Press Releases

14 Years, 2,350 Lives, Billions of Dollars & No End in Sight

October 07, 2015

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement on the 14th anniversary of the Afghanistan War: “Today marks the 14th anniversary of the Afghanistan War - our nation’s longest war - and sadly, there seems to be no end in sight. Despite a war-weary public, calls continue to keep more U.S. troops in Afghanistan for many more years. This war has already cost our nation too much. It has sacrificed the lives of 2,350 of our brave servicemen and women, including six in … Continue Reading

“I fear that this deal will put American workers in a race to the bottom” says Congresswoman Barbara Lee Concerning TPP Deal

October 04, 2015

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on news that negotiators in Atlanta had reached a deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership: “America’s trade policies should be designed to create good-paying jobs and improve the standard of living for American families. Sadly, the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal reached in Atlanta is unlikely to achieve either. This deal was written through secretive, closed-door meetings in which lobbyists and major multinati… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Remembers the Life and Legacy of Former Congressman William Donlon ‘Don’ Edwards

October 03, 2015

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Lee released this statement upon the passing of former Congressman William Edwards: I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend, former Congressman William Donlon ‘Don’ Edwards, a true leader who served our country for thirty-two years in Congress. Congressman Edwards was a champion for civil rights. Elected in 1962, he served as chairman of the House Subcommittee on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights for 23 years and served on the Judiciary Committee. He … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Releases Statement on September Jobs Report

October 02, 2015

Oakland, CA - Today, the Department of Labor announced that September marked the 67th 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 sustained progress in our economic recovery. As companies grow and hire, this month marks the continuation of the longest consecutive period of private sector job growth in our nation’s history. … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Introduces Legislation Commemorating 70th Anniversary of the United Nations

October 01, 2015

Washington, DC - During this year’s United Nations General Assembly, Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced legislation recognizing the 70th anniversary of the UN’s establishment. “The United Nations is vital to our global community and essential to realizing a peaceful and prosperous shared future,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who is serving her second term as a congressional representative to the UN General Assembly. “Our country and global community faces unprecedented challenges. I beli… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Releases Video Marking National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

September 26, 2015

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, co-chair and co-founder of the bipartisan and bicameral Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus released this video marking National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Since entering Congress, Congresswoman Lee has authored or co-authored every major piece of HIV/AIDS legislation. In the 114th Congress, she has introduced the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act (H.R. 1586), to advance efforts to repeal discriminatory HIV/AIDS laws, and the Real Edu… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Applauds Appointment of Berkeley Pastor Michael McBride to President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

September 24, 2015

“I applaud the appointment of Pastor Michael McBride to serve on the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership. Pastor McBride is a strong spiritual leader in the East Bay who is deeply committed to empowering urban communities and is a champion for social and racial justice,” said Congresswoman Lee. “I congratulate Pastor McBride on this well-deserved appointment and I know his expertise will be a wonderful addition to the President’s Advisory Council.” Pastor… Continue Reading

Rep. Barbara Lee: “Pope Francis’s Message of Peace and Social Justice Should Inspire Congress to Act”

September 23, 2015

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement following Pope Francis’s historic address to Congress: “During a joint-session of Congress today, His Holiness Pope Francis reminded us of our sacred duty: to protect and advocate for the most vulnerable and voiceless in our society and our world. His call for peace and justice should inspire Congress and our entire nation. As we work to address the immense challenges facing our nation - climate change, persistent poverty, … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Welcomes Pope Francis to Washington DC

September 23, 2015

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee joined the White House ceremony welcoming His Holiness Pope Francis to Washington, DC. “It was a pleasure to join the nation in welcoming Pope Francis to Washington, DC,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “I look forward to his historic address before Congress and I hope that his positive message of social justice, environmental stewardship and compassion will guide policymakers as we seek to create opportunity for all and preserve our fragile p… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Announces $2.25 Million in Federal Funding to Create or Preserve 18 Community-Oriented Law Enforcement Jobs in the East Bay

September 22, 2015

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced $2.25 million in awards from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program to communities in the East Bay. The cities of Oakland, Berkeley and Alameda County will grants. The funds will create or preserve 18 law enforcement jobs that increase community policing capacity in the East Bay. “I am pleased to announce this federal funding to create or preserve 18 community-orientated law enforcement… Continue Reading

“We must be defiant against these attacks on the bedrock of our democracy,” says Congresswoman Lee on National Voter Registration Day

