Press Releases

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on Trump Administration’s Designation of Cuba as State Sponsor of Terror

January 12, 2021

Washington D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement on the Trump administration's designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism: "It is outrageous that Trump has named Cuba a State Sponsor of Terrorism. The failed policy of punishing the Cuban people for narrow political advantage will only cause further suffering among Cubans, and place new barriers between Cubans and their relatives in the US. This … Continue Reading

Lee, Thompson, Panetta, DeFazio, and Newhouse Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Authorize WHIP Program to Provide Relief for 2020 Fires

January 11, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Today Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13), along with original co-authors Representatives Mike Thompson (CA-05) Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Barbara Lee (CA-13), and Dan Newhouse (WA-04), announced the introduction of the WHIP+ Reauthorization Act. These Members represent states up and down the West Coast that were hit hard by fires in 2020 and they introduce this bill to reactivate the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) for all 2020 natural disasters.… Continue Reading

Reps. Lee, Meng, and Meeks Issue Statement on USAID's Revised Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy

January 11, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Reps. Barbara Lee (CA-13), Grace Meng (NY-06), and Gregory Meeks (NY-05) issued the following statement after the U.S. Agency for International Development revealed its revised Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment policy which reverses decades of work by gender experts. Last Wednesday, USAID published its final Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Policy. We are concerned this document would adversely impact the lives of women and girls around the world an… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Continues to Demand Impeachment and Removal of Donald Trump

January 07, 2021

Washington D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee today continued her calls for the immediate impeachment and removal of Donald Trump. This most recent call comes following a violent coup attempt at the U.S. Capitol, which was incited by Trump and left five people dead with many more injured. "Donald Trump remains the greatest threat to our democracy and our national security," said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. "On Wednesday, he incited a violent and deadly insurrection at our U.S. Capitol in an atte… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Statement on Violent Coup Attempt at U.S. Capitol

January 07, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) today released the following statement on the violent acts carried out in an attempt to shut down the United States Capitol and overturn the results of the election: "I am appreciative of all the support and fortunate that my staff and I are safe. I was swiftly rushed off the floor of the House and moved to a secure location following the riotous breach of the Capitol incited by Donald Trump. "The events of today are a stain on America. Don… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Sworn in As Member of Democratic Leadership in the 117th Congress

January 03, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after being sworn in to represent California's 13th Congressional District in the 117th Congress: "It is a profound honor to be sworn in as a member of Democratic leadership in the 117th Congress. This is a historically diverse Democratic Majority that is nearly 70% women, people of color and LGBTQ individuals, and it is a privilege to serve alongside so many dedicated public servants. I am grateful for the trust th… Continue Reading

Reps. Lee, Price, Schakowsky, Meeks, Castro, Spanberger, and Sherman Spearhead Letter to President-elect Biden with 150 Total Signers Urging Diplomatic Steps to Return Both Iran and U.S. to JCPOA

December 23, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), David Price (D-NC), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Abigail D. Spanberger (D-VA), and Brad Sherman (D-CA) sent a letter to President-elect Joseph R. Biden with a total of 150 signers expressing support for renewed diplomacy to halt and reverse Iran's nuclear program, to address other pressing issues, and to reduce the likelihood of violent regional conflict. The letter expresses support for both Ir… Continue Reading

Congressional Pro-Choice Leaders Urge Biden to Take Immediate Steps to Protect Reproductive Rights

December 23, 2020

Washington, D.C. - The Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus - led by U.S. Reps. Barbara Lee and (D-CA) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) - sent a letter to President-elect Joe Biden outlining the steps they hope his administration will immediately take to "preserve, protect, and advance sexual and reproductive health" for everyone in the U.S. and around the world. In the letter, which was co-signed by all nine Pro-Choice Caucus Task Force Chairs, the Congressional pro-choice leaders said the House's pro-choi… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on Appointment of Dr. Shirley Weber as California Secretary of State

December 22, 2020

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) released the following statement congratulating Dr. Shirley Weber on her historic appointment to serve as California's Secretary of State: "Congratulations to Assemblywoman Shirley Weber on her appointment to serve as California's Secretary of State. Dr. Weber has been a bold leader throughout her career, most recently on her groundbreaking bill to study and propose reparations for Black people, which Governor Newsom signed into law in September. … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on Appointment of Secretary Padilla to California Senate Seat

