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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

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March 28, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa and Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, issued the following statement after the White House announced the extension of temporary protections for some 4,000 Liberians who have lived in the United States after being displaced by war and disease.

“Yatta Kiazolu is a constituent who has never lived in or visited Liberia but was facing possible deportation there until today. Today’s extension of temporary protections for an estimated 4,000 Liberians living in the United States, many of whom who now know Los Angeles as their home, is relieving but insufficient.

March 26, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, continued applying pressure to make the Mueller Report public and slammed the Trump administration for their latest attempts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. Watch the full interview below.

March 25, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) demanded the public release of the Special Counsel's report after the Attorney General released a 4-paged summary of the report. Watch the interviews below.

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March 23, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, marking the 9th anniversary of President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) laid out plans to protect people with pre-existing conditions from the Trump Administration’s assault on the health law and called for steps to reverse Republicans’ health care sabotage and lower Americans’ premiums and out-of-pocket costs.

“One of my key goals here in Congress is to put an end to Republicans’ attacks on people with pre-existing conditions and to help make quality health care more affordable for every American,” said Rep. Bass.

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March 22, 2019 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) reacts to the breaking news that the Mueller Report has concluded. Watch the interview below.
March 21, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, issued the following statement after 59 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery were vandalized with anti-Semitic slurs.

"Anti-Semitism anywhere must be recognized, confronted, and destroyed in every instance it appears. In all instances we overcome, together, and will continue to combat anti-Semitism in this country, together. My thoughts are with the Fall River community during this painful time.”

March 20, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement as Mozambique began a three-day mourning period for the more than 200 people reported killed by Cyclone Idai.

“My thoughts are with the hundreds of thousands in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi who have been affected by Cyclone Idai over the past week. The devastation this storm has caused deserves the attention and support of the international community to rebuild.

March 19, 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, announced her intent to reintroduce legislation encouraging the reunions of divided Korean-American families and issued the following statement after cosponsoring legislation to require the Secretary of State or a designee to consult with officials in South Korea on potential opportunities to reunite Korean American families with family members in North Korea.

“The institution of family is inalienable,” Rep. Bass said. “I’ve heard from constituents in my district who have been unable to see their family members for decades because of international conflict. I’m proud to join this piece of legislation which shines the light on this plight that hundreds of thousands of Korean-Americans have lived with, some for the majority of their lives.

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March 15, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement after the Democratic Republic of Congo's new President, President Felix Tshisekedi, pardoned about 700 political prisoners who were imprisoned under his predecessor for expressing their political views or participating in peaceful protests.

“I am encouraged by President Tshisekedi’s decision to pardon prisoners of conscience and other people arbitrarily detained. This is an important step towards restoring human rights in the country. I look forward to the additional steps President Tshisekedi takes toward strengthening democracy and rule of law in the Democratic Republic of Congo.”
 

March 12, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Karen Bass (D-Calif.) reintroduced two pieces of legislation to help Physician Assistants (PAs) and aspiring Physician Assistants across the country. The two bills will make sure that people who want to become Physician Assistants have the ability to successfully do so.

"PAs across the nation are providing high-quality healthcare to patients in both our largest cities and in America's most rural areas," said Rep. Bass. "In the next decade the demand for PAs is only going to increase and Congress needs to act today to make sure that we have the qualified health care professionals ready to meet the growing need."

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