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February 24, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) and House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) reintroduced the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 as protests against police brutality and lack of accountability continued. The most recent protests occurred last night in Rochester, New York, after a grand jury failed to indict the police officers who handcuffed Daniel Prude, placed a hood over his head and pressed him into the pavement until he lost consciousness. He died that night.

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 is a bold, comprehensive approach to hold police accountable, change the culture of law enforcement, empower our communities, and build trust between law enforcement and our communities by addressing systemic racism and bias to help save lives. Last Congress, the George Floyd Justice In Policing Act passed by a bipartisan vote of 236 to 181.

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February 23, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Global Human Rights issued the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to serve as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations:

“Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield is a lifelong diplomat who is dedicated to bettering this country and the relationships this country has with others throughout the world. We traveled to the continent together many times and I’ve always admired her leadership. I am so proud of her confirmation today and eagerly look forward to working with her in this new role.

February 19, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Karen Bass signed a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, urging the Biden Administration to strengthen the United States-Armenia strategic relationship.

The lawmakers urged the Biden Administration to use every diplomatic and economic tool available to hold Azerbaijan and Turkey accountable for their aggressions, provide economic assistance to support Armenia’s democracy, and assist them in caring for families displaced from Artsakh.

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February 18, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressmember Karen Bass (CA-37) joined Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38) and U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) in introducing the bicameral U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, President Biden’s bold, inclusive, and humane framework for the future of the United States immigration system. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Nydia Velázquez (NY-07), Judy Chu (CA-27), Yvette Clarke (NY-09), Karen Bass (CA-37), and Raul Ruiz (CA-36), and Sens. Alex Padilla (D-CA), Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) joined as chief cosponsors.

The legislation would provide millions of hardworking, undocumented immigrants with a pathway to earned citizenship, including Dreamers, Temporary Protective Status (TPS) recipients, and essential workers who have made enormous sacrifices during the pandemic; prioritize family reunification and keeping families together; and bolster the country’s long-term economic growth.

February 18, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights, re-introduced the Represent America Abroad Act of 2021 to ensure that the U.S. Foreign Service reflects the rich composition of the American citizenry. The legislation establishes a program to identify, attract and welcome diverse mid-career professionals into the Foreign Service.

During the 116th Congress, the Represent America Abroad Act received bipartisan support and was co-sponsored by 117 Members of Congress. The bill was passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee in a unanimous voice vote last year.

February 8, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) joined Representatives Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Alma Adams (NC-12), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus to unveil a historic legislative package to address the United States’ urgent maternal health crisis.

The Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2021 will build on existing maternal health legislation, like policies to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage, with 12 bills to comprehensively address every dimension of America’s maternal health crisis.

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February 5, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement:

“I am excited that the Biden-Harris Administration is leading the way on resetting our relationship and partnership with Africa, and I am especially excited that he intends to strengthen our support of the African Union.

February 3, 2021 Press Release
Washington, DC—Representatives Gregory W. Meeks, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Karen Bass, Chair of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights; and James Himes, Chair of the Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy, today urged the Biden Administration to reinstate Magnitsky Sanctions against Mr. Dan Gertler, who has a long history of corruption in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen, the lawmakers expressed concern over the Trump Administration’s decision to lift sanctions and issue a license to Mr.

February 3, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement:

"I stand with the people of the Central African Republic (CAR) and urge the international community to play a more decisive role in preventing atrocities, invest in peace efforts, provide much needed humanitarian assistance, and support the country’s democratic transition. Because they exercised their right to be heard, the people of CAR are suffering from a new wave of violence.

February 2, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) issued the following statement about the pending deportations of asylum seekers from Cameroon.

“I am troubled by the recent reporting of plans to deport Cameroonian refugees and asylum seekers. These deportations would continue a trend of denying asylum seekers and returning them to harmful situations. The reported violence and humanitarian crisis surrounding the conflict in Cameroon is escalating by the day with civilians and even children being killed.

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