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Barbara Lee
The Hill, April 13, 2017
The lone member of Congress to vote against the Afghanistan War in 2001 is calling for Congress to come back in session and repeal that war authorization after the military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb in the country. READ MORE
San Francisco Chronicle, April 10, 2017
When President Trump authorized unleashing 59 Tomahawk missiles on an airfield in Syria last week, he both ignored the Constitution and dragged us deeper into an intractable and dangerous conflict. Even the overly broad 2001 resolution cannot be properly construed to allow unilateral military action against a sovereign nation in these circumstances. READ MORE
Huffington Post, April 8, 2017
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) received death threats after she cast her vote against launching the “war on terror.” She was the only member of Congress to do it. But 16 years later, the California Democrat would do it again. The airstrikes launched by President Donald Trump on Syria this week only further convince her that her vote was the right one. READ MORE
The Hill, March 10, 2017
“The bill I am introducing today prohibits the Department of Defense from funding any attempt by the administration to expand our presence in Syria by putting U.S. combat boots on the ground,” Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said in a statement to The Hill. READ MORE
NBC News, March 1, 2017
As President Donald Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress last night, it wasn't hard to miss a group of Democratic lawmakers—all women--dressed in white amid a sea of navy, black and charcoal suits. Multiple women, notably African American legislators, also sported an accessory: black flowers pinned to their lapels. READ MORE
New York Times, February 28, 2017
Facing a fierce backlash after she called historically black colleges and universities “real pioneers” of school choice, Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, spent Tuesday afternoon backtracking on the controversial statement and highlighting the institutions’ roots in racism and segregation. READ MORE
MSNBC, February 28, 2017
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., a staunch advocate of the Affordable Care Act, discusses Republicans' plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. READ MORE
Mic, February 28, 2017
Anyone watching Trump's joint address to Congress this evening may have noticed a sea of white pantsuits being worn by the Democratic women present, like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Katherine Clark (D-Mass.). READ MORE
DailyKos, February 21, 2017
Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13) is no fan of Ex-Breitbart boss Steve Bannon, for good cause. Early in February, Lee said she was looking for remedies to remove Bannon and today she introduced one: a bill to force Congress to vote on Bannon’s unprecedented political appointment to our critical National Security Council. READ MORE
Politico, February 21, 2017
Twelve House Democrats and one Republican are calling on President Donald Trump to formally declare war against the Islamic State and submit a resolution to Congress that limits his war powers — a request that is not likely to be heeded. READ MORE
KQED News, February 19, 2017
The Affordable Care Act drew cheers and applause at Democrat-led town halls held Saturday morning in San Francisco, Oakland and Martinez. In Oakland, hundreds joined Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee at a grade school in Fruitvale. READ MORE
BuzzFeed News, February 2, 2017
Rep. Barbara Lee of California condemned President Trump’s “empty threats” to pull federal funding from the University of California, Berkeley, after last night’s violent protests against outspoken Trump supporter and alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. READ MORE
San Francisco Chronicle, February 2, 2017
Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee wants Stephen Bannon, the White House chief strategist, booted from his permanent position on the National Security Council, an unprecedented appointment by President Trump. READ MORE
The Hill, February 1, 2017
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) on Wednesday accused President Trump of offering "lip service" to the black community during his speech honoring Black History Month. Lee pointed to Trump's feuding last month with Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who boycotted Trump's inauguration, and called on the president to work with the Congressional Black Caucus. READ MORE
Yahoo News, February 1, 2017
Rep. Barbara Lee and the chairs of four Democratic caucuses in the House of Representatives are demanding President Trump remove his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, from the National Security Council, arguing that Bannon’s appointment to the group is “dangerous.” READ MORE
East Bay Express, January 31, 2017
Rep. Barbara Lee’s been there before. She was the lone vote against the invasion of Afghanistan after 9/11. She served as the East Bay’s Congresswoman during the Iraq War, the PATRIOT Act, the Recession. She’s seen it all — or so she thought. Now, it’s the era of Donald Trump. That’s why the Express spoke to Lee this past Friday, which marked Trump’s first week as president. READ MORE
Time, January 31, 2017
In the 40 years that the Hyde amendment has persisted, my moral outrage at its blatant discrimination against poor women has not wavered. Neither has my resolve to see it dismantled once and for all. That's why, in 2015, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and I introduced the EACH Woman Act. READ MORE
East Bay Express, January 30, 2017
One year ago today, I held a gun violence town hall in West Oakland, featuring young activists from the East Bay. At that town hall, I had the honor of meeting 19-year-old Roderick “Travon” Godfrey, an Oakland native, painfully impacted by the violence in his community. READ MORE
New York Times, January 27, 2017
There are varying degrees of absurdity in the fallacies President Trump peddled during his first week in the Oval Office. Perhaps the most damaging was his insistence that millions of Americans voted illegally in the election he narrowly won. READ MORE
NBC News, January 21, 2017
What do you do on Trump's inauguration day if you're one of the most liberal members of Congress? You can't burn things in the streets with the anarchists or day-drink like many despondent Democratic staffers. If you're California Rep. Barbara Lee, who represents Berkeley and distinguished herself early in the last great era of liberal opposition by being the only member of Congress to vote against George W. Bush's post-9/11 military authorization, you hang out with Michael Moore and prepare to go once more into the breach. READ MORE