Press Releases

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on the Passing of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

December 12, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after the tragic passing of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee: "Early this morning, I received the heartbreaking news of the passing of my friend and brother, Mayor Ed Lee. Ed was an unshakable champion for social justice, a man who lived his life with courage and deeply rooted conviction. Even before he was Mayor, Ed was a champion for the people of San Francisco. As a community organizer and a civil rights attorney, Ed sho… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Applauds Pentagon’s Announcement of Financial Audit

December 11, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, the sponsor of H.R. 2079, the Audit the Pentagon Act, released the following statement in response to the Pentagon's announcement that they would conduct their first-ever financial audit, beginning in 2018: "The long overdue announcement by the Pentagon that they will undertake a financial audit is an important step towards transparency. For years, I have introduced the bipartisan Audit the Pentagon Act to end the culture of waste, fraud and abuse … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Leads Bipartisan Letter Urging House Leadership to Provide Emergency Assistance to Hurricane Devastated Caribbean Countries

December 08, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Today Congresswoman Barbara lee led a bipartisan letter to Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi urging them to provide robust supplemental funding for hurricane devastated Caribbean countries. "This year hurricanes Harvey, Jose, Irma and Maria tore through the Florida Peninsula and the Texas coastline, leaving millions of Americans without food, shelter or electricity," said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. "Sadly, Caribbean countries which have been utterly decimated by these hurricane… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: Senate Republicans Just Betrayed the American People

December 02, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after Senate Republicans passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: "Today Senate Republicans passed a tax scam that will make it harder for working people to get ahead. Let me be clear: this terrible bill was written to line the pockets of millionaires, billionaires and special interests. President Trump and Republicans in Congress have traveled the country pretending that this bill will benefit the middle class. Noth… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Commemorates Ghost Ship Fire Anniversary

December 01, 2017

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Ghost Ship Fire: "As we mark the one year anniversary of the tragic Ghost Ship Fire, my thoughts and prayers remain with the survivors and the families of the victims who are still healing from this horrific tragedy. "The Ghost Ship Fire was an unimaginable disaster that claimed 36 innocent lives, leaving a painful scar in our community. Yet in the face of this horrendous dis… Continue Reading

CBC Reacts to New Report on Diversity in Tech

December 01, 2017

Washington, D.C. - The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) - led by Chairman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA), and Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), G. K. Butterfield (D-NC), and Bobby Scott (D-VA) - today issued the following statements after the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, entitled "Diversity in the Technology Sector: Federal Agencies Could Improve Oversight of Equal Employment Opportunity Requirements." In the report, GAO found that "no growth occurred for female and … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Observes World AIDS Day, Calls for Renewed Commitment to Ending HIV/AIDS Pandemic

December 01, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, co-founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, released the following statement marking December 1st as World AIDS Day and recommitted to addressing the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. "Throughout my time in Congress, I have worked to end the AIDS pandemic and ensure that every person around the world has access to lifesaving education and medical care. Over the past few decades, we have made tremendous strides in addressing this… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Announces $1.2 Million HRSA Grant to LifeLong Medical Care

November 29, 2017

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced that LifeLong Medical Care will receive a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) totaling $1,294,282. "I'm pleased that LifeLong Medical Care will receive this critical federal funding to continue providing high quality care to East Bay residents," said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. "Health centers, like LifeLong, overcome numerous socio-economical barriers to increase access and improve the health of those most v… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee: Ending TPS for Haitians is Morally Reprehensible

November 21, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's decision to end Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for over 50,000 Haitian nationals in the United States: "The Trump Administration's decision to end Temporary Protective Status for Haiti is morally reprehensible. This callous decision will put tens of thousands into harm's way and could derail Haiti's fragile recovery efforts. "Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake in 201… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Responds to Health of Rev. Jesse Jackson

November 17, 2017

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in response to the announcement of Rev. Jesse Jackson's Parkinson's disease diagnosis: "I have known Rev. Jackson for many years -- he is a fearless leader for civil rights, social justice, and a dear friend. I am deeply saddened to learn the news of his diagnosis but I am strengthened by his faith. Rev. Jackson is a fighter, and just as he has fought his entire life for equality and justice, I know he will put all … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: GOP Tax Scam Kills American Jobs and Hurts American Families

