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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

June 19, 2018 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Rep. Karen Bass joined Elex Michaelson on Fox 11's Good Day L.A. to discuss the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the border.
June 8, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Global Human Rights, introduced a resolution encouraging reunions of divided Korean-American families ahead of the White House’s summit with North Korea.

In 1953, the division of the Korean Peninsula separated more than an estimated 10 million families, including some who are now citizens of the United States and have not been able to see their families in more than 60 years. Now, in light of new talks between the White House and North Korea, Rep.

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June 8, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement regarding the separation of immigrant families.

“The outrageous separation of families at the border isn’t just a temporary consequence that ends upon reunification of the child and their parent. Separation means significant trauma for both parties. 

June 2, 2018 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Rep. Karen Bass joined MSNBC's Alex Witt to discuss North Korea and the Trump administration's continually changing policies.

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May 24, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), today led a letter signed by Democratic Members of the House Judiciary Committee to President Donald Trump, urging him to comply with Robert Mueller’s request to sit for an interview as part of the Special Counsel investigation.

The letter was signed by Democratic Members of the U.S.

May 23, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth (CCFY) hosted more than 100 current and former foster youth from across the country as part of the 7th Annual Foster Youth Shadow Day in Washington, D.C. Every year, the event allows youth to share their experiences in foster care directly with their Member of Congress to help inform and improve child welfare policy.

“Any time a foster youth falls through the cracks, the government is really the one responsible,” Rep. Bass said. “When we remove children from their parents, it’s the government that becomes the parents. What can we do better? What are the tangible solutions? That’s what this event is about.

May 23, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) questioned newly-appointed Secretary of State regarding the future of US-Africa policy. Specifically, she asked about elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the imprisonment of Noura Hussein in Sudan.
May 18, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement of concern after the World Health Organization announced that Ebola had reached Mbandaka, the provincial capital of nearly one million people in the Equateur Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“The international community must act immediately to contain the spread of Ebola. What we learned during the last outbreak was that only through extensive international collaboration can we stop this epidemic.

May 16, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, the Congressional Black Caucus Foreign Affairs and National Security Task Force, co-chaired by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Africa, and Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Texas), hosted an Africa Policy Breakfast Forum to discuss the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The forum was attended by more than 200 people. The expert panel, which was moderated by former Assistant Secretary of State, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, featured three experts on the crisis in the DRC, one of whom flew to the United States from the Congo to participate just for this forum.

May 14, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) named Caren Street as her next Chief of Staff. Caren was formerly the Policy Director for the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), a bicameral, bipartisan 48-member congressional caucus.

During her time with the Caucus, Caren played an integral role in drafting the 130-page document that members of the CBC Executive Committee delivered to President Trump during their meeting in March of 2017.

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