Barbara Lee's file:

Democrat from California

First elected to congress in 1998, Rep. Lee sits on the House Appropriations and Budget committees. She is the senior Democratic whip, whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, chair of the Social Work Caucus, and co-chair of the congressional HIV/AIDS, Out-of-Poverty, Health Care, and other caucuses.

Recent statements involving Barbara Lee

"60 percent of people on food assistance are working."

Proposed cuts in the House farm bill mean "2 million less people on food stamps, 210,000 children will not receive school lunches or breakfasts."

Recent stories featuring Barbara Lee

In Context: Were Paul Ryan's poverty comments a 'thinly veiled racial attack'?:

The backlash to comments U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan made about poverty and inner-city residents suggested that the former vice-presidential candidate had been bigoted.

Was what he said, as U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee called it, a "thinly veiled racial attack"?

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