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  • 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

  • DelBene Introduces Bipartisan Resolution to Support Specialty Crops
    Posted in Press Releases on March 26, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today introduced a bipartisan resolution supporting specialty crops, highlighting the vital role they play in America’s agricultural industry and calling for increased support of specialty crop programs. “Whether it’s red raspberries, blueberries, potatoes or any number of different fruits and vegetables grown by our local farmers, specialty crops play a critical part in Western Washington’s economy. This resolution is an acknowledgement of the significant af... Read more

  • DelBene Program Brings Washington $22 Million for Job-Training
    Posted in Press Releases on March 20, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Jobs and the Economy

    As a result of Congresswoman Suzan DelBene’s (WA-01) bill, which was included in the Farm Bill, Washington state received $22 million to conduct a pilot program that will help those most in-need of finding stable employment. “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 SNAP recipients become self-sufficient by giving them the specialized training and... Read more

  • McDermott, DelBene Introduce Bill to Fix Critical Oversight in SNAP Program
    Posted in Press Releases on February 25, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Jobs and the Economy

    Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) yesterday introduced legislation that would prevent an estimated 1 million Americans from losing their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits next year due to a policy oversight in the SNAP work requirement. The SNAP Work Opportunity Act (H.R. 1025) would ensure that residents in states that cannot find a job and are not offered a spot in a job training or workfare program will not lose their SNAP eligibi... Read more

  • DelBene Selected as Top Democrat on Agriculture Subcommittee
    Posted in Press Releases on January 27, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) was selected to serve as the Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research. “I look forward to leading this important subcommittee and hearing innovative ideas from farmers, ranchers and researchers,” DelBene said. “People rarely link technology with farming, but it is vital to the future of our agriculture industry. I hope to support and build on this interconnectivity in my new role, using my experie... Read more