July 04, 2022

Congresswoman Lee Statement on Independence Day

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement marking Independence Day: 

“On Independence Day, I am reminded of our continuing fight for a more perfect union—one that truly guarantees liberty, equality and justice for all. These principles have never been realized for large parts of this country: neither in 1776, when the most powerful figures were slaveowners, or in 2022, as a far-right Supreme Court disregards the will of the people. In recent months, our Constitution has been wielded by some as a tool to undermine our basic rights; let this day be a reminder that we never fully lived up to our founding values and are a nation in progress. Today, we recommit to the generational fight to create a better future for every American, no matter their race, sexuality, or income. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July.”


Congresswoman Lee is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations. She serves as Co-Chair of the Steering & Policy Committee, former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Chair Emeritus of the Progressive Caucus, Co-Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Health Task Force, and Co-Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus. She also serves as Chair of the Majority Leader’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity. As a member of the House Democratic Leadership, she is the highest ranking Black woman in the U.S. Congress.