WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives passed an important bill package that focuses on reducing sex trafficking in the United States. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) helped author the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention, Protection, and Reauthorization Act, which will reauthorize $130 million in current funds appropriated to ensure an integrated, whole-of-government response to fight human trafficking for the next four years. The legislation also includes important improvements to current law to help further address and prevent human trafficking.
“One of our most urgent priorities should be disrupting the child welfare to trafficking pipeline and finding better and more effective ways to meet the critical needs of this vulnerable population,” Rep. Bass, Co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, said.
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) hosted Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) in Los Angeles for a roundtable discussion on Empowering Women and Breaking Down Barriers for Re-Entry. Also joining the two Members on the panel was Susan Burton, who serves as a Los Angeles County Commissioner on the Sybil Brand Commission. Commissioner Burton is a formerly incarcerated activist, author, CNN Hero and founder of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project, which has been dedicated to fighting against the cycle of incarceration for nearly 20 years. The panel was moderated by Dr. Cheryl Grills, who also serves as a Los Angeles County Commissioner on the Sybil Brand Commission for Institutional Inspections, which focuses on conditions and practices within county jails, probation and correctional facilities, and group homes for children.
“Over the past several decades there has been an increasing occurrence of criminalizing and incarcerating women and girls of color,” Rep. Bass said. “We continue to see young girls being pushed out of school, and arrested and prosecuted at rates that are grossly disproportionate to their peers.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement welcoming Dr. Janette Yarwood as the next Africa Subcommittee Democratic Staff Director.
“Dr. Yarwood comes to us from the State Department where she was the Chair of the Sub-Saharan Africa Area Studies at the Foreign Service Institute.
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) introduced legislation to authorize funding to support mentoring programs that have a proven track record in serving foster youth. Rep. Bass serves as a Co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, which is a bipartisan group of lawmakers dedicated to improving the country’s child welfare system.
“It is critical that we raise awareness about the unique challenges young people in the system face,” Bass said. “In all of my years working in child welfare, meeting thousands of children either in or out of care, we’ve heard their voices clearly: They want a consistent source of advice and support--someone that will be there when it matters most and for all the moments in between.
WASHINGTON— Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s version of Trumpcare, Republicare.
“Today, 13 men came out of a room with a plan for the nation’s healthcare system that forgets women, people of color, people with disabilities, the sick, the poor and the old. The goal of this Senate bill isn’t to provide health coverage; it’s to bankrupt Medicaid and re-gift tax benefits for the wealthy.
WASHINGTON— Today, the 115th Congress passed their first child welfare package through the House of Representatives. The package, which includes five separate bills, aims at improving critical components of care within the child welfare system, particularly aimed at increasing the age of eligibility for education and vocational services for older foster youth, removing barriers for kinship care placements, modernizing case management systems, and enhancing access to family-based substance abuse treatment. The six co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth endorsed the package early last week.
“I’m proud of the coalition that came together in support of these incredibly important bills,” Rep. Bass said after the five bills passed. “Every year, 23,000 young people age out of foster care in need of various support to transition into adulthood--including housing, healthcare, education, financial literacy, and job training.
Washington, D.C. – Today, sixteen Democratic members of the House Committee on the Judiciary sent a letter to Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) to request that he schedule hearings immediately “to examine events that now extend well beyond any investigation into Russian influence—including the firing of FBI Director James Comey, allegations of obstruction of justice, and the inconsistent application of the Attorney General’s recusal from these and related matters.”
Today’s letter, led by Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), addressed each of Chairman Goodlatte and the Majority’s usual explanations for not conducting oversight of the Department of Justice. “With our Committee on the sidelines, the situation [at the Department] grows more perilous by the day,” the Members wrote.
WASHINGTON—Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement after joining 196 Members of the Senate and House of Representatives on a lawsuit to compel President Trump to comply with the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution.
LOS ANGELES – On Saturday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) held a town hall meeting to hear what the concerns of constituents living in the Westwood neighborhood. The event was incredibly well attended, with over 300 constituents in the audience at Emerson Community Charter School.
“Trump-era politics has resulted in hundreds and thousands of constituents coming out to have their voices heard.” Rep. Bass said shortly after the town hall meeting. “But while excited, they come out scared and concerned. Question after question on Saturday focused on the near future and the potential damage the President could do to it.
WASHINGTON—Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s hate-filled speech introducing his new Cuba policy.
“The policy that the president signed this afternoon is a slap in the face to all who welcomed the United States abandoning an outdated Cold War policy and a terrible step backwards for our international perception. I’ve traveled to Cuba since President Obama’s landmark policy and can attest firsthand the Cuban people have benefited from the thaw of our relationship.