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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

July 14, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass responded to President Trump's racist tweet about four of her colleagues with the following statement on twitter:

"Racists tweet racist things. What we should be focused on right now though, especially today, is that racists also create and enforce racist policies. They’re trying to deport people across Los Angeles as I type this. Stay focused. Know your rights.

July 13, 2019 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, called a field hearing in Los Angeles to examine California’s criminal justice reforms and whether or not the lessons learned from past policies can be applied on a national scale. It also explored California’s efforts to support individuals returning home after incarceration, and what more must be done going forward.

The hearing featured two panels in addition to Members of the Congressional Black Caucus in town for the State of Black America: Los Angeles series. The members present were Congressmen Hank Johnson (D-GA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Dwight Evans (D-PA), and Steven Horsford (D-NV).

July 13, 2019 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus took members from across the country to tour Skid Row and to see the homelessness epidemic in Los Angeles firsthand.

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July 12, 2019 Press Release
Today, Rep. Karen Bass, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement after reports emerged of a coup attempt by various factions of the military.

"I’m discouraged by recent reports of an attempted coup d’état by some of the Sudanese military forces.  I urge the Transitional Military Council and the Forces for Freedom and Change to stay the course of the July 5th agreement of a joint sovereign council that will ultimately lead to elections and a civilian-led government.  The U.S.

July 11, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGON – Today, Members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, led by Crime Subcommittee Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-CA) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), sent a letter to the Department of Justice requesting a briefing on Jeffrey Epstein’s 2007 non-prosecution agreement and any related information regarding misconduct by the now-Labor Secretary Alex Acosta.

In their letter, Members wrote, “We are abhorred by Epstein’s sexual abuse of young girls in the early 2000s. Investigative reporting by the Miami Herald shows that Epstein allegedly abused at least three dozen girls in his Florida and New York homes forcing them to engage in sex acts, paying them, and directing them to recruit future victims.

July 11, 2019 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and the House Judiciary Committee voted to authorize subpoenas for documents and testimony from current and former Trump administration officials relating to family separation policies and practices at our border. Watch her remarks on the issue below.

July 5, 2019 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement after reports emerged of a deal for Sudan to transition to civilian rule.

"I’m encouraged by recent reports of a deal brokered in Sudan that will lead to a transition to civilian rule. As I have said before, the people of Sudan have the right to assemble without being killed or wounded. The violence must end and I am hopeful that when the deal is finalized on Monday, we will be closer to making that a reality."

 

June 30, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement denouncing the continued violence of the Sudanese security forces against peaceful protestors.

"It is unacceptable for Sudanese security forces to shoot peaceful protesters who only want a civilian-led government. The people of Sudan have the right to assemble and demand that the Sudanese security forces negotiate without being killed or wounded. We stand with the African Union and the international community in demanding that the security forces stop assaulting their citizens and go bac

June 26, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) delivered the below remarks during a mark-up of her resolution pertaining to human rights abuses in Cameroon. You can watch her remarks below.

You can read the resolution here

June 25, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, called a hearing to examine the U.S. response to the ongoing political crisis in Sudan. You can watch the hearing below.

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