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September 13, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Global Human Rights issued the following statement:

“I want to thank Speaker Pelosi and congratulate Congresswoman Barbara Lee on her appointment to once again represent the United States Congress at the United Nations. Congresswoman Lee brings decades of international experience as the Chair of the Appropriations Foreign Operations Subcommittee.

September 8, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), along with Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), Congressman Don Bacon (R-NE), Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), and Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), introduced legislation to double emergency support for foster youth under the John H. Chafee Foster Care Program to $800 million and extend programmatic flexibilities through the 2022 fiscal year.

This legislation will allow youth to access Chafee services until age 27, extend the moratorium on ‘aging out’ of foster care, and enable youth who left care during the pandemic to re-enter care.

September 5, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement:

“I am concerned by media reports of unrest in Conakry that allegedly involve soldiers detaining President Condé, dissolving the cabinet and constitution, and closing Guinea’s borders. I know many citizens in the country were and remain frustrated with the current regime but this is not the way to a true democracy.

September 1, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement:

“I am greatly troubled by the recent reports of looting at USAID warehouses containing humanitarian food supplies. These actions by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) will have a direct effect on nearly 5 million Ethiopians who need serious support, and for the first time, USAID is inhibited from doing its job of providing food aid to those who most need it.

August 24, 2021 Press Release
Washington, DC - Today, Representatives Gregory W. Meeks, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Karen Bass, Chair of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights, issued the following statement on the White House announcement of a Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Zambia to attend the inauguration of His Excellency Hakainde Hichilema:

“On the Republic of Zambia’s inauguration day, we commend President-Elect Hakainde Hichilema, former President Edgar Lungu, and the Zambian people’s commitment to a peaceful transition of power.

August 16, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Congresswoman Sharice Davids (D-Kan.) led a letter to the Indian Health Service (IHS) requesting that the agency ensure that culturally appropriate supports are in place for survivors and communities affected by the Indian Boarding School Policies. In the letter, they commend Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland’s recent announcement of the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative, while urging IHS to develop protections for those who experience trauma resulting from revelations that emerge during the initiative. They also request that IHS collaborate with relevant agencies, including other components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) at the Department of the Interior.

The requests in this letter were suggested, and are supported, by the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition and the National Indian Health Board (NIHB). The letter was joined by 19 of their colleagues in Congress. 

August 16, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement:

“The people of Zambia have spoken in electing Mr. Hakainde Hichilema as their next president.  The Zambian electoral commission and international election observers have declared the election transparent and peaceful but condemned the restrictions on freedom of assembly and movement during the election.

August 16, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) announced the appointment of Darryn Harris appointed to serve as her next Chief of Staff.

“Darryn has more than a decade of experience working in public service at the local, state and federal level on behalf of the people of Los Angeles,” said Congressmember Bass. “His continued dedication to advancing social and economic justice for our area makes him well-equipped to serve in this role.”

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August 16, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) announced the appointment of Jacqueline Hamilton to serve as her next District Director.

“Jacqueline’s tireless work on behalf of the people of Los Angeles makes her a terrific choice as District Director,” said Congressmember Bass. “I value her ability to get things done.  I look forward to continuing to work with her, especially since she has a real heart for connecting people to resources.”

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August 11, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement:

“Ahead of tomorrow’s elections where the people of Zambia will have the chance to have their voices heard as they vote for president, members of the National Assembly and other local officials, I urge the current Government of Zambia to have free, fair, inclusive, and transparent elections.

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