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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

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.

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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.

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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.

June 28, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) joined her colleagues in introducing legislation to reunite the families who were separated by the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy. Watch their press conference below.

June 27, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, and Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), Ranking Member on the Subcommittee, introduced a bill yesterday, HR 6207, the Democratic Republic of Congo Democracy and Accountability Act of 2018, to promote free and fair elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

“The DRC is a strategically-located, resource-rich country which, unfortunately, has been horribly misgoverned for most of its history. This legislation supports the humanitarian and accountability efforts of civil society groups pushing back against civil strife and political repression,” said Rep Smith.

June 27, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in the case of Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.

“This morning, the Supreme Court overturned 41 years of legal precedent to undermine the freedom of teachers, firefighters, police officers and all other public service workers to negotiate for decent pay and fair workplaces. I will continue to fight to strengthen our unions, to protect health care and retirement benefits, and to raise the wages of hardworking Angelinos.”

June 27, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Global Human Rights, 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. When she offered the bill as an amendment on the House floor for a vote this afternoon, House Republicans blocked the motion. You can watch Rep. Bass’ speech before the vote below:

June 27, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Global Human Rights, 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.

“The separation of children at the border is a human rights violation. It’s government-sanctioned child abuse,” said Rep. Bass. “When the federal government is the one responsible for the separation, they should also be responsible for reunification. That responsibility was notably absent from Trump’s insufficient executive order that he issued last week.

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