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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 Calls for Pro-Women, Pro-Family Policies on Equal Pay Day
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement marking Equal Pay Day. This day symbolizes when the average woman’s paycheck finally catches up to men’s paychecks from the previous year: “In 2016, equal pay for equal work should be the reality. Yet, millions of hardworking women continue to experience institutionalized sexism with every paycheck. On average, for every dollar that a man earns, women earn just 79 cents. For women of color, the situation is even worse. On average, African-American women earn just 60 cents on the dollar and Latinas earn a mere 55 cents for every dollar paid to white men. Pay inequity doesn’t just hurt women, it hurts families and our economy. When women are underpaid, families have less for everyday essentials. With the pay lost because of the wage gap, the average woman could buy 83 weeks of groceries. This is just wrong. In 2016, the wage gap belongs in history books, not paychecks. I am proud to be working with
Congresswoman Lee Calls for a New War On Poverty
Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee joined House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, House Democrats, and anti-poverty experts at a House Democratic Steering and Policy hearing entitled “The Failure of Trickle Down Economics in the War on Poverty.” Among the witnesses was Oakland resident Violet Henderson, who shared her personal story of overcoming poverty. “The testimony we heard today highlighted the daily struggles faced by more than 46 million Americans. For too many families, buying groceries, paying rent and accessing medical care is a daily struggle. In the richest nation on Earth, it is a disgrace that so many are living on the edge. My constituent, Violet Henderson, spoke movingly on her personal experience escaping poverty as a victim of sex trafficking and a formerly-incarcerated individual. Violet has succeeded against seemingly insurmountable odds. Her story is an example of the resilience and dedication of many struggling Ame
Congresswoman Barbara Lee Responds to Republican Failure to Meet Statutory Budget Deadline
Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a member of the House Budget Committee, released this statement on the Republican failure to meet the critical April 15th budget deadline: “Republicans failing to meet the statutory deadline for budget enactment is simply unacceptable. The American people deserve better than a do-nothing Republican Congress that consistently misses critical legal deadlines that are vital for our economy and the future of American families. No family, organization or company could operate without a budget, why do Republicans think that our government can? Perhaps more shocking than the failure to meet the law’s requirements, is the reason for the failure. Despite a draconian budget that slashes proven anti-poverty programs by 62 percent, the GOP budget wasn’t extreme enough for the Tea Party wing of the Republican caucus. For these Tea Partiers, ending the Medicare guarantee and $6.5 trillion in cuts isn’t enough austerity. This failure cl
Congresswoman Lee Welcomes Secretary Castro to the East Bay to Tour the Oakland Housing Authority Leadership Training Center
Oakland, CA – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee welcomed the Honorable Julian Castro, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, to the East Bay to participate in a tour of the Oakland Housing Authority’s Leadership Training Center and learn more about OHA’s unique partnership with the Oakland Unified School District. “I am pleased that Secretary Castro accepted my invitation to come to the East Bay to meet with the Oakland Housing Authority and Superintendent Antwan Wilson. Oakland’s data sharing agreement and other OHA programs help parents contribute to their children’s education and success,” said Congresswoman Lee. “I am thrilled to highlight the innovative cross-sector collaboration between OHA and OUSD, as well discuss ways to expand Oakland’s successful model to other communities around the country.” Following the tour, Congresswoman Lee hosted a roundtable discussion with Secretary Castro, local elected officials and community stakeholders to discuss affo

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