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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

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July 12, 2017 Press Release

“One of our most urgent priorities should be disrupting the child welfare to trafficking pipeline and finding better and more effective ways to meet the critical needs of this vulnerable population,” Rep. Bass, Co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, said.

July 8, 2017 Press Release

“Over the past several decades there has been an increasing occurrence of criminalizing and incarcerating women and girls of color,” Rep. Bass said. “We continue to see young girls being pushed out of school, and arrested and prosecuted at rates that are grossly disproportionate to their peers.

July 5, 2017 Press Release

“Dr. Yarwood comes to us from the State Department where she was the Chair of the Sub-Saharan Africa Area Studies at the Foreign Service Institute.

June 23, 2017 Press Release

“It is critical that we raise awareness about the unique challenges young people in the system face,” Bass said. “In all of my years working in child welfare, meeting thousands of children either in or out of care, we’ve heard their voices clearly: They want a consistent source of advice and support--someone that will be there when it matters most and for all the moments in between.

June 22, 2017 Press Release

“Today, 13 men came out of a room with a plan for the nation’s healthcare system that forgets women, people of color, people with disabilities, the sick, the poor and the old. The goal of this Senate bill isn’t to provide health coverage; it’s to bankrupt Medicaid and re-gift tax benefits for the wealthy.

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June 21, 2017 Press Release

“I’m proud of the coalition that came together in support of these incredibly important bills,” Rep. Bass said after the five bills passed. “Every year, 23,000 young people age out of foster care in need of various support to transition into adulthood--including housing, healthcare, education, financial literacy, and job training.

June 21, 2017 Press Release

Today’s letter, led by Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), addressed each of Chairman Goodlatte and the Majority’s usual explanations for not conducting oversight of the Department of Justice.  “With our Committee on the sidelines, the situation [at the Department] grows more perilous by the day,” the Members wrote.

June 20, 2017 Press Release
“The emoluments clause is a critical anti-corruption provision of the constitution that I believe the President has violated. Foreign governments have granted preliminary approval of trademarks, paid to stay at Trump hotels, and are leasing space at Trump properties, exposing the administration to a grave financial conflicts of interest.
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June 19, 2017 Press Release

“Trump-era politics has resulted in hundreds and thousands of constituents coming out to have their voices heard.” Rep. Bass said shortly after the town hall meeting. “But while excited, they come out scared and concerned. Question after question on Saturday focused on the near future and the potential damage the President could do to it.

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June 16, 2017 Press Release

“The policy that the president signed this afternoon is a slap in the face to all who welcomed the United States abandoning an outdated Cold War policy and a terrible step backwards for our international perception. I’ve traveled to Cuba since President Obama’s landmark policy and can attest firsthand the Cuban people have benefited from the thaw of our relationship.

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In The News

July 3, 2014 In The News
The recent deaths of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers have not only impacted the players on the world's stage, but also locally. The teenagers' bodies were found Monday evening in a field north of the Israeli city of Hebron, spurring a flow of grief from those around the world as well as in California.
June 23, 2014 In The News
Several lawmakers on Capitol Hill are promoting proposed legislation that would provide legal assistance for children and disabled immigrants caught crossing into the U.S. illegally.
June 23, 2014 In The News
Federal officials estimate 90 thousand children will try to cross the border by the end of this year – kids making the journey without a parent or adult. Today, a trio of southern California Congresswoman introduced a bill that would provide legal representation for those minors in immigration proceedings.
June 12, 2014 In The News
Community and labor activists have been agitating for more jobs to be filled locally for the building of Metro’s subway and light rail lines. But federal regulations have been a roadblock. Congress took a big step this week to change the rules.
June 10, 2014 In The News
The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations will hold a hearing Wednesday to update members about the Boko Haram insurgency as well as conditions in parts of northern Nigeria, according to Congresswoman Karen Bass.
May 21, 2014 In The News
The U.S. House passed five anti-sex-trafficking bills on Tuesday, including one to help prevent children in foster care from being coerced into prostitution.
May 20, 2014 In The News
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found that 60 percent of kids who end up in prostitution have remained in the custody of foster homes or state social services. To protect them, the Democratic congressman from California, Karen Bass, co-sponsored with 38 legislators, the H.R.4058 bill that is being debated from Tuesday in Congress.
May 18, 2014 In The News
On May 13, President Barack Obama issued an executive order that authorized sanctions to be placed upon five individuals in the Central African Republic. The sanctions were issued for their reported role in sectarian violence in the landlocked country in the middle of the African continent. The following day, Congresswoman Karen Bass issued a statement in support of Obama’s actions.
May 7, 2014 In The News
Five outraged House Democrats emerged from a meeting at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday with tough words for the leader of the terrorist group Boko Haram.
May 7, 2014 In The News
A group of American congresswomen have called on the US to do more to help Nigeria capture the "terrorist thugs" behind last month's kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls.

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