“Our economy and our businesses stand to suffer from the latest ill-advised and unnecessary restrictions placed on the island nation just 90 miles south of us. After 60 years of ineffective policy, it was President Obama who began to repair relations and improve the possibility that the United States would finally have a positive relationship with Cuba.
“I condemn the recent attacks in Sudan where many were killed and hundreds were injured. This appears to be a planned attack to repress the Sudanese people’s right to free assembly and abandon the rule of law. As bodies are recovered from the Nile, the United States and the international community must call for an investigation into this attack.
“Each year our participants have a real hand in making change – from CHAFEE grant extensions, to the passage of the Family First Act just last year, this group’s voices have changed our child welfare system forever,” said Rep. Bass. “The reality is this: when the government removes children from their parents, the government becomes that child’s parent.
"More than 1,200 people have died from Ebola in northeastern Congo since August of last year. The rising numbers of new Ebola cases demand our attention and action to ensure we do not face another epidemic. This outbreak is at risk of becoming a pandemic if it is not brought under control.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) extended Medicaid coverage to age 26 for all foster youth who were in foster care on their 18th birthday and were already enrolled in Medicaid. This provision of the law was intended to create parity between these individuals and young adults who can stay on their parent’s health insurance until the age of 26.
“I am disappointed that security forces would fire live ammunition rounds causing multiple fatalities in order to disband sit-ins and peaceful protests in Sudan. I am also discouraged that the military has shut down media networks in Khartoum, which is a clear infringement upon the freedom of the press.
“It is critical that we raise awareness about the unique challenges youth in the system face,” Rep. Bass said. “In all of my years working with children in the child welfare system, meeting thousands of children either in or out of care, the number one thing I hear is that they want a consistent source of advice and support.
In 1953, the division of the Korean Peninsula separated more than an estimated 10 million families, including some who are now citizens of the United States and have not been able to see their families in more than 60 years. Rep.
“Nativo spent his life supporting and advocating for the rights of immigrants in East Los Angeles. When I was an activist in the South Los Angeles community dealing with police abuse, we worked together on behalf of our communities and supported each other’s struggles. He devoted his life to fighting for social and economic justice and improving the lives of the members of his community.
"Despite socio-political and economic challenges, Malawi is a great example of democracy on the continent. I am hopeful that their presidential and parliamentary electoral results will reflect the will of the people, and I urge young people to be politically active and let their voices be heard through the power of the vote.
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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.