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116th Congress


Bass Introduces Resolution Calling For Free and Fair Elections In Tanzania

“I am concerned about reports indicating restrictions of freedom of expression, association and assembly in Tanzania ahead of a possibly contentious election next month,” said Rep. Bass. “We must support Tanzanian people, especially right before an election. I urge the Government of Tanzania to allow citizens, civil society organizations political parties to express their views freely without fear and to safeguard press freedoms.

House Judiciary Committee Sends Bass Criminal Justice Bills Focused on Women To Floor

H.R. 7718, the Protecting the Health and Wellness of Babies and Pregnant Women in Custody Act of 2020, and H.R 8161, the One-Stop Shop Community Reentry Program Act of 2020, were both passed out of the Judiciary Committee by a unanimous voice vote. Women are the fastest-growing incarcerated population in the United States and both pieces of legislation address the growing need for the humane treatment of these individuals and decreasing the chance of reoffending.

 Reps. Lee, Bass, Kelly, Chu, Castro, Haaland, Davids Introduce Legislation to Provide COVID-19 Resources to Community Based Organizations in Underserved Communities

Contact tracing is a critical public health resource that helps slow the spread of disease. Contact tracers identify patients and contact all those who may have been infected in order to provide additional resources and services. One of the greatest challenges in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic is building trust between public health officials and communities, especially in in underserved communities that suffer from racial, ethnic or socioeconomic health disparities.   

Bass, Reschenthaler Introduce Legislation To Create “One Stop Shop” Resource Centers For Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

In some states, a person released from prison is given as little as $10 and a bus ticket. According to a U.S. Sentencing Commission report, the average national recidivism rate for released individuals is 49.3% over 8 years. One of the reasons this rate is so high is because of a lack of access to resources. The purpose of the One Stop Shop Community Reentry Program Act is to create Community Reentry Centers that will reduce the chance of reoffence by making basic resources available to individuals who would otherwise not have access to them.

Rep. Bass Issues Statement Regarding Fate of Paul Rusesabagina

"This week, Paul Rusesabagina appeared in Rwanda in handcuffs facing terror-related charges. According to reports, a spokesman for the Rwanda Investigation Bureau would not go into details about how and where Mr. Rusesabagina was apprehended, saying that he has to answer "charges of serious crime.” My office is monitoring this situation very closely. I urge the Rwandan government to follow an open and transparent process and treat Mr. Rusesabagina respectfully. If there’s evidence, show it. If there’s not, release him."

Rep. Bass Issues Statement Against Pending Deportation Of Pastor Steven Tendo

"The Trump administration is preparing to deport Pastor Steven Tendo of Uganda who could face harassment, repression, arrest, and even death for advocating for human rights and voting rights. The United States government should allow people facing repression to remain in the United States. They should never have to face deportation."

Rep. Bass Introduces Foster Youth Dental Act of 2020

Youth enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP have access to oral health care but the utilization of oral care services varies by state and many foster youth fall through the cracks of care because oral health care is often treated as optional coverage. Tooth decay is the most common chronic condition among US children. The Foster Youth Dental Act seeks to improve continuity of oral health care services for current and eligible former foster youth by expanding the age requirement and providing incentives for dental providers to serve eligible youth.

Rep. Bass Statement On Seizure of Power In Mali

"I urge those responsible for the undemocratic seizure of power to return the country to a constitutional government. I recognize that the people of Mali have been in the streets protesting for months and there is a general sense of anger and frustration over the slow pace of political change and continuing insecurity throughout the country. However, a violent and unconstitutional change of government may increase instability in Mali.