Rep. Karen Bass, chair of the CBC, responds to Trump’s new proposal

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As chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Los Angeles area representative Karen Bass (CA-37) carries a lot of influence in Washington. It’s her office that speaks for the CBC, as well as her district, which stretches from Manchester Ave in the south to Wilshire Blvd in the north and includes Culver City. It’s a very diverse district and she has widespread support among her constituents.

Below is her statement in response to the president’s proposal for ending the government shutdown.

CBC Chair Karen Bass Responds To Trump’s New Offer To Reopen The Government

 Chair calls offer another example of using Black and brown communities as pawns. 

WASHINGTON – Today, the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), issued the following statement after President Trump announced a new offer in exchange for $5.7 billion for a border wall.

“The President’s proposal is yet another example of his willingness to use the well-being of Black and brown communities as a political pawn. DACA recipients deserve a permanent solution and Black Americans, who are disproportionately impacted by this shutdown, need to have the government immediately reopened. There are federal workers without paychecks, businesses unable to provide services for the government, and millions of families that depend on food stamps that don’t know when they’ll be able to afford their next grocery trip. That’s the crisis this shutdown has caused. The President could end it if he wanted to but unfortunately, today, he made it clear that he doesn’t.”

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 The Congressional Black Caucus was established in 1971 and has a historic 55 members for the 116th Congress, including two senators. Together, the Caucus represents more than 82 million Americans. Congressmember Karen Bass (D-CA) is the chair of the caucus.