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July 14, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement:

“I stand with the people of South Africa and call for calm and order in the country. Culprits disguised as citizens have used the arrest and trial of former President Jacob Zuma to commit violence all across the country. On the surface, the recent violence is because of Jacob Zuma being sentenced to 15 months in jail.

July 13, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) hosted a virtual town hall with United States Senator Alex Padilla and Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer. Watch the event below.

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July 9, 2021 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Reps. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Africa, Global Health and Global Human Rights issued the following statement:

“Los Angeles is a world-class city with world-class leaders. President Biden’s nomination of Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve this country as Ambassador to the Republic of India further underscores this Administration’s commitment to re-establishing our country’s leadership in the world.

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July 9, 2021 Press Release
Washington, DC - Today, Representatives Gregory W. Meeks and Michael McCaul, Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, along with Representatives Karen Bass and Chris Smith, Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights, issued the following statement on the tenth anniversary of South Sudan’s Independence:

“Today, the international community observes the tenth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence. As the world’s youngest country, South Sudan remains a fragile state in the midst of a civil war and facing chronic food insecurity and large numbers of displaced communities.

July 6, 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 to see the unfolding of violence against protestors in eSwatini by the King Mswati.

July 5, 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 encouraged to learn that Burundian human rights defender Germain Rukuki was finally released after serving more than four years in prison out of his original 32-year sentence. A champion of human rights, he risked his life and freedom to highlight the mistreatment of many citizens in Burundi. Mr.

July 2, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Reps. Karen Bass (D-CA), Don Bacon (R-NE) and Sharice Davids (D-KS) introduced the Tribal Family Fairness Act of 2021, which aims to address disproportional representation of American Indian and Alaska Native children in foster care by investing in tribal child welfare systems and providing culturally appropriate services to preserve tribal families.

“The children in our child welfare system are our responsibility,” said Rep. Bass. “Due to this pandemic, it is now more critical than ever that Tribes have access to the reliable federal funding that states enjoy to protect and preserve families. I urge my colleagues to support this important piece of legislation.”

July 1, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) applauded House passage of the “Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act,” which includes nearly $27 million in funding for transportation and infrastructure in California’s 37th Congressional District.

Rep. Bass fought to ensure the projects were included in the INVEST in America Act, which makes transformational investments in America’s highways, roads, bridges, transit, rail, and water infrastructure to create jobs, modernize our infrastructure and reduce carbon pollution.

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July 1, 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 extremely excited that the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and other global financiers are partnering with South African manufacturer, Aspen Pharmacare, to combat COVID-19 by helping them produce 500 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Africa for Africans by the end of 2022, including providing more than 200 million doses this year.

July 1, 2021 Press Release
Washington, DC - Reps. Don Bacon (NE-02) Karen Bass (CA-37), Jim Langevin (RI-2) and Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) today introduced the Foster Care Stabilization Act, which seeks to improve pre-placement services for children placed in foster care, especially those in emergency situations that may lack basic supplies, like clothing or other incidentals. All four representatives are co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth.

Reports have shown that some social workers are placing children in homes out of desperation so those children will not end up sleeping in the child welfare offices. Unfortunately, some children also end up in shelters for a long period of time. For those children in the foster care system, there is an urgent need for a stronger quality of care.

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