CONGRESS//13TH DISTRICT | Like her early opposition to the Iraq War, Rep. Barbara Lee is a credible voice when it comes to understanding the plight of some Americans struggling on government assistance. Her reliance on food stamps before entering politics is well-known in her East Bay district. While appearing on MSNBC last Friday, Lee called a Republican-led proposal to cut food stamps by 15 percent "a moral disgrace." She added. "This is not the American Way. People deserve to eat." Lee also called for the creation of higher-paying jobs to help struggling Americans.