Press Releases

Congressmembers Introduce Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights Act on Human Rights Day

December 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, on International Human Rights Day and the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Rep. Katherine Clark, Ranking Member Nita Lowey, Ranking Member Eliot Engel, Rep. Barbara Lee, and Rep. Lois Frankel introduced the Reproductive Rights are Human Rights Act. The bill would require the U.S. State Department to include reproductive rights in its annual human rights report after the State Department deleted all… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Statement on the Passing of Bay Area Radio Host Ray Taliaferro

December 03, 2018

Oakland, CA -- Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement remembering the life and legacy of legendary Bay Area radio host and civil rights advocate Ray Taliaferro: "I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my friend, Ray Taliaferro. "Ray was a pioneering journalist who used his platform to shine a light on issues impacting vulnerable and underrepresented communities, especially the African American community. He spoke truth to power both as a journalist and as a civil… Continue Reading

Pelosi Announces Co-Chairs of Steering and Policy Committee

November 30, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi announced today that she will recommend Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, Congressman Eric Swalwell of California and Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California to serve as the three Co-Chairs of the Steering and Policy Committee. "The leaders and members of the Steering and Policy Committee reflect the diversity, dynamism and integrity of our historic new House Democratic Majority," said Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi. "Guided by the bol… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Statement on the Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Approval of an H-1B Visa Waiver for Maria Mendoza-Sanchez

November 30, 2018

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in response to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' approval of a waiver for Maria Mendoza-Sanchez: "I am thrilled that Maria Mendoza-Sanchez will be reunited with her family in Oakland. Maria is an integral part of our community and her unjust deportation was a loss for the entire East Bay. Her case is a stark example of the damage that the Trump administration's inhumane zero-tolerance policy has wreaked on fam… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Marks the 30th World AIDS Day

November 30, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, co-founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, released the following statement celebrating the reauthorization of PEPFAR and marking December 1st as World AIDS Day. "This year, as we mark the 30th World AIDS Day, I am reflecting on the progress we've made and recommitting to the work that remains. Because of programs like PEPFAR, the Global Fund, and the Ryan White Program, we have saved over 17 million lives from AIDS. We… Continue Reading

Statement from Congresswoman Barbara Lee on Caucus Chair Election

November 28, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the House Democratic Caucus Chair election: "I want to congratulate Congressman Hakeem Jeffries on a hard-fought race. I look forward to working with him to advance a progressive, inclusive agenda for the American people. "While I didn't win today, I hope my candidacy will inspire other women, and women of color in particular, to run for elected office and seek leadership positions. Our Caucus can only succeed whe… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Welcomes Latest Endorsements for Caucus Chair

November 27, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, several prominent congressional leaders released endorsements of Congresswoman Barbara Lee in her bid for Democratic Caucus Chair. Former Congressional Black Caucus Chairs Congressman G.K. Butterfield, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, and Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver announced their support for Congresswoman Lee as Caucus Chair. Their full letter is available here and an excerpt is below: "From voting rights and criminal justice reform, to access to high-quality education … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Announces Latest Endorsements for Caucus Chair

November 26, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, several prominent congressional leaders released letters endorsing Congresswoman Barbara Lee in her bid for Democratic Caucus Chair. Below are excerpts from the endorsements: Congressman Raúl Grijalva, Ranking Member of the Committee on Natural Resources, issued a letter of support for Congresswoman Lee. His full letter is available here and an excerpt is below: "This Congress will be the most the most diverse in our nation's history -- our leadership should be… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Announces Latest Endorsements for Caucus Chair

November 20, 2018

Washington, D.C. - In July, Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced her bid for Democratic Caucus Chair. Below are several of the latest endorsements of her candidacy. Congressman Joaquín Castro stated in his endorsement: "Congresswoman Lee has a passion for bringing diverse perspectives to the table, and a skill for finding common ground. As Caucus chair, I have no doubt she would bring fresh ideas and a unifying vision and I'm proud to support her bid for this important leadership role." … Continue Reading

CPC: We Cannot Turn a Blind Eye to Massive Pentagon Waste

November 20, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC-Following news that the Pentagon failed its first ever agency-wide audit, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), CPC Peace and Security Task Force Chair, issued the following statement: "It has been nearly 30 years since Congress passed the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990, which requiresan audit of every agency. The results of the Pentagon audit may not be surprising, bu… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Welcomes Endorsements for Caucus Chair

