Press Releases

March 29, 2022

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Speaks at United Nations General Assembly Plenary Meeting on the Commemoration of the Abolition of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations and Congressional Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks today at the United Nations General Assembly Plenary Meeting on the Commemoration of the Abolition of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Congresswoman Lee is one of few members of Congress to have delivered remarks on behalf of the United States at the General Assembly. A full video and transcript of her remarks … Continue Reading


March 28, 2022

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on President Biden’s FY23 Budget Request

"Our federal budget is a statement of our national values. Today, President Biden submitted a strong budget proposal that reflects the vital need to reinvest in our social infrastructure; guarantee safety and security, at home and abroad; and create an economy that works for all, not just the one percent. "This budget presents an opportunity to build off of the federal spending bills we passed earlier this month and deliver on this country's top priorities: tackling climate change, … Continue Reading


March 25, 2022

Defense Spending Reduction Caucus Co-Chairs Lee and Pocan Urge POTUS to Resist Increasing Defense Spending in FY 2023 Budget Request

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Representatives Barbara Lee and Mark Pocan, Co-Chairs and Founders of the Defense Spending Reduction Caucus, sent a letterto President Biden urging him to resist pressures to increase defense spending in his Fiscal Year 2023 budget request. "We support your strategic response to Russia so far, and we look forward to continuing to work with you in the pursuit of peace in the region. As you prepare your fiscal year 2023 budget request, we know some Members of Congress will … Continue Reading


March 23, 2022

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Issues Statement on Passing of Madeleine Albright

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee issued the following statement on the passing of Madeleine Albright, the first woman to serve as United States Secretary of State. "I am devastated to hear of the passing of Madeleine Albright. As a refugee and war survivor, she demonstrated remarkable empathy for those facing violence and inhumanity throughout her career. As a skilled diplomat and ambassador to the United Nations, she fought for human rights and peace across the globe. As … Continue Reading


March 18, 2022

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Celebrates House Passage of the CROWN Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R.2116, the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act. The act would prohibit discrimination based on a person's hair texture or hairstyle if that style or texture is commonly associated with a particular race or national origin. Specifically, the bill prohibits this type of discrimination against those participating in federally assisted programs, housing programs, public accommodations, and employment. … Continue Reading


March 18, 2022

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Speaks on House Floor in Support of CROWN Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee spoke on the floor in support of H.R. 2116, the CROWN Act, which today passed out of the House. This legislation would make it illegal to discriminate against a person based on their hair texture or style if it's commonly associated with a particular race or national origin. Watch Congresswoman Lee's remarks on the House floor and view a transcript of her speech below. Full remarks: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF … Continue Reading


March 16, 2022

Chairwoman Barbara Lee Statement on One-Year Anniversary of Atlanta Spa Shootings

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations and Member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, issued the following statement marking one year since eight people were killed in the tragic shootings at three spas in Atlanta, Georgia. "One year ago today, we lost eight Americans in the horrific Atlanta spa shootings. I join the Asian-American community in mourning the victims of that devastating attack … Continue Reading


March 15, 2022

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on Senate Confirmation of Shalanda Young as OMB Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, released the following statement congratulating Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Shalanda Young for being officially confirmed as Director. Congresswoman Lee worked closely with Director Young during her time as Staff Director for the House Appropriations Committee. "In my time working with … Continue Reading


March 15, 2022

Chairwoman Barbara Lee Statement on Equal Pay Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee issued the following statement marking March 15th as Equal Pay Day. "Today is Equal Pay Day - the date, 74 days into 2022, when women's wages finally catch up to what men were paid in the previous year. For women of color, that gap is even larger. "On average, women are still only paid 83 cents for every dollar paid to a man, a yearly pay difference of nearly $14,000. In California, the wage gap means that even when women work full time for the … Continue Reading


March 11, 2022

Chairwoman Barbara Lee Statement on One-Year Anniversary of the American Rescue Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, issued the following statement marking one year since the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was signed into law: "One year ago today, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) into law following passage by Congress, catapulting a historic recovery that has led to one of the strongest periods of economic growth in a century. "Many Americans had been left … Continue Reading


March 10, 2022

Congresswoman Barbara Lee secures more than $10M to support health, affordable housing, coastal resiliency & more in East Bay communities

