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  • DelBene Introduces Bill to Boost Veteran Employment
    Posted in Press Releases on October 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Veterans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01) introduced legislation today to expand veterans’ access to long-term, good-paying jobs in the manufacturing industry by boosting training for those re-entering the civilian workforce. “As a nation, we have an obligation to care for those who risked their lives to protect us and defend our freedoms. Too many veterans are still struggling to find jobs and as workers face significant challenges adapting to a rapidly changing economy, it is es... Read more

  • DelBene Opposes Budget That Puts Middle Class Last
    Posted in Press Releases on October 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget and Fiscal Responsibility

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today opposed the House Republican’s budget, which would have damaging effects on working families. “The Republicans’ budget jeopardizes the middle class by gutting funding for basic necessities like healthcare, nutrition, housing and education. This budget would also have a negative impact on investments in infrastructure, job training, and scientific research,” DelBene said. “We should be working on a bipartisan, long-term budget that prov... Read more

  • DelBene Asks Community Colleges to Detail the Skills Gap in the American Work Force
    Posted in Press Releases on October 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) co-chair of the House Democratic Caucus New Economy Task Force, asked community colleges to detail how they are addressing the skills gap in the American work force with the goal of gleaning new information that will help guide policy discussions on the issue in Congress. DelBene asked community colleges to provide information on the skills being taught in educational institutions and how federal policy could help remedy the dispariti... Read more

  • DelBene: Sweeping Abortion Ban Punishes Women, Cruelly Burdens Survivors of Sexual Assault
    Posted in Press Releases on October 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) opposed legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It lacks any meaningful exemptions to protect a woman’s health and imposes cruel barriers on survivors of sexual assault. The bill (H.R. 36) passed the House and now heads to the Senate for further consideration. DelBene’s floor speech follows and video can be found HERE: “Today I rise for Stephanie from my district. This is her story. “Stephanie and her husband... Read more

  • DelBene Demands IRS Explain New Contract with Equifax
    Posted in Press Releases on October 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform, Science and Technology

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today wrote to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen demanding answers as to why the agency would contract with Equifax, the company responsible for the massive security breach of nearly half of Americans’ information. “I write with deep concern over the recently reported decision by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to award a no-bid contract to Equifax,” DelBene’s letter stated. “I must question the IRS’ decision to move forward with this contra... Read more

  • Cantwell, DelBene, Luján Introduce Smart Cities Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on October 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Washington, D.C. — Today, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA), and Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) introduced legislation to promote the advancement of smart cities. “We can’t afford to replace aging infrastructure with anything but smart infrastructure, and our bill does just that. The bill makes this technology accessible to local governments so they can make smart investments that attract busine... Read more

  • DelBene Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Lower College Textbook Costs
    Posted in Press Releases on September 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) reintroduced bipartisan legislation today to help college students save money on textbooks by encouraging the use of low-cost or free digital course materials in higher education. “An often overlooked driver of the rising cost of college is textbooks and supplies. In addition to tackling tuition hikes and burdensome student loan debt, we must find solutions to the other factors making a college degree less attainable for working families,” D... Read more

  • DelBene: GOP’s Partisan Tax Plan Puts Middle Class Last
    Posted in Press Releases on September 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today made the following statement after House Republicans released their partisan tax proposal: “It is incredibly disappointing that Republicans are once again pushing partisan legislation and denying Democrats a seat at the table on a major policy debate that touches every American’s life. Whether you’re a small business owner creating jobs in our communities, a family saving for your child’s college tuition, a senior trying to pay for pre... Read more

  • Thanks to DelBene Amendment, DOJ Announces $24 Million in Grants for Opioid Use Diversion Programs
    Posted in Press Releases on September 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today lauded the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) announcement that as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), it has awarded $24 million in federal grants to localities to implement community-based substance use diversion programs and other treatment alternatives to incarceration to help address the opioid epidemic. Last year, President Obama signed CARA into law, which included a DelBene amendment authorizing these funds ... Read more

  • DelBene Calls for Clean Reauthorization of Home Visiting Program
    Posted in Press Releases on September 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Tax Reform, Seniors

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today called on Republicans to work with Democrats on a clean reauthorization of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program to ensure states and communities can continue helping children and families thrive. This traditionally bipartisan program provides in-home help to ensure new parents can raise children who are healthy, happy and ready for school. “I strongly support reauthorization of the Home Visiting progr... Read more