Press Releases

Rep. Lee and Rep. Moore Slam Use of Political Stunts to Attack Social Programs

February 10, 2016

Washington, D.C. - Today, Budget Committee members, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04), sent a letter to Chairman Tom Price expressing their collective concern regarding reports that House Republicans intend to use the budget reconciliation process to attack critical social safety net programs. "Today, more than 46 million Americans are living in poverty, including one in five American children. Republican proposals to use the budget process to make misguided… Continue Reading

Members Call on Speaker To Hold War Debate

February 10, 2016

Washington, DC - Today, Representatives Barbara Lee, Walter Jones, Adam Schiff, Jim McGovern, Peter Welch and 20 other Members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to Speaker Ryan calling for a debate and vote on the year-plus, multi-billion dollar war raging in the Middle East. "Tomorrow will mark one year since President Obama sent Congress a draft AUMF. Over the last 365 days, it has sat on the Speaker's desk while our nation has become increasingly more embroiled in yet another costly and e… Continue Reading

Rep. Lee Helps Win 34% Increase in Fair Market Rents for East Bay Families

February 09, 2016

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Lee released the following statement regarding the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) announcement that East Bay families would see a 34% increase in Fair Market Rents (FMR): "This increase is a win for the many East Bay families struggling with rapidly rising housing costs. By bringing together local advocates, HUD Secretary Julián Castro, and other outside partners, we helped ensure families could stay in the communities that they cal… Continue Reading

Rep. Lee: President Obama’s FY17 Budget Presents “Forward-Thinking Vision for Our Nation”

February 09, 2016

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee issued this statement following the release of President Obama's FY2017 Budget Request: "President Obama's 2017 budget proposal presents a forward-thinking vision for our nation. By making investments in our families and communities, we can continue to strengthen our economy and rebuild opportunities for millions of struggling Americans. I applaud the President for funding proven anti-poverty programs to help low-income families build pathways into th… Continue Reading

Oakland to Lead in Emerging “Computer Science for All” Initiative

February 08, 2016

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement welcoming U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Megan Smith, to Oakland's Skyline High School: "I am so pleased to welcome U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith to Oakland for this important conversation on advancing computer science skills for all. I am proud that Ms. Smith chose Oakland as the first city to visit following the White House's bold announcement of the "Computer Science for All" Initiative. In the East Bay, she w… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Releases Statement on January Jobs Report

February 05, 2016

Oakland, CA - Today, the Department of Labor announced that unemployment had fallen to 4.9 percent and 151,000 U.S. jobs were added in January. This growth marks the 71st 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 shows continued progress in our economic recovery. January marked the 71st consecutive month of private sector job growth.… Continue Reading

Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus and Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 05, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. - First observed on February 7, 1999, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an opportunity to reflect on HIV's impact on the African American community, support those living with the virus and to encourage all to take a pro-active approach to their health. The theme of this year's National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, is "I Am My Brother's and Sister's Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS!" "For many in the African American community, the AIDS epidemic is personal. This year's theme, "I … Continue Reading

Rep. Lee: “Computer Science for All Is Vital to Our Children's Futures”

February 01, 2016

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement applauding the President's bold announcement calling for computer science education for all to secure our children's futures and American economic competitiveness: "Today, President Obama ‎called for bold action to ensure every child has the opportunity to learn the computer skills necessary for success. This is essential to ensuring all kids have a bright future and America remains a strong competitor in the global mark… Continue Reading

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

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