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  • Lawmakers urge Trump administration to fund 'critical upgrades' to Ballard Locks
    Posted in In the News on December 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Budget and Fiscal Responsibility

    The Ballard Locks are in desperate need of repairs and urgently need federal funds, according to a letter written by our state’s top lawmakers to the Trump administration today. An analysis of the locks by the Army Corps “found that many lock and dam components are in poor or failing condition,” the letter explains. “An extended, unplanned closure of the ship canal and locks could have significant negative impacts for the more than 200 businesses that rely upon this project, endanger the lives o... Read more

  • Washington to sue after FCC votes to repeal net neutrality
    Posted in In the News on December 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Thursday he will file a lawsuit against the FCC's decision to undo net neutrality rules implemented under the Obama administration. The vote was 3-2, with Republicans on the FCC board carrying the majority. "Yesterday I sent a letter to the FCC asking them to delay their vote gutting net neutrality. Unfortunately, they did not, Ferguson wrote in a statement. "Today, I am announcing my intention to file a legal challenge to the FCC’s decision to... Read more

  • Connelly: Washington fights Trump FCC rollback of net neutrality rules
    Posted in In the News on December 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Washington state leaders are laying on protest letters to the Federal Communications Commission, vowing Wednesday that the state will act to defend net neutrality rules if they are repealed by the FCC on Thursday. "It's a free speech issue as well as a business development issue," Gov. Jay Inslee told an Olympia news conference, flanked by Attorney General Bob Ferguson and legislators from both parties. The FCC's Republican chairman, Ajit Pai, is intent on rolling back Obama-era neutrality rules... Read more

  • What undoing net neutrality could mean for Seattle startups
    Posted in In the News on December 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the Federal Communications Commission prepares to undo its net neutrality rules this week, large internet companies like AT&T and Comcast are saying there’s nothing to worry about But in Washington state, many — from local politicians to small start-up companies — aren’t buying it. Under the FCC’s rules, passed two years ago, internet providers like Comcast and AT&T aren’t allowed to slow down a company’s websites or video streams, and they can’t give special treatment to o... Read more

  • Suzan DelBene wants to make the price of silence steeper
    Posted in In the News on December 4, 2017 | Preview rr

    It seems like every week we’re hearing about more allegations of sexual misconduct against men in powerful positions, either in recent years or from decades ago. Now, one of our Washington state Congress members is taking action to help stop the cover-ups. From, the $100,000 settlement Harvey Weinstein paid Rose McGowan to settle a 1997 hotel room encounter, to the more than $27,000 paid to a former staffer of Congressman John Conyers to settle a wrongful termination issue after she allegedly re... Read more

  • DelBene Takes Aim at Tax Break for Harassment Settlements
    Posted in In the News on December 1, 2017 | Preview rr

    As promised, Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) has introduced a bill that would eliminate tax breaks that allow corporations to deduct expenses--settlements, legal fees--associated related to sexual misconduct by their employees. The Stop Tax Breaks for Sexual Misconduct Act, which would no longer allow corporations to deduct "settlements paid to victims of sexual misconduct, insurance premiums for sexual misconduct policies and associated attorney’s fees as a 'ordinary and necessary expenses.'" On t... Read more

  • Editorial: A nitty-gritty explanation of who wins with the GOP tax bill
    Posted in In the News on November 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    An unfortunately high number of Americans will allow party loyalty to guide their support or rejection of the GOP tax bill awaiting congressional approval. The 440-page House tax bill, approved Nov. 16, merits skepticism regardless of which party you support. Tom Barthold, the nonpartisan chief of staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, briefed the House Ways and Means Committee on Nov. 6, highlighting just a few of the deductions that corporations would retain under the bill while the rest of... Read more

  • The Nation's Housing Success Story
    Posted in In the News on November 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    The low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) has become the most successful tool for producing and preserving affordable housing across the nation for families, seniors, veterans, the disabled, and formerly homeless individuals. In its 31-year history, the LIHTC has financed over 3 million affordable housing units and provided homes for approximately 7 million low-income households. An average of over 1,400 projects and 110,000 units were placed in service yearly from 1995 to 2015, according to the... Read more

  • Mandatory Harassment Training Bill Passes House
    Posted in In the News on November 29, 2017 | Preview rr

    In the ongoing wake of sexual misconduct allegations against members of Congress--Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)--and revelations about past payments to settle various complaints, the House Wednesday (Nov. 29) passed legislation to school the Hill. H Res. 630, which passed by voice vote, mandates anti-harassment training for staffers and members. “I don’t care if you’re a Member of Congress, a Supreme Court Justice or the President of the United States – we should have... Read more

  • 'It's devastating:' Rep. DelBene visits homes wrecked by flooding
    Posted in In the News on November 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Homeowners in Lyman devastated by Skagit River flooding got a visit from Rep. Suzan DelBene before she heads back to Washington D.C. on Tuesday. "It's devastating, You can see it right here a lot of land was lost, houses at risk," she said. DelBene, who represents Washington's first district, toured land that's less than half of what it was last week. Swift currents Thanksgiving Day feasted on the bank, cutting more than a hundred feet of property overnight, all while homeowners waited for help ... Read more