WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) sent a letter signed by 80 Members of the House of Representatives to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly in strong opposition to his flippant remarks regarding newly proposed immigration policy that would take custody of immigrant children and then place them in foster care. On Thursday afternoon, Rep. Bass was joined by six of the signatories and many child welfare advocates outside the U.S. Capitol to discuss the letter and to condemn Secretary Kelly’s remarks.
“Our child welfare system is designed to protect children from abusive and neglectful parents. The system should never be used as a deterrent or a punishment for anyone, whether they are Americans or not,” said Rep. Bass.
Washington, DC – On Thursday, Rep. Bass issued the following statement on the nomination of David Friedman as ambassador to Israel.
"The U.S. relationship with Israel is absolutely critical, both for Israel’s safety and for U.S. interests in the region. I remain deeply concerned over the nomination of David Friedman as ambassador to Israel.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) reintroduced legislation, which will repeal the law that makes it all but impossible for people with a drug conviction, no matter how petty, to receive federal financial aid for higher education. The law in question, Section 484(r) of the Higher Education Act, suspends college aid for a person who in convicted of a drug offense. This law has denied tens of thousands of people of needed aid for college and has discouraged tens of thousands of others from even applying.
"Denying or creating barriers to people with a drug conviction from being able to receive federal financial aid has done nothing but keep Pell Grants and student loans from people who need them and who want to get their lives on track," said Rep. Bass.
LOS ANGELES, CA - On Monday, Rep. Bass hosted a town hall meeting called “Immigration State of Emergency: Understanding Your Rights and Resources.” The meeting, which was attended by over 100 constituents, was held at the Community Coalition in South Los Angeles.
“In light of recent events, I wanted to assure that we all know our rights and what resources are available to assist those in need of help,” Rep. Bass said. “The DHS memos set the President up to execute an early campaign pledge to create a massive deportation force that he could use to deport millions.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined millions in marking the annual celebration of International Women's Day.
“Today, we celebrate the courageous women who marched, organized, and advanced the promise of equality as we pledge to remain vigilant and resolved in preserving and pursuing progress,” Rep. Bass said. “As we celebrate the many victories that women have won, we must keep fighting to make more progress for women all around the world.”
On Tuesday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement in response to the House Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
“46 days into Donald Trump's presidency and seven years after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, House Republicans have finally delivered their plan of attack: less coverage at a higher cost.
Washington, DC - On Monday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) responded to President Trump's second immigration ban by calling out his fear-mongering rhetoric and questioning its effect on our national security.
“The week-long delay of the President’s second ban attempt shows there is no real emergency behind his fear-mongering rhetoric. Just because the new immigration ban applies to 6 countries and not 7 and takes 10 days to come into effect instead of the second the President signed the order does not make up for the bigotry that this order is still soaked in.
Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement celebrating Ghana's independence day.
"Congratulations to the proud people of Ghana on 60 years of independence. Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African country to declare independence in 1957 and helped to set in motion similar Independence movements across the continent. With this in mind, I was honored to attend the January 7, 2017 Inauguration of Ghana’s President His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addox.
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined all House Judiciary Committee Democrats in sending a letter to Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Director James Comey and U.S. Attorney for Washington, D.C., Channing D. Phillips, calling for an immediate criminal investigation into U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ statements before Congress in regards to his communications with Russian officials. These statements could potentially implicate a number of criminal laws including Lying to Congress and Perjury, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1001 and 1621. The members also renewed their call for a full briefing on the Trump and Russia investigation.
“On January 10th, our nation’s top cop lied under oath," Rep. Bass said. "There are no two ways about this. If these allegations are true, the Attorney General has committed a crime and as a result, there should an immediate criminal investigation. It has become clear that Sessions is not fit to serve as the top law enforcement officer and should resign.”
Washington, D.C. – This morning, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement about the bomb threat at the Westside Jewish Community Center in her district, and the growing attacks on Jewish institutions across the country.
“Yesterday, the Westside Jewish Community Center in my district had to evacuate in the face of a bomb threat, forcing out teachers and preschoolers, seniors, and many others, while the police investigated the area. Fortunately, it was only a hoax.