‘A slap in the face’: Paul Ryan strips Barbara Lee’s AUMF repeal from defense budget bill

Rep. Barbara Lee met last week withHouse Speaker Paul Ryan.13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTAs East Bay Rep. Barbara Lee expected, House Speaker Paul Ryan removed her proposed repeal of the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force amendment Tuesday night from a defense appropriation bill.Lee famously cast the lone vote in opposition to the resolution just days after … Continue reading ‘A slap in the face’: Paul Ryan strips Barbara Lee’s AUMF repeal from defense budget bill

No surprise here: Speaker Paul Ryan not likely to accept Barbara Lee’s AUMF repeal amendment

Rep. Barbara Lee's famous Sept. 2001 speechopposing authorization for war in Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks.13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTThe powerful House Appropriations Committee offered a sympathetic ear two weeks ago to Rep. Barbara Lee's amendment to a defense budget bill that would repeal authorization of military force used for the 16-year war in the Middle East.Lee was so surprised … Continue reading No surprise here: Speaker Paul Ryan not likely to accept Barbara Lee’s AUMF repeal amendment

It’s Congressman Khanna now

Rep. Ro Khanna, his wife, Ritu Ahuja and SpeakerPaul Ryan Tuesday during a ceremonial swearing-in.SCREENSHOT/C-SPAN CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |Rep. Ro Khanna's first order of business Tuesday morning was to register a voice vote in support of House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The seemingly mundane first act marked a new era in South Bay politics … Continue reading It’s Congressman Khanna now

Lee, Honda, Swalwell represent East Bay for House gun control sit-in

Democrats protesting on the House floor.CONGRESS | Alameda County’s three members of the House of Representatives had starring roles in the historic protest by Democrats on the House floor Wednesday urging for votes on a pair of gun-related bills.Reps. Barbara Lee, Mike Honda and Eric Swalwell all spent the duration of the nearly day-long (still … Continue reading Lee, Honda, Swalwell represent East Bay for House gun control sit-in

That time Barbara Lee and Paul Ryan tussled over race

Rep. Barbara Lee and new Republican HouseSpeaker Paul Ryan have history.CONGRESS | DISTRICT 13 | “I congratulate Paul Ryan on his election as Speaker of the House today," East Bay Rep. Barbara Lee said Thursday of the new Republican House leader.In the statement, Lee encouraged Ryan to act against an Authorization of Military Force (AUMF), … Continue reading That time Barbara Lee and Paul Ryan tussled over race

Down Ballot, May 28, 2014; 6 Days to Election Day

Kamala Harris attended a fundraiserTuesday for Rep. Mike Honda.PHOTO/Shane BondSTATE SENATE DISTRICT 10 As Democrats Bob Wieckowski and Mary Hayashi continue sniping at each other, Republican Peter Kuo attended a memorial Tuesday for one of the South Bay victims of the Isla Vista shootings. Kuo even brought his violin for the solemn occasion.CONGRESS DISTRICT 15 … Continue reading Down Ballot, May 28, 2014; 6 Days to Election Day

Bill O’Reilly calls Barbara Lee a ‘Race Hustler’

Bill O'ReillyCONGRESS | 13TH DISTRICT | Rep. Barbara Lee brought home a $2.8 million federal grant this week for Asian health services in Oakland, but that's not what made headlines. Instead, a tit-for-tat, first with Rep. Paul Ryan and now with Fox News host Bill O'Reilly over race in America took center stage.Last week, Lee … Continue reading Bill O’Reilly calls Barbara Lee a ‘Race Hustler’

Barbara Lee: When Paul Ryan says ‘Inner City’ he means ‘Black’

CONGRESS | 13TH DISTRICT | When Republicans drop carefully crafted phrases like "welfare queen", "Dred Scott" and "Barack Hussein Obama, they are called dog whistles. While they may not signify much to some on the surface they conversely ring the ears of the intended political group, in this case, Republicans.Welfare queen denotes minorities mooching off … Continue reading Barbara Lee: When Paul Ryan says ‘Inner City’ he means ‘Black’

On Ryan/Murray Budget: Lee Blasts; Swalwell Backs

Rep. Barbara Lee votes no.CONGRESS | BUDGET | Rep. Barbara Lee had tough words for the bipartisan budget bill passed Thursday by the House, which leaves over 1.3 million Americans without unemployment checks early next year, while fellow Alameda County Rep. Eric Swalwell boasted over its the conciliatory nature.“We are talking about 1.3 million people who … Continue reading On Ryan/Murray Budget: Lee Blasts; Swalwell Backs

Lee Calls GOP Budget "A Roadmap To Ruin"; Stark Says Plan Will Gut Medicare

CONGRESSMar. 20, 2012 | Two of the East Bay's most prominent lawmakers in Congress harshly criticized today a Republican budget proposal aiming to significantly cut spending over the next decade. The plan issued by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee, would reduce spending by over $5 trillion over the next 10 years--a good … Continue reading Lee Calls GOP Budget "A Roadmap To Ruin"; Stark Says Plan Will Gut Medicare

Stark Tries to Sidestep Report Calling Medicare Insolvent by 2024

MEDICARE EXPERT ATTRIBUTES 5-YEAR DECLINE IN PROGRAM'S INSOLVENCY TO THE ECONOMY; GOP DISAGREESBy Steven Tavaressteven.tavares@eastbaycitizen.comFollow @eastbaycitizen on twitterRepublican rushed to paint a report from two Medicare trustees estimating the program to be insolvent by 2024 as proof the health care reform bill passed by Democrats has not sufficiently stemmed the cost of the subsidized care.Medicare … Continue reading Stark Tries to Sidestep Report Calling Medicare Insolvent by 2024