Press Releases

Congresswoman Lee Condemns Reports of Violence in Sudan and Urges Support for Transition to a Civilian-led Government

July 01, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to reports of violence and killing over the weekend during peaceful protests in Sudan, Sudan Caucus Chair Barbara Lee (CA-13) released the following statement: "I am deeply concerned by reports of at least seven people killed and another 181 people wounded during peaceful protests in Sudan. "This violence is unacceptable, and I continue to call for an independent investigation into violence against peaceful protestors in Sudan. The United States must take a lead… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Commends the Supreme Court's Decision on the 2020 Census

June 27, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the Supreme Court blocked a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 Census. In response, Congresswoman Lee (CA-13) issued the following statement: "I applaud the Supreme Court's decision to effectively prevent the untested, unnecessary, and ill-timed citizenship question from being included in the 2020 Census today. "The U.S. Census should make our nation more equal and representative, not less. By weaponizing the Census, this Administration tried to intimi… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Praises the Passage of Federal Spending Package to Invest in Our Veterans, Environmental Justice, and Combating Homelessness

June 25, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to yesterday's House passage of a federal spending package that funds the Departments of Commerce, Justice, Agriculture, Interior, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Energy, House Appropriations Committee Member Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) issued the following statement: "With the passage of this bill, House Democrats are reaffirming our commitment to bettering our communities - including a positive impact on the people … Continue Reading

Rep. Lee Joins Sen. Sanders, Reps. Jayapal and Omar to Introduce Groundbreaking Bills to Ensure College For All and Eliminate All Student Debt

June 24, 2019

WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Lee joined Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) in unveiling landmark legislation to eliminate tuition and fees at all public four-year colleges and universities, as well as make community colleges, trade schools, and apprenticeship programs tuition- and fee-free for all. The proposal also eliminates all $1.6 trillion in student debt for 45 million Americans. Rep. Barbara Lee is an original co-sponsor on the bill, which woul… Continue Reading

Pro-Choice Caucus Statement on Court’s Decision to Allow Trump’s Title X ‘Gag Rule’ to Take Effect

June 20, 2019

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Diana DeGette (D-CO), the co-chairs of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, released the following statement today in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit's decision to temporarily allow the Trump Administration's Title X Domestic gag rule to go into effect while the underlying lawsuit challenging its legality remains pending: "The Ninth Circuit's decision ruling that the Trump gag rule can go into effect threatens access to bir… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Applauds House Passage of her Provision to Sunset the 2001 Military Authorization

June 19, 2019

Washington D.C. -- In response to the inclusion and passage of her language to sunset the 2001 Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) in H.R. 2470, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Legislative Branch, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act (LHHS) for the fiscal year 2020, House Appropriations Committee Member Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) issued the following statement: "My amendment to repeal the 2001 AUMF was inc… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Commends the House Budget Committee’s Hearing on Poverty in America

June 19, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, following the House Budget Committee's Poverty in America: Economic Realities of Struggling Families hearing with the Poor People's Campaign, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Member of the Budget Committee and Chair of the Majority Leader's Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity, released the following statement: "Today's hearing is not only timely, but necessary. According to the Poor People's Moral Budget: Everybody Has the Right to Live, more than 140 million Americans are… Continue Reading

Hoyer, Lee Lead Letter to the Office of Management and Budget Director Opposing Changes to the Official Poverty Calculation

June 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) and Majority Leader Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity Chair Barbara Lee (CA-13) sent a letter to Acting Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Russ Vought urging him not to implement the recently announced changes to the federal poverty calculations. Majority Leader Hoyer and Chair Lee were joined on the letter by Rep. TJ Cox (CA-21), Vice Chair on Rural Poverty; Rep. Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), Vice Chair on Urban Poverty; Rep. … Continue Reading

Reps. Barbara Lee and Ayanna Pressley Lead a Health Care Discussion with Faith Leaders

June 14, 2019

OAKLAND, CA -- On Friday, June 14, 2019, Reps. Barbara Lee and Ayanna Pressley led a discussion with faith leaders from the East Bay on health care and voting rights at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland. "We're facing unprecedented attacks on the health care of Americans," Rep. Lee told several dozen faith leaders. "The Trump administration and the GOP are undermining access to health care by continuing their crusade to do away with the Affordable Care Act and trying to roll back protectio… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Condemns Ongoing Attacks Against Peaceful Protesters in Sudan

