WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement regarding the new agreement with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to relocate thousands of African migrants.
“I am very relieved and excited by the announcement that Israel reached an agreement with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to facilitate the resettling of African migrants. The plan would resettle asylum seekers to Western countries and within Israel rather than simply deporting those who sought refuge because of serious insecurity in their own countries.
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Committee on Africa, released the following statement regarding the passing of South African anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
“Today, the world has lost an advocate, a warrior and a champion for the rights of all people,” Rep. Bass said. “Mrs. Madikizela-Mandela’s lifelong fight for freedom and equality will be remembered in the hearts of the thousands who would not be free today without her struggle. My thoughts are with her family and her country as they mourn.”
LOS ANGELES – Last Saturday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) hosted a community resource fair at Hawkins High School in South Lost Angeles. The 4-hour event hosted more than 15 service providers to help constituents with services like free blood pressure monitoring, car seats for infants, legal aid, education counseling, health services and more.
“Our constituents and neighbors are facing real issues ranging from employment to health care access and we are hoping that these service providers are truly able to help by offering the great work we know they do in the community,” Rep. Bass said. “My office will continue to do all we can to connect constituents with services that will help their situations improve.”
LOS ANGELES – Last Saturday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) hosted a tax resource fair for constituents to discover what to expect with the new GOP Tax Plan. Constituents were able to find out which tax credits and deductions are still available for them, receive information on credit counseling and financial planning, and get help with income tax preparation.
“With less than one month until Tax Day, many communities are still in a world of confusion,” said Rep. Bass. “Many deductions that Californians have relied on have been eliminated and the future impact of the overhaul will ultimately lead to increases in taxes for many Americans.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) introduced a resolution to raise awareness about the barrage of fraud attempts that seniors face nationwide. The resolution encourages Congress to implement policies to prevent senior scams from happening and to improve protections from these scams. The resolution would also support the designation of May 15, 2018, as "National Senior Fraud Awareness Day".
“Senior scams are becoming more sophisticated and more common,” said Rep. Bass. “As a result, Congress should adapt and react. The resolution I’ve introduced this week calls on Congress to not only pass legislation to prevent senior scams from happening, but also to improve protections for seniors from these vicious scams.
The Directing Implementation of Sanctions and Accountability for Russian Mischief (DISARM) Act holds Russia accountable for election meddling by enforcing the intent of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions law
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Representatives Denny Heck (WA-10), Leonard Lance (NJ-07), and Karen Bass (CA-37) introduced a bill requiring the executive branch to enforce the existing Russian sanctions in order to halt any further Russian election meddling before the 2018 midterm elections.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement reacting to the announcement of the Trump administration’s lawsuit against California.
“The Trump administration’s decision to attack California’s laws that favor public safety over deportation is unacceptable. First came threats of pulling state funding, then came threats of taking away law enforcement officers, and now comes a lawsuit. We will not be intimidated by this political stunt and we will continue to fight for our community.”
LOS ANGELES – Last night, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) held a Congressional Conversation to hear the thoughts and concerns of constituents living in Baldwin Hills and Ladera Heights. The event was well attended, with more than 150 constituents in the audience at Consolidated Board of Realist.
“Especially in the wake of one of the worst mass shootings in our country’s history, 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.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement reacting to the passage of H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act.
“This week, Congress turned back the clock on the civil rights of people with disabilities while setting a dangerous precedent for civil rights enforcement in the future. House Republicans have taken the first step in imposing significant hurdles for victims of discrimination by rolling back progress laid out in the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 that guaranteed the rights of
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep, Karen Bass (D-Calif.), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, introduced the Health Insurance for Former Foster Youth Act, a bill that addresses a misinterpretation of the health care law by providing foster youth with the same health insurance benefits as their peers.
The current health insurance system is one of the many disproportionate challenges that our nation’s foster youth face.