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Barbara Lee’s news blitz on AIDS, climate, war

The always communicative Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, is setting a new bar in news-release volume today, with five statements issued by midday.

In order, though not in their entirety:

Barbara Lee (Dec-2010)Lee commemorates World Aids Day. “”In the spirit of World AIDS Day and this year’s theme of Universal Access and Human Rights, I call on my colleagues to take advantage of this moment and come together in a bipartisan manner with the administration to find the will and the funding necessary to stop this disease.”

Lee comments on the ongoing United Nations Climate Change Conference taking place in Cancun, Mexico. “I urge President Obama and our international counterparts to recommit to the international negotiation process and cooperative efforts to ensure science-based reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions are accomplished in an equitable and verifiable manner.”

Lee, on behalf of the Congressional Black Caucus, speaks in support of The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. “It is unfortunate that in order to pass The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act it comes at the expense of future Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program funding. As more Americans slip into poverty and unemployment remains at painfully high levels, we should not have to choose between feeding poor children or their parents at a time that some in Congress argue for a $700 billion tax cut for the wealthiest Americans.”

Lee announces the launch of her newly redesigned website, featuring a homepage newsflash rotator, an interactive map of the 9th Congressional District and a more user-friendly design.. “I hope everyone will take a moment to explore my website to learn about my work on key issues and discover how to take advantage of the constituent services my office can provide.”

Lee calls for a change of course in Afghanistan, one year after President Obama announced his troop surge there. “There is no end in sight in to the war in Afghanistan and no military solution. The President’s recent decision to extend the timeframe for the transfer of security responsibility to Afghan forces to at least 2014 has put us on the path to another decade of costly and counterproductive military occupation in Afghanistan. Enough is enough. This war is not in the national interest of the United States, nor is it supported by the majority of the American people.”

Let’s all give a shout-out to Communications Director Nicole Williams and Deputy District Director Ricci Graham, perhaps the Bay Area’s hardest-working House communications team. A few more this afternoon, maybe?

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    There’s only one Bobbie Lee, and Berkeley has her.

    For which I am duly thankful.

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    Memo to Rep. Lee: Quit yapping and do some real work. Everybody wants an end to disease, a healthy environment and peace. And what have you contributed to any of these causes besides self-serving press releases? Answer: Next to nothing. I really “groove” on your statements that taxing the wealthy helps the jobless, a “majority” of the people do not “support” the Afghan intervention, and, best yet, your constituents need to “discover” how you can help them!

  • you need to address AIDS denialism being aired on Pacifica. They plan to syndicate Gary Null. Paul Davis and I are waiting. Once we get a nod from you, I am approaching Al Franken…

  • Jonah

    @Elwood & RR,Uninvited Columnist: I find a bit of irony in your critiques of these “self-serving,” “contribution-less” statements. If only your masterful contributions to the blogosphere had any real impact (I say real since I believe Ms. Bobbie Lee was reelected with 80+ percent of the vote) other than taking up space in what appears to be a lackluster day.

  • Americans don’t support this war. We don’t back this President’s plan for war until 2014 and beyond. Please stand up for the rest of us.