“I stand with the people of South Africa and call for calm and order in the country. Culprits disguised as citizens have used the arrest and trial of former President Jacob Zuma to commit violence all across the country. On the surface, the recent violence is because of Jacob Zuma being sentenced to 15 months in jail.
“Los Angeles is a world-class city with world-class leaders. President Biden’s nomination of Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve this country as Ambassador to the Republic of India further underscores this Administration’s commitment to re-establishing our country’s leadership in the world.
“Today, the international community observes the tenth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence. As the world’s youngest country, South Sudan remains a fragile state in the midst of a civil war and facing chronic food insecurity and large numbers of displaced communities.
"I am discouraged to see the unfolding of violence against protestors in eSwatini by the King Mswati.
"I am encouraged to learn that Burundian human rights defender Germain Rukuki was finally released after serving more than four years in prison out of his original 32-year sentence. A champion of human rights, he risked his life and freedom to highlight the mistreatment of many citizens in Burundi. Mr.
“The children in our child welfare system are our responsibility,” said Rep. Bass. “Due to this pandemic, it is now more critical than ever that Tribes have access to the reliable federal funding that states enjoy to protect and preserve families. I urge my colleagues to support this important piece of legislation.”
Rep. Bass fought to ensure the projects were included in the INVEST in America Act, which makes transformational investments in America’s highways, roads, bridges, transit, rail, and water infrastructure to create jobs, modernize our infrastructure and reduce carbon pollution.
“I am extremely excited that the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and other global financiers are partnering with South African manufacturer, Aspen Pharmacare, to combat COVID-19 by helping them produce 500 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Africa for Africans by the end of 2022, including providing more than 200 million doses this year.
Reports have shown that some social workers are placing children in homes out of desperation so those children will not end up sleeping in the child welfare offices. Unfortunately, some children also end up in shelters for a long period of time. For those children in the foster care system, there is an urgent need for a stronger quality of care.
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