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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

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March 21, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, issued the following statement after 59 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery were vandalized with anti-Semitic slurs.

"Anti-Semitism anywhere must be recognized, confronted, and destroyed in every instance it appears. In all instances we overcome, together, and will continue to combat anti-Semitism in this country, together. My thoughts are with the Fall River community during this painful time.”

March 20, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement as Mozambique began a three-day mourning period for the more than 200 people reported killed by Cyclone Idai.

“My thoughts are with the hundreds of thousands in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi who have been affected by Cyclone Idai over the past week. The devastation this storm has caused deserves the attention and support of the international community to rebuild.

March 15, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement after the Democratic Republic of Congo's new President, President Felix Tshisekedi, pardoned about 700 political prisoners who were imprisoned under his predecessor for expressing their political views or participating in peaceful protests.

“I am encouraged by President Tshisekedi’s decision to pardon prisoners of conscience and other people arbitrarily detained. This is an important step towards restoring human rights in the country. I look forward to the additional steps President Tshisekedi takes toward strengthening democracy and rule of law in the Democratic Republic of Congo.”
 

March 12, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Karen Bass (D-Calif.) reintroduced two pieces of legislation to help Physician Assistants (PAs) and aspiring Physician Assistants across the country. The two bills will make sure that people who want to become Physician Assistants have the ability to successfully do so.

"PAs across the nation are providing high-quality healthcare to patients in both our largest cities and in America's most rural areas," said Rep. Bass. "In the next decade the demand for PAs is only going to increase and Congress needs to act today to make sure that we have the qualified health care professionals ready to meet the growing need."

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March 12, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations, issued the following statement after it was announced late Monday that the United States is pulling the remaining staff from its embassy in Venezuela:

“The situation in Venezuela continues to deteriorate. Our focus should be on supporting Venezuelan and regional efforts to bring about a peaceful solution to this crisis by providing humanitarian aid to Venezuelan migrants throughout Latin America.

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March 11, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement after the White House released its FY2020 budget.

“President Trump’s budget is deeply troubling and makes it abundantly clear the White House isn’t serious about addressing the needs of this country,” said Rep. Bass. “It makes drastic cuts to housing assistance, as Los Angeles goes through one of its worst housing crises in history, and student loan debt programs, as young people are strapped with more than $1 trillion in student loan debt.

March 7, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, delivered the following remarks urging the swift reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act:

“I am pleased that the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security is holding our first hearing of this 116th Congress about our critical duty to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.  This law has been successful at attempting to change policies that have led to injustices, and too-often indifference to victimization and suffering, throughout our country’s history.

March 7, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, delivered the following remarks at a press conference about the introduction of the “Violence Against Women Act of 2019”:

“Thank you very much, thank you very much Mr. Chair, and thank you, Madame Speaker, for leadership on not just this issue, but of our House. 

“Today is a very important day for survivors everywhere. We are here to follow through on the pledge we made to the American people when we said we will deliver in this 116th Congress.

March 5, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, and Representatives Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) returned from a Congressional Delegation (CODEL) to Ethiopia and Eritrea. The goal of the visit was to support regional peace and security in the Horn of Africa and to encourage countries to place human rights at the center of the reforms.

“It was important our first Congressional Delegation trip of this Congress be to the Horn of Africa because of the change the region is going through following the historic peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea that ended 20 years of conflict,” said Representative Bass. “Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came into office with a serious reform agenda aimed at ending political rep

February 28, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, delivered the below remarks in support of legislation which would close the Charleston Loophole, which currently allows gun dealers to sell a firearm to dangerous individuals if the FBI background check has not been completed within three business days.

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