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April 13, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) joined the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) in sending a letter urging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to automatically extend employment authorization for all immigrants whose employment authorization documents (EADs) are about to expire. In a letter to Acting Secretary Wolf and Senior Official Cuccinelli, Democratic members are calling for immediate, common sense action to protect public health and prevent work authorizations from expiring in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Full text of today’s letter is available here or below.

April 13, 2020  

April 11, 2020 Press Release
LOS ANGELES-Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) joined Leslie Johnson, Vice President of Community Coalition, for a Digital Community Forum on COVID-19's impact on Black America. Other participants included Los Angeles Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Former President of the Association of Black Psychologists, Dr. Cheryl Grills.

April 10, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, as COVID-19 continues to spread to prisoners and staff at federal prisons across the country and the death rate rises, House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-CA) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr to demand answers and regular, public briefings regarding the handling of COVID-19 in federal prisons and the implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-CA) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) have written to Barr on three prior occasions regarding coronavirus in federal prisons. To date, the Members have not received adequate responses.

April 9, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Mark Pocan (D-WI) in releasing a set of five principles to guide future coronavirus relief and stimulus packages to protect workers and communities.

In a letter to House Leadership, the lawmakers recognized that choices being made during this response will shape society and policy making for years, if not decades, to come and without consideration policymakers risk exacerbating interrelated crises of income and wealth inequality, racism, and ecological decline.

The five principles outlined by the lawmakers are:

April 8, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) joined a bicameral group of Democratic Members of Congress in sumbitting an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court in support of Pennsylvania’s lawsuit challenging a Trump Administration rule that would undermine access to birth control for women across the country.

Since the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit went into effect in 2012, over 60 million women nationwide now have access to birth control at no cost through their insurance.

April 7, 2020 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement.

"On April 7th, we pause to commemorate the 1994 Rwandan Genocide during which more than half a million people were killed and millions of others displaced.

April 7, 2020 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement regarding violent extremism in the time of a global pandemic.

"There have been a series of deadly assaults across the Sahel. Since the beginning of this outbreak, extremists have attacked Chad’s military, killing soldiers near the border of Nigeria and Niger; Nigerian soldiers have been killed in northeastern Nigeria; and this week, numerous Malian soldiers were killed in an attack on their military base.

April 2, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement in response to the G20’s financial assistance pledges for developing countries to confront COVID-19-related economic fallout.

"I commend the pledges made thus far by leaders of the G-20 to help the most vulnerable countries, particularly on the African continent where some countries where already face ongoing complex humanitarian emergencies.  The long-term impact on African countries will be devastating.
 

April 2, 2020 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement regarding continued violence in Guinea over a potential third presidential term:

"I am disappointed that a constitutional referendum passed that could allow President Alpha Conde to run for a third presidential term. I also condemn the violence against the political opposition, protestors, and the citizens of Guinea by government forces. The people of Guinea have spoken by continuously protesting and boycotting.

April 2, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-CA), Annie Kuster (D-NH), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) and 45 Members of Congress in sending a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Assistant Secretary Kenneth Marcus, urging them to abandon the Administration’s reckless plans – amid the novel coronavirus pandemic – to finalize regulations that would gut civil rights protections for survivors under Title IX.

"The Office of Management and Budget completed its review of the Title IX overhaul on Friday, March 27, clearing the path for Secretary DeVos to release the final rule.

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