Press Releases

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

Lee, Schakowsky, DeGette, Slaughter: “Zika’s Coming: GOP Chooses Politics Over Action”

May 18, 2016

Washington D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) released the following statement in response to the bill introduced by House Republican that would provide insufficient funding to combat the Zika virus: "The Zika virus is a threat to communities and families across the country. Congress should do its job by providing adequate funding to protect Americans, strengthen our p… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Speaks Out Against Homophobia and Transphobia

May 17, 2016

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement and these videos marking the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia: "Unfortunately, homophobia, transphobia and discrimination against the LGBT community can still be found in communities across our nation and around the world. Whether it is in the form of hatred, exclusion, bigotry or violence, no form of discrimination should be acceptable in our society," said Congresswoman Lee. "No one should ever feel… Continue Reading

No Hungry Kids: Congresswoman Lee & 110 Members Call on Congress to Have a Conscience

May 16, 2016

Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, along with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) led a letter, signed by 111 Members of Congress, raising serious concerns about the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill. The letter also urges House leaders to protect critical child nutrition programs. "Once again, Congressional Republicans are balancing the budget on the backs of poor children, to the detriment of their health and well-being," said Congresswoman Barbara… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Announces EPA Grant to Cypress Mandela Training Center for Environmental Workforce Training

May 13, 2016

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced that Cypress Mandela Training Center would be one of 18 grantees selected by the Environmental Protection Agency to split approximately $3.5 million in grants. These grants will advance environmental justice through job training programs. "I'd like to congratulate Cypress Mandela Training Center on winning this funding from the Environmental Protection Agency to identify individuals in our communities who face barriers to employment and h… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Joins National Cannabis Industry Association Press Conference

May 12, 2016

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee joined several of her colleagues and members of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) for a press conference on Capitol Hill demanding respect for state laws and fairness for the industry. She prepared this statement: "Today, I'm pleased to join my colleagues and the National Cannabis Industry Association in making one simple request to Congress: "treat the industry just like any other business." It's past time for the federal gover… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Announces $2 Million in Federal Funding for Two East Bay Community Health Centers

May 09, 2016

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a member of the health funding subcommittee, announced that Asian Health Services and Clinica de la Raza would receive $2 million in federal funding from the Affordable Care Act's Community Health Center (CHC) Fund: "I'd like to congratulate Asian Health Services and Clinica de la Raza for winning this funding to increase patient capacity and expand their primary and comprehensive care programs. For years, these clinics have been national leaders… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Welcomes SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet to Celebrate National Small Business Week

May 06, 2016

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee welcomed the SBA Administrator to the East Bay in celebration of National Small Business Week. She released the following statement: "I am honored to welcome SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet to the East Bay as we celebrate National Small Business Week. This week acknowledges small businesses as the true engine of our local economy. I applaud Administrator Contreras-Sweet for her remarkable work in supporting small businesses and expanding sm… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Releases Statement on the April Jobs Report

May 06, 2016

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Lee released the following statement on the Department of Labor's April Jobs Report, which announced that the economy created 160,000 jobs last month: "Today's Jobs Report marks the 74th month of consecutive private sector job growth and shows that our economy continues to rebuild following the Great Recession. With 160,000 jobs created last month alone, our nation is making progress toward ending unemployment. However, clear and troubling disparities persist in … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Celebrates Winner of Congressional Arts Competition

May 04, 2016

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced that Albany High School Junior, Christine Wang, was selected as the winner of the annual Congressional Arts Competition, An Artistic Discovery, to represent the 13th Congressional District. "Each year, this competition highlights the talents of so many young artists throughout the East Bay," said Congresswoman Lee. "I congratulate Christine on being this year's winner and I send my warmest regards to all of the talented students who parti… Continue Reading

Unanswered Questions about Yet Another War in the Middle East

May 04, 2016

MEMORANDUM TO: Editors, Editorial Writers & ReportersFROM: Congresswoman Barbara LeeDATE: May 4th, 2016RE: Unanswered questions about yet another war in the Middle East Every day, the U.S. mission in Iraq and Syria creeps closer and closer toward all-out war. Most recently, the President and Pentagon announced that hundreds more troops will be deployed to Iraq and Syria. As more American troops are headed to fight another open-ended war in the Middle East, many questions remain unanswered… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Applauds U.S. Attorney’s Decision to End its Unnecessary Case Against Harborside Health Center

May 03, 2016

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement following the U.S. Attorney's decision to drop its case against Harborside Health Center dispensary: "Today's decision by the U.S. Attorney is a victory for healthcare access. For decades, Harborside has helped ensure members of our community can access their medicine. It's past time for the federal government to stop standing between these patients and their medicine. I am proud to have played a part in today's victory by … Continue Reading

More Troops, More War – Still No Debate

April 25, 2016

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement following President Obama's speech in Hannover, Germany announcing the deployment of an additional 250 troops to Syria: "Nearly every day, we see the U.S. mission in Iraq and Syria creep closer and closer toward all-out war, while Congress refuses to muster the courage to even debate it. In January, both Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McConnell called for a debate; four months later, neither have brought a debate to the Floor. … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Releases Statement on Plan to Honor Harriet Tubman on the New $20 Bill

April 20, 2016

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, released this statement on news that Harriet Tubman would replace President Andrew Jackson on the U.S. twenty dollar bill: "Adding Harriet Tubman to the $20 bill is a fitting honor for a woman who stood against injustice and put her life on the line to deliver more than 300 people to freedom. Harriet Tubman was born a slave but by the time of her death, she was regarded as one of our nation's most iconic and inspirational leaders. She was a co… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee: “We Cannot Continue to Underwrite an Ill-Defined & Dangerous Mission Against ISIL”

April 19, 2016

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement following the announcement that the Department of Defense will deploy more than 200 service members to support the fight to recapture Mosul from ISIL: "Yesterday's announcement that the U.S. will deploy more than 200 additional troops to Iraq to assist in the fight against ISIL is textbook mission creep. Instead of ending our counterproductive military engagement, we will be sending in Apache helicopters for the first time since… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Responds to Republican Failure to Meet Statutory Budget Deadline

April 15, 2016

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a member of the House Budget Committee, released this statement on the Republican failure to meet the critical April 15th budget deadline: "Republicans failing to meet the statutory deadline for budget enactment is simply unacceptable. The American people deserve better than a do-nothing Republican Congress that consistently misses critical legal deadlines that are vital for our economy and the future of American families. No family, organizati… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Calls for a New War On Poverty

April 14, 2016

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee joined House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, House Democrats, and anti-poverty experts at a House Democratic Steering and Policy hearing entitled "The Failure of Trickle Down Economics in the War on Poverty." Among the witnesses was Oakland resident Violet Henderson, who shared her personal story of overcoming poverty. "The testimony we heard today highlighted the daily struggles faced by more than 46 million Americans. … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Calls for Pro-Women, Pro-Family Policies on Equal Pay Day

April 12, 2016

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement marking Equal Pay Day. This day symbolizes when the average woman's paycheck finally catches up to men's paychecks from the previous year: "In 2016, equal pay for equal work should be the reality. Yet, millions of hardworking women continue to experience institutionalized sexism with every paycheck. On average, for every dollar that a man earns, women earn just 79 cents. For women of color, the situation is even worse.… Continue Reading

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