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  • DelBene Hosts Roundtable Highlighting Importance of Smart Cities Technologies
    Posted in Press Releases on August 23, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Science and Technology

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) continued her “Suzan Shows Up” tour by meeting with local government officials in addition to representatives from private companies and universities to highlight the value of smart cities technologies. DelBene toured the King Country Metro Traffic Control Center and got an up-close look at their traffic grid, followed by a roundtable discussion to see how government, the private sector and others can work together on investing in smart cities. “The Uni... Read more

  • House Passes DelBene’s Legislation to Protect Communities from Landslides
    Posted in Press Releases on June 3, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Science and Technology

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene is pleased to announce that the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1261, the National Landslide Preparedness Act. The bill passed by voice vote and now goes to the Senate. “This victory has been a long time coming for the victims, families, friends and the entire Oso community, and honors our commitment to do everything possible to ensure we have the tools to help prevent these types of disasters. None of us will ever forget March 22, 2014, when a tragic land... Read more

  • Natural Resources Committee Approves DelBene’s Bill to Protect Communities from Landslides
    Posted in Press Releases on May 1, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Science and Technology

    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources voted to advance Rep. Suzan DelBene’s (WA-01) National Landslide Preparedness Act, which would help local communities prepare for and respond to landslides and other natural hazards. Her legislation was approved by unanimous consent. “I’m very pleased the Natural Resources Committee moved swiftly to advance this critical legislation that will help communities like Oso and others around the country be better prepared for the possibility of these typ... Read more

  • DelBene Votes to Reauthorize LWCF as Sweeping Lands Package Passes House of Representatives
    Posted in Press Releases on February 26, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Today, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) as part of a larger lands package that will designate over 1 million acres of new wilderness, expand national parks, and protect millions of acres of public land. The Senate passed its version of the bill earlier this month, which must now be signed into law by the president. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, a longtime champion of LWCF, praised the o... Read more

  • DelBene, Cantwell Introduce Legislation to Protect Communities from Landslides
    Posted in Press Releases on February 14, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Science and Technology

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the top Democrat of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, introduced legislation in the House and Senate to help local communities prepare for and respond to landslides and other natural hazards. The National Landslide Preparedness Act would help protect communities and property, save lives and improve emergency preparedness and planning by targeting key gaps in current science and mapping critical to und... Read more

  • Happy National Park Week!
    Posted in eNewsletters on April 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Dear Friend, Our beautiful state has 18 national parks and historic sites, attracting more than 7.5 million visitors last year. The outdoor recreation industry here in Washington supports more than 200,000 jobs and contributes more than $26 billion each year in economic activity. And our national parks, including the beautiful North Cascades National Park in the First Congressional District, provide many invaluable opportