“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.
“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.