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February 20, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Yesterday,House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL), and Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-CA) announced thatthe House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 35, the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, on Wednesday, February 26. The legislation, introduced by Congressman Rush, would designate lynching as a hate crime under federal law.

“On Wednesday, the House will consider the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, which will explicitly designate lynching as a hate crime under federal law,” said House Majority Leader Hoyer. “This legislation is long overdue, but it is never too late to do the right thing and address these gruesome, racially motivated acts of terror that have plagued our nation’s history.

February 13, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, hosted a hearing focusing on the youth bulge in Africa.

February 12, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, slammed Trump's extension of his muslim ban. Watch her remarks below.
February 6, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Africa, and Joe Neguse (D-CO) introduced the Eritrean Nationals' Safety from Unjust Removal or Expulsion (ENSURE) Act. The ENSURE Act stops the United States from deporting Eritreans fleeing state oppression by placing a two-year stay on removals; prohibiting the detention of Eritrean nationals during removal procedures; and, requiring up-to-date reporting on Eritreans facing imminent removal.

“This administration will stop at nothing to make life painful for people of color seeking a better future. Not only has the President added Eritrea to its latest Muslim Ban, but he is also now threatening to deport Eritreans who have settled here.

January 28, 2020 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, hosted a hearing entitled "Ending Global Religious Persecution". Watch hearing below.

January 28, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to allow the Trump Administration’s Public Charge rule to go into effect while the merits of the case continue to be argued in lower courts.

Last week, members of the Congressional Tri-Caucus – composed of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), and Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) – filed amicus briefs in the Second, Fourth, and Ninth circuit courts opposing the Trump Administration’s public charge rule.

January 28, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, hosted a hearing entitled "Fentanyl Analogues: Perspectives on Classwide Scheduling". Watch the hearing below.

January 27, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Chair Karen Bass (D-CA) wrote to the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General to request an investigation into DOJ’s failure to properly implement the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013 and to collect data regarding deaths occurring in the federal and state prison systems.

In their letter, the Members wrote, “Congress’s 2014 enactment of the DCRA aimed to address the paucity of reliable data on instances where a detained individual died in a state or local custody.  Notably, the Act required, at the discretion of the Attorney General, up to a 10% drawdown penalty, if a state fails to submit the required data.  To date, the Department has not adopted uniform proce

January 24, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to reconsider adding Sudan to the administration's travel ban. She was joined by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) on the letter, which you can read below:

January 24, 2020

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

January 15, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement in response to the attempted kidnapping of Mozambican journalist Matias Guente.

“I am concerned by the attempted kidnapping and assault of Mozambican journalist Matias Guente.  No citizen should be harmed for being outspoken or having different beliefs. The assault, kidnapping and detainment of critics of the government is becoming increasingly common. 

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