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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

May 21, 2019 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement upon the passing of Nativo Lopez.

“Nativo spent his life supporting and advocating for the rights of immigrants in East Los Angeles. When I was an activist in the South Los Angeles community dealing with police abuse, we worked together on behalf of our communities and supported each other’s struggles. He devoted his life to fighting for social and economic justice and improving the lives of the members of his community.

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May 21, 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 marking national elections in Malawi.

"Despite socio-political and economic challenges, Malawi is a great example of democracy on the continent. I am hopeful that their presidential and parliamentary electoral results will reflect the will of the people, and I urge young people to be politically active and let their voices be heard through the power of the vote.

May 16, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass Questioned Tibor Peter Nagy Jr., the United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and other high-ranking administration officials about rebalancing US-Africa policy. Watch the full hearing below.

May 14, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Chairwoman & Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-CA) and several House Judiciary Committee Democrats sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice to probe the handling of consent decrees and pattern and practice complaints, to request communications related to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ memos regarding consent decrees, and to request an update on all current investigations into use of force by police departments in the U.S., among other things.

In their letter, the Members wrote, “Despite continuing concerns from civil rights and community-based organizations, the Department has sharply curtailed its statutory role in identifying and eradicating civil rights abuses by law enforcement.  Excessive force in police-civilian encounters presents a crisis of trust throughout our nation.  Changes to Department policy and fail

May 14, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, along with colleagues in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, introduced the “Family First Transition and Support Act of 2019,” which would provide resources and funding flexibility for state and tribal child welfare systems to implement the Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First) -- a landmark piece of legislation signed into law in 2018 designed to transform the way the federal government funds child welfare services.

Across the nation, child welfare agencies are in crisis due to a lack of resources and high numbers of children entering the foster care system, many of whom are in need of behavioral and mental health services largely attributable to traumatic childhood experiences. For decades, most federal child welfare funding became available to states only after children were removed from their families.

May 10, 2019 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) delivered the 2019 University of Southern California Commencement Address. Watch it below.

May 8, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement on South Africa’s sixth national democratic election.

"Congratulations to South Africa on 25 years of democracy after the fall of the apartheid regime. But like any young democracy, the country has some challenges. The racial disparities and wealth divide are important issues that the country must confront. This election has the potential to invigorate the nation and set it back on a path of being a pillar of the continent.

May 7, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, introduced legislation calling on the government of Cameroon and all armed factions to respect human rights and the rule of law in addition to adopting nonviolent methods to resolve conflict.

“The ongoing crisis and violence taking place in Cameroon at this very moment is something that deserves the attention of the world. Both the government and armed groups must be held accountable for their role in the violation of fundamental human rights.

May 2, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) discussed whether or not Attorney General Barr lied to Congress on CNN. Watch the full interview below:
May 2, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined Chuck Todd to discuss why Attorney General Barr decided not to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. Watch the interview below.

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