Press Releases

Congresswoman Lee Marks Labor Day with Call for More Action to Support Working Americans

September 06, 2015

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement marking Labor Day: “Today, we, as a nation, pause to remember the triumphs of the labor movement and the ongoing contributions of American workers to our nation. America’s workers are the most productive in the history of the world. Breakthroughs in technology, manufacturing and the digital revolution had increased worker productivity and have help build our world-leading economy. Yet, despite these advancements, wag… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Announces $16 Million in Federal Head Start Funds

September 01, 2015

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) announced a $16,470,400 federal grant awarded to the City of Oakland to support Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “I am excited to announce this critical funding for the City to expand and sustain its Head Start Programs,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “Providing access to early education programs is vital to closing the educational gap, breaking the cyc… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Marks 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

August 27, 2015

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement marking the upcoming 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina: “Ten years after the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, much work still remains to rebuild and address the hurricane’s devastation, which disproportionately affected women, communities of color, low-income families and those living with HIV/AIDS. Despite numerous scholarly examinations of the historical, institutional and geographic causes of the disparate outcomes … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Remembers Amelia Boynton Robinson

August 26, 2015

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Lee released the following statement on the passing of Amelia Boynton Robinson, the first African American woman to run for Congress in Alabama and a leader of the civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama: “My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Amelia Boynton Robinson today. Amelia was a trailblazer. Throughout her 104 years, she championed civil rights and worked tirelessly to realize justice and equality for all Americans. T… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Ryan White CARE Act

August 17, 2015

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, co-chair of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, released this statement marking the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Ryan White CARE Act: “For the past 25 years, the Ryan White CARE Act has been a vital lifeline for Americans living with HIV/AIDS. This important legislation provides vital resources and medical coverage to ensure those living with HIV/AIDS are connected with the life-saving treatment and care that they need. Each year,… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Remembers the Life and Legacy of Julian Bond

August 17, 2015

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Lee released this statement upon the passing of Civil Rights leader Julian Bond: I am deeply saddened by the passing of my good friend Julian Bond. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time. I have known Julian since the early 1970s and most recently stood with him to remember the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam peace movement in Washington DC. As a co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Corrdinating Committee (SNCC), Julian help… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee to Attend Embassy Opening in Havana

August 13, 2015

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s office announced she will accompany Secretary of State John Kerry to the U.S. flag-raising ceremony in Havana. The Congresswoman released this statement: “I am honored to join Secretary of State John Kerry, American diplomats and my Congressional colleagues on this historic trip to open the U.S. Embassy in Havana. The opening of this embassy marks a new chapter in relations between the U.S. and Cuba. With renewed and regular diplomatic rela… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Releases Statement on July Jobs Report

August 07, 2015

Oakland, CA - Today, the Department of Labor announced that July marked the 65th 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 marks another step in the right direction 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 leadership is helping our economy reco… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Calls for Action to Protect the Vote on the 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act

August 06, 2015

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement marking the 50th anniversary of the entrance into effect of the Voting Rights Act: “The right to vote is the bedrock of our democracy. We cannot allow this sacred right to be undone by laws and policies designed to suppress the voice of the American people. Fifty years ago, our nation took an enormous leap for equality with the passage of the Voting Rights Act. This landmark legislation was not inevitable. It was realized thro… Continue Reading

Oakland Becomes TechHire Community, Charge Led by Congresswoman Lee

August 04, 2015

Oakland, CA - Today, President Obama announced 10 new TechHire Communities, including Oakland. “I am pleased to see Oakland become a TechHire Community. The city’s commitment to empowering people with work based on their skill set and advance tech training is remarkable and vital to the continued economic growth of our community,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “I am proud to have been a part of this tremendous effort and I look forward to working with city officials to expand this program … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Applauds Second Chance Pell Pilot Program

