East Bay Rep. Barbara Lee at a town hall
Saturday at Laney College in Oakland.
13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Uplifted by the failure of the House Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and a bit exhausted following a red-eye from Washington, Rep. Barbara Lee told another large town hall to focus on the GOP’s plan to cut taxes for the rich.
“First of all, let me say it’s good to be home for a couple of minutes,” Lee said to constituents at the early Saturday morning town hall at Laney College in Oakland. Lee arrived in the East Bay just after midnight and planned on returning to Washington later in the afternoon.
“You saw what the power of the people and the resistance did yesterday,” said Lee. “You know what it looks like now. But there are many more battles to come and this is one battle we won.”
Like other recent town halls, Lee’s overwhelming popularity in the district was evident with numerous extended ovations that followed calls to fight the Trump administration. Lee, herself, upon introduction, received a standing ovation from the roughly 300 in attendance.
The next battle, said Lee, is tax reform, which is certain to include tax breaks for corporations, the wealthy, along with significant hits to the safety net. Not to mention, cuts to Planned Parenthood and Meal on Wheels, among other social services. “All I have to say to you is what me and my young people say, is ‘Stay Woke,'” said Lee.
However, she warned constituents to be vigilant on health care in the event House Republicans make another attempt in coming months to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In addition, single-payer health care insurance for all continues to be on Lee’s wish list. She noted legislation exists in Congress and the California State Legislature.
Because Lee’s event was organized by her campaign committee and not her congressional office, she was allowed to be more far more expansive with her comments on politics. Lee lauded the city of Oakland for being proactive on sanctuary cities and other legislative moves opposing the Trump administration. “I always know when the feds are going to go to the right, Oakland is going to go to the left,” she quipped.
As a long-time member of the Democratic National Committee, Lee said the party is entering a “watershed moment” when it comes to its messaging to voters and how it chooses national leaders. “In terms of messaging, Democrats have a way of trying to stay democratic so much that we muddle our message,” said Lee, before adding, “We’re going through a revolution within the Democratic Party.”