December 22, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) released the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom's appointment of California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to represent California in the United States Senate: "I congratulate Secretary of State Alex Padilla on his historic appointment to fill Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris's seat in the United States Senate. Secretary Padilla has a track record as a skilled legislator and a steadfast advocate for justice, and I believe he will… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on Latest COVID-19 Relief Package and Omnibus Deal

December 21, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, today released a statement on the latest COVID-19 relief package and omnibus bill passed in the House of Representatives and expected to pass the Senate later this evening. This deal comes eight months after the House and Senate agreed on the first COVID relief package, the CARES Act, and three months after House Democrats proposed a $2.2 trillion stimulus package, the Heroes Act, which was… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on Removal of Robert E. Lee Statue from U.S. Capitol

December 21, 2020

Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue from the crypt of the U.S. Capitol: "In 2017, in the wake of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, I introduced the Confederate Monument Removal Act with Rep. Bennie Thompson to remove all statues of those who voluntarily served the Confederacy from the Capitol building. "The removal of the Robert E. Lee statue from the U.S. Capitol today is an important step in confronting our nation'… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Holds Tele-Town Hall on COVID-19

December 20, 2020

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) will hold a Tele-Town Hall on the public health and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rep. Lee will provide an update on the latest COVID relief package and discuss efforts to invest in public health resources. Rep. Lee recently received the COVID-19 vaccine and will touch on the latest developments and ways to increase public trust. She will also cover the latest on her legislation to expand testing, contact tracing, and resources for medically unders… Continue Reading

Lee, Hastings, McGovern, Frankel, and Deutch Call for an Immediate Boost to Hunger Relief for Struggling Families in COVID Relief Package

December 18, 2020

Washington, DC -Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA), along with Representatives Alcee Hastings (D-FL), James P. McGovern (D-MA), Lois Frankel (D-FL), and Ted Deutch (D-FL), led 62 of their colleagues in sending a letter urging House and Senate Leadership to include a funding increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other nutritional programs in the upcoming COVID-19 relief package under negotiation. As our nation faces a hunger crisis worsened by the growing toll thi… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Joins Senator Warren in Urging Senate Leaders to Adopt Bill to Address Health Inequity in COVID-19 Relief Package

December 14, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee joined United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in calling on Senate Leadership to address public health disparities in communities of color. Senator Warren sent a letter to Senate leadership calling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-K.Y) and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to ensure the next COVID-19 relief package includes their legislation, the COVID Community Care Act, which provides grants to faith-based and commu… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on National Defense Authorization Act

December 09, 2020

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on FY21 National Defense Authorization Act Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) released the following statement after voting against the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): "I'd like to thank my colleague, Chairman Adam Smith, for his consistent efforts to include key House provisions in this year's NDAA conference report. I was very pleased that the provisions which the Congressional Black Caucus led that calls for the renaming o… Continue Reading

Rep. Barbara Lee Calls for End to Discriminatory Hyde Amendment at Appropriations Committee Hearing

December 08, 2020

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee today joined her colleagues on the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee to hold a hearing on the severe impact of the discriminatory Hyde Amendment. Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment has allowed anti-choice politicians to add abortion coverage and funding bans to appropriations language. This includes restrictions to Medicaid, Medicare, Federal employees, Native Americans, women in fed… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Receives First Quincy Award for Responsible Statecraft

December 04, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee received the inaugural Quincy Award for Responsible State craft for her advancement of ideas and actions that move US foreign policy away from endless war and toward vigorous diplomacy in the pursuit of international peace. The award is named for John Quincy Adams, the nation's sixth president, who also served as a member of Congress, and as one of the United States' most accomplished diplomats. In selecting Representative Lee for the award,… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Applauds the Historic Passage of Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Legislation

December 04, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), Co-Chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, today released a statement following the historic passage of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, which aims to correct the historical injustices of failed drug policies, which have disproportionately impacted communities of color and low-income communities. The MORE Act, the most comprehensive marijuana reform bill ever introduced in Congress, would decriminalize m… Continue Reading

Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus Co-Chairs Recognize 32nd Annual World AIDS Day

December 01, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Reps. Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Jenniffer González (PR-At Large), co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, today released a statement marking December 1st as World AIDS Day. The theme of the 32nd annual World AIDS Day is "Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience & Impact," which celebrates the achievements of the past four decades in the fight against HIV/AIDS, while recognizing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the strain on our global pu… Continue Reading

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