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  • 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

  • DelBene Welcomes WSU to House Agriculture Subcommittee Hearing
    Posted in Press Releases on September 29, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today welcomed Washington State University’s Jim Moyer to testify at a hearing of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research highlighting innovative research being done at land grant universities. “I am happy that Dr. Jim Moyer from Washington State University was here today to share his perspective and explain some of the great research being done at WSU. Research provides the foundation for innovation, particularly in agr... Read more

  • 9/16/15
    Posted in eNewsletters on September 16, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Jobs and the Economy

    Dear Friend, Last month at the Mount Vernon Farmer’s Market, I spoke about the importance of helping to ensure families have access to local, healthy foods. Unfortunately, House leaders continue to insinuate that our nation’s nutrition programs are too generous and discourage people from working – a perpetual stereotype that couldn’t be further from the truth. Read more

  • DelBene Visits YWCA, Touts $200 Million Job-Training Program
    Posted in Press Releases on August 31, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Jobs and the Economy

    SEATTLE – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today visited the Seattle YWCA, a recipient of part of the $22 million job-training pilot program she helped secure for Washington state. DelBene met with participants who could benefit from the pilot program. “Helping people find good-paying, long-term employment in a high-demand industry is the best way to ensure everyone has access to economic opportunities,” DelBene said. “These funds will help those on nutrition assistance become self-sufficient... Read more

  • DelBene Works to Expand Washington Dairy Exports
    Posted in Press Releases on July 16, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Jobs and the Economy

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today led a bipartisan group of twenty Members in urging Canada to finally commit to open its markets to more dairy imports as talks over the trade agreement draw to a close. They sent a letter to the Canadian Ambassador to the United States outlining their position following a productive meeting with the U.S. Trade Representative on Monday. “Washington state produces some of the world’s best dairy products,” Representative Suzan DelBene (WA-01) said. “It is ... Read more

  • Lawmakers push USDA and EPA to get in sync on bee health
    Posted in In the News on May 13, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    May 13, 2015 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, chairman of the House Agriculture subcommittee on biotechnology, horticulture and research, said lawmakers are concerned about a lack of communication between USDA and EPA, particularly regarding issues on pollinator health. “We see a disagreement between agencies that are supposed to be working together,” the Illinois Republican said today at a subcommittee hearing into the health of honey bees. “This is what frustrates us and why you're here,” Davis told the ... Read more

  • How 4-H members are bridging the farmer-consumer gap
    Posted in In the News on April 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    A group of 4-H members shared their passions about the future of agriculture with the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research today and emphasized why it's more important than ever before to build “bridges” between rural and urban residents. The 17 young people, delegates to the National 4-H Conference, came from states as small in land mass as Rhode Island and as large as Texas. They were from urban, suburban and rural areas, raising livestock ranging from “f... Read more

  • DelBene Visits FareStart, Touts $200 Million Job-Training Program
    Posted in Press Releases on April 8, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Jobs and the Economy

    SEATTLE – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today visited FareStart, an eligible recipient for part of the $22 million job-training pilot program she secured for Washington state. DelBene met with students who could benefit from the pilot program. “Helping people find good-paying, long-term employment in a high demand industry is the best way to ensure everyone has access to economic opportunities,” DelBene said. “These funds will help those on nutrition assistance become self-sufficient by gi... Read more