Karen Bass ~ U.S. House, District 37

Karen Bass began her political career in the California State Assembly, serving from 2005 to 2010. She was the Majority Floor Leader of the assembly between 2006 and 2008. She then served as Speaker for her final two assembly years.

On healthcare . . .

"As a former Physician Assistant, Karen saw firsthand how people in Los Angeles and across the country struggled to secure basic health care. High costs kept them from pursuing the care they needed and treatable conditions like hypertension and diabetes became much worse because they were not treated early, which is why Karen supports Medicare for All legislation in Congress."

On the environment . . .

"Karen believes that all Americans should have access to clean air, water, and open space they can enjoy with their friends and family. On her campaign website, she explains that she "is concerned about the Trump administration rolling back Obama-era environmental protections. She is especially concerned about the impact of fracking in Los Angeles, and she introduced legislation that would have barred the use of federal funds at the Inglewood Oil Field as a response to concerns from area constituents about the environmental, health and seismic impacts of fracking there."

Plans for Economy

"From her time in the state legislature to her work in Congress, Karen has fought against stagnant wages and rising unemployment. She supported California’s move to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour and is now a proud sponsor of legislation to raise our nation’s minimum wage."

Education Policy

"A strong commitment to education is the best investment for a strong economy and our future competitiveness in the global economy. I am committed to strengthening our K-12 public school system, supporting our teachers, and ensuring all children receive a first-class education. Reforms to No Child Left Behind must be made to end the one size fits all approach to learning and heavy emphasis on testing under the current education law."

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