Barbara Lee

Barbara Lee

Congresswoman Barbara Lee is a Democrat representing California's 13th Congressional District. In 2001, Lee was the only member of Congress to vote against the original AUMF which authorized President George W. Bush to invade Afghanistan and has served as the legal basis of the so-called "Global War on Terror" ever since.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Americans Want to End the Country's Longest War. Why Won't Congress Listen?
America’s longest war continues to drag on with no end in sight. More than 14 years since the invasion of Afghanistan , our highly capable men and women in uniform have gone above and beyond the call of duty. They have done enough; it’s past time to bring them home. On 15 October we saw the...
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Friday, February 13, 2015
It's Past Time to Stop Endless War
President Obama has shown leadership by sending Congress his proposal for a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) on ISIL and by recommending a repeal of the 2002 Iraq AUMF. Now my Republican colleagues no longer have an excuse to prevent a debate on the ongoing half-year war in...
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Thursday, September 30, 2010
Time to Repeal Congress' Blank Check on Wars
Following the Sept. 11, 2001 , terrorist attacks, Congress passed a joint resolution broadly authorizing the president to use "all necessary and appropriate force" against those involved in attacking our nation and to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States .
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Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Time For Congress To Take A Stand
If you believe the Beltway hype, members of Congress will return today to a fiery debate about whether or not the president's so-called "surge" has produced military progress in Iraq. Beltway pundits are breathlessly predicting Democrats will be thrown into disarray by claims that the increased troop levels in Iraq may have produced security results.
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Sunday, January 30, 2005
Erase the Darfur Blood Stain From California's Pensions
Over the last two years, the Sudanese government and government-supported militias have undertaken a systematic campaign of violence and displacement, targeting civilians of the non-Arab ethnic communities in the Darfur region. Despite three U.N. resolutions, an estimated 35,000 people are dying each month. The Sudanese government remains defiant, and the violence, the genocide goes on.
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Thursday, October 28, 2004
Clean Elections: Berkeley's Solution to Payback Politics
After election day, following the most expensive campaign in U.S. history, it will be payback time. Our president -- whether Kerry or Bush -- will have more than $300 million to return to the big-money donors who funded his campaign. And pay back he will, dispensing favors to wealthy corporations and special interests. Giveaways to big-money, special-interest donors are way of life in Washington. The system encourages them. Candidates need money to run for office. Special interests with special requests are the biggest source of campaign contributions.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Congress Should Veto Misguided Second Installment on Iraq War
In the next few days, Congress will be asked to vote on an additional $87 billion appropriation to fund the war in Iraq. This money follows a $78 billion special appropriation in April and a defense budget that already tops $368 billion.
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Sunday, September 23, 2001
Why I Opposed the Resolution to Authorize Force
ON SEPT. 11, terrorists attacked the United States in an unprecedented and brutal manner, killing thousands of innocent people, including the passengers and crews of four aircraft. Like everyone throughout our country, I am repulsed and angered by these attacks and believe all appropriate steps must be taken to bring the perpetrators to justice.
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Monday, June 18, 2001
The Need for the Kyoto Protocol
OF ALL the crimes against the environment that President Bush has committed during his brief tenure, trampling his own promise to reduce carbon dioxide emissions may prove to be the most damaging. Global climate change threatens our economy, national security and the physical landscape itself. By denying the urgency of global warming, President Bush will not make it go away. That is why Bush cannot abandon the Kyoto Protocol, which calls for industrialized nations to take the lead in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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