Press Releases

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Honors the Legacy of Activist and Labor Leader César Chávez

March 31, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) released the following statement celebrating César Chávez' life and legacy in recognition of his birthday, which is celebrated as a California state holiday on March 31: "On César Chávez Day, we honor an icon and a leader in the fight for equal rights and the dignity of working people. César made a difference not only for Latinos and migrant workers, but for all working people in this country, buildin… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Concludes Congressional Visit to Facilities Housing Unaccompanied Minors at the Border

March 29, 2021

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) today issued the following statement after joining Congressional delegations to facilities on the Texas border on March 26 and 27 including the Carrizo Springs Office of Refugee Resettlement and the El Paso Border Patrol Central Processing Center. "This is a heartbreaking situation that requires a long-term solution as well as urgent action to reunite families. "In the El Paso facility, I saw a young girl, about six years old, reunite with an old… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Recognizes #StopAsianHate Virtual Day of Action and Healing

March 26, 2021

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) today recognized the nationwide Day of Action and Healing following the recent spike in anti-Asian violence and hate crimes across the country. Congresswoman Lee, an executive board member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and Co-Chair of the CAPAC Healthcare Task Force, compiled video testimony from members of the East Bay community sharing uplifting messages to stand against hate and for unity. To see the videos, click h… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Applauds Historic Markup of Her Legislation to End Forever Wars

March 25, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) today applauded House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks (D-NY) and the rest of the House Foreign Affairs Committee for passing her legislation, H.R. 256, to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iraq resolution of 2002. The bill, which has passed the House twice in previous sessions of Congress, passed out of committee by a final bipartisan vote of 28-19 and will now head to the House floor for consid… Continue Reading

Rep. Lee, Sen. Menendez Reintroduce Bicameral Bill to End NRA-Backed Ban on Preservation, Disclosure of Gun Records

March 25, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.-13) and U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today reintroduced the Gun Records Restoration and Preservation Act. This bicameral legislation would repeal the Tiahrt Amendments - provisions that severely hamstring law enforcement's ability to solve and prosecute gun crimes, stop illegal gun trafficking and hold negligent gun dealers and owners accountable, while also providing special protections to the gun industry that compromise public safet… Continue Reading

Representatives Lee, DeGette, Schakowsky, Pressley Joined with Senators Duckworth, Murray, and Hirono to Reintroduce the EACH Act & Repeal the Harmful and Discriminatory Hyde Amendment

March 25, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Representatives Barbara Lee (CA-13), Diana DeGette (CO-01), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), and Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) led a group of 132 Democratic members of the House of Representatives in reintroducing the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act or the EACH Act. A companion bill was also introduced in the U.S. Senate, led by Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI). This legislation would repeal the discriminatory… Continue Reading

Lawmakers Urge President Biden to Rectify Alleged Cannabis Firings; Help End the Failed Policy of Cannabis Prohibition

March 25, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, 30 Members of Congress, led by Congressional Cannabis Caucus Co-Chairs U.S. Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Don Beyer (D-VA), Mondaire Jones (D-NY), and Jared Huffman (D-CA), urged President Joe Biden to rectify instances in which several White House staffers were reportedly suspended, put on probation, or asked to resign after honestly disclosing past cannabis use. In addressing these reports, the lawmakers asked the White House to clarify its empl… Continue Reading

Lee, Watson Coleman, Pressley, Omar, Moore Call on VP Harris to Support Passage of the CROWN Act in Both Chambers This Congress

March 22, 2021

Washington, DC - Today, Congressmembers Barbara Lee (CA-13), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Ilhan Omar (MN-05), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Gwen Moore (WI-04) announced the reintroduction of The Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN Act) in the House of Representatives. They simultaneously released a letter sent to Vice President Kamala Harris urging her to use her platform as the first Black woman to hold that office to help ensure the bill reaches the President's desk th… Continue Reading

Representative Lee, Senators Stabenow and Barrasso Introduce Bill to Increase Seniors’ Access to Behavioral Health Services

March 19, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) and U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), John Barrasso (R-WY) today reintroduced their bill to increase seniors' access to behavioral health services. The Improving Access to Mental Health Act of 2021 would ensure clinical social workers can provide their full range of services to Medicare beneficiaries and increase the Medicare program's reimbursement rate for clinical social workers, aligning it with that of other non-physician prov… Continue Reading

Reps. Lee and Buck Urge President Biden to Uphold Deadline for Withdrawal of U.S. Troops from Afghanistan

