Press Releases

Congresswoman Lee Condemns U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem

May 14, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee condemned the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, amid clashes that killed dozens of Palestinians: "By moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, the Trump Administration has unnecessarily escalated tensions in the region and set back decades of bipartisan work towards a two-state solution. Make no mistake: this is a backwards step that will push peace even further out of our grasp. "I mourn the violence and loss of life in Gaza. I will continue to ur… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Marks Mother’s Day

May 13, 2018

Oakland, C.A. - Congresswoman Lee released the following statement to mark Mother's Day: "My mother, Mildred Parish Massey, fought for me from the day I was born. She needed a cesarean section to deliver me, but the hospital refused to admit her because she was black. When - after a long ordeal - she was finally admitted, it was too late for a C-section. My mother became unconscious and nearly died as a result of an emergency forceps delivery. I barely made it into this world. "I know person… Continue Reading

Rep. Barbara Lee Joins Rep. Diana DeGette to Lead Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus

May 10, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, today announced that Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) would co-chair the caucus, a coalition of members of the House of Representatives who are working to preserve, protect and advance women's constitutionally-protected reproductive rights. "Every woman should be able to make her own decisions about reproductive health care with dignity and respect - and without politicians, employers, or anyone… Continue Reading

House Democrats Issue Statement on Trump Iran Announcement

May 08, 2018

Washington, DC - On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, along with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Congressman David Price (D-NC), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), John Yarmuth (D-KY), Peter Welch (D-VT), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) released the following statement after President Trump announced that he would not waive, and would reimpose, Iranian sanctions lifted as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran Nuclear Deal: "In refusing to waive… Continue Reading

CBC TECH 2020 Task Force Unveils S.M.A.R.T Investment Principles for an Inclusive Tech Economy

May 04, 2018

Washington, DC - Members of the Congressional Black Caucus Diversity Task Force unveiled a set of principles to guide growth in the technology industry that is shared widely in diverse communities and parts of the country. For the culmination of their return delegation to Silicon Valley, members unveiled new "S.M.A.R.T. Investment Principles" to build a more inclusive and equitable technology sector. Congressional Black Caucus Diversity Task Force Co-Chairs, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-0… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Announces $93.8 Million in USAID Funding to Oakland’s Public Health Institute

May 02, 2018

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced that the Public Health Institute in Oakland was awarded $93,873,052 from the United States Agency for International Development to develop diverse global health professionals to make innovative and measurable contributions to the field of public health. "I am pleased that the Public Health Institute has been awarded this critical funding from USAID to ensure a new generation of diverse health professionals will be recruited, trained and e… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Marks Twenty Years of Congressional Service

April 20, 2018

Washington, D.C. - This week, Congresswoman Barbara Lee celebrated the twentieth anniversary of her swearing in to Congress. In her two decades of congressional service, Congresswoman Lee has been a principled leader on Capitol Hill advocating for peace, justice and equal opportunity. "On this anniversary, I am deeply grateful to my constituents in the East Bay who show our nation what true progressive values look like. Throughout the past twenty years, I have attempted to bring their progressi… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Statement on End of Castro Leadership in Cuba

April 19, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), a co-chair of the Cuba Working Group, released the following statement on the change in leadership in Cuba: "For the first time in nearly six decades, the world will know Cuba without a Castro at the helm. For the United States, this is an opportunity for improving our relationship with our neighbor just 90 miles off the Florida coast - a chance we cannot afford to let slip through our grasp. "Should the United States fail to build on this … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Releases Statement on the Passing of Supervisor Doris Ward

April 18, 2018

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Lee released a statement after the passing of Doris Ward, the first African American to lead the San Francisco Board of Supervisors: "I am truly saddened by the news of the passing of my friend, Doris Ward. Doris was a fearless champion for racial and economic justice. I will be forever inspired by her tireless service and her unwavering commitment to stand up against racism and discrimination in all forms. "I offer my deepest condolences and prayers to the Ward fam… Continue Reading

