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  • Washington Delegation Members Urge President to Prioritize Safely Reopening Canada-U.S. Border
    Posted in Press Releases on February 22, 2021 | Preview rr

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) led 7 members of the Washington congressional delegation in urging President Joe Biden to work with the Canadian government to create a plan, guided by public health data and science, to safely reopen the Canada-U.S. border. The border has been closed since March 2020 when the COVID-19 crisis began. The closure has been extended several times during the pandemic, currently through March 21, 2021, often with only a few days’ notice. Border residents dese... Read more

  • DelBene, LaHood Introduce Bill to Bring Tax Relief to Salon Owners and Beauty Professionals
    Posted in Press Releases on February 19, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    Today, Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Darin LaHood (IL-18) introduced the Small Business Tax Fairness and Compliance Simplification Act, bipartisan legislation that would provide greater tax relief and fairness to salon owners and beauty professionals by extending the Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) tax tip credit to the beauty service industry. The credit helps ensure accurate reporting of tipped income and the legislation would also reimburse small businesses for implement... Read more

  • DelBene, Casten Introduce Bill to Provide Greater Relief to Struggling Nonprofits During COVID-19
    Posted in Press Releases on February 17, 2021 | Preview rr

    Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Sean Casten (IL-06) introduced the Emergency Unemployment Relief for Nonprofits Act this week, legislation that would provide greater relief to struggling nonprofits during the COVID-19 pandemic. This would protect unemployment benefits for laid-off workers and make sure nonprofits can continue providing critical services in their communities. Nonprofits typically do not pay the unemployment taxes that businesses do for their workers. Instead, they reimb... Read more

  • DelBene, Jayapal Lead Members of Congress in Demanding HHS Ban Preferential Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Establish Greater Accountability
    Posted in Press Releases on February 12, 2021 | Preview rr

    Congresswomen Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) led 25 members of Congress today in demanding that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ban preferential access to COVID-19 vaccines while establishing greater accountability measures. The lawmakers’ letter to HHS Acting Secretary Norris Cochran also requested responses to three questions related to preferential access and the inequitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines. “We write to raise concerns about repo... Read more

  • DelBene, Katko Introduce ‘Internet of Things’ Legislation to Prepare U.S. for Future Demand
    Posted in Press Releases on February 11, 2021 | Preview rr

    Today, Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and John Katko (NY-24) reintroduced the Internet of Things (IoT) Readiness Act, bipartisan legislation that would prepare the U.S. for the continued growth of IoT devices and devices that use 5G networks. IoT devices, ranging from fitness watches to sensors that monitor traffic, require significant spectrum capacity so that information, such as time, location, and temperature, can be transmitted to and from other devices. Spectrum is a limited resourc... Read more

  • DelBene, DeLauro, Torres Introduce Legislation to Expand the Child Tax Credit to Permanently Give Families Monthly Payments and Cut Child Poverty Nearly in Half
    Posted in Press Releases on February 8, 2021 | Preview rr

    Today, Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), and Ritchie Torres (NY-15) reintroduced the American Family Act, legislation to permanently expand and improve the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and make it a dramatically more effective tool for reducing child poverty and supporting families with kids. President Biden’s American Rescue Plan includes one year of an expanded and improved CTC modeled after the American Family Act. The American Family Act would provide up to $300 per-mont... Read more

  • DelBene, Young Introduce Bill to Bring Tax Parity to Fishermen Meals Costs
    Posted in Press Releases on February 3, 2021 | Preview rr

    Today, Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Don Young (AK-AL) introduced legislation to bring tax parity to meals provided to workers on certain fish processing vessels and remote fish processing facilities. The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reduced the tax deduction for employer-provided meals to 50% and eliminates the deduction altogether after 2025. The law still allows for 100% deductibility for meals when they are required by federal law but that does not apply to the fishing industry. Ho... Read more

  • Protecting Civil Liberties During COVID-19: DelBene, Eshoo, Schakowsky, Blumenthal, and Warner Introduce the Public Health Emergency Privacy Act
    Posted in Press Releases on January 28, 2021 | Preview rr

    As tech companies and public health agencies deploy new tools to fight the spread of COVID-19 – including contact tracing apps, digital monitoring, home tests, and vaccine appointment booking – Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Anna Eshoo (CA-18), and Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) and Senators Richard Blumenthal (CT) and Mark Warner (VA) introduced the Public Health Emergency Privacy Act to set strong and enforceable privacy and data security rights for health information. After decades of data mi... Read more

  • New Democrat Coalition Unveils First 100 Days Policy Priorities
    Posted in Press Releases on January 28, 2021 | Preview rr

    Today, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC), led by NDC Leadership Members, unveiled its First 100 Days Agenda. Through this agenda, the Coalition will take actionable steps to end the pandemic, create jobs, and solve the challenges of the 21st Century. The NDC will fight for durable progress on our nation’s most pressing issues, including ending the pandemic, spurring equitable economic growth and opportunities, tackling climate change, modernizing our infrastructure, protecting and expanding affor... Read more

  • New Democrat Coalition Urges House Leadership to Act on COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Priorities
    Posted in Press Releases on January 27, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Jobs and the Economy

    Today, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC) sent a letter to President Joe Biden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer urging action on a slate of bold, innovative policies to help end the pandemic and rebuild robust economic growth and opportunity that works for every American. The letter reads: “The NDC proposals have clear alignment with President Biden and Vice President Harris’s American Rescue Plan and would build on the foundation of House Democrats’ core relief and recovery ... Read more