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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

October 24, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following tribute upon the passing of her dear friend, actor Robert Guillaume, on her Facebook page.

"Today, Los Angeles lost a star and I, a dear friend. 

October 17, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) took action in response to strong complaints about airplane noise, addressing the issue with Ms. Deborah Flint, CEO of the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) which operates Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The letter below came as a result of a community meeting in early October, at which residents made passionate pleas for help with noise that has disrupted their lives and disturbed their sleep.

The October 7, 2017 meeting was attended by hundreds of constituents, who have been surprised and upset by newly-concentrated flight paths that have created a “freeway in the sky” which tracks over Culver City, West Adams and Jefferson Park. 

October 16, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – On Saturday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement after an explosive was detonated in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia.

“Saturday’s attack has left more than 300 people dead, 400 people injured, and many more still missing. The explosion was the worst single attack in the country’s history and the Somali government believes the al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabaab is responsible for the attack.

October 12, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) introduced a resolution designating the week of October 6 through 12, 2017 as “National Physician Assistant Week.” Rep. Bass, the only sitting former Physician Assistant in Congress, issued the following statement regarding the resolution:

“Physician Assistants are often the first point of contact for many patients and play a vital role in helping them understand their medical needs and empower them to become effective advocates for their own health,” Rep. Bass said.

October 11, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) torched the proposed Republican budget during the House Subcommittee on Africa hearing on the State Department and USAID FY 2018 Budget. During the hearing, Rep. Bass described the budget as shortsighted, highlighting the several contradictions ranging from touting peace while cutting peacekeeping and development efforts to investing solely in military operations while ignoring the root causes of conflict. She also took on attempts to eliminate funding for family planning services, blasting it as an unnecessary advancement of ideology at the expense of Africans. Watch her full questioning below:
October 6, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) sent the letter below to Michael Huerta, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, to draw attention once again to the ongoing problems related to airplane noise after full implementation of NextGen in the Southern California Metroplex project.

In the letter, Rep. Bass highlighted extensive constituent complaints and demanded greater adherence to published minimum altitudes and the elimination of night flights below minimum altitudes. Rep. Bass also suggested that the FAA work with LAWA and others to reduce night flights over homes whenever safety permits.

October 6, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after today's announcement by President Trump signed an Executive Order to permanently lift sanctions on Sudan. This action builds on President Obama’s Executive Order 13671, which partially lifted executive-branch sanctions on Sudan and established criteria for the complete revocation of sanctions after a review period of six months. In July, President Trump extended the deadline on whether to lift sanctions.

"During the past year, there has been notable progress in areas outlined by the Five Track Engagement Plan (5TEP), including: Opening humanitarian access throughout the country; maintaining a cessation of hostilities in Darfur and the Two Areas (Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile State); ceasing support to South Sudanese rebel movements and cooperating on threats to regional security.

October 2, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced its decision to remove U.S. diplomatic staff from Havana, Cuba.

"By expelling 15 Cuban diplomats from the United States, Secretary Tillerson and the Trump Administration have adopted a hasty response without a thorough investigation into what actually transpired." Rep. Bass said.

September 28, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after House leadership procedurally blocked all possibility of any amendments to be offered to the 2017 FAA Reauthorization package.

“There are neighborhoods in Los Angeles that suffer hour after hour due to rampant and never-ceasing pollution and noise left by airplanes flying with no regard for previously agreed upon height regulation,” Rep. Bass said.

September 28, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) signed two separate letters urging the President to implement specific solutions that will help save millions of lives in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the rest of the Caribbean. The first effort demands that the Department of Defense deploy additional resources to aid recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. The second requested that any additional emergency supplemental funding for Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria also include other affected Caribbean islands as well.

“The Jones Act has finally been waived but there’s still much to be done. The decimation being faced by millions of Americans in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the chain of Caribbean islands is devastating to say the least,” Rep. Bass said.