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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

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November 20, 2015 Press Release
In light of President Obama's work to stem over-incarceration, Congressmember Karen Bass introduced bipartisan legislation that would bolster the Administration's efforts to eliminate barriers to education for ex-offenders.
November 5, 2015 Press Release
As the only former Physician Assistant (PA) now serving in Congress, Rep. Karen Bass introduced two pieces of legislation to make sure that people who want to become Physician Assistants have the ability to successfully attend college as well as making sure that Physician Assistant education programs have the resources they need.
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October 28, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON—As the world continues to address the ongoing refugee crisis impacting Africa and Western Europe, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.)--Ranking Member of the Africa Subcommittee--welcomed over 100 attendees who came to hear from American and European diplomatic leaders as well as representatives from organizations working to assist refugees to discuss how the United States and Europea

October 5, 2015 Press Release
Reps. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Jim McDermott (D-Wash.)—Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth—announced today they introduced H.R. 3641, the “Health Insurance for Former Foster Youth Act of 2015,” legislation that will close a loophole and guarantee that foster youth will still receive health insurance through Medicaid until they turn 26 years old regardless of their state of residence.
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.

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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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