Press Releases

February 29, 2024

Congresswoman Lee Calls on Biden-Harris Administration to Increase Focus on Combatting Hate Crimes and Bigotry

Washington, DC - Today, Representative Barbara Lee (CA-12) sent a letter to President Biden urging his administration to elevate combatting hate crimes and bigotry as a major focus and prioritize funding aimed at ensuring the safety and protection of civil rights for all Americans as Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 budget priorities are being developed. With a rise in hate crimes across the country, including in the East Bay, Congresswoman Lee was moved to hear from leaders in the community on how to … Continue Reading


February 28, 2024

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Joins Secretary Granholm for Cuberg Battery Factory Ribbon-Cutting in CA-12

San Leandro, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-12) joined United States Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm Monday in San Leandro, California to unveil the Cuberg Battery Factory, a pilot lithium-metal anode battery manufacturing facility that has received support from the DOE Small Business Innovation Research grant. In 2016, Cuberg founder Richard Wang participated in the Cyclotron Road accelerator program through Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, including in-kind support. In 2018 … Continue Reading


February 19, 2024

During Black History Month, Reps. Lee, Jackson Lee, Bush, Bowman Call on President Biden to Act on Racial Equity & Reparative Justice Legislation

Washington, DC - Today, Representative Barbara Lee (CA-12) led a letter with Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Cori Bush (MO-1), and Jamaal Bowman (NY-16) calling on the Biden Administration to help advance critical racial equity and reparative justice legislation introduced in the 118th Congress through executive actions that would ensure these bills receive the attention needed to pass swiftly. With more than 150 organizations and individuals signed-on to the corresponding organizational … Continue Reading


February 06, 2024

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Releases Statement on Immigration “Deal”

Washington, DC — Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-12), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, issued the below statement in response to the proposed GOP immigration deal. “This latest failed attempt at legislating by the GOP clearly illustrates that the party of Trump has no interest in solving America’s challenges, only playing political games. Let’s be clear: we cannot support any border deal that doesn’t bring meaningful, comprehensive … Continue Reading


February 01, 2024

Poverty Task Force Leaders Urge President Biden to Address Criminalization of Homelessness in FY 2025 Budget Request

Washington, DC - Representative Barbara Lee, Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Poverty Task Force, today led members of the Task Force is a letter urging President Biden to address the criminalization of homelessness in his upcoming FY 2025 budget request to Congress. The letter was also sent by Rep. Cori Bush, Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Homelessness and Vice Chair on Criminalization of the Poverty Task Force; Rep. James P. McGovern, Vice Chair on Hunger; and Rep. Bobby Scott, … Continue Reading


February 01, 2024

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Celebrates Black History Month

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-12) today released the following statement celebrating the start of Black History Month, observed each year during the month of February. “Today marks the first day of Black History Month, a time in which we reflect on the legacy of African Americans who have dedicated their lives to advancing civil rights, equity, and economic justice. But Black History cannot be limited to one month. It is a continuous opportunity to celebrate the resilience … Continue Reading


January 30, 2024

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Releases Statement on Attack on U.S. Military Base in Jordan

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-12) released the following statement on the attack on U.S. servicemembers in Northeastern Jordan near the Syrian border over the weekend: “I am heartbroken by the loss of the three American servicemembers killed in Jordan. I send my deepest condolences to the loved ones of these courageous individuals. My father was a veteran. He served in World War II and the Korean War. I know firsthand the sacrifices our servicemembers and their families make. … Continue Reading


January 19, 2024

Reps. Lee, Tlaib, Sen. Sanders, Colleagues Reintroduce Tax Excessive CEO Pay Act to Rein in Corporate Greed

WASHINGTON, DC - Representatives Barbara Lee (CA-12) and Rashida Tlaib (MI-12) and Senators Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Ed Markey (D-MA) reintroduced the Tax Excessive CEO Pay Act (H.R. 7041, S. 3620) yesterday to rein in corporate greed and improve pay equity.  In 2022, big company CEOs were paid 344 times as much as a typical worker, up from an average pay ratio of just 21 to 1 in 1965. Among the 100 S&P 500 corporations with the lowest … Continue Reading


January 18, 2024

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Releases Statement on Removal from House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Hearing

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-12) released the following statement after she was denied attendance at a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere hearing on Cuba policy by the Republican Chair, Representative María Elvira Salazar. It is standard practice in Congress for members to be granted waivers to attend hearings for subcommittees they do not actively sit on. The denial of this waiver to Congresswoman Lee is unprecedented. “Rep. Salazar’s censorship … Continue Reading


January 15, 2024

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Issues Statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) issued the following statement in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is observed annually as a national day of service on the third Monday of January in honor of the civil rights leader’s birthday on January 15, 1929:  “Today, we honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of our country’s most historic trailblazers of the civil rights movement and a dedicated advocate in the pursuit of racial justice, equality, peace … Continue Reading


