Press Releases

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Calls for End to Homophobia and Transphobia

May 17, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced a Congressional Resolution in support of the goals and ideals of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The resolution was introduced with more than 50 original cosponsors. "Over the past decade we have made tremendous progress against hatred, exclusion, bigotry, violence and discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community," said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. "Sadly, homophobia, transphobia and discrimination a… Continue Reading

Rep. Barbara Lee: If Trump Obstructed Justice, He Must Be Held Accountable

May 17, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement regarding the growing evidence that President Trump obstructed justice: "The American people deserve to know if President Trump tried to quash the FBI investigation into his campaign's alleged collusion with the Russians. If true, this would constitute obstruction of justice, which is an impeachable offense. "These allegations go far beyond party interests. Congress must take the long-overdue step of forming an indep… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Statement on Attorney General Sessions’ Reinstatement of Harsh, Discriminatory Sentencing Policies

May 12, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement regarding draconian drug sentencing guidance sent to federal prosecutors by Attorney General Jeff Sessions: "Today's announcement marks another distressing chapter in the Trump Administration's misguided 'law and order' agenda. The guidance issued by the Department of Justice will do nothing to make communities safer and will only deepen the distrust between law enforcement officials and the communities they serve. "… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Announces East Bay’s Innovation 2.0 Plan Roll Out

May 12, 2017

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Congressman Mark DeSaulnier joined East Bay business leaders in celebrating the release of the Innovation 2.0 Action Plan, a strategy drafted by the East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA) to promote STEM education and tech job growth in the East Bay. "Today's announcement is the result of our sustained efforts to ensure our community is prepared to succeed in the 21st century economy. This plan will help create a pipeline of dive… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: Comey Firing Signals Constitutional Crisis

May 10, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey: "I am deeply troubled by President Trump's decision to fire the FBI Director who was investigating allegations of collusion between the President, his campaign and the Kremlin. When it comes to Russia, this Administration has proven it will not act in the best interests of the American people. "This abuse of power signals a full-blown constitutional crisis that we… Continue Reading

Members of Congress Pen Letter Urging Treasury Department to Address War Profiteering in South Sudan

May 08, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, joined by her colleagues Chairman Ed Royce, Ranking Member Eliot Engel, Congressmember Karen Bass, Congressman Jim McGovern, Chairman Chris Smith, Congressman Michael Capuano, and Congressman Tom Rooney, sent a bipartisan letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urging him to target the financial interests of high-level military and political officials in South Sudan. While war in South Sudan continues unabated, politicians and war profitee… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on Passage of the American Health Care Act

May 04, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after the House passed the American Health Care Act by a partisan 217 to 213 margin. "The American Health Care Act (AHCA) is an evil bill that rips healthcare from 24 million Americans while handing $600 billion to the wealthy and big corporations. This heartless legislation allows states to gut essential health benefits that require insurers to provide basic services like maternity care, cancer screenings and mental … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Applauds Famine Relief Funding in FY2017 Omnibus

May 01, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Lee released the following statement on funding to fight famine in the FY2017 omnibus bill. Last month, Congresswoman Lee circulated a bipartisan letter urging her colleagues to support $1 billion in famine relief: "As a senior appropriator who helped lead the bipartisan effort to address the global food crisis, I applaud the inclusion of nearly $1 billion for famine relief in the FY2017 Omnibus bill. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Ranking Member Nita Lowey… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Commemorates National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May 01, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Lee released the following statement marking Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which is observed during the month of May: "I am proud to join the East Bay and people across the country in celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This month is an important time for our nation to reflect on the remarkable contributions of the AAPI community. "Every day, I see the critical role that Asian and Pacific Americans play in building and enriching our East… Continue Reading

Rep. Barbara Lee: The Trump Administration’s First 100 Days Have Been An Unmitigated Disaster

April 28, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee joined House and Senate Democrats to shed light on the broken promises of President Trump's first 100 days. Below is her statement on President Trump's disastrous first few months in office: "The verdict on President Trump's first 100 days is in - and it's not pretty. For three months, President Trump has blundered from crisis to crisis, elevating fringe far-right voices and breaking his promises to hardworking families. "But the opposition to the T… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Statement on Berkeley Protests

