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Barbara Lee
SB Nation, September 29, 2017
By the time Barbara Lee, a black Democratic lawmaker from Oakland, had caught up on the news, it almost seemed too late. Trump’s base was already taking victory laps. The assumption from the right was that it’d won. READ MORE
MSNBC, September 23, 2017
President Trump took the unusual step of personally berating several prominent black sports figures. Rep. Barbara Lee observes what she considers to be a history of racial animus in the president. READ MORE
Los Angeles Times, September 22, 2017
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) are right to want to do something about it. Their Confederate Monument Removal Act, submitted to Congress this month, would bar statues of people who played a role in the rebellion from the National Statuary Hall and other public areas in the building. READ MORE
Mic, September 21, 2017
Waters’ Mandatory Minimum Reform Act of 2017 does away with mandates on the length of punishments for federal drug offenses. The proposed sentencing legislation has four cosponsors, including Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.). READ MORE
Huffington Post, September 19, 2017
Some condemned Trump’s remarks as “dangerous.” Others praised the speech for being “strong.” Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) called Trump’s remarks “dangerous,” and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) accused the president of using the U.N. to “threaten war.” READ MORE
The Beat DC, September 18, 2017
If you look up “woke” in the dictionary, you will see Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA). No, seriously. The latest edition of the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of "woke" includes a quote from the Congresswoman as the example of how to use the word in a sentence. READ MORE
Los Angeles Times, September 13, 2017
The brand new Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of "woke" includes a a quote from Rep. Barbara Lee as the example of how to use the word in a sentence. READ MORE
Talking Points Memo, September 8, 2017
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) are sponsoring the bicameral bill that calls for the removal of the Confederate monuments from the National Statuary Hall within 120 days. READ MORE
New York Times, September 7, 2017
Democratic lawmakers have introduced a measure to remove Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and California Rep. Barbara Lee introduced the measure Thursday in the House and Senate. READ MORE
Los Angeles Times, September 7, 2017
On the heels of a clash between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Virginia last month, Rep. Barbara Lee wants statues of Confederate heroes removed from the U.S. Capitol. READ MORE
Washington Post, September 7, 2017
Two Democratic lawmakers are taking the movement to remove Confederate memorials to Capitol Hill. Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.) and Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) introduced Senate and House versions of the Confederate Monument Removal Act, which would mandate the removal of all statues of those who voluntarily served the Confederate States of America from the National Statuary Hall Collection within 120 days. READ MORE
CNN: State of the Union, September 3, 2017
On State of the Union, our panel of Rick Santorum, Neera Tanden, Rep. Barbara Lee and Carlos Gutierrez discuss President Trump's potential repeal of DACA. READ MORE
The Hill, August 25, 2017
California Democratic Reps. Jared Huffman and Barbara Lee submitted amendments to prohibit the use of federal funds to pay the salaries of Miller and Gorka, specifically naming both aides in the legislative text. READ MORE
MSNBC: The Rachel Maddow Show, August 22, 2017
Congresswoman Barbara Lee talks with Rachel Maddow about why she is disappointed that Donald Trump flip flopped on his previous position of withdrawal from Afghanistan. READ MORE
San Francisco Chronicle, August 21, 2017
Sixteen years ago, Rep. Barbara Lee was the sole member of Congress to vote against authorizing the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. She warned at the time that granting President George W. Bush open-ended approval to use military force would lead to “war without end.” READ MORE
Slate, August 7, 2017
The House Appropriations Committee’s voice vote on June 29, to approve an amendment repealing the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force, came as a surprise to congressional leaders; reporters on Capitol Hill; and the amendment’s sponsor, Rep. Barbara Lee of California. “Whoa,” Lee tweeted just after the vote, sharing a photo of the amendment, which was to be added to a defense appropriations bill. READ MORE
Politico, July 30, 2017
The anti-war congresswoman—from an ultraliberal congressional district that includes Berkeley, California—has somehow managed to spark an uprising, joined by rank-and-file Republicans, against House Speaker Paul Ryan. Their demand: Repeal the 2001 war authorization against Al Qaeda and begin debating a new authorization better suited for the wars of today. READ MORE
San Francisco Chronicle, July 29, 2017
The battle to change the military-force resolution is personal for Lee, who has been in Congress since 1998. In 2001, she was the lone member of Congress to oppose the bill, which passed the House, 420-1. While that vote made her a hero to the antiwar movement, it also brought her a flood of hate mail and death threats from across the nation. READ MORE
The Hill, July 26, 2017
House Democrats are up in arms over the Trump administration’s move to slash teen pregnancy programs, pressing officials to justify the decision. In a letter to Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price, 148 Democrats on Tuesday warned of a harmful “ripple effect across communities” if the administration axes HHS’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP), an Obama-era initiative intended to curb unintended teen pregnancies. READ MORE
The Hill, July 24, 2017
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) is fighting back at Republican efforts to quell her push for a speedy new war authorization bill. Lee on Monday submitted two amendments to the House Rules Committee that would sunset the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and force a debate and vote on what she describes as “perpetual” U.S. wars. READ MORE