Press Releases

Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Statement on Congressional Republicans’ Failure to Govern

January 22, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on Congressional Republicans' fifth consecutive Continuing Resolution: "Once again, Congressional Republicans have decided to kick the can down the road instead of doing the work of governing. We are now almost four months into the new fiscal year, but Republicans refuse to tackle the pressing issues facing Congress and our nation. "Instead of working on long-standing bipartisan priorities with Democrats, the Repub… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee's Statement on the Republican Shutdown

January 20, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the Republican shutdown that started at 12:01 am on January 20th, 2018: "Congressional Republicans have failed the American people. It is shocking but not surprising that President Trump and his party have managed to shut down the federal government while controlling every single lever of power. "Make no mistake: Republican dysfunciton, incompetence and cruelty has caused this shutdown and upended the lives of mil… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Cosponsors Resolution to Censure President Trump for Racist Remarks Against African Countries, Haiti and El Salvador

January 18, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee cosponsored a resolution censuring President Trump for his racist comments against African countries, Haiti and El Salvador. Congresswoman Lee joined members of the Congressional Black Caucus, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler and her Democratic colleagues in cosponsoring the resolution. She released the following statement on the censure resolution: "I am appalled and outraged that President Trump would use such hateful … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on Planned Raids in Northern California

January 18, 2018

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement following reports of planned massive immigration raids by Immigration and Custom Enforcement in sanctuary cities throughout Northern California: "The deportation of hard-working immigrant families is yet another cruel and cold-hearted attack on communities of color by the Trump Administration. In the East Bay, we are still experiencing the devastating impacts from the wrongful deportation of Maria & Eusebio Sanchez, w… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congressman Ro Khanna and Senator Cory Booker Announce House Introduction of the Marijuana Justice Act

January 17, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Congressman Ro Khanna introduced the Marijuana Justice Act, the companion bill for Senator Cory Booker's S. 1689. The Marijuana Justice Act would reform unjust federal marijuana laws and empower communities of color that have been disproportionately impacted by the failed drug war. "In the wake of Attorney General Session's decision to rescind the Cole memo, it's clear that the Trump Administration is doubling down on unjust marijuana crim… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on the Passing of Gospel Legend Edwin Hawkins

January 16, 2018

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after the passing of Edwin Hawkins: "I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of my dear friend Edwin Hawkins. Edwin was a musical genius - a man before his time who inspired generations through his music. Most importantly, Edwin was a strong man of faith whose commitment never wavered throughout his life. "I have known Ed for many years and he was a source of inspiration for me personally. He always spoke words of… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement in Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 15, 2018

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: "Today's celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy honors the progress we have made toward fulfilling the promise of justice and equality, but also serves as a reminder of the work that remains to fulfill Dr. King's dream. "As Dr. King said, 'Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.' "President Trump's empty words commemo… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Introduces REFER Act to Prohibit Federal Intrusion in State Marijuana Laws

January 12, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced H.R. 4779, the Restricting Excessive Federal Enforcement and Regulations of Cannabis (REFER) Act, to prevent federal government interference in state and local marijuana laws. This legislation would prohibit federal spending from being used to enforce federal government intrusion in states and municipalities that have updated their laws regarding cannabis use, possession, cultivation and distribution. "The federal government has no… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Slams Passage of FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act; Calls for Meaningful Reforms to Protect Civil Liberties

January 11, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement condemning the passage of the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act: "In developing sensitive national security legislation, Congress has a responsibility to strike an appropriate balance between ensuring the safety of Americans and protecting civil liberties. The FISA Amendment Reauthorization Act passed by the House today fails this test. Alarmingly, this bill expands the spy powers of the Trump Administration and giv… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on President Trump’s Assault on Medicaid

January 11, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement following the Trump Administration's issued guidance allowing states to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients: "Today President Trump and Republicans confirmed what Democrats have known all along: Republicans plan to force struggling families to foot the bill for the massive tax giveaway they just rammed through Congress. The Trump Administration's decision to allow states to place work requirements on Medic… Continue Reading

