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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

July 11, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGON – Today, Members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, led by Crime Subcommittee Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-CA) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), sent a letter to the Department of Justice requesting a briefing on Jeffrey Epstein’s 2007 non-prosecution agreement and any related information regarding misconduct by the now-Labor Secretary Alex Acosta.

In their letter, Members wrote, “We are abhorred by Epstein’s sexual abuse of young girls in the early 2000s. Investigative reporting by the Miami Herald shows that Epstein allegedly abused at least three dozen girls in his Florida and New York homes forcing them to engage in sex acts, paying them, and directing them to recruit future victims.

July 11, 2019 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and the House Judiciary Committee voted to authorize subpoenas for documents and testimony from current and former Trump administration officials relating to family separation policies and practices at our border. Watch her remarks on the issue below.

July 5, 2019 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement after reports emerged of a deal for Sudan to transition to civilian rule.

"I’m encouraged by recent reports of a deal brokered in Sudan that will lead to a transition to civilian rule. As I have said before, the people of Sudan have the right to assemble without being killed or wounded. The violence must end and I am hopeful that when the deal is finalized on Monday, we will be closer to making that a reality."

 

June 30, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement denouncing the continued violence of the Sudanese security forces against peaceful protestors.

"It is unacceptable for Sudanese security forces to shoot peaceful protesters who only want a civilian-led government. The people of Sudan have the right to assemble and demand that the Sudanese security forces negotiate without being killed or wounded. We stand with the African Union and the international community in demanding that the security forces stop assaulting their citizens and go bac

June 26, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) delivered the below remarks during a mark-up of her resolution pertaining to human rights abuses in Cameroon. You can watch her remarks below.

You can read the resolution here

June 25, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, called a hearing to examine the U.S. response to the ongoing political crisis in Sudan. You can watch the hearing below.

June 24, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — This week, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) introduced legislation to update the data collected from states in the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis Reporting System (AFCARS) for the first time in 23 years.

June 19, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and members of the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to research restorative justice and reparations.

June 7, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations issued the following statement after President Trump eliminated cruise ship operations from the United States to Cuba in addition to "people-to-people" educational travel.

“Our economy and our businesses stand to suffer from the latest ill-advised and unnecessary restrictions placed on the island nation just 90 miles south of us. After 60 years of ineffective policy, it was President Obama who began to repair relations and improve the possibility that the United States would finally have a positive relationship with Cuba.

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June 6, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement responding to the reported discovery of bodies in the Nile River.

“I condemn the recent attacks in Sudan where many were killed and hundreds were injured. This appears to be a planned attack to repress the Sudanese people’s right to free assembly and abandon the rule of law.  As bodies are recovered from the Nile, the United States and the international community must call for an investigation into this attack.

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