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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

October 2, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, introduced legislation calling on the government of Cameroon and all parties to the conflict, including armed separatist groups, to respect human rights and adopt nonviolent approaches to conflict resolution.

“The ongoing crisis and violence taking place in Cameroon at this very moment is something that deserves the attention of the world. Both the government and Anglophone separatists must be held accountable for their role in the violation of fundamental human rights.

September 28, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat serving on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, and Members of the Congressional Black Caucus met with President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana to discuss ways the Caucus and the country can collaborate on capacity building, economic partnerships and enhancing the perception of the continent of Africa.

“It was an honor to host President Akufo-Addo here in the Capitol,” said Rep. Bass after the meeting.

September 28, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives sent a package of measures to address the opioid epidemic to the White House, which included legislation drafted by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, to address a misinterpretation of the Affordable Care Act by providing foster youth with the same health insurance benefits as their peers.

“I’m sure the parents in Congress all would agree that health care for our children is not optional,” said Rep. Bass. “The congressional record is clear that Medicaid was supposed to cover all young adults who were in foster care at age 18, even if they move to a different state. But unfortunately, the language in the bill itself, wasn’t as clear.

September 26, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), released the following statement regarding the passage of the FAA Reauthorization package, which was included in H.R. 302, a bill that also provided $5.6 billion for Community Health Centers and much needed funding for California to combat and recover from recent wildfires:

“I voted yes on this bill despite inadequate provisions to address noise for two reasons: first, the continuing inaction on FAA reauthorization and the looming funding deadline threaten to erode the agency’s ability to keep the flying public safe; and second, the bill was crammed with hundreds of last-minute provisions, including badly-needed funds for basic health care, and relief for pe

September 13, 2018 Press Release
The Pregnant Women in Custody Act of 2018 will create a national standard addressing the care of pregnant women in all federal prisons and require the Department of Justice to collect data on the mental and physical health of pregnant women in custody.

WASHINGTON - Today, Representatives Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Mia Love (R-Utah) and Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) led the majority of women in both the Democratic and Republican House Caucuses in introducing legislation to provide a national standard of care to address pregnancy-related needs of incarcerated women during pregnancy, labor, delivery and post-partum periods.

August 24, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, in the wake of continuing fallout from the guilty plea of President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen; the conviction of his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort; grants of immunity for David Pecker, Chairman of American Media and the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg; and President Trump’s reactions to these events, Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) led a letter signed by every Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee to Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The letter asks that Chairman Goodlatte call the House Judiciary Committee back into session immediately to allow members to meet with the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the implications of the Cohen investigation; to respond to possible abuse of the pardon power by the President and his continuing attacks on the DOJ; and to take up bipartisan legislation to protect the Special Counsel.

In their letter, the Members wrote, “We believe the Committee needs to take several  actions within our jurisdictional responsibility, including meeting with Department of Justice leadership concerning recent charges implicating President Trump in campaign finance violations, taking actions to help prevent presidential pardon authority from being used to interfere with ongoing

August 18, 2018 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement after the passing of U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan.

"Few will ever lead with the dignity and grace that Kofi Annan lead with, or accomplish more for the world than Kofi Annan accomplished. 

August 8, 2018 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – This week, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) hosted two Congressional Conversation to hear the thoughts and concerns of constituents living in Culver City and Mar Vista. Residents focused on keeping the White House accountable, increasing access to jobs, and improving housing protections.

You can view photos from the Culver City meeting here and the Mar Vista meeting here.

August 3, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC—Today a bipartisan group of senior congressional members, led by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), introduced legislation, HR 6651, that would extend the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for another five years.

Smith and Lee were joined by original cosponsors Reps Ed Royce (R-CA), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Karen Bass (D-CA). 

The cosponsors of the bill released the following statement:

August 2, 2018 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement following her time monitoring the July 2018 election in Zimbabwe.

“The vast turnout I witnessed during this election demonstrates Zimbabweans desire for democratic governance. While Election Day was peaceful, I am concerned by the violence that occurred in Harare yesterday, leading to needless loss of life.