Press Releases

15 Years of Endless War – No End in Sight

September 14, 2016

Washington, DC - Three days after the horrific terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, Congress considered a 60-word authorization for the use of military force (AUMF.) Following a brief debate, the House passed the measure 420-1. The only "no" vote came from Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Congresswoman Lee released this statement marking the 15th anniversary of her lone vote against this blank check for endless war: "I remember the fear and anger following the terrorist attacks on September 11t… Continue Reading

South Sudan Caucus Co-Chairs Lee, Capuano & Rooney Release Statement Urging UN Security Council to Enact Arms Embargo

September 12, 2016

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Congressman Michael Capuano (D-MA) and Congressman Tom Rooney (R-FL) released the following statement responding to news reports indicating that senior officials in the South Sudanese government coordinated fighting in Juba this past July: "We are deeply disturbed by the recent reports indicating that the violence in Juba was orchestrated by the highest levels of the South Sudanese government. Instead of fulfilling their responsibility to prote… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Issues Statement Marking 15th Anniversary of 9/11

September 09, 2016

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement recognizing the 15th anniversary of September 11th, 2001: "Fifteen years ago, our nation endured horrific terrorist attacks that shattered our sense of security. In response to this unimaginable tragedy, the American people united. In that dark time, families, friends and neighbors reached out to help one another ,and the American spirit prevailed over fear. Today, we honor the thousands lost on that day and since fro… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Wins 2016 House Democrats Online All-Star Competition

September 08, 2016

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee accepted the overall 2016 MVP Award for the House Democrats' Online All-Star Competition. She also won the Best Infographic award, one of four subcategories. "In 2016, social media is an essential tool for communicating with constituents, whether I'm in the East Bay or Washington, DC, " said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. "As Members of Congress, it's our responsibility to be open, accessible and accountable to all constituents. Social media has ope… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Marks Labor Day

September 05, 2016

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement marking the Labor Day holiday: "On Labor Day, we pause to celebrate the hard-working men and women who make up the backbone of our country. From building the world's largest and strongest economy to creating world-class, quality products, working people are the foundation of America's strength. Today, we honor them and pay tribute to the Labor Movement that has grown the middle class, expanded worker benefits, improve safety standa… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Responds to August Jobs Report

September 02, 2016

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, chair of the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality and Opportunity, released the following statement on the Department of Labor's August Jobs Report. The report shows that the economy added 151,000 jobs in August; since early 2010, the economy has added 15.1 million private sector jobs. "Today's jobs report shows that our economy continues to recover and create jobs under President Obama's leadership. With more than 15 million jobs add… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Celebrates the 53rd Anniversary of the March on Washington

August 28, 2016

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement marking the 53rd anniversary of the historic March on Washington: "Today, we celebrate the 53rd anniversary of the March on Washington, when thousands of Americans rallied together to demand jobs and freedom for African Americans. It was at this historic march that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech that challenged our nation to address the systemic racism and economic oppression plaguing comm… Continue Reading

On Voting Rights Act Anniversary, Congresswoman Lee Demands Action to Protect Americans’ Voices at the Ballot Box

August 05, 2016

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement marking the 51st anniversary of the Voting Rights Act: "Fifty-one years ago, our nation came together to ensure that all Americans had an equal voice at the ballot box. Since then, the Voting Rights Act has been reauthorized by large bipartisan Congressional majorities and signed by Presidents from both parties, most recently in 2006. Sadly, it appears this bipartisan commitment to protect voting rights has ended. Following the S… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Responds to July Jobs Report

August 05, 2016

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the Department of Labor's July Jobs Report, which showed the economy created 255,000 jobs: "The promising July Jobs Report shows that our nation's economy continues to grow under President Obama's leadership. With 255,000 new jobs created last month and a 2.6 percent wage increase over last year, our economic recovery remains strong. As the economy grows, we must keep investing in job creation and ensure that these … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Releases Statement on U.S. Airstrikes in Libya

August 01, 2016

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement in response to the commencement of U.S. airstrikes in Libya: "I am deeply concerned about the expansion of U.S. airstrikes in Libya. The U.S. military continues to become more engaged in the Middle East, despite the lack of a Congressional debate or specific authorization. As our brave servicemen and women become increasingly involved in this war, Speaker Ryan and Congressional Republicans closed the House for a historically long … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Announces $6.3 Million DOT Grant Award for BART

