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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

February 17, 2017 Press Release
Washington, DC – After President Donald Trump and House Republicans’ calls to investigate leaks of classified information, all House Judiciary Committee Democrats, led by House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), today wrote to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General to call for an investigation into potential Trump Administration threats to whistleblowers. The letter also requests the DOJ Inspector General to investigate potential conflicts of interest that may arise with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions leading the department’s investigation over these matters, given his close involvement with the Trump campaign.

“The President’s threats to whistleblowers are reckless and dangerous,” Rep. Bass said about the letter. “Due to how closely the President has worked with then-Senator Sessions during the campaign, it seems only reasonable to have the Inspector General conduct this requested review.”

February 16, 2017 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) reintroduced legislation to alleviate the financial burden of student loan debt on college graduates and support them as they begin their careers and lives. The Student Loan Fairness Act, which was originally introduced in March of 2013, would establish a new “10-10” standard for student loan repayment and cap federal interest rates, allowing eligible borrowers whose educational loan debt exceeds their income to convert their private loan debt into federal Direct Loans and then enroll their new federal loans into the 10-10 standard.

“I’m reintroducing the Student Loan Fairness Act because student debt is not an issue that is just going to disappear overnight without a concerted effort by Congress. We need to make sure we are setting up future generations for success, not crippling debt,” Rep. Bass said.

February 15, 2017 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined Democrats from both the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey requesting a full briefing in regards to former National Security Agency Director Michael Flynn’s communications with Russian officials and any knowledge or involvement others in the Trump administration may have had concerning these communications.

"General Flynn is a good soldier that is very possibly falling on his sword for following orders given by the President,” Rep. Bass stated. “Flynn was always a poor choice for National Security Advisor, a role not suitable for someone who flirts loosely with the truth.

February 13, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration discussing rescinding Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act.

"Once again, we are witnessing dangerous attempts by the Trump administration to roll back legislation aimed at protecting the human and civil rights of people not only in this country but abroad.

February 13, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - On Friday morning, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement congratulating Mr. Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on his election as President of the Federal Republic of Somalia.

“I congratulate Mr. Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on his election as President of the Federal Republic of Somalia.  Somalia has made tremendous progress in its recovery from decades of debilitating civil war.  I sincerely wish the Somali people continued success in the task of nation-building.

February 10, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement regarding Kellyanne Conway's comments referring the to the President's daughter's clothing line.

"Kellyanne Conway’s comment yesterday regarding the president’s daughter’s clothing line was more than an unacceptable slip; it was a blatant violation of ethics and an abuse of power.

February 10, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - On Friday morning, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) made the following statement following a unanimous court ruling against President Trump's travel ban.

"Last night, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled rejecting the Trump administration's travel ban. This unanimous ruling to side with the constitution not only will benefit the hundreds of thousands threatened with being separated from loved ones, it will also make our country safer.

February 9, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) and Reps. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Mia Love (R-UT), Raúl Labrador (R-ID), John Conyers (D-MI), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) introduced the Maintaining dignity and Eliminating unnecessary Restrictive Confinement of Youths Act of 2017 (MERCY Act). The MERCY Act would prohibit the solitary confinement of juveniles who are tried in the federal system and held in pretrial facilities or juvenile detention facilities, barring some extremely exceptional temporary circumstances. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), James Lankford (R-OK), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Bob Casey (D-PA) also introduced a companion bill in the Senate.

“The MERCY Act rightly calls attention to the need for smart reform and trauma-informed care for all justice-involved youth and is a necessary piece of legislation that aims to eliminate harmful and dangerous confinement practices for this vulnerable population,” Rep. Bass, a member of the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, stated.

February 3, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – On Friday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement on recent reports indicating that there has been increasing intimidation by the Government of the Republic of Cameroon.

“I am greatly concerned over recent reports indicating that there has been increasing intimidation by the Government of the Republic of Cameroon against the English-speaking population of the country.

January 31, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – On Monday, January 30, Rep. Bass (D-Calif.) sent a letter to President Trump urging he lift his Executive Order banning the entry of citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries, three of which are located on the continent of Africa-- Somalia, Libya, and Sudan.

“Mr. President, the refugees from the three African countries you have banned are attempting to escape war, persecution or famine. The majority are seeking shelter, food, and safety,” Rep. Bass wrote. “They wait years to be selected by a country and have to undergo an extremely thorough vetting process.”
 

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