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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

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November 21, 2017 Press Release

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

November 21, 2017 Press Release

“The news of President Mugabe’s resignation after a week of political uncertainty that included a military takeover and possible impeachment has led the people of Zimbabwe to rejoice. Now that President Mugabe has stepped down, I hope to see the country rapidly return to civilian rule in accordance with Zimbabwe’s constitution.

November 20, 2017 Press Release

“I hope all Americans will join me in honoring the memories of all transgender people who are victims of violence, here and around the globe,” said Rep. Bass. “Too often, transgender people, especially transgender people of color, face discrimination in employment, housing, and health care.

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November 18, 2017 Press Release

“Los Angeles currently has an overall housing vacancy rate of two percent, so even if you have money, you can have a hard time finding housing,” Rep. Bass said. “As rents increase because of scarce supply, people are finding themselves in difficult situations.  The goal of this event was to connect people with the organizations and services that can help folks to improve their situation.

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November 17, 2017 Press Release

"Los Angeles has lost a great leader. I’m saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. David Cunningham, a champion for accessible, affordable housing and a true community leader. Among his major contributions to our city, Mr. Cunningham served on the Los Angeles City Council for 13 years in the 1970s and 1980s and represented many Angelenos, including myself, at that post.

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November 9, 2017 Press Release

“Today, we honor the selfless bravery that millions of veterans across the country have offered during their lifetimes. This commitment to the protection of our freedoms and democracy, whether it be voluntarily or by the result of a draft, deserves our recognition, admiration, and unadulterated gratitude.

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November 9, 2017 Press Release

We often forget that women’s rights are human rights. The mass incarceration policies in this country caters to for-profit prisons and only incentivizes the detention and incarceration of more individuals, many of which are vulnerable women who flee their home countries escaping gang-related and sexual violence,” said Rep.

November 6, 2017 Press Release

“I’m deeply saddened by this devastating attack. 36 days of thoughts and prayers from Congress since our country’s worst mass shooting in history obviously haven’t worked. It’s time to stop favoring the gun lobby over the lives of community members. We need reform.”

November 3, 2017 Press Release

In recent weeks, there has been increasing fear that the Trump Administration will terminate TPS for individuals from certain countries such as El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua, potentially resulting in their deportation. Velázquez’s bill would ensure individuals who have resided in the U.S.

November 1, 2017 Press Release

“In the wake of Tuesday’s attack in New York City, President Trump has politicized the tragedy by going after the Senate Democratic Leader and calling for the termination of the Diversity Visa Program, one of the primary vehicles used by Africans to immigrate to the U.S.

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In The News

October 16, 2014 In The News
A trio of House Democrats—including Rep. Karen Bass—concerned that there are not enough healthcare workers in Liberia called Wednesday for President Obama to allow U.S. troops to provide direct care to Ebola patients.
October 16, 2014 In The News
At a community town hall meeting at Holman United Methodist Church, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission, told residents she and other African leaders wanted to change the world’s viewpoint of Africa.
October 15, 2014 In The News
A trio of House Democrats is calling on President Obama to allow U.S. troops in West Africa to provide direct care to Ebola patients.
September 11, 2014 In The News
Members of California's Congressional delegation had a mixed response to President Barack Obama strategy for dealing with Islamic militants, which he unveiled in a speech to the nation Wednesday night. Obama said he'll use airstrikes and send trainers and equipment to the region.
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September 10, 2014 In The News
Twelve House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Democrats sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Wednesday demanding "the highest level of transparency" concerning how the league investigated the Ray Rice domestic violence incident.
August 5, 2014 In The News
An adviser to U.S. House of Representative Karen Bass says the congresswoman will host African leaders and American business officials for the Growth and Opportunity in Africa forum on Tuesday as part of the ongoing U.S-Africa summit.
August 4, 2014 In The News
In the opening panel, moderated by Vera Songwe, Rep. Karen R. Bass (D-Calif.) and Rep. Smith, who are ranking member and chairman, respectively, of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations, delivered remarks on the importance of Africa and the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
July 24, 2014 In The News
President Obama met privately with Father Gregory Boyle of Los Angeles' Homeboy Industries and four former gang members Thursday as part of the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative aimed at lifting African American and Latino youths.
July 10, 2014 In The News
It looked like 1966 in South Los Angeles this week when the community galvanized into a united force to confront an issue many thought had long been overcome — allegations of police brutality against defenseless black citizens.
July 8, 2014 In The News
California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow met today with a group of community activists in Culver City, demanding action in response to a cellphone video showing an officer repeatedly punching a woman, and he said the investigation would be expedited as much as possible.

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