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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

November 17, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement upon the news that Mr. David Cunningham had passed away.

"Los Angeles has lost a great leader. I’m saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. David Cunningham, a champion for accessible, affordable housing and a true community leader. Among his major contributions to our city, Mr. Cunningham served on the Los Angeles City Council for 13 years in the 1970s and 1980s and represented many Angelenos, including myself, at that post.

November 9, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement recognizing Veterans Day:

“Today, we honor the selfless bravery that millions of veterans across the country have offered during their lifetimes. This commitment to the protection of our freedoms and democracy, whether it be voluntarily or by the result of a draft, deserves our recognition, admiration, and unadulterated gratitude.

November 9, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37), released the following statements after sending a letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, requesting a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report to address the treatment of pregnant women in prisons and detention facilities. Joined by 30 Members of Congress, the letter requests that the GAO further investigate what practices and guidelines are being implemented regarding the treatment of pregnant women in prison. Recent news reports have highlighted the inhumane practices women face while in prison, including solitary confinement, shackling and denial of adequate health services.

We often forget that women’s rights are human rights. The mass incarceration policies in this country caters to for-profit prisons and only incentivizes the detention and incarceration of more individuals, many of which are vulnerable women who flee their home countries escaping gang-related and sexual violence,” said Rep.

November 6, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement after multiple people were killed and injured in a shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas:

“I’m deeply saddened by this devastating attack. 36 days of thoughts and prayers from Congress since our country’s worst mass shooting in history obviously haven’t worked. It’s time to stop favoring the gun lobby over the lives of community members. We need reform.”

November 3, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - With concerns mounting among immigrant communities about the Trump Administration’s immigration policies, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has introduced legislation to protect from deportation individuals who currently receive Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).

In recent weeks, there has been increasing fear that the Trump Administration will terminate TPS for individuals from certain countries such as El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua, potentially resulting in their deportation. Velázquez’s bill would ensure individuals who have resided in the U.S.

November 1, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D- Calif.), top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement following the Trump administration’s announcement that they would terminate the Diversity Visa Program.

“In the wake of Tuesday’s attack in New York City, President Trump has politicized the tragedy by going after the Senate Democratic Leader and calling for the termination of the Diversity Visa Program, one of the primary vehicles used by Africans to immigrate to the U.S.

November 1, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement marking the beginning of the health care open enrollment period.

“Because the Trump administration has cut funding for ads encouraging enrollment for the Affordable Care Act and pulled out of assisting states with enrollment efforts, we’ve had to take getting the word out upon ourselves,” Rep. Bass said. “This is your chance to make changes that work best for you and your family.

October 30, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D- Calif.) issued the following statement on the indictment of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort:

“This morning’s announcement should serve as a wake-up call to the White House that conspiring against the United States will not slide. In the face of confusing talking points and untruths put forth by the Trump Administration, it’s important to note that both Paul Manafort and Richard Gates spent significant time working with now-President Trump. Mr.

October 30, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D- Calif.) issued the following statement regarding radio host Bill Handel’s degrading remarks about her colleague, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson of Florida:

“Bill Handel’s racially-motivated remarks about my colleague Congresswoman Frederica Wilson were degrading and repulsive. Handel deserves to lose his job as well as any planned accolades for his reporting. I’m proud of the grassroots efforts that continue to publicize this derogatory display of on-air racism and call upon Mr. Handel to step down before he is forced to.” 

October 24, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), and the Co-Chairs of the CBC Task Force on Foreign Affairs and National Security, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA-37) and Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX-33), issued the following joint statement in response to the recent attacks in Niger.

“The early October attack that left four American service members dead in Niger has raised a number of important questions about exactly what happened, highlighted growing counterterrorism efforts across the continent, and emphasized the need for the Administration to reveal its policy toward Africa.