Rep. Barbara Lee

Committee Assignments

Committee on Appropriations

  • Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
  • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

House Committee on the Budget

House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee

Caucus Membership and Leadership Positions

  • Senior Democratic Whip
  • Chair, Democratic Whip’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity
  • Chair, Social Work Caucus
  • Vice-Chair, LGBT Equality Caucus
  • Whip, Congressional Progressive Caucus
  • Co-Chair, Out-of-Poverty Caucus
  • Co-Chair, Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
  • Co-Chair, Congressional Sudan Caucus
  • Co-Chair, Health Care Task Force Chair, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
  • Co-Chair, Peace and Security Task Force, Congressional Progressive Caucus
  • Democratic Caucus
  • Former Co-Chair, Congressional Progressive Caucus
  • Adoption Caucus
  • Arts Caucus
  • Bicameral Global AIDS Emergency Taskforce
  • Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change
  • Bike Caucus
  • Brain Injury Task Force
  • CAPAC: Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
  • Caribbean Caucus
  • Caucus on India and Indian Americans
  • CBC Global AIDS Taskforce
  • Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
  • Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys
  • Congressional Caucus on Korea
  • Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease
  • Democratic Immigration Task Force
  • Disability Caucus
  • Ethiopia Caucus
  • Food Safety Caucus
  • Global Climate Change Caucus
  • Global Health Caucus
  • Goods Movement Caucus
  • Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
  • Hispanic Working Group (run with Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Democratic Leadership)
  • Historic Preservation Caucus
  • Higher Education Caucus
  • House Oceans Caucus
  • Human Rights Caucus
  • Hunger Caucus
  • Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus
  • International Conservation Caucus
  • Kidney Caucus
  • Lupus Caucus
  • Malaysia Trade, Security, and Economic Cooperation Caucus
  • Mental Health Caucus
  • Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
  • Native American Caucus
  • Neurosciences Caucus
  • Nursing Caucus
  • Organic Caucus
  • Poor People’s Caucus
  • Port Security Caucus
  • Pro-Choice Caucus
  • Public Broadcasting Caucus
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
  • Rock & Roll Caucus
  • Science and National Lab Caucus
  • Sustainable Development Caucus
  • Sustainable Energy and Environments Coalition
  • Task Force on Tobacco and Health
  • The Young Voter’s Project
  • Universal Health Care Caucus
  • Urban Caucus
  • Vision Caucus
  • Women’s Caucus

Sponsored Legislation in 113th Congress

H.R. 1466: Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act
To establish the Social Work Reinvestment Commission to provide independent counsel to Congress and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on policy issues associated with recruitment, retention, research, and reinvestment in the profession of social work, and for other purposes.
Introduced: 04-10-2013
Co-sponsors: 31
Latest action: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce

H.R. 3852: To repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002
Repeals the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
Introduced: 01-14-2013
Co-sponsors: 10
Latest action: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

H.R. 3774: Repealing Ineffective and Incomplete Abstinence-Only Program Funding Act of 2013
Amends title V (Maternal and Child Health Services) of the Social Security Act (SSA) to: (1) eliminate the abstinence-only education program, (2) rescind unobligated FY 2014 program appropriations, and (3) reprogram such rescinded appropriations for the personal responsibility education program (PREP) for FY2014.
Introduced: 12-16-2013
Co-sponsors: 19
Latest action: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health (Energy & Commerce); Committee on Appropriations

H.R. 3509: Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2013
Directs the Secretary of State to report to Congress within 120 days, and every 180 days thereafter through September 30, 2016, on the status of post-earthquake recovery and development efforts in Haiti.
Introduced: 11-15-2013
Co-sponsors: 34
Latest action: Passed House on December 12, 2013; awaiting consideration by the Senate.