Rep Lee Statement on Trump Admin Rescinding TPS for El Salvador

January 08, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's decision to end Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for over 200,000 Salvadoran nationals in the United States: "Today, the Trump Administration has once again decided to turn their backs on TPS recipients. This program provides a refuge for more than 200,000 Salvadorans, who fled disaster, warfare and violence. Forcing them to return to El Salvador - one of the most dangerous … Continue Reading

Rep. Barbara Lee Statement on AG Sessions' Attack on Legal Marijuana Industry

January 04, 2018

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement regarding Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement that the Department of Justice would rescind three Obama Administration memos which discouraged federal interference in state marijuana laws: "Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a big mistake today. The lasting legacy of federal marijuana criminalization policies will be the overzealous policing and mass incarceration of people of color. It's disappointing, but not te… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on FY2018 Continuing Resolution

December 21, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Lee released the following statement regarding the FY2018 Continuing Resolution: "For weeks Republicans have been too focused on giving the wealthiest 1% tax breaks to adequately fund the government. As a result, congressional Republicans have once again driven this country to the brink of an avoidable self-inflicted crisis. "This reckless short-term resolution ignores the life-threatening emergencies facing millions across the country. It fails to provi… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: House Republicans are Holding the Government Hostage to Restrict Access to Abortion

December 20, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement amid reports that House Republicans are demanding a provision in the continuing resolution that would withhold critical cost-sharing reductions funding from health insurance plans that cover abortion services. "I am outraged, though not surprised, that House Republicans are bringing harmful, ideological policies into the year-end spending debate. It is clear that they are more than comfortable holding government fundi… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: The GOP Tax Scam is Corrupt to Its Core

December 19, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after House Republicans voted to advance a tax bill that steals from middle-income families to line the pockets of the wealthiest 1%: "House Republicans just passed the greatest tax scam in American history. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is not tax reform, it's a crooked scheme that steals from the hard-earned pay checks of low and middle income families just to line the pockets of millionaires, billionaires and wealthy c… Continue Reading

Rep. Barbara Lee: President Trump is Alienating Our Allies and Emboldening Our Foes

December 18, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee issued the following statement on President Trump's National Security Strategy: "Actions speak louder than words. And over the past eleven months, President Trump's actions have alienated our allies, emboldened our foes, undermined our diplomatic efforts, and escalated our involvement in wars around the world. "In his speech today, President Trump signaled that he will continue to lead America down a dangerous path of increased isolationism and mili… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Slams FCC’s Rollback of Net Neutrality Protections

December 14, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement following the Federal Communications Commission's vote to kill existing net neutrality protections: "Over the last several decades, the internet has been a tremendous force for innovation, activism and progress. It has provided a platform for groundbreaking ideas and social change. And it has spurred entrepreneurship and innovation in our economy. "Endangering this progress - in order to benefit corporate monopolies - reeks … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on the Passing of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

December 12, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after the tragic passing of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee: "Early this morning, I received the heartbreaking news of the passing of my friend and brother, Mayor Ed Lee. Ed was an unshakable champion for social justice, a man who lived his life with courage and deeply rooted conviction. Even before he was Mayor, Ed was a champion for the people of San Francisco. As a community organizer and a civil rights attorney, Ed sho… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Applauds Pentagon’s Announcement of Financial Audit

December 11, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, the sponsor of H.R. 3079, the Audit the Pentagon Act, released the following statement in response to the Pentagon's announcement that they would conduct their first-ever financial audit, beginning in 2018: "The long overdue announcement by the Pentagon that they will undertake a financial audit is an important step towards transparency. For years, I have introduced the bipartisan Audit the Pentagon Act to end the culture of waste, fraud and abuse … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Leads Bipartisan Letter Urging House Leadership to Provide Emergency Assistance to Hurricane Devastated Caribbean Countries

December 08, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Today Congresswoman Barbara lee led a bipartisan letter to Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi urging them to provide robust supplemental funding for hurricane devastated Caribbean countries. "This year hurricanes Harvey, Jose, Irma and Maria tore through the Florida Peninsula and the Texas coastline, leaving millions of Americans without food, shelter or electricity," said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. "Sadly, Caribbean countries which have been utterly decimated by these hurricane… Continue Reading

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