Press Releases

Chairwoman Barbara Lee Releases Statement on the Ongoing Violence in the Middle East

May 11, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, released the following statement on the ongoing violence in the Middle East: "I condemn the horrific violence in the Middle East in the strongest possible terms and urge both Israelis and Palestinians to act urgently to de-escalate. The US must rapidly work to enable dialogue that can immediately reduce tensions, end the violence, and lead to peace and security … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Applauds Funds to Support the Health of Older Americans in American Rescue Plan

May 11, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee applauded the announcement of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Community Living releasing $1.4 billion in funding from the American Rescue Plan for Older Americans Act programs: "As we mark Older Americans Month this May, it is important to address the disproportionate impact of this pandemic and economic crisis on older Americans, especially in communities of color and medically underserved communities," sa… Continue Reading

Representatives Lee, Cohen, Rush, Hold Forum on the FBI’s COINTELPRO Programs

May 10, 2021

Virtual event examined the unconstitutional COINTELPRO programs, their continuing impact today, and lessons for policymakers Washington, D.C. - Today, Representatives Barbara Lee (CA-13), Steve Cohen (TN-09), and Bobby L. Rush (IL-01) held a virtual forum on J. Edgar Hoover's FBI Counterintelligence Programs (COINTELPRO), recently featured in the Academy Award-winning film "Judas and the Black Messiah" which dramatizes the FBI-orchestrated assassination of Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampt… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Releases Statement on Ongoing Violence in the Middle East

May 07, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, released the following statement on the ongoing violence in the Middle East: "I deplore the recent outbreak of mob violence and the heavy-handed police response in Jerusalem. This has been compounded by repugnant terror attacks by Hamas. The situation is crying out for leadership, and those in charge must rise to the occasion, end the violence and avoid furthe… Continue Reading

Lee, Hoyer, Clyburn Introduce Legislation to Remove Bust of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney and Confederate Statues from Public Display in the U.S. Capitol Building

May 07, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD-05), and House Majority Whip James Clyburn (SC-06) introduced legislation to remove statues or busts of those that served voluntarily in the Confederate States of America from public display in the US Capitol and incorporates Congresswoman Barbara Lee's Confederate Monument Removal Act. In addition to the removal of Confederate statues and busts, the legislation orders the removal of statues of John … Continue Reading

Lee, Hoyer Announce Majority Leader Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity Vice Chairs

May 06, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair Barbara Lee (CA-13) and House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) announced the selection of five Members to serve as Vice Chairs of the Majority Leader Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity for the 117th Congress. The Members selected for the Vice-Chair position are: Rep. Cori Bush (MO-01), Vice-Chair on Children, Families, and Communities Rep. Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), Vice-Chair on Urban Poverty Rep. Kaiali'i Kahele (HI-02), Vice-Chair on Economic Oppor… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Applauds HHS Funding to Support Community-Based Workforce to Address Vaccine Equity

May 06, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee today applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' announcement that through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), approximately $250 million will be invested in developing a community-based workforce to serve as trusted messengers to deliver public health information, increase vaccine confidence, and address barriers to vaccination for vulnerable and medically underserved communities. This program, which mirrors Con… Continue Reading

Members of Congress who Led Push for TRIPS Waiver Applaud Biden Administration Announcement

May 05, 2021

WASHINGTON - After leading more than half of their Democratic colleagues in pushing for a WTO TRIPS waiver for COVID-19 vaccines, U.S. Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Angie Craig (D-MN), Jesús "Chuy" García (D-IL), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), and Andy Levin (D-MI), today released the following statement on President Biden's announcement that the U.S. would support the waiver: "When Preside… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Recognizes Cinco De Mayo

May 05, 2021

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in honor of Cinco De Mayo: "On Cinco de Mayo, we recognize Mexico's remarkable defense against foreign intervention, a feat marked by great courage and self-determination. It is an opportunity for our communities to remember the triumph by the small, outnumbered Mexican army over imperialist forces at the Battle of Puebla and celebrate the contributions that Mexican Americans have made to our nation for centuries. … Continue Reading

Reps. Lee and Torres Release Statement on Members of El Salvador’s National Assembly Voting to Dismiss Supreme Court Justices and the Attorney General

