WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) and Reps. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Mia Love (R-UT), Raúl Labrador (R-ID), John Conyers (D-MI), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) introduced the Maintaining dignity and Eliminating unnecessary Restrictive Confinement of Youths Act of 2017 (MERCY Act). The MERCY Act would prohibit the solitary confinement of juveniles who are tried in the federal system and held in pretrial facilities or juvenile detention facilities, barring some extremely exceptional temporary circumstances. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), James Lankford (R-OK), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Bob Casey (D-PA) also introduced a companion bill in the Senate.
“The MERCY Act rightly calls attention to the need for smart reform and trauma-informed care for all justice-involved youth and is a necessary piece of legislation that aims to eliminate harmful and dangerous confinement practices for this vulnerable population,” Rep. Bass, a member of the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, stated.
WASHINGTON – On Friday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement on recent reports indicating that there has been increasing intimidation by the Government of the Republic of Cameroon.
“I am greatly concerned over recent reports indicating that there has been increasing intimidation by the Government of the Republic of Cameroon against the English-speaking population of the country.
WASHINGTON – On Monday, January 30, Rep. Bass (D-Calif.) sent a letter to President Trump urging he lift his Executive Order banning the entry of citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries, three of which are located on the continent of Africa-- Somalia, Libya, and Sudan.
“Mr. President, the refugees from the three African countries you have banned are attempting to escape war, persecution or famine. The majority are seeking shelter, food, and safety,” Rep. Bass wrote. “They wait years to be selected by a country and have to undergo an extremely thorough vetting process.”
WASHINGTON - On Monday morning, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement regarding His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat's election as the Chairperson of the African Union Commission.
"I extend my congratulations and sincere greetings to His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat on his election as the Chairperson of the African Union Commission.
"I look forward to further reinforcing our working relationship with the African Union Commission as well as continuing our excellent relationship with the African Union Mission in Washington. D.C.
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to sign an executive order to advance the Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines, while freezing grants and contracts at the Environmental Protection Agency.
“President Trump's two executive actions today to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines clearly show his lack of commitment to ensuring clean air and water for Americans and his complete disrespect for sacred native sites.
Over the weekend, The Gambia's former President Yahya Jammeh left the country after 22 years in power after being defeated in December's election by Adama Barrow.
“I welcome the departure of former President Yahya Jammeh from The Gambia, and I congratulate, once again, Gambia's new President, Adama Barrow, on not only his December 2, 2016, election but for his demeanor throughout the subsequent crisis.
Washington, D.C. – Today, ahead of a classified briefing by the Intelligence Community on attempts by the Russian government to influence the last election, all House Judiciary Democrats, led by Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr.
The Lucas Museum will be built in the heart of the 37th Congressional District
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D – Calif.) applauded the announcement made that George Lucas’ 1 billion dollar museum will be built in Exposition Park. While a terrific win for the culture of the district, this project also promises jobs related to the construction and upkeep of the museum.
Rep. Bass attended the Inauguration of His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo with Assistant Secretary of State Greenfield and U.S. Ghana Ambassador.
Last Saturday, Rep. Karen Bass (D- Calif.) represented President Barack Obama and the United States as part of a Presidential Delegation to Ghana to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo as the next president of the African country. Rep. Bass joined Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield and the U.S.
The bill would create a commission to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D – Calif.) cosponsored legislation that would create a 12-member, bipartisan, independent commission empowered to interview witnesses, obtain documents, issue subpoenas, and receive public testimony to examine attempts by the Russian government and others to use electronic means to influence, interfere with, or sow distrust in this year’s U.S.