Press Releases

Congresswoman Lee Marks Twenty Years of Congressional Service

April 20, 2018

Washington, D.C. - This week, Congresswoman Barbara Lee celebrated the twentieth anniversary of her swearing in to Congress. In her two decades of congressional service, Congresswoman Lee has been a principled leader on Capitol Hill advocating for peace, justice and equal opportunity. "On this anniversary, I am deeply grateful to my constituents in the East Bay who show our nation what true progressive values look like. Throughout the past twenty years, I have attempted to bring their progressi… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Statement on End of Castro Leadership in Cuba

April 19, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), a co-chair of the Cuba Working Group, released the following statement on the change in leadership in Cuba: "For the first time in nearly six decades, the world will know Cuba without a Castro at the helm. For the United States, this is an opportunity for improving our relationship with our neighbor just 90 miles off the Florida coast - a chance we cannot afford to let slip through our grasp. "Should the United States fail to build on this … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Releases Statement on the Passing of Supervisor Doris Ward

April 18, 2018

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Lee released a statement after the passing of Doris Ward, the first African American to lead the San Francisco Board of Supervisors: "I am truly saddened by the news of the passing of my friend, Doris Ward. Doris was a fearless champion for racial and economic justice. I will be forever inspired by her tireless service and her unwavering commitment to stand up against racism and discrimination in all forms. "I offer my deepest condolences and prayers to the Ward fam… Continue Reading

Pro-Choice Leaders in the House: Republicans Must Stop Undermining Title X & TPPP

April 18, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY), alongside Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA), Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA), Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-CT), Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), released the following statement after congressional Republicans asked the Trump administrati… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on Corker-Kaine AUMF Proposal

April 17, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the Corker-Kaine draft Authorization for the Use of Military Force of 2018: "I am pleased to see the Senate taking long overdue legislative action to replace the 2001 AUMF and debate our endless wars. However, I have grave concerns about the current proposal authored by Senator Bob Corker and Senator Tim Kaine that would continue our state of perpetual war. "Rather than reining in the Trump Administration's blank… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Condemns President Trump’s Strike Against Syria

April 13, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after President Trump launched a military strike against the Syrian government: "President Trump's decision to launch military strikes against the Syrian regime - without congressional input or authorization - shows a contempt for the U.S Constitution and is without legal justification. The use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Government against innocent civilians is heinous. I fully support all international account… Continue Reading

Hoyer, Lee Statement on Executive Order to Keep Millions in Poverty

April 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA), chair of the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity, released the following statement in response to President Trump's executive order to undermine proven anti-poverty programs: "This executive order is further evidence that President Trump doesn't understand what it's like to struggle in our economy. Democrats want to get more Americans out of poverty and into the … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

April 11, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Lee released the following statement recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act: "For the past fifty years, the Fair Housing Act has been a vital tool in the fight for civil rights. This legislation has played a critical role in addressing explicit racial discrimination and segregation in housing and ensuring all Americans have equal access to housing. "This 50th anniversary we must reflect on the work that still needs to be done in order to reali… Continue Reading

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Urge the President to Seek Congressional Authorization Before Using Military Force Against Syria

April 10, 2018

Washington, D.C. - A bipartisan group of lawmakers - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC), Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), and Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) - issued the following statement urging the president to follow the Constitution and seek congressional authorization before taking military action against Syria: "We are deeply concerned by reports that the president is considering military action against Syria without congressional authorization. "The Cons… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Marks 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s Assassination

April 04, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Lee released the following statement to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination: "Fifty years ago today, our nation was forever changed when Dr. King was tragically shot and killed while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. Dr. King was a revolutionary who fought against the institutionalized forces of racism that continue to undermine the promise of freedom, liberty, and equality upon which our nation was… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Welcomes Oakland Students to the #MarchForOurLives

March 24, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in response to Oakland students participating in the #MarchForOurLives event in Washington, D.C. "I am so honored to have students from the East Oakland Youth Development Center participate in this important march to protest gun violence, as many of them know far too well the devastating effects of this violence. "Tragic mass shootings, like the one in Parkland, Florida, galvanize attention on the gun control… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Slams Appointment of John Bolton as National Security Advisor

