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.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined with House Democratic colleagues in signing a petition to force a vote on the bipartisan DREAM Act, which would provide a permanent solution to allow young undocumented immigrants brought here as children to remain in this country legally. If the petition is signed by a majority of Members, the House would be forced to take a vote on this legislation. Rep. Bass also called on Republicans to participate in this effort to force a vote.
“Tonight, I'm signing a petition for an immediate vote on the bipartisan DREAM Act,” Rep. Bass said. “Especially in Los Angeles, DREAMers are students, teachers, coaches, mentors, entrepreneurs and community leaders from Jamaica, El Salvador, China and Sudan. They are from everywhere but the only place they aren't American is on paper.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and the five co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth introduced a bipartisan, bicameral resolution to designate September 2017 as “National Kinship Care Month.” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced a corresponding resolution in the Senate.
“Grandparents and other relatives all over our nation step forward every day to provide a home and care for children when their biological parents are unable to do so,” Rep. Bass said. “These family members play a vital role in our child welfare system and often care for these children without the same resources as foster parents.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) introduced a resolution along with more than 40 of their colleagues calling for a limit on the President’s ability to pardon or grant a reprieve to him or herself or members of his or her family for an offense against the United States.
“Due to the current President’s proven willingness to slander the truth and exploit legal ambiguity for personal gain, we must explicitly forbid the possibility of a pardon for himself or his family,” Rep. Bass said. “Throughout this presidency, I’ve heard from thousands of constituents concerned about pardon power. The recent pardon of Joe Arpaio only amplified those concerns.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) offered a series of amendments to H.R. 3354, an omnibus appropriations bill that includes Fiscal Year 2018 spending for federal transportation priorities. The amendments, put forward in the House Rules Committee, were an effort to minimize the continuous and rampant noise caused by low-flying airplanes in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles.
“The main focus of my amendments is to require the FAA to provide resources to address noise reduction on aircrafts and to increase funding research, development and the implementation of air traffic noise reduction technologies,” Bass said in her testimony before the committee.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced it would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative.
“Trump's emphatic lack of empathy continues to destroy our communities and stain our reputation abroad. DREAMers aren't just "other country's kids." Especially in Los Angeles, they are students, teachers, coaches, mentors, entrepreneurs and community leaders from every continent. They’re from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. They're friends and they're family.
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Africa, and 11 of her colleagues sent a letter urging the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support increased funding to provide relief for Sierra Leone and other countries devastated by recent mudslides. Presently, the USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance has released $100,000 in aid. The letter sent calls for an additional $20 million for immediate assistance, which would have a widespread impact across the region.
“With hundreds dead, more missing, and the threat of a cholera outbreak looming, we must do our part in providing lifesaving assistance to Sierra Leone,” said Rep. Bass. “The situation there remains dire as rainfall continues, slowing recovery efforts and bringing the threat of further mudslides.