Press Releases

Rep. Barbara Lee Statement on Equal Pay Day

April 04, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement marking April 4th as Equal Pay Day: "Today is Equal Pay Day - the date, 94 days into 2017, when women's wages finally catch up to what men were paid in the previous year. Despite the fact that women make up almost half the workforce, the average woman earns only 80 cents for every dollar paid to men. "Sadly, this wage discrimination is even more pronounced for women of color. African American women are paid only 63 c… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: Jeff Sessions Has No Regard for Civil Rights

April 04, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the follow by statement regarding Attorney General Jeff Sessions decision to review Obama era police reforms: "Yesterday, the Department of Justice proved what we have known all along: Attorney General Jeff Sessions has no regard for civil and human rights. The decision to target police reforms that have been negotiated with police departments with a documented history of civil rights violations is reprehensible. Let me be clear, this review… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: Trump Executive Order Takes Wrecking Ball to U.S. Climate Action

March 28, 2017

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after President Trump signed Executive Orders rolling back crucial elements of U.S. climate strategy. "Today, President Trump took a wrecking ball to U.S. action on climate change. The scientific community has been clear: Climate change is real, it is caused by human activity, and without immediate action its effects will devastate our communities and our planet. "The executive order issued by the president will weaken… Continue Reading

Rep. Barbara Lee Urges President Trump to Abandon Cuts to HIV/AIDS Programs, Warns of “Unthinkable Consequences”

March 28, 2017

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Lee released the following statement regarding proposed cuts to PEPFAR and other lifesaving HIV/AIDS programs: "The passage of PEPFAR was one of the greatest moments of bipartisan cooperation in the history of our government. Understanding the life-and-death stakes of our fight against HIV, members of both parties have put aside our ideological differences to address this global pandemic over the last thirteen years. "President Trump's proposed reductions to PEPF… Continue Reading

HIV Caucus Co-Chairs Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Eliminate Discriminatory HIV/AIDS Laws

March 27, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Today, HIV Caucus Co-Chairs U.S. Representatives Barbara Lee and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen reintroduced the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act 2017, which would modernize laws and policies to eliminate discrimination against those living with HIV/AIDS. This bill expresses the sense of Congress that federal and state laws, policies, and regulations should not place a unique or additional burden on individuals solely as a result of their HIV status, and offers a step-by-step plan to work w… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on Raiders Move to Las Vegas

March 27, 2017

Washington, D.C. - At the conclusion of the NFL owners' vote to move the Raiders to Las Vegas, Congresswoman Barbara Lee issued the following statement: "I am deeply troubled by the outcome of today's vote. Oakland is more than capable of sustaining an NFL team. From the sale of season tickets to Oakland's commitment to renovate the Coliseum, the Raiders have enjoyed overwhelming support from the East Bay community. The City of Oakland and Alameda County once again displayed that commitment by … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: The Power of The People Won This Battle

March 24, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after President Trump and House Republicans failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act: "House Republicans' failure to pass their cold-hearted, destructive repeal of the Affordable Care Act is a resounding victory for the resistance and the American people. Republicans should take a hard look at the unified opposition of the American people and abandon their campaign to strip healthcare from seniors, veterans, people li… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: We Must Resist Keystone XL Pipeline

March 24, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement today in response to the State Department's issuance of a permit for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. "At every turn, President Trump has shown that he will place the profits of billionaires and Big Oil above the well-being of American families. The Keystone Pipeline is yet another corporate giveaway that will wreak havoc on our environment and damage the health of countless individuals. "I stand with the Am… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Statement on Confirmation of Ambassador David Friedman

March 24, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the confirmation of David Friedman to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Israel: "I am extremely disappointed by the Senate's vote to confirm David Friedman to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Israel. Friedman's lack of diplomatic experience, coupled with his extreme views including his opposition to a two-state solution, should have disqualified him from serving as our Ambassador to Israel. His confirmation sends a worrying s… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: We Must Stop Endless War

