"I am discouraged to see the unfolding of violence against protestors in eSwatini by the King Mswati.
"I am encouraged to learn that Burundian human rights defender Germain Rukuki was finally released after serving more than four years in prison out of his original 32-year sentence. A champion of human rights, he risked his life and freedom to highlight the mistreatment of many citizens in Burundi. Mr.
“The children in our child welfare system are our responsibility,” said Rep. Bass. “Due to this pandemic, it is now more critical than ever that Tribes have access to the reliable federal funding that states enjoy to protect and preserve families. I urge my colleagues to support this important piece of legislation.”
Rep. Bass fought to ensure the projects were included in the INVEST in America Act, which makes transformational investments in America’s highways, roads, bridges, transit, rail, and water infrastructure to create jobs, modernize our infrastructure and reduce carbon pollution.
“I am extremely excited that the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and other global financiers are partnering with South African manufacturer, Aspen Pharmacare, to combat COVID-19 by helping them produce 500 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Africa for Africans by the end of 2022, including providing more than 200 million doses this year.
Reports have shown that some social workers are placing children in homes out of desperation so those children will not end up sleeping in the child welfare offices. Unfortunately, some children also end up in shelters for a long period of time. For those children in the foster care system, there is an urgent need for a stronger quality of care.
“I am discouraged that there are currently more than 32 million refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons in Africa. Since last year, three million more people have lost their homes due to conflicts, government repression against citizens, violent extremism, and the militarization of politics. Eighty-eight percent of all IDPS in Africa come from just 10 countries.
“Today, the House took a stand against injustice and sent a message to the American people that symbols of slavery, segregation, and sedition are not welcome in the halls of Congress,” said Congressman Hoyer. “I am pleased to see our bill to remove hate pass in the House.
“Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd in broad daylight and acted with impunity. The sentencing today represents progress but there is still a long way to go. I hope it brings some measure of peace to the Floyd family, though there will never be complete closure and he will always be missed.
“I would like to recognize the time and effort of my colleagues and the staff on getting to this point and I would especially like to thank the authors of these bills. I have concerns with the bills that were passed out of committee this week.
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