Press Releases

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

Additional Troop Deployment Demands Congressional Action

December 02, 2015

Washington, DC - Yesterday, President Obama ordered the deployment of additional specialized “expeditionary” forces to Iraq and Syria. Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement: “Everyone agrees that ISIL is a barbaric terrorist organization that must be degraded and dismantled. As this conflict expands, Congress must be actively involved in addressing ISIL. The deployment of additional special operations forces to Iraq should be a wake-up call to Congress - it’s past time to ho… Continue Reading

California Leaders Call for DOJ to Halt “Counterproductive” Enforcement Action Against Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

November 24, 2015

Washington, DC - Today, California Representatives Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA13) and Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA48) and Sam Farr (D-CA20) urged Attorney General Lynch to reconsider enforcement actions against California’s medical cannabis dispensaries following comprehensive, stringent and enforceable industry regulations recently signed into law. “We are concerned that the Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to threaten individuals and businesses acting within the scope of stat… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee's Statement on Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm Being Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom

November 23, 2015

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement as Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom: “Throughout her life, Congresswoman Chisholm - or Mrs. C as we called her - broke many barriers while tirelessly advocating for the most vulnerable in our nation and our world. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is a fitting tribute to her lifetime of work and advocacy. In 1969, Congresswoman Chisholm became the first African American … Continue Reading

“Congress Should Not Betray Our Nation’s Most Fundamental Values,” Says Congresswoman Lee

November 19, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee spoke on the floor in opposition to the Republican closed rule (H. Res. 531), which does not allow for revisions or input by Members, and underlying bill, H.R. 4038. Following the vote on the Republican measure to halt and eliminate the resettlement of Syrian refugees, she released this statement: "People around the globe watched in horror as terrible attacks hit Paris and other cities around the world. My thoughts and prayers continue to be … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Joins Colleagues in Urging President Obama to Find New DEA Leadership

November 19, 2015

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee joined Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Sam Farr (D-CA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Jim McDermott (D-WA) in signing a letter led by Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). The letter calls on President Obama to find new DEA leadership following recent comments by Acting Administrator Rosenberg about medical marijuana being ‘a joke.’ “The Acting Administrator’s comments are simply inappropriate. California, Washington D.C., Guam a… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Marks Veteran’s Day

November 10, 2015

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a member of the Veterans Affairs funding subcommittee, offered the following statement marking Veterans Day: “Every year, on November 11th, we pause to honor the brave men and women who have served our nation. As the daughter of a veteran, I am deeply proud of our current and former service members, who have served and continue to serve this country with dignity and honor. Our men and women in uniform and their families make tremendous sacrifices wh… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Recognized with National Cannabis Industry Association’s 2015 Legislative Leadership Award

November 10, 2015

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee received the 2015 Legislative Leadership Award from the National Cannabis Industry Association at the organization’s 5th annual gala dinner. “It is truly a humbling honor to receive this award. I’d like to thank the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), Board Chairwoman Jamie Lewis and Executive Director Aaron Smith for this tremendous honor,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. NCIA is the largest cannabis trade association in the U.S. a… Continue Reading

“Our Immigration Policies Should Keep Families Together,” Says Congresswoman Barbara Lee

November 10, 2015

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a member of the Democratic Immigration Task Force, released this statement following the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit decision to maintain the injunction against the DAPA and expanded DACA programs: “Today’s decision by the 5th Circuit is misguided and deeply disappointing. For more than 50 years, our nation has had a clear legal precedent for the use of executive action on immigration policy. Our immigration policies should keep famil… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Marks 50th Anniversary of Higher Education Act by Calling for Action to Address Crippling Student Loan Debt

November 09, 2015

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a member of the education funding subcommittee, released this statement marking the 50th anniversary of the Higher Education Act: “For fifty years, the Higher Education Act has opened the doors of educational opportunity to millions by making college more accessible and affordable. As we mark this milestone anniversary, Congress must come together and recommit to strengthening and expanding affordable educational opportunities for all. We m… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Receives Thomas Merton Award for Her Work to Advance Peace and Social Justice

November 08, 2015

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee received the 43rd Thomas Merton Award from Pittsburgh’s Thomas Merton Center. “It is truly a humbling honor to receive this award. I’d like to thank the Thomas Merton Center Board of Directors for this tremendous honor,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Past awardees of this honor include Dorothy Day, Marian Wright Edelman, Winona LaDuke, Noam Chomsky, Daniel Berrigan, Howard Zinn, Congressman Ronald V Dellums, Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, Ang… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Releases Statement on October Jobs Report

November 06, 2015

Oakland, CA - Today, the Department of Labor announced that October marked the 68th 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 shows continued and sustained progress in our nation’s economic recovery. As companies continue to grow and hire more workers, we mark the continuation of the longest consecutive period of private sector … Continue Reading

Create American Jobs, Don’t Offshore Them with TPP

November 05, 2015

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Lee released this statement concerning the newly released text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement: “After years of secret negotiations, classified drafts and unprecedented influence from multinational corporations and special interests, the American people can finally see the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It’s far worst then we thought. Far from being the most progressive trade deal ever negotiated, it’s a template to ship Americ… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Applauds President’s Criminal Justice Reform Announcement

November 02, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement applauding the President for enacting “fair chance” hiring policies for federal employees and contractors and for his continued leadership for criminal justice reform: “I applaud President Obama for his bold and continued leadership to advance criminal justice reform. Today’s announcement that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will adopt “fair chance” hiring policies is an important step toward ensuring that… Continue Reading

Escalation of U.S. Role in Syria Highlights Need for Congressional Debate

October 30, 2015

Oakland, CA - On news that U.S. troops will be escalating operations in Syria, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement: “I am deeply concerned by escalating mission creep in Syria, especially since Congress has yet to debate the costs and consequences of this military operation. The Constitution is clear: the power to declare war rests with Congress. We serve as the voice of the American people - our actions in Congress should reflect that sacred responsibility. Congress must… Continue Reading

“Congratulations Mr. Speaker, Now Let’s Restore Congress’s Role in Matters of War and Peace”

October 29, 2015

Washington, D.C. - As Speaker Paul Ryan assumes the gavel, Congresswoman Lee released this statement calling for the overdue debate on U.S. military action in Iraq and Syria and the repeal of the blank checks for endless war: “I congratulate Paul Ryan on his election as Speaker of the House today. As he begins his tenure, Speaker Ryan has an important opportunity and duty to restore Congress’s constitutional role to debate matters of war and peace. Over the last 14 years, the authorizat… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Calls for an End to the Longest War in US History

October 15, 2015

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement on breaking news that the US will keep troops in Afghanistan through 2017: “Just last week, our nation marked the 14th anniversary of the US invasion in Afghanistan. Today, we learned that our troops will remain in the country through 2017, further extending the longest war in American history. In Afghanistan, our brave servicemen and women have gone above and beyond the call of duty. It’s past time to end this war. 2,350 b… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Marks National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

October 15, 2015

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, co-chair of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, released this statement marking National Latino AIDS Awareness Day: “As we mark National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, I am reminded of the impact this terrible virus has had on Latinos, at home and abroad. According to the CDC’s most recent data, Latinos compromise just 16 percent of the U.S. population but account for more than one-fifth of all new HIV infections. The estimated rate of new infecti… Continue Reading

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