March 21, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Lee led a bipartisan coalition of House members in demanding the Trump Administration halt escalating military engagement in Syria. The coalition included: Congressman Walter Jones, Congressman Peter DeFazio, Congressman Keith Ellison, Congressman Ted Lieu, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congressman Peter Welch, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman and Congressman Rick Nolan. The Members were also joined by Afghanistan War Veteran Richard Allen Smith. … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: This Budget Is a Recipe for Greater Instability, Hunger and Hopelessness

March 16, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the release of President Trump's budget outline: "As a social worker and a senior member of the House Budget and House Appropriations Committees, I know that the federal budget is a moral document. Sadly, President Trump's budget outline once again confirms that his priorities and values are deeply out of step with the American people. "This budget would offer massive handouts to defense contractors while gutting… Continue Reading

In Bipartisan Letter to Trump, Caucus Co-Chairs Urge Prioritizing HIV/AIDS

March 15, 2017

Washington, D.C. - This week, HIV Caucus Co-Chairs U.S. Representatives Barbara Lee and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen sent a letter urging the administration to continue the longstanding American commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS, both in the United States and abroad. These programs include the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, and the Pres… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: Trumpcare Is a Sham

March 13, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in response to the Congressional Budget Office report on the Republicans' "Pay More For Less" bill: "Today, the Congressional Budget Office confirmed our worst fears: Republicans' plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act will bring chaos to our health care system and steal insurance from millions. One thing is certain - Trumpcare is a sham. Their plan asks Americans to pay more money for less coverage and leaves the poo… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Rips Congressman Steve King’s ‘Perverse Worldview,’ Calls on Speaker to Reprimand Hateful Rhetoric

March 13, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on Congressman Steve King's most recent racist comments: "There's no way to spin this: Congressman Steve King's blatantly racist comments are a stain on the U.S. House of Representatives. As the descendant of slaves and the daughter of a veteran, I am insulted and outraged by the assertion that people of color are not true Americans, but rather 'somebody else's babies.' "Congressman King has a long history of promoti… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Block the Deployment of Ground Troops in Syria

March 10, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Today, following news that President Trump has deployed marine troops to Syria, Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced a bipartisan bill that would prohibit the expansion of United States combat troops into Syria. Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement upon the introduction of H.R. 1473, The Prohibit Expansion of U.S. Combat Troops into Syria Act: "For more than fifteen years, the U.S. has been engaged in an ever-expanding war in the Middle East. President T… Continue Reading

Rep. Barbara Lee: Women Are Walking Out to Demand Equal Justice & Equal Opportunity

March 08, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement marking International Women's Day and the 'Day Without A Woman' strike: "Across the country and around the world, women are walking out to demand equal justice, equal rights and equal opportunity. Women make up more than half of the US population, yet still face discrimination in nearly every facet of our lives. From the doctor's office to the college campus to the board room, women deserve to be heard and respected. … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Reintroduces Resolution on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week

March 07, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee reintroduced a resolution supporting the Goals and Ideals of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week. This resolution was first introduced in 2008. "My sister, Mildred has lived with MS for more than 40 years, I am inspired everyday by the courage with which she approaches life. Her passion and determination motivates me to redouble my commitment to supporting efforts to find a cure to this life altering disease," said Congresswoman Lee. "I am pleased to s… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Denounces Republican Attempt to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

March 07, 2017

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after Republicans unveiled their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act: "Last night, Republicans unveiled their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and make hardworking families pay more money for less care. Make no mistake, this plan strips healthcare from millions, defunds Planned Parenthood and rations healthcare for low-income Americans in order to offer handouts to the wealthy and healthcare executives. "Acces… Continue Reading

Rep. Lee: Trump Administration’s Refugee Ban Do-Over is Still Dangerous & Un-American

March 06, 2017

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Lee released the following statement regarding President Trump's executive order barring refugees and immigrants from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States: "After the American people and the courts resoundingly rejected the Trump Administration's xenophobic executive order, President Trump has once again closed the doors to refugees fleeing violence and persecution. "As a proud nation of immigrants, founded as a haven from religious … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: Jeff Sessions Must Resign Immediately

March 02, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement following revelations that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath about his connections with the Russians: "Last night, news reports revealed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath about his connections to Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign. Coretta Scott King's assertion that Jeff Sessions lacked 'judgment, competence and sensitivity' has never been more prescient. "By perju… Continue Reading

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