WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined with House Democratic colleagues in signing a petition to force a vote on the bipartisan DREAM Act, which would provide a permanent solution to allow young undocumented immigrants brought here as children to remain in this country legally. If the petition is signed by a majority of Members, the House would be forced to take a vote on this legislation. Rep. Bass also called on Republicans to participate in this effort to force a vote.
“Tonight, I'm signing a petition for an immediate vote on the bipartisan DREAM Act,” Rep. Bass said. “Especially in Los Angeles, DREAMers are students, teachers, coaches, mentors, entrepreneurs and community leaders from Jamaica, El Salvador, China and Sudan. They are from everywhere but the only place they aren't American is on paper.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and the five co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth introduced a bipartisan, bicameral resolution to designate September 2017 as “National Kinship Care Month.” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced a corresponding resolution in the Senate.
“Grandparents and other relatives all over our nation step forward every day to provide a home and care for children when their biological parents are unable to do so,” Rep. Bass said. “These family members play a vital role in our child welfare system and often care for these children without the same resources as foster parents.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) introduced a resolution along with more than 40 of their colleagues calling for a limit on the President’s ability to pardon or grant a reprieve to him or herself or members of his or her family for an offense against the United States.
“Due to the current President’s proven willingness to slander the truth and exploit legal ambiguity for personal gain, we must explicitly forbid the possibility of a pardon for himself or his family,” Rep. Bass said. “Throughout this presidency, I’ve heard from thousands of constituents concerned about pardon power. The recent pardon of Joe Arpaio only amplified those concerns.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) offered a series of amendments to H.R. 3354, an omnibus appropriations bill that includes Fiscal Year 2018 spending for federal transportation priorities. The amendments, put forward in the House Rules Committee, were an effort to minimize the continuous and rampant noise caused by low-flying airplanes in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles.
“The main focus of my amendments is to require the FAA to provide resources to address noise reduction on aircrafts and to increase funding research, development and the implementation of air traffic noise reduction technologies,” Bass said in her testimony before the committee.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced it would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative.
“Trump's emphatic lack of empathy continues to destroy our communities and stain our reputation abroad. DREAMers aren't just "other country's kids." Especially in Los Angeles, they are students, teachers, coaches, mentors, entrepreneurs and community leaders from every continent. They’re from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. They're friends and they're family.
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Africa, and 11 of her colleagues sent a letter urging the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support increased funding to provide relief for Sierra Leone and other countries devastated by recent mudslides. Presently, the USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance has released $100,000 in aid. The letter sent calls for an additional $20 million for immediate assistance, which would have a widespread impact across the region.
“With hundreds dead, more missing, and the threat of a cholera outbreak looming, we must do our part in providing lifesaving assistance to Sierra Leone,” said Rep. Bass. “The situation there remains dire as rainfall continues, slowing recovery efforts and bringing the threat of further mudslides.
LOS ANGELES – Last night, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) held a Congressional Conversation to hear the thoughts and concerns of constituents living in South Los Angeles. The event was well attended, with over 250 constituents in the audience at Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church.
“Now more than ever, it’s important to be vigilant and keep elected officials accountable,” Rep. Bass said. “These forums give me the opportunity to not only report back on what has been happening in Washington, but to also hear about how I can better serve my community. Thank you to Pastor Brown and the rest of the Mt.
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement regarding the death of Gemmel Moore.
"I’m stunned by the news of Gemmel’s death and the tragic and sad circumstances surrounding it. Nine years ago, I received a $250.00 contribution from Edward Buck. I do not know him, but what I am hearing and reading about his conduct with Gemmel is deeply disturbing. If there are other victims, they should come forward immediately.
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Africa, released the following after the capital of Sierra Leone was hit by heavy rain, followed by an unprecedented mud-slide and massive flooding, resulting in hundreds dead and many more missing.
"The situation in Freetown, Sierra Leone remains dire as rainfall continues, slowing recovery efforts and bringing the threat of further mudslides. The Government of Sierra Leone has made an urgent international appeal for assistance and the Embassy of Sierra Leone in the United States has launched an emergency relief fund.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) responded to violence incited by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“Racism is alive in our country every day and more often than not, it lives in the form of “many sides.” It doesn’t matter that the President took a step back from his initial horrendous statement after racism reared its ugly head yet again over the weekend.