Press Releases

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: The Power of The People Won This Battle

March 24, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after President Trump and House Republicans failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act: "House Republicans' failure to pass their cold-hearted, destructive repeal of the Affordable Care Act is a resounding victory for the resistance and the American people. Republicans should take a hard look at the unified opposition of the American people and abandon their campaign to strip healthcare from seniors, veterans, people li… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: We Must Resist Keystone XL Pipeline

March 24, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement today in response to the State Department's issuance of a permit for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. "At every turn, President Trump has shown that he will place the profits of billionaires and Big Oil above the well-being of American families. The Keystone Pipeline is yet another corporate giveaway that will wreak havoc on our environment and damage the health of countless individuals. "I stand with the Am… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Statement on Confirmation of Ambassador David Friedman

March 24, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the confirmation of David Friedman to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Israel: "I am extremely disappointed by the Senate's vote to confirm David Friedman to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Israel. Friedman's lack of diplomatic experience, coupled with his extreme views including his opposition to a two-state solution, should have disqualified him from serving as our Ambassador to Israel. His confirmation sends a worrying s… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: We Must Stop Endless War

March 21, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Lee led a bipartisan coalition of House members in demanding the Trump Administration halt escalating military engagement in Syria. The coalition included: Congressman Walter Jones, Congressman Peter DeFazio, Congressman Keith Ellison, Congressman Ted Lieu, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congressman Peter Welch, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman and Congressman Rick Nolan. The Members were also joined by Afghanistan War Veteran Richard Allen Smith. … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: This Budget Is a Recipe for Greater Instability, Hunger and Hopelessness

March 16, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the release of President Trump's budget outline: "As a social worker and a senior member of the House Budget and House Appropriations Committees, I know that the federal budget is a moral document. Sadly, President Trump's budget outline once again confirms that his priorities and values are deeply out of step with the American people. "This budget would offer massive handouts to defense contractors while gutting… Continue Reading

In Bipartisan Letter to Trump, Caucus Co-Chairs Urge Prioritizing HIV/AIDS

March 15, 2017

Washington, D.C. - This week, HIV Caucus Co-Chairs U.S. Representatives Barbara Lee and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen sent a letter urging the administration to continue the longstanding American commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS, both in the United States and abroad. These programs include the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, and the Pres… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: Trumpcare Is a Sham

March 13, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in response to the Congressional Budget Office report on the Republicans' "Pay More For Less" bill: "Today, the Congressional Budget Office confirmed our worst fears: Republicans' plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act will bring chaos to our health care system and steal insurance from millions. One thing is certain - Trumpcare is a sham. Their plan asks Americans to pay more money for less coverage and leaves the poo… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Rips Congressman Steve King’s ‘Perverse Worldview,’ Calls on Speaker to Reprimand Hateful Rhetoric

March 13, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on Congressman Steve King's most recent racist comments: "There's no way to spin this: Congressman Steve King's blatantly racist comments are a stain on the U.S. House of Representatives. As the descendant of slaves and the daughter of a veteran, I am insulted and outraged by the assertion that people of color are not true Americans, but rather 'somebody else's babies.' "Congressman King has a long history of promoti… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Block the Deployment of Ground Troops in Syria

March 10, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Today, following news that President Trump has deployed marine troops to Syria, Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced a bipartisan bill that would prohibit the expansion of United States combat troops into Syria. Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement upon the introduction of H.R. 1473, The Prohibit Expansion of U.S. Combat Troops into Syria Act: "For more than fifteen years, the U.S. has been engaged in an ever-expanding war in the Middle East. President T… Continue Reading

Rep. Barbara Lee: Women Are Walking Out to Demand Equal Justice & Equal Opportunity

March 08, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement marking International Women's Day and the 'Day Without A Woman' strike: "Across the country and around the world, women are walking out to demand equal justice, equal rights and equal opportunity. Women make up more than half of the US population, yet still face discrimination in nearly every facet of our lives. From the doctor's office to the college campus to the board room, women deserve to be heard and respected. … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Reintroduces Resolution on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week

