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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

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.) joined Chuck Todd to discuss why Attorney General Barr decided not to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. Watch the interview below.
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 1, 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 threatened a “full and complete embargo, together with highest-level sanctions” against Cuba.

“A full and complete embargo along with high-level sanctions against the nation of Cuba would have disastrous economic consequences and plunge the state of our foreign policy into the time of the Cold War.

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April 30, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Representatives Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform; Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary; and Karen Bass (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security; reintroduced the Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment (REDEEM) Act on the last day of Second Chance Month. U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) plans to reintroduce the bill in the Senate in the coming weeks. The bicameral legislation would ease the barriers to re-entry for formerly incarcerated individuals by expunging or sealing offenses that are committed by a child and providing a way for adults to seal non-violent criminal records.

Providing formerly incarcerated individuals with the tools to effectively reintegrate into society is essential in preventing recidivism.  One in three American adults currently has a criminal record. Unfortunately, over two-thirds of formerly-incarcerated people are rearrested within three years.

April 30, 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 Juan Guaidó called for an uprising against the government of President Nicolás Maduro and indicated he had military support.

“The focus of the U.S. government should be on supporting efforts both to bring about a peaceful solution to this crisis and to provide aid to the people of Venezuela. We must encourage adherence to the rule of law and under no circumstances support irregular unconstitutional transfers of power.

April 30, 2019 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement in recognition of the life lived by John Singleton.

“John Singleton was a native son of South Los Angeles who included our community in his prolific success. 

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