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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

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May 18, 2016 Press Release

LOS ANGELES--Congresswoman Karen Bass announced the winners of this year's Congressional Art Competition for the 37th Congressional District of California.  This year’s first place winner is Khary K. Moore, Jr., a senior at Hamilton High School who also happens to be on the autism spectrum.

May 16, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth (CCFY) joined more than 65 bipartisan co-sponsors in recognizing May as National Foster Care Month and encouraging Congress to implement policies to improve the lives of children in the foster care system.

May 14, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON—During a congressional legislative week focused on several bills addressing the recent epidemic of opioid addiction, Dr. Phil McGraw—television personality, author, psychologist, and host of the popular television show Dr. Phil—addressed more than 20 Members of the House of Representatives about the effects this trend on American families.

April 1, 2016 Press Release

"Dr. Steven Sample was a leader and a visionary who cared deeply about USC students, professors and staff as well as South Los Angeles. During his tenure USC rose up the national academic ranks, recruited many nationally prominent faculty, created a global presence and built partnerships throughout Los Angeles.

March 31, 2016 Press Release

"It was with a heavy heart that I learned of the passing of former Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl. I first met Bill when Michael Rosenthal, a close childhood friend and publisher of the Santa Monica Mirror, introduced me to him 15 years ago. Bill was the moderator of a popular cable TV show, and he invited me to appear several times on his show.

March 16, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON: Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the statement below after President Obama announcement that he would nominate D.C. Circuit Court Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court:
February 16, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON-- On Tuesday, February 9, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Africa Subcommittee, welcomed more than 200 attendees, including students, academics, ambassadors, members of the African diaspora, representatives of African civil society and the United States government to the first Africa Policy Breakfast of 2016 on Boko Haram and its impact in West and Central Africa.
February 16, 2016 News Article

WASHINGTON-- On Tuesday, February 9, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Africa Subcommittee, welcomed more than 200 attendees, including students, academics, ambassadors, members of the African diaspora, representatives of African civil society and the United States government to the

February 2, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC--Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member on the House Africa Subcommittee, released the statement below after the House of Representatives passed S. 2152, the "Electrify Africa Act of 2015:"

February 1, 2016 Press Release

LOS ANGELES—Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) welcomed over 150 constituents on Wednesday, January 20  to St. Paul's Presbyterian Church for a "Congressional Conversation” for the Baldwin Hills and Baldwin Vista neighborhoods.


In The News

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.
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
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 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 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.