March 07, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee reintroduced a resolution supporting the Goals and Ideals of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week. This resolution was first introduced in 2008. "My sister, Mildred has lived with MS for more than 40 years, I am inspired everyday by the courage with which she approaches life. Her passion and determination motivates me to redouble my commitment to supporting efforts to find a cure to this life altering disease," said Congresswoman Lee. "I am pleased to s… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Denounces Republican Attempt to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

March 07, 2017

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after Republicans unveiled their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act: "Last night, Republicans unveiled their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and make hardworking families pay more money for less care. Make no mistake, this plan strips healthcare from millions, defunds Planned Parenthood and rations healthcare for low-income Americans in order to offer handouts to the wealthy and healthcare executives. "Acces… Continue Reading

Rep. Lee: Trump Administration’s Refugee Ban Do-Over is Still Dangerous & Un-American

March 06, 2017

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Lee released the following statement regarding President Trump's executive order barring refugees and immigrants from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States: "After the American people and the courts resoundingly rejected the Trump Administration's xenophobic executive order, President Trump has once again closed the doors to refugees fleeing violence and persecution. "As a proud nation of immigrants, founded as a haven from religious … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: Jeff Sessions Must Resign Immediately

March 02, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement following revelations that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath about his connections with the Russians: "Last night, news reports revealed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath about his connections to Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign. Coretta Scott King's assertion that Jeff Sessions lacked 'judgment, competence and sensitivity' has never been more prescient. "By perju… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Celebrates Social Work Month

March 01, 2017

Washington DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee celebrated the beginning of Social Work Month by reintroducing several bills to recognize and support the contributions of social workers. "As a psychiatric social worker, I know firsthand the invaluable contributions that social workers make to our country. Social workers are critical, especially for the most vulnerable in our communities. With empathy and compassion, social workers provide vital support to individuals and families and help ensu… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Slams President Trump Address to Joint Session of Congress

February 28, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on President Trump address to a Joint Session of Congress: "Tonight we saw a deeply unpopular President deliver a nationalistic message designed to frighten the American people into abandoning our values. President Trump's address was the most pessimistic and divisive message I have ever witnessed from a sitting president. "While I am disheartened by the message President Trump delivered to Congress, I am not surpris… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Introduces Legislation to Repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force

February 28, 2017

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced legislation to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). On September 14, 2001, Congresswoman Lee was the lone Member of Congress to vote against the 2001 AUMF. "Fifteen years ago, I made the difficult decision to vote against this authorization because I knew this was a blank check to wage war anywhere, at any time, and for any length," said Congresswoman Lee. "Over the last fifteen years, this broad authorization has … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Blasts ‘Morally Bankrupt’ Trump Budget

February 27, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a senior member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement slamming President Trump's budget outline: "President Trump's morally bankrupt budget will be a disaster for working families. With 46 million Americans living in poverty, we simply cannot afford a rigged budget that funnels more money to the Pentagon at the expense of students, families and our planet. "Sadly, the Trump Administration would rather fund endless wars and… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Statement on the Declaration of Famine in South Sudan

February 24, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement regarding the United Nation's declaration of famine in South Sudan: "I am gravely concerned by the famine in South Sudan. Amid the chaos and confusion around this urgent disaster, one thing is clear: this crisis could have been prevented. Earlier this week, the United Nations Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) formally declared that a famine is growing in Unity State in South Sudan. The UN estimates that … Continue Reading

Rep. Barbara Lee Calls for Diversity in the Tech Industry

February 17, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) reintroduced a congressional resolution to address the persistent racial disparities in the technology industry. The resolution also calls for robust diversity and inclusion plans, strengthened partnerships with institutions of higher education serving students of color, and improve data collection on … Continue Reading

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