September 21, 2015

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement celebrating National Voter Registration Day: “Voting and voting rights are the foundation of our democracy. Our nation is stronger when everyone has a voice in the political process. This National Voter Registration Day, I encourage all Americans to register to vote and make a plan to cast your ballot on Election Day. Sadly, in recent years, the right of Americans to vote has come under attack. From discriminatory… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee: “Sky-High Poverty Rate is Shameful and Completely Unacceptable”

September 16, 2015

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, chair of the Democratic Whip’s Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality and Opportunity, released this statement following the Census Bureau distribution of Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage data for 2014: “The new Census Bureau data reveals that tens of millions of Americans are still struggling to get by with far too little. With nearly fifteen percent of the population living in poverty - that’s one in seven Americans - it’s past time… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Welcomes Oakland Pastor Brondon Reems as Guest Chaplain

September 16, 2015

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee welcomed Pastor Brondon Reems from the Center of Hope Community Church in Oakland as the Guest Chaplain for the U.S. House of Representatives. “I am proud to welcome Pastor Reems to the US Capitol. In Oakland, Pastor Reems has been a pillar of community and a champion for youth and the most vulnerable,” said Congresswoman Lee. “I am so glad Congress had the chance to hear his message of peace and service today. His commitment to the East Bay … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Calls for End to Anti-Women’s Health Rhetoric and a Return to Responsible Government

September 15, 2015

Washington, DC - As Congress rapidly approaches another GOP shutdown, Congresswoman Lee released this statement on the attacks on women’s health and called for responsible governing: “Today, Congress stands just seven legislative days from another manufactured GOP government shutdown that would cripple our recovering economy. The last time the Tea Party wing shuttered the government, it cost our economy $24 billion. Two years later, they still have not learned their lesson and are hold… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Releases Statement on New Regulations for California’s Cannabis Industry

September 14, 2015

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement on California’s new regulations for the state’s cannabis industry: “I am pleased that the California legislature has taken an important step forward by passing a comprehensive regulatory framework to improve patient care, provide greater certainty for the industry and protect our environment. In Congress, I intend to continue working toward federal government policies that respect state marijuana laws. The federal gove… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Issues Statement on Anniversary of 9/11

September 11, 2015

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement recognizing the anniversary of September 11, 2001: “Fourteen years ago, the world witnessed a terrible attack against our nation. These events shattered our sense of security but from this tragedy, the American people arose united. In those dark moments, the American people reached out to help one another and the American spirit prevailed over fear. Today, we honor the thousands lost on that day and those we’ve s… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Applauds Release of Sickle Cell Toolkit

September 11, 2015

Washington, DC - This week, the Centers for Disease Control, the American Society of Hematology and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America released an updated Sickle Cell Trait toolkit to provide community members with health education materials and resources. One in twelve African Americans are diagnosed with the Sickle Cell Trait. “Sickle Cell Disease is our nation’s most common inherited blood disorder, and more than three million Americas carry the Sickle Cell Trait. Tragically, f… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Nominated as a Representative to the United Nations by President Obama

September 09, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today, President Obama announced his nomination of Congresswoman Barbara Lee to serve as a Representative of the United States to the Seventieth United Nations General Assembly: “I am deeply honored by this nomination. I look forward to representing my Congressional colleagues at the United Nations and working to strengthen relations between parliamentarians around the globe. I’d like to personally thank President Obama for this nomination and Leader Pelosi for her suppo… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Urges Congress to Join Majority of Americans in Supporting Iran Nuclear Deal

September 09, 2015

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee spoke on the House floor urging her colleagues to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. Congresswoman Lee has long advocated for the use of diplomacy to rein in Iran’s nuclear program. In the 112th and 113th Congresses, Congresswoman Lee introduced the Prevent Iran from Acquiring a Nuclear Weapon and Stop War Through Diplomacy Act. This legislation sought to end the counter-productive “no co… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Releases Statement on August Jobs Report

September 07, 2015

Oakland, CA - Today, the Department of Labor announced that August marked the 66th consecutive month of private sector job growth, the longest period of private sector job growth in American history. Congresswoman Lee released this statement: “Today’s jobs report shows ongoing progress for our recovering economy and continues the longest consecutive period of private sector job growth in our history. It is clear that President Obama’s efforts to improve our economy are working. Yet House R… Continue Reading

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