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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

July 29, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) hosted the 6th Annual South Los Angeles Faith Leaders’ Breakfast for a frank conversation about the Trump administration’s agenda and the effects that its policies may have on the South Los Angeles institutions, community, and families.

“I’m inspired by the continual engagement and initiative displayed by community faith leaders throughout this new Trump-era,” Rep. Bass said.

July 28, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement on the collapse of the repeal.

“What happened last night was the result of millions raising their voices louder than special interests and outside groups.

July 27, 2017 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), joined by Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Karen Bass (D-CA), introduced today the AGOA and MCA Modernization Act (H.R. 3445). The bipartisan legislation strengthens both the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the Millennium Challenge Act (MCA).

AGOA is landmark trade legislation first passed in 2000 to develop a trade relationship between the United States and the nations of sub-Saharan Africa.  And MCA established the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), which provides large-scale grants to promote economic growth opportunities in developing countries committed to good governance.  Together, these laws have helped increase trade b

July 26, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s twitter announcement banning transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.

“The President’s discriminatory statements released this morning are disgusting. It’s startling he would make our country less safe by recklessly preventing a group of patriots from continuing to serve their country. I proudly stand behind our transgender community as they are cowardly assaulted by the President from his social media account.”

July 25, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement on the passing of her colleague, the former California Senate Republican leader Dave Cogdill.

“I’m saddened to hear of the passing of my former colleague, Dave Cogdill. Dave was always willing to put the greater good ahead of immediate interests and party. His selfless leadership and dedication served as an inspiration for not only those who served with him, but also those who served after him, hoping to reach across the aisle and achieve tangible change, just as Dave did.

July 24, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Rep. Karen Bass, (D-Calif.) today issued the following statement on Democrats’ new economic agenda for the American people – A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future.

“It’s time for Congress to get its priorities straight and give our communities what they need,” Rep. Bass said. “We’ve got to move past solely responding to the president’s recklessness. When Republicans talk about repealing the Affordable Care Act, they’re talking about not only ripping health care away from millions, but also taking away jobs. That’s where we need to focus.

July 20, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – As the FAA Reauthorization package makes its way to the House floor, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) cosponsored 12 amendments aimed at reducing flight noise in Culver City, Baldwin Hills and the West Adams neighborhood.

“As the FAA Reauthorization package slowly makes its way to the Floor for final vote, I’ve made sure to cosponsor specific amendments that will decrease noise levels in areas impacted by too-frequent flights and low flight paths,” Rep. Bass said. “I oppose the overall privatization of the FAA but should the bill pass, it’s important that these important provisions are included.

July 14, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Yesterday, the Office of Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.) brought U.S. Postal Inspectors Lee Versoza and Christine Reins-Jarin to July’s Westside Neighborhood Council meeting to discuss mail service and theft issues. Terria Clausell, Manager of the Rancho Park Post Office, also joined the discussion to deliver updates and field questions about mail service in the area.

“My district office has been working hard to provide constituents of the 37th district with the most up to date information possible about their mail delivery process,” Rep. Bass said. “Issues of mail service and theft have greatly affected the Westside for too long, which is why I invited representatives of the postal office to speak.

July 12, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives passed an important bill package that focuses on reducing sex trafficking in the United States. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) helped author the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention, Protection, and Reauthorization Act, which will reauthorize $130 million in current funds appropriated to ensure an integrated, whole-of-government response to fight human trafficking for the next four years. The legislation also includes important improvements to current law to help further address and prevent human trafficking.

“One of our most urgent priorities should be disrupting the child welfare to trafficking pipeline and finding better and more effective ways to meet the critical needs of this vulnerable population,” Rep. Bass, Co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, said.

July 8, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) hosted Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) in Los Angeles for a roundtable discussion on Empowering Women and Breaking Down Barriers for Re-Entry. Also joining the two Members on the panel was Susan Burton, who serves as a Los Angeles County Commissioner on the Sybil Brand Commission. Commissioner Burton is a formerly incarcerated activist, author, CNN Hero and founder of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project, which has been dedicated to fighting against the cycle of incarceration for nearly 20 years. The panel was moderated by Dr. Cheryl Grills, who also serves as a Los Angeles County Commissioner on the Sybil Brand Commission for Institutional Inspections, which focuses on conditions and practices within county jails, probation and correctional facilities, and group homes for children.

“Over the past several decades there has been an increasing occurrence of criminalizing and incarcerating women and girls of color,” Rep. Bass said. “We continue to see young girls being pushed out of school, and arrested and prosecuted at rates that are grossly disproportionate to their peers.