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Barbara Lee Has to Vote

Twenty years after her historic vote against invading Afghanistan, the California congresswoman is still speaking up and taking action. Representative Barbara Lee was in a hurry. The House was preparing to advance a multitrillion-dollar budget blueprint and voting rights bill during a rare August session, ending a standoff with a gang of conservative Democrats threatening …

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As Afghanistan Collapses, a Lament for ‘Repeating the Same Mistakes’

Shifting objectives led to the expansion of a war that dragged on for almost two decades, and is ending in chaos. Few people in Congress have stood as alone as Representative Barbara Lee did on Sept. 14, 2001. Three days earlier, the United States had endured the most devastating attack ever on its soil. Now …

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In War, Americans Are Deaf to the Prophetic Voice

Let us now praise Rep. Barbara Lee. On September 14, 2001, three days after Al-Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the House of Representatives was debating H.J. Res. 64, which would give President George W. Bush carte blanche to use military force in the newly “declared” war on terror. The first …

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Road to vindication for California’s Barbara Lee, lone congressmember to vote against Afghanistan war

Twenty years ago, Rep. Barbara Lee stood before her House colleagues and pleaded with them not to give President Bush a blank check to wage war against the remote, lawless nation accused of harboring the Sept. 11 terrorists. “Let’s just pause, just for a minute, and think through the implications of our actions today, so …

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Statement on Afghanistan Crisis

The people of Afghanistan are facing a terrible tragedy. It is crucial that we ensure the safe evacuation of Americans and allies, including our Afghan allies. That must be our top priority. This is an untenable and dire situation, and we have a moral obligation to protect Afghans seeking refuge. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) released …

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Road to vindication for California’s Barbara Lee, the only member of Congress to vote against Afghanistan war

WASHINGTON —  Twenty years ago, Rep. Barbara Lee stood before her House colleagues and pleaded with them not to give President Bush a blank check to wage war against the remote, lawless nation accused of harboring the Sept. 11 terrorists. “Let’s just pause, just for a minute, and think through the implications of our actions today, …

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If Only We’d Listened to Representative Barbara Lee

Representative Barbara Lee tried to warn us. Three days after the September 11 attacks, the California Democrat stood on the House floor and implored her colleagues to vote against a resolution that would give President George W. Bush a sweeping, open-ended authorization to use military force. “Some of us,” Lee said, should show restraint in the midst …

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‘I wish I had been wrong’: Barbara Lee doesn’t feel vindicated by her lone vote against Afghanistan war

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) doesn’t feel vindicated after Afghanistan swiftly fell back under Taliban control following the withdrawal of U.S. troops. The California Democrat cast the lone vote against the Authorization for Use of Military Force, which passed on Sept. 14, 2001, by a 420-1 margin as the nation reeled from the 9/11 terrorist attacks …

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‘I wish I had been wrong,’ says Barbara Lee, lone congresswoman who voted to oppose Afghan war in 2001

The legal authority allowing the president to go to war in 2001 has never been repealed—and has been used in 21 other countries In the days after the 9/11 attacks in 2001, just one member of Congress voted against giving President Bush authority to go to war in Afghanistan. Barbara Lee, a Democratic representative from …

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Barbara Lee doesn’t feel vindicated for voting against Afghan war: ‘I almost wish … I had been wrong’

In 2019, Rep. Barbara Lee was campaigning for Sen. Kamala Harris in South Carolina when she was a approached by a big, burly man and his child. He didn’t want to talk about Harris. He wanted to talk about something Lee did in 2001: She was the only member of Congress to vote against authorizing unlimited …

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