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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

June 16, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s hate-filled speech introducing his new Cuba policy.

“The policy that the president signed this afternoon is a slap in the face to all who welcomed the United States abandoning an outdated Cold War policy and a terrible step backwards for our international perception. I’ve traveled to Cuba since President Obama’s landmark policy and can attest firsthand the Cuban people have benefited from the thaw of our relationship.

June 15, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON— Today, the Co-Chairs of the Bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth endorsed five bipartisan bills that were previously provisions of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), which passed the U.S. House of Representatives in the 114th Congress. This package includes five separate bills designed to improve critical components of care within the child welfare system, particularly aimed at increasing the age of eligibility for education and vocational services for older foster youth, removing barriers for kinship care placements, modernizing case management systems, and enhancing access to family-based substance abuse treatment. Congress has a responsibility to ensure that every single child within the foster care system receives the quality care and support they need to achieve their full potential.

“The expectation that our current child welfare system sets is that once a child in the foster care system turns 18, they are fully capable of being independent without any aid. They can house themselves, feed themselves, and their own bills. We know that that’s simply not true,” Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) said.

June 8, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Rep. Bass released the following statement following former FBI Director Comey’s Senate Testimony.

“Today’s hearing exemplified the diminished prestige of the presidency since Donald Trump took office. If the president is not to be trusted, his administration cannot be trusted to investigate itself.

June 7, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) introduced H.R. 2795, which calls for immediate action to avert famine in Yemen and to address the longer term security concerns there. The bill would increase coordination in Yemen’s famine-risk areas and require a comprehensive report by Departments of State, Defense, and USAID on U.S. security and humanitarian interests.

“The most devastating aspect of the impending famine in Yemen is that it’s man-made and preventable,” Rep. Bass, Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, said. “This legislation is designed to immediately build a comprehensive strategy to address the humanitarian and security crisis in Yemen. We must continue to be an international leader in famine aid and relief.

June 5, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON—This past weekend, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) returned from a Congressional Delegation led by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Africa from a Congressional Delegation to famine-stricken South Sudan and neighboring Uganda.

“The trip was extremely educational for the both of us but the main takeaway from the trip was more than clear; there’s still work to be done,” Rep. Bass said upon her return. “When you visit a camp with hundreds of thousands of refugees you begin to understand on a much deeper level the impact of man-made famine.

June 1, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.

“Climate change denial and policy implementation with no regard for scientific findings make the U.S. look backwards and ridiculous on the world stage. There is no doubt in my mind that the Trump administration’s renegotiation of the Paris Climate Accord will fail to sufficiently protect the environment.

June 1, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Rep. Bass released the following statement recognizing June as Immigrant Heritage Month.

“As Immigrant Heritage Month begins, we reflect on who our country is really made up of. Together, we make this country great with our differences. This month, we celebrate a United States that is fueled by immigrants from around the world and pledge a continued resolve to protect the immigrants who have built and continue to build and contribute to our country.”

May 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth (CCFY) hosted more than 100 current and former foster youth from across the country as part of the 6th Annual Foster Youth Shadow Day in Washington, D.C.

May 23, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Karen Bass released the following statement regarding President Trump’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018.

“The President’s ‘stop deciding to be poor’ approach to the budget is a fundamental misstep that would permanently cripple the most vulnerable communities in the short run and erode our country’s international leadership in the long run.

May 17, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined Roland Martin on TV ONE to discuss the lasted news that FBI Director Comey was asked by President Trump to let the investigation of Michael Flynn go. Watch the full interview below.