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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

December 8, 2016 Press Release
On December 8, 2016, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement on Facebook regarding the Senate approving a defense appropriations bill that waives most California National Guard bonuses:

"Just this morning, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill to help thousands of California National Guard soldiers and vets facing clawback payment demands. I am glad the Senate chose the wellbeing of those that have sacrificed for this country and the futures of their families over the broken system that took advantage of these heroes."

December 7, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON - On Wednesday, Rep. Karen Bass released the following statement regarding the passing of Cal State University chancellor Charles Reed:

"I was sorry to learn last night of the death of former Cal State University chancellor Charles Reed.

December 7, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON - On Wednesday, Rep. Karen Bass released the following statement on the Dakota Access Pipeline:

"I strongly support the thousands of Standing Rock Sioux tribe and Native American activists at the Standing Rock water protector camps who have vowed to remain steadfast in their protests to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and secure their only source of clean water, and sacred burial grounds.

December 1, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) elected Congressmember Karen Bass (CA-37) to serve as Second Vice Chair of the CBC for the 115th Congress. When the next Congress convenes in January, Rep. Bass will rejoin the leadership of the largest CBC in history, as victories in the last election have grown the Caucus to 49 members.

November 28, 2016 Press Release
Washington, DC - On Monday morning, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement regarding the passing of Fidel Castro.

As Cuba begins nine days of  mourning, I wish to express my condolences to the Cuban people and the family of Fidel Castro. The passing of the Comandante en Jefe is a great loss to the people of Cuba. I hope together, our two nations will continue on the new path of support and collaboration with one another, and continue in the new direction of diplomacy.   

November 21, 2016 Press Release
Washington, DC – On Friday, President-elect Donald Trump announced that U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) would be his choice for U.S. Attorney General. The Democratic Members of the House Committee on the Judiciary, led by Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), issued the following joint statement in response:

“The Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States, charged with the administration of the criminal justice system and the enforcement of our civil rights.  We have grave concerns with Senator Sessions’ potential nomination for this post and urge President-elect Trump to reconsider.

November 21, 2016 Press Release

LOS ANGELES, CA — On Friday, over 150 small business owners and constituents got the inside scoop on how to make government their next customer at an event hosted by Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.).  Titled “Cracking the Code: A Small Business Workshop on Government Contracting,” this forum and resource fair mobilized both federal and local support service providers to deliver resources to

November 17, 2016 Press Release
Today, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and 15 members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee requested an urgent hearing to examine reportedly deliberate attempts by foreign governments to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

In a letter sent to House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) led by Representative Gerald Connolly (D-VA), the Members wrote, “We cannot ignore these facts merely because Election Day has come and gone. The Committee must understand and be prepared to counter what constitutes a potentially unprecedented intervention by a foreign government into U.S. elections.”

November 15, 2016 Press Release
Following her statement on Monday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) and 169 of their colleagues on the below letter urging President-elect Trump to rescind his appointment of Stephen Bannon immediately and build a diverse White House staff.

Dear President-elect Trump:

November 14, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif) today released the following statement on the passing of Gwen Ifill, co-anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour, who passed away today at age 61:

I’m sad to learn of the death of Gwen Ifill. Gwen was the consummate journalist who put poured passion and critical thinking into every single story she covered. Her commitment to a strong and independent press served her viewers and the nation for decades. Gwen was a role model for many young girls looking to break barriers just as she did. To have known her was an honor.