April 27, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Lee released the following statement on today's protests in Berkeley: "UC Berkeley has a storied history of dissent and, as an alumna myself, I am proud of the university's long-standing commitment to providing a forum for free speech. While I stand in firm opposition to the hateful ideology that fuels extremists like Ann Coulter, we must ensure that all parties can peacefully and safely exercise their First Amendment rights. "We cannot allow outside agitators … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Concludes Productive CODEL to East Asia

April 26, 2017

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee returned this week from a congressional delegation to South Korea and Japan. The CODEL focused on critical issues facing U.S. and international security in the region, including nuclear threats posed by North Korea in the Korean Peninsula. "Last week, I met with national security leaders in South Korea and Japan and received firsthand briefings about U.S. policy in the Korean Peninsula. My time in the region reinforced my concerns about the potential c… Continue Reading

Rep. Lee, Members Demand Immediate Removal of Steve Bannon from White House Staff

April 14, 2017

Washington, DC - Following the removal of Steve Bannon from the National Security Council, Members of Congress led by Congresswoman Barbara Lee called for the immediate removal of Steve Bannon, a white supremacist, from the White House staff. "Steve Bannon is a radical right wing extremist, whose embrace of white supremacist ideology presents a direct threat to our national security. As the chief architect of the Muslim Ban and a persistent advocate of President Trump's border wall, his corrosi… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: MOAB Strike Marks New Front in Afghanistan War

April 13, 2017

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the US bombing in Afghanistan: "Today's unprecedented use of a MOAB, which is considered the 'Mother of All Bombs,' marks a new front in the almost 16 year war in Afghanistan. President Trump owes the American people an explanation about his escalation of military force in Afghanistan and his long-term strategy to defeat ISIS. "No president should have a blank check for endless war, especially not this president, wh… Continue Reading

Rep. Lee Introduces Resolution Recognizing National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

April 10, 2017

Washington, D.C. - HIV Caucus Co-Chair Congresswoman Barbara Lee reintroduced H. Res. 262 to support the goals and ideals of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: "Over 80% of youth fear the stigma of HIV and fewer than half of American high schools offer comprehensive sex and HIV prevention education. This is unacceptable," said Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13). "We must empower our youth to get tested and fight HIV/AIDS. Providing comprehensive sex education is critical to uplifting young… Continue Reading

Rep. Lee’s Statement on Military Strikes Against the Syrian Government

April 07, 2017

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee's released the following statement on last night's military strikes against the Syrian government: "The US strikes in Syria last night, conducted without Congressional authorization, represent a dangerous military escalation into the Syrian civil war and are without legal justification. The use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians is barbaric and there is no question that Bashar Al-Assad must be held accountable for his heinous actions. I wil… Continue Reading

Rep. Barbara Lee: Gorsuch’s Confirmation “A Sad Day” for the Country

April 07, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court: "Today is a sad day for the United States Senate and the nation. Senate Republicans betrayed their oath to the constitution last year when they refused to grant Judge Merrick Garland a hearing. It's outrageous that their decision to hijack the judicial branch will now be rewarded with the confirmation of extreme conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch. No one wil… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Calls for Federal Dollars to Quiet Airplane Noise

April 06, 2017

Washington, DC - This week, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a member of The Quiet Skies Caucus, joined a letter to the House Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development requesting federal dollars to reduce the impact of airplane noise in the FY 18 Transportation Spending Bill. "Airport noise has been a huge concern for many of my constituents as it negatively impacts the quality of life in our communities. We must invest vital federal dollars to find inn… Continue Reading

Rep. Barbara Lee: Congress Should Not Be On Recess As Trump Plans War

April 06, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after the Pentagon confirmed that the Trump Administration is developing options for a military strike in response to the Syrian governments chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians: "I am outraged by the barbaric and heinous war crimes committed by the Assad regime and abetted by Putin and Russia. The United Nations must take immediate action in response to Assad's continued use of chemical weapons against innocen… Continue Reading

Rep. Barbara Lee: Steve Bannon’s Sick Ideology Infects the White House

April 05, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on Steve Bannon's removal from the National Security Council: "The elevation of white supremacists to privileged positions in the White House reveals all you need to know about this presidency. While I am relieved that Steve Bannon's sick ideology will no longer infect the National Security Council, his continued presence in this administration is alarming to millions of Americans. I urge President Trump to show Steve… Continue Reading

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