(Congresswoman Barbara Lee CA-12, Running To Replace Senator Feinstein)
California Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-12) who is running to replace Dianne Feinstein is making waves in national news lately, taking on the Supreme Court’s ruling to strike down President Biden’s student debt relief program in Department of Education v. Brown and criticizing Biden on giving Ukraine cluster bombs.
On the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Biden’s student debt relief program, Lee said,
“By invalidating President Biden’s historic student loan debt relief plan, this corrupt, right-wing court is dealing a major setback to reaching economic parity in this country. Millions of borrowers have had to wait in economic limbo for nearly a year as opponents of debt relief use the court as a tool to enact their far-right agenda. Let’s be clear: the President’s debt relief plan is a legal, appropriate use of the HEROES Act to prevent the widespread economic harm that will result once payments resume.”
“Having raised two sons and put them through college as a single mom, I know firsthand how the burden of student loan debt can impact a person’s life. We cannot accept a return to the failed status quo, especially one that continues to disproportionately impact Black and brown communities. I strongly urge the Biden administration to use the tools at his disposal to cancel student debt regardless of SCOTUS’ decision to ignore the letter of the law in this backwards decision.”
The Senate hopeful took a different tone in regards to President Biden’s plan to give Ukraine cluster bombs. On Sunday’s “State of the Union” show airing on CNN, she addressed the issue saying, “Cluster bombs should never be used. That’s crossing a line. Once you see what takes place, we know what takes place in terms of cluster bombs being very dangerous to civilians. They don’t always immediately explode. Children can step on them. That’s a line we should not cross,” she said.
Barbara Lee, age 76 is running to replace Dianne Feinstein who is 90 years old. Her main Democratic rivals in the race are Congressman Adam Schiff (D) and Congresswoman Katie Porter (D).
Early polling released on May 25th suggests a tight race between the three with 17% to Katie Porter, 14% to Adam Schiff, and 9% to Barbara Lee. 31% were undecided.