Press Releases

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

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

In Letter to Carson, CBC Criticizes Proposed Change to HUD’s Mission Statement

March 09, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and her colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) sent a letter to Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, criticizing a proposed change to HUD's mission statement that would remove anti-discrimination language about the need to create "inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all." The letter states, "As a direct result of institutional, systemic racism, the African-American community… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Senator Debbie Stabenow Celebrate World Social Work Month

March 08, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced a bicameral congressional resolution marking March 20th, 2018 as World Social Work Day and celebrating March as Social Work Month. "As a psychiatric social worker, I know firsthand the dedication social workers bring to our communities and our country. Social workers are tireless advocates for the most vulnerable. They serve struggling families who need support through difficult times," said… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee: Trump, Sessions Attack on California Rooted in Xenophobia

March 07, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after the Trump Administration filed suit against the State of California for refusing to target immigrant families and undermine the work of local law enforcement: "Last night, President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions launched a baseless legal attack on California. Let me be clear: this lawsuit is rooted in a xenophobic hostility toward immigrants. My district is home to six proud sanctuary cities: Alameda,… Continue Reading

Rep. Barbara Lee Condemns State Department’s Announcement of Permanent Staffing Cuts at U.S. Embassy in Havana

March 05, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Lee, a co-chair of the bipartisan Cuba Working Group, issued the following statement regarding the State Department's announcement that the U.S. Embassy in Havana will continue to operate as an unaccompanied post: "I am extremely disappointed by last week's announcement from the State Department on permanent staffing reductions at our embassy in Cuba. The safety of our diplomatic corps in Havana and their families remains paramount, but as long as the United Sta… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee, East Bay Students Embark on Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Tennessee and Alabama

March 02, 2018

Montgomery, A.L. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and students from the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center will travel to Tennessee and Alabama to participate in the Faith & Politics Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage. "Each year, the Faith & Politics Congressional Pilgrimage provides a life changing experience by reminding us of our nation's civil rights history and the lessons we must embrace if we want to truly confront the legacy of race in America," said Congresswoman Bar… Continue Reading

Rep. Lee Condemns Koch Brother Special Interests Infiltrating VA

March 01, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Rep. Barbara Lee issued the following statement in response to reports that various individuals connected to the Koch brothers are undermining the work of the Department of Veterans Affairs: "As the daughter of a WWII veteran, it is appalling to think that outside interests would play games with the wellbeing of America's veterans. Let me be clear, as a senior appropriator, I will continue to stand up to the big corporations who are trying to privatize the Department of … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on ICE Raids in Oakland

February 28, 2018

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after confirmed reports of ICE raids and arrests in Oakland: "I am outraged and devastated by the heartless raids in Northern California, including Oakland, by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. These raids have torn families apart and instilled fear throughout our community. Make no mistake, these raids are a direct result of President Trump's xenophobic, anti-immigrant agenda - an agenda I condemn and remain committed… Continue Reading

Members of Congress Call for a Debate and Vote on Ongoing Wars

February 27, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Congressman Justin Amash, in conjunction with the Congressional Progressive Caucus and House Liberty Caucus, hosted a bipartisan ad-hoc hearing on the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). At the hearing, experts joined Members of Congress to discuss the implications of the open-ended 2001 AUMF and proposed frameworks for an updated war authorization. "Today's critical hearing showed that a growing, bipartisan group of M… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: President Trump’s Budget Proposal Is A Disgrace

February 12, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the release of President Trump's FY19 budget: "At its heart, the federal budget is a moral document. It puts on paper the morals and values of our nation. It also spells out in very clear terms the priorities of the federal government. After passing the greatest tax scam in modern history to line the pockets of the 1%, President Trump revealed today how he plans to pay for it: by stealing from working families. The… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Derides Second Trump Shutdown

February 09, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the second government shutdown under the Trump presidency: "Last night, despite controlling the White House, the House and the Senate, Republicans forced the government to shut down for the second time in three weeks. The GOP's inability to conduct the basic function of government is appalling. Playing politics with the lives of the American people is reckless and irresponsible. "Budgets and budget agreements are … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Marks National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 07, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus Co-Chair Congresswoman Barbara Lee reintroduced a resolution supporting the goals and ideals of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which has been observed on February 7th each year since 1999. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an opportunity to reflect the impact of HIV on the African American community, support those living with the virus and encourage every American to take a pro-active approach to their health. "For many in t… Continue Reading

Rep. Barbara Lee Announces Introduction of Women And Climate Change Act

February 06, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced the Women and Climate Change Act of 2018, H.R. 4932, to develop coordinated strategies to mitigate the impact of climate change on women and girls around the world. The bill has nineteen original cosponsors. "Climate change is already impacting communities around the world, with a disproportionate effect on the world's poorest residents. Women make up the majority of the world's poor and are especially vulnerable to abrupt chang… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee: Trump Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review is Reckless & Irresponsible

February 02, 2018

Washington DC -- Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the release of the Trump Administration's Nuclear Posture Review: "Instead of practicing responsible disarmament, the Trump Administration's Nuclear Posture Review reignites a global arms race and heightens the risk of a nuclear war. "For decades, bipartisan experts have recognized that the only way to protect our planet and its inhabitants is to pursue the goal of nuclear nonproliferation. The stakes are too high f… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Celebrates Black History Month

February 01, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in honor of Black History Month: Today we mark the beginning of Black History Month. Each year, we take this time to honor the significant contributions that African Americans have made to our nation, in the face of overwhelming odds. It is particularly a time when we reflect on the sacrifices of our great African American heroes and sheroes who dedicated their lives in the fight for civil rights, social and … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: The Trump Presidency Is an Assault on Our Democracy

January 30, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on her decision not to attend the State of the Union: "Since my election to Congress in 1998, I have attended every State of the Union. I have always believed that this event should be non-partisan because I respect the office of the presidency. I will not attend this State of the Union because this president has not honored nor respected the office of the presidency and has shown a total disregard for our democratic … Continue Reading

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