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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

June 8, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement regarding the separation of immigrant families.

“The outrageous separation of families at the border isn’t just a temporary consequence that ends upon reunification of the child and their parent. Separation means significant trauma for both parties. 

June 2, 2018 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Rep. Karen Bass joined MSNBC's Alex Witt to discuss North Korea and the Trump administration's continually changing policies.

May 24, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), today led a letter signed by Democratic Members of the House Judiciary Committee to President Donald Trump, urging him to comply with Robert Mueller’s request to sit for an interview as part of the Special Counsel investigation.

The letter was signed by Democratic Members of the U.S.

May 23, 2018 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 7th Annual Foster Youth Shadow Day in Washington, D.C. Every year, the event allows youth to share their experiences in foster care directly with their Member of Congress to help inform and improve child welfare policy.

“Any time a foster youth falls through the cracks, the government is really the one responsible,” Rep. Bass said. “When we remove children from their parents, it’s the government that becomes the parents. What can we do better? What are the tangible solutions? That’s what this event is about.

May 23, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) questioned newly-appointed Secretary of State regarding the future of US-Africa policy. Specifically, she asked about elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the imprisonment of Noura Hussein in Sudan.
May 18, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement of concern after the World Health Organization announced that Ebola had reached Mbandaka, the provincial capital of nearly one million people in the Equateur Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“The international community must act immediately to contain the spread of Ebola. What we learned during the last outbreak was that only through extensive international collaboration can we stop this epidemic.

May 16, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, the Congressional Black Caucus Foreign Affairs and National Security Task Force, co-chaired by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Africa, and Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Texas), hosted an Africa Policy Breakfast Forum to discuss the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The forum was attended by more than 200 people. The expert panel, which was moderated by former Assistant Secretary of State, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, featured three experts on the crisis in the DRC, one of whom flew to the United States from the Congo to participate just for this forum.

May 14, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) named Caren Street as her next Chief of Staff. Caren was formerly the Policy Director for the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), a bicameral, bipartisan 48-member congressional caucus.

During her time with the Caucus, Caren played an integral role in drafting the 130-page document that members of the CBC Executive Committee delivered to President Trump during their meeting in March of 2017.

May 12, 2018 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) hosted a reception to honor the nearly 300 high-school art competition participants. More than 250 constituents attended the art celebration, and saw those selected for awards, including the First Place winner, Brennan Elliott of Culver City High School. Brennan will have his artwork displayed for a year in the halls of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and get to fly to the opening reception for all of the winning artists from across the country. His winning piece, Imani, depicts a student (pictured above) who was in his mother’s fourth grade class.
This year 21 educators from 18 high schools, submitted 288 pieces of art for the contest.  
“It’s exciting to see the Congressional Art Competition in my district grow every year,” Rep. Bass said. “More and more students can see their art displayed in a professional manner, and can understand that we value their work and their courage in submitting.”
May 10, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – On Thursday, May 10, 2018, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) introduced the Jobs and Justice Act of 2018, omnibus legislation that would, if passed, increase the upward social mobility of Black families, and help ensure equal protection under the law. The CBC hopes the legislation will serve as a guiding light for any White House, major legislative caucus, or member of Congress who claims to care about the African-American community, other communities of color, and rural communities.

On the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald J. Trump asked the African-American community “What do you have to lose?” in reference to voting for him. When the Rep.