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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

February 12, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement reacting to the release of the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2019 budget.

“This budget has announced to the world that the method of choice to pay for the tax breaks the Trump administration gifted to corporations at the end of last year, is to take an axe to safety net services relied upon by millions of Americans and foreign aid relied upon by millions more around the world. 

February 2, 2018 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement reacting to the release of a 3-page-long memo that was drafted by Rep. Devin Nunes with possible assistance from the White House, which insinuates, against the consensus of the intelligence community, that the FBI and DOJ corruptly sought a FISA warrant to surveil a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser.

“Despite repeated warnings from the intelligence community, the Department of Justice and the FBI of 'material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy', the President and House Republicans today released a noncomprehensive memo (one that they may have drafted together) about the federal surveillance of Trump campaign foreign poli

February 1, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement in honor of Black History Month:

"Black History Month is about celebrating the accomplishments and struggles of Black people throughout the history of this country. By breathing life into our history, we learn from both the peaks and valleys of our story and apply them to today. When we do that, we recognize that we’ve been here before, we’ve fought here before, and that we will win, again. We make this country great."

January 31, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) led a coalition of Members of Congress condemning the January 10th choreographed raids of 98 7-Eleven stores across 17 different states, at least three of which took place in Los Angeles. Following these raids, which resulted in only 21 arrests, ICE officials elicited threats towards business owners and their employees, calling the raids “a harbinger of what’s to come.”

The letter sent on January 31st called the language deeply troubling and requested additional information regarding evidence that prompted these massively ineffective raids throughout the country.

January 22, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement regarding His Excellency George Weah being sworn in as President of Liberia.

"Congratulations to George Weah and the Liberian people as they complete the first democratic transition of power in their country since 1944.

January 17, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Africa Subcommittee, applauded the passage of the African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA) and Millennium Challenge Act (MCA) Modernization Act, which passed by a unanimous voice vote on the House Floor.

The bill, introduced by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.), will make AGOA more effective by directing the President to establish a website with information regarding AGOA and by encouraging embassies in chosen countries promote export opportunities to the United States. 

January 15, 2018 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

"Today, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and honor his dream and the movement he was a part of. We pay tribute to his transformative successes that have made this country better and stronger, while reaffirming our resolve to continue fighting injustice that surrounds us.

January 11, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Congressman Tom Marino (R-Penn) introduced H.R.4769, the Helping Americans Seek Treatment Act of 2018.

This legislation requires the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) to increase awareness of the National Helpline by conducting a national campaign to inform the public on how to get in contact with the National Helpline and the information it provides.

December 20, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) hosted a Facebook live from her office after receiving a Christmas card from the Trump administration and voting NO on the GOP tax scam.
December 12, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL), Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission; and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, introduced a resolution calling on Burundi’s political opposition to renounce violence and urging the government to comply with constitutional limits on presidential terms and re-engage in regional peace negotiations (H.Res.651).

“Burundi has been in crisis since 2015 after President Nkurunziza insisted on running for a third term. Since then, the political and security situation there has worsened and the country has fallen at risk of mass atrocities. The government of Burundi and the political opposition must renounce violence and armed rebellion. The Burundian people deserve peace.  Politically motivated violence is