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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

June 23, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) introduced legislation to authorize funding to support mentoring programs that have a proven track record in serving foster youth. Rep. Bass serves as a Co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, which is a bipartisan group of lawmakers dedicated to improving the country’s child welfare system.

“It is critical that we raise awareness about the unique challenges young people in the system face,” Bass said. “In all of my years working in child welfare, meeting thousands of children either in or out of care, we’ve heard their voices clearly: They want a consistent source of advice and support--someone that will be there when it matters most and for all the moments in between.

June 22, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON— Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s version of Trumpcare, Republicare.

“Today, 13 men came out of a room with a plan for the nation’s healthcare system that forgets women, people of color, people with disabilities, the sick, the poor and the old. The goal of this Senate bill isn’t to provide health coverage; it’s to bankrupt Medicaid and re-gift tax benefits for the wealthy.

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June 21, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON— Today, the 115th Congress passed their first child welfare package through the House of Representatives. The package, which includes five separate bills, aims at improving critical components of care within the child welfare system, particularly aimed at increasing the age of eligibility for education and vocational services for older foster youth, removing barriers for kinship care placements, modernizing case management systems, and enhancing access to family-based substance abuse treatment. The six co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth endorsed the package early last week.

“I’m proud of the coalition that came together in support of these incredibly important bills,” Rep. Bass said after the five bills passed. “Every year, 23,000 young people age out of foster care in need of various support to transition into adulthood--including housing, healthcare, education, financial literacy, and job training.

June 21, 2017 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, sixteen Democratic members of the House Committee on the Judiciary sent a letter to Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) to request that he schedule hearings immediately “to examine events that now extend well beyond any investigation into Russian influence—including the firing of FBI Director James Comey, allegations of obstruction of justice, and the inconsistent application of the Attorney General’s recusal from these and related matters.”

Today’s letter, led by Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), addressed each of Chairman Goodlatte and the Majority’s usual explanations for not conducting oversight of the Department of Justice.  “With our Committee on the sidelines, the situation [at the Department] grows more perilous by the day,” the Members wrote.

June 20, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement after joining 196 Members of the Senate and House of Representatives on a lawsuit to compel President Trump to comply with the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution.
“The emoluments clause is a critical anti-corruption provision of the constitution that I believe the President has violated. Foreign governments have granted preliminary approval of trademarks, paid to stay at Trump hotels, and are leasing space at Trump properties, exposing the administration to a grave financial conflicts of interest.
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June 19, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – On Saturday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) held a town hall meeting to hear what the concerns of constituents living in the Westwood neighborhood. The event was incredibly well attended, with over 300 constituents in the audience at Emerson Community Charter School.

“Trump-era politics has resulted in hundreds and thousands of constituents coming out to have their voices heard.” Rep. Bass said shortly after the town hall meeting. “But while excited, they come out scared and concerned. Question after question on Saturday focused on the near future and the potential damage the President could do to it.

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June 16, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s hate-filled speech introducing his new Cuba policy.

“The policy that the president signed this afternoon is a slap in the face to all who welcomed the United States abandoning an outdated Cold War policy and a terrible step backwards for our international perception. I’ve traveled to Cuba since President Obama’s landmark policy and can attest firsthand the Cuban people have benefited from the thaw of our relationship.

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June 15, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON— Today, the Co-Chairs of the Bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth endorsed five bipartisan bills that were previously provisions of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), which passed the U.S. House of Representatives in the 114th Congress. This package includes five separate bills designed to improve critical components of care within the child welfare system, particularly aimed at increasing the age of eligibility for education and vocational services for older foster youth, removing barriers for kinship care placements, modernizing case management systems, and enhancing access to family-based substance abuse treatment. Congress has a responsibility to ensure that every single child within the foster care system receives the quality care and support they need to achieve their full potential.

“The expectation that our current child welfare system sets is that once a child in the foster care system turns 18, they are fully capable of being independent without any aid. They can house themselves, feed themselves, and their own bills. We know that that’s simply not true,” Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) said.

June 8, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Rep. Bass released the following statement following former FBI Director Comey’s Senate Testimony.

“Today’s hearing exemplified the diminished prestige of the presidency since Donald Trump took office. If the president is not to be trusted, his administration cannot be trusted to investigate itself.

June 7, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) introduced H.R. 2795, which calls for immediate action to avert famine in Yemen and to address the longer term security concerns there. The bill would increase coordination in Yemen’s famine-risk areas and require a comprehensive report by Departments of State, Defense, and USAID on U.S. security and humanitarian interests.

“The most devastating aspect of the impending famine in Yemen is that it’s man-made and preventable,” Rep. Bass, Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, said. “This legislation is designed to immediately build a comprehensive strategy to address the humanitarian and security crisis in Yemen. We must continue to be an international leader in famine aid and relief.

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