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  • DelBene Introduces the Expanding Oversight of Opioid Prescribing and Payment Act of 2018
    Posted in Press Releases on May 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) introduced H.R. 5723, the Expanding Oversight of Opioid Prescribing and Payment Act of 2018. This bipartisan legislation requires the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) to evaluate and report on adverse incentives that lead to the over prescription of opioids and under-utilization of non-opioid alternatives for post-surgery recovery and the treatment of chronic pain. This legislation comes after the House Ways and Means Committee solicited informati... Read more

  • Congressional Aluminum Caucus Meets with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to Discuss Tariffs
    Posted in Press Releases on May 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Today, Co-Chairs of the Congressional Aluminum Caucus, Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01), Rep. Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN-08), Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH-06), and Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA-02) and other members of the Congressional Aluminum Caucus met with U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to discuss the Section 232 on aluminum. In this meeting, the Co-Chairs cautioned Secretary Ross against a blanket, one-size-fits-all approach, on aluminum tariffs. “Aluminum producers in my district and ... Read more

  • DelBene Blasts President’s Decision to Pull Out of Iran Deal
    Posted in Press Releases on May 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) made the following statement shortly after President Trump announced the United States’ withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement with Iran. “President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran deal is a reckless move that undermines our credibility on the world stage, and worse, puts our national security at risk. We will no longer be able to maintain a watchful eye over Iran’s nuclear weapons program or keep them from t... Read more

  • DelBene Announces Winner of 2018 Congressional Art Competition
    Posted in Press Releases on May 1, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Last night, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene announced that Nicole Carpenter, a sophomore from Lake Washington High School, won the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. DelBene joined students, parents and teachers from across Washington’s First District at VALA Eastside in Redmond for a ceremony honoring all of this year’s participants. Carpenter’s winning piece is titled “Peace Within,” created with ink and watercolor. It will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol along with other winning ar... Read more

  • 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