June 13, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Following reports of continued violence in Sudan, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement: "I am saddened and appalled by the continued attacks on peaceful protestors in Sudan. Reports indicate that over 100 people have been killed and that more than 784 people have been injured. Additionally, there are grave reports of sexual violence against protestors and that medical facilities have been targeted by security forces. This is unacceptable. "I strongly co… Continue Reading

Barbara Lee Statement on Fiscal Year 20 Department of Homeland Security and Financial Services and General Government Bills

June 12, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the House Appropriations Committee's passage of the fiscal year Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, House Appropriations Committee Member Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) issued the following statement: "The fiscal year 2020 Homeland Security bill makes targeted investments in disaster relief, resources to meet the humanitarian needs of migrants, and programs proven to keep Americans safe. Importantly, this bill protect our communities by… Continue Reading

Statement from Congresswoman Barbara Lee on D-Day and the contributions of African Americans

June 06, 2019

In honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy invasion, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) released this statement: "As we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, we honor the African American men who risked their lives for freedoms denied to them in the United States. Two units - the Tuskegee Airmen and the 92nd infantry - were instrumental in the success of Normandy and the Allied advance. Known as the Buffalo Soldiers, the 92nd infantry was a segregated, all-black military unit - among … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Reintroduces Resolution to Increase Access to Affordable Housing

June 06, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Yesterday, Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced H.RES. 429, reaffirming that all people deserve access to safe, affordable, and decent housing. The resolution supports expanded federal funding of affordable housing programs and affirms expansion of renters' rights because housing is a basic human right. "We are facing an affordable housing crisis, which is why I am proud to introduce my Renter Bill of Rights Resolution," said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. "This resolution resp… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Applauds Passage of FY2020 Transportation and Housing Appropriations Funding Bill

June 05, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the House Appropriations Committee's passage of the fiscal year 2020 appropriations bill for FY20 Transportation and Housing Appropriations, House Appropriations Committee Member Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) issued the following statement: "This year's Transportation and Housing Appropriations bill will provide robust investments in our transit and housing programs. In total, the legislation provides $137.1 billion in budgetary resources, an increase … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Commends Passage of FY2020 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Funding Bill

June 05, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the House Appropriations Committee's passage of the Fiscal Year 2020 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Funding Bill, House Appropriations Committee Member Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) issued the following statement: "I am pleased to see this important and progressive bill pass," said Congresswoman Lee. "The bill touches the lives of every single person in this country, especially children, students, and… Continue Reading

Bipartisan Cuba Working Group Statement on Increased Travel Restrictions to Cuba

June 05, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Following the Department of Treasury's announcement Tuesday to increase restrictions on travel from the United States to Cuba, the Co-Chairs of the Bipartisan Cuba Working Group released the following statement: "Every American should have the right to travel freely. The Administration's decision to further restrict U.S. travel to Cuba not only infringes upon that right, it undercuts efforts to help promote democracy and improve the lives of the Cuban people. The United State… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Praises the American Dream and Promise Act

June 04, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) joined her House Democratic colleagues in passing HR 6- The American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, where she delivered this speech on the Floor of the House of Representative before its passage: "Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentlewoman for yielding, but I also want to thank her for her tireless and longstanding steadiness and leadership in support of our Dreamers. "Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 6, which ensures the Dre… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Celebrates 2019 Pride Month, 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

May 31, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee celebrated the start of 2019 Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots by releasing the following statement: "Every year, we recognize June as Pride month across the country and celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of LGBTQ Americans. This year is especially important as we mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and a half-century of fighting for LGBTQ liberation. "On June 28, 1969, at the Ston… Continue Reading

Congressional Pro-Choice Leaders Blast White House over Dangerous and Discriminatory Rule Gutting Affordable Care Act Protections

May 24, 2019

Washington, D.C. - In response to the Trump Administration's proposed rule that would gut Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which protects individuals from discrimination in health care on the basis of race, color, national origin and sex, including gender identity, pregnancy, age or disability, Representatives Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Diana DeGette (CO-01), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus issued the following statement: "The Trump Administration's proposed rule is … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Commends the Passage of the FY2020 Interior Appropriations Bill

May 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC - In response to the House Appropriations Committee's passage of the fiscal year 2020 appropriations bill for Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) issued the following statement: "This important bill provides $37 billion in funding, which is $1.73 billion over FY2019 levels. "I am also pleased that this bill provides funding for important programs, including $10 million for competitive grants for Historically Black Colleges and Unive… Continue Reading

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