Press Releases

June 28, 2022

Congresswoman Lee Applauds Committee Passage of Key Cannabis Amendment

Washington, DC - Today, the House Committee on Appropriations passed an amendment introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Co-Chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, that protects all state, territory and tribal marijuana programs from federal intervention. The Lee-Joyce amendment, which passed with bipartisan support, is now included in the FY23 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) spending legislation. "Today the majority of Americans reside in a jurisdiction where … Continue Reading


June 24, 2022

Congresswoman Lee Releases Statement on Supreme Court Overturning Roe v. Wade

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee issued this statement after the Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade: "Today, I share the anger, outrage and devastation of the millions of Americans who have just lost the fundamental, precedented right to abortion care. "After a decades-long coordinated strategic assault on women's rights by right-wing extremists, Roe was overturned in a 6-3 decision by an unelected conservative court. This decision is a blatant attack on reproductive … Continue Reading


June 24, 2022

Congresswoman Lee Votes for Historic Gun Reform

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee voted for bipartisan legislation that takes historic steps to combat gun violence and protect California communities. The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act will help save lives by keeping weapons out of dangerous hands, strengthening mental health services and bolstering school safety. The first major gun violence prevention legislation passed by Congress in nearly three decades, this bill now heads to the President's desk to be signed into … Continue Reading


June 23, 2022

Congresswoman Lee Honors Chief of Staff of Over Two Decades

Congresswoman Barbara Lee released a statement on the retirement of her Chief of Staff of over 20 years, Julie Nickson. "For two decades, Julie Nickson has been one of my most trusted and valued advisors," said Congresswoman Lee. "She is a tremendous leader and public servant who has guided my office and me through several of the most historic events, from ending forever wars abroad to the ongoing battle against COVID-19. My gratitude to her and her family is unending, and I look forward to … Continue Reading


June 23, 2022

Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2023 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - The House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs today approved by voice vote its fiscal year 2023 funding bill. In total, the bill provides $64.57 billion, which is $8.475 billion above 2022 - an increase of 15 percent. The legislation: Increases humanitarian and development assistance to help the world's most vulnerable meet urgent needs, which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the global rise of food and fuel … Continue Reading


June 16, 2022

Congresswoman Lee Votes to Pass Comprehensive Racial and Economic Justice Package H.R. 2543

Washington, DC - Yesterday, Congresswoman Barbara Lee voted to pass H.R. 2543, the Financial Services Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Economic Justice Act and issued the below statement. "I'm proud to support H.R. 2543, a comprehensive racial justice package that builds on this Congress' work to advance racial and economic justice. America's wealth gap is the direct result of generations of slavery, segregation, and institutional racism. These disparities in opportunity are plagues that harm … Continue Reading


June 16, 2022

Faith-Based and Community Leaders from Across the Country Hold Briefing with Congressional Progressive Caucus, Majority Leader Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity, and Other Members of Congress on Urgent Call for Policies that Meet the Needs of the 140 Million Poor and Low-Wealth People in America

Washington, D.C.-On Wednesday, June 15th, members of Congress convened to hear directly from poor and low-income people who are part of the Poor People's Campaign. Twelve poor people and low-wage workers, along with the National Co-Chairs of the Poor People's Campaign, offered testimony to members of Congress on a "Third Reconstruction Agenda" to confront systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the denial of health care, militarism and the false narratives of religious nationalism … Continue Reading


June 13, 2022

Reps. Lee and Pocan Introduce Bill to Cut Defense Spending by $100 Billion and Prioritize People Over the Pentagon

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Defense Spending Reduction Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Barbara Lee and Mark Pocan introduced legislation to cut $100 billion from the Defense budget and reallocate the funds to prioritize people over the Pentagon. "For far too long, this country has put profits ahead of its people. Nowhere is that more apparent than in our Pentagon topline budget," said Congresswoman Lee. "Just last year, key priorities like Build Back Better were left on the negotiating table, while … Continue Reading


June 12, 2022

Congresswoman Lee Releases Statement on the Bipartisan Senate Framework for Gun Reform Legislation

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee today released a statement on the bipartisan Senate framework on gun reform legislation that was announced today: "The bipartisan Senate framework on gun reform legislation is a crucial first step. This legislation will make critical investments in mental health resources, school safety, and increased vetting for weapons purchases. But while this is a start, much more must be done to address the gun violence epidemic. "I've recently met with gun … Continue Reading


