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  • DelBene Supports Reforms, Transparency in Sexual Harassment Policies of Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on February 6, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today supported H.R. 4924, bipartisan legislation reforming congressional sexual harassment policies to ensure survivors have fairness, constituents have transparency and taxpayers aren’t on the hook for payments of bad actors in Congress. “I don’t care if you’re a Member of Congress, a Supreme Court Justice or the President of the United States – everyone should be held accountable for sexual harassment in our country,” DelBene said. “That’... Read more

  • Pacific Northwest Lawmakers to Secretary Zinke: Hands Off Our Coast
    Posted in Press Releases on February 2, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Energy

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ahead of the Interior Department’s public meeting in Tacoma, Washington on February 5, Washington, Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-WA), led a bicameral, bipartisan group of 16 Pacific Northwest lawmakers in a letter to Secretary Zinke calling for the removal of the Washington/Oregon planning area from the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2019-2024. The bipartisan group of lawmakers wrote, “We... Read more

  • DelBene Statement on 45th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
    Posted in Press Releases on January 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today released the following statement on the 45th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, which ruled that women have a constitutional right to decide whether and when to have a child: “In the more than four decades since Roe v. Wade, it has become clear that some will stop at nothing to obstruct women’s reproductive rights, despite the Supreme Court and 7 in 10 Americans believing women should have the right to choos... Read more

  • DelBene Statement on Republican Government Shutdown
    Posted in Press Releases on January 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget and Fiscal Responsibility

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) released the following statement after Republicans shutdown the federal government: “We’ve known funding would expire at the end of Friday since we passed a Continuing Resolution just four weeks ago. And yet, congressional leaders failed once again to bring up bipartisan legislation that would keep the government funded,” DelBene said. “We also know from the last Republican shutdown that it dramatically harms our constituents and the economy... Read more

  • DelBene Opposes Bill that Undermines Americans’ Rights to Privacy
    Posted in Press Releases on January 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology, National Security

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) opposed S. 139, a bill that extends the authority of government agencies to conduct warrantless searches of Americans’ private communications under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) without any reforms. “Bulk collection of American communications records is a gross violation of our civil liberties and we must protect these communications from warrantless searches,” DelBene said. “Our first priority must always b... Read more

  • DelBene: It’s Past Time Congress End Government Uncertainty
    Posted in Press Releases on December 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget and Fiscal Responsibility

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) released the following statement after Congress passed yet another short-term continuing resolution to fund the federal government: “Today, Congress passed another temporary funding bill, and once again kicked the can down the road, needlessly manufacturing another potential crisis early next year,” DelBene said. “As a former CEO, I know firsthand you can’t efficiently run a business for just weeks or months at a time, and the same is true f... Read more

  • DelBene Leads Bipartisan Letter Urging $2 Billion Boost for NIH
    Posted in Press Releases on December 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) led 129 House members in urging the House Appropriations Committee to fund the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at no less than $36 billion in any forthcoming appropriations legislation. The bipartisan letter was co-led by Reps. David McKinley (WV-01) and Peter King (NY-02). “Funding helps push the boundaries of scientific knowledge, advance promising research and offer hope to millions of Americans suffering from heartbreaking dis... Read more

  • DelBene Opposes Massive Tax Giveaway to Corporate Special Interests at the Expense of Middle-Class Families
    Posted in Press Releases on December 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01), who serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, opposed the Ryan-McConnell tax bill today on the House floor because it will increase taxes on millions of middle-class families. House Republicans still passed the bill without a single Democrat supporting the measure – it now heads to the Senate for further action. “In this Ryan-McConnell tax bill, Republicans have gifted the wealthiest corporations and individuals with massive new tax cut... Read more

  • WA Lawmakers Urge Federal Funding for Critical Upgrades to Ballard Locks
    Posted in Press Releases on December 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Transportation

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) joined Reps. Suzan DelBene, Pramila Jayapal, Adam Smith, Rick Larsen, Dave Reichert, Denny Heck, and Derek Kilmer in a letter to the Trump Administration, urging it to use U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ funding to restore and modernize the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Seattle, more commonly known as the Ballard Locks. The Locks are not only important to public safety and the enviro... Read more

  • DelBene Statement in Opposition of the FCC Vote to Repeal Net Neutrality
    Posted in Press Releases on December 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) released the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal net neutrality rules that were put in place to protect consumers: “America has been a world leader in innovation in large part because we’ve benefited from a free and open internet, but we won’t remain at the top by adopting backward policies that hurt consumers,” DelBene said. “I strongly oppose the FCC’s decision to fully repeal net neutralit... Read more