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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

November 16, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat serving on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement after the appointment of Lana Marks at United States Ambassador to South Africa.

“I’m encouraged that the Trump administration and the State Department are expressing interest in staffing important U.S. diplomatic posts in African countries. This is absolutely essential to bettering our relationship with the countries on the continent and the economic opportunities they offer. 

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November 8, 2018 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Hoy, Rep. Karen Bass hablo con Ozwaldo Borraez en Univisión sobre la retórica política del presidente Trump. La congresista nos aliviarte de observar cuidadosamente lo que se está haciendo para ver a inmigrantes como criminales y asustar a los votantes aquí.
November 6, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), issued the following statement following the 2018 Midterm Elections.

“Tonight’s election was nothing short of historic.

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November 6, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat serving on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement following reports that more than 70 children were kidnapped in Cameroon.

“Kidnapping should always be condemned, especially if it involves more than 70 children. 

“Last night, armed separatists kidnapped 79 students and three staff from a Presbyterian boarding school in Cameroon’s Northwest anglophone region. This is the most recent example of how citizens, especially children, are increasingly the ones who suffer the most from terrorist activity. 

November 2, 2018 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass spoke with Harvey and Charles of TMZ Live regarding Trump's recent tweet vilifying immigrants. Watch the full interview below.
November 1, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, released the following statement recognizing November as National Adoption Awareness Month.

“Adoption impacts millions of Americans every year,” Rep. Bass said. “Each November, we must take the time to further understand adoption and reassert our promise to continue to work to find solutions that help children find forever families. I’m especially encouraged by the growing inclusion of foster care and adoption in the definition of a modern family.

October 9, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat serving on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement after the First Lady returned from her trip to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt.

“I am encouraged by the First Lady’s trip to the continent,” said Rep. Bass. “I hope that during her trip she was able to see the critical work of the U.S. Agency for International Development and the benefits of the contributions that our country makes every day across Africa.

October 5, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif,) issued the following statement after Donald Trump signed the FAA Reauthorization Package into law.

“I’m pleased to see that the FAA Reauthorization Package has been signed into law,” said Rep. Bass. “Swift implementation of this bill, especially the factors designed specifically to address aircraft noise is absolutely paramount and should be a priority of the FAA. What I’ve said time and time again, though, is that this is not a time to celebrate.

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October 2, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Congressman Tom Marino (R-Penn.), Co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, introduced legislation to provide grants to states, tribes (including tribal consortia), territories or community-based organizations to develop, enhance, and evaluate Kinship Navigator programs. Kinship Navigator programs support family caregivers through complex legal and administrative systems, help avert crises, prevent multiple child placements, and avoid the need for more costly services.

“With the rise of substance abuse highlighted by the opioid epidemic, more and more kinship caregivers are stepping up to raise children in need of temporary care or permanent homes,” said Rep. Bass. “This is happening in every state and every county in the United States. While we work to address this immediate epidemic, our child welfare systems are being overwhelmed.

October 2, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, introduced legislation calling on the government of Cameroon and all parties to the conflict, including armed separatist groups, to respect human rights and adopt nonviolent approaches to conflict resolution.

“The ongoing crisis and violence taking place in Cameroon at this very moment is something that deserves the attention of the world. Both the government and Anglophone separatists must be held accountable for their role in the violation of fundamental human rights.

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