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Rep. Karen Bass

Entries by Rep. Karen Bass

How Hillary Clinton Inspired a Foster Youth to Become a Lawyer

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 6:11 PM

As the Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, I have time and again seen the power of positive mentorship. With encouragement and opportunity, many of the roughly 424,000 children in America's foster system go on to lead successful lives. That said, I was still deeply moved by this...

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Healthcare workers treating Ebola patients should be commended--not treated as untouchables

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 7:51 PM

As a former Physician Assistant who provided medical treatment to AIDS victims in Los Angeles in the 1980s, I have seen firsthand the danger when hysteria overruns science. We should celebrate and not punish healthcare professionals like Kaci Hickox and all the brave American public health workers who...

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With Upcoming Discussion on Limiting Abortion Rights, the Personal Is Political

(3) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 6:00 PM

Tomorrow the House Judiciary Committee will take up the so-called "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion" Act. The drill has already started. Those who oppose access to abortion are already firing off press releases, and I am joining other members of Congress who support ensuring that women...

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Addressing Mortality of the World's Mothers

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 8:43 PM

Nearly 20 years ago, then First Lady Hillary Clinton declared to the United Nations that "it is no longer acceptable to discuss women's rights as separate from human rights." A core component of women's rights is ensuring that all women -- regardless of religion, nationality, or income level...

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Republican Hypocrisy on Kids Act

(31) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 6:19 PM

With all the heated rhetoric surrounding immigration reform it's fair to ask if some in Washington fully understand the many contributions undocumented immigrants make to our country.

So it's no surprise that when news surfaced of Republicans working on legislation to help the children of undocumented...

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Time To Get Serious on Student Loan Debt

(111) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 5:04 PM

If I've heard it once I've heard it a thousand times from my Republican colleagues: we have to stop passing debt onto the backs of future generations. There's plenty of room to debate how best to achieve that goal but not enough attention is being given to the crushing debt...

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To Our Ancestors With Gratitude

(11) Comments | Posted January 1, 2013 | 9:19 AM

This letter is part of our "Letters to Our Ancestors" project. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, we've asked members of our community to share their own letters to our forefathers. With these letters, we hope to look back on the progress our community has made...

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Giving Thanks for Adoptive Families

(4) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 3:52 PM

As we move into the holiday season, it's easy to take for granted opportunities to spend time with cherished family and friends. For many of us, our families are our backbones and being at home surrounded by so much love gives us the motivation to face each and every one...

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Commemorating National Foster Care Month

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 2:40 PM

Think back to your childhood. Remember the comfort and love you found in your parents, brothers, sisters and friends at school. Now, imagine you are instantly ripped from everything you have come to know and day after day, your entire world is a new, frightening and unfamiliar experience. Due to...

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A New Alliance for the Future

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 2:00 PM

When President Obama kicked off the 35th annual G8 Summit he reminded me of an all too familiar adage: Give a man fish and you'll feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you'll feed him for a lifetime.

Flanked by African Heads of State, Administration officials,...

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What's Going on?

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 10:08 AM

If you were anywhere on or near the streets of Los Angeles twenty years ago this week, the unsettling sights, sounds and acrid smells of civil unrest are fastened to your memory like few other events.

We both remember where we were at the exact moment we learned that...

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Focusing on Foster Care

(3) Comments | Posted March 28, 2012 | 3:28 PM

Far too often, attention is only given to the failures of the foster care system. As necessary as this may be, only through greater awareness of both the system's failures and accomplishments can we better serve our children in need.

On March 30th, a delegation of Members of Congress...

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Now Is Our Time

(6) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 9:18 AM

The President has drawn the line in the sand on economic growth and deficit reduction.

It is clear and it is pronounced. Progressive Democrats have pushed for and now are presented with an agenda that best serves our nation. On Monday, the President articulated that agenda by...

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No More "Red-Eye Days"

(5) Comments | Posted April 11, 2011 | 1:53 PM

As a child growing up in Los Angeles, I always knew when summer was coming when I felt that familiar sting in my eyes. As the temperature got hotter, the smog settled into the basin and the dirty air made my eyes water and my throat dry. And I knew...

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We Cannot Go At It Alone

(7) Comments | Posted March 28, 2011 | 12:43 PM

This week as we have watched the nuclear and humanitarian crisis unfold in Japan, along with the democratic uprisings in the Middle East and Libya, it is increasingly evident just how important multi-lateral engagement has become. We are an interconnected world; no country can afford to practice "cowboy politics" and...

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An Anniversary Worth Celebrating

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2011 | 11:11 AM

This week will mark one year since the Health Care Reform bill was enacted, making quality health care more accessible and affordable for all Americans. Before President Obama, before this legislation, we were the only modern industrialized nation in the world to lack any kind of comprehensive system ensuring that...

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We Deserve Better Than "So Be It"

(61) Comments | Posted March 11, 2011 | 11:41 AM

Last week, Congress passed a two-week continuing resolution to fund the government while a compromise budget is reached and avoid a government shutdown. Since then, House Republicans have proposed a $61 billion in reckless budget cuts that will hurt our nation's most vulnerable citizens and make economic recovery even more...

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