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May 26, 2020 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement on social media regarding the murder of George Floyd.

"This video shows George Floyd being slowly murdered by a police officer while a crowd of people watch. It’s consistent with US history. Black lives didn’t matter when our ancestors were enslaved. Black lives didn’t matter as we were lynched. We could not breathe on the boats. We could not breathe under trees. We cannot breathe with knees on our necks."

May 22, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, and Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) sent a letter to the Secretary of the United States Treasury urging him to ease sanctions on Sudan and Zimbabwe in a manner designed to permit them to more adequately respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full letter here.

May 20, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON – On Friday, Rep. Karen Bass, co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, and Rep. Gwen Moore will introduce the Dosha Joi Immediate Coverage for Former Foster Youth Act in honor of “DJay”, a former foster youth who passed away last week due to complications with COVID-19. The bill would immediately ensure that eligible former foster youth have access to Medicaid until the age of 26. Because of recently passed legislation led by Rep. Bass and others, this Medicaid clarification will go into effect in January of 2023. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, lawmakers are now fighting to accelerate the coverage in DJay’s honor.

I first met DJay when he was in Washington, DC participating in our Foster Youth Shadow Day program,” said Rep. Bass “His smile lit up dim meeting rooms and his laugh bounded through sometimes-hollow hallways. He was an advocate through and through – a champion for health care reforms for current and former foster youth and other changes to our child welfare system.

May 15, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement regarding the alleged assault of three young women by the Zimbabwe police force.

"I am discouraged by the recent apparent detainment and brutal assault of three young women from the opposition party in Zimbabwe. Joannah Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri, and Netsai Marova have the right to peacefully protest the government, and should not be subjected to inhumane treatment while exercising their human rights.

May 15, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON–House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-CA) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) sent a letter to the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) Director Donald Washington to request that the agency provide Congress and the American people with information about their handling of COVID-19 for those in Marshals Service custody. Bass and Nadler have written to Department of Justice Attorney General William Barr twice regarding the Bureau of Prisons and U.S. Marshals Service’s handling of the coronavirus. To date, the Members have not received adequate responses.

In their letter, the Members note that “the USMS is responsible for the care of individuals charged with federal offenses, from the time they are arrested and ordered detained pretrial to the time they are either ordered released from USMS custody or are convicted and transported to serve their sentences in a BOP facility.

May 9, 2020 Press Release
Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations issued the following statement in response to the United States preventing a vote by the United Nations Security Council on a resolution urging a ceasefire in war-ravaged countries to focus resources on the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

"The Trump administration’s latest action to veto a UN resolution that called for a global ceasefire in order to collectively address this pandemic is yet another indicator that they are completely uninterested in cultivating a unified international front to combat this disease.

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May 7, 2020 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) hosted a webinar for small business owners in her district. The event focused on resources available to combat the losses inflicted by the COVID-19 epidemic. You can watch the entire program below.

Find the slides used during the presentation here.

May 1, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement regarding G20 debt relief for low-income nations fighting COVID-19.

"This week G-20 nations agreed to suspend bilateral debt service payments until the end of the year for 76 low-income countries including 40 sub-Saharan African countries.

April 30, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Cuba Working Group, and Congresswoman Karen Bass, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, released the following statement in response to a shooting outside the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C. last night.

“We were deeply disturbed and saddened to hear about the violence committed at the Cuban Embassy in Washington DC last night,” said the Congresswomen. “Acts of violence targeting diplomats and diplomatic missions are wholly unacceptable and should be quickly condemned.

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April 24, 2020 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, hosted a town hall with family members of incarcerated individuals to hear stories about COVID-19's impact on those in prison. You can watch the full event below.

"We hosted this event to hear the voices and the suggestions of those being impacted firsthand by this disease on the inside," said Rep. Bass. "When this pandemic hit, we knew immidiately that folks on the inside would be at the most risk.

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