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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

October 30, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D- Calif.) issued the following statement on the indictment of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort:

“This morning’s announcement should serve as a wake-up call to the White House that conspiring against the United States will not slide. In the face of confusing talking points and untruths put forth by the Trump Administration, it’s important to note that both Paul Manafort and Richard Gates spent significant time working with now-President Trump. Mr.

October 30, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D- Calif.) issued the following statement regarding radio host Bill Handel’s degrading remarks about her colleague, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson of Florida:

“Bill Handel’s racially-motivated remarks about my colleague Congresswoman Frederica Wilson were degrading and repulsive. Handel deserves to lose his job as well as any planned accolades for his reporting. I’m proud of the grassroots efforts that continue to publicize this derogatory display of on-air racism and call upon Mr. Handel to step down before he is forced to.” 

October 24, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), and the Co-Chairs of the CBC Task Force on Foreign Affairs and National Security, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA-37) and Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX-33), issued the following joint statement in response to the recent attacks in Niger.

“The early October attack that left four American service members dead in Niger has raised a number of important questions about exactly what happened, highlighted growing counterterrorism efforts across the continent, and emphasized the need for the Administration to reveal its policy toward Africa. 

October 24, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following tribute upon the passing of her dear friend, actor Robert Guillaume, on her Facebook page.

"Today, Los Angeles lost a star and I, a dear friend. 

October 17, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) took action in response to strong complaints about airplane noise, addressing the issue with Ms. Deborah Flint, CEO of the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) which operates Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The letter below came as a result of a community meeting in early October, at which residents made passionate pleas for help with noise that has disrupted their lives and disturbed their sleep.

The October 7, 2017 meeting was attended by hundreds of constituents, who have been surprised and upset by newly-concentrated flight paths that have created a “freeway in the sky” which tracks over Culver City, West Adams and Jefferson Park. 

October 16, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – On Saturday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement after an explosive was detonated in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia.

“Saturday’s attack has left more than 300 people dead, 400 people injured, and many more still missing. The explosion was the worst single attack in the country’s history and the Somali government believes the al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabaab is responsible for the attack.

October 12, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) introduced a resolution designating the week of October 6 through 12, 2017 as “National Physician Assistant Week.” Rep. Bass, the only sitting former Physician Assistant in Congress, issued the following statement regarding the resolution:

“Physician Assistants are often the first point of contact for many patients and play a vital role in helping them understand their medical needs and empower them to become effective advocates for their own health,” Rep. Bass said.

October 11, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) torched the proposed Republican budget during the House Subcommittee on Africa hearing on the State Department and USAID FY 2018 Budget. During the hearing, Rep. Bass described the budget as shortsighted, highlighting the several contradictions ranging from touting peace while cutting peacekeeping and development efforts to investing solely in military operations while ignoring the root causes of conflict. She also took on attempts to eliminate funding for family planning services, blasting it as an unnecessary advancement of ideology at the expense of Africans. Watch her full questioning below:
October 6, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) sent the letter below to Michael Huerta, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, to draw attention once again to the ongoing problems related to airplane noise after full implementation of NextGen in the Southern California Metroplex project.

In the letter, Rep. Bass highlighted extensive constituent complaints and demanded greater adherence to published minimum altitudes and the elimination of night flights below minimum altitudes. Rep. Bass also suggested that the FAA work with LAWA and others to reduce night flights over homes whenever safety permits.

October 6, 2017 Press Release
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.