June 08, 2022

Rep. Lee Speaks on House Floor, Votes to Pass Sweeping Gun Control Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C.?- Congresswoman Barbara Lee voted to protect East Bay communities and save lives across the nation with a strong legislative package to address gun violence. The Protecting Our Kids Act includes common-sense gun safety measures that will crack down on illegal gun trafficking, keep weapons of war out of the hands of teenagers, strengthen safe gun storage, restrict access to untraceable "ghost guns" and more. Her remarks in support of the legislation can be viewed here and are … Continue Reading


June 03, 2022

ICYMI: Congresswoman Lee Holds Press Conference with East Bay Elected Officials and Community Leaders

On Friday, June 3rd, Congresswoman Barbara Lee held a press conference at the Veterans Court Seawall at Bay Farm Island, Alameda featuring East Bay elected representatives and community leaders from across California's 13th district. The Congresswoman was joined by Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft; Emeryville Mayor John Bauters; Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin; Scott Means, City of Oakland; Joe Hawkins, Oakland LGBTQ Center; David Lewis, Executive Director of Save the Bay; Amy Hutzel with … Continue Reading


June 01, 2022

Congresswoman Lee Commemorates Caribbean Heritage Month

Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement celebrating Caribbean Heritage Month. The Congresswoman will be reintroducing a resolution recognizing June as Caribbean Heritage Month at the start of next week. "This month, we celebrate the tremendous impact that the people of the Caribbean have made on the United States. Caribbean Americans are a significant part of history, progress, and heritage in this nation. "Throughout our history, Caribbean Americans have served … Continue Reading


May 30, 2022

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Issues Statement on Memorial Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) today released the following statement in observance of Memorial Day: "Today we remember the servicemembers of every race and background, from every corner of this country, who gave the ultimate sacrifice for this nation. "As the daughter of a veteran, Lt. Col. Garvin A. Tutt, my thoughts and prayers are with each military mother, father, spouse, sibling, son and daughter on this day. I offer my deepest gratitude for the service of your … Continue Reading


May 26, 2022

Lee, Meeks, McGovern Lead Letter to President Biden Expressing Concern About Summit of the Americas Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C.?- Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations Barbara Lee (D-CA), together with House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY) and Chair of the Rules Committee Jim McGovern (D-MA), today led 12 Members in sending a letter to President Biden to express concern that the omission of the governments of Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela at the ninth Summit of the Americas could undermine the U.S.'s standing in the region. "We … Continue Reading


May 18, 2022

Congresswoman Lee Issues Statement on Baby Formula Shortage

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Congresswoman Lee, Co-Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus and member of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the baby formula shortage: "I'm pleased to hear of the FDA's most recent steps to address the infant formula shortage. It is heartbreaking to learn of parents struggling to find infant formula on store shelves, and this is especially true for low-income families. We must swiftly identify and address the root causes and ensure … Continue Reading


May 17, 2022

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Issues Statement on Changes to U.S.-Cuba Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, issued the following statement on the Biden administration's announcement of changes to U.S. policy towards Cuba: "I commend President Biden for taking action this week to reverse yet another set of oppressive Trump-era policies: this time, in regard to Cuba. The United States will now resume the family reunification program, increase flights to Cuba, and lift … Continue Reading


May 17, 2022

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Introduces Legislation Commemorating International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), Vice-Chair and founding member of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, reintroduced legislation calling on Congress to recognize the unique challenges members of the LGBTQ+ community face, including violence, homelessness, and health disparities. "This past year was one of the worst on record for LBGTQIA+ Americans in recent history, with an unprecedented … Continue Reading


May 11, 2022

Chairwoman Lee Supports Ukrainian Emergency Supplemental Funding Bill on House Floor

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, voted in favor of H.R. 7591, a bipartisan supplemental to provide than $40 billion in emergency funding to support the Ukrainian people and defend global democracy in the wake of Russia's unprovoked attack on Ukraine. The bill passed on a vote of 368 to 57. Congresswoman Lee's remarks can be found here. "Madam Speaker, I rise in support of this Emergency … Continue Reading


May 03, 2022

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Issues Statement on Reported Draft Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Co-Chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, issued this statement following media reports of a draft Supreme Court decision overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling: "We all knew the odds, but it is nonetheless shocking to see the Supreme Court move towards overturning 50 years of precedent in a stunning revocation of our right to have an abortion. If accurate, this decision will deal a shattering blow to millions, especially low-income … Continue Reading


May 03, 2022

Pro-Choice Caucus statement on draft Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The leaders of the Pro-Choice Caucus, U.S. Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Diana DeGette (D-CO), released the following joint statement in response to reports about a draft Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade: "If accurate, tonight's POLITICO report of a draft Supreme Court decision is the clearest indication yet that the court is poised to overturn decades of legal precedent and deal a shattering blow to the right to access abortion care in the U.S. Such a move … Continue Reading

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