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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

April 24, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement responding to the detainment of music star and Ugandan MP Bobi Wine.

“It is troubling that a Member of Parliament would be detained for exercising his right to freedom of speech and assembly while protesting peacefully in Uganda. Mr. Wine has captured the voice of young people in Uganda and should not be detained because of his political or social beliefs.

April 24, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement responding to the breakdown of talks to return Sudan to civilian rule.

“I am discouraged that talks between the organizers of the Sudanese protests and the ruling Military Transitional Council (MTC) have been suspended.  The MTC has failed to meet the demands of Sudanese citizens who have vowed to continue to protest until the country returns to civilian rule.

April 23, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-CA) released a joint statement on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) selection of the Hudson Institute to host the Independent Review Committee (IRC) required under the First Step Act:

“On April 8, 2019, the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice announced the selection of the Hudson Institute to host the Independent Review Committee required under the First Step Act.  After the announcement, the Department briefed Congressional staff on implementation of the First Step Act, and our concerns about this decision remain. 

April 18, 2019 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) discussed the redacted Mueller report and Attorney General Barr's press conference on KTLA. Watch the interview below.
April 18, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement after the redacted report was publicly released.

“First, William Barr put out a 19-paged audition memo calling Robert Mueller’s investigation ‘overly aggressive’ and ‘fatally misconceived’.

April 17, 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 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced plans to allow U.S. citizens to sue businesses using property seized during the 1959 Cuban revolution.

“The Secretary of State’s announcement today was an unfortunate step backwards and will isolate the United States in the Western Hemisphere and put our nation at odds with some of our most important allies. The groups that stand to lose the most from today’s announcement are the Cuban people and American businesses, not the Cuban government.

April 12, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement responding to the fluctuating political situation in Sudan.

"I was encouraged by the minimal violence last night as the protestors stayed out beyond the curfew.  I encourage all parties to refrain from violence as citizens exercise their right to peacefully protest and demand a transition to civilian rule.

April 11, 2019 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) discussed the legacy left by Nipsey Hussle shortly after the memorial service.
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April 11, 2019 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) reflected on the memorial service for Nipsey Hussle. Watch her interview below.
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April 11, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement responding to news that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who has ruled the country for nearly 30 years, has stepped down in response to massive nationwide protests.

“The news of President Omar al-Bashir’s resignation after months of protests demonstrates that governments must be responsive to their citizens' demands for inclusive governance, respect of human rights and the basic right of their citizens to peacefully express their civil liberties. I support the Sudanese people’s consistent and peaceful demands for a citizen-led transition to democracy.

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