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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

December 7, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), who was elected to be the next Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, issued the following statement after the announcement that former Attorney General William Barr would be nominated to be the head of the Department of Justice again:

“Former Attorney General Barr has supported policies that have contributed to mass incarceration. He defended laws that made prison sentences for crack harsher than cocaine, advocated for the elimination of parole and increased prison sentences in Virginia and called the notion that there were victims of our criminal justice system a ‘myth’.

December 7, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) discussed the upcoming closed-door hearing with former FBI Director James Comey, the continuing separation of families at the border, and women in our criminal justice system. Watch the full interview below.
December 6, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat serving on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, introduced a resolution along with Nigeria Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) and Shelia Jackson Lee (D-Texas) urging the government of Nigeria, along with Nigeria’s political parties, to ensure electoral accountability and transparency in the upcoming February election

“It is in the best interest of the United States to maintain a strong bilateral relationship with a politically stable, democratic, and economically sound Nigeria that can play a leadership role in the region and the continent more broadly.

December 1, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat serving on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement commemorating World AIDS Day.

“Today is a day to raise awareness, reflect on our progress, and recommit our resolve to fight HIV/AIDS throughout the world.

“This year, Congress came together in a bipartisan fashion to extend the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program which has already saved 17 million lives across the globe.

November 28, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.) was elected to chair the Congressional Black Caucus during the 116th Congress. Members of the Caucus will chair five full House Committees in addition to at least 28 House Subcommittees in the coming Congress.

The New Caucus:

On January 3rd, the Congressional Black Caucus will add 9 new representatives to their caucus, growing their numbers to 55, making it the first time ever that the Caucus will have more than 50 Members. The Caucus will also chair five full House Committees in addition to 28 House Subcommittees.

November 27, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat serving on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement after the passage of H.R. 6207, the Democratic Republic of Congo Democracy and Accountability Act of 2018.

“The DRC has the potential to be one of the richest countries on earth, but it has been crippled by decades of conflict and corruption,” said Rep. Bass. “Congolese citizens have long called for the international community to play a role in holding the ruling party accountable to their country’s constitution.

November 20, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement:

“Marcia is a fearless legislator and one of the most respected Members of the House of Representatives by both parties. She is a proven national leader and a past National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a member of the Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter.

November 16, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat serving on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement after the appointment of Lana Marks at United States Ambassador to South Africa.

“I’m encouraged that the Trump administration and the State Department are expressing interest in staffing important U.S. diplomatic posts in African countries. This is absolutely essential to bettering our relationship with the countries on the continent and the economic opportunities they offer. 

November 8, 2018 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Hoy, Rep. Karen Bass hablo con Ozwaldo Borraez en Univisión sobre la retórica política del presidente Trump. La congresista nos aliviarte de observar cuidadosamente lo que se está haciendo para ver a inmigrantes como criminales y asustar a los votantes aquí.
November 6, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), issued the following statement following the 2018 Midterm Elections.

“Tonight’s election was nothing short of historic.

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