H.R. 3221: Adult Day Center Enhancement Act
To expand and enhance existing adult day programs for younger people with neurological diseases or conditions (such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, or other similar diseases or conditions) to support and improve access to respite services for family caregivers who are taking care of such people, and for other purposes.
Introduced: 09-30-2013
Co-sponsors: 0
Latest action: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health (Energy & Commerce)

H.R. 3117: Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Act of 2013
Directs the President, through the Coordinator of United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally, to establish an integrated, five-year Global HIV/AIDS-Free Generation Strategy to expand efforts to combat global HIV/AIDS.  Expresses the sense of the Congress that there is an urgent need to expand the range of interventions for preventing the transmission of HIV, including behavioral prevention research, operations research, and research on medical technology.
Introduced: 09-17-2013
Co-sponsors: 0
Latest action: Referred to the Committees on Foreign Affairs and Ways and Means

H.R. 2599: JUSTICE Act
Justice for the Unprotected against Sexually Transmitted Infections among the Confined and Exposed Act or the JUSTICE Act – Requires the Attorney General to direct the Bureau of Prisons to allow community organizations to distribute sexual barrier protection devices and engage in sexually transmitted infection (STI) counseling and prevention education in federal correctional facilities.
Introduced: 06-28-2013
Co-sponsors: 9
Latest action: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health (Energy & Commerce); Foreign Affairs; Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations (Judiciary)

H.R. 2519: Victims of Agent Orange Relief Act of 2013
To direct the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide assistance for individuals affected by exposure to Agent Orange, and for other purposes.
Introduced: 06-26-2013
Co-sponsors: 12
Latest action: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health (Energy & Commerce); Foreign Affairs; Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (Veteran Affairs)

H.R. 2183: Drones Accountability Act
To direct the Director of the CIA to cease lethal drone operations, and for other purposes.
Introduced: 05-23-2013
Co-sponsors: 2
Latest action: Referred to the Armed Services, Judiciary, and House Permanent Select Intelligence Committees

H.R. 2182: Half in Ten Act of 2013
To establish the Federal Interagency Working Group on Reducing Poverty which will create and carry out a national plan to cut poverty in America in half in ten years.
Introduced: 05-23-2013
Co-sponsors: 52
Latest action: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

H.R. 2107: No More Ghost Money Act
To prohibit monetary payments by the Federal Government to employees, officers, and elected officials of foreign countries for purposes of bribery, coercion, or any activity that is illegal or undermines the rule of law or corrupts a public officer or the office such officer represents, and for other purposes.
Introduced: 05-22-2013
Co-sponsors: 8
Latest action: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee

H.R. 1843: REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act of 2013
To modernize laws, and eliminate discrimination, with respect to people living with HIV/AIDS, and for other purposes.
Introduced: 05-07-2013
Co-sponsors: 25
Latest action: Referred to House Armed Services Committee, Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health, the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations

H.R.808—Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2013
Establishes a Department of Peacebuilding, which shall be headed by a Secretary of Peacebuilding .
Sets forth the mission of the Department, including: (1) cultivation of peace as a national policy objective; and (2) development of policies that promote national and international conflict prevention, nonviolent intervention, mediation, peaceful conflict resolution, and structured conflict mediation.
Introduced: 02-25-2013
Co-sponsors: 8
Latest action: 02-25-2013: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

H.R.784—States’ Medical Marijuana Property Rights Protection Act
Exempts real property from civil forfeiture under the Controlled Substances Act due to medical marijuana-related conduct that is authorized by state law.
Introduced: 02-15-2013
Cosponsors: 12
Latest Action: 02-15-2013: Referred to Subcommittee on Health (House Energy & Commerce).

H.R.783―Prevent Iran from Acquiring Nuclear Weapons and Stop War Through Diplomacy Act
Directs the President to appoint a high-level U.S. representative or special envoy for Iran who shall: (1) seek to ease tensions and normalize relations between the United States and Iran through bilateral and multilateral negotiations, (2) lead U.S. diplomatic efforts with regard to Iran, and (3) act as liaison with U.S. and international intelligence agencies.
Introduced: 02-15-2013
Cosponsors: 12
Latest Action: 03-15-2013: Referred to the Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa.

H.R.725―Real Education for Healthy Youth Act of 2013
To provide young people with comprehensive sex education.
Introduced: 02-14-2013
Cosponsors: 45
Latest Action: 02-15-2013: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health (House Energy & Commerce).

