Press Releases

Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Statement on White House’s Civilian Causalities Report

July 01, 2016

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement concerning the White House's report on civilian casualties in US operations in regions outside of war zones: "By releasing this report, the White House has taken an important step toward greater transparency and oversight of counterterrorism operations. However, the fact remains that these military operations are being conducted under the outdated and overly-broad authorization passed in 2001. For far too long, our nation has … Continue Reading

“Not One More”

June 29, 2016

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement marking the National Day of Action for Commonsense Gun Violence Prevention: "This is not the first time that I've spoken out against gun violence, and sadly, it will not be the last. Every day, Americans lose their lives to gun violence, yet the Speaker adjourned for a vacation without a single vote to address this epidemic that kills tens of thousands of Americans every year. My community knows the true cost of gun violence. Las… Continue Reading

“Your adjournment will not silence our voices”

June 28, 2016

Congresswoman Barbara Lee will join Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman, Congressman Mike Thompson, for the National Day of Action on Gun Violence Prevention. The event builds on the momentum from the historic "No Bill, No Break" sit-in mounted by House Democrats under the leadership of Congressman John Lewis. The sit-in sought to demand common sense reforms to reduce gun violence including ensuring background checks for all gun buyers and closi… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Joins House Sit-In on Gun Violence

June 22, 2016

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement and joined civil rights icon, Congressman John Lewis, and her House Democratic colleagues for an unprecedented "No Bill, No Break" sit-in on the House floor: "Time and time again, House Republicans have blocked our ability to keep Americans safe by preventing us from passing common sense gun reforms, including closing a glaring loophole that allows suspected terrorists to purchase weapons of war. These weapons of war, so… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Announces Nearly $17 Million in Federal Head Start Funds

June 20, 2016

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) announced a $16,702,952 federal grant for the City of Oakland to support Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "I am excited to announce this critical funding to strengthen and expand Oakland's Head Start and Early Head Start Programs," said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. "The data is clear: early childhood education helps empower every child with the opportunity to… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Marks 151st Observance of Juneteenth and Calls on Nation to Recommit to Fight for True Equality

June 19, 2016

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement celebrating the 151st anniversary of Juneteenth: "Today, we celebrate Juneteenth - the day in 1865 when enslaved Americans learned that they were finally free. More than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, news of the Proclamation and the Union's victory in the Civil War finally reached Galveston, Texas. On this day, 151 years ago, all African Americans could finally claim their freedom. Each year, Junete… Continue Reading

CBC TECH 2020 YEAR IN REVIEW

June 16, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), co-chairs of the CBC Diversity Taskforce and CBC TECH 2020, released the CBC TECH 2020 Year in Review, a report which highlights CBC efforts to increase African American inclusion in the technology sector. "When we launched CBC TECH 2020, we set out to change the workforce landscape of the tech industry, making it more diverse and inclusive of African American talent,"… Continue Reading

On National Security, Congress is Missing in Action

June 15, 2016

Washington, DC - As the Pentagon's annual spending bill moves to the House floor, Congresswoman Lee will be offering and supporting several amendments to enhance national security, promote human rights and restore Congressional oversight to our nation's unchecked war-making power. "Once again, Congress is preparing to double down on the abdication of our Constitutional responsibility to oversee our nation's wars and national security," said Congresswoman Lee. "Simply too much is at stake for Co… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Mourns Orlando Tragedy

June 12, 2016

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement following the tragedy in Orlando: "Today, our nation awoke to horrific news. The attack against Pulse nightclub is an attack on the LGBT community, the city of Orlando, and our country. The senseless violence is undoubtedly an act of hatred and terrorism. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those lost and I pray for a speedy recovery for those injured. Quite simply the senselessness of this tragedy defies explanatio… Continue Reading

Expanded U.S. Role in Afghanistan Shows Nation’s Longest War Is Far From Over

June 10, 2016

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement following news that U.S. troops in Afghanistan would become further engaged; this announcement reverses the trend and plan for a drawdown in the region: "Today's announcement from the Pentagon signals that our nation is far from ending its longest war. Further military engagement in Afghanistan puts our brave servicemen and women in harm's way while doing nothing to enhance our national security. For nearly 15 years, our… Continue Reading

