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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

March 22, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Executive Committee, as well as Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn, met with President Trump, Vice-President Pence, and advisers in the administration to talk about issues affecting the African American community and why the administration should follow the CBC’s lead if it’s serious about addressing these issues.

“The purpose of the meeting, which I think we made very clear, was to answer his question about what our community has to lose,” Rep. Bass said after the meeting. “It’s his budget, it’s his policy, it’s his rhetoric; all of these factors demonstrate what we stand to lose and in some cases, what we’ve already begun to lose in the first fifty days of his administration.”

March 22, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, March 22, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and five members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Executive Board will meet with President Trump at the White House to talk about the issues affecting the African-American community, including proposed budget cuts, the ACA repeal and replace bill, education, criminal justice reform, infrastructure, and economic opportunity for urban and rural communities.

During the meeting, the CBC Members will provide the President with short- and long-term solutions he can act on during his presidency to advance the African-American community in the United States.   

March 21, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives to defend the progress of the Affordable Care Act.

March 17, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) hosted a Facebook Live Town Hall to give an update from Washington and to discuss meeting with DHS Secretary Kelly, the President's budget blueprint, and the recent developments of Trumpcare. Watch the full event below.

March 17, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Karen Bass (D-Calif.) reintroduced three pieces of legislation to help Physician Assistants (PAs) and aspiring Physician Assistants across the country. The first two bills will make sure that people who want to become Physician Assistants have the ability to successfully do so. The third will improve patient care and recognize the work of PAs.

"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."

March 16, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass issued the following statement condemning the release of the President’s proposed budget to Congress.

“The President’s budget blueprint has forgotten Americans, making cuts to lifesaving programs by taking away investments in foreign aid, housing, and environmental protections. Draconian cuts of $11 billion at the State Department and the elimination of the US Trade and Development Agency will make us less safe by diminishing our international diplomatic leadership.

March 16, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Today, all Democratic members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs called on Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to reject the Trump Administration’s plan to make a draconian cut of nearly one third to the Fiscal Year 2018 international affairs budget. In a letter to Speaker Ryan, the Members expressed their concerns over the Administration’s cuts to American diplomacy and global leadership. The letter also warned that such cuts could rattle international stability, making our own borders less secure over the long run.

The Members wrote, “Our diplomats settle disputes so that they do not have to be settled with bombs and bullets. And our development initiatives help countries lift themselves up, because areas mired in poverty often become hotbeds for instability and violence. The men and women in our armed services bravely put their lives on the line to protect our country.

March 16, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s decision to roll back some of the Environmental Protection Agency’s fuel economy standards.

“The Trump administration’s dangerous disregard for environmental science is now becoming harmful to the economy,” Rep. Bass. “Fuel efficient vehicles help drivers with low costs at the gas pump and emit fewer harmful emissions.

March 13, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass blasted the Trump Administration’s ‘Pay More For Less’ repeal bill after the Congressional Budget Office released a report detailing the consequences of the new health plan.

“The Congressional Budget Office report confirms what Democrats have been saying for the past week; the repeal plan is bad for America,” Rep. Bass said. “24 million Americans will lose their health coverage – including 14 million in 2018 alone and the answer is what – that this is only part one or three?

March 13, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and a bipartisan group of 167 Members of Congress this week urged President Donald Trump to prioritize the appointment of a Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, a position within the U.S. Department of State.

Recent reports suggest the Trump Administration has considered eliminating the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism at the U.S. State Department for Fiscal Year 2018, along with other critical diplomatic staff devoted to climate change and outreach to Muslim communities.