Press Releases

Congresswoman Lee: Ending TPS for Haitians is Morally Reprehensible

November 21, 2017

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 50,000 Haitian nationals in the United States: "The Trump Administration's decision to end Temporary Protective Status for Haiti is morally reprehensible. This callous decision will put tens of thousands into harm's way and could derail Haiti's fragile recovery efforts. "Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake in 201… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Responds to Health of Rev. Jesse Jackson

November 17, 2017

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in response to the announcement of Rev. Jesse Jackson's Parkinson's disease diagnosis: "I have known Rev. Jackson for many years -- he is a fearless leader for civil rights, social justice, and a dear friend. I am deeply saddened to learn the news of his diagnosis but I am strengthened by his faith. Rev. Jackson is a fighter, and just as he has fought his entire life for equality and justice, I know he will put all … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: GOP Tax Scam Kills American Jobs and Hurts American Families

November 16, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after House Republicans passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: "House Republicans are trying to pull a fast one the American people. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is not tax reform, it is nothing more than a deceitful scam that raises taxes on the majority of Americans to give millionaires, billionaires and corporations a trillion dollar tax break. "Independent economic experts have weighed in - by eliminating student loan… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: GOP Tax Scam Kills American Jobs and Hurts American Families

November 16, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after House Republicans passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: "House Republicans are trying to pull a fast one the American people. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is not tax reform, it is nothing more than a deceitful scam that raises taxes on the majority of Americans to give millionaires, billionaires and corporations a trillion dollar tax break. "Independent economic experts have weighed in - by eliminating student loan… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Condemns FY2018 NDAA, Congressional Failure to Debate Wars

November 14, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the passage of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act: "The National Defense Authorization Act should be a blueprint for drawing down our military conflicts and reining in bloated Pentagon spending. Instead, in the 2018 NDAA, Republican leadership has chosen to once again dodge any debate or vote on our perpetual wars and funnel billions more into the Pentagon's coffers. And I'm particularly outraged by the i… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Leads Bipartisan Letter To President Trump Reasserting Congressional Authority Over Military Operations in Niger

November 03, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee led a bipartisan letter to President Trump reasserting Congress's role in authorizing and overseeing military actions in the wake of the tragic ambush in Niger. The letter, which urges the Trump Administration to come to Congress ahead of any future military operations in Niger, was signed by 48 members of the House of Representatives. "We write to urge you to consult with and obtain authorization from Congress for any further combat operation… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Announces $12.8 Million HUD Grants Awarded to District

November 03, 2017

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced that the Cities of Oakland, Alameda, San Leandro, Albany, Emeryville, and Piedmont received grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development totaling $12,848,957. Under HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, Albany, Emeryville and Piedmont will receive $196,925 for jurisdictional projects and homeowner rehabilitation projects. Oakland will receive $6,981,948. The District will also receive $25,000 for Fair… Continue Reading

Rep. Lee Calls for AUMF Repeal Vote Following Mattis, Tillerson Senate Testimony

October 30, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after the testimony of Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson regarding the Authorization for the Use of Military Force and the tragic attacks in Niger: "Congress has been missing in action on matters of war and peace for far too long. In the absence of any meaningful congressional oversight, the executive branch has escalated an unchecked and endless war. "It's past time for us to do … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Responds to NPS Funding Pulled from Black Panther Party Legacy Project

October 27, 2017

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in response to National Park Services' removal of funding from a cooperative agreement with UC Berkeley for a Black Panther Party Legacy Project: It is outrageous that the National Park Service has stripped resources from the Black Panther Party Research, Interpretation & Memory Project. The Black Panther Party was an integral part of the civil rights movement and the public has a right to know their history. I call … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee: House Budget is a Morally Bankrupt Trojan Horse

October 26, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Once again, Republicans proved they have no concern for everyday Americans and families struggling to make ends meet. At its heart, the federal budget is a moral document that spells out the principles and priorities of a nation. The Republican budget is nothing more than a morally bankrupt Trojan horse that steals healthcare from children and rips food from the hungry just to fast track massive-tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires. In nearly two decades of service, I h… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Condemns Callous & Dangerous Republican Budget

