Rep. Bass Holds Legislative Town Hall
Reviews First Term Accomplishments and Honors County Supervisor Mark Ridley – Thomas
Congresswoman Karen Bass honors Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
Sentinel News Service
On Sunday December 16th Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) held a 2012 Legislative Year In Review Town Hall discussing issues of most concern to her constituents and reviewing legislative accomplishments from her first term in office. The Congresswoman was joined by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, whom she awarded a notice of Congressional Record for his decades of service to the local community. Constituents were also treated to a performance from the Inner City Youth Orchestra, a group of students who have previously performed for First Lady Michelle Obama and will also be making an appearance at the second Inauguration of President Barack Obama next month.
Over 500 constituents joined the Congresswoman at the Double Tree By Hilton Los Angeles Westside to celebrate her first term achievements as well as help to map out what issues they would like Representative Bass to tackle in the new Congress once it convenes in January.
Accomplishments from Congresswoman Bass’ first term include:
• Founded and launched the bipartisan Congressional Caucus On Foster Youth which traveled the country receiving recommendations to introduce transformative reform legislation to the nation’s foster care system
• Won passage of a third country fabric provision extension under the African Growth & Opportunities Act which has helped to support jobs here in the United States and save an estimated 300,000 jobs in Africa
• Won passage of legislation prohibiting U.S. defense contractors from perpetuating human trafficking
• Introduced legislation to assist first-time homebuyers with interest rate reductions
• Introduced legislation to ease the burden of student loan debt for unemployed college graduates
• Assisted over 300 constituents looking for help with issues related to various issues including Social Security, Veterans benefits, Immigration and Home Foreclosures
• Awarded 2 college students with Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Scholarships
Following the town hall Congresswoman Bass stated:
“I am truly honored and blessed to represent such a diverse community of passionate advocates concerned about the future of our country. While much was accomplished during my first term there is so much more left to do to make sure our economy continues to recover and the doors of opportunity are open to everyone across the 33rd Congressional District. I will take the feedback I received during this town hall back to Washington and continue looking for ways to bring back federal resources that are making a real difference in the everyday lives of my constituents. I’m energized and looking forward to continuing my service to the 33rd District.”