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Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

Representing the 1st District of Washington

Budget and Fiscal Responsibility

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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.

A long-term budget must protect the promise of Social Security and Medicare, support the development of a competitive American workforce, encourage job creation and support an economy that works for everyone. To meet this goal, we should be making strategic investments in areas like education, research, clean energy, and infrastructure built for the 21st century.  Our tax system needs to provide relief for the middle class, and encourage businesses to grow and invest here in America, not ship jobs overseas.

Businesses and working families also need certainty to plan and invest for the future. It’s time to stop budgeting from one manufactured crisis to the next, and work on bipartisan compromises that will set the country on the right course for the future. Short-term, crisis-driven legislating is the most expensive and least efficient way to budget. But make no mistake; the difficult budget problems we face require innovative thinking. That’s why I’m working with my colleagues to craft new solutions that will provide us a great return on investment.

The 2014 Farm Bill, which reduced the deficit by billions of dollars, included my $200 million job-training pilot program. This program is a prime example of how investing a little money in a targeted way can save the government money in the long run by giving people the tools they need to become self-sufficient. I believe that strong economic growth can be achieved only when every American has the opportunity to succeed.

More on Budget and Fiscal Responsibility

Jan 23, 2017 eNewsletters
Dear Friend, As we begin the 115th Congress, it is an honor to announce that I will join the House Ways and Means Committee and House Budget Committee. I look forward to being at the forefront of debate on tax reform, healthcare and retirement security in this Congress.
Jan 17, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today released the following statement after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a report highlighting how repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would increase the number of Americans without health insurance by 32 million and double health insurance premiums over 10 years:
Jan 12, 2017 In The News
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene has been selected to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee, the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives.
Jan 5, 2017 In The News
U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., has done time in a congressional purgatory -- a House panel set up by Republicans to torment Planned Parenthood -- and is now stepping into a heavenly committee assignment. DelBene, a former Microsoft executive, has been named to the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.
Dec 8, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today issued the following statement after Congress passed a short-term continuing resolution to fund the federal government through April 28: “Today, Congress passed another temporary funding bill. And while I’m thankful we avoided another costly and unnecessary government shutdown, Congress has yet again kicked the can down the road, setting up another potential crisis next Spring.
Nov 16, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today blasted House Republicans for wasting even more taxpayer dollars on the harassment and intimidation of women’s healthcare providers and medical researchers.
Nov 10, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) led more than 160 House members in urging the House Appropriations Committee to fund the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at no less than $34 billion in any forthcoming appropriations legislation. The bipartisan letter was co-led by Reps. David McKinley (WV-01), Chris Van Hollen (MD-08) and Peter King (NY-02).
Sep 28, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today issued the following statement after Congress passed a short-term continuing resolution to fund the federal government through Dec. 9: “Today, Congress passed another temporary funding bill. And while I’m thankful we avoided another costly and unnecessary government shutdown, Congress has yet again kicked the can down the road, setting up another potential crisis come December.
Sep 13, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today joined more than 35 colleagues in sending a letter urging Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-01) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA-12) to provide critical funding to fight the opioid crisis in any continuing resolution (CR).
Jun 15, 2016 In The News
A bipartisan effort is underway in the House to use the Defense appropriations bill to protect the use of encryption in electronic devices. Eighteen House lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, are backing an amendment to the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2017 spending measure that would prohibit any agent of the National Security Agency or Central Intelligence Agency from requiring or requesting a company or person to “alter its product or service” to assist the federal government’s intelligence operations.

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