OAKLAND, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) today announced more than $10 million in federal funding to support affordable housing in Emeryville, coastal resiliency in Alameda, mental health and violence prevention programs in Oakland and Berkeley, and other key East Bay organizations and projects. This funding, included in the appropriations government funding package, responds directly to some of the most pressing needs in the East Bay. Congresswoman Lee, a senior member of the House … Continue Reading


March 10, 2022

Congresswoman Lee Honors National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, co-founder and co-chair of the bipartisan and bicameral Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus and co-chair of the Congressional Pro Choice Caucus, released the following statement in celebration of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. "Today, we honor the women who tragically lost their lives to HIV/AIDS, recognize the progress made, and recommit to ongoing bipartisan efforts to address the virus' gender disparities to end the epidemic by … Continue Reading


March 09, 2022

Rep. Lee Leads Pro-Choice and Democratic Women’s Caucus Members in Urging U.S. Participation at CSW

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Barbara Lee and 16 additional members of the leadership of the Pro-Choice Caucus and the Democratic Women's Caucus in a letter to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield, expressing strong support for meaningful U.S. participation at the upcoming Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). "We urge the U.S. to work with other Member States toward actionable policies that address the full spectrum of all women's and girls' human rights, especially in … Continue Reading


March 08, 2022

On International Women’s Day, Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Women and Climate Change Act reintroduced in the U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, on International Women's Day, Congresswoman Barbara Lee's Women and Climate Change Act (WCCA) of 2022 was reintroduced by Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI). WCCA addresses the global impact of climate change on women, and commits to empowering women in planning and implementation of sustainable solutions to combat the climate crisis. It also requires the development of practices to help communities embark on a path toward clean and sustainable development. The House … Continue Reading


March 08, 2022

Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Congresswoman Gwen Moore Introduce Resolution Recognizing “School Social Work Week”

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Congresswoman Gwen Moore introduced a resolution today recognizing "School Social Work Week." "As a social worker by profession and Chair of the Congressional Social Work Caucus, I know firsthand the vital role that social workers play in creating a positive environment at schools. Social workers are especially trained in helped students who face serious barriers to success, from discrimination to poverty to bullying. With this year's theme of … Continue Reading


March 07, 2022

Lawmakers urge swift FDA consideration of over-the-counter birth control

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Judy Chu (D-CA) led more than 50 of their colleagues in sending a letter today to Dr. Robert Califf, the newly confirmed commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, urging the agency to "follow the science" as it considers making birth control pills available to Americans over the counter, without the need for a prescription. "This is a critical issue for reproductive health, rights, and … Continue Reading


March 04, 2022

Reps. Lee, Beatty, Meeks, Bass and Plaskett Urge Humane and Non-Discriminatory Treatment for People of Color Fleeing Ukraine

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, led Representatives Joyce Beatty (OH-03), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus; Gregory W. Meeks (NY-05), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Karen Bass (CA-37), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations; and Stacey E. Plaskett (VI-At Large) in a letter to Ms. Ursula von … Continue Reading


March 02, 2022

Statement by Reps. Lee and Jayapal on House Resolution on Ukraine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Barbara Lee (CA-13), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Peace and Security Taskforce, and Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, issued the following statement following passage of H.Res. 956, Supporting the People of Ukraine: "Today, we voted yes on H.Res.956 to stand in solidarity with Ukrainians who are suffering under Russia's aggression, and to show our support for the courage, bravery, and … Continue Reading


March 02, 2022

CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE HONORS OAKLAND LEADER REGINA JACKSON ON HOUSE FLOOR

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Wednesday, Congresswoman Barbara Lee spoke on the House floor to honor constituent Regina Jackson for her service as President and CEO of the East Oakland Youth Development Center. Her remarks are transcribed below and can be viewed here. "Madame Speaker: I rise today to celebrate the retirement of Ms. Regina Jackson - a phenomenal leader and constituent - after over 27 years of service as President and CEO for the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC). … Continue Reading


March 01, 2022

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Celebrates Women’s History Month

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee issued the following statement in celebration of Women's History Month: "Women's History Month is an opportunity to celebrate the courage and accomplishments of trailblazing women in the East Bay and throughout the country. Our success as a nation has, and will forever be, linked to America's extraordinary women. "This year, as we recognize generations of pioneering women, we also celebrate the historic nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown … Continue Reading

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