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AP, May 21, 2013
..."This has been an incredible achievement," said Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., a senior Congressional Black Caucus member who played major roles both in passing the original 2003 act and its 2008 renewal that significantly increased funding for AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis treatment in Africa and other areas of the developing world. READ MORE
San Jose Mercury News, May 9, 2013
California and other states would be pressured to amend or repeal criminal laws that single out HIV-positive people under a bipartisan bill co-authored and introduced this week by Rep. Barbara Lee. Lee, D-Oakland, said 32 states and two U.S. territories have laws that criminalize exposing another person to HIV even if the virus isn't actually transmitted. And 36 states have reported at least... READ MORE
Huffington Post, April 30, 2013
As we gather to mark April as Genocide Awareness month, to recognize atrocities across the world and throughout history, it's important not just to recognize the past, but to learn from it. READ MORE
Raw Story, April 24, 2013
Rep. Barbara Lee on Wednesday called for the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to be repealed. "I'm convinced that if we do not repeal this authorization to use force that I voted against in 2001, we are going to see this state of perpetual war forever," she told Current TV's John Fugelsang. (VIDEO) READ MORE
Hearst Washington Bureau, March 27, 2013
California Reps. Mike Honda, Barbara Lee, and Bill Moran were among 43 House Democrats who wrote the Office of Management and Budget today, requesting the exclusion of the Tiahrt Amendments from President Obama's 2014 budget. The Tiahrt Amendments have been a hot button issue on the gun-control front, as gun control advocates say they are preventing law enforcement from combating firearms-related violence. READ MORE
National Catholic Reporter, March 27, 2013
Highlights from an immigration forum at St. Elizabeth High School in Oakland. READ MORE
MSNBC, March 24, 2013
The Congresswoman joined a discussion on the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC to talk about marriage equality and other hot topics. (VIDEO) READ MORE
Current TV, March 19, 2013
On the 10-year anniversary of America's invasion of Iraq, Current TV's John Fugelsang talks with Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., who holds the distinction of being the only member of Congress to vote against both the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force resolution following the Sept. 11 attacks as well as the 2002 Iraq War Resolution. (VIDEO) READ MORE
Raw Story, March 19, 2013
Speaking on the floor of the House on Tuesday to mark the 10th anniversary of America's invasion of Iraq, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) gave a somber postmortem on the war she's consistently opposed, warning her colleagues to never forget the Bush administration's tactics in the country's rush to a needless and costly slaughter. READ MORE
SF Chronicle, March 19, 2013
On the tenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, there's really only one DC politician worth hearing from: Oakland's own Rep. Barbara Lee. The Democrat was the ONLY member of Congress not to authorize President George W. Bush to use force in the war on terror. READ MORE
MSNBC, March 7, 2013
WATCH Rep. Barbara Lee on MSNBC's Jansing & Co. discussing drones, the Authorization for Use of Military Force., her bill HR 198 to repeal AUMF, and President Obama's nomination of John Brennan. (VIDEO) READ MORE
The Hill, March 5, 2013
Last weekend, I joined The Faith and Politics Institute on their annual Congressional Civil Rights pilgrimage to Alabama. I've taken this trip several times, but its significance this year could not be more poignant. While we have come a long way and much progress has been made, the many battles fought forty eight years ago in Selma are still raging, but this time we're not fighting in the streets, we're fighting in the courts. READ MORE
Politico, February 28, 2013
This week, all eyes are on Congress. Sequester is looming, and these indiscriminate cuts would not only hurt the poor first, but hurt them the most. Nearly 50 million of our neighbors -- almost 16 million of them children -- live in poverty; in the richest nation in the world, this is deplorable, unconscionable, but above all, solvable. READ MORE
Alameda Patch, February 22, 2013
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) announced today that $2.5 million in federal funding has been made available for HIV services in Alameda County. The money from the Department of Health and Human Services will be used to enhance access to care for low-income individuals and families as well as strengthen strategies to reach minority populations. READ MORE
Rockridge Patch, February 15, 2013
Congresswoman Barbara Lee on Friday introduced a new bill in the House of Representatives that would create a Cabinet-level "Department of Peacebuilding." In a press release, Lee said "peacebuilding" encompasses both activities that target the root causes of violence and broad measures used to prevent violent conflict and create sustainable peace. READ MORE
Current TV, February 13, 2013
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., talks to Current TV about the gun control comments President Obama made during his State of the Union address. Lee believes gun victims deserve not only a vote on the legislation, as Obama emphasized, but also "a call for these bills to be passed." (VIDEO) READ MORE
MSNBC, February 12, 2013
"People need to be able to vote in an easy manner," said Congresswoman Barbara Lee in a special edition of Hardball after President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. (VIDEO) READ MORE
Politic365, February 6, 2013
On Tuesday, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) revealed that she would be reintroducing legislation that would require an audit of the Pentagon in the 113th Congress.... ''Oftentimes my colleagues don't really realize that the Pentagon has not been audited, cannot be audited, and we need it audited," Lee said at a Capitol Hill press conference. READ MORE
Daily Kos, February 6, 2013
On Tuesday, House Progressives offered the first and only deficit reduction plan to come out of Congress so far in 2013 that would create jobs and avoid the budget sequester. Nobody has a better plan than this. Not House Republicans, not Senate Democrats, and not the president. It's sensible, responsible, and with $1.7 trillion in spending cuts and $1.7 trillion in new revenues, it's the definition of balanced. READ MORE
McClatchy Newspapers, January 28, 2013
As another debt-deal deadline looms in Congress, an unusual alliance of lawmakers has joined forces to put the Pentagon budget under greater scrutiny and to end the almost carte blanche status it enjoyed in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In a letter to President Barack Obama and congressional leaders, 11 Democratic and 11 Republican lawmakers asked that Defense Department spending be put squarely on the table in the coming clashes over debt reduction. READ MORE

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