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  • Getting vets back to work DelBene reintroduces jobs training legislation in House
    Posted in In the News on October 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene has reintroduced legislation intended to connect the nation’s 370,000 unemployed veterans with jobs. About $50 million would be made available through the Manufacturing Jobs for Veterans Act for the next five years, according to a news release from DelBene’s Washington, D.C., office. The Department of Labor would award the grants to employers and labor-management organizations for developing pilot programs to provide pivotal skills to eligible veterans. “I think it is uni... Read more

  • Cybersecurity is key for the smart cities of tomorrow
    Posted in In the News on October 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    An elaborate and choreographed network of millions of interconnected devices and sensors — otherwise known as the Internet of Things (IoT) — will be the backbone for the cities of tomorrow. Already, small-scale projects — trash cans with sensors notifying garbage men when they are full to smart energy grids managing electricity demand — are part of the fabric of the urban infrastructure around the world. But, we know this is just the beginning. The current potential market for smart cities is ex... Read more

  • Congresswoman DelBene says GOP tax reform plan will hurt middle class families, municipalities
    Posted in In the News on October 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    On Monday Oct. 9th, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) will visit with Redmond City officials outside Fire Station 11 to highlight what she says the harm the Republican tax plan would have on middle-class families and municipalities, if Congress eliminates the state and local tax deductions for filers. This month House Republicans plan to advance their tax plan, which would no longer allow families to use the state and local tax deduction, also known as SALT. That in turn would mean an average ... Read more

  • ‘This is wrong, it’s outrageous’: Washington state leaders, advocates respond to Trump’s birth-control rule
    Posted in In the News on October 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    The Trump administration’s new rule allowing insurers and employers to opt out of covering contraceptives in the Affordable Care Act because of religious and moral objections brought swift condemnation from politicians and groups focused on women’s health care. “President Trump wants to make birth control about ideology, but let’s be clear: for women and their families in the 21st century, birth control is about being healthy and financially secure — and allowing a woman’s employer to decide whe... Read more

  • Who among Washington’s congressional delegation will act to reduce gun violence?
    Posted in In the News on October 6, 2017 | Preview rr

    A concerted effort by lawmakers is needed to address our country’s deadly epidemic of gun violence. Murder won’t be eliminated, but we can reduce the severity of gun violence with common-sense regulations. Washington state has an opportunity to show leadership on this front. Its gun-ownership rights are secured by our state constitution. It also has a strong congressional delegation with ranking members of the House and Senate. With mass shootings of children and innocent women and men occurrin... Read more

  • House approves GOP bill outlawing most late-term abortions
    Posted in In the News on October 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Most late-term abortions would be outlawed under legislation Republicans pushed through the House on Tuesday, a major priority of the GOP and conservative groups that won't reach an eager President Donald Trump because it faces certain Senate defeat. The House approved the measure by a near party-line 237-189 vote. Though the bill's fate is sealed, the push for abortion restrictions remains a touchstone issue for most Republicans, even as the party splinters between traditionalist conservatives ... Read more

  • Aluminum Association Honors Representatives Bucshon, DelBene as Legislators of the Year
    Posted in In the News on October 3, 2017 | Preview rr

    The Aluminum Association honored U.S. Reps. Larry Bucshon (R-IN-8) and Suzan DelBene (D-WA-1) with its Legislator of the Year awards for 2017. The members, who serve as co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Aluminum Caucus, received the recognition during a Monday night reception in conjunction with the association’s annual meeting – “Aluminum Moves America.” “It is an honor to receive The Aluminum Association’s Legislator of the Year award,” said Rep. DelBene. “As someone who represents alu... Read more

  • Sen. Cantwell and Rep. DelBene seek $220M/year in federal funding for ‘smart city’ programs
    Posted in In the News on October 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    A new bill introduced by Washington state Sen. Maria Cantwell and Rep. Suzan DelBene would set aside $220 million a year in federal funding to help local governments implement smart city technology over five years. “Smart,” in this case, is a blanket term for internet-connected, data-collecting devices for city services like utilities, transportation, and public safety. The earmarked funds would toward programs like equipping public pipes with leak detection technology to reduce water waste, or ... Read more

  • Smart cities bill would provide $220 million annually
    Posted in In the News on October 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Federal legislation introduced on Monday proposes an increase in funding for local governments on the path to becoming smart cities. The Smart Cities and Communities Act of 2017 — written by Senator Maria Cantwell, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, and Congressman Ben Ray Luján — would set aside $220 million per year to replace outdated infrastructure with smart technologies like connected roadway infrastructure, environmental sensors and data analytics. Click here to read the whole story. Read more

  • Coffee with the Mayor Eslick keeps weekly meet-up, DelBene talks about Congress
    Posted in In the News on October 2, 2017 | Preview rr

    When she scheduled Friday’s trip to Sultan, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene hadn’t planned to congratulate the mayor on being tapped to fill former Rep. John Koster’s vacant seat. The two were originally meeting for Carolyn Eslick’s weekly Coffee with The Mayor event at Galaxy Chocolates. The congresswoman said she is excited to know Eslick will be representing the region. “I am a big fan of the mayor’s,” she said. Click here to read the whole story. Read more