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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

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August 11, 2017 Press Release
Nairobi, Kenya – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement with the release of recommendations put forth by an international, bipartisan election delegation deployed to Kenya to observe the August 8 general elections. The delegation, sponsored by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and co-led by Rep. Bass, found that the people of Kenya made their voices heard in a peaceful fashion through credible election processes.

“The Kenyan people have a lot to be proud of in this election. The passionate enthusiasm felt county to county and the overwhelming voter turnout were both inspiring. The notion that Kenyans don’t care about the future of the country is just simply not true. This past election proves the opposite is true.”

August 2, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) responded to President Trump’s immigration plan that would slash legal immigration levels and eliminate multiple categories of family-based legal immigration and diversity visas.

“Today, the President continued his crusade against people that do not look like him. The President’s plan introduced by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) is a seriously misguided piece of legislation that will not improve our outdated immigration system.

August 2, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement responding to a New York Times report that the Trump administration is planning to redirect resources from the civil rights division of the Department of Justice to attack affirmative action.

“This is nothing short of an all-out attack against black and brown students country-wide working hard for a better future. The President redirecting resources from the civil rights division of the Department of Justice to attack affirmative action is just the latest example of an answer to his rally cry asking the black community what we have to lose.

August 1, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) announced that Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, will join an international, bipartisan election delegation deployed to Kenya to observe the August 8 general elections. The delegation will conduct its assessment in accordance with Kenyan law and the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation.

Leading NDI’s international and bipartisan mission in addition to Rep. Bass will be:

July 31, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement following the International Olympic Committee’s announcement that Los Angeles will host the Summer Games in 2028. This will be the third time Los Angeles hosted the event, first in 1932 and then in 1984.

“I remember the excitement in 1984 and the opportunity that the Games brought – not just to showcase our city to the world, but to embrace efforts to further improve the lives of those in Los Angeles. As someone that grew up here and has lived my entire life here, it’s an incredible feeling to be able to give our city the spotlight it deserves.

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July 29, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) hosted the 6th Annual South Los Angeles Faith Leaders’ Breakfast for a frank conversation about the Trump administration’s agenda and the effects that its policies may have on the South Los Angeles institutions, community, and families.

“I’m inspired by the continual engagement and initiative displayed by community faith leaders throughout this new Trump-era,” Rep. Bass said.

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July 28, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement on the collapse of the repeal.

“What happened last night was the result of millions raising their voices louder than special interests and outside groups.

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July 27, 2017 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), joined by Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Karen Bass (D-CA), introduced today the AGOA and MCA Modernization Act (H.R. 3445). The bipartisan legislation strengthens both the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the Millennium Challenge Act (MCA).

AGOA is landmark trade legislation first passed in 2000 to develop a trade relationship between the United States and the nations of sub-Saharan Africa.  And MCA established the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), which provides large-scale grants to promote economic growth opportunities in developing countries committed to good governance.  Together, these laws have helped increase trade b

July 26, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s twitter announcement banning transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.

“The President’s discriminatory statements released this morning are disgusting. It’s startling he would make our country less safe by recklessly preventing a group of patriots from continuing to serve their country. I proudly stand behind our transgender community as they are cowardly assaulted by the President from his social media account.”

July 25, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement on the passing of her colleague, the former California Senate Republican leader Dave Cogdill.

“I’m saddened to hear of the passing of my former colleague, Dave Cogdill. Dave was always willing to put the greater good ahead of immediate interests and party. His selfless leadership and dedication served as an inspiration for not only those who served with him, but also those who served after him, hoping to reach across the aisle and achieve tangible change, just as Dave did.

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