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March 9, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, a resolution to encourage reunions of divided Korean American families introduced by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Global Human Rights, was passed by the United States House of Representatives.

“Last year, I had the opportunity to meet with Kyung Joo Lee, a 90-year-old Korean American man who has not seen his three older brothers and his older sister since he fled North Korea more than 70 years ago,” said Rep. Bass. “Tears streamed down his face during that meeting as he held my hands and urged me to do what I can to help Korean families to be reunited.

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March 6, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after reports emerged that the Executive Office for Immigration Review will pilot video-hearings (VTCs) for immigrant children who are detained in Houston.

"Imagine you’re an 8 year old child in a country you’ve never been to hundreds of miles from a home you will never see again and you’re walked into a courtroom with zero people in it. All that’s there is a TV screen showing you a judge, an ICE attorney and your interpreter.

March 2, 2020 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined Chris Hayes and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to discuss the latest developments combating the coronavirus. Watch below:

February 27, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, hosted a hearing entitled "Returning Citizens: Challenges and Opportunities for Reentry". Watch the hearing below.

February 26, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.), member of the Quiet Skies Caucus, released a statement on the inadequate response the Caucus received from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Stephen Dickson on concerns on airplane noise. The Caucus had previously requested information on FAA’s plans to mitigate the impacts on these communities but found the response from Administrator Dickson disappointing both prior to and during their meeting, and now in most recent letter from the agency.

During a meeting with Administrator Dickson in October 2019, Caucus members expressed serious concerns about airplane and helicopter noise and the FAA’s lack of responsiveness to impacted communities.

February 26, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 35, the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, which explicitly designates lynching as a hate crime under federal law, by a vote of 410-4. This historic legislation, introduced by Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL), is the only antilyncing legislation to successfully pass the House in nearly 100 years. In February 2019, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation introduced by Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Tim Scott (R-SC) to designate lynching as a federal crime.

"For far too long, the House of Representatives has lacked the moral courage to designate lynching as federal crime," said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).

February 24, 2020 Press Release
Washington – Today Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement urging the Government of Cameroon to allow Maurice Kamto to safely return home.

“Last month, I met with Maurice Kamto to discuss good governance, human rights, and the violence taking place in the Anglophone Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon. I was encouraged when the Government of Cameroon released Mr. Kamto after months of detainment.

February 21, 2020 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement marking the passing of her friend Rita Walters.

"Rita Walters was a close friend of my family and a mentor who encouraged my involvement in public service every step of the way starting with nominating me to serve as a student representative to a Board of Education Task Force when I was in middle school.

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February 20, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement after Secretary of State Michael Pompeo returned from his first-ever trip to Africa in that capacity. During the three-day trip, Secretary Pompeo visited Angola, Ethiopia, and Senegal.

"This is the first U.S. Cabinet official to visit Africa in more than 18 months and comes less than a month after the Trump administration imposed travel restrictions on Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania and amid speculation that the U.S.

February 20, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Yesterday,House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL), and Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-CA) announced thatthe House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 35, the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, on Wednesday, February 26. The legislation, introduced by Congressman Rush, would designate lynching as a hate crime under federal law.

“On Wednesday, the House will consider the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, which will explicitly designate lynching as a hate crime under federal law,” said House Majority Leader Hoyer. “This legislation is long overdue, but it is never too late to do the right thing and address these gruesome, racially motivated acts of terror that have plagued our nation’s history.

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