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  • DelBene Seeks Answers from IRS on Tax Day Systems Crash
    Posted in Press Releases on April 24, 2018 | Preview rr

    In a bipartisan letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) is calling for answers over the database systems crash that occurred last week on Tax Day, the final day of the fiscal year for Americans to pay their taxes. The letter, led by DelBene, is also signed by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN), Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). “The... Read more

  • DelBene Bill Modernizing IRS Technology Passes House of Representatives
    Posted in Press Releases on April 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform, Science and Technology

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) lauded the passage of her bipartisan legislation, the 21st Century IRS Act, which modernizes Internal Revenue Service (IRS) technology while also protecting the identities of taxpayers. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI), passed the House by a vote of 414 to 3. “There’s no reason for the IRS to have not entered the digital age by now, and this bill is an important step in the right direction. As we saw yesterday, technology is critical for a... Read more

  • DelBene Statement on IRS Online Payment System Crashing
    Posted in Press Releases on April 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform, Science and Technology

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, member of the House Ways and Means Committee, made the following statement. “The notion that on Tax Day – when millions of hardworking people across the country are trying to pay their taxes lawfully and on time – the IRS’ online payment system suddenly crashes, shows there’s still much work to be done in addressing this critical issue. “I call on the IRS to grant extensions to anyone who is unable to pay their taxes on time through their website because of to... Read more

  • DelBene Applauds House Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Protect Taxpayers from ID Theft
    Posted in Press Releases on April 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform, Science and Technology

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene’s (WA-01) bipartisan legislation that offers taxpayers identity theft protection passed the House of Representatives by voice vote. Her bill, sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN), offers all concerned taxpayers the option of signing up for an IP PIN over the next five years, which would be used to fight back against identity fraud when filing tax returns. “Today is Tax Day all across America – a day that should never equate with taxpayers having their identity... Read more

  • DelBene Urges CMS to Support Shift to Value-based Health Care
    Posted in Press Releases on April 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) sent a bipartisan letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), urging the agency to continue fostering Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) participating in the beginning stage model. ACOs are a market-based solution where groups of physicians, hospitals, and other providers voluntarily collaborate to achieve enhanced quality of care, reduced costs and improved health outcomes. In the letter to CMS Administrator Se... Read more

  • DelBene, Bishop Applaud Unanimous Committee Passage of Legislation to Modernize the IRS
    Posted in Press Releases on April 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform, Science and Technology

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-08) applauded the unanimous House Ways and Means Committee passage of H.R. 5445, the 21st Century IRS Act, to modernize technology and protect taxpayer identity at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Their bipartisan legislation is part of a larger package of bills aimed to redesign and update the IRS for the first time in over 20 years. “As a former tech CEO, I was astounded to learn that the IRS is still using fax equip... Read more

  • Bipartisan DelBene-Paulsen ID Theft Prevention Bill Clears Key Committee Hurdle
    Posted in Press Releases on April 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform, Science and Technology

    The House Committee on Ways and Means today approved H.R. 5437, bipartisan legislation introduced by Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN) that will reduce the risk of taxpayer identity theft by expanding the IRS’ Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) program. The legislation was approved this morning with a unanimous bipartisan vote. An IP PIN is a six-digit number assigned to taxpayers each year that helps the IRS validate the authenticity of a filer’s tax return. I... Read more

  • DelBene Announces Millions in Federal Grants to Help Homeless Veterans Find Permanent Housing
    Posted in Press Releases on April 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) announced the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding more than 100 housing vouchers for local homeless veterans and their families, worth over $1.5 million dollars. The vouchers going to the King County, Snohomish County, Skagit County and Bellingham housing authorities will provide 163 homeless veterans the ability to find permanent homes. “We have an obligation to care for those who have risked their lives and made painful sacri... Read more

  • DelBene Secures Wins in Omnibus Funding Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on March 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget and Fiscal Responsibility

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) secured legislative wins in a comprehensive funding bill – known as an omnibus – including increasing access to low-income housing, boosting funding for National Institutes of Health (NIH) and protecting consumers’ electronic privacy. Three of DelBene’s bills were included in the omnibus – a version of the Access to Affordable Housing Act (H.R. 4185), a revised version of the CLOUD Act (H.R. 4943) and H.R. 4683 to ensure seniors have access ... Read more

  • As Tourism Season Approaches, Washington Lawmakers Request More Bomb-Sniffing Dogs for Sea-Tac
    Posted in Press Releases on March 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), and Representatives Rick Larsen (D-WA), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Adam Smith (D-WA), Denny Heck (D-WA), Dave Reichert (R-WA), and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) sent a letter to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske requesting five temporary passenger screening canine team... Read more