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Congresswoman Lee Applauds the Passage of Crucial Gun Safety Reforms

February 28, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Democratic House passed H.R. 1112 following the passage of H.R. 8 yesterday, cutting through decades of Republican inaction and obstruction to bipartisan, common sense legislation to address the crisis of gun violence in our country. Gun violence steals the lives of nearly 40,000 people every year - including 47 children and teenagers every single day. Congresswoman Lee released the following statement in response: "We must end the epidemic of gun violence in our c… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Applauds the Passage of Crucial Gun Safety Reforms

February 28, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Democratic House passed H.R. 1112 following the passage of H.R. 8 yesterday, cutting through decades of Republican inaction and obstruction to bipartisan, common sense legislation to address the crisis of gun violence in our country. Gun violence steals the lives of nearly 40,000 people every year - including 47 children and teenagers every single day. Congresswoman Lee released the following statement in response: "We must end the epidemic of gun violence in our c… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Introduces Three Bills to Modernize Federal Cannabis Laws

February 28, 2019

Washington D.C. -- Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Cannabis Caucus, introduced three bills to reform federal cannabis laws and encourage greater equity and fairness in the cannabis industry. "For far too long, our federal cannabis policies have been rooted in the past. As the public's views toward marijuana have evolved, Congress has a responsibility to ensure that our policies are fair, equitable and inclusive," said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. "Sadly,… Continue Reading

Booker, Lee, Khanna Introduce Landmark Marijuana Legalization Bill

February 28, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), a member of the Senate's Judiciary Committee, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Co-Chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), today reintroduced their landmark bill to end the federal prohibition on marijuana. "The War on Drugs has not been a war on drugs, it's been a war on people, and disproportionately people of color and low-income individuals," Booker said. "The Marijuana Justice Act seeks to reverse decades of this unf… Continue Reading

Reps. Roybal-Allard and Lee Celebrate Release of Landmark Child Poverty Study They Led the Effort to Fund

February 28, 2019

Today, Congresswomen Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) and Barbara Lee (CA-13) celebrated the release of a landmark study on child poverty which the congresswomen fought to secure funding for as members of the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee.The study, titled A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty, from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, is a comprehensive, non-partisan analysis of child poverty in the United States. It can be read here. Congresswomen… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Votes to Pass Historic Public Lands Package That Protects Our Environment, Boosts Our Economy, and Conserves American History

February 27, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today Congresswoman Lee voted to pass the historic Natural Resources Management Act, a bipartisan conservation and public lands package that includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and designates approximately 1.3 million acres of wilderness, 693,000 acres of recreation and conservation areas, and two mineral withdrawal areas totaling 370,000 acres, protecting nearly 2.4 million acres of public lands in total from future mining operati… Continue Reading

Congressional pro-choice leaders blast White House over newly announced Title X rule

February 22, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Trump administration issued a final rule today aimed at barring health care clinics that provide abortion services from participating in a $236 million federal family-planning program, known as Title X. The newly finalized rule not only prohibits health care clinics that receive Title X funds from providing abortion services, it also prohibits them from even referring a patient to receive such services. It's the latest in a series of attacks on women's reproductive rights… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Introduces AUMF Repeal Legislation

February 14, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced legislation to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) and force a debate on our endless wars around the world. The legislation would sunset the 2001 AUMF after 8 months, giving Congress ample time to debate and vote on a new AUMF. "For far too long, Congress has abdicated its constitutional responsibility to debate and vote on matters of war and peace," said Congresswoman Lee. "It's time to stop kicking t… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

February 08, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee delivered the Weekly Democratic Address. In this week's address, Congresswoman Lee marked Black History Month and highlighted Democrats' For The People agenda. Video and audio of the Weekly Democratic Address can be downloaded here. Below is a full transcript of the address: "Hi, I'm Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and I'm proud to represent the beautiful 13th District of California in Congress. "Every February, we celebrate Black History Month… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Releases Statement on President Trump’s 2019 State of the Union Address

February 05, 2019

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on President Trump's 2019 State of the Union: "I was disappointed but not surprised by President Trump's speech tonight. "In his first two years in office, President Trump has presided over three government shutdowns, undermined the economic security of working families, and brought an unprecedented culture of chaos and corruption to the White House. "Nothing in President Trump's speech tonight indicated that he is w… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Celebrates Black History Month

