Press Releases

Congresswoman Lee: The Pentagon is Defrauding the American People

December 06, 2016

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released a statement responding to reports that the Pentagon buried a study identifying $125 billion in waste from the agency: "For decades, officials have resisted any serious efforts to reign in bloated Pentagon spending. Yesterday, the Washington Post revealed just how far they'll go to bury evidence of rampant waste, fraud and abuse. "Reports show that Pentagon officials intentionally deceived Congress and the American people to hide at least $125 bi… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee: White House Use of Force Report Shows Urgent Need to Repeal 2001 War Authorization

December 06, 2016

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the use of force report released by the White House yesterday: "I applaud President Obama for requesting this report and bringing much-needed transparency to our military operations. "This report reveals the vast scope of US military operations, in our nation and abroad, as well as the administration's reliance on the outdated 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force. "In the 15 years since its passage, this a… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Applauds the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Decision Rejecting Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline

December 05, 2016

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision not to grant an easement for construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe: "The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' announcement that they will not grant an easement for the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe is a victory for tribal sovereignty, environmental justice, and the countless individuals who raised their voices in opposition to this des… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Releases Update on Oakland Fire

December 04, 2016

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement following the tragic 31st Avenue fire: "As the entire East Bay mourns the devastating impact of this tragedy, I continue to extend my deepest condolences and prayers to the families of the victims, especially as more families learn the fate of their loved ones. "Today, I spoke with the White House to update them on our efforts. I will continue to support the hard work of Mayor Libby Schaaf and City Officials to provide a… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Releases Statement on 31st Avenue Fire

December 03, 2016

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement following the tragic 31st Avenue fire: Today the entire East Bay community is in mourning as we come to understand the scale of the devastation caused by this fire. I extend my deepest condolences and prayers to the victims of this unimaginable tragedy and their families. I am incredibly grateful to the firefighters and first responders who worked so hard to prevent further loss of life and I am confident that Oakland off… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee’s Statement on November Jobs Report

December 02, 2016

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, chair of the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality and Opportunity, released the following statement on the Department of Labor's November Jobs Report. The report shows that the economy added 178,000 jobs in November. "Today's jobs report is a promising sign that our economy continues to pick up steam under President Obama's leadership, despite continued Republican obstruction. However, more work remains to address employment and hiri… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee to Serve as Vice Chair of the Steering & Policy Committee

December 02, 2016

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee was appointed to serve as Vice Chair of the Steering and Policy Committee. "I am deeply humbled by Leader Pelosi's appointment to serve as Vice Chair of the Steering and Policy Committee. As we prepare to stand up to a Trump Administration, our caucus and party must be more united than ever," said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. "As Vice Chair of the Steering and Policy Committee, I am committed to supporting my colleagues and their agendas while cr… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Releases Statement on Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Race

November 30, 2016

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement: "I'm deeply humbled and grateful for all the support that I've received in my campaign to serve as the next Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus. I'd like to congratulate Congresswoman Linda Sánchez on her election to this position. I look forward to working with her to unite our caucus and fight for American families." # # # Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Releases Statement on the Passing of Fidel Castro

November 28, 2016

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a steering committee member of the Congressional Cuba Working Group, released this statement on the passing of Cuban President Fidel Castro: ‎"My deepest condolences to Fidel Castro's family and the Cuban people during this time. While there are many disagreements between our countries, President Castro was a recognized world leader who was dedicated to the Cuban people. ‎ It is my hope that we continue to build on President Obama's efforts t… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: “Trump must end his flirtation with xenophobia and racism”

November 18, 2016

Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement concerning President-elect Trump's recent staff announcements: "With each passing day, Congress and the American people get a clearer look into the Trump White House. People of conscience are horrified by what we've seen. The Justice Department is our nation's best instrument for protecting our civil rights and voting rights. I am appalled by the decision to nominate Senator Jeff Sessions, a man rejected from serving on the federal bench for h… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Responds to 2016 Election

