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Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

Representing the 1st District of Washington

Budget and Fiscal Responsibility

As a member of the House Budget Committee, I believe Congress must come together in a bipartisan fashion 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. That’s why I am proud to be an original cosponsor of legislation to end sequestration and the drastic, across-the-board cuts sequestration has inflicted on our economy. This bill would end the threat of automatic, draconian cuts to important national priorities.

Too often, Congress has kicked the can down the road, setting up future fiscal crises. As a former businesswoman, I understand that no business would budget just two or three months in advance. You plan for years at a time, and work to minimize every uncertainty. It is long past time for Congress to put an end to this inefficient cycle of budgeting and get back to passing bipartisan appropriations bills that will set the country on the right course through strategic investments in education, research, clean energy, job-training and infrastructure. 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 our investments.

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

May 24, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today in a House Budget Committee hearing highlighted the damaging effects of President Trump’s budget.
May 23, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today released the following statement after President Trump outlined his budget priorities:
May 12, 2017 Press Release
SEATTLE – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today heard from participants and beneficiaries of AmeriCorps – a vital program serving communities across our nation that President Trump has proposed eliminating in his budget.
May 11, 2017 eNewsletters
Dear Friend, Recently, I visited the Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County to highlight the devastating effects that President Trump’s proposed budget cuts would have on our community — including this important afterschool program.
May 3, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today issued the following statement after supporting the omnibus appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017, which passed the House of Representatives on a 309-118 vote:
Apr 12, 2017 Press Release
MOUNT VERNON – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today visited the Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County to donate computers and highlight the devastating effects of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts on our community — including this important afterschool program.
Mar 29, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in writing to the House Appropriations Committee, urging appropriators to fund the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) to address the opiate and heroin addiction crisis.
Mar 28, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Adam Smith, Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, reintroduced the Relief from Sequestration Act, along with Reps. Conyers, Lujan Grisham, McGovern, DelBene and Jayapal. This legislation would end sequestration and the drastic, across-the-board cuts sequestration has inflicted on our economy. 
Mar 24, 2017 In The News
There are 13 million college savings accounts in this country, and more than half received at least one deposit in 2016. Those are decent numbers, and growing—but they cover just a tiny fraction of the country’s college-bound population.
Mar 16, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today opposed the Republican health bill that strips healthcare from 24 million Americans and forces working families to shoulder thousands of dollars more in out-of-pocket costs each year.

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