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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

November 3, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - With concerns mounting among immigrant communities about the Trump Administration’s immigration policies, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has introduced the American Promise Act, which would protect from deportation individuals who currently receive Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).

In recent weeks, there has been increasing fear that the Trump Administration will terminate TPS for individuals from certain countries such as El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua, potentially resulting in their deportation. Velázquez’s bill would ensure individuals who have resided in the U.S.

November 1, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D- Calif.), top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement following the Trump administration’s announcement that they would terminate the Diversity Visa Program.

“In the wake of Tuesday’s attack in New York City, President Trump has politicized the tragedy by going after the Senate Democratic Leader and calling for the termination of the Diversity Visa Program, one of the primary vehicles used by Africans to immigrate to the U.S.

November 1, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement marking the beginning of the health care open enrollment period.

“Because the Trump administration has cut funding for ads encouraging enrollment for the Affordable Care Act and pulled out of assisting states with enrollment efforts, we’ve had to take getting the word out upon ourselves,” Rep. Bass said. “This is your chance to make changes that work best for you and your family.

October 30, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D- Calif.) issued the following statement on the indictment of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort:

“This morning’s announcement should serve as a wake-up call to the White House that conspiring against the United States will not slide. In the face of confusing talking points and untruths put forth by the Trump Administration, it’s important to note that both Paul Manafort and Richard Gates spent significant time working with now-President Trump. Mr.

October 30, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D- Calif.) issued the following statement regarding radio host Bill Handel’s degrading remarks about her colleague, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson of Florida:

“Bill Handel’s racially-motivated remarks about my colleague Congresswoman Frederica Wilson were degrading and repulsive. Handel deserves to lose his job as well as any planned accolades for his reporting. I’m proud of the grassroots efforts that continue to publicize this derogatory display of on-air racism and call upon Mr. Handel to step down before he is forced to.” 

October 24, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), and the Co-Chairs of the CBC Task Force on Foreign Affairs and National Security, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA-37) and Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX-33), issued the following joint statement in response to the recent attacks in Niger.

“The early October attack that left four American service members dead in Niger has raised a number of important questions about exactly what happened, highlighted growing counterterrorism efforts across the continent, and emphasized the need for the Administration to reveal its policy toward Africa. 

October 24, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following tribute upon the passing of her dear friend, actor Robert Guillaume, on her Facebook page.

"Today, Los Angeles lost a star and I, a dear friend. 

October 17, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) took action in response to strong complaints about airplane noise, addressing the issue with Ms. Deborah Flint, CEO of the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) which operates Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The letter below came as a result of a community meeting in early October, at which residents made passionate pleas for help with noise that has disrupted their lives and disturbed their sleep.

The October 7, 2017 meeting was attended by hundreds of constituents, who have been surprised and upset by newly-concentrated flight paths that have created a “freeway in the sky” which tracks over Culver City, West Adams and Jefferson Park. 

October 16, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – On Saturday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement after an explosive was detonated in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia.

“Saturday’s attack has left more than 300 people dead, 400 people injured, and many more still missing. The explosion was the worst single attack in the country’s history and the Somali government believes the al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabaab is responsible for the attack.

October 12, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) introduced a resolution designating the week of October 6 through 12, 2017 as “National Physician Assistant Week.” Rep. Bass, the only sitting former Physician Assistant in Congress, issued the following statement regarding the resolution:

“Physician Assistants are often the first point of contact for many patients and play a vital role in helping them understand their medical needs and empower them to become effective advocates for their own health,” Rep. Bass said.