Press Releases

Rep. Lee: “Congress Cannot Continue to Rely on a Blank Check for Endless War”

February 01, 2016

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement on the ever-expanding U.S. military action in the Middle East: "Nearly a full year after President Obama asked Congress to debate military action against ISIL, we continue to abdicate our constitutional duty to consider the costs and consequences of war. Meanwhile, US military action against ISIL has spread to three countries - Iraq, Syria, and now Afghanistan. As our involvement escalates daily, it is essential for Co… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Celebrates Black History Month

February 01, 2016

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement marking the start of Black History Month: "Every February, our nation honors the significant contributions of African Americans to our nation's history, success and future. Since its establishment as a week in 1926 by Dr. Carter Woodson, Black History Month has grown into a month-long celebration of the immeasurable contributions made by African Americans to our culture and history. This month presents an opportunity to … Continue Reading

Rep. Barbara Lee Welcomes Acting Secretary of Education John B. King to the East Bay

January 30, 2016

Oakland, CA - Today, Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King visited the East Bay to highlight the critical importance of early learning and literacy in children's academic success: "I would like to welcome Secretary King to the East Bay and thank him for his remarkable work spreading the importance of literacy so every child can grow and learn," said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. "Strong literacy skills play a crucial role in the academic and life success of our children. We must continue… Continue Reading

Rep. Barbara Lee Releases Statement on Executive Action to End Solitary Confinement for Juveniles in Federal Prisons

January 27, 2016

Washington D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement on President Obama's executive action to end solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons: "Once again, President Obama has shown his leadership in addressing some of the extreme failures in our criminal justice system. By ending solitary confinement for juveniles and the mentally ill in federal prisons, the President has addressed one of the most significant human rights violations in our nation. Today's action shou… Continue Reading

Rep. Barbara Lee on Texas Grand Jury Decision to Clear Planned Parenthood of Charges: "This Shows the Truth Still Matters"

January 26, 2016

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement on news that a Texas grand jury had cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing and indicted anti-choice activists who produced highly edited videos falsely accusing Planned Parenthood of illegal activities: "Today's decision by the Texas grand jury‎ shows that the truth still matters. Despite the repeated attempts to undermine women's health by anti-choice activists and extremists in Congress, the truth has won th… Continue Reading

Rep. Lee: “43 Years Later, We Must Reclaim Roe”

January 22, 2016

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement marking the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision that ensured women could make their own personal healthcare choices: "In 1973, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Roe v. Wade and guaranteed every woman's Constitutional right to reproductive healthcare, including access to safe and legal abortion. Despite this hard won victory, the GOP's ideological war on women has systemically re… Continue Reading

Rep. Lee Calls for Action to Get Dark Money Out of Politics on 6th Anniversary of Citizen United

January 21, 2016

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement marking the 6th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC decision that allowed dark money to further influence the American political system: "Six years ago, the Supreme Court handed down a controversial and destructive decision that has allowed dark money to further influence our nation's democracy. Before this decision, special interests already had too much sway in Washington and the Supreme Court gave th… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Reacts to the State of the Union

January 20, 2016

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement following President Obama's State of the Union address: "This evening, the American people and the world had an opportunity to hear directly from our President about the important accomplishments that he's achieved during his last seven years in the Oval Office. Domestically, President Obama has turned our economy around and generated the longest consecutive period of job growth in our nation's history, after inheriting the wors… Continue Reading

Rep. Barbara Lee Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18, 2016

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) issued the following statement regarding Martin Luther King Jr. Day: "Every year our nation pauses to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and recommit ourselves to realizing his dream of equality and justice for all. Last year, our nation celebrated the 150thanniversary of the 13th Amendment - one of the most significant dates in American history: the end of slavery with the passage of an amendment to the Constitution. T… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee's Statement on Iran's Compliance with the International Plan to Dismantle Its Nuclear Program

January 16, 2016

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement following the announcement from the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran has complied with the international agreement to dismantle its nuclear program: "Yesterday's announcement by the IAEA, as well as the release of 5 Americans unjustly held in Iran, shows that diplomacy works. As someone who has long advocated for negotiations with Iran, I am encouraged that Iran has complied with the international agreement to disma… Continue Reading

