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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Press Releases

December 8, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) – led by CBC Foreign Affairs and National Security Task Force co-chair Congressmember Karen Bass (D-CA-37) – met with Libyan Ambassador Wafa Bughaighis to discuss a recent report from CNN International that included video documentation of a slave auction in the North African country.

“We met with the Ambassador out of the profound concern that in this day and age, people are being sold as property,” said Rep. Bass, Second Vice Chair of the CBC. “The international community must operate on the assumption that we don’t need further proof, what we need is to stop it.

December 7, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass challenged FBI Director Wray on a report by the FBI about "Black Identity Extremism". The report leaked in September.

December 5, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) submitted the following letter to the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors during a public hearing regarding a resolution to seize a plot of land that had been abandoned for over 25 years located on the east side of the 8400 and 8500 blocks of South Vermont Avenue. The Board of Supervisors voted in favor of the resolution.

“This is terrific progress and a big win for the community,” said Rep. Bass. “I look forward to seeing this long-awaited project come to fruition.”

Read the full letter here or below.

Dear Supervisors:

December 4, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement following President Trump signing proclamations to shrink two national monuments in Utah. This is the first time in more than 50 years that a United States President has undone these types of environmental protections. The orders signed lifts protections of thousands of Native American artifacts and cliff dwellings and endanger the environment.

“This attack on the environment must also be combatted as yet another instance of dog-whistle politics, this time a targeted and calculated attack against Native Americans in Utah,” said Rep. Bass.

December 4, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) introduced a resolution that condemns the migrant slave auctions in Libya that were exposed in a recent CNN International report. This resolution calls upon the Trump Administration to develop strategies to rapidly respond to the migrant and refugee situation in Libya and also demands that the government of Libya conduct an immediate investigation into the slave auctions taking place in the country. It also recommends that the African Union conduct its own investigation into this human rights crisis.

“Congress cannot sit idly by as news of the Libya slave trade spreads,” said Rep. Bass, top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Africa. “Slavery is a crime against humanity. This resolution calls for a comprehensive response, both domestically and internationally, to this report, which is what we’ll need going forward to take an effective stand against this tragedy.

November 30, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Texas) hosted a forum focusing on politics, security and development in the Sahel region of Africa, which includes Niger, Mali, Chad and Sudan. The region has faced a range of interconnected challenges including extreme poverty, food insecurity, high unemployment, and weak institutions. These socioeconomic challenges have been increasingly exploited by criminal and terrorist groups throughout the region.

"The death of four American soldiers in Niger and the recent exposure of a Libyan slave trade has brought significant international attention to the continent,” said Rep. Bass, who is the top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Africa.

November 29, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – This week, the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth and the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force teamed up to host a dinner highlighting the effects that the opioid epidemic has had on the country’s child welfare system. This epidemic has impacted countless lives throughout the country and has already had a specifically insidious impact on children.

“The opioid crisis is devastating families and our already over-burdened child welfare system,” said Rep. Karen Bass, Co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth. “We have learned so much from the crack cocaine epidemic and how it affected those in the child welfare system.

November 27, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following response to a shocking video depicting a modern-day slave trade in Libya.

"The shocking images that emerged last week of African people for sale in Libya is a crime against humanity.  The time for the international community to act is now. If Libyans cannot end slave auctions, then the international community will be required to step in immediately.

November 21, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement following the announcement that Temporary Protected Status would be repealed for 60,000 Haitians by July of 2019.

“Just 7 years ago, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti, killing more than 230,000 residents and displacing nearly 3 million. Since then, the resilient island nation has been plagued by compounded environmental disasters, including a cholera outbreak and most recently, a category 5 hurricane.

November 21, 2017 Press Release
LOS ANGELES – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement regarding FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s expected announcement of his plan to roll back net neutrality regulations.

“A dictatorship cannot flourish when knowledge is common and abundant.