February 01, 2019

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in honor of Black History Month: "Each year, we take time during Black History Month to celebrate the countless accomplishments of African Americans across the United States. The contributions that our great heroes and sheroes - giants like Dr. Martin Luther King, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Shirley Chisholm - made to the fight for civil rights and social justice cannot be overstated. "But as we celebrate our progress… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Named to Conference Committee for Homeland Security by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

January 28, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee was named as one of six House Democratic Members serving on a conference committee for homeland security. The committee members, along with Democratic and Republican members from the House and Senate, will work over the next several weeks to negotiate government funding for homeland security. Congresswoman Lee will serve on the conference committee with the following Democratic Members: Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey of New York … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee’s Statement on Situation in Venezuela

January 25, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the situation in Venezuela: "I am gravely concerned by the Trump Administration's interventionist approach toward Venezuela and strongly oppose any use of U.S. military force in the country. "There is no doubt that under the Maduro government, Venezuelans have faced severe hardships and a major deterioration in human rights, democracy, and economic security. But instead of issuing irresponsible threats, the Trump … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Observes Martin Luther King Day

January 18, 2019

Oakland, C.A. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: "Today, we pause to remember the life and legacy of a civil rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through his tireless activism and deep commitment to justice, Dr. King inspired a nation to change the course of history and affirm civil rights so long denied to African Americans. "But more than that, Dr. King was a true revolutionary who understood that real freedom fo… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Announces Seventh Term on the Appropriations Committee

January 16, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced that she will continue her service on the Appropriations Committee for a seventh term. She first joined the Appropriations Committee in 2007. The Appropriations Committee is one of the most powerful congressional committees, charged with writing the laws that fund the federal government. Congresswoman Lee will remain on the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, where she will continue her work advancing effective foreign assista… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Urges Substantive Action in Response to Congressman King's Racist Statements

January 11, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Lee released the following statement in response to Congressman King's statement to the New York Times endorsing white supremacy: "Congressman King has reiterated his racist beliefs time and time again, without real condemnation or rejection by the Republican Party. Despite his beliefs, white supremacy has no place in our nation or our government. I stand with my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus and call on the Republican Party to remove Mr. King fro… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Releases Constituent Resource Guide on the Government Shutdown

January 11, 2019

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Lee released this constituent resource guide for constituents affected by the 2018-2019 government shutdown: On December 22, 2018, funding lapsed for a number federal government agencies. The government shutdown is already having an impact on some federal programs, and other services could be impacted by an extended funding lapse. The Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) website provides general guidance, as does the Office of Management and Budget's Contingency Pl… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Named Co-Chair of Bipartisan Cannabis Caucus

January 09, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee was named the co-chair of the bipartisan Cannabis Caucus, alongside Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Congressman Don Young (R-AK), and Congressman David Joyce (R-OH). Congresswoman Lee's historic appointment marks the first time that a woman or a person of color will serve in the leadership of the Cannabis Caucus. "I am thrilled to serve as co-chair of the Cannabis Caucus and continue the work of reforming our outdated and discriminatory ma… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Cosponsors PAYGO Repeal Legislation

January 04, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee became an original cosponsor of the newly-introduced H.R. 242, which would repeal the Pay-As-You-Go Statutory Act of 2010: "PAYGO is a law that hamstrings our ability to advance progressive priorities and reduce poverty, and forces draconian austerity cuts that disproportionately hurt the most vulnerable communities. It's past time to get rid of PAYGO for good. "That's why I'm supporting the repeal of PAYGO - it's the first step to enacting o… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on the Introduction of H.R. 1, the For the People Act

January 04, 2019

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Lee released the following statement regarding the introduction of H.R. 1, the For the People Act, of which she is a co-sponsor: "For our first order of business, House Democrats have introduced H.R. 1, the For the People Act, to safeguard our democracy and restore power to the people. I'm proud to co-sponsor this historic legislation for the people. "Under the Trump administration and a Republican-led Congress, our democracy has been co-opted by special inter… Continue Reading

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