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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

February 1, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement in honor of Black History Month:

"Black History Month is about celebrating the accomplishments and struggles of Black people throughout the history of this country. By breathing life into our history, we learn from both the peaks and valleys of our story and apply them to today. When we do that, we recognize that we’ve been here before, we’ve fought here before, and that we will win, again. We make this country great."

January 31, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) led a coalition of Members of Congress condemning the January 10th choreographed raids of 98 7-Eleven stores across 17 different states, at least three of which took place in Los Angeles. Following these raids, which resulted in only 21 arrests, ICE officials elicited threats towards business owners and their employees, calling the raids “a harbinger of what’s to come.”

The letter sent on January 31st called the language deeply troubling and requested additional information regarding evidence that prompted these massively ineffective raids throughout the country.

January 22, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement regarding His Excellency George Weah being sworn in as President of Liberia.

"Congratulations to George Weah and the Liberian people as they complete the first democratic transition of power in their country since 1944.

January 17, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Africa Subcommittee, applauded the passage of the African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA) and Millennium Challenge Act (MCA) Modernization Act, which passed by a unanimous voice vote on the House Floor.

The bill, introduced by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.), will make AGOA more effective by directing the President to establish a website with information regarding AGOA and by encouraging embassies in chosen countries promote export opportunities to the United States. 

January 15, 2018 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

"Today, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and honor his dream and the movement he was a part of. We pay tribute to his transformative successes that have made this country better and stronger, while reaffirming our resolve to continue fighting injustice that surrounds us.

January 11, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Congressman Tom Marino (R-Penn) introduced H.R.4769, the Helping Americans Seek Treatment Act of 2018.

This legislation requires the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) to increase awareness of the National Helpline by conducting a national campaign to inform the public on how to get in contact with the National Helpline and the information it provides.

December 20, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) hosted a Facebook live from her office after receiving a Christmas card from the Trump administration and voting NO on the GOP tax scam.
December 12, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL), Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission; and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, introduced a resolution calling on Burundi’s political opposition to renounce violence and urging the government to comply with constitutional limits on presidential terms and re-engage in regional peace negotiations (H.Res.651).

“Burundi has been in crisis since 2015 after President Nkurunziza insisted on running for a third term. Since then, the political and security situation there has worsened and the country has fallen at risk of mass atrocities. The government of Burundi and the political opposition must renounce violence and armed rebellion. The Burundian people deserve peace.  Politically motivated violence is

December 11, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Yesterday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) hosted her annual End of Year Legislative Report Back for over 350 constituents at the DoubleTree Hotel in Culver City.

Throughout the year, Rep. Bass was able to engage and inform thousands of constituents through town halls and community meetings addressing some of the nation’s most critical issues including executive oversight, immigration, workforce development, health care, and foster care. The End of Year Report Back gave Rep.

December 8, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement ahead of President Trump’s anticipated appearance at the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum this weekend.

“This museum, which has been years in the making, is opening this weekend because of the selfless and heroic work of people like Congressmen John Lewis and Bennie Thompson.