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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

July 23, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON — Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Africa, joined Congressmen Ed Royce (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Eliot Engel (D-New York), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) have introduced legislation to update the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001 (ZDERA). This update lays out clear steps to lay the framework for bilateral relations with the United States and focuses on governance, rule of law, and human rights, with an emphasis on holding free and fair elections.

“Zimbabwe is at a crucial point in its history,” said Congressmember Bass. “After years of political and economic crisis, the government there has the opportunity to set the country on a new trajectory.  This update sets necessary markers for lifting existing sanctions, which includes some related to the upcoming elections at the end of this month.

July 21, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Over the weekend, eight members of Congress returned from a trip to the Texas border. On their visit the members observed court proceedings of those who crossed the border, and visited the Ursula Border Patrol Processing Center, the Port Isabel Detention Center and the Brownsville Port of Entry.

“Before our trip, we had been told that families were not being separated at our border anymore. We now know that to be a lie. We met grandmothers and grandfathers who had been separated from their grandchildren because they weren’t considered family. We also saw hundreds of immigrants locked in cages, including children and some women well into their pregnancies,” said Rep.

July 13, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressmembers Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Karen Bass (D-Calif.), and other members of Congress sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar demanding answers to the grave concerns raised by HHS’ use of DNA testing to reunite children taken from their families. The Members also called for transparency and protection of the human rights of all migrants, including those seeking asylum in accordance with U.S. law.

In late June, Rep. Bass, introduced H.R. 6236, the “Family Unity Rights and Protection Act”, which would require the federal government to reunite families that have been forcibly separated at the border. As a child welfare advocate, Rep.

July 12, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement responding to President Trump’s outrageous comments about Africa at the end of a press conference during the NATO summit in Brussels.

"I am once again saddened to see Trump so ill-informed.  Most of Africa is peaceful, and it is not at all accurate to characterize an entire continent through a conflict framework.

July 11, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) questioned Trump administration officials from the State Department regarding the international effort to end the separation of families at our border. The hearing included testimony from Kenneth Merten, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and Sarah-Ann Lynch, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Watch the full questioning below.

July 10, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) – led by CBC Foreign Affairs and National Security Task Force co-chairs Congressmember Karen Bass (D-CA-37) and Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX-33) – met with a high-level delegation of Nigerian Senators and Representatives to discuss Nigeria’s domestic affairs and relations with the United States.

“During the discussion, our delegations focused on improving the relationship between our two countries and expanding business opportunities,” said Rep. Bass, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa.

July 10, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning the migrant slave auctions in Libya that were exposed by a CNN International report in November of last year. Rep. Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, introduced the resolution in December of last year.

“Slavery is a crime against humanity and we cannot sit idly by while people around the world are exploited,” Rep. Bass said. “In November, CNN broke a story about modern-day slavery in Libya. I am proud to lead this body today in responding to this human rights abuse. Today, we respond not just on behalf of ourselves, but on behalf of all Americans.

July 9, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

“Brett Kavanaugh is an absolutely disastrous nominee for the United States Supreme Court.

July 7, 2018 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) held a Congressional Conversation to hear the thoughts and concerns of constituents living in West Adams and Jefferson Park. The event was well attended, with more than 100 constituents in the audience at the Holy Name of Jesus Church on Jefferson Blvd.

“The level of anxiety about just what this administration could do next has increased with every town hall I’ve hosted since last January.” Rep. Bass said. “It is so important to hear the priorities of those I’ve been sent to D.C. to serve and represent.

June 28, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein following up on months of questions regarding the origin of an FBI report entitled "Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers".

The questioning followed up on numerous hearings and testimony from top officials regarding the true origin of the report.