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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

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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).
June 10, 2015 Press Release
Rep. Karen Bass issued the following statement after the Department of Education announced that it will forgive student loans for people impacted by Corinthian Colleges' closing campuses.
June 10, 2015 Press Release
As Congress begins to discuss reforms to our nation's criminal justice system, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) welcomed more than 100 attendees to a panel of juvenile court judges and young women who had involvement in the criminal justice system to discuss how Congress should address the specific needs of women and girls in the judicial system.
June 3, 2015 Press Release
Rep. Karen Bass issued the following statement calling on Congressional Republicans to extend the Export-Import Bank before its charter expires on June 30.
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.


In The News

January 10, 2013 In The News
Even under the best circumstances African American students often have challenges resulting in lower graduation rates and test scores than their White counterparts. When you factor in a child in the foster care system, in particular an African American child, the statistics become even worse.
January 9, 2013 In The News
The Uninterrupted Scholars Act, which passed both houses of Congress earlier this month and now heads to the president’s desk for signature, allows child welfare agencies better access to the education records of children in their care.
January 4, 2013 In The News
Federal lawmakers have passed a bill that will give social workers better access to school records in an effort to improve dismal education outcomes for foster children.
January 3, 2013 In The News
Congress may have avoided certain disaster on Tuesday, but the plan that was passed does little to get the country back to a functional system of budgeting that doesn't involve chronic deficits. So what would that take? Republicans will have to recognize that raising taxes on high-income earners is a necessity. Democrats will need to agree to budget cuts and entitlement savings.
January 3, 2013 In The News
If the fiscal cliff debate told us anything, it should be that Grover Norquist’s tax pledge is dead – now and forever more.
January 3, 2013 In The News
With both the House and Senate having passed legislation—American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8)—that will keep the American economy from plunging over the so-called fiscal cliff, and President Barack Obama poised to sign the bill any day, there are still lingering concerns that must be addressed.
January 2, 2013 In The News
Several Southern California members of the House of Representatives defended their votes on Tuesday's "fiscal cliff" bill as necessary to protect taxpayers. The House voted 257-167 to pass a Senate-approved compromise deal that stops large tax increases for 99 percent of Americans.
January 1, 2013 In The News
On this Emancipation anniversary I find myself in deep thought about how my generation should spend the next 150 years. Building upon your example, we've seen how much can be accomplished in 150 years -- from abolishing slavery, securing the right to vote and having an African American serve as president of the very same country which once held blacks in bondage.
December 29, 2012 In The News
Rep. Bass said Republicans deserve most of the blame if the nation goes over the fiscal cliff — the automatic spending cuts and tax hikes due to take effect in 2013 unless lawmakers can forge a long-term budget deal.
December 20, 2012 In The News
Democrats and Republicans will most likely hammer out a temporary deal to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” — the economic effects of the ending of the Bush tax cuts and planned spending cuts under the Budget Control Act of 2011 — whose deadline looms Jan. 1.