November 19, 2018

Washington, D.C. - In July, Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced her bid for Democratic Caucus Chair. Below are several recent endorsements of her candidacy. NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue issued the following statement on the organization's endorsement of Barbara Lee for Democratic Caucus Chair: "Congresswoman Barbara Lee is a fierce, tireless, and highly effective champion for women and families. At a time when our most fundamental rights and freedoms are under attack daily fr… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Receives Legacy Award from Black Girls Vote

November 16, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after receiving the Legacy Award from Black Girls Vote, in recognition of her work to empower and uplift black women and girls: "I am deeply honored to receive the Legacy Award this evening. Black Girls Vote has played a vital role in engaging women of color in our democracy. This month we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm's historic election to Congress as the first African Americ… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Welcomes Endorsement from Congressman John Lewis

November 16, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee welcomed the endorsement from Congressman John Lewis in her race for Democratic Caucus Chair. "Congressman John Lewis is the conscious of the Congress and a living civil rights legend. I am incredibly grateful for his leadership and his endorsement for Chair of the Democratic Caucus," said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. "Rep. Barbara Lee has been a tireless fighter for justice, civil rights, and equality and an outspoken advocate for the most vul… Continue Reading

Rep. Barbara Lee Releases Statement on the Ongoing California Wildfires

November 16, 2018

Oakland, CA -- Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the ongoing fires in Butte, Los Angeles, and Ventura Counties: "My heart is with the victims of the devastating fires in Butte, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties, the first responders on the frontlines, and the volunteers who have so selflessly pitched in to aid the ongoing rescue and recovery efforts. Congress and the federal government must do everything in our power to support the impacted communities in the recover… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Commemorates Veterans Day

November 11, 2018

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs, offered the following statement marking Veterans Day: "On Veterans Day, we pause to honor the brave men and women who've served and sacrificed for the nation that we love. As the daughter of a veteran and a member of Congress, I'm committed to ensuring that we keep our promises to our veterans and military families who have served selflessly and answered out nation's call of duty. … Continue Reading

DeGette, Lee and Lowey Condemn Trump Administration’s Post-Election Attacks on Women’s Health

November 09, 2018

Washington, DC - Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus Co-Chairs Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Barbara Lee (D-CA), along with Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), condemned the Trump Administration's latest attempts to push through anti-choice actions that will further limit women's access to abortion and birth control. On Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services finalized two rules that would allow employers to opt out of the Affordable Care Act's birth control mandate. In addition, the Centers… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee’s Statement on the 50th Anniversary of Shirley Chisholm’s Historic Election to Congress

November 05, 2018

Oakland, C.A. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement commemorating the 50th anniversary of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm's first election to the U.S. House of Representatives. Congresswoman Chisholm was the first African American woman elected to Congress, and the first woman and first African American to seek the Democratic nomination for President: "I was incredibly lucky to meet my mentor and lifelong friend, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, when I was a college student… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee: “Our Nation is in Mourning”

October 30, 2018

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement condemning the violent attacks on the Jewish and African American communities, and the domestic terrorist attacks targeting Democratic lawmakers: "Our nation is in mourning. We mourn the eleven lives stolen from us in the anti-Semitic attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and the two African Americans killed in a racially-motivated shooting in Kentucky. We share in the horror of the multiple bombing attempts… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Statement on Shooting in Pittsburgh

October 27, 2018

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in response to the shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:"This is a tragic day for America. My heart is with the entire Tree of Life Congregation and Pittsburgh community. Anti-semitism has no place in our country, and today is a devastating reminder of the work that remains to eliminate hate from our society."As we mourn this senseless tragedy, Congress must do more to prevent these horrific acts of gun violence. No one sho… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Statement on Passing of Tyrone Gayle

October 26, 2018

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the passing of Tyrone Gayle: "Tyrone Gayle was an incredible young man and a dedicated public servant. He served our country with relentless optimism, a commitment to justice, and faith that change was possible. He will be missed by all who knew him - and by our nation, which is a better place because of his service. "My heart is with Tyrone's wife Beth, Senator Kamala Harris and her staff, and his family and friends. … Continue Reading

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