January 12, 2024

Reps. Lee, Blumenauer Reintroduce RESPECT Resolution to Encourage Equality & Inclusion in Cannabis Industry

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-12) and Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, reintroduced the Realizing Equitable & Sustainable Participation in Emerging Cannabis Trades (RESPECT) Resolution, which encourages equity and inclusion in the growing cannabis industry. “Cannabis equity is overdue. I am proud to reintroduce the RESPECT Resolution, which aims to elevate the importance of equity within the legal cannabis … Continue Reading


January 06, 2024

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Recognizes Third Anniversary of January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-12) released the following statement on the third anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Capitol that occurred January 6, 2021: "Three years ago today, a violent mob tried to overthrow the democratic process with sheer force. Like many others, I thought I could lose my life that day to the darkest parts of America: hatred, extremism, and bigotry. “I will be forever grateful to the brave officers who protected the Capitol that day. We must never … Continue Reading


January 02, 2024

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Releases Statement on Biden Administration Weapons Sale to Israel

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-12), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, released the following statement on the Biden Administration’s decision to bypass Congress on an emergency weapons sale to Israel: “As we watch this dire situation in Israel and Gaza unfold, it is imperative that the government of the United States be accountable to the people of the United States. It's truly unacceptable that this administration transferred … Continue Reading


January 01, 2024

Congresswoman Lee Wishes Constituents a Happy New Year

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement celebrating the New Year. "Happy New Year! "In 2023, House Democrats fought to put people over politics and meet the urgent needs of working people. But instead of doing their jobs, House Republicans spent the year dragging our economy to the brink with a devastating default on our debt and two government shutdowns. They even paralyzed Congress for nearly a month after ousting their own Speaker. "The American people … Continue Reading


December 21, 2023

Congresswoman Lee Celebrates $50 Million in Funding from the Biden-Harris Administration to Environmental Justice Projects in California

OAKLAND, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-12) celebrated $50 million in funding awarded to California-based environmental justice projects as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda. The Biden-Harris Administration announced that California-based Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs, Inc. (SEE) has been selected to serve as the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 9 Grantmaker. SEE will receive $50,000,000 under EPA’s Environmental Justice Thriving … Continue Reading


December 21, 2023

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Introduces Allyship Act to Better Support Peaceful Protestors in Iran

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-12) today introduced the Allyship Act to shift United States policy towards Iran in a direction that better supports peaceful protestors and their allies while holding the regime accountable. Since September 2022, Iranians have been organizing and protesting to demand peaceful change in Iran. The Iranian regime's brutal response to these protests, marked by excessive force, arbitrary arrests, torture, and execution spree has left many individuals … Continue Reading


December 20, 2023

CBC TECH2025 Co-Chairs Lee and Cleaver Lead Congressional Black Caucus Members in Expressing Concerns over Widespread Tech Layoffs Disproportionately Impacting Black Americans

Washington, DC - CBC TECH2025 Co-Chairs Barbara Lee (CA-12) and Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05), along with CBC Future of Work Taskforce Co-Chairs Representatives Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-At Large District) sent a letter to Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su to request information in response to recent reports highlighting the impacts of widespread layoffs within the tech industry and its disproportionate impacts on the African American community and women. Since the … Continue Reading


December 14, 2023

House Democratic Caucus Poverty Task Force, Congressional Caucus on Homelessness Hold Meeting on Criminalization of Poverty

WASHINGTON, DC - The House Democratic Caucus Poverty Task Force and Congressional Caucus on Homelessness convened on Wednesday, December 14th for a member-level meeting to discuss ongoing local, state, and federal policies that criminalize homelessness. The meeting was led by Rep. Barbara Lee, Chair of the Poverty Task Force; Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Homelessness; Rep. Cori Bush, Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Homelessness and Vice Chair on … Continue Reading


December 14, 2023

Congresswoman Lee Releases Statement on Vandalism of Lake Merritt Menorah

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-12) today released the following statement on the destruction of the large Menorah on display at Lake Merritt in Oakland: “I’m deeply saddened and disheartened that the Lake Merritt Menorah was destroyed earlier this week. My heart and prayers go out to the Jewish community in Oakland, and I strongly condemn this vile act of antisemitism.  “Last night, Oaklanders salvaged the menorah and gathered together to celebrate its re-lighting, spreading … Continue Reading


December 14, 2023

Representatives Lee, Jayapal, House Democrats Call on FTC to Closely Review Kroger-Albertsons Merger

Oakland, CA - Representatives Barbara Lee (CA-12) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) led a group of 16 members of Congress in a letter urging the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to carefully scrutinize the proposed merger between Kroger and Albertsons, the largest and second-largest supermarket chains in the US. “This proposal is the culmination of a decades-long consolidation trend, led by these two companies, that has eliminated neighborhood stores, leading to higher prices, while also creating … Continue Reading

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