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Moyers & Co., August 9, 2013
Congressman Paul Ryan recently said that Republicans "don't have a full-fledged" plan to fight poverty "because we need to do more listening to people who are in the trenches fighting poverty." He had the perfect opportunity to do just that....California Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee requested that he allow Tianna Gaines-Turner to testify. READ MORE
CBS News, August 1, 2013
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., explains her concerns with domestic surveillance and why she voted for the Amash amendment that would have restricted the government's surveillance authority. [VIDEO] READ MORE
Oakland Tribune, July 19, 2013
Three East Bay organizations will receive a total of more than $3 million in federal grants to help combat veteran homelessness. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, announced Wednesday that three organizations will receive a total of $3,029,906 in federal grants from the U.S. Veterans Affairs' Supportive Services for Veteran Families program. The organizations include the Berkeley Food and... READ MORE
ACLU, July 18, 2013
Yesterday, a House committee voted down an amendment offered by Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) that would have allowed the District of Columbia to use its own local funds to pay for abortion care for low-income women. READ MORE
KTVU, July 15, 2013
Congresswoman Barbara Lee said the protests in Oakland and elsewhere must remain peaceful. "We have to remember Dr. King's message of non-violence. Violence begets violence..... It's incumbent upon us in a democracy to protest, to exercise our First Amendment rights and to cry for justice." (VIDEO) READ MORE
Social Justice Solutions, July 10, 2013
Congressional Social Work Caucus Chair Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA13) joined with House colleagues Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA28) and Mike Quigley (D-IL5) recently to successfully shepherd an amendment through the House Appropriations Committee that added $3 million in funding for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program. READ MORE
The Hill, July 9, 2013
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus urged President Obama to take action on gun control legislation Tuesday at their first meeting with the president in more than two years. Obama "reaffirmed his commitment" to the issue during the White House meeting, one administration official said...."It's up to us; I think they [White House officials] are doing everything that they can do. It's the House that has not allowed these bills to come to the floor," said Rep. Barbara Lee.... READ MORE
Social Justice Solutions, June 25, 2013
LeBron James and the Miami Heat were not the only team to score a significant victory last week when the Heat bested the San Antonio Spurs to win the NBA championship. Last week social workers also scored a decisive victory. Though diminutive in height compared to King James, U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA13), chair of the Congressional Social Work Caucus, stood tall among her peers in Congress.... READ MORE
U.S. News and World Report, June 17, 2013
The AUMF is an overly broad, deeply concerning law that gives any president the authority to wage war at any time, in any place, for nearly any purpose. It has reportedly been invoked dozens of times around the world, including to deploy troops in Ethiopia, Yemen and the Philippines. The law allows for a state of perpetual war, which we cannot and must not sustain. Our troops, our nation, and our reputation around the world depend on it. READ MORE
MSNBC, June 17, 2013
Ahead of the House debate on a bill which would cut $20 billion in funding from food stamps, more than two dozen lawmakers are eating on a budget of just $4.50 a day. The leading Congresswoman behind the challenge, Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., joins Thomas Roberts to discuss. (VIDEO) READ MORE, June 14, 2013
More than two dozen members of Congress are eating on a budget of $4.50 a day this week, taking the SNAP challenge to live on the average budget of a food stamp recipient. The effort is timed with debate of the House farm bill, which in its current form would cut $20 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps. READ MORE
Talk Radio News Service, June 14, 2013
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) is among nearly 30 members of Congress who took the SNAP Challenge this week, and are eating on a Food Stamp budget of $4.50 per day, just as the average SNAP recipient would. "Getting your budget down to $4.50 a day is complicated," said Lee during a briefing Friday. READ MORE
Andrea Mitchell Reports, May 28, 2013
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., talks about the 10-year anniversary of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a game changer in the global fight against AIDS. (VIDEO) READ MORE
The Daily Beast, May 24, 2013
With the global war on terror officially over, it's worth recalling that she was probably the most prescient person in post-9/11 Washington, says Michael Tomasky. READ MORE
Huffington Post, May 22, 2013
In April, the sequester that had flown under the radar for most Americans at last entered the public spotlight. As cuts led to furloughs for air traffic controllers and other FAA personnel, flight delays frustrated passengers across the country. Congress responded by passing a bill to ease the burden on travelers, but the bill did nothing to mitigate the impact of the sequester on those .... READ MORE
AP, May 21, 2013
..."This has been an incredible achievement," said Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., a senior Congressional Black Caucus member who played major roles both in passing the original 2003 act and its 2008 renewal that significantly increased funding for AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis treatment in Africa and other areas of the developing world. READ MORE
San Jose Mercury News, May 9, 2013
California and other states would be pressured to amend or repeal criminal laws that single out HIV-positive people under a bipartisan bill co-authored and introduced this week by Rep. Barbara Lee. Lee, D-Oakland, said 32 states and two U.S. territories have laws that criminalize exposing another person to HIV even if the virus isn't actually transmitted. And 36 states have reported at least... READ MORE
Huffington Post, April 30, 2013
As we gather to mark April as Genocide Awareness month, to recognize atrocities across the world and throughout history, it's important not just to recognize the past, but to learn from it. READ MORE
Raw Story, April 24, 2013
Rep. Barbara Lee on Wednesday called for the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to be repealed. "I'm convinced that if we do not repeal this authorization to use force that I voted against in 2001, we are going to see this state of perpetual war forever," she told Current TV's John Fugelsang. (VIDEO) READ MORE
Hearst Washington Bureau, March 27, 2013
California Reps. Mike Honda, Barbara Lee, and Bill Moran were among 43 House Democrats who wrote the Office of Management and Budget today, requesting the exclusion of the Tiahrt Amendments from President Obama's 2014 budget. The Tiahrt Amendments have been a hot button issue on the gun-control front, as gun control advocates say they are preventing law enforcement from combating firearms-related violence. READ MORE