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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

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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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August 20, 2015 Editorial
A crisis is brewing and having a dramatic impact in our homes and our communities. Between 1980 and 2010, women were the fastest growing population of prisoners. Girls made up the fastest-growing segment of the juvenile justice system.
July 31, 2015 Press Release
Rep. Bass, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after the federal Department of Education announced the Second Chance Pell Pilot program that will allow Americans in both state and federal prisons to receive Pell Grants and pursue the post-secondary education:
July 30, 2015 Editorial
We need to declare the era of mass incarceration and oppressive prison sentences over. The time for comprehensive criminal justice reform is now.
July 23, 2015 Press Release
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."
July 22, 2015 Press Release
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.

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In The News

December 19, 2012 In The News
When State Department officials testify Thursday on the Sept. 11 attack against the U.S. Consulate in Libya, the nation will have a chance for a Benghazi reset.
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December 15, 2012 In The News
Democratic Congresswoman Karen Bass of Los Angeles, like most members, is holding a lottery for the standing room tickets. But she's also offering two actual seats to each of two lucky constituents.
December 13, 2012 In The News
Congresswoman Karen Bass encouraged demonstrators to let their voices be heard at a fiscal cliff rally on Monday.
December 10, 2012 In The News
Any good negotiation has three parts. First, each side makes clear which issues they will stake their ground around. Next both sides formalize their positions and put forth proposals, usually resulting in a temporary stalemate. Finally, each side returns to their corners and decides when, how and on which issues to compromise in order to break the stalemate and get a deal.
November 29, 2012 In The News
The impending and dreaded so-called fiscal cliff is a deadline on a group of bills and legislative acts that currently govern almost all facets of the federal government, with many of the current laws, tax codes and more set to change or expire simultaneously.
June 5, 2012 In The News
Representative Karen Bass, D-California has introduced a bill (H.R. 5884), which is sponsored by Representative Robert J. Dold, R-Illinois and Luis V. Gutierrez, D-Illinois, and which is meant to help make FHA mortgages more affordable for first-time home buyers.
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June 5, 2012 In The News
Federal lawmakers proposed a bill Thursday that would give social workers better access to school records in an effort to improve education for foster children.
June 5, 2012 In The News
The halls of Congress that Withelma Ortiz Walker Pettigrew traversed last week are a far cry from the abusive foster and groups homes she bounced around throughout her childhood.
June 5, 2012 In The News
Rushing down the halls of the Cannon House Office Building, shoving her way into crowded elevators and brushing shoulders in the tunnel to the Capitol, Withelma Ortiz-Walker Pettigrew told the story of her troubled youth.
May 10, 2012 In The News
Congratulations to Culver City High School’s Michelle Bac for talking first place honors in the 2012 Congressional Arts Competition.
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