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Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Representing the 13th District of California


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Jun 30, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) offered this statement following the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Burwell:

“I was disappointed by this morning’s Supreme Court ruling which fundamentally undercuts the rights of working women to make their own healthcare choices.

“Health care choices should be made by a woman in consultation with her healthcare providers. A woman’s employer has no place in those decisions.”

Jun 24, 2014 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Lee, a member of the Appropriations Committee, offered several amendments to the Fiscal Year 2015 State and Foreign Operations (SFOPS) Appropriations bill.

“The funding in this bill is critical to the U.S.’s long-term strategic and national security goals of promoting human rights and representative government. Congress must continue to support critical initiatives by the State Department and USAID  to advance diplomacy and peace around the globe.”

Jun 24, 2014 Press Release

Washington, DC – This week, Congresswoman Barbara Lee is offering two amendments to protect women’s reproductive health options.

May 29, 2014 In The News

Members of Congress united with activist leaders, DREAMers, immigrant mothers and families on Thursday in Washington, D.C. to discuss the challenges facing those with immigration issues and their families.

Their goal was to encourage legislators to focus on the impact today's immigration policies have on women and children, a group strongly involved in said policy but seldom heard.

During the hearing, some important, yet lesser-known facts regarding immigration were shared.According to Andrea Mercado, campaign director for the National Domestic

May 19, 2014 In The News

Rep. Barbara Lee, the congressional representative to the United Nations, spoke this morning at the 68th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City.

Lee, D-Oakland, spoke in support of the consensus resolution “Interaction between the United Nations, national parliaments and the Inter-Parliamentary Union.” The Inter-Parliamentary Union is an international organization created in 1889, long before the U.N., as a venue for world-wide dialogue, efforts toward for peace and cooperation, and establishment of representative democracy. Here’s what she said.

May 9, 2014 Press Release

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May 5, 2014 In The News

Amid a federal investigation and state audit into UC Berkeley’s handling of sexual assault cases, two U.S. congresswomen compiled recommendations to Chancellor Nicholas Dirks on Monday, fewer than three weeks after they met with Dirks and student survivors on campus.

May 1, 2014 In The News

The Army and its complicated relationship with black hair are back! I’m sure before ordering the military to review its recent controversial hairstyle rules, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel probably needed several people to explain why banning locks and twists was a problem for African American soldiers, let alone a priority for him.

But following a petition created by black women in uniform and protests from Congressional Black Caucus leaders like California Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee, reports the New York Times, Hagel got active.

Apr 29, 2014 In The News

A dozen members of Congress are attempting to revamp the venerable U.S. News and World Report college rankings by imploring the publisher to include campus rape statistics in the annual reports.

Apr 29, 2014 In The News

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday ordered the American military to review its policies concerning hairstyles popular with black women, telling critics of new Army regulations banning large cornrows, twists and dreadlocks that he takes “very seriously” concerns that military rules on hair have unfairly targeted black women.