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  • DelBene Responds to CBP Memo Confirming Intent to Detain Iranian Americans at the Border
    Posted in Press Releases on January 30, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) made the following statement after an internal memo from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shows Iranian-Americans and others were deliberately targeted for detainment at the Blaine Peace Arch crossing in early January. “I am deeply alarmed that CBP was dishonest regarding the detainment of Americans of Iranian, Lebanese, and Palestinian descent. This memo shows the CBP’s initial story, that the detainments were caused by staffing issues, to be a... Read more

  • DelBene, Schrier Call on Trump Administration to End Attack on 700,000 SNAP Recipients
    Posted in Press Releases on January 24, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Jobs and the Economy

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Congresswoman Kim Schrier (WA-08) were joined by SNAP recipients and activists for a discussion on the Trump administration’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) rule changes and the effects they will have on Washingtonians. The event took place at Northwest Harvest’s SODO Community Market in downtown Seattle. DelBene and Schrier toured the market and volunteered at a check stand. Speakers at the event included Thomas Reynolds, CEO for... Read more

  • DelBene, Schweikert Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Ease Use of Virtual Currency
    Posted in Press Releases on January 16, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform, Science and Technology

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06) introduced the Virtual Currency Tax Fairness Act (H.R. 5635), a bipartisan bill which would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to specifically address transactions made with virtual currency. This bill creates a structure for taxing purchases made with virtual currency, further strengthening the legitimacy of virtual currency in the digital economy by creating parity in the tax code. Currently, any gains rea... Read more

  • DelBene Votes in Favor of War Powers Resolution on Iran
    Posted in Press Releases on January 9, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) joined House Democrats in passing a War Powers Resolution that directs the Administration to halt the use of U.S. Armed Forces against Iran without authorization from Congress. This vote was taken in response to the president’s military airstrikes against high-level Iranian officials without any Congressional consultation. “Today’s vote was the result of this administration failing to consult with Congress regarding the airstrikes that targeted high-lev... Read more

  • DelBene Sends Letter to DHS Demanding Answers on Iranian-Americans Being Detained at Border
    Posted in Press Releases on January 8, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-1) led a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “to obtain more information regarding the holding of Iranian Americans in secondary inspection upon entering the United States in Blaine, Washington” over the weekend. The letter is co-led by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), and Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA). The letter is signed by 70 Members of the House. “There have been reports that more than 60 Americans of Iranian descen... Read more

  • DelBene Announces Congressional App Challenge Winner
    Posted in Press Releases on December 20, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA01) is excited to announce the first congressional district’s entry to the 2019 Congressional App Challenge. The winning app, called Driver Vision, was created by Sohil Bhatia and Sayan Bhatia of Redmond High School. Driver Vision uses machine learning models and an Internet of Things (IoT) device to detect distracted vs. attentive driving behavior. It then provides the user with a report on their driving speed activity against the speed limits in the area and the... Read more

  • DelBene Statement on Passage of USMCA
    Posted in Press Releases on December 19, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Jobs and the Economy, Science and Technology, Budget and Fiscal Responsibility

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) made the following statement: “I am pleased that the House of Representatives has approved the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a deal which will support our region’s farmers, workers, and families. “This new agreement includes important provisions that will help our region’s dairy farmers, who for years have struggled to export their products to Canada. It also eliminates a rule in British Columbia that requires imported wines to be place... Read more

  • DelBene Statement on Impeachment of President Trump
    Posted in Press Releases on December 17, 2019 | Preview rr

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) released the following statement: “Tomorrow, I will vote in favor of impeaching the President of the United States. After carefully reviewing the evidence and the articles of impeachment, it is clear that President Trump abused the power of the presidency and obstructed Congress. “I did not come to this conclusion lightly. Impeachment is a serious matter, but no president can be allowed to pressure a foreign country to interfere in our elections. His be... Read more

  • DelBene, Bucshon Applaud HHS Decision to Lower Living Organ Donor Barrier
    Posted in Press Releases on December 17, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Today, Kidney Caucus co-chairs Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Rep. Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN) released the following statement regarding the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) efforts to increase organ transplants which would be a significant improvement for those waiting for a kidney. “As co-chairs of the Congressional Kidney Caucus we welcome HHS’s announcement to lower the barrier to entry to be a living organ donor and hold Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) to a higher standa... Read more

  • DelBene Scores Legislative Wins in House Appropriations Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on December 17, 2019 | Preview rr

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) is pleased to highlight some of the legislative victories she secured in Congress’ Fiscal Year 2020 spending agreement, including first-time federal funding for KidneyX, a full repeal of the Medical Device Tax, and inclusion of DelBene’s Save Community Newspaper Act, among other important victories for Washington state residents. KidneyX received $5 million in funding in this year’s agreement. KidneyX is a new public-private partnership aimed at accelerating ... Read more