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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

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June 30, 2014 Press Release
Rep. Karen Bass issued the following statement after the announcement of the discovery of the bodies of Naftali Frenkel, Gila'ad Shaer and Eyal Yifrach.
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June 30, 2014 Press Release
Rep. Karen Bass issued the following statement after the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby, Inc.
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June 27, 2014 Editorial
This year an estimated 60,000 children will cross the U.S.-Mexico border without parents or guardians, a tenfold jump from previous years.
June 19, 2014 Press Release
Rep. Karen Bass announced today she has introduced the “Millennium Compacts for Regional Economic and Integration Act” (M-CORE), legislation that will expand flexibility of the Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to do additional projects with countries with the hope of further promoting regional integration and cross border cooperation.
June 18, 2014 Press Release
Rep. Karen Bass issued the following statement about the escalating instability in Iraq.
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June 16, 2014 Blog
I am a member of Congress from Los Angeles. I am the highest ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations. As I look around the world I grow more concerned by the day. We stand by as the bloody civil war in Syria reaches all new levels of brutality, and we bemoan the kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian girls by religious extremists. I see a world seemingly divided into one of three camps: victimizer, victim and bystander. And what I fear most is that we have lost our ability to be outraged.
June 16, 2014 Press Release
Today, Rep. Karen Bass today sent a letter to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan to help areas in South Los Angeles become a designated “Promise Zone.”
June 10, 2014 Press Release
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation today authored by Congresswoman Karen Bass that would allow local transit agencies like Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to prioritize hiring local residents for highway and transit projects. The amendment was adopted as part of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill.
June 2, 2014 Press Release
Los Angeles resident Toni Washington went to Capitol Hill to spend the day with Rep. Karen Bass for the third annual "Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day." Washington joined nearly 70 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 inner workings of the House of Representatives and to share their experiences in the child welfare system as a way to influence policy around foster care.
May 28, 2014 Press Release
Today, the world mourns the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou. Read Rep. Karen Bass's statement here.
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August 11, 2011 In The News
At the Tuesday night event, many local dignitaries appeared to honor the group, including Culver City Mayor Micheal O’Leary, U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass and former Congresswoman Diane Watson.
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August 9, 2011 In The News
Rep. Karen Bass came to Congress in 2010. She currently serves on the Steering and Policy Committee. Prior to her congressional tenure, Bass was a physician assistant and a clinical instructor at the USC Keck School of Medicine. She also served as the California Assembly's speaker, making her the first African American woman to hold such a position in the U.S.
August 9, 2011 In The News
Democratic Congresswoman Karen Bass believes it's critically important Congress reduce the deficit but it must be done with a more balanced approach.
August 8, 2011 In The News
If Pelosi thinks Boehner could try to appoint one of his vaunted freshmen, she could counter with one of her own. A likely contender would be Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif. Bass sits on the Budget Committee and is no stranger to big assignments, having served as Speaker of the California State Assembly.
August 2, 2011 In The News
White House officials have had the unenviable task of spending their day defending the deal that President Obama negotiatiated with congressional Republicans to raise the debt ceiling and avoid default by the Aug. 2 deadline.
August 1, 2011 In The News
The U.S. House of Representatives expects to vote tonight on a measure that would raise the debt ceiling and cut more than $2 trillion from federal spending over the next decade. California’s delegation contains plenty of undecideds.
July 15, 2011 In The News
U.S. Rep Karen Bass, PA, (D-Calif.), visits with an unidentified injured PA at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany.
July 7, 2011 In The News
The sponsor of the driving bill, Congresswoman Karen Bass, D-Calif., pushed for the stiffer penalties while in the state assembly, in part because of hearing stories from Jennifer Aniston about being hounded.
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June 21, 2011 In The News
A number of female U.S. House of Representatives members have expressed their support for the women who drove their cars on the streets of Saudi Arabia Friday, in an effort to defy the country’s ban on female drivers.
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June 14, 2011 In The News
Marjorie Delgadillo recently arrived in Bass’s office as a CCAI intern. Delgadillo, 27, was taken out of her home at age 13 because of an abusive stepfather. But she found foster parents — whom she calls her “forever family” — and with her foster mother’s help, she started Moving On Up, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emancipated foster care youth.

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