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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

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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.

September 28, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat serving on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, and Members of the Congressional Black Caucus met with President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana to discuss ways the Caucus and the country can collaborate on capacity building, economic partnerships and enhancing the perception of the continent of Africa.

“It was an honor to host President Akufo-Addo here in the Capitol,” said Rep. Bass after the meeting.

September 28, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives sent a package of measures to address the opioid epidemic to the White House, which included legislation drafted by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, to address a misinterpretation of the Affordable Care Act by providing foster youth with the same health insurance benefits as their peers.

“I’m sure the parents in Congress all would agree that health care for our children is not optional,” said Rep. Bass. “The congressional record is clear that Medicaid was supposed to cover all young adults who were in foster care at age 18, even if they move to a different state. But unfortunately, the language in the bill itself, wasn’t as clear.

September 26, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), released the following statement regarding the passage of the FAA Reauthorization package, which was included in H.R. 302, a bill that also provided $5.6 billion for Community Health Centers and much needed funding for California to combat and recover from recent wildfires:

“I voted yes on this bill despite inadequate provisions to address noise for two reasons: first, the continuing inaction on FAA reauthorization and the looming funding deadline threaten to erode the agency’s ability to keep the flying public safe; and second, the bill was crammed with hundreds of last-minute provisions, including badly-needed funds for basic health care, and relief for pe

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