Press Releases

Reps. Lee, Fudge, DeLauro, Bustos, McGovern Sound Alarm on Potential Hatch Act Violation by USDA Secretary

August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Barbara Lee, Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies, joined with Reps. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Cheri Bustos (IL-17); Jim McGovern (MA-2) and Alma Adams (NC-12) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Ethics sounding the alarm on a potential Hatch Act violation by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue after he made political statements pro… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Issues Statement on 65th Anniversary of the Murder of Emmett Till

August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) released the following statement on the 65th anniversary of the killing of Emmett Till: "65 years after the tragic murder of Emmett Till at the hands of racists in the deep south, we still find ourselves facing many of the same challenges: racist bullies in positions of power, violence against Black lives, and unequal applications of the law. Emmett Till's everlasting legacy can be found in our persistent fight against hate, with the hope of o… Continue Reading

Reps. Barbara Lee, Grace Meng, 86 other Members of Congress Spearhead letter to head of USAID Calling for Changes to Agency’s New Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy

August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Grace Meng (D-NY), members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, today led a total of 86 Members of Congress in a letter to Acting U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator John Barsa calling for changes to the agency's new 2020 Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Policy, a proposal which threatens to replace a decade's worth of U.S. government policies that have improved the lives … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Joins DeLauro, Garcia, Haaland, Gabbard, McCollum Lead 85 Members of Congress in Demanding Answers on New CDC Testing Guidelines

August 27, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) joined Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), Deb Haaland (NM-01), Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), Betty McCollum (MN-04) and 85 other Members of Congress in sending a letter to Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Doctor Robert Redfield condemning, urging the immediate halt of, and demanding an explanation for the recent modifications to COVID-19 testing guidelines that suggest not all those exposed to… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on Women’s Equality Day

August 26, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) released the following statement on Women's Equality Day, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th amendment: "As we reflect on one hundred years since American women were granted the right to vote through the ratification of the 19th amendment, we must honor the legacy of those who paved the way for not only a woman's voice in our democracy, but a woman's role in leading it. "While this is a landmark to celebrate, we… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Releases Statement on the Shooting of Mr. Jacob Blake

August 25, 2020

OAKLAND, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement following the shooting of Mr. Jacob Blake by Kenosha, Wisconsin police: "Even as our entire country struggles to reckon with centuries of police violence against Black people, it happens again. Even as officers, like the ones who murdered George Floyd, are finally facing consequences for their actions, it happens again. When will it stop? "Jacob Blake should not be fighting for his life today. His children shou… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Calls for Expedited Major Disaster Declaration for CA Fires

August 22, 2020

OAKLAND, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) called on Donald Trump to expedite federal assistance requested by the State of California to combat the devastating wildfires that have swept across Lake, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo Counties over the last week. Congresswoman Lee released the following statement: "Across California, extreme heat and lightning strikes contributed to some of the worst wildfires we have ever seen. As of today, almos… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Joint Statement on ‘Snapback’ Sanctions Against Iran

August 21, 2020

Washington, DC - Representatives Barbara Lee (CA-13), David Price (NC-04), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), John Yarmuth (KY-03), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Peter Welch (VT-At Large), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Lloyd Doggett (TX-35), and Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) released the following joint statement on the announcement that the Trump administration would seek 'snapback' sanctions against Iran: "The Trump administration's Iran policy continues to succeed in increasing tensions with Iran and isolating the United… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Releases Statement on the 55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

August 06, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement on the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, which was signed into law on August 6, 1965: "55 years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act to fight racial voting discrimination and enfranchise millions of Americans who have been systemically excluded from our democratic process," said Congresswoman Lee. "Today, as we remember this achievement, we must also reflect on the legacy of Congressman J… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Expand Access to TANF and SNAP to Those Who Are Unfairly Shut Out of These Programs

August 03, 2020

Congresswoman Lee joined Reps. Gwen Moore (D-WI) and Steve Cohen (D-TN) in introducing the Removing Barriers to Basic Needs Act (H.R. 7916) to lift the federal ban on individuals with felony drug convictions being able to use Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through December 2022. In response, Congresswoman Lee released the following statement: "For many, federal assistance programs play an important role in meeting basic needs e… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on fire at The Way Christian Center in Berkeley, CA