March 19, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Ken Buck (R-CO) sent a bipartisan letter to the White House urging President Biden to uphold the May 1, 2021 deadline for withdrawal of all remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan, where the United States is engaged in the longest war in our nation's history. The Interim National Security Strategic Guidance the White House released in early March states that "[t]he United States should not, and will not, engage in 'forever wars' that ha… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Applauds Passage of Historic Immigration Legislation

March 18, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) today voted to pass H.R. 6, The American Dream and Promise Act of 2021, a landmark bill that provides vital protections to up to 3.4 million immigrants, many of whom have spent much of their lives in the United States. This legislation offers a path to Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status for Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients, and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients. Dreamers who are eligible for protection un… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Applauds House Reintroduction of Medicare for All

March 17, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) today joined Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Debbie Dingell (MI-12) in introducing the Medicare for All Act of 2021 as an original cosponsor. This landmark bill is supported by more than half of House Democrats and provides comprehensive benefits to all with no copays, private insurance premiums, deductibles, or other cost-sharing. This legislation is being introduced today exactly one year after COVID-19 was confirmed in all 50… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Votes to Remove Time Limit Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment

March 17, 2021

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) voted to pass the H.J.Res. 17, legislation that removes the arbitrary time limit for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, taking a critical step toward ensuring the ERA becomes the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Nearly 100 years ago, the Equal Rights Amendment was drafted, stating that "equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged." A century later, the ERA is still not a part of the U.S. Constitutio… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Votes to Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

March 17, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) voted to pass H.R. 1620, Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021, a bipartisan and robust reauthorization bill. The landmark Violence Against Women Act of 1994 ushered in transformative progress by calling for the protection of all Americans from violence and abuse and providing resources and support for survivors of domestic violence. This critical reauthorization will protect and expand these critical protections for wo… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee, Senator Sanders and Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Combat Corporate Greed and End Outrageous CEO Pay

March 17, 2021

Washington, DC - Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) along with Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), on Wednesday introduced the Tax Excessive CEO Pay Act to take on corporate greed by raising taxes on companies that pay their top executives at least 50 times more than the pay of a median worker. Americans across the political spectrum are outraged by the extreme gaps between CEO and worker pay. Accord… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Lee and Senator Stabenow Reintroduce Legislation Marking World Social Work Day

March 16, 2021

Washington DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) reintroduced legislation celebrating World Social Work Day, which is recognized this year on March 16, 2021. "Social workers have helped the United States live up to its value of equality by successfully advocating for equal rights for all people, no matter their race, sexual identity, gender, gender expression, culture, or religion;" wrote the lawmakers in the resolution. "The social work profession … Continue Reading

Lee, Pocan & Auchincloss Lead 50 Members Urging Biden to Cut Defense Budget

March 16, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, co-chairs of the Defense Spending Reduction Caucus, Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), Mark Pocan (D-WI) as well as Marine veteran Representative Jake Auchincloss (D-MA9), led a letter of 50 colleagues to President Biden urging him to decrease the Pentagon's budget in his forthcoming proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2022. Under Donald Trump, the defense budget ballooned to $740 billion-a more than 20% increase during his tenure. As over 535,000 Americans have lost their l… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Leads Colleagues in Calling on President Biden to Increase Funding for Domestic HIV/AIDS Programs

March 16, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), along with Representatives Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (PR-At Large) and Maxine Waters (CA-43), led 30 colleagues in a letter urging President Biden to significantly increase funding for domestic HIV/AIDS programs and reestablish the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP). "As you and your Administration draft your Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request, we urge you to significantly increase funding for domestic HIV/AIDS programs," the lawmakers wrote.… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Leads Colleagues in Sending a Letter to Biden Calling for Increases to Nutrition Safety Net Funding

March 16, 2021

Washington, D.C. -- Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), along with Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA), Ted Deutch (D-FL), and Alcee Hastings (D-FL), led 48 members of Congress in a letter urging President Biden to increase funding levels for the federal nutrition safety net programs in the Fiscal Year 2022 budget. "SNAP is the nation's first line of defense against hunger. SNAP is especially vital for vulnerable populations. More than 85 percent of all SNAP benefits go to households with child… Continue Reading

Rep. Lee and Sen. Warren Reintroduce Legislation to Invest in COVID-19 Resources for Medically Underserved Communities

March 12, 2021

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) reintroduced the COVID Community Care Act-legislation that provides emergency funding for community organizations in medically underserved communities that suffer from health disparities to take action as part of the larger public health effort to contain COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted communities of color and Native communities. Black and Latinx people are dying a… Continue Reading

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