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  • Bellingham Herald: Fresh produce, shellfish prices will rise as NW farmers hope for drought, heat wave help
    Posted in In the News on July 27, 2021 | Preview rr

    The federal government isn’t providing enough financial assistance to Pacific Northwest farmers, who are reeling from the impacts of recent extreme weather events. At least that’s what members of Congress from the Pacific Northwest and beyond wrote in a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Monday, July 26, in which they requested expanded federal aid for the region’s agricultural community... ...The bipartisan push is being led by Sen. Patty Murray, a Washington state Democrat, and Rep. ... Read more

  • Vox: Biden’s biggest anti-poverty plan is now a reality. Here’s how he can make it even better.
    Posted in In the News on July 15, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    Thursday, July 15, 2021, could wind up being one of the most important days in the history of American anti-poverty policy. On this day, most parents in the United States began receiving monthly checks of up to $300 per child — no strings attached. What’s technically happening: The child tax credit (CTC), a policy that has existed in some form since 1997, was expanded with the enactment of President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan, both in its size (going from $2,000 per child per year to $3,00... Read more

  • Seattle Times: When families do well, America succeeds: Make expanded Child Tax Credit a permanent benefit
    Posted in In the News on July 13, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    Thursday will be a historic day for American families as we recover from this pandemic. Parents will start receiving monthly payments of up to $300 per child thanks to the expansion of the Child Tax Credit. I know taxes and tax credits can be confusing, but what the Child Tax Credit really is in this situation is cash. Cash that you can use to help raise your family whether that means paying your rent in our expensive housing market, buying healthy food to put on the table, or even something as ... Read more

  • Redmond Reporter: Restaurant owners discuss labor difficulties with U.S Rep. Suzan DelBene
    Posted in In the News on July 8, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Medina, met with a handful of restaurant owners from the Eastside of King County on July 6 to discuss some of the challenges they currently face as communities transition back to relative normalcy following the pandemic. The restaurant owners reflected on the difficulties they have endured while adapting to keep their businesses afloat within the community as governmental support, ingenuity and business savvy helped them out of a situation that was disproportionately h... Read more

  • KIRO: Pressure mounts for more low-income housing tax credits
    Posted in In the News on July 6, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform, Housing

    With nearly 70,000 new low-income housing units at stake, local leaders are asking Congress for a big boost in the new national infrastructure plan. One example is the 80 new apartments under construction by the Chief Seattle Club at 2nd and Yesler in Seattle. The focus will be on Native Americans who need housing to get off the streets. Not so long ago they included Jolene Neiss. "It was hard do to winter, it would be like so cold cause it was wet cold,” she said. Nearly half the cost of constr... Read more

  • Bloomberg Tax: Lawmakers Eye Tax Credit in Bipartisan Affordable Housing Bill
    Posted in In the News on June 26, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform, Housing

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers is proposing to boost U.S. affordable housing by 2 million units over the next decade by expanding a key tax credit as part of President Joe Biden’s agenda on jobs and the economy. The Affordable Housing Improvement Act of 2021, spearheaded by Representatives Suzan DelBene and Jackie Walorski, would permanently increase tax-credit allocations to states, allow states to fund more projects by easing bond-funding requirements and expand subsidies for underserved com... Read more

  • Spokesman-Review: As first monthly child tax credit payments arrive Washington congresswoman pushes to make them permanent
    Posted in In the News on June 26, 2021 | Preview rr

    Lupe Mendoza was like many working parents during the COVID-19 pandemic: seeking stability as the separation of work, home and family life blurred quickly in light of immediate stay-home orders last April. In the Walla Walla Public School District, three of her five sons – Alexis, Ismael and Sebastian Alvarez, ages 12, 10, 8 – went through the sudden changes of moving to at-home learning. Alexis attends Garrison Middle School. Ismael and Sebastian are students at Sharpstein Elementary. Working a... Read more

  • Fierce Healthcare: Bipartisan bill requires Medicare to cover breakthrough devices after approval from FDA
    Posted in In the News on June 23, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    New bipartisan legislation aims to require Medicare to cover breakthrough medical devices cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which was the subject of a rule delayed by the Biden administration. The legislation, introduced in the House on Wednesday, would require Medicare to cover all breakthrough products approved by FDA for four years. During that time, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would determine whether coverage should be permanent. Sometimes it can take ... Read more

  • Seattle Times: Expanded child tax credit to reach 1.4 million Washington children, Rep. DelBene says
    Posted in In the News on June 21, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    Starting next month, most families with children in Washington state can expect to begin receiving up to $300 in monthly payments as part of the new expanded child tax credit. Tucked into the federal government’s COVID-19 aid package known as the American Rescue Plan, the expanded credit is a key part of what some consider a breakthrough anti-poverty initiative. But in order for it to be successful, federal officials say they must make sure eligible families who need it most actually get the mon... Read more

  • KING 5: Washington congresswoman requests Point Roberts residents be exempt from US-Canada border restrictions
    Posted in In the News on June 21, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    POINT ROBERTS, Wash — UPDATE | Rep. Suzan DelBene, the Washington congresswoman who represents Point Roberts, sent a letter Wednesday to Secretary of State Antony Blinken after seeing KING 5's report on the International Marketplace's impending closure. In her letter, DelBene requested Blinken grant an immediate exemption for Point Roberts residents from the border closure and reopen the Boundary Bay Border Crossing. “The status quo is simply unacceptable. Leaders ultimately bear responsibility... Read more