Press Releases

Barbara Lee Joins Congressional Colleagues at Town Hall Discussion on Expanding Opportunities for Women of Color in the Health, Environmental Justice, and Tech Fields

October 13, 2018

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee on Saturday hosted a forum on the key issues facing women of color in the Bay Area in conjunction with the Congressional Caucus on Black Women & Girls. Around 100 constituents attended the event at Merritt College with Congresswoman Gwen Moore and Congresswoman Robin Kelly, focused on building opportunities for women of color in the health, environmental justice, and technology fields. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Allison Scott, Chief Research … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee: “This is a Dark Day in Our Country”

October 06, 2018

Oakland, C.A. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh: "This is a dark day for our country. Senate Republicans have installed a far-right justice with a disturbing personal and public record on women's rights and autonomy. And they've sent women and survivors of sexual assault a chilling message: politics come before justice in the U.S. Senate. "This confirmation vote will hurt American families for generations to come. Our civil, r… Continue Reading

Pro-Choice Caucus Leaders Condemn Confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

October 06, 2018

Washington, DC - Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus Co-Chairs Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) released the following statement on the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh: "This Senate confirmation makes a sham of our judicial heritage. Despite multiple credible allegations of sexual misconduct against Judge Kavanaugh, his complete lack of judicial temperament, and his concerning record on women's reproductive rights, Senate Republicans have pushed this nomination through and approved a wh… Continue Reading

Pro-Choice Caucus Leaders: Kavanaugh is Unfit for the Supreme Court

October 05, 2018

Washington, DC - Pro-Choice Caucus Co-Chairs Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) today issued the following statement about Supreme Court Justice Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh: "Our country should hold Supreme Court Justices, and those who aspire to be them, to the highest standard. Judge Kavanaugh fell far short in his Senate testimony last week, berating senators, making blatant and blame-shifting political statements, and telling outright lies. Mocking those who questioned him, he … Continue Reading

DeFazio, Lee, Jones Demand Trump Administration Provide Documentation Justifying Continued US Involvement in Yemeni Civil War

October 05, 2018

WASHINGTON-Representatives Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Barbara Lee (CA-13), and Walter Jones (NC-03) Thursday led more than 50 members of Congress in sending a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanding he provide all documents justifying his decision to certify that the Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) coalition is making demonstrable efforts to reduce civilian casualties in Yemen's civil war. On September 12, Secretary Pompeo certified, as required by law, that th… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Congratulates AIDS 2020 Co-Chair Cynthia Carey-Grant

October 04, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement following the announcement of Oakland's Cynthia Carey-Grant as a co-chair of the 23rd International AIDS Conference: "Congratulations to Cynthia Carey-Grant on her appointment as co-chair of the 23rd International AIDS Conference. Cynthia has dedicated her life to fighting HIV/AIDS and helping those with the virus, including women of color and members of our transgender community, live with dignity. She has worked dir… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee: “Children Do Not Belong in Prisons”

October 01, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after new reports of the Trump Administration imprisoning over 2,000 immigrant children in "tent cities" in Texas: "Children don't belong in prisons. Incarcerating young kids seeking asylum in tent cities violates their human rights and endangers their wellbeing. "This issue isn't about party or politics - it's about right versus wrong. Our government is committing child abuse. If we fail to hold our leaders accounta… Continue Reading

Pro-Choice Caucus Co-Chairs Slam Judiciary Committee Vote on Kavanaugh: “Senate Republicans Have Violated The Public’s Trust”

September 28, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus Co-Chairs Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Diana DeGette (D-CO), today issued the following statement on the decision to move forward with a vote on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination, despite multiple credible accusations of sexual misconduct: "The decision to move ahead with a vote today cements what we've suspected all along: yesterday's hearing was a sham. If Senate Republicans took these allegations seriously, they would abandon their manufactured deadlin… Continue Reading

Pro-Choice Caucus Leaders to Trump: Withdraw Kavanaugh Nomination

September 27, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus Co-Chairs Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) today called on President Donald J. Trump to withdraw the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh: "President Trump needs to do the right thing and remove Judge Kavanaugh from consideration for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land," the two leaders said. "Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's testimony showed there is plenty of reason to believe her. And as other allegati… Continue Reading

Pro-Choice Caucus Leaders Call for Halt to Kavanaugh Confirmation Process, Seek Full and Fair Investigation