Pro-Choice Leaders in the House: Republicans Must Stop Undermining Title X & TPPP

April 18, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY), alongside Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA), Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA), Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-CT), Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), released the following statement after congressional Republicans asked the Trump administrati… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on Corker-Kaine AUMF Proposal

April 17, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the Corker-Kaine draft Authorization for the Use of Military Force of 2018: "I am pleased to see the Senate taking long overdue legislative action to replace the 2001 AUMF and debate our endless wars. However, I have grave concerns about the current proposal authored by Senator Bob Corker and Senator Tim Kaine that would continue our state of perpetual war. "Rather than reining in the Trump Administration's blank… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Condemns President Trump’s Strike Against Syria

April 13, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement after President Trump launched a military strike against the Syrian government: "President Trump's decision to launch military strikes against the Syrian regime - without congressional input or authorization - shows a contempt for the U.S Constitution and is without legal justification. The use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Government against innocent civilians is heinous. I fully support all international account… Continue Reading

Hoyer, Lee Statement on Executive Order to Keep Millions in Poverty

April 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA), chair of the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity, released the following statement in response to President Trump's executive order to undermine proven anti-poverty programs: "This executive order is further evidence that President Trump doesn't understand what it's like to struggle in our economy. Democrats want to get more Americans out of poverty and into the … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

April 11, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Lee released the following statement recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act: "For the past fifty years, the Fair Housing Act has been a vital tool in the fight for civil rights. This legislation has played a critical role in addressing explicit racial discrimination and segregation in housing and ensuring all Americans have equal access to housing. "This 50th anniversary we must reflect on the work that still needs to be done in order to reali… Continue Reading

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Urge the President to Seek Congressional Authorization Before Using Military Force Against Syria

April 10, 2018

Washington, D.C. - A bipartisan group of lawmakers - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC), Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), and Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) - issued the following statement urging the president to follow the Constitution and seek congressional authorization before taking military action against Syria: "We are deeply concerned by reports that the president is considering military action against Syria without congressional authorization. "The Cons… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Marks 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s Assassination

April 04, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Lee released the following statement to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination: "Fifty years ago today, our nation was forever changed when Dr. King was tragically shot and killed while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. Dr. King was a revolutionary who fought against the institutionalized forces of racism that continue to undermine the promise of freedom, liberty, and equality upon which our nation was… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Welcomes Oakland Students to the #MarchForOurLives

March 24, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in response to Oakland students participating in the #MarchForOurLives event in Washington, D.C. "I am so honored to have students from the East Oakland Youth Development Center participate in this important march to protest gun violence, as many of them know far too well the devastating effects of this violence. "Tragic mass shootings, like the one in Parkland, Florida, galvanize attention on the gun control… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Slams Appointment of John Bolton as National Security Advisor

March 22, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on the news that John Bolton will replace H.R. McMaster as the National Security Advisor: "This is dangerous news for the country and the world. John Bolton was easily one of the most extreme, pro-war members of the Bush Administration. Just imagine what havoc he could wreak whispering in Donald Trump's ear. "I hear the drumbeats of war." ###… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee: FY2018 Omnibus Exemplifies GOP Dysfunction

March 22, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement on her decision to oppose the FY2018 Omnibus Deal: "No omnibus bill is perfect - but for many reasons, this legislation falls far short. This eleventh-hour omnibus comes after months of dysfunction and multiple shutdowns. And after all these delays, Republican leadership gave Members of Congress less than 24 hours to read and analyze this $1.3 trillion, 2,232 page bill. Let me be clear: this process is designed… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Questions Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos about Discrimination in Public Schools

March 20, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Today, at the Appropriations-Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies hearing, Congresswoman Barbara Lee questioned Secretary Betsy DeVos on her priorities for the Department of Education under the FY2019 Budget. Congresswoman Lee sought answers on racial biases in school discipline policies. Watch the video of Congresswoman Lee's exchange with Secretary DeVos here. ###… Continue Reading

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