As part of her work to ensure that foster youth are successful as they move into adulthood and to combat some of the startling statistics about former foster youth, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) today joined the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth co-chairs Reps. Tom Marino (R-PA), Jim McDermott (D-WA), Jim Langevin (D-RI), Diane Black (R-TN) and Trent Franks (R-AZ) to introduce H.R. 3160, the "Foster Youth Independence Act of 2015."
Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Africa Subcommittee, welcomed more than 120 participants, including members of the African private sector, diaspora and civil society, Obama Administration officials and the African diplomatic corps, to the first Congressional public forum on the future of U.S.-Africa trade now that President Obama has signed legislation that will extend the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for 10 years.
In their first public event this year, the 2015 Class of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program of President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) were welcomed to the U.S. Capitol by Rep. Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the House Africa Subcommittee, for the latest edition of the "Africa Policy Forum."
July 9, 2015 Press Release
Following meeting with Santa Monica and Los Angeles residents, both members of Congress agree that it is time to close the airport.
Congresswoman Karen Bass released the following statement after President Obama announced that the Administration has reached a deal with Cuba to reestablish diplomatic relations and reopen embassies.
June 25, 2015 Press Release
Rep. Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the Africa Subcommittee, issued the following statement after the House voted final passage of the reauthorization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
June 25, 2015 Press Release
Congresswoman Karen Bass issued the following statement after the Senate voted to pass H.R. 1295, the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, which includes the reauthorization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
June 25, 2015 Editorial
As the eyes of California as well as the country and the world turn to criminal justice reform, we must make sure that the unique needs of women and girls are not kept out of the conversation
June 22, 2015 Press Release
After stops in the Crenshaw and Cheviot Hills neighborhoods, Rep. Karen Bass brought together over 50 Mid-City residents at the Memorial Branch Library on Saturday, June 20.
June 11, 2015 Press Release
Rep. Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the Africa Subcommittee, issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1295, the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, which would extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
In The News
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.
January 29, 2013 In The News
Nowhere is U.S. leadership needed more than in an almost 20-year conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has claimed about 5 million lives and displaced millions.
January 28, 2013 In The News
Despite the turmoil, each of these three foster youth have persevered and are excelling both personally and professionally. They are a testament to the perseverance of so many foster youth in America who, when given the tools to succeed, can overcome traumatic childhoods and go on to make significant contributions to society.
January 23, 2013 In The News
With stark figures that show that every 15 minutes in Los Angeles County a family loses their home, there could be a substantial turnout this weekend for a community event on home loans relief and tax assistance in the run up to the filing season.
January 23, 2013 In The News
Around 6 a.m. on Jan. 21, three former foster youth bundled up in their warmest clothes and headed to the nation’s capitol to witness the inaugural celebration of President Barack Obama. Sixto Cancel, 20, Daniesha Tobey-Richards, 19, and Elbert Belcher, 21, were all invited by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) to attend the historic ceremony in Washington D.C
January 20, 2013 In The News
Three former foster children will be in Washington on Monday to witness President Barack Obama's ceremonial inauguration for a second term. They were invited by California Congresswoman Karen Bass, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth and an ardent advocate for the more than 400,000 kids in foster care.
January 18, 2013 In The News
El presidente Barack Obama firmó el Acta Ininterrumpida de los Alumnos (USA) de la congresista demócrata de California Karen Bass y la senadora demócrata de Louisiana, Mary Landrieu que permite a las trabajadoras sociales de las agencias de asistencia pública de los niños tener acceso a los registros de los estudiantes.
January 17, 2013 In The News
Kudos to the president and to both parties in Congress, who swiftly came together to create the Uninterrupted Scholars Act. Translated from Washington-speak, that means foster children will escape some of the red tape that has snarled their efforts to reach a brighter future.