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  • Harnessing the Future of Medicine
    Posted in In the News on September 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Science and Technology

    Medicine is changing rapidly. Innovations in precision medicine, immunotherapy, population health and genomics are dramatically transforming the outlook for hundreds of heartbreaking conditions — including Alzheimer’s. But to harness the full potential of these advances, Congress must be forward-looking in protecting and strengthening the life-saving medical research underway in labs across the country, including right here in Washington state. This summer, I had the opportunity to meet with sci... Read more

  • ICPA: Momentum to modernize outdated data law builds in Congress
    Posted in In the News on September 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Today marks another important step in the building momentum for legislation to clarify how U.S. warrants for digital information apply domestically and abroad. The International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA) has now been introduced in the U.S. House by Representatives Doug Collins (R-Georgia), Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York), Darrell Issa (R-California) and Suzan DelBene (D-Washington). ICPA was introduced in the Senate this past July by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Chris Coons (D-Delaware) a... Read more

  • Locals protest as Trump orders end to ‘Dreamers’ protection
    Posted in In the News on September 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday began dismantling Barack Obama’s program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children, declaring he loves the “Dreamers” who could face deportation but insisting it’s up to Congress, not him, to address their plight. Trump didn’t specify what he wanted done, essentially sending a six-month time bomb to his fellow Republicans in Congress who have no consensus on how to defuse it. About 60 people gath... Read more

  • Editorial: Congress must act quickly to protect Dreamers
    Posted in In the News on September 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    No one should be surprised that President Trump would seek to end President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Promising a hard line on immigration issues on the campaign trail, Trump made only the mildest statements of support for the 800,000 Dreamers protected by the program since taking office, promising they could “rest easy,” and that he would show “great heart” in his decision but never giving the program explicit backing. Since it went into effect five years ago, DACA... Read more

  • Washington lawmakers on Trump's DACA decision
    Posted in In the News on September 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has joined a handful of AGs nationwide who are promising to challenge the Trump administration’s move to end DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. “In my view though, as cruel and inhumane as the action is, there’s one other problem with it. I think it’s illegal," AG Ferguson said on Tuesday. He hasn't revealed details about the expected suit, but says it will likely be filed soon. Click here to read the whole story. Read more

  • DACA recipients, supporters rally in Skagit County
    Posted in In the News on September 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Drivers honked and people beat drums in downtown Mount Vernon on Tuesday as dozens lined the intersection of Third and Kincaid streets to protest a decision announced earlier in the day by President Donald Trump that could affect up to 800,000 young immigrants living in America — some of them in Skagit County. It was the first of two rallies held near the Skagit County Courthouse protesting Trump's announcement to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. T... Read more

  • Washington state officials preparing to defend DACA program
    Posted in In the News on September 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    The future of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals has yet to be determined, but Washington state’s Congressional delegation, governor, attorney general and immigration attorneys are preparing to defend the program. Republican attorneys general from 10 states have said they will challenge DACA in federal court if President Donald Trump does not end the program by Sept. 5. Trump is expected to make a decision as soon as Friday. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has said he is “prep... Read more

  • Cantwell, Murray: Agencies must also immediately halt permitting of new and expanding net pens
    Posted in In the News on August 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Today, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Patty Murray (D-WA), joined by Reps. Adam Smith (WA-09), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Rick Larsen (WA-02), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Denny Heck (WA-10), and Suzan DelBene (WA-01), wrote an urgent letter to the heads of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to press the two agencies to take quick and decisive action to address the impacts of hundreds of thousands of escaped farmed Atlantic salmon in W... Read more

  • The Future of Our Economy Depends on Total Workforce Engagement
    Posted in In the News on August 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Want to be your own boss? If so, you’re in good company. Contingent workers — gig workers (i.e., temporary employees), freelancers (e.g., Uber drivers), and independent contractors (e.g., marketing consultants) — now comprise over a third of America’s labor force. According to Intuit CEO Brad Smith, 43 percent of the workforce will be contingent by 2020. In a nod to the gig economy’s growth, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) have introduced resolutions into their re... Read more

  • House speaker Paul Ryan pushes his tax proposal at Boeing Everett
    Posted in In the News on August 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    Speaker of the House Paul Ryan spoke at a town hall at Boeing's Everett plant Thursday after taking part in a morning tour of the facility. Ryan is on a tour of the Northwest as part of a push to revamp the nation's tax code, a plan that focuses on cutting the corporate tax rate and simplifying the tax code. Speaking before a backdrop of Boeing's 787 assembly line, Speaker Ryan argued the current 35 percent corporate rate puts U.S. businesses at a competitive disadvantage. Click here for the who... Read more