Rep. Barbara Lee: Doubling Down on Failed Austerity Cuts Isn’t A “Better Way”

June 07, 2016

46 Million Americans Living in Poverty Can’t Afford House Republicans “Wrong Way” On Poverty Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in response to Speaker Ryan’s so-called “Better Way” agenda on poverty, which would increase poverty and cut vital programs: “Right now there are more than 46 million Americans living in poverty, including 16 million children. Congress has failed to address this epidemic for far too long. “For years, House Democrats have asked… Continue Reading

Will Republicans Push Real Solutions to End Poverty or Just the Same, Tired Block Grant Proposals and Regurgitated Talking Points?

June 06, 2016

House Republicans are finally focusing on the nearly 47 million Americans - including more than 16 million children - living in poverty. Three years after the Democratic Caucus formed our poverty task force, Republicans have finally created their own. Tomorrow, the Speaker's Office is expected to introduce its so-called poverty agenda. Will their proposal endorse proven and effective policies that build pathways into the middle class or will they leave nearly 47 million Americans with nothing m… Continue Reading

Rep. Lee Statement on May Jobs Report

June 06, 2016

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the Department of Labor's May Jobs report, which showed the economy created in 38,000 jobs and unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent. May marked the 75th consecutive month of private sector job growth. "Today's jobs report shows that while the Great Recession is behind us, too many families are still struggling to get ahead. Yet Congressional Republicans refuse to take up critical legislation to help working families… Continue Reading

Rep. Lee Statement on May Jobs Report

June 03, 2016

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the Department of Labor's May Jobs report, which showed the economy created in 38,000 jobs and unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent. May marked the 75th consecutive month of private sector job growth. "Today's jobs report shows that while the Great Recession is behind us, too many families are still struggling to get ahead. Yet Congressional Republicans refuse to take up critical legislation to help working families… Continue Reading

Congressional Leaders Call for Greater Diversity in Tech

June 02, 2016

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Members of the Tri-Caucus introduced a Congressional resolution calling for greater transparency and access to computer science education for all students to ensure greater diversity in the booming tech sector. "Every year, the booming tech sector creates thousands of good-paying American jobs but unfortunately, too many of our best and brightest, especially from communities of color, are locked out of these rewarding careers because of a la… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Issues Memorial Day Statement

May 30, 2016

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) issued the following statement in observance of Memorial Day: "As we celebrate Memorial Day, we remember the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our nation, our families and our freedoms. Our nation has a responsibility to honor their sacrifice by guaranteeing all our service members, veterans, and their families the benefits they've earned, the highest quality services they require, and the resources needed to success… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Applauds House Passage of Amendment to Expand Medical Cannabis Access for Veterans

May 19, 2016

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement following House passage (233-189) of her co-led amendment to remove restrictions on Veterans Affairs doctors providing access to medical cannabis to our brave veterans: "Today, the House of Representative took a big step forward in expanding access to healthcare for all of our veterans. By expanding access to medical cannabis for veterans living in states with legal markets, we are empowering our veterans, in consultati… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Slams Unemployment & Increased Trade Deficit that the TPP Will Create

May 19, 2016

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement on the U.S. International Trade Commission's report concerning the likely impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): "For years, the TPP has been sold to the American people as a job creator and plan to expand U.S. exports. This new report from the U.S. International Trade Commission shows the exact opposite. By 2032, the report predicts a $21.7 billion increase in the U.S.'s global trade deficit, including a $24 bi… Continue Reading

CAPAC and the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus Observe National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

May 19, 2016

Washington, DC - Today is National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Members of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements: Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), CAPAC Healthcare Task Force Co-Chair and Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus Co-Chair: "National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day serves as a vital reminder that serious health disparities exist in the Asian American and Pacif… Continue Reading

Nearly 15 Years Later, Congress FINALLY Examines Blank Check for Endless War & Promptly Kicks the Can on ISIL

May 18, 2016

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement following the House of Representative's vote (138-285) on her National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) and force a debate and vote on an ISIL-specific AUMF: "I am extremely disappointed that my colleagues left a blank check for endless war on the books. This authorization has been used more than 37 times in 14 countries with little or no over… Continue Reading

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