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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass’ statement praising the Foreign Affairs Committee passage of the “Electrify Africa Act”

February 27, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC—Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed the “Electrify Africa Act of 2013”:

“The single best way to lift up Africa and ensure that the continent has what it needs to be an economic powerhouse is to first and foremost make sure that Africans have access to power. When two-thirds of the population of sub-Saharan Africa lives without electricity—including more than 85 percent of those living in rural areas—it means children study by candle lights and doctors and midwives who are delivering babies must rely on flashlights. As a result education, healthcare, and the basic needs of millions of Africans suffer.

“I am proud to serve as an original co-sponsor, and I commend the Democratic and Republican leadership on the House Foreign Affairs Committee who came together to provide real and lasting assistance for hundreds of millions of people. Because of the action today we are one step closer to accelerating economic growth, boosting education, and alleviating extreme poverty in Africa by providing first-time electricity access for at least 50 million people by 2020.

“Africa is the birthplace of human civilization and the promise of a vibrant future. By reaching both across the aisle and across the Atlantic we will both power up the African economy and provide a better future to millions of people.”

Watch Rep. Karen Bass's opening statement at the markup here.