May 05, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC - House State, Foreign Operations Subcommittee Chair Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (D-CA), the sole Central American serving in Congress and co-Chair of the Congressional Central America Caucus, released the following statement today in response to newly elected members of El Salvador's National Assembly voting to dismiss five supreme court justices and the attorney general. The vote came on the first day in power for a newly elected majority of President N… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Announces Benefits of Expanded Child Tax Credit for Families in California’s 13th District

May 05, 2021

An estimated 63 million across the country including 108,600 children in California's 13th Congressional District will directly benefit from the Expanded and Improved Child Tax Credit Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Co-Chair of the Majority Leader's Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity, amplified recent data released on the expanded and improved Child Tax Credit included the American Rescue Plan, which shows over four million children have the potential to be lifted out of poverty… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Joins Colleagues in Calling for Global Vaccine Access & Swift Waiver Approval

May 04, 2021

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations released a joint statement alongside Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Jesús García (D-IL), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), and Andy Levin (D-MI) calling for a temporary patent waiver for the manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines that would allow countries to produce treatments locally and expedite … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Marks Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Heritage Month

May 03, 2021

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee today released the following statement marking the beginning of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: "I join my colleagues in celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by commemorating the contributions and achievements of the Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities in the East Bay and across our country. "As a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on 18th Anniversary of “Mission Accomplished” Speech

May 01, 2021

Washington, D.C.?-?Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations released a statement marking the eighteenth anniversary of President Bush declaring victory in the Iraq War by saying, "major combat operations in Iraq have ended" with a banner in the background that read "mission accomplished": "Eighteen years after former President George W. Bush stood in front of the infamous 'Mission Accomplished' banner backdrop and… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Kicks Off GOTV (Get out the Vaccine) Campaign in California’s 13th District

April 30, 2021

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) today announced a COVID-19 vaccination campaign from May 1-8th, 2021 in California's 13th Congressional District. Similar campaigns are being hosted by members of the Congressional Black Caucus in districts across the country. Congresswoman Lee will join with local faith-based organizations, community health centers, and other groups to campaign for the East Bay community to get vaccinated. "The Congressional Black Caucus has mounted a nationa… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Announces American Rescue Plan’s $28.6 Billion Restaurant Relief Grant Program to Open May 3

April 30, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) released a statement amplifying an announcement from the Small Business Administration (SBA) that the $28.6 billion restaurant relief proposal signed into law as part of President Biden's $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan will begin accepting applications at 9:00 a.m. PT on May 3. Congresswoman Lee was an original cosponsor of legislation to create this lifeline for restaurants and advocated for its inclusion in the American Rescue P… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Recognizes President Biden’s First 100 Days in Office

April 29, 2021

Washington, D.C. -Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) today recognized President Biden's first 100 days in Congress. She also released the following statement on the unveiling of President Biden's American Families Plan, a legislative package that will make investments in education, health care, and childcare. "Today, we mark 100 days since President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office. This new administration inherited converging health and economic crises, but … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Releases Statement on President Biden’s First Address to Congress

April 28, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) released this statement following President Joe Biden's first Joint Address to Congress as President of the United States: "Tonight, President Biden laid out his vision for our future that builds back bolder after some of the most challenging years in our history. The multitude of crises facing our country-from racial injustice, to police brutality, to the climate crisis-require bold action, and President Biden is seizing the moment. "It g… Continue Reading

Chairs Lee and DeLauro Praise Biden Administration’s Commitment to Share COVID-19 Vaccine Doses with the World

April 26, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), Chair of the House Appropriations subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, today praised President Biden's plan to distribute 60 million AstraZeneca doses to countries in need in the coming months. They released the following joint statement: "We support the Biden Administration's announcement that it will begin sharing millions of doses of COVID-19 va… Continue Reading

Chairwoman Barbara Lee Releases Statement on President Biden’s Formal Recognition of Armenian Genocide

April 24, 2021

Washington, D.C. -Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, today released a statement applauding President Biden for having the United States formally recognize the Armenian genocide: "The world must never forget the tragedy inflicted on the Armenian People over a century ago. I am proud that President Biden has taken this step to have the United States formally recognize the Armenian Genocide. This long-overdue ackn… Continue Reading

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