July 31, 2015

Washington D.C. - Today, President Obama announced a Second Chance Pell pilot program to test new models which would allow incarcerated Americans to receive Pell grants and pursue postsecondary education. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who has long championed this effort as a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, released this statement: “I applaud the President’s action in announcing this important pilot program. An education is t… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Applauds Updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy

July 30, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today, President Obama signed an Executive Order releasing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020, a pivotal step in advancing the goal of an AIDS-free generation. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who strongly advocated for the creation of the original strategy in 2010, applauded the President’s action outlining the key priorities in domestic HIV/AIDS prevention, research and treatment over the next five years. “In 2010, President Obama took a bold step in laying out … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee’s Statement on Trip to Kenya and Ethiopia with the President

July 30, 2015

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Lee released the following statement after returning from a six day trip to Kenya and Ethiopia with President Obama and Congressional colleagues: “I was honored to join President Obama on this historic trip to Africa, which marked the first time a sitting U.S. President has visited Ethiopia or the African Union. This visit was pivotal in strengthening economic and diplomatic partnerships in the region and building upon the progress of the 2014 African Leaders Su… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the East Bay’s Leadership in the Disabilities Rights Movement

July 23, 2015

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA was signed into law on July 26th, 1990: “For 25 years, the Americans with Disabilities Act has helped move our nation closer to equality for all. This landmark legislation opened the doors of opportunity for all Americans to live the American dream. I am proud to represent the East Bay in Congress, a community that has been… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Supports Introduction of Comprehensive LGBT Rights Legislation Calling It: “An Important Next Step Toward Full Equality for All”

July 23, 2015

Washington D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee joined a bicameral coalition in introducing The Equality Act, historic legislation that would provide protections from discrimination for members of the LGBT community. Congresswoman Lee, a founding member and current vice chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, released this statement: “I am proud to join my colleagues in introducing the Equality Act. This important legislation would provide broad protections for members of the L… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Hails Opening of U.S. Embassy in Havana & Cuban Embassy in Washington D.C.

July 20, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee attended the opening of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C. Congresswoman Lee has been working on U.S.-Cuba policy since 1977 and has traveled to Cuba more than 20 times, leading several Congressional delegations to the island. She released this statement: “The opening of embassies in Washington D.C. and Havana mark a new chapter in relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Diplomats will now be able to regularly engage with their counterpar… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Introduces Bill to Expand Solar Access to Low-Income Families

July 14, 2015

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced the Low Income Solar Act (LISA), H.R. 3041, along with Congressmen Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) and Keith Ellison (D-MN). The Senate companion bill, S. 1713, was introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). "I am proud to be introducing the Low-Income Solar Act of 2015 with Congressmen Cárdenas and Ellison. This legislation will empower low-income Americans to live more sustainably and save money by installing solar panels on their homes," … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Applauds Historic Deal with Iran

July 13, 2015

Washington, DC - Today, following the announcement of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran’s nuclear program, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement: “Today’s announced deal with Iran, if fully implemented, will prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon while ensuring greater stability in the Middle East. This JCPOA is an important victory for diplomacy, America’s leadership abroad and a safer, more secure world. I applaud President Obama, Secretary Kerry and our … Continue Reading

Warren, Baldwin, Quigley, Lee Push FDA to Adopt Fully Risk, Science-Based Blood Donation Policy

July 13, 2015

FDA's Proposed One Year Deferral Policy Remains Discriminatory toward Gay and Bisexual Men Full text of the letter is available here. Washington D.C. - Today, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Barbara Lee (D-CA), and 79 of their congressional colleagues sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to the agency's draft guidance document, which, if finalized, would change the blood donation… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Introduces Groundbreaking Women’s Health Bill

July 08, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Congresswoman Diana DeGette, led a group of 70 Democrats in introducing the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act or the EACH Woman Act. The bill would ensure health coverage of abortion for every woman regardless of her income, how she is insured or where she lives. In essence the bill would end the harmful Hyde Amendment policies that restrict a woman’s ability to make the best healthca… Continue Reading

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