“I’m worried about the spoke [spike] in crime and violence that we’re seeing becoming an excuse to say, ‘No, we don’t need reforms. We need more police,’ and when in our country are we going to stop doing the same thing over and over and over again? Crime goes by cycles, and every time we have a cycle, we come up with the same solutions. And I have my fingers crossed that this time, we will not make that mistake: ‘Let’s pass more laws. Let’s incarcerate more people. Let’s have more police. Let’s brutalize communities. That’s the way to address crime.’ All of that is pressure that we feel to get this job done because we can’t allow a repeat of history.”

Bass’ Voting Record in Congress

During her tenure in Congress, Bass voted against permitting oil drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf; against barring the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases; against maintaining a work requirement for welfare recipients; and against reauthorizing the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, a school voucher initiative which was designed to enable the parents of poor, inner-city children in Washington to send their youngsters to private schools rather than to DC’s abysmal public schools.

For an overview of Bass’s voting record on a broad array off key issues, click here.