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U.S. Representative for California, serving East Bay voters from 1998 to 2013 - member of the Democratic Party.
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ENG: Barbara Jean Lee (born July 16, 1946) is the U.S. Representative for California's 13th congressional district, serving East Bay voters from 1998 to 2013 during a time when the region was designated California's 9th congressional district. She is a member of the Democratic Party. She was the first woman to represent the 9th district and is also the first woman to represent the 13th district. Lee was the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and was the Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Lee is notable as the only member of either house of Congress to vote against the authorization of use of force following the September 11, 2001 attacks. This made her a hero among many in the anti-war movement. Lee has been a vocal critic of the war in Iraq and supports legislation ...
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Congresswoman Barbara Lee Opposes Debt Ceiling Deal

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) released the following statement in opposition to the debt ceiling deal released on Sunday night: “Of course, I don’t want to see our nation default, but after having reviewed this deal in detail, for a number of reasons, I am simply unable to support it. “First, it totally fails to address the urgent and most pressing crisis in the country: the lack of jobs and economic growth. At a time when investments are needed to jump start our economy and put people back to work, I believe this deal and its cuts-only approach is the wrong approach. ...

Lee Introd. Bill to Repeal the Authoriz. to Use Milit. Force

Congresswoman Barbara Lee, like Jeanette Rankin before her, bravely stood alone in Congress against a vote for war, the vote in 2001 for the so-called Authorization to Use Military Force, a Constitutionally dubious passing of the war decision buck to President Bush and his successors. A majority of Americans now believes that the Afghanistan War that followed that authorization never should have been begun and should, in fact, be ended. So, the Congresswoman, along with initial cosponsors Jones, Woolsey, Grijalva, Conyers, and Honda, is offering us a second chance, a chance to get our response ...

Rep. Barbara Lee: Race Is Still a Factor in America

Recently the question has again surfaced: “Do we live in a post-racial America?” While I recognize and celebrate the many victories won by the civil rights movement and the progress our society has made in facing issues of ongoing racial inequality, highlighted by the historic election of President Barack Obama, our nation still must address the many structural inequalities that have left far too many communities of color behind. Simply put, race is a factor in the growing economic inequalities we have in this country, and we can no longer afford to sweep this issue under the ...

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee Marks Caribbean American Heritage Month
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 Contact: Katherine Jolly (510) 763-0370 Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) offered the following statement on her resolution marking June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month:   “It’s an honor to celebrate June as Caribbean American Heritage Month and the unique relationship between the United States and the Caribbean region. Our history and culture have been enriched by our Caribbean neighbors and this month is a wonderful time to reflect on our common past.  From trade, energy and immigration to HIV/AIDS and disaster preparedness, the United States and the Caribbean benefit from a number of mutual policy interests. I was proud to reintroduce my Caribbean American Heritage Month Resolution, H. Res. 610, recognizing the significance of the Caribbean people and their many contributions to the United States. I will continue to work with partners in the Caribbean and Caribbean American c
Congresswoman Lee Issues a Statement Regarding the Passing of Albany Mayor Peggy Thomsen
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Contact: Katherine Jolly, (510)-763-0370   Washington, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee issued the following statement regarding the passing of Albany Mayor Peggy Thomsen: “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Albany Mayor Peggy Thomsen, and my thoughts and prayers go out to her friends, family and the entire Albany community. “Mayor Thomsen was a consummate public servant whose commitment to local government and service to the community was unmatched.  A 47 year resident of Albany, California, Thomsen was serving her fourth term as mayor.   Prior to being elected to mayor, she spent 14 years on the City Council (1996-2004 and 2008-14) and previously served 16 years on the Albany Unified School District School Board. “Peggy Thompson was passionate about education.  After earning her B.A. and M.A. degrees at California State University, Fresno, Mayor Thomsen went on to earn a Ph.D.
Congresswoman Lee Responds to President Obama's Remarks on Iraq
For Immediate Release: Friday, June 13, 2014 Contact: Katherine Jolly, (510)-763-0370 Washington, DC - Today, Following President Obama's remarks concerning the crisis in Iraq, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) issued the following statement:  "After more than a decade of war, thousands of America lives and billions of dollars, the American people are looking to Congress to promote security and diplomacy," said Congresswoman Lee. "The ongoing crisis in Iraq is the tragic product of President George W. Bush's unnecessary and unjust 2003 invasion. The response must not be more military action, but a political process led by the Iraqis and representative of all Iraqis. "Earlier this week, during the Appropriations Committee committee consideration of the Fiscal year 2015 Department of Defense funding bill, Congresswoman Lee offered an amendment, based on her bipartisan legislation (HR 3852),  to repeal the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Iraq.&n
Congresswoman Lee Discusses Legislation to End Federal Harassment of Medical Marijuana on KGO
Congresswoman Lee Discusses Legislation to End Federal Harassment of Medical Marijuana on KGO From: Rep. Barbara Lee Views: 36 7 ratings Time: 00:52 More in News & Politics

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