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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

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December 3, 2015 Press Release
Legislation includes Davis-Bass legislation that would ensure educational stability for foster youth
November 20, 2015 Press Release
In light of President Obama's work to stem over-incarceration, Congressmember Karen Bass introduced bipartisan legislation that would bolster the Administration's efforts to eliminate barriers to education for ex-offenders.
November 5, 2015 Press Release
As the only former Physician Assistant (PA) now serving in Congress, Rep. Karen Bass introduced two pieces of legislation to make sure that people who want to become Physician Assistants have the ability to successfully attend college as well as making sure that Physician Assistant education programs have the resources they need.
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October 28, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON—As the world continues to address the ongoing refugee crisis impacting Africa and Western Europe, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.)--Ranking Member of the Africa Subcommittee--welcomed over 100 attendees who came to hear from American and European diplomatic leaders as well as representatives from organizations working to assist refugees to discuss how the United States and Europea

October 5, 2015 Press Release
Reps. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Jim McDermott (D-Wash.)—Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth—announced today they introduced H.R. 3641, the “Health Insurance for Former Foster Youth Act of 2015,” legislation that will close a loophole and guarantee that foster youth will still receive health insurance through Medicaid until they turn 26 years old regardless of their state of residence.
September 22, 2015 Press Release
As part of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Africa, welcomed more than 500 attendees to the annual “Africa BrainTrust.”
September 21, 2015 Press Release
For her sixth small meeting this year, she brought together over 70 Palms residents at the IMAN Cultural Center on Monday, September 21 to listen to their concerns and discuss the latest activities taking place in Washington, DC.
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September 17, 2015 Press Release
Rep. Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the Africa Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding the actions by the Presidential Security Regiment in Burkina Faso.
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September 2, 2015 Press Release
Community leaders discussed diverse needs of the area and opportunities for additional investment
August 24, 2015 Press Release
Today, Rep. Bass, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, released the following statement announcing her support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed upon by Iran and the P5+1.
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February 15, 2013 In The News
Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, says Senate Republicans are embarrassing the U.S. in the international community by delaying the confirmation of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense.
February 13, 2013 In The News
Rep. Karen Bass set forth her positive take on the State of the Union address in a virtual town hall with Southland constituents Tuesday. In particular, Bass zeroed in on the president’s call to increase the minimum wage — pegging it to the cost of living.
February 13, 2013 In The News
After the speech, The Root caught up with NAACP President Ben Jealous and members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including Rep. Karen Bass, to get their take on the content of the president's message.
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.
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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
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 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 Colorlines.com investigation.
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.

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