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Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

Representing the 1st District of Washington

Legislative Priorities

Agriculture Washington’s First Congressional District has a thriving agriculture industry that plays a key role in our local economy. As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, I will be a tireless advocate on behalf of our local farmers and food producers.
Budget and Fiscal Responsibility Congress must come together with a bipartisan effort to find a long-term budget solution that reduces our deficit and grows our economy. This means taking a balanced approach to craft a responsible plan that cuts wasteful spending and invests in the programs that help working families, create jobs, and put our economy back on the right track.
Education We must ensure that every child in the United States has access to a high-quality education. I am committed to increasing our nation’s investment in early learning programs, elementary and secondary schools, public universities, and career and technical education programs.
Energy Our nation must take meaningful steps to build a new economy based on clean and renewable energy sources while we reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil.
Environment As someone who loves hiking and the outdoors, I know firsthand that the natural environment that surrounds us is what makes living in the Pacific Northwest so special. Taking care of our natural resources and protecting our environment is critical to preserving the quality of life we cherish. Protecting our natural resources is not only good for our environment, but good for our economy as well.
Health It is our responsibility to ensure that all Americans have access to affordable, quality health care. I am committed to strengthening our nation’s health care system by incentivizing high-quality patient care, reducing costs for small business, and expanding access for our most vulnerable populations.
Immigration For too long, Congress has ignored taking meaningful action to address our broken immigration system. As a result, we have a deeply flawed system that is not working for our communities, businesses, immigrants, or families. I believe we have an historic opportunity to fix the nation's broken immigration system in a bipartisan way so that it works for families and our economy.
Jobs and the Economy With working families and businesses still struggling in the midst of our fragile economic recovery, my top priority in Congress is creating jobs and building the foundation for long-term economic growth.
National Security The safety of Americans from terrorism and other threats must be our number one national security priority. Our nation needs effective responses to emerging threats, and as a Member of Congress, I am working hard to ensure that our nation remains vigilant against all threats facing our communities at home and our men and women in uniform serving abroad.
Seniors Improving retirement security for our nation’s seniors remains a top priority of mine in Congress, and ensuring the long-term stability of the Social Security program is paramount to this goal.
Tax Reform As the former director of the Washington State Department of Revenue, I know firsthand how important it is to have a tax code that is predictable, easy to navigate, and fair for hardworking families and small businesses.
Technology Before coming to Washington, D.C., I had a long career in the technology sector, where I had the opportunity to work on everything from embedded systems to e-commerce. As co-founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Internet of Things Caucus, I am working to help educate other Members of Congress so the work we do is forward-looking and grounded in the realities of the 21st century.
Transportation Across the nation, our infrastructure is facing a breaking point. Many of our roads and bridges are badly in need of new investments that will modernize our infrastructure while ensuring public safety. In order to strengthen our economy, we need transportation solutions that efficiently move people and goods.
Veterans As a nation, we have an obligation to care for those who have risked their lives and made painful sacrifices for our families and our freedoms. I am committed to working with my colleagues in Congress to ensure all our veterans are receiving the support and benefits that they deserve and have earned.