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  • 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

  • Bipartisan Members of Congress Announce “Startup Week Across America”
    Posted in Press Releases on August 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Today marks the beginning of Startup Week Across America. This week, a bipartisan coalition of House members will draw attention to the important role startups play in our economy and how we can help support their efforts to grow and succeed. In 2015, startup firms created 2.5 million jobs, roughly 15 percent of all new job creation that year. In 2017, startups represented almost 9.5 percent of all private sector firms in the United States. Firms less than a year old and with 10 or fewer employe... Read more

  • DelBene Hands Out Summer Meals to Kids in Kirkland
    Posted in Press Releases on August 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Today, Rep. Suzan DelBene joined the YMCA of Greater Seattle to pass out lunches to children from low-income families as part of their Summer Meals Program. The event took place at Kingsgate Library in Kirkland. Every child in attendance received a meal, and accompanying parents were given a snack. “No child should be forced to skip meals or go to bed hungry just because school is not in session. While school breaks for summer, a child’s need for nutritional food does not. We need to ensure ever... Read more

  • Reps. DelBene, Levin, Kind and Higgins Warn USTR Against Violating Trade Promotional Authority
    Posted in Press Releases on July 31, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Today, U.S. Reps. DelBene, Levin, Kind and Higgins warned United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer against violating Trade Promotional Authority. This comes after reports that the Trump Administration working to negotiate a bilateral trade agreement with Mexico. A joint statement from the lawmakers is below: “Given the volatility already caused by President Trump’s reckless trade policies, it is critical for Ambassador Lighthizer to consult with Congress if the Administration intends... Read more

  • DelBene Joins Clyburn on Introduction of the Restoring Tax Credits For Affordable Housing Act
    Posted in Press Releases on July 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene joined U.S. House Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn (SC) in introducing the Restoring Tax Credits for Affordable Housing Act. The Restoring Tax Credits for Affordable Housing Act will restore the 235,000 affordable housing units projected to be lost over the next ten years as a result of the GOP Tax Scam, and the package of bills would dramatically improve access to affordable housing across all income groups. Specifically, the Restoring Tax Credits... Read more