist tweet about four of her colleagues with the following statement on twitter:

"Racists tweet racist things. What we should be focused on right now though, especially today, is that racists also create and enforce racist policies. They’re trying to deport people across Los Angeles as I type this. Stay focused. Know your rights.

July 13, 2019 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, called a field hearing in Los Angeles to examine California’s criminal justice reforms and whether or not the lessons learned from past policies can be applied on a national scale. It also explored California’s efforts to support individuals returning home after incarceration, and what more must be done going forward.

The hearing featured two panels in addition to Members of the Congressional Black Caucus in town for the State of Black America: Los Angeles series. The members present were Congressmen Hank Johnson (D-GA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Dwight Evans (D-PA), and Steven Horsford (D-NV).

July 13, 2019 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus took members from across the country to tour Skid Row and to see the homelessness epidemic in Los Angeles firsthand.

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July 12, 2019 Press Release
Today, Rep. Karen Bass, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement after reports emerged of a coup attempt by various factions of the military.

"I’m discouraged by recent reports of an attempted coup d’état by some of the Sudanese military forces.  I urge the Transitional Military Council and the Forces for Freedom and Change to stay the course of the July 5th agreement of a joint sovereign council that will ultimately lead to elections and a civilian-led government.  The U.S.

July 11, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGON – Today, Members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, led by Crime Subcommittee Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-CA) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), sent a letter to the Department of Justice requesting a briefing on Jeffrey Epstein’s 2007 non-prosecution agreement and any related information regarding misconduct by the now-Labor Secretary Alex Acosta.

In their letter, Members wrote, “We are abhorred by Epstein’s sexual abuse of young girls in the early 2000s. Investigative reporting by the Miami Herald shows that Epstein allegedly abused at least three dozen girls in his Florida and New York homes forcing them to engage in sex acts, paying them, and directing them to recruit future victims.

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