Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in response to the White House's announcement of a "peace plan" with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White Party Chairman Benny Gantz:
"Make no mistake - this is not a peace plan; it's a one-sided annexation plan that harms the goal of a two-state solution. If we truly want to achieve peace in the Middle East, we must actively engage both Israelis and Palestinian leaders, something the Trump Administration … Continue Reading
OAKLAND, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement honoring the passing of former Congressman Pete Stark, who served in Congress for forty years.
"For forty years, Congressman Pete Stark fought for families across the East Bay and the country. He was a passionate and deeply skilled legislator who fought every day against the special interests and for the people.
"Congressman Stark dedicated his life to expanding access to quality, affordable health care for all. His tire… Continue Reading
Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement marking the 3rd anniversary of Trump's dangerous Global Gag Rule.
"Three years ago, Trump not only reinstated the Global Gag Rule, but radically and dangerously expanded it, threatening global health and undermining local efforts to save lives and expand reproductive rights.
"Doctors should be able to talk freely with their patients about all their options - not just what anti-choice politicians thousands of miles away deem acc… Continue Reading
Congresswoman Barbara Lee is set on changing that. Today, the congresswoman is formally introducing the RESPECT Resolution, the first legislation ever introduced in Congress that deals with the racial disparity in the nation's pot industry head-on.… Continue Reading
It's a recent Wednesday afternoon, and Barbara Lee's communications director is trying to find her. She's scheduled to give a speech in nine minutes, and she hasn't read it yet.
The anti-war congresswoman-from an ultraliberal congressional district that includes Berkeley, California-has somehow managed to spark an uprising, joined by rank-and-file Republicans, against House Speaker Paul Ryan. Their demand: Repeal the 2001 war authorization against Al Qaeda and begin debating a new authorization… Continue Reading
For Rep. Barbara Lee, a loss can be just a stop on the road to victory.
A little more than a week ago, the Oakland Democrat's amendment calling for repeal of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which allows presidents to wage war against terrorists without direct congressional approval, was unceremoniously yanked from a defense appropriations bill by Republican leaders.
But for Lee, the real news is that her effort to have Congress revise its rules for war-making got that far in … Continue Reading