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  • 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

  • DelBene, Vilsack Discuss Washington’s Rural Economy
    Posted in Press Releases on October 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    MOUNT VERNON – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today spoke with local farmers at Washington State University’s (WSU) Mount Vernon Research Center. “It’s an honor to host Secretary Vilsack in the beautiful and abundant First District,” DelBene said. “Our farmers produce some of the finest dairy, berries and other produce, while also being home to some of the most wonderful forests the country has to offer. Washington farmers are ... Read more

  • DelBene Introduces Bill to Protect State Enforcement of Marijuana Laws
    Posted in Press Releases on October 9, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Jobs and the Economy

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) introduced the State Marijuana And Regulatory Tolerance (SMART) Enforcement Act to protect medical patients, recreational users and businesses in states that have legalized marijuana from being prosecuted now or retroactively in the future. “My bill will fix the conflict between state and federal law by giving the U.S. Attorney General authority to waive the Controlled Substances Act for states that are effectively regulating marijuana themselves, such... Read more

  • DelBene: Hearing on Wildfires was ‘Long Overdue’
    Posted in Press Releases on October 8, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Environment

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) issued the following statement regarding the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry hearing on the 2015 fire season and long-term trends: “I’m very pleased that the subcommittee has called this hearing, though I think it’s long overdue. This is the first hearing solely on wildfires in more than a decade. This year’s wildfire season has been one of the worst and most costly in Washington state history,” DelBene said. “Under the current sys... Read more