WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined her colleagues in introducing legislation to reunite the families who were separated by the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy. Watch their press conference below.
WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, and Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), Ranking Member on the Subcommittee, introduced a bill yesterday, HR 6207, the Democratic Republic of Congo Democracy and Accountability Act of 2018, to promote free and fair elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
“The DRC is a strategically-located, resource-rich country which, unfortunately, has been horribly misgoverned for most of its history. This legislation supports the humanitarian and accountability efforts of civil society groups pushing back against civil strife and political repression,” said Rep Smith.
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in the case of Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.
“This morning, the Supreme Court overturned 41 years of legal precedent to undermine the freedom of teachers, firefighters, police officers and all other public service workers to negotiate for decent pay and fair workplaces. I will continue to fight to strengthen our unions, to protect health care and retirement benefits, and to raise the wages of hardworking Angelinos.”
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Global Human Rights, introduced H.R. 6236, the “Family Unity Rights and Protection Act”, which would require the federal government to reunite families that have been forcibly separated at the border. When she offered the bill as an amendment on the House floor for a vote this afternoon, House Republicans blocked the motion. You can watch Rep. Bass’ speech before the vote below:
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Global Human Rights, introduced H.R. 6236, the “Family Unity Rights and Protection Act”, which would require the federal government to reunite families that have been forcibly separated at the border.
“The separation of children at the border is a human rights violation. It’s government-sanctioned child abuse,” said Rep. Bass. “When the federal government is the one responsible for the separation, they should also be responsible for reunification. That responsibility was notably absent from Trump’s insufficient executive order that he issued last week.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) led Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and 106 of her Democratic colleagues on a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar demanding to know how many tax dollars have been and are currently being used on President Trump's family separation policy. The letter asks several specific questions seeking to find the true cost to taxpayers covering the gamut of procedures these children have been put through - from capture, to transportation, to detainment and, hopefully, to reunification with their families. Below is the full text of the letter along with a list of signatories.
June 26, 2018
Dear Secretaries Azar and Nielsen:
As federal officials, we have a moral obligation to uphold the values that have always made America a beacon of hope, democracy and decency in the world.
We also have an obligation to the hardworking taxpayers across this nation who entrust us to spend their money wisely.
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act of 2018, which included legislation drafted by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) to clarify that states do not have the option to deny health coverage to former foster youth who aged out of the foster care system in a different state. You can watch her remarks regarding her bill below.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of this bill and the foster youth who will benefit from its passage.
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement upon the passing of her dear friend and mentor, John Mack.
“There was perhaps no bigger leader in the fight for civil rights in Los Angeles than John.