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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

January 17, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Africa Subcommittee, applauded the passage of the African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA) and Millennium Challenge Act (MCA) Modernization Act, which passed by a unanimous voice vote on the House Floor.

The bill, introduced by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.), will make AGOA more effective by directing the President to establish a website with information regarding AGOA and by encouraging embassies in chosen countries promote export opportunities to the United States. 

January 15, 2018 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

"Today, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and honor his dream and the movement he was a part of. We pay tribute to his transformative successes that have made this country better and stronger, while reaffirming our resolve to continue fighting injustice that surrounds us.

December 20, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) hosted a Facebook live from her office after receiving a Christmas card from the Trump administration and voting NO on the GOP tax scam.
December 12, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL), Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission; and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, introduced a resolution calling on Burundi’s political opposition to renounce violence and urging the government to comply with constitutional limits on presidential terms and re-engage in regional peace negotiations (H.Res.651).

“Burundi has been in crisis since 2015 after President Nkurunziza insisted on running for a third term. Since then, the political and security situation there has worsened and the country has fallen at risk of mass atrocities. The government of Burundi and the political opposition must renounce violence and armed rebellion. The Burundian people deserve peace.  Politically motivated violence is

December 11, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Yesterday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) hosted her annual End of Year Legislative Report Back for over 350 constituents at the DoubleTree Hotel in Culver City.

Throughout the year, Rep. Bass was able to engage and inform thousands of constituents through town halls and community meetings addressing some of the nation’s most critical issues including executive oversight, immigration, workforce development, health care, and foster care. The End of Year Report Back gave Rep.

December 8, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement ahead of President Trump’s anticipated appearance at the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum this weekend.

“This museum, which has been years in the making, is opening this weekend because of the selfless and heroic work of people like Congressmen John Lewis and Bennie Thompson.

December 8, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after at least 14 UN peacekeepers and five Congolese air force members were killed and at least 53 peacekeepers were injured.

“This has been the worst attack in recent history on a group of peacekeepers anywhere in the world.

December 8, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) – led by CBC Foreign Affairs and National Security Task Force co-chair Congressmember Karen Bass (D-CA-37) – met with Libyan Ambassador Wafa Bughaighis to discuss a recent report from CNN International that included video documentation of a slave auction in the North African country.

“We met with the Ambassador out of the profound concern that in this day and age, people are being sold as property,” said Rep. Bass, Second Vice Chair of the CBC. “The international community must operate on the assumption that we don’t need further proof, what we need is to stop it.

December 7, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass challenged FBI Director Wray on a report by the FBI about "Black Identity Extremism". The report leaked in September.

December 5, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) submitted the following letter to the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors during a public hearing regarding a resolution to seize a plot of land that had been abandoned for over 25 years located on the east side of the 8400 and 8500 blocks of South Vermont Avenue. The Board of Supervisors voted in favor of the resolution.

“This is terrific progress and a big win for the community,” said Rep. Bass. “I look forward to seeing this long-awaited project come to fruition.”

Read the full letter here or below.

Dear Supervisors: