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Barbara Lee
South Florida Carribean News, December 16, 2015
A bipartisan group of twelve members of Congress announced the formation of a Cuba Working Group to develop policies that modernize relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a long-time leader in efforts to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba, will serve on the Working Group’s Steering Committee. READ MORE
The Huffington Post, December 4, 2015
Diapers are a significant financial burden on America's poorest parents, an essential expense not covered by the array of safety net programs that help some with food, medical care and housing. A group of congressional Democrats wants to see if new forms of direct diaper assistance from the government might be feasible. READ MORE
The Wilmington Journal , November 17, 2015
House Democrats, including California Congresswoman Barbara Lee, came to Howard University last Tuesday to dramatize how, they say, Republican-initiated federal funding policies are disproportionately hurting black and Hispanic college students, black and Hispanic families and the educational opportunities for all public school students. Lee, whose 13th district includes Oakland, Berkeley and Alameda, , said housing voucher cuts resulted in an additional 119,000 homeless people in California. Additionally, cuts to education programs and a decrease in the maximum Pell Grant award disproportionately affect students of color, she said. READ MORE
Pittsburgh Post Gazette , November 10, 2015
U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif. received scorching criticism in 2001 as the only U.S. legislator to vote against the resolution authorizing military force after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. At the time, she warned of the unintended consequences of the Authorization for Use of Military Force, which empowered force against nations, organizations or individuals that carried out the 9/11 attacks or helped those who did, “in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States” by such groups. READ MORE
Pittsburgh City Paper, November 4, 2015
In 2001, three days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee was famously the lone member of either chamber of Congress to vote against the Authorization for the Use of Military Force. (The House vote was 420-1.) Lee called the AUMF a “blank check” for presidents to wage war anywhere, any time. READ MORE
The New York Times, October 30, 2015
"As Paul Ryan begins his tenure as speaker of the House, he has an important duty to restore Congress’s constitutional role in debating and authorizing war. For Mr. Ryan’s first order of business, he should advance the repeal of the 2001 and 2002 war authorizations, which are still being used for military action in the Middle East. We owe the American people a debate on the merits of further intervention in Iraq and Syria. How can Congress ask our service members to risk their lives when it lacks the courage to debate this war?" READ MORE
The Guardian, October 20, 2015
America’s longest war continues to drag on with no end in sight. More than 14 years since the invasion of Afghanistan, our highly capable men and women in uniform have gone above and beyond the call of duty. They have done enough; it’s past time to bring them home. READ MORE
The Nation, October 15, 2015
Barbara Lee has always had the clearest vision when it comes to the US role in Afghanistan—and the rest of the world. The California congresswoman cast the sole vote in the US Congress against the Authorization for Use of Military Force resolution in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. READ MORE
Today, a bipartisan team introduced the Reach Every Mother and Child Act, a bold, bipartisan legislative initiative to accelerate the reduction of preventable maternal, newborn and childhood deaths worldwide. READ MORE
Rep. Barbara Lee met with Cuban President Raul Castro on Friday at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. President Obama earlier this month nominated Lee, D-Oakland, as a Representative of the United States to the 70th U.N. General Assembly. She’s been a longtime supporter of normalized relations with Cuba. READ MORE
News One, September 18, 2015
“In the march for social and racial justice, lawmakers are blessed to have many allies, including faith groups, community organizations, and passionate advocates,” U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) told NewsOne in an email response about the significance of faith in public service. “As we work to address the many challenges facing our nation, we need all members of our community, including people of faith, to raise their voices, demand change, and fight for social justice and racial justice.” READ MORE
NBC Bay Area, September 10, 2015
President Barack Obama intends to nominate a Bay Area legislator to represent the U.S. Congress at the United Nations, White House officials announced Thursday. READ MORE
USA Today, August 4, 2015
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus flew to Silicon Valley this week to turn up the heat on the nation's largest tech companies to hire more African Americans.... Leading the tour was Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., who called the dearth of African Americans in Silicon Valley just miles from her home district a "shameful lack of diversity." She said improving the diversity of the tech industry is a moral as well as a business and economic imperative. READ MORE
The Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2015
Among U.S. lawmakers at Monday’s event will be Rep. Barbara Lee (D., Calif.), a sponsor of legislation to lift the U.S. travel embargo against Cuba. She called the opening “another important step forward to ending more than five decades of failed policy toward Cuba. READ MORE
Democracy Now, July 9, 2015
"In the past, we’ve just been on the defense constantly, just defending a woman’s right to choose, a woman’s right to privacy, Roe v. Wade. Well, now it’s about time we take the offense," Lee says. "This is a major first step." READ MORE
The Kansas City Star, July 4, 2015
U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, a Democrat from California, has received the American Baptist Churches USA’s highest recognition, presented recently at the church’s Biennial Mission Summit in Overland Park. The Rev. Edwin T. Dahlberg Peace and Justice Award was presented to Lee for her efforts in those areas. READ MORE
National Public Radio, June 22, 2015
NPR shared the findings of this investigation with Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., a member of the Congressional Black Caucus who sits on a House subcommittee for veterans affairs. She points to similarities between these tests and the Tuskegee syphilis experiments, where U.S. government scientists withheld treatment from black sharecroppers in Alabama to observe the disease's progression. "I'm angry. I'm very sad," Lee says. "I guess I shouldn't be shocked when you look at the syphilis studies and all the other very terrible experiments that have taken place as it relates to African-Americans and people of color. But I guess I'm still shocked that, here we go again." READ MORE
Atlanta Daily World, June 17, 2015
During this week’s Congressional Black Caucus Message to America, Rep. Barbara Lee addressed the nation’s ongoing struggle against poverty. She quoted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1968 Two Americas Speech, saying, “One America is overflowing with the milk of prosperity and the honey of opportunity, while the other America transforms with the buoyancy of hope into the fatigue of despair.” READ MORE
BuzzFeed, May 21, 2014
Republicans on the Rules Committee shot down a separate amendment, introduced by Democratic Rep. Barabara Lee, which called for a report revealing all of the military actions that have been justified using the AUMF. Lee\92s amendment also called on Congress to review each action to determine whether any ongoing operations should be continued. READ MORE
Huffington Post, May 19, 2014
Reflecting on the nearly 13 years that have passed since Congress voted for the AUMF, the warning bells that few were ringing now appear prescient. In addition to providing the president the authority to wage war against anyone, anywhere, at any time, the single sentence of the AUMF serves as the legal justification for some of the most troubling U.S. policies. READ MORE