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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

August 8, 2018 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – This week, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) hosted two Congressional Conversation to hear the thoughts and concerns of constituents living in Culver City and Mar Vista. Residents focused on keeping the White House accountable, increasing access to jobs, and improving housing protections.

You can view photos from the Culver City meeting here and the Mar Vista meeting here.

August 3, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC—Today a bipartisan group of senior congressional members, led by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), introduced legislation, HR 6651, that would extend the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for another five years.

Smith and Lee were joined by original cosponsors Reps Ed Royce (R-CA), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Karen Bass (D-CA). 

The cosponsors of the bill released the following statement:

August 2, 2018 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement following her time monitoring the July 2018 election in Zimbabwe.

“The vast turnout I witnessed during this election demonstrates Zimbabweans desire for democratic governance. While Election Day was peaceful, I am concerned by the violence that occurred in Harare yesterday, leading to needless loss of life.

August 2, 2018 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced it would block states like California from adopting stricter vehicle fuel-efficiency standards.

“The Trump administration today is taking measures to bring Los Angeles back to the days of smog alerts. As has been already well-documented, the effects of rolling back these environmental protections will be first felt by those living in communities just off of highways.

July 30, 2018 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement regarding the passing of Congressman Ron Dellums.

“Although I first met Mr. Dellums when I was elected to Congress in 2010, I had followed his work for decades before that. His fiery opposition to the war in Vietnam and his adamant stance against apartheid in South Africa are just two examples of why he was such a progressive giant in these chambers and one of the most important national leaders on those issues.

July 26, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Co-Chairman of the Congressional Valley Fever Task Force, introduced H.R. 6562, the bipartisan FORWARD Act with fellow Co-Chairman Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-6) and Task Force Members Congresswoman Martha McSally (AZ-2), Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-37), and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9). This legislation would strengthen research and help advance treatment and vaccine development for Coccidioidomycosis, commonly known as Valley Fever, as well as other orphan endemic fungal diseases.

Congressman Kevin McCarthy, the primary sponsor of the bipartisan FORWARD Act, released the following statement:

July 25, 2018 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement after the House of Representatives unanimously passed the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Amendment Act.

“I’m proud of this body for passing this important piece of legislation that lays out the steps for improving bilateral relations between the United States and Zimbabwe.  The timing is important given that elections are scheduled for next week and this bill seeks to encourage free, fair and transparent elections,” said Rep. Bass.

July 23, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON — Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Africa, joined Congressmen Ed Royce (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Eliot Engel (D-New York), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) have introduced legislation to update the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001 (ZDERA). This update lays out clear steps to lay the framework for bilateral relations with the United States and focuses on governance, rule of law, and human rights, with an emphasis on holding free and fair elections.

“Zimbabwe is at a crucial point in its history,” said Congressmember Bass. “After years of political and economic crisis, the government there has the opportunity to set the country on a new trajectory.  This update sets necessary markers for lifting existing sanctions, which includes some related to the upcoming elections at the end of this month.

July 21, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Over the weekend, eight members of Congress returned from a trip to the Texas border. On their visit the members observed court proceedings of those who crossed the border, and visited the Ursula Border Patrol Processing Center, the Port Isabel Detention Center and the Brownsville Port of Entry.

“Before our trip, we had been told that families were not being separated at our border anymore. We now know that to be a lie. We met grandmothers and grandfathers who had been separated from their grandchildren because they weren’t considered family. We also saw hundreds of immigrants locked in cages, including children and some women well into their pregnancies,” said Rep.

July 13, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressmembers Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Karen Bass (D-Calif.), and other members of Congress sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar demanding answers to the grave concerns raised by HHS’ use of DNA testing to reunite children taken from their families. The Members also called for transparency and protection of the human rights of all migrants, including those seeking asylum in accordance with U.S. law.

In late June, Rep. Bass, introduced H.R. 6236, the “Family Unity Rights and Protection Act”, which would require the federal government to reunite families that have been forcibly separated at the border. As a child welfare advocate, Rep.