November 09, 2016

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement concerning the 2016 Presidential Election: "We must have faith in our Constitution, our democracy and the American people - but we cannot and will not allow the doors of opportunity to be closed. We must stand together to defend our values; to defend economic, racial and social justice; to defend human rights. We will keep fighting for what's right, because it matters - that's who we are." # # # Congresswoman Lee is a member of … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Response to October Jobs Report

November 04, 2016

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, chair of the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality and Opportunity, released the following statement on the Department of Labor's October Jobs Report. The report shows that the economy added 161,000 jobs in October; since early 2010, the economy has added 15.5 million new private sector jobs. "Today's job report shows that our economy continues to grow and create jobs under President Obama's leadership. With more than 15.5 million new,… Continue Reading

Federal Investments in the East Bay

November 02, 2016

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released an interactive map showing federal grants and small business administration investments in California's 13th Congressional district. "I'm committed to bringing federal funds to the East Bay. These funds invest in our community, from ground-breaking research and transportation infrastructure to programs that empower young people and grow small businesses," said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. "Make no mistake, these funds are having a real, meas… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Recognized with Leading Light Award by Immigration Equality

October 26, 2016

Oakland, CA - Today Congresswoman Barbara Lee received the Leading Light award from Immigration Equality at the organization's SHINE event hosted, in New York City. "I am deeply humbled to receive this award from Immigration Equality, an organization that's on the front lines fighting for humanity in our broken immigration system, especially amongst LGBTQ people who are disproportionately at risk," said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. "For too long, our broken immigration system has callously torn t… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Remembers the Life and Legacy of State Senator Tom Hayden

October 24, 2016

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement upon the passing on former State Senator Tom Hayden: "I am deeply saddened by the passing of my long-time friend, Tom Hayden. Throughout his life, Tom was a champion for peace, justice and human rights. From founding Students for a Democratic Society to participating in the Freedom Rides, Tom ‎was tirelessly devoted to advancing equality and justice for all. For eighteen years, Tom faithfully served the people of California i… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Leads Congressional Progressive Caucus Members in Calling for Greater Global Security by Advancing a No-First-Use Nuclear Policy

October 13, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. - More than twenty Members of Congress, led by the Congressional Progressive Caucus and CPC Peace and Security Task Force Chair, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), sent a letter to President Obama encouraging him to enhance global security by advancing a no-first-use nuclear policy. The letter notes that "shifting to a no-first-use policy is the right thing for today's 21st century security needs." "I'm proud to have led this letter because establishing a no-first-use policy wi… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Statement on Hurricane Matthew’s Impact in the US & Haiti

October 07, 2016

Oakland, California - In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement urging the global community to unite to provide humanitarian aid for Haiti: "My thoughts are with the people of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina impacted by the Hurricane Matthew. I want to thank the first responders and local officials who risked their lives to help their neighbors and communities. In the days to come, our local, state and national officials mus… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Announces $1.875 Million to Create and Preserve 15 Law Enforcement Jobs

October 03, 2016

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced a $1.875 million award from the US Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program for the City of Oakland. "I am pleased to announce this vital federal funding, which will support 15 community-oriented law enforcement officers in our neighborhoods," said Congresswoman Lee. "In light of local resource constraints and the challenge of building trust between law enforcement and communities, this federal grant wi… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Welcomes Opening of Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

September 24, 2016

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement celebrating the opening of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture: "Today's opening has been a long time coming. Nearly 100 years ago, in 1929, Congress passed legislation to establish this museum. Now, it has finally become a reality thanks to the tireless efforts of thousands, including dedicated leadership from Civil Rights champion, Congressman John Lewis, and the Congressional Bl… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Speaks Out: “Black Lives Matter”

September 22, 2016

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee addressed the U.S. House of Representatives to demand action on the epidemic of police shootings of unarmed African Americans. "Since Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson two years ago, 2,195 people have been killed by police in our nation. As a mother of two black men and the grandmother of five black grandchildren, I worry that someone I love could become number 2,196," said Congresswoman Lee. "Each time we lose a precious life to fear, distrust… Continue Reading

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