October 20, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement regarding the extreme Republican budget which passed the Senate last night: "Budgets are moral documents. They put on paper the principles and priorities of a nation. The budget passed by Congressional Republicans betrays those principles and undermines families' basic standard of living, just to push through more tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. "This budget guts basic necessities: job training, affordabl… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Announces $3.2 Million HUD Grants to City of Berkeley

October 17, 2017

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced that the City of Berkeley was awarded three grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development totaling $3,244,837. The city will receive a $2,438,062 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to develop sustainable urban communities; an Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) totaling $222,915 to help support homeless individuals and families on the street; and $583,860 grant from the HOME program to expand affordable housing opportun… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Slams President Trump’s Dangerous Decision to Withhold Certification for Iran Deal

October 13, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement regarding President Trump's announcement that he will withhold certification for the Iran Nuclear Deal: "By undercutting the Iran Deal, President Trump is gambling with the safety of the American people. His actions are reckless, illogical and, above all, dangerous. "Withholding certification for the Iran Deal will isolate the United States and alienate our allies. It could also bring the United States back to the br… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Applauds Signing of AB 480

October 13, 2017

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown's signing of AB 480, which allows counties to provide cash benefits to qualified low-income families and individuals to purchase diapers: "I am pleased with Governor Brown's signing of AB 480 which will ensure struggling families in our community have access to clean diapers. In the richest country in the world, too many families have to choose between buying diapers and buying ba… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Responds to North Bay Fires

October 10, 2017

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in response to the outbreak of wildfires in the North Bay: My thoughts and prayers are with the victims whose lives have been devastated by the horrible North Bay fires and I thank the brave first responders whose courage has helped save countless lives and protected homes & businesses. At a time in our nation when the damage from natural disasters are at an all-time high, Congress must ensure all federal disaster rel… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Slams Trump Administration’s Decision to Rescind Clean Power Plan

October 10, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the Trump Administration's plans to roll back the Clean Power Plan: "The Trump Administration's decision to rescind the Clean Power Plan ignores scientific consensus, public health and basic common sense. Climate change is a reality. Extreme weather is already wreaking havoc on our communities - and further inaction will only worsen these climate disasters. "Make no mistake: our children and grandchildren will suf… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Celebrates Signing of California’s HIV Decriminalization Law

October 06, 2017

Oakland, CA - Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed California Senate Bill 239, reforming outdated and anti-science HIV criminalization laws. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who is the sponsor of federal legislation, H.R. 1739, the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act, applauded California's progress on this issue. With Governor Brown's signature, California becomes the third state to modernize HIV transmission laws. More than 30 U.S. states still have criminalization laws on the books. "I am pleased that our… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Statement on Lifting of Sudan Sanctions

October 06, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the Trump Administration's decision to lift sanctions on the government of Sudan: "I am deeply concerned by the Trump Administration's decision to provide sanctions relief to the Sudanese government. Lifting these sanctions, especially in light of recent violence in Darfur and absent of clear progress from the government on human rights, sends the wrong message to President Bashir and other Sudanese officials. … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Urges President Trump to Recertify Iran Deal

October 05, 2017

Washington, D.C. - This week, Congresswoman Barbara Lee joined more than 180 members of the House Democratic Caucus in sending a letter to President Trump reiterating support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and urging the White House to recertify Iran's compliance with the deal. "The Iran Deal, negotiated over the course of several years, is the gold standard for international diplomacy. Because of this agreement, we have reduced the threat of war and made the world a safer p… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: GOP “Trojan Horse” Budget Benefits Billionaires on Backs of Everyday Americans

October 05, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in response to passage of House Republicans' Budget resolution: "The House Republicans are using this budget as a vehicle to offer massive giveaways to wealthy special interests, paid for on the backs of everyday Americans. Make no mistake: this "Trojan horse" budget benefits millionaires and billionaires, while making heartless cuts to food stamps, denying healthcare to millions and ending Medicare and Medicaid as we… Continue Reading

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