Press Releases

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

Congresswoman Lee Celebrates Social Work Month

March 01, 2017

Washington DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee celebrated the beginning of Social Work Month by reintroducing several bills to recognize and support the contributions of social workers. "As a psychiatric social worker, I know firsthand the invaluable contributions that social workers make to our country. Social workers are critical, especially for the most vulnerable in our communities. With empathy and compassion, social workers provide vital support to individuals and families and help ensu… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Slams President Trump Address to Joint Session of Congress

February 28, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on President Trump address to a Joint Session of Congress: "Tonight we saw a deeply unpopular President deliver a nationalistic message designed to frighten the American people into abandoning our values. President Trump's address was the most pessimistic and divisive message I have ever witnessed from a sitting president. "While I am disheartened by the message President Trump delivered to Congress, I am not surpris… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Introduces Legislation to Repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force

February 28, 2017

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced legislation to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). On September 14, 2001, Congresswoman Lee was the lone Member of Congress to vote against the 2001 AUMF. "Fifteen years ago, I made the difficult decision to vote against this authorization because I knew this was a blank check to wage war anywhere, at any time, and for any length," said Congresswoman Lee. "Over the last fifteen years, this broad authorization has … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Blasts ‘Morally Bankrupt’ Trump Budget

February 27, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a senior member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement slamming President Trump's budget outline: "President Trump's morally bankrupt budget will be a disaster for working families. With 46 million Americans living in poverty, we simply cannot afford a rigged budget that funnels more money to the Pentagon at the expense of students, families and our planet. "Sadly, the Trump Administration would rather fund endless wars and… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Statement on the Declaration of Famine in South Sudan

February 24, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement regarding the United Nation's declaration of famine in South Sudan: "I am gravely concerned by the famine in South Sudan. Amid the chaos and confusion around this urgent disaster, one thing is clear: this crisis could have been prevented. Earlier this week, the United Nations Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) formally declared that a famine is growing in Unity State in South Sudan. The UN estimates that … Continue Reading

Rep. Barbara Lee Calls for Diversity in the Tech Industry

February 17, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) reintroduced a congressional resolution to address the persistent racial disparities in the technology industry. The resolution also calls for robust diversity and inclusion plans, strengthened partnerships with institutions of higher education serving students of color, and improve data collection on … Continue Reading

Rep Lee: Congress Must Vote to Remove Steve Bannon from the NSC

February 17, 2017

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee led more than 70 of her Democratic colleagues in introducing legislation urging the removal of Steve Bannon from the National Security Council. She released the following statement on the introduction of H. Res.140: "Steve Bannon's bigoted ideology threatens the security of our nation and our international standing. As a permanent member of the National Security Council, Steve Bannon not only politicizes our national security - he endangers it. "Throu… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Renews Call for Department of Peacebuilding

February 16, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee reintroduced the Department of Peacebuilding Act, which would establish a federal Department of Peacebuilding dedicated to the study and advancement of peace. The Department of Peacebuilding would target the root causes of domestic and international violence and promote policies to create sustainable, peaceful world. "Each year, we invest billions in defense through the Pentagon, military academies, and national defense universities. We must invest i… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Statement on Resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn

February 14, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn: "Michael Flynn's resignation is a long overdue acknowledgment of threats posed to our national security by this Administration's connections to Russia. This is just the tip of the iceberg. The American people deserve to know the extent to which the Russians meddled in our election, as well as any evidence of coordination between President Trump, his campai… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Urges Senate to Reject Nomination of ‘Foreclosure King’ Steven Mnuchin

February 13, 2017

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement urging the Senate to reject Steven Mnuchin's nomination for Treasury Secretary: "While millions of Americans lost their jobs and homes during the Great Recession, Steven Mnuchin was making a fortune foreclosing on desperate families. Under his leadership, OneWest Bank foreclosed on more than 36,000 homeowners. Mnuchin's tenure at the bank is an indication of how he will lead the Department of Treasury - advancing the in… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Applauds 9th Circuit Decision on Trump Executive Order

February 09, 2017

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in response to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the suspension of the Trump administration's Muslim Ban: "People across the country have come together to reject and resist the Trump Administration's hateful, xenophobic executive orders - and now the courts have affirmed the resistance. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to sustain the stay on the executive order is in line with our American values, c… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Condemns the Confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions

February 08, 2017

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement condemning the confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as United States Attorney General: "The confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions as our nation's Attorney General is outrageous and appalling. The Justice Department is our best tool for protecting civil and human rights, yet Senator Sessions has a long history of opposing civil rights and equality. He has insulted the LGBT community, voted against the Violence Against… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee: Betsy DeVos is a Dangerous Choice for our Children

February 06, 2017

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Lee released this statement urging her Senate colleagues to vote "no" tomorrow on the nomination of billionaire Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education: "Betsy DeVos is utterly ill-suited and unqualified to serve as Secretary of Education. In her confirmation hearings, she showed her complete lack of preparation and understanding of our nation's education system - including stunning ignorance of the landmark Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. In a… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee’s Statement on Berkeley Protests

February 02, 2017

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the protests at UC Berkeley: "Milo Yiannopoulos has made a career of inflaming racist, sexist and nativist sentiments. Berkeley has a proud history of dissent and students were fully within their rights to protest peacefully. I am disappointed by the unacceptable acts of violence by outside agitators which were counterproductive and dangerous. "President Donald Trump cannot bully our university into silence. Simply… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Celebrates Black History Month

February 01, 2017

"Every February, we reflect on the numerous contributions African Americans have made to our nation's history. Despite overwhelming odds, African Americans have persevered to become influential inventors, doctors, educators, business leaders, and even President of the United States. "While Black History Month reminds us of the progress we have made as a nation, it is also a reminder of our nation's dark history of slavery, racial injustice, oppression and the continued struggle for civil and h… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Demands Immediate Removal of Steve Bannon from National Security Council

February 01, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and leadership of the Congressional Quad-Caucus - which is composed of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), and the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) - sent a letter to President Donald Trump calling for the immediate removal of Steve Bannon, a white nationalist, from his permanent position on the National Security Council (NSC). Congresswom… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

January 31, 2017

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after President Trump announced he has nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Antonin Scalia: "I am deeply concerned by President Trump's decision to name Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee to be the next Supreme Court Justice. The president has indicated that his nominee would automatically overturn Roe v. Wade and be approved by radical right-wing organizations. These pre-qualificati… Continue Reading

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