“Former Attorney General Barr has supported policies that have contributed to mass incarceration. He defended laws that made prison sentences for crack harsher than cocaine, advocated for the elimination of parole and increased prison sentences in Virginia and called the notion that there were victims of our criminal justice system a ‘myth’.
“It is in the best interest of the United States to maintain a strong bilateral relationship with a politically stable, democratic, and economically sound Nigeria that can play a leadership role in the region and the continent more broadly.
“Today is a day to raise awareness, reflect on our progress, and recommit our resolve to fight HIV/AIDS throughout the world.
“This year, Congress came together in a bipartisan fashion to extend the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program which has already saved 17 million lives across the globe.
The New Caucus:
On January 3rd, the Congressional Black Caucus will add 9 new representatives to their caucus, growing their numbers to 55, making it the first time ever that the Caucus will have more than 50 Members. The Caucus will also chair five full House Committees in addition to 28 House Subcommittees.
“The DRC has the potential to be one of the richest countries on earth, but it has been crippled by decades of conflict and corruption,” said Rep. Bass. “Congolese citizens have long called for the international community to play a role in holding the ruling party accountable to their country’s constitution.
“Marcia is a fearless legislator and one of the most respected Members of the House of Representatives by both parties. She is a proven national leader and a past National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a member of the Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter.
“I’m encouraged that the Trump administration and the State Department are expressing interest in staffing important U.S. diplomatic posts in African countries. This is absolutely essential to bettering our relationship with the countries on the continent and the economic opportunities they offer.
“Tonight’s election was nothing short of historic.
In The News
To those who are triggered by every tweet, who considered decamping to Canada to escape Donald Trump’s presidency, Karen Bass feels you. But the four-term congresswoman for California’s 37th District has seen worse. As a 14-year-old campaign volunteer for Robert F. Kennedy, she listened to the radio when he was assassinated the night of the California primary.
"The sacrifice of four brave soldiers in Niger this month has raised important questions from Congress about the extent of U.S. military presence and engagement across Africa. To date, we have seen only bits and pieces of this administration’s thinking on Africa.
"On Oct. 4, four American families tragically lost their loved ones when U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers were killed in an ambush while conducting a joint patrol in Niger.
Watch Rep. Bass and her constituents react after President Trump announced another troop surge in Afghanistan.