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  • Representatives DelBene, Schrier, Newhouse, and Senator Murray Lead Bipartisan Call for Expanded Agricultural Assistance to Washington and Oregon Farmers
    Posted in Press Releases on October 19, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Today, Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08), and Dan Newhouse (WA-04), and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) led a bipartisan, bicameral letter calling on U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take all statutory eligibilities into account when distributing the $10 billion in aid to agricultural producers hit hard by extreme heat, drought, and wildfires this summer. The $10 billion in agricultural aid was included in the Exte... Read more

  • Seattle Times: Northwest farmers who lost crops to extreme heat eligible for federal disaster relief
    Posted in In the News on October 18, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Pacific Northwest food producers stung by extreme heat will be eligible for disaster relief in a $10 billion package included in legislation now signed into law. The record-setting temperatures in late June caused losses across a broad swath of the state from oyster aquaculture operations in the Puget Sound region to fruit orchards in the Yakima Valley and potato growers in the Columbia River Basin. Several members of Washington’s congressional delegation, including Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnysid... Read more

  • DelBene Secures $10 Billion in Disaster Relief Support for Farmers Following Historic Heatwaves
    Posted in Press Releases on September 21, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) secured critical relief for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural producers impacted by recent heatwaves in the stopgap federal funding legislation that passed the House of Representatives today. The bill would fund the government until December 11, 2021, if passed by the Senate and signed by President Biden. In June, a historic heatwave with temperatures reaching as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit devastated farmers in the Pacific Northwest. In many instan... Read more

  • DelBene, Western State Lawmakers Push for More Relief Following Historic Wildfires, Droughts, Heat
    Posted in Press Releases on July 27, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) led a bipartisan, bicameral effort to secure more relief for farmers, ranchers, and other agriculture producers in the western United States affected by historic wildfires, droughts, and extreme heat. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the lawmakers urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to open relief programs up to more producers that have lost crops and livestock to the ongoing droughts, extreme heat, and wildfires. In addition... Read more

  • House Dairy Caucus Urges USDA to Support Dairy Farmers
    Posted in Press Releases on April 14, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Jobs and the Economy

    Today, Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus Co-Chairs, Reps. Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Peter Welch (VT-At Large), Joe Courtney (CT-02), Tom Reed (NY-23), and Mike Simpson (ID-02), led a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Purdue urging support for dairy farmers facing an economic crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Dairy farmers need support immediately,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter. “We urge you (Secretary Purdue) to use your authority to provide support directly ... Read more

  • DelBene Releases Additional COVID-19 Resource Guides for Tribes, Students, Educators, and Farmers
    Posted in Press Releases on April 7, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Health, Education

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) released additional COVID-19 resources guides to help tribes, students, educators, and farmers navigate the benefits in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the historic $2 trillion relief package recently passed by Congress and signed into law. DelBene’s newly released guides are specific to: Agriculture K-12 Education Higher Education Tribes “Congress took historic action by passing the CARES Act and now it is incumbent upon... 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 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

  • Investing in Small Fruit Farmers
    Posted in eNewsletters on July 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Dear Friend, Agriculture is a vital, thriving part of Washington state’s economy. The First Congressional District has more than 4,000 farms that supply restaurants, markets and our local communities. That’s why I introduced legislation this week, along with Rep. Rick Larsen, to amend the Specialty Crop Research Initiative, providing $2.5 million annually to support research for berry and grape crops. My bill gives Washington small fruit farmers the resources they need to develop and implement n... Read more

  • DelBene Introduces Legislation to Invest in Small Fruit Research
    Posted in Press Releases on July 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) introduced legislation that would amend the Specialty Crop Research Initiative to provide $2.5 million annually to support research for berry and grape crops. This funding would address the challenges and emerging needs for Washington state farmers. “Agriculture is a vital, thriving part of Washington state’s economy. The First Congressional District has more than 4,000 farms that supply restaurants, markets and our local communities.... Read more