WASHINGTON – Today, Representatives Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform; Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary; and Karen Bass (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security; reintroduced the Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment (REDEEM) Act on the last day of Second Chance Month. U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) plans to reintroduce the bill in the Senate in the coming weeks. The bicameral legislation would ease the barriers to re-entry for formerly incarcerated individuals by expunging or sealing offenses that are committed by a child and providing a way for adults to seal non-violent criminal records.
Providing formerly incarcerated individuals with the tools to effectively reintegrate into society is essential in preventing recidivism. One in three American adults currently has a criminal record. Unfortunately, over two-thirds of formerly-incarcerated people are rearrested within three years.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations issued the following statement after Juan Guaidó called for an uprising against the government of President Nicolás Maduro and indicated he had military support.
“The focus of the U.S. government should be on supporting efforts both to bring about a peaceful solution to this crisis and to provide aid to the people of Venezuela. We must encourage adherence to the rule of law and under no circumstances support irregular unconstitutional transfers of power.
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement in recognition of the life lived by John Singleton.
“John Singleton was a native son of South Los Angeles who included our community in his prolific success.
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass continued calls to hear from Attorney General Barr in the wake of his misleading rollout of the redacted Mueller Report. Watch the interview below.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement responding to the detainment of journalists and the suppression of the internet and social media in Benin.
“I am disappointed by the detainment of journalists and the control of the internet and social media platforms in Benin by the government during the elections. A fair democratic system allows for the right to peacefully assemble, protest, and express views that may disagree with the existing state.
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after the shooting in Poway, California.
“The attack against the Jewish community in Poway today as they observed the last day of Passover is yet another example of the devastating anti-Semitism and hatred in this country that must be actively confronted and eradicated.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement on World Malaria Day.
“On World Malaria Day, we must continue to raise the awareness of this deadly disease that affects millions of people globally, with hundreds of thousands of children under the age of five dying annually. I applaud the global community in its efforts to combat and control the spread of this disease as we reach our goal of eradicating malaria.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement as the coast of East Africa prepares to face tropical storm Cyclone Kenneth.
“My thoughts are with the people of Northern Mozambique and Tanzania as Cyclone Kenneth makes landfall with winds equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane. This just a little more than a month after Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi were all hit by Cyclone Idai, one of the deadliest and costliest storms in Mozambique’s history.
LOS ANGELES - Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) discussed the recent study at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Watch the story on ABC7 below.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement responding to the detainment of music star and Ugandan MP Bobi Wine.
“It is troubling that a Member of Parliament would be detained for exercising his right to freedom of speech and assembly while protesting peacefully in Uganda. Mr. Wine has captured the voice of young people in Uganda and should not be detained because of his political or social beliefs.