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Barbara Lee serves in the US House from California’s 9th congressional district. She has also served as Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. She was the only member of either house of Congress to vote against the authorization of the use of force against the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks.

Barbara Lee

“The current, so-called ‘debt crisis’ has been completely manufactured by House Republicans attempting to advance an extremist agenda. This should be a simple vote to allow the US Treasury to fund all of the programs and obligations of the entire federal government that are already in the law.”

Barbara Lee

“It’s really especially poignant that this year during Black History Month, the Republican leadership has proposed a budget for fiscal year 2011 that will fall most heavily, mind you, on the backs of the most vulnerable in our society: African Americans, Latinos, and poor, those who have been shut of the American dream.

At a time when we should be remembering and uplifting the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans, to the history, culture, civil rights and economy of America, we are literally during this month debating steps that will severely undercut and undermine that legacy.”