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  • DelBene Encourages Students to Code in Hackathon
    Posted in Press Releases on October 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology, Education

    BOTHELL – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) held a hackathon over the weekend for local high school students as part of the Congressional App Competition, a program to encourage innovation and computer science education. “As someone who worked in the technology sector before coming to Congress, I know firsthand that innovation requires creative, entrepreneurial leaders. The future of our nation and its economy depend on the next generations being able to think outside of the box. This competit... Read more

  • DelBene Statement on Trump’s Announcement to Raise Healthcare Costs on Americans
    Posted in Press Releases on October 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today released the following statement after the White House made a sudden announcement that it would end critical healthcare payments currently helping families get access to quality, affordable health insurance: “The President’s announcement that he will end assistance for Americans cannot be squared with his and congressional Republicans’ claims that they care about working families. The President is playing politics with matters of life ... Read more

  • WA Dems to Trump Admin: “Listen to Our Fishermen” and Save Bristol Bay, WA Fishing Jobs
    Posted in Press Releases on October 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Jobs and the Economy

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Patty Murray (D-WA), U.S. Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Adam Smith (WA-09), Denny Heck (WA-10), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Rick Larsen (WA-02), Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and 36 of their Senate and House colleagues sent a forceful letter to President Trump urging him listen to Washington fisherman and businesses before removing the science-based environmental rules that protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay and the livelihoods of thousand... Read more

  • DelBene Statement on Trump Depriving Women of Birth Control
    Posted in Press Releases on October 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) issued the following statement on President Trump’s rule rolling back the guarantee that all health insurance plans include birth control coverage: “Birth control is essential healthcare, plain and simple. Not only does it help women plan their families — it’s also used by thousands of women to treat serious medical conditions, like endometriosis and ovarian cysts. Denying women medically necessary healthcare based on ideology is unjustifiab... Read more

  • DelBene Introduces Bill to Boost Veteran Employment
    Posted in Press Releases on October 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Veterans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01) introduced legislation today to expand veterans’ access to long-term, good-paying jobs in the manufacturing industry by boosting training for those re-entering the civilian workforce. “As a nation, we have an obligation to care for those who risked their lives to protect us and defend our freedoms. Too many veterans are still struggling to find jobs and as workers face significant challenges adapting to a rapidly changing economy, it is es... Read more

  • DelBene Opposes Budget That Puts Middle Class Last
    Posted in Press Releases on October 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget and Fiscal Responsibility

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today opposed the House Republican’s budget, which would have damaging effects on working families. “The Republicans’ budget jeopardizes the middle class by gutting funding for basic necessities like healthcare, nutrition, housing and education. This budget would also have a negative impact on investments in infrastructure, job training, and scientific research,” DelBene said. “We should be working on a bipartisan, long-term budget that prov... Read more

  • DelBene Asks Community Colleges to Detail the Skills Gap in the American Work Force
    Posted in Press Releases on October 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) co-chair of the House Democratic Caucus New Economy Task Force, asked community colleges to detail how they are addressing the skills gap in the American work force with the goal of gleaning new information that will help guide policy discussions on the issue in Congress. DelBene asked community colleges to provide information on the skills being taught in educational institutions and how federal policy could help remedy the dispariti... Read more

  • DelBene: Sweeping Abortion Ban Punishes Women, Cruelly Burdens Survivors of Sexual Assault
    Posted in Press Releases on October 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) opposed legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It lacks any meaningful exemptions to protect a woman’s health and imposes cruel barriers on survivors of sexual assault. The bill (H.R. 36) passed the House and now heads to the Senate for further consideration. DelBene’s floor speech follows and video can be found HERE: “Today I rise for Stephanie from my district. This is her story. “Stephanie and her husband... Read more

  • DelBene Demands IRS Explain New Contract with Equifax
    Posted in Press Releases on October 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform, Technology

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today wrote to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen demanding answers as to why the agency would contract with Equifax, the company responsible for the massive security breach of nearly half of Americans’ information. “I write with deep concern over the recently reported decision by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to award a no-bid contract to Equifax,” DelBene’s letter stated. “I must question the IRS’ decision to move forward with this contra... Read more

  • Cantwell, DelBene, Luján Introduce Smart Cities Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on October 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    Washington, D.C. — Today, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA), and Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) introduced legislation to promote the advancement of smart cities. “We can’t afford to replace aging infrastructure with anything but smart infrastructure, and our bill does just that. The bill makes this technology accessible to local governments so they can make smart investments that attract busine... Read more