Rep. Barbara Lee discusses how how it felt being the only Congressperson (including Ron Paul) to vote against the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, how the AUMF continues to be used for justifying all manner of military actions, the Constitutional duty of Congress to declare war, the failure of public schools to teach foreign affairs or geography well and the need to maintain sanctions and reestablish diplomacy with Iran in order to “play it safe” on their nuclear program.
MP3 here. (18:35)
Congresswoman Barbara Lee was first elected to represent California’s 9th Congressional District in 1998 in a special election to fill the seat of retiring Congressman Ron Dellums.
A member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Lee serves on the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, the State and Foreign Operations and the Financial Services Subcommittees. Additionally, she serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee on the subcommittees on Western Hemisphere and Africa and Global Health.
Congresswoman Lee was sworn in as the Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on January 6, 2009. The 42-member CBC is one of the longest standing caucuses in Congress and is often referred to as the “conscience of the Congress” for their willingness to tackle the most serious social and economic issues facing minorities in the United States.