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August 10, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement:

"I am deeply concerned by the recent calls from the Government of Ethiopia to expand the size of its armed forces. I am also deeply concerned by the actions of the Tigray Defense Force as they have expanded their military engagement and fighting in Amhara and Afar.

August 9, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement:

"I am disheartened by the latest Save the Children estimates of 2.3 million Nigerian children, 700,000 under the age of five, going hungry in northeastern Nigeria – an area ravaged over 10 years by violent extremism and humanitarian crisis. I echo the concern of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs that the combination of climate change, extremism, and the COVI

July 28, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa issued the following statement:

"I am discouraged by the recent actions of President Kais Saied to dissolve the government and dismiss Parliament. If this is a reaction to protests by the people of Tunisia, this is troubling and imperils Tunisia’s fledgling democracy.

July 28, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-37) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) released the Second Chance for Justice Package, a group of bills aimed at reforming the criminal and juvenile justice system.

“After decades of increasingly punitive and failed juvenile justice policies, it’s time to take a step in a direction that recognizes that children are different than adults, that they have enormous potential for rehabilitation, change, and growth, and that we can do better to meet their developmental needs,” said Congresswoman Bass. “This applies to all children – no matter wh

July 27, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) issued the following statement:

"Finally murderer Ed Buck is convicted after mountains of evidence, including 2,400 videos on his computers and phones, were brought to light. It is an absolute tragedy he was allowed to continue to prey on vulnerable, young Black men and that he wasn't arrested and stopped immediately after he killed Gemmel Moore.

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July 22, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement:

“I am concerned to hear about the arrest of Tanzanian opposition leader, Freeman Mbowe and 11 other party officials and staff of Part of Democracy and Progress.

July 22, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) led introduction of a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize July as Muslim American Heritage Month, honoring their contributions throughout our country’s history. The legislation was introduced after a constituent and local Los Angeles community organizer raised the idea of such a designation. Following introduction, the primary authors joined in issuing statements in support of the resolution.

“I’m proud to join my House colleagues in introducing this legislation to acknowledge and appreciate the numerous contributions and achievements of Muslim Americans – both throughout history and today,” said Rep Bass. “We must also recognize and address the persistent discrimination and bigotry Muslim Americans have faced and continue to face in this country.

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July 22, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Earlier this week, a resolution to encourage reunions of divided Korean American families introduced by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Global Human Rights, was passed by the United States (U.S.) House of Representatives. The legislation was introduced after constituents and local community organizers raised this important issue at a town hall meeting in Los Angeles before the pandemic.

“I want to thank the local organizers and families in my district who brought this incredibly important issue to my attention at a local town hall a few years ago,” said Rep. Karen Bass. “The division of the Korean Peninsula millions of families, including some who are now citizens of the United States and have not been able to see their families in more than 70 years.

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July 20, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement:

"I am gravely concerned by the recent detention of journalists in Addis Ababa and the suspension of the Addis Standard newspaper.

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July 15, 2021 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Today, Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (CA-12) joined local childcare providers and working families at the Barrio Action Youth and Family Center in El Sereno to announce the start of monthly Child Tax Credit payments from the American Rescue Plan. Beginning today, over 90% of families nationwide will receive $250 per month for each child age 6-17 and $300 per month for each child age 0-5. In total, families will receive $3,000 or $3,600 per child. Congressman Gomez and Speaker Pelosi were joined by Congresswomen Judy Chu (CA-27) and Karen Bass (CA-37) and Tammy Membreño, Executive Director of the Barrio Action Youth and Family Center.

“Today is the start of one of the largest anti-poverty investments in American history: the newly, expanded Child Tax Credit,” said Congressman Gomez, who helped pass this provision into law with his Ways and Means Committee colleagues. “For the first time, this benefit will be paid out as a guaranteed monthly income for millions of working families across the country, including th

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