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  • DelBene Announces 2020 Military Academy Appointments from Washington’s First District
    Posted in Press Releases on July 2, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) announced that 16 high school graduates from Washington’s First Congressional District have accepted appointments to four U.S. military service academies. Every year, DelBene has the privilege of nominating a limited number of students to the Air Force Academy, Naval Academy, Military Academy, and Merchant Marine Academy. “Serving at a U.S. military academy is an honor that only the best and brightest students get to experience. I’m proud to see 16 stud... Read more

  • House Passes Sweeping Infrastructure Package with DelBene’s Housing, Smart Cities, and Broadband Priorities
    Posted in Press Releases on July 1, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, the House of Representatives passed the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2), which invests more than $1.5 trillion in modern, sustainable infrastructure while creating millions of good-paying jobs, combating the climate crisis, and addressing disparities in urban, suburban, and rural communities. This legislation contains affordable housing, smart city, and rural broadband priorities Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) has championed, including: Affordable Housing Increases the Affordable Housing... Read more

  • DelBene Introduces Bill to Include LGBTQ Representation at VA
    Posted in Press Releases on June 30, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) reintroduced the Voices for Veterans Act, which will expand the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans to include LGBTQ veterans in its membership and scope. The Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans, established by Congress in 1994, advises the VA Secretary on the needs of minority veterans concerning compensation, health care, rehabilitation, outreach, and other VA benefits and services. The committee asses... Read more

  • Bill to Protect ACA from Trump Assaults and Combat Skyrocketing Drug Prices Clears House
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Enhancement Act (H.R. 1425), legislation that will build on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to lower health costs and prescription drug prices. This vote comes days after the Trump administration again asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the entirety of the ACA. “The Affordable Care Act has dramatically improved the quality of health coverage, expanded access for millions of hard-working Americans, and... Read more

  • House Passes Historic Policing Reform Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on June 25, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 7120), a sweeping police reform package led by the Congressional Black Caucus following the murders of George Floyd and too many other Black Americans at the hands of the police. This legislation will transform the culture of policing in our country to address systemic racism and help save lives. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) is an original cosponsor of this bill that holds police accountable and ... Read more

  • 130 Small Business and Leading Industry Groups Endorse Bipartisan Jobs Protection Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on June 22, 2020 | Preview rr

    A coalition of 130 small business and major industry organizations, representing millions of workers and companies, has endorsed the bipartisan jobs protection bill to expand the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) led by Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), and John Katko (NY-24). Expanding the ERTC is estimated to keep nearly 60 million workers at 6.1 million businesses on payroll this year. In a letter to House and Senate leaders, the coalition urged Congress to i... Read more

  • DelBene Responds to Trump’s Call to Slow Down COVID-19 Testing
    Posted in Press Releases on June 21, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s call to slow down COVID-19 testing. “The assertion by the president, joking or not, that the United States should slow down COVID-19 testing is all but an admission that he and his administration have failed to adequately respond to this pandemic. After dealing with this virus for nearly half a year, the administration has yet to develop a satisfactory national testing strategy, despite Congress... Read more

  • Legislation to Modernize Seniors' Health Care Secures Support from Bipartisan Majority of House
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Seniors

    A bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives now supports the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019 (H.R. 3107), introduced by Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Mike Kelly (PA-16), Roger Marshall, M.D. (KS-01), and Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07). The bill would streamline and standardize prior authorization in Medicare Advantage (MA) and make the use of prior authorization more transparent. 219 members of Congress are now cosponsors of the legislation. “Clinicians and m... Read more

  • DelBene Questions Juniper Networks Over Secret Government Backdoors
    Posted in Press Releases on June 10, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) asked Juniper Networks in a letter to explain how an NSA-designed algorithm, which leading cybersecurity experts believe contains an encryption backdoor, appeared in its products and how the key to this backdoor was later changed by unknown parties. Juniper first revealed a security breach in late 2015 where an unauthorized code was added to its products. Cybersecurity experts subsequently determined that Juniper had added the NSA-designed algorithm to ... Read more

  • DelBene Announces Winner of 2020 Congressional Art Competition
    Posted in Press Releases on June 8, 2020 | Preview rr

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) announced Sophia Xu Ling, a Junior at Tesla STEM High School, as the winner of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition for Washington’s first congressional district. Sophia Xu Ling won with her watercolor piece titled, “The Suffering of the Great.” “There are so many creative, talented young people in our region which always makes the art competition an exciting experience,” said DelBene. “This year’s winning entry shows the artist’s great skill with wat... Read more