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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

February 13, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration discussing rescinding Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act.

"Once again, we are witnessing dangerous attempts by the Trump administration to roll back legislation aimed at protecting the human and civil rights of people not only in this country but abroad.

February 13, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - On Friday morning, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement congratulating Mr. Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on his election as President of the Federal Republic of Somalia.

“I congratulate Mr. Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on his election as President of the Federal Republic of Somalia.  Somalia has made tremendous progress in its recovery from decades of debilitating civil war.  I sincerely wish the Somali people continued success in the task of nation-building.

February 10, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement regarding Kellyanne Conway's comments referring the to the President's daughter's clothing line.

"Kellyanne Conway’s comment yesterday regarding the president’s daughter’s clothing line was more than an unacceptable slip; it was a blatant violation of ethics and an abuse of power.

February 10, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - On Friday morning, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) made the following statement following a unanimous court ruling against President Trump's travel ban.

"Last night, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled rejecting the Trump administration's travel ban. This unanimous ruling to side with the constitution not only will benefit the hundreds of thousands threatened with being separated from loved ones, it will also make our country safer.

February 9, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) and Reps. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Mia Love (R-UT), Raúl Labrador (R-ID), John Conyers (D-MI), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) introduced the Maintaining dignity and Eliminating unnecessary Restrictive Confinement of Youths Act of 2017 (MERCY Act). The MERCY Act would prohibit the solitary confinement of juveniles who are tried in the federal system and held in pretrial facilities or juvenile detention facilities, barring some extremely exceptional temporary circumstances. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), James Lankford (R-OK), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Bob Casey (D-PA) also introduced a companion bill in the Senate.

“The MERCY Act rightly calls attention to the need for smart reform and trauma-informed care for all justice-involved youth and is a necessary piece of legislation that aims to eliminate harmful and dangerous confinement practices for this vulnerable population,” Rep. Bass, a member of the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, stated.

February 3, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – On Friday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement on recent reports indicating that there has been increasing intimidation by the Government of the Republic of Cameroon.

“I am greatly concerned over recent reports indicating that there has been increasing intimidation by the Government of the Republic of Cameroon against the English-speaking population of the country.

January 31, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – On Monday, January 30, Rep. Bass (D-Calif.) sent a letter to President Trump urging he lift his Executive Order banning the entry of citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries, three of which are located on the continent of Africa-- Somalia, Libya, and Sudan.

“Mr. President, the refugees from the three African countries you have banned are attempting to escape war, persecution or famine. The majority are seeking shelter, food, and safety,” Rep. Bass wrote. “They wait years to be selected by a country and have to undergo an extremely thorough vetting process.”
 

January 30, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - On Monday morning, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement regarding His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat's election as the Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

"I extend my congratulations and sincere greetings to His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat on his election as the Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

"I look forward to further reinforcing our working relationship with the African Union Commission as well as continuing our excellent relationship with the African Union Mission in Washington. D.C.

January 24, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to sign an executive order to advance the Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines, while freezing grants and contracts at the Environmental Protection Agency.

“President Trump's two executive actions today to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines clearly show his lack of commitment to ensuring clean air and water for Americans and his complete disrespect for sacred native sites.  
 

January 23, 2017 Press Release
Over the weekend, The Gambia's former President Yahya Jammeh left the country after 22 years in power after being defeated in December's election by Adama Barrow.

“I welcome the departure of former President Yahya Jammeh from The Gambia, and I congratulate, once again, Gambia's new President, Adama Barrow, on not only his December 2, 2016, election but for his demeanor throughout the subsequent crisis.

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