July 28, 2016

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced a $6,321,668 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration program for the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART). "I am pleased that BART has been selected to receive this vital federal funding," said Congresswoman Lee. "BART is a critical part of our public transit system and these funds will help ensure safe and green transit for its riders, in the East Bay and throughout the Bay Area." BART… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Announces $1.8M Federal Grant to Oakland’s Youth Radio

July 20, 2016

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced that Youth Radio (Oakland, CA), will receive a $1,845,000 million grant award from the National Science Foundation to expand Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education through multimedia journalism and related app development. "Youth Radio is a gem in our community and a global leader in innovative science journalism. I am pleased that they have been selected to receive this competitive funding from the National Science Fo… Continue Reading

Members of Congress Call for Greater U.S.-Cuba Health Cooperation to Improve Health of American Families

July 20, 2016

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Congresswoman Karen Bass led their colleagues in a letter requesting executive action to enhance health cooperation between the U.S. and Cuba. The letter reads: "Physicians and their patients are frustrated that such potentially lifesaving treatments are entangled in the politics of the embargo debate and accompanying bureaucracy. This results in a highly complex dual-license approval process that places the Department of the Treasury, rathe… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee to Attend International AIDS Conference

July 19, 2016

Durban, South Africa - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, co-chair and co-founder of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, will attend the 21st International AIDS Conference. She is the only Member of Congress attending the Conference; she has attended all but one International AIDS Conference since being elected to Congress. "Every two years, the global community comes together to share best practices, discuss remaining challenges and recommit to achieving an AIDS-free generation," said Congresswoman Bar… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Celebrates a Safer World Thanks to the Iran Deal

July 14, 2016

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus's Peace and Security Task Force, released this statement marking the first anniversary of the historic Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement to restrict Iran's nuclear stockpile and infrastructure: "One year ago, the global community came together to make the world a safer place by advancing the historic Iran Deal. Under this agreement, boldly negotiated by President Obama and Secretary Ker… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Joins Call to Keep Weapons of War Off Our Streets

July 12, 2016

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee joined her colleagues in the Congressional Progressive Caucus in accepting 900,000 signatures from Americans demanding action to prevent gun violence. "I'm proud to join my colleagues in receiving these signatures from 900,000 Americans that are demanding action to keep weapons of war off our streets," said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. "Unlike the Republicans in Congress who have been inexcusably silent, we are listening to the American people who… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Statement on the Murder of 5 Police Officers in Dallas

July 08, 2016

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement following the cowardly shooting that killed five police officers and wounded several others in Dallas: "Like all Americans, I am outraged and saddened by the heinous ambush and murder of police officers during a peaceful protest. My thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and communities of the victims. Our nation shares in their grief and shock. The East Bay stands united against this senseless violence. Right now… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Responds to June Jobs Report

July 08, 2016

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement on the Department of Labor's June Jobs Report, which showed the economy created 287,000 jobs in June. Last month marked the 76th consecutive month of private sector job growth: "Today's Jobs Report shows continued and positive economic growth. Over the past year, the national unemployment rate has decreased 0.4 percent under the leadership of President Obama. As the economic recovery continues, we must build on this progress by … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee's Statement on Deaths of Alton Sterling & Philando Castile

July 07, 2016

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Lee released this statement following the shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA and Philando Castile in Minneapolis, MN: "My heart goes out to the families and communities of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Like everyone in our community, I am devastated by the senseless murder of two more black man. Their deaths and the deaths of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant, one of my constituents, serve as tragic examples of the senseless murder of… Continue Reading

“We must keep our promises and bring this war to a close.”

July 06, 2016

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement following the White House's announcement that 8,400 U.S. troops would remain in Afghanistan beyond the end of the year: "Today's announcement is a step in the wrong direction and it signals that our nation's longest war is far from over. Further military engagement in Afghanistan continues to put our brave servicemen and women in harm's way and does not enhance our national security. For nearly 15 years, our brave servi… Continue Reading

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