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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 Lee Applauds Passage of Amendment to Protect State Marijuana Laws
Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representative adopted an amendment to the Financial Services Appropriations bill to protect state laws and provide greater transparency and certainty to businesses operating in state marijuana markets. “I am very pleased to see this amendment pass. Congress must respect state’s laws,” said Congresswoman Lee. “Providing access to critical banking services is an important component in ensuring transparency, accountability, and safety in this legitimate and regulated marketplace.” The amendment was led by Congressman Denny Heck (D-WA) and co-sponsored by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA.) The amendment was adopted with 231 votes.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee Announces $900K STEM Grant
For Immediate Release: July 17, 2014 Contact: Katherine Jolly (510)763-0370   Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) announced Alameda-based Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS) will receive a $899,841 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to increase enrollment and retention of women in community college STEM courses. “I am pleased that the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science has been selected to receive this important and competitive funding,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee.   “It is our obligation to ensure that young women are both encouraged and supported as they pursue studies and careers in STEM related fields so they are prepared to contribute and thrive in the economy of the future.” This federal award will fund IWITTS’s online professional development about evidence-based practices in outreach, teaching skills and learning to increase enrollment and retenti
Congresswoman Lee Joins Tianna Gaines-Turner on Melissa Harris-Perry
Congresswoman Lee Joins Tianna Gaines-Turner on Melissa Harris-Perry From: Rep. Barbara Lee Views: 43 0 ratings Time: 09:59 More in News & Politics
Congresswoman Lee's Statement on Tragic Crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17
Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement concerning the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: “My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the families, friends and loved ones of those killed in this terrible crash.” “Many of those on board were en route to the 20th International AIDS Conference and I had the privilege of working with them over the last two decades.  They will be missed but their work, passion and drive to end this epidemic lives on in each of us.” Congresswoman Barbara Lee is a Melbourne Declaration Ambassador for the 20th International AIDS Conference and has attended every conference since 1998.



 
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