H.R.661Tiahrt Restrictions Repeal Act
To repeal certain impediments to the administration of the firearms laws.
Introduced: 02-13-2013
Cosponsors: 24
Latest Action: 02-13-2013: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.660―Neuromyelitis Optica Consortium Act
To amend the Public Health Service Act to create a National Neuromyelitis Optica Consortium to provide grants and coordinate research with respect to the causes of, and risk factors associated with, neuromyelitis optica, and for other purposes.
Introduced: 02-13-2013
Cosponsors: 0
Latest Action: 02-15-2013: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health (House Energy & Commerce).

H.R.559―Audit the Pentagon Act of 2013
Requires, on March 2 of FY2014 and each subsequent fiscal year, a 5% reduction in the discretionary budget authority of a federal agency that is identified by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as required to have an audited financial statement: (1) that has not submitted a financial statement for the previous fiscal year, or (2) whose statement has not received either an unqualified or a qualified audit opinion by an independent external auditor. Excludes from such reduction accounts for military, reserve and National Guard personnel and the Defense Health Program account of the Department of Defense (DOD).

Introduced: 02-06-2013
Cosponsors: 15
Latest Action: 02-06-2013: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker.

H.R.320―Student Support Act
Amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to require the Secretary of Education to make matching grants of at least $1 million to states for allocation to local educational agencies (LEAs) so that additional school-based mental health and student service providers may be hired, thereby reducing the student-to-provider ratios in elementary and secondary schools to specified minimum levels recommended by the leading counseling, guidance, and mental health organizations.
Introduced: 01-18-2013
Cosponsors: 34
Latest Action: 01-18-13: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

H.R.201―Poverty Impact Trigger Act of 2013
Amends Rule XXI (Restrictions on Certain Bills) of the Rules of the House of Representatives to make it out of order to consider a public bill or joint resolution authorizing an appropriation of $10 million or more, unless: (1) the accompanying committee report includes a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Poverty Impact Division impact statement, or (2) the chair of the committee reporting the legislation submits such statement for publication in the Congressional Record before consideration of the measure. Amends the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to establish the CBO Poverty Impact Division to prepare and submit poverty impact statements to the chair of House committees.
Introduced: 01-04-2013
Cosponsors: 1
Latest Action: 01-04-2013: Referred to the Committee on Rules, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker.

H.R.200―Responsible End to the War in Afghanistan Act
States that it is the policy of the United States to ensure that funds made available for operations of the Armed Forces in Afghanistan are to be used only for providing for the safe and orderly withdrawal of all U.S. military personnel and Department of Defense (DOD) contractor personnel in Afghanistan.
Introduced: 01-04-2013
Cosponsors: 39
Latest Action: 01-04-2013: Referred to the Committee on Armed Services, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker.

H.R.199―Income Equity Act of 2013
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) deny employers a tax deduction for payments of excessive compensation to any full-time employee (i.e., compensation for services exceeding the greater of 25 times the lowest compensation paid to any other employee or $500,000), and (2) require such employers to file a report with the Secretary of the Treasury on excessive compensation (as defined by this Act) paid to their employees. Defines “compensation” to include wages, salary, deferred compensation, retirement contributions, options, bonuses, property, and other forms of compensation.
Introduced: 01-04-2013
Cosponsors: 1
Latest Action: 01-04-2013: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means

H.R.198―Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force
States that the Authorization for Use of Military Force (P.L. 107-40) has been used to justify an open-ended authorization for the use of military force and such an interpretation is inconsistent with the authority of Congress to declare war and make all laws for executing powers vested by the Constitution in the U.S. government. Repeals the Authorization for Use of Military Force, effective 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act.
Introduced: 01-04-2013
Cosponsors: 9
Latest Action: 01-04-2013: Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

H.R.197―Food Assistance to Improve Reintegration Act of 2013
Amends the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 to repeal the denial of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) eligibility of a person convicted of a felony which has as an element the possession, use, or distribution of a controlled substance.
Introduced: 01-04-2013
Cosponsors: 0
Latest Action: 01-04-2013: Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.