Rep. Barbara Lee: "American Families Deserve Better than Failed Trickle-Down Economics"

January 11, 2016

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Lee released this statement following the Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity, in Columbia, South Carolina hosted by Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Tim Scott: "Today's poverty forum in Columbia clearly showed that the Republican Party lacks any serious ideas for combatting poverty. Instead of real solutions, all we heard were the same, old talking points repacked as so-called 'compassionate conservatism.' We know what works to combat poverty. Yet time and again,… Continue Reading

Rep. Lee Releases Statement on December Jobs Report

January 08, 2016

Oakland, CA - Today, the Department of Labor announced that the US economy added 292,000 jobs in December, marking the 70th consecutive month of private sector job growth. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, chair of the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality and Opportunity, released this statement: "Today's job report is more evidence that our nation's economy continues to recover and grow. Last month marked the 70th consecutive month of private sector job growth - adding up to nearl… Continue Reading

Rep. Barbara Lee: Congress Must “Start Listening to the American People and Not the NRA”

January 05, 2016

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement following President Obama's executive action to address the epidemic of gun violence that's raging in the East Bay and communities around the country: "Today's actions by President Obama are an important and necessary step as we work to address the epidemic of gun violence in our communities. The President's actions will toughen background checks, bolster enforcement of existing laws, improve mental health services and driv… Continue Reading

Rep. Lee Responds to FDA Policy Change to Blood Donor Deferral Policy for MSM

December 22, 2015

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) released the following statement regarding the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) policy change of the blood donor deferral policy for men who have sex with men (MSM) from lifetime ban to one-year deferral: "I applaud today's decision from the Food and Drug Administration to lift the discriminatory lifetime blood donation ban for members of the MSM community. However, the policy of one year deferral still maintains the long outdated polic… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Announces $2.7M Federal Grant to Support Job Training and Affordable Housing

December 17, 2015

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced that the Oakland Housing Authority (OHA) was awarded a $2.7 million Job Plus grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide employment and educational opportunities that improves the quality of life for West Oakland's public housing residents. "I am pleased that the Oakland Housing Authority has been selected to receive this highly competitive funding and I am proud to have supported their grant application," … Continue Reading

Rep. Lee Celebrates One Year of Renewed Relations with Cuba

December 17, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a member of the bipartisan Congressional Cuba Working Group's Steering Committee, released this statement marking the first anniversary of President Obama's historic announcement of renewed relations between the U.S. and Cuba: "One year ago, I joined many of my colleagues and the vast majority of the American people in applauding President Obama's bold action to end more than five decades of failed policy toward Cuba. The President's announc… Continue Reading

New Bipartisan Cuba Working Group Announced

December 16, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today, a bipartisan group of twelve Members of Congress announced the formation of a Cuba Working Group to develop policies that modernize relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a long-time leader in efforts to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba, will serve on the Working Group's Steering Committee. "The formation of this bipartisan Working Group is another step forward in the effort to finally end more than fifty years of failed policy an… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Marks 150th Anniversary of the Thirteenth Amendment along with East Bay Students

December 08, 2015

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee marked the sesquicentennial of the Thirteenth Amendment along with President Obama, her Congressional Black Caucus colleagues, Oakland's Rabbi Bloom and students from the East Bay’s Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center. She released this statement marking the 150th anniversary of the Thirteenth Amendment: “Today, our nation pauses to remember one of the most significant dates in American history: the end of slavery with the passage of an amendme… Continue Reading

300 Days of Congressional Inaction on ISIL

December 08, 2015

Washington, DC - It’s been 300 day since President Obama sent a draft authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) to Congress. Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement: “Everyone agrees that ISIL is a horrific terrorist organization that must be degraded and dismantled. As this conflict expands, Congress must be actively involved in addressing ISIL. Yet, for the past 300 days Congress has ignored its constitutional responsibility to debate the costs and consequences of ye… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Releases Statement on November Jobs Report

December 03, 2015

Oakland, CA - Today, the Department of Labor announced that November marked the 69th consecutive month of private sector job growth. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, chair of the Democratic Whip’s Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality and Opportunity, released this statement: “Today’s job report is yet more evidence of sustained progress in our nation’s economic recovery. November marks the 69th consecutive month of private sector job growth - the longest sustained period of growth in U.S. histo… Continue Reading

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