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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

April 23, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Yesterday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) hosted a reception to honor the 150+ high school art competition participants. Over 200 constituents attended the art celebration, and saw those selected for awards, including the First Place winner, Elemmar Valle of Crenshaw High School. Elemmar will have her artwork displayed for a year in the halls of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and get to fly to the opening reception for all of the winning artists from across the country.

“It’s exciting to see the Congressional Art Competition in my district grow every year,” Rep. Bass said. “More and more students can see their art displayed in a professional manner, and can understand that we value their work and their courage in submitting.”

April 21, 2017 Press Release
The panel featured Malcolm Nance and James Dean and was moderated by KCRW’s Benjamin Gottlieb.

LOS ANGELES —Last night, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) hosted a panel called “From Nixon to Trump: Perspectives on Presidential Accountability” to discuss perspective on presidential power and to dissect how presidential accountability impacts the district and the country. Topics ranged from possible Russia collusion with the Trump administration to the work of Ambassador Susan Rice.

April 14, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement marking three years since Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls in Northeastern Nigeria.

"It has been three years since 276 young girls were abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram from a Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria.  While some of these girls have escaped or have been freed, 195 young girls are still missing and have been at risk of trafficking, forced marriage and other forms of exploitation.

April 7, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.— In light of increasing constituent concerns over the effect of airplane noise on their health and their lives, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and the Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus are seeking expedited review of FAA noise standards and urging funding for health studies. Rep. Bass is also looking at legislation, regulations, and funding options to lessen the noise, whether that be through changing flight paths or any other methods of mitigation.

The Quiet Skies Caucus, led by co-chairs Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-NY) and vice chairs Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL), wrote to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development requesting they include in the subcommittee’s fisc

April 6, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement following President Trump’s airstrikes on Syria.

"The constitution is clear; if President Trump intends to increase our military’s involvement in Syria, he must come to Congress for an Authorization for Use of Military Force. Tonight, I join the growing calls for Congress to immediately debate the further course of action in Syria.

April 6, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, and Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Florida), Chair of the Democratic Women’s Working Group, sent a joint letter signed by more than 30 Members of Congress calling on the President to retract his outrageous and offensive allegations against former National Security Advisor, Ambassador Susan Rice. Read the full letter below.

April 6, 2017

The Honorable Donald J. Trump
United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC  

Dear Mr. President:

April 4, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Today, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia, and Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, hosted an Africa Policy Forum to discuss Somalia, South Sudan and Northeastern Nigeria, all of which are either experiencing or on the brink of famine.

April 3, 2017 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Reps. Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ) and Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations; and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) introduced a bipartisan resolution to underscore the need for a strong response by the United States to the drought, food insecurity, and risk of famine plaguing the Horn of Africa.

“Between 2010 and 2012, Somalia suffered the worst drought and famine in twenty years—resulting in the deaths of at least 260,000 people.  One of the lessons learned from this tragedy was that despite accurate and timely early warning of drought and famine conditions, the humanitarian response came too late to mitigate the worst effects of the drought.  Now, faced with the potential failure of

March 30, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement on the the deaths of Michael Sharp, Zaida Catalan and Betu Tshintela

"I am shocked and deeply saddened by the deaths of Michael Sharp, Zaida Catalan and Betu Tshintela. Michael and Zaida were members of the United Nations Group of Experts, investigating violence and alleged human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo in hopes of bringing an end to conflict in the region. Betu Tshintela, a Congolese citizen, served as their interpreter.

March 24, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after Trumpcare was pulled from the floor of the House of Representatives.

“Whether a vote is coming up in the next few hours or the next few months, we will not stop standing up for those with pre-existing conditions and we will not stop making sure that individual market plans will continue to provide needed coverage.