July 31, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) issued the following statement today regarding the investigation of a fire early Wednesday morning at The Way Christian Center in Berkeley. "The fire at The Way Christian Center in Berkeley was extremely disturbing," Congresswoman Lee said. "The fire was set in the middle of the night, just 12 hours after the church put a Black Lives Matter banner on the building. Whatever the intent, fires at Black churches recall the ugly history of racial te… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on House Passage of Two Critical Child Care Bills

July 30, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) today applauded the House passage of two critical child care bills: H.R. 7027, the Child Care is Essential Act, and H.R. 7327, the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act. The bills will provide relief for child care providers to stay open and cover their increased operating costs with limited revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic. This legislation will expand the availability of quality child care, help workers return to their jobs when it is safe… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Applauds Passage of Amendment to Protect State, Territory, and Tribal Cannabis Programs

July 30, 2020

Washington, D.C. -Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, today applauded the passage of the Blumenauer, McClintock, Holmes Norton, Lee amendment to the Commerce, Justice, and Science Department funding bill. The measure, which would prevent the Department of Justice from using its funds to impede the implementation of cannabis programs in states, territories, and tribes, passed in a 254-163 vote. "For far too long, our federal cannabis policies have b… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee statement regarding suggestion to postpone the November election

July 30, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) issued the following statement today regarding Trump's suggestion to postpone the November election. "No, we will not postpone the election. And no, voting by mail is not fraudulent. States like Oregon have voted safely and securely by mail for years," Congresswoman Lee said. "Trump is terrified that Americans will hold him accountable for his catastrophic failures in November, and he should be. He will say and do anything, no matter how damagi… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee, Colleagues Introduce First-Ever Bill to Repeal the Helms Amendment, a 47 Year-Old, Anti-Choice Policy

July 29, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Co-Chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, joined Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Diana DeGette (D-CO), and Norma Torres (D-CA), to introduced the Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act of 2020, the first-ever legislation to repeal the Helms Amendment and expand abortion access globally. "While many countries have made inroads toward increased reproductive freedoms over t… Continue Reading

Reps. Lee, Pocan Announce Defense Spending Reduction Caucus

July 28, 2020

Washington, D.C. - A week after introducing an amendment to cut the defense budget by 10%, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Congressman Mark Pocan-both members of the House Appropriations Committee-are announcing the creation of the Defense Spending Reduction Caucus. The Caucus intends to build on the support garnered by the amendment, which received 93 votes in the House last week. At a time when the majority of American people would support a cut to the defense budget, this Caucus will serve as … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee Remarks on Accosting of Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez

July 23, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee spoke on the House Floor during a point of personal privilege for Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, calling for an apology for the offensive remarks made against her by Congressman Ted Yoho of Florida. Find Congresswoman Lee's remarks and video link below: "Thank you very much. First of all, I rise today not only to support Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but I rise in strong support of this privilege resolution. "As … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on Deployment of Federal Officers to Portland and Other Cities

July 23, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) issued the following statement today about the deployment of unidentifiable federal law enforcement officers to Portland, OR and other U.S. cities. "This is a Democracy, not a dictatorship. Unidentifiable federal officers using unmarked cars and dressed as soldiers arresting peaceful protestors with zero probable cause is something we would normally see in a dictatorship or a failed state. We can never allow this to happen in our country. "In … Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Speaks on the House Floor in Tribute to John Lewis

July 22, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee delivered remarks on the Floor of the House of Representatives on the passing of Congressman John Lewis of Georgia. Below are Congresswoman Lee's remarks and video: "Thank you, Mr. Speaker, what a void, what a void we fill tonight. I rise tonight to honor the life and legacy of a great warrior for peace and justice, a kind and gentle human being, the conscience of the Congress, Congressman John Lewis. "As a giant of, and as our Whip indicate… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Applauds the Passage of the NO BAN Act

July 22, 2020

Washington, D.C. -Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), Vice-Chair of the House Appropriations State and Foreign Operations subcommittee, today applauded the passage of the NO BAN ACT, legislation to reverse the Trump administration's Executive Order banning foreign nationals' entry to the United States from several Muslim majority countries. "Trump's racist and xenophobic 'Muslim ban' rejects the promise and creed of this nation, which was built by immigrants and celebrates diversity," said Con… Continue Reading

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