September 25, 2018

Washington, DC - Leaders of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus today called for a halt to the Supreme Court confirmation process for Judge Brett Kavanaugh and sought a full and fair investigation. Caucus Co-Chairs Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Barbara Lee (D-CA), together with Task Force leaders Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Judy Chu (D-CA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Julia Brownley (D-CA) and Katherine Clark (D-MA), issued the following statement: "Over the last t… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Condemns President Trump’s Latest Attack on Immigrant Families

September 24, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Lee released the following statement after Trump Administration announcement of proposed changes to the Public Charge rule: "This proposed rule is yet another blatant attack from the Trump Administration on poor people and communities of color. Health and nutrition programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicare ensure families have the basics like food and health care. This rule could deny legal immigrants with U.S. citizen children … Continue Reading

Bipartisan Letter Urges President Trump to Consult With Congress on Military Action in Syria

September 17, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and her colleagues sent a bipartisan letter to President Trump urging him to consult with Congress before taking any additional military actions in Syria. The letter, which Congresswoman Lee organized with her colleagues Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI), Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), and Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY), also calls on President Trump to recommit to finding a diplomatic solution to the … Continue Reading

Hoyer, Lee Statement on 2017 Census Bureau Report

September 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer and Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Chair of the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality and Opportunity, released the following statement after the U.S. Census Bureau released reports on poverty, income, and health coverage in 2017: "In spite of positive topline economic indicators, too many families are struggling just to make ends meet in an economy with deep structural challenges. According to the 2017 Census numbers, 39.7 mill… Continue Reading

Pro-Choice Caucus Leaders Welcome Dr. Leana Wen, Newly Appointed Planned Parenthood President

September 12, 2018

Washington, DC - Congresswomen Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Barbara Lee (D-CA), co-chairs of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, issued the following statement on today's appointment of Dr. Leana Wen as President of Planned Parenthood: "We want to extend our deepest congratulations to Planned Parenthood's new president, Dr. Leana Wen. This appointment could not have come at a more crucial time - when women's fundamental rights and freedoms are under an unprecedented assault. From the anti-women f… Continue Reading

MEDIA ADVISORY: Congresswoman Barbara Lee to Receive Awards and Participate in Panels During the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference

September 12, 2018

Washington, D.C. - This week, Congresswoman Barbara Lee will participate in the Congressional Black Caucus's Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) and other external events, where she will receive several notable awards for her many years of leadership on civil rights, tech diversity and other issues. These awards include the CBC Woman of the Year Award from the Sojourner Truth Legacy Project and the Action & Authority Award from the National Action Network. Congresswoman Lee will also join Bi… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Announces $10.9 Million in Federal Housing Grants for the East Bay

September 07, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced that the County of Alameda and the cities of Alameda, Berkeley and San Leandro received more than $10 million dollars in housing grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). "This critical federal funding will go a long way towards addressing the affordable housing emergency in the East Bay," said Congresswoman Lee. "Housing is a human right. These grants are an important lifeline for our community, but Co… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Colleagues Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Congressman Ronald V. Dellums

September 06, 2018

Washington, D.C. - This afternoon, Congresswoman Barbara and her congressional colleagues held a Moment of Silence and Special Order Hour to celebrate the life and legacy of Congressman Ronald V. Dellums. "Congressman Dellums will be remembered not only for his many accomplishments but for his integrity and brilliance. He was a courageous statesman, a warrior for world peace, a soldier for social justice, and a son of West Oakland. He served his country in the Marines, and in this Congress wit… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Marks Labor Day

September 03, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in observance of Labor Day: "American families are working harder than ever to put food on the table, pay the rent, afford child care and save for a secure retirement. But despite unprecedented productivity and record profits for big corporations, wages for middle and low-income workers, especially communities of color, have stagnated and, in some cases, even declined. Simply put, the middle class is being holl… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Statement on the Passing of Kofi Annan

August 18, 2018

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement reflecting on the life and legacy of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan: "UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was a force for peace and justice in the world who reminded us all of our shared humanity. He leaves an unmatched legacy - a safer, healthier and more open world. "I had the honor of working with Secretary-General Annan on many occasions, most notably on the creation of the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Malar… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Statement on the Passing of Aretha Franklin

August 16, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement remembering the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin: "I'm deeply saddened by the passing of the Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Aretha Franklin used her voice not only to entertain, but also to inspire and empower others. She showed the world that every person is worthy and deserving of respect. "Aretha's music was a source of strength and inspiration for women, especially African American women including myself. I … Continue Reading

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