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June 27, 2018 Press Release

“The DRC is a strategically-located, resource-rich country which, unfortunately, has been horribly misgoverned for most of its history. This legislation supports the humanitarian and accountability efforts of civil society groups pushing back against civil strife and political repression,” said Rep Smith.

June 27, 2018 Press Release

“This morning, the Supreme Court overturned 41 years of legal precedent to undermine the freedom of teachers, firefighters, police officers and all other public service workers to negotiate for decent pay and fair workplaces. I will continue to fight to strengthen our unions, to protect health care and retirement benefits, and to raise the wages of hardworking Angelinos.”

June 27, 2018 Press Release

“The separation of children at the border is a human rights violation. It’s government-sanctioned child abuse,” said Rep. Bass. “When the federal government is the one responsible for the separation, they should also be responsible for reunification. That responsibility was notably absent from Trump’s insufficient executive order that he issued last week.

June 26, 2018 Press Release

June 26, 2018

Dear Secretaries Azar and Nielsen:

As federal officials, we have a moral obligation to uphold the values that have always made America a beacon of hope, democracy and decency in the world.

We also have an obligation to the hardworking taxpayers across this nation who entrust us to spend their money wisely.

June 22, 2018 Press Release

Full Remarks:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of this bill and the foster youth who will benefit from its passage.

June 22, 2018 Press Release

“There was perhaps no bigger leader in the fight for civil rights in Los Angeles than John.

June 20, 2018 Press Release

“The Administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border is deeply concerning and it goes against our nation’s values and long history as a land of immigrants,” the lawmakers wrote. “As we learn more about the devastating effects of President Trump’s zero tolerance policy, we are seeing more and more images of some of the children that are being deta


In The News

February 5, 2013 In The News
Sequestration would involve cuts to programs like Head Start, transportation and housing that Rep. Karen Bass says would have "severe repercussions" for Black communities.
February 5, 2013 In The News
A bipartisan group of U.S. House members has been meeting to work out an immigration reform bill both sides can support. Exactly what’s in that plan is still up in the air. But the first House immigration hearing makes it clear where both sides agree…and where they do not.
February 1, 2013 In The News
With thousands of Southern Californians still weathering a tough economy, U. S. Representative Karen Bass held a “Help and Hope Town Hall and Resource Fair” Saturday January 26, at the Crenshaw Christian Center that provided information on jobs, education, healthcare, and home ownership.
January 31, 2013 In The News
For seven residents of the 37th Congressional District, history became a living, breathing entity thanks to their unique opportunity to attend the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C.
January 30, 2013 In The News
Three foster youth shared their stories with Rep. Bass before the inauguration.
January 29, 2013 In The News
Nowhere is U.S. leadership needed more than in an almost 20-year conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has claimed about 5 million lives and displaced millions.
January 28, 2013 In The News
Despite the turmoil, each of these three foster youth have persevered and are excelling both personally and professionally. They are a testament to the perseverance of so many foster youth in America who, when given the tools to succeed, can overcome traumatic childhoods and go on to make significant contributions to society.
January 23, 2013 In The News
With stark figures that show that every 15 minutes in Los Angeles County a family loses their home, there could be a substantial turnout this weekend for a community event on home loans relief and tax assistance in the run up to the filing season.
January 23, 2013 In The News
Around 6 a.m. on Jan. 21, three former foster youth bundled up in their warmest clothes and headed to the nation’s capitol to witness the inaugural celebration of President Barack Obama. Sixto Cancel, 20, Daniesha Tobey-Richards, 19, and Elbert Belcher, 21, were all invited by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) to attend the historic ceremony in Washington D.C
January 20, 2013 In The News
Three former foster children will be in Washington on Monday to witness President Barack Obama's ceremonial inauguration for a second term. They were invited by California Congresswoman Karen Bass, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth and an ardent advocate for the more than 400,000 kids in foster care.