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April 2, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-CA), Annie Kuster (D-NH), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) and 45 Members of Congress in sending a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Assistant Secretary Kenneth Marcus, urging them to abandon the Administration’s reckless plans – amid the novel coronavirus pandemic – to finalize regulations that would gut civil rights protections for survivors under Title IX.

"The Office of Management and Budget completed its review of the Title IX overhaul on Friday, March 27, clearing the path for Secretary DeVos to release the final rule.

April 1, 2020 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement on the one year anniversary of Nipsey Hussle's death.

"Nipsey Hussle was a visionary. You can see the love he had for the community in his investments. You can see the love he had for the community in his philanthropy. You can see the love he had for the community in initiatives like Destination Crenshaw, which broke ground last month.

"We still feel that love and we show it right back.

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March 30, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-New York) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr urging him to use the authority granted under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to protect the most vulnerable prisoners and those working in federal prisons from coronavirus (or COVID-19).

Full text of the letter is available here and below.

March 30, 2020

The Honorable William P. Barr
Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530

Dear Attorney General Barr:

March 29, 2020 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after reports emerged that an individual held in federal prison died after being infected by the COVID-19 coronavirus.

"This should be a wake up call. Failing to take drastic measures to combat the spread of this disease in prison will result in a magnified impact on all of society.

March 27, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced the COVID–19 Correctional Facility Emergency Response Act of 2020. The legislation would allocate funds to state and local governments to provide testing and treatment for COVID-19 to individuals in correctional facilities. This legislation is cosponsored by Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), House Judiciary Crime Subcommittee Chair, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), House Democratic Caucus Chairman.

Chairman Jerrold Nadler: "I am pleased that we have voted in a bipartisan fashion to provide much needed relief to hospitals, healthcare workers, business owners, and hardworking Americans across the country as we all navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we must do even more to address this crisis.

March 23, 2020 Press Release
Washington, DC – Today, on the 10th Anniversary of the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA) being signed into law, Rep. Karen Bass (D. Calif.) joined House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) and more than 120 Democrats in sending a letter to President Trump calling on him to end the lawsuit that seeks to end the ACA. Specifically, it asks the President to order the Department of Justice to drop their support of the GOP’s lawsuit to strike down the ACA, to urge the plaintiffs to drop their case, and to protect the health care of all Americans during this global health crisis.

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March 21, 2020 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined S.E. Cupp on CNN to discuss the latest developments in the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

March 19, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Jim Langevin (D-Rhode Island), and Don Bacon (R-Neb.) sent a letter yesterday urging House leadership to prioritize supports for current and former foster youth in novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response packages.

“Foster youth may be particularly vulnerable to financial hardship and food and housing insecurity during this time,” they wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

March 19, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-New York) and Subcommittee on Crime Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr requesting information concerning the Department of Justice’s handling of novel coronavirus (or COVID-19) and the health and safety of those imprisoned and working in federal prisons.

On March 12, 2020, Chairman Nadler originally requested information from DOJ about their handling of the health crisis. To date, he has not received a response. Given the urgency of the global health pandemic, Nadler and Bass are renewing the request.

March 18, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined MSNBC's Chris Hayes after hosting a telephone town hall meeting with more than 10,000 constituents to discuss a possible stimulus package to make up for economic losses due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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