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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

January 3, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement upon being sworn into her fourth term as the Representative for California’s 37th congressional district:

“I am honored and excited to continue my work in Congress on behalf of my constituents in the 37th district. We have some difficult days ahead of us. Republicans seek to roll back progressive policies that have made our families stronger, healthier and more financially secure.

December 19, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C – Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) made the following statement on Monday morning regarding recent developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

"As the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) wait to see whether President Joseph Kabila, in deference to the people of the DRC and his office, chooses to step down from the presidency on December 19, I join those in the United States, internationally and in the DRC calling on him to complete his term of office on the right side of history by stepping down.

December 12, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, issued the following statement on the election in The Gambia.

"On the heels of what was a peaceful and successful process which resulted in the election of current President-Elect Barrow, President Jammeh, who conceded the election on December 2, 2016, now seeks to overturn the electoral process.

December 8, 2016 Press Release
On December 8, 2016, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement on Facebook regarding the Senate approving a defense appropriations bill that waives most California National Guard bonuses:

"Just this morning, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill to help thousands of California National Guard soldiers and vets facing clawback payment demands. I am glad the Senate chose the wellbeing of those that have sacrificed for this country and the futures of their families over the broken system that took advantage of these heroes."

December 7, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON - On Wednesday, Rep. Karen Bass released the following statement regarding the passing of Cal State University chancellor Charles Reed:

"I was sorry to learn last night of the death of former Cal State University chancellor Charles Reed.

December 7, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON - On Wednesday, Rep. Karen Bass released the following statement on the Dakota Access Pipeline:

"I strongly support the thousands of Standing Rock Sioux tribe and Native American activists at the Standing Rock water protector camps who have vowed to remain steadfast in their protests to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and secure their only source of clean water, and sacred burial grounds.

December 1, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) elected Congressmember Karen Bass (CA-37) to serve as Second Vice Chair of the CBC for the 115th Congress. When the next Congress convenes in January, Rep. Bass will rejoin the leadership of the largest CBC in history, as victories in the last election have grown the Caucus to 49 members.

November 28, 2016 Press Release
Washington, DC - On Monday morning, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement regarding the passing of Fidel Castro.

As Cuba begins nine days of  mourning, I wish to express my condolences to the Cuban people and the family of Fidel Castro. The passing of the Comandante en Jefe is a great loss to the people of Cuba. I hope together, our two nations will continue on the new path of support and collaboration with one another, and continue in the new direction of diplomacy.   

November 21, 2016 Press Release
Washington, DC – On Friday, President-elect Donald Trump announced that U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) would be his choice for U.S. Attorney General. The Democratic Members of the House Committee on the Judiciary, led by Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), issued the following joint statement in response:

“The Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States, charged with the administration of the criminal justice system and the enforcement of our civil rights.  We have grave concerns with Senator Sessions’ potential nomination for this post and urge President-elect Trump to reconsider.

November 21, 2016 Press Release

LOS ANGELES, CA — On Friday, over 150 small business owners and constituents got the inside scoop on how to make government their next customer at an event hosted by Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.).  Titled “Cracking the Code: A Small Business Workshop on Government Contracting,” this forum and resource fair mobilized both federal and local support service providers to deliver resources to