The Real War on Christmas: The War on the Poor
Huffington Post, December 24, 2013
January 8 will be the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, and it's time for us to redouble our efforts to lift everyone out of poverty: children, elderly, new immigrants, communities of color, and those struggling to find a job. That's my hope this Christmas season. READ MORE
23,000 Local Residents Will Lose Unemployment Benefits, says Congresswoman Lee
Oakland Local, December 20, 2013
Congresswoman Barbara Lee visited Oakland's Private Industry Council's Career Center at 1212 Broadway in Oakland on Thursday morning to show her support to 23,000 local residents whose unemployment benefits not being extended. Congressional Republicans refused to back the extension, saying it would cost the country $26 billion over two years. Now more than 1.3 million Americans nationally will be without an income. READ MORE
Mandela: My Witness to Greatness
Huffington Post, December 13, 2013
Throughout my 30 years of public service, I have had the privilege to travel throughout the world and meet and work with many heads of state and liberation movement leaders. There is no trip that will be as memorable and impactful as my most recent one to South Africa as part of the official delegation to President Mandela's memorial service. It was a truly humbling experience. It was one that ... READ MORE
Congresswoman Barbara Lee was first elected to Congress in 1998, in a special election to fill the seat of retiring Congressman Ron Dellums.
In 2007, after serving on the International Relations and Financial Services Committees, she joined the House Appropriations Committee, which controls the federal purse strings and is widely viewed as one of the most powerful committees in Congress. On that committee, she serves on the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Subcommittee, the Foreign Operations Subcommittee and the Financial Services Subcommittee.
In 2009, Congresswoman Lee was also appointed to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Barbara Lee is the co-founder of the Progressive Caucus, and the Out of Iraq and Out of Poverty Caucuses. She is a Senior Democratic Whip, and the former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Among her many legislative victories, Congresswoman Lee's Darfur divestment bill was signed into law in 2008. She has been a leader in the bipartisan effort in Congress to end the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan. She was arrested for protesting the genocide in front of the Sudanese embassy in Washington in June 2006 and has traveled to the Darfur region several times.
Congresswoman Lee's accomplishments in promoting effective, bipartisan legislation to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and bring treatment to the infected have earned her international recognition as a leader in the fight against global HIV/AIDS. Her bills to create the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, to protect AIDS orphans, and to create a $15 billion fund to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria were all signed into law.
She has also been a leader in the fight to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in the U.S., particularly in the African American community. In 1998, she helped declare a state of emergency in Alameda County to order to secure more funds to fight the disease, and the House has passed her resolution recognizing the goals of National Black AIDS Awareness Day every year since 2005.
Congresswoman Lee's willingness to stand on principle earned her international acclaim when she was the only member of Congress to vote against giving President Bush a blank check to wage war after the horrific attacks on September 11, 2001.
In addition to being one of Congress' most vocal opponents to the war in Iraq, Congresswoman Lee has been a leader in promoting policies that foster international peace, security and human rights. She successfully blocked funds from being used to establish permanent military bases in Iraq during the 109th Congress. She sponsored legislation disavowing the doctrine of preemptive war.
In her other congressional work, Barbara Lee is committed to eradicating poverty, fostering opportunity and protecting the most vulnerable in our society. In the wake of hurricane Katrina, she authored the poverty section of the Congressional Black Caucus' Gulf Coast reconstruction legislation and introduced a package of bills designed to make poverty eradication a priority for Congress.