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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

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May 30, 2015 Press Release
Rep. Karen Bass issued the following statement upon learning that Beau Biden, son of Vice President Biden, has passed away.
May 26, 2015 Press Release
Congresswoman Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the Africa Subcommittee, today joined House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Ranking Member Elliot Engel (D-N.Y.) in introducing H.R. 2571, the "Millennium Compacts for Regional Economic Integration (M-CORE) Act." This legislation would update and provide the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) with the authority to develop up to one additional compact agreement with a partner country to spur regional economic development at the same time with the goal of regionally integrating development projects and expanding the organization’s impact.
May 20, 2015 Press Release
Los Angeles’ Briana Smith went to Capitol Hill to spend the day with Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif) for the 4th Annual "Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day." On May 20, Ms. Smith joined more than 60 other foster youth alumni from across the country who traveled to Washington to shadow members of Congress to get a behind-the-scenes look at the House of Representatives and to share their experiences in the child welfare system as a way to influence policy around foster care.
May 18, 2015 Press Release
The House of Representatives today unanimously passed the "Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act," an omnibus trafficking bill that incorporates several bipartisan trafficking bills, including language from Congresswoman Karen Bass' (D-Calif.) legislation, the "Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act," which the House of Representatives unanimously passed in January.
May 13, 2015 Press Release
Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held its hearing "Stakeholder Perspectives On ICANN: The .sucks Domain and Essential Steps to Guarantee Trust and Accountability in the Internet’s Operation".
May 5, 2015 Press Release
Co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, U.S. Reps. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Tom Marino (R-Penn.), Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Jim Langevin (D-Rhode Island) joined 119 bipartisan co-sponsors in introducing H. Res. 251 recognizing May as National Foster Care Month and encouraging Congress to implement policies to improve the lives of children in the foster care system.
April 29, 2015 Press Release
Rep. Karen Bass released the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee held its hearing with Maria A. Pallante, Register of Copyrights and director of the United States Copyright Office.
April 29, 2015 Press Release
Congresswoman Karen Bass, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after Secretary Clinton​ ​in a speech at Columbia University called today for changes to our nation's criminal justice system​.
April 28, 2015 Press Release
Reps. Karen Bass and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif) released the following statement after the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) did not select Los Angeles Trade-Technical College’s “Promise Zone” application.
April 24, 2015 Blog
This week Congress took important action on two fronts: Fighting sex trafficking and ensuring that the United States grows its trading relationship with the nations of Africa.


In The News

February 11, 2013 In The News
As Congress looks toward meaningful immigration reform, we must take care not to neglect one of the most heartbreaking problems within the current, broken system: what happens to children when their parents or guardians are deported.
February 8, 2013 In The News
The disproportionate number of African American’s in foster care must remain in our conscience during Black History Month, and the many more months to come until racial disparities are eradicated.
February 7, 2013 In The News
Recently, the Dorsey High School of Culinary Arts students got a chance to sample their expertise with Congresswoman Karen Bass.
February 6, 2013 In The News
“...there are anywhere from 5,000 to 6,000 children who have been placed in foster care because their parents have been deported. The children were citizens,” Rep. Karen Bass said at the hearing yesterday, citing the findings of a investigation.
February 6, 2013 In The News
U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s historic decision to end Saturday mail delivery drew mixed reaction on Capitol Hill. Rep. Karen Bass, the daughter of a letter carrier, said it was a reminder of the need for lawmakers to ease a costly mandate that the Postal Service pre-fund pension benefits.
February 5, 2013 In The News
Sequestration would involve cuts to programs like Head Start, transportation and housing that Rep. Karen Bass says would have "severe repercussions" for Black communities.
February 5, 2013 In The News
A bipartisan group of U.S. House members has been meeting to work out an immigration reform bill both sides can support. Exactly what’s in that plan is still up in the air. But the first House immigration hearing makes it clear where both sides agree…and where they do not.
February 1, 2013 In The News
With thousands of Southern Californians still weathering a tough economy, U. S. Representative Karen Bass held a “Help and Hope Town Hall and Resource Fair” Saturday January 26, at the Crenshaw Christian Center that provided information on jobs, education, healthcare, and home ownership.
January 31, 2013 In The News
For seven residents of the 37th Congressional District, history became a living, breathing entity thanks to their unique opportunity to attend the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C.
January 30, 2013 In The News
Three foster youth shared their stories with Rep. Bass before the inauguration.