November 16, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after House Republicans passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: "House Republicans are trying to pull a fast one the American people. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is not tax reform, it is nothing more than a deceitful scam that raises taxes on the majority of Americans to give millionaires, billionaires and corporations a trillion dollar tax break. "Independent economic experts have weighed in - by eliminating student loan… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Condemns FY2018 NDAA, Congressional Failure to Debate Wars

November 14, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the passage of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act: "The National Defense Authorization Act should be a blueprint for drawing down our military conflicts and reining in bloated Pentagon spending. Instead, in the 2018 NDAA, Republican leadership has chosen to once again dodge any debate or vote on our perpetual wars and funnel billions more into the Pentagon's coffers. And I'm particularly outraged by the i… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Leads Bipartisan Letter To President Trump Reasserting Congressional Authority Over Military Operations in Niger

November 03, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee led a bipartisan letter to President Trump reasserting Congress's role in authorizing and overseeing military actions in the wake of the tragic ambush in Niger. The letter, which urges the Trump Administration to come to Congress ahead of any future military operations in Niger, was signed by 48 members of the House of Representatives. "We write to urge you to consult with and obtain authorization from Congress for any further combat operation… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Announces $12.8 Million HUD Grants Awarded to District

November 03, 2017

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced that the Cities of Oakland, Alameda, San Leandro, Albany, Emeryville, and Piedmont received grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development totaling $12,848,957. Under HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, Albany, Emeryville and Piedmont will receive $196,925 for jurisdictional projects and homeowner rehabilitation projects. Oakland will receive $6,981,948. The District will also receive $25,000 for Fair… Continue Reading

Rep. Lee Calls for AUMF Repeal Vote Following Mattis, Tillerson Senate Testimony

October 30, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after the testimony of Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson regarding the Authorization for the Use of Military Force and the tragic attacks in Niger: "Congress has been missing in action on matters of war and peace for far too long. In the absence of any meaningful congressional oversight, the executive branch has escalated an unchecked and endless war. "It's past time for us to do … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Responds to NPS Funding Pulled from Black Panther Party Legacy Project

October 27, 2017

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in response to National Park Services' removal of funding from a cooperative agreement with UC Berkeley for a Black Panther Party Legacy Project: It is outrageous that the National Park Service has stripped resources from the Black Panther Party Research, Interpretation & Memory Project. The Black Panther Party was an integral part of the civil rights movement and the public has a right to know their history. I call … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee: House Budget is a Morally Bankrupt Trojan Horse

October 26, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Once again, Republicans proved they have no concern for everyday Americans and families struggling to make ends meet. At its heart, the federal budget is a moral document that spells out the principles and priorities of a nation. The Republican budget is nothing more than a morally bankrupt Trojan horse that steals healthcare from children and rips food from the hungry just to fast track massive-tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires. In nearly two decades of service, I h… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Condemns Callous & Dangerous Republican Budget

October 20, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement regarding the extreme Republican budget which passed the Senate last night: "Budgets are moral documents. They put on paper the principles and priorities of a nation. The budget passed by Congressional Republicans betrays those principles and undermines families' basic standard of living, just to push through more tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. "This budget guts basic necessities: job training, affordabl… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Announces $3.2 Million HUD Grants to City of Berkeley

October 17, 2017

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced that the City of Berkeley was awarded three grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development totaling $3,244,837. The city will receive a $2,438,062 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to develop sustainable urban communities; an Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) totaling $222,915 to help support homeless individuals and families on the street; and $583,860 grant from the HOME program to expand affordable housing opportun… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Slams President Trump’s Dangerous Decision to Withhold Certification for Iran Deal

October 13, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement regarding President Trump's announcement that he will withhold certification for the Iran Nuclear Deal: "By undercutting the Iran Deal, President Trump is gambling with the safety of the American people. His actions are reckless, illogical and, above all, dangerous. "Withholding certification for the Iran Deal will isolate the United States and alienate our allies. It could also bring the United States back to the br… Continue Reading

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