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  • DelBene Leads Bipartisan Letter Pushing CMS to Expand CAR T Care for Medicare Patients
    Posted in Press Releases on October 29, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Congresswoman DelBene led a bipartisan letter of House Ways and Means Committee members to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator Seema Verma, urging the expansion of Chimeric Antigen Receptor Therapies (CAR T), an innovative immunotherapy treatment, for Medicare recipients. CAR T changes a patient’s immune cells to attack cancer cells in their bodies. This treatment provides hope and more promising health outcomes for patients with certain blood cancers. The develope... Read more

  • DelBene and Hoyer Highlight Economic Impact of Washington State’s Space Industry During “Make It In America” Roundtable
    Posted in Press Releases on October 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Science and Technology

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene joined with Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) for a roundtable conversation with companies and organizations leading, innovating, and building Washington state’s space cluster. The discussion focused on what is being done to sustain and grow Washington’s space industry, and what Congress can do to help foster growth. The event was hosted by Aerojet Rocketdyne, who also led DelBene and Hoyer on a tour of their Redmond facility. The discussion was a continuation... Read more

  • DelBene Named Co-Chair of the Congressional App Challenge
    Posted in Press Releases on October 1, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology, Education

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) accepted her nomination as Co-Chair of this year’s Congressional App Challenge. The post was previously held by Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA). “As someone who built a career in tech, I am thrilled to help lead this national competition and to see up close the incredible ideas students from all across the country will bring to the table. STEM careers play a critical role in our 21st century economy and this competition serves a great opportunity for students to... Read more

  • DelBene Discusses Importance of Expanding Tip Tax Credit with Local Salon Owners
    Posted in Press Releases on September 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) held a roundtable in Redmond to discuss the importance of extending the FICA tip tax credit to employer-based beauty establishments. DelBene sat down with salon owners in Redmond and talked about how creating parity will help businesses and their workforce. This month, Rep. DelBene helped introduce bipartisan legislation to empower small businesses by extending the tip tax credit to the beauty service industry. “Hearing directly from these employers underscore... Read more

  • DelBene Introduces Legislation to Regulate Consumer Privacy
    Posted in Press Releases on September 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene introduced a bill that would change the way consumers' personal, private information is protected. Her legislation has received valuable input from both consumer advocacy groups and tech companies, and is cosponsored by Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY). "As a former tech CEO, I know firsthand that consumers, policymakers and the private sector share responsibility for protecting personal information from potential bad actors. With Americans spending roughly 2... Read more

  • DelBene Introduces Legislation to Address Mental Health Provider Shortage
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) introduced the Mental Health Telemedicine Expansion Act (H.R. 6781), legislation that would increase access to mental health services through telemedicine for Medicare beneficiaries. Currently, Medicare limits access to telemedicine to certain geographic regions with provider shortages. However, even patients who can use telemedicine are not permitted to do so from their home. Right now, Medicare requires the patient to be in a qualified “originating site” suc... Read more

  • Ways and Means Democrats Demand Answers from Lighthizer on Trade Talks with Canada, Mexico
    Posted in Press Releases on September 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and fellow Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee sent a letter demanding answers from the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) about how the Administration intends to fulfill the reporting and transparency procedures required under Trade Promotion Authority. Signees of the letter to Ambassador Robert Lighthizer include Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI), Terri Sewell (D-AL), Mike Thompson (D-CA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Sandy Levin (D-MI) and Linda Sánchez (D-CA). The lette... Read more

  • Reps. DelBene, LaHood Introduce Legislation Aimed to Empower Small Business by Extending Tip Tax Credit
    Posted in Press Releases on September 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) introduced H.R. 6836 today to update and modernize existing laws to provide equitable treatment and administrative relief to small businesses engaged in the hair care and beauty service industry. This legislation would extend the Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) tax tip credit—which is currently available to the food service industry—to employer-based beauty service establishments where tipping is also customary. Cur... Read more

  • DelBene Highlights Economic Impact of Local Startups During Daylong Tour
    Posted in Press Releases on August 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Science and Technology

    To celebrate "Startup Week Across America," Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) visited yesterday with local startups in the greater Seattle area to draw greater attention to the importance startups have on job creation and the economy. DelBene and other members of Congress are visiting local businesses this week across a variety of sectors to discuss the economic impact startups have on the nation. “It was exciting to meet with these amazing startups and learn more about what they do. Our regio... Read more

  • DelBene Interviews Gold Star Mother as Part of Veterans History Project
    Posted in Press Releases on August 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene hosted a Veterans History Project reception at North Creek High School in Bothell to record the stories of the brave men and women who have served our country, as well as those of their loved ones. “We have a responsibility to ensure the painful sacrifices made to protect our families and freedoms are never forgotten,” DelBene said. “I’m honored to team up with the Library of Congress to help preserve the stories of First District veterans and their families fo... Read more