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  • ​DelBene Signs Letter to Defend Child Nutrition Assistance
    Posted in Press Releases on May 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Education

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today joined a letter to House Education and the Workforce Committee leaders expressing concern over a number of harmful provisions included in the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016. “We write today to express our concerns with the recently introduced Child Nutrition and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Reauthorization legislation,” the letter states. “Given that 31 million students depend on these programs for nutritious and accessible mea... Read more

  • Pacific Northwest U.S. Representatives Urge State Department to Avoid Delays to H-2A Visas for Agricultural Workers
    Posted in Press Releases on March 7, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Jobs and the Economy, Immigration

    Today, Pacific Northwest Members of Congress urged the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security to take proactive measures to prevent the heavy losses to agriculture businesses caused in 2014 and 2015 due to technical problems with the H-2A visa system. In their letter to Secretary John Kerry of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, nine Members of Congress, including U.S. Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA... Read more

  • DelBene Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Put U.S. Seafood in School Lunches
    Posted in Press Releases on February 25, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Jobs and the Economy, Education

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today introduced bipartisan legislation to require fish products purchased for federally subsidized school lunches be domestically harvested. “The Pacific Northwest produces some of the world’s best and healthiest seafood. We should be supporting our local industries, especially when they are producing a superior product for our nation’s children,” DelBene said. “I want to ensure school district funds stretch as far as possible, but not at the expense of chil... Read more

  • DelBene Helps Secure Tax Relief for Cideries
    Posted in Press Releases on February 19, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Jobs and the Economy, Tax Reform

    WOODINVILLE – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today visited local small business, Locust Cider, to discuss the passage of tax relief for cideries. “Washington’s First District is home to some of the world’s best cideries and breweries. These growing industries are vital to our economy,” DelBene said. “This important tax relief will help provide more certainty for small cider brewers and will encourage economic growth not only in this industry, but with local farmers and manufacturers as well... Read more

  • Investing in Job Training
    Posted in eNewsletters on February 9, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Jobs and the Economy

    Dear Friend, In Congress, I’m working to help Washington’s families and businesses succeed. Instead of partisan bickering, I’m proposing innovative solutions that give us a solid return on our investments. Two years ago this week, as part of the bipartisan five-year Farm Bill, I secured $200 million for job-training pilot programs around the country similar to Washington’s Basic Food Employment & Training program. In March, our state received a $22 million grant from that funding to provide peop... Read more

  • 10/30/15
    Posted in eNewsletters on November 2, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Dear Friend, Earlier this week, I spoke on the House floor to celebrate National Farm to School Month which aims to promote locally grown foods in our schools and educate kids about the benefits of choosing healthy foods and living a healthy lifestyle. I’m working to ensure nutritious, local food is available for our students, which we know is proven to help them pay attention in class and learn. It’s also important to educate young children about where their food comes from. This information a... Read more

  • USDA awards $3.6 million to set up SNAP job training hub
    Posted in In the News on October 29, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    USDA has awarded a $3.6 million grant to the Seattle Jobs Initiative (SGI) to set up a so-called Center of Excellence designed to develop and disseminate best practices to help state job training centers find work for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP). This will “enable us to centralize our efforts to improve our (SNAP) employment and training efforts across the fifty states,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters on a conference call. The center... Read more

  • DelBene Marks Farm to School Month
    Posted in Press Releases on October 28, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Environment

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today spoke on the House floor in recognition of October as National Farm to School Month: “I rise to celebrate Farm to School Month. Having healthy food in our schools is crucial. We know that when students are provided with wholesome foods, they are more likely to pay attention in class and learn. “In addition, by introducing kids to varieties of fruits and vegetables at a young age, we can teach them how to eat healthy over the long-term. We are fortunate ... Read more

  • 10/20/15
    Posted in eNewsletters on October 20, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Jobs and the Economy

    Dear Friend, Last week was an eventful one in Washington’s First Congressional District. We had both Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visit us. On Tuesday, Secretary Vilsack joined me for a community conversation with local farmers, foresters and ranchers at Washington State University’s (WSU) Mount Vernon Research Center. Since being elected to Congress, it’s been a priority of mine to work with our farmers and ranchers to support the amazing work they do in... Read more

  • U.S. Agriculture Secretary visits Mount Vernon
    Posted in In the News on October 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    MOUNT VERNON — About 180 farmers and ranchers from throughout the state packed the auditorium at the Washington State University Mount Vernon Extension Center on Tuesday for a forum with U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. DelBene and Vilsack answered questions from WSU president Dan Bernardo for a half hour, then took questions from the audience for 45 minutes. Questions revolved around the newly-passed farm bill — which DelBene helped sh... Read more