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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

November 21, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement regarding the resignation of 37-year Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

“The news of President Mugabe’s resignation after a week of political uncertainty that included a military takeover and possible impeachment has led the people of Zimbabwe to rejoice. Now that President Mugabe has stepped down, I hope to see the country rapidly return to civilian rule in accordance with Zimbabwe’s constitution.

November 20, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus recognized Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day that marks the visibility and understanding of the transgender community through ally-ship, education and resilience in the face of oppression.

“I hope all Americans will join me in honoring the memories of all transgender people who are victims of violence, here and around the globe,” said Rep. Bass. “Too often, transgender people, especially transgender people of color, face discrimination in employment, housing, and health care.

November 18, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, the Office of Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.) hosted over 400 constituents at a housing resource fair in South Los Angeles. The fair lasted more than four hours and included representatives from over 35 service providers, focusing on housing retention, navigating affordable housing waitlists, homelessness prevention, first-time home-buyers and more.

“Los Angeles currently has an overall housing vacancy rate of two percent, so even if you have money, you can have a hard time finding housing,” Rep. Bass said. “As rents increase because of scarce supply, people are finding themselves in difficult situations.  The goal of this event was to connect people with the organizations and services that can help folks to improve their situation.

November 17, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement upon the news that Mr. David Cunningham had passed away.

"Los Angeles has lost a great leader. I’m saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. David Cunningham, a champion for accessible, affordable housing and a true community leader. Among his major contributions to our city, Mr. Cunningham served on the Los Angeles City Council for 13 years in the 1970s and 1980s and represented many Angelenos, including myself, at that post.

November 9, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement recognizing Veterans Day:

“Today, we honor the selfless bravery that millions of veterans across the country have offered during their lifetimes. This commitment to the protection of our freedoms and democracy, whether it be voluntarily or by the result of a draft, deserves our recognition, admiration, and unadulterated gratitude.

November 9, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37), released the following statements after sending a letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, requesting a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report to address the treatment of pregnant women in prisons and detention facilities. Joined by 30 Members of Congress, the letter requests that the GAO further investigate what practices and guidelines are being implemented regarding the treatment of pregnant women in prison. Recent news reports have highlighted the inhumane practices women face while in prison, including solitary confinement, shackling and denial of adequate health services.

We often forget that women’s rights are human rights. The mass incarceration policies in this country caters to for-profit prisons and only incentivizes the detention and incarceration of more individuals, many of which are vulnerable women who flee their home countries escaping gang-related and sexual violence,” said Rep.

November 6, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement after multiple people were killed and injured in a shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas:

“I’m deeply saddened by this devastating attack. 36 days of thoughts and prayers from Congress since our country’s worst mass shooting in history obviously haven’t worked. It’s time to stop favoring the gun lobby over the lives of community members. We need reform.”

November 3, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - With concerns mounting among immigrant communities about the Trump Administration’s immigration policies, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has introduced the American Promise Act, which would protect from deportation individuals who currently receive Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).

In recent weeks, there has been increasing fear that the Trump Administration will terminate TPS for individuals from certain countries such as El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua, potentially resulting in their deportation. Velázquez’s bill would ensure individuals who have resided in the U.S.

November 1, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D- Calif.), top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement following the Trump administration’s announcement that they would terminate the Diversity Visa Program.

“In the wake of Tuesday’s attack in New York City, President Trump has politicized the tragedy by going after the Senate Democratic Leader and calling for the termination of the Diversity Visa Program, one of the primary vehicles used by Africans to immigrate to the U.S.

November 1, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement marking the beginning of the health care open enrollment period.

“Because the Trump administration has cut funding for ads encouraging enrollment for the Affordable Care Act and pulled out of assisting states with enrollment efforts, we’ve had to take getting the word out upon ourselves,” Rep. Bass said. “This is your chance to make changes that work best for you and your family.