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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

May 4, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the below video address following the passage of Trumpcare 2.0.
May 4, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement on the passage of Trumpcare in the House of Representatives.

“Today, the House of Representatives passed Trumpcare 2.0, forgetting those with pre-existing conditions in favor of a plan that won’t cover substance use treatment, mental health treatment, or maternity care.

May 4, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth (CCFY) introduced legislation with more than 130 bipartisan cosponsors to recognize May as National Foster Care Month and encourage Congress to implement policies to improve the lives of children in the foster care system.

Foster Care Month will culminate in Foster Youth Shadow Day on May 24th, when nearly over 100 current and former foster youth from across the country will come to Washington, D.C. to be paired with their home members of Congress to share their experiences in the nation's foster care system. The CCFY co-chairs are Reps.

May 2, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – More than 120 constituents attended a town hall about problems with airplane noise held last Sunday by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.). The meeting featured representatives from LAX and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“The goal of this meeting was to put affected people in the same room with representatives of the organizations that can help mitigate and eliminate these problems,” Rep. Bass said after the meeting, which was held at Sixth Avenue Elementary School in the Jefferson Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

May 1, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif) issued the following statement on the Omnibus Appropriations compromise, which includes nearly $1 billion for famine relief in Africa and Yemen. The statement comes one week after the House of Representatives passed House Resolution 187, a bipartisan resolution introduced by Rep. Bass urging the Administration to release additional funding through USAID to respond to famine in South Sudan.

“The compromise reached last night represents Congress’s desire to sustain our country’s leadership role in international aid and diplomacy. Through the leadership of Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), the omnibus package will provide nearly $1 billion in aid to combat famine and impending famine in Africa and Yemen.

April 25, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives took the important next step to fight the international crisis of famine in South Sudan by passing House Resolution 187, introduced by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.). The bill comes as a part of a broader momentum to draw attention and resources to what could become the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.

“Since the introduction of this legislation, people have starved to death in South Sudan who did not have to die, but succumbed to a famine caused by man. But this is also a famine that can be ended by man,” Rep. Bass said.

April 23, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Yesterday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) hosted a reception to honor the 150+ high school art competition participants. Over 200 constituents attended the art celebration, and saw those selected for awards, including the First Place winner, Elemmar Valle of Crenshaw High School. Elemmar will have her 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.

“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.”

April 21, 2017 Press Release
The panel featured Malcolm Nance and James Dean and was moderated by KCRW’s Benjamin Gottlieb.

LOS ANGELES —Last night, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) hosted a panel called “From Nixon to Trump: Perspectives on Presidential Accountability” to discuss perspective on presidential power and to dissect how presidential accountability impacts the district and the country. Topics ranged from possible Russia collusion with the Trump administration to the work of Ambassador Susan Rice.

April 14, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement marking three years since Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls in Northeastern Nigeria.

"It has been three years since 276 young girls were abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram from a Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria.  While some of these girls have escaped or have been freed, 195 young girls are still missing and have been at risk of trafficking, forced marriage and other forms of exploitation.

April 7, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.— In light of increasing constituent concerns over the effect of airplane noise on their health and their lives, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and the Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus are seeking expedited review of FAA noise standards and urging funding for health studies. Rep. Bass is also looking at legislation, regulations, and funding options to lessen the noise, whether that be through changing flight paths or any other methods of mitigation.

The Quiet Skies Caucus, led by co-chairs Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-NY) and vice chairs Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL), wrote to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development requesting they include in the subcommittee’s fisc