March 22, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the news that John Bolton will replace H.R. McMaster as the National Security Advisor: "This is dangerous news for the country and the world. John Bolton was easily one of the most extreme, pro-war members of the Bush Administration. Just imagine what havoc he could wreak whispering in Donald Trump's ear. "I hear the drumbeats of war." ###… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee: FY2018 Omnibus Exemplifies GOP Dysfunction

March 22, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on her decision to oppose the FY2018 Omnibus Deal: "No omnibus bill is perfect - but for many reasons, this legislation falls far short. This eleventh-hour omnibus comes after months of dysfunction and multiple shutdowns. And after all these delays, Republican leadership gave Members of Congress less than 24 hours to read and analyze this $1.3 trillion, 2,232 page bill. Let me be clear: this process is designed… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Questions Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos about Discrimination in Public Schools

March 20, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, at the Appropriations-Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies hearing, Congresswoman Barbara Lee questioned Secretary Betsy DeVos on her priorities for the Department of Education under the FY2019 Budget. Congresswoman Lee sought answers on racial biases in school discipline policies. Watch the video of Congresswoman Lee's exchange with Secretary DeVos here. ###… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Statement on the Passing of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

March 16, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released following statement on the passing of Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise Slaughter (NY-25): "I am heartbroken over the passing of my dear friend and mentor, Louise Slaughter. Louise was a fighter and champion for American working families for over 30 years. She was a trailblazer, the first woman to serve as Chair of the Rules Committee and the only microbiologist in Congress. And throughout her years of service, she stayed true to the wor… Continue Reading

During Women’s History Month, Reps. Lee & Poliquin Lead Bipartisan Effort to Issue Quarters Honoring Prominent American Women

March 16, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) and Bruce Poliquin (R-ME-02) introduced H.R. 5308, landmark legislation directing the U.S. Treasury to issue quarters, one from each of the 50 states and the U.S. territories, to honor women who have made significant contributions to America. The governor or executive of each state or territory would recommend a design to the Treasury, in consultation with various stakeholders. If enacted, the quarter program would coincide with… Continue Reading

On National Walk Out Day, Congresswoman Lee Announces Reintroduction of Tiahrt Restrictions Repeal Act

March 14, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today as thousands of students walk out of schools across the country to demand commonsense gun reform, Congresswoman Barbara Lee reintroduced the Tiahrt Restrictions Repeal Act, H.R. 5271. The Tiahrt Amendments are harmful that prevent the FBI from maintaining background check data, or keeping data on gun traces and gun inventories. These restrictions also prevent researches from accessing valuable data for studies to begin to make recommendations on how to address our nation… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Applauds Student Walk Outs to Protest Gun Violence

March 14, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement applauding student walk outs in the East Bay and throughout the country to protest gun violence: "I am so proud of the courage and resilience shown by our East Bay students and students across the country who stood up and walked out to protest gun violence. That's why I walked out of the US Capitol in solidarity with the brave students demanding action to end this plague on our communities. While this protest w… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee’s Statement on Firing of Rex Tillerson, Nominations of Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel

March 13, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the firing of Rex Tillerson and the nominations of Mike Pompeo to serve as Secretary of State and Gina Haspel as CIA Director: "President Trump has chosen the worst possible time to upend our national security and diplomatic agencies. Rather than sowing chaos within his own cabinet, President Trump should be working with seasoned experts to prepare for the high-stakes talks with North Korea and addressing Russia's… Continue Reading

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Barbara Lee Applaud Selection of San Francisco and Oakland to Host 2020 International AIDS Conference

March 13, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, the International AIDS Society (IAS) announced they will be hosting the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020) in San Francisco and Oakland, California. This conference will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the 1990 AIDS Conference, which was held in the Bay Area at the height of the U.S. epidemic. Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Barbara Lee applauded the decision. "San Francisco is an inseparable part of the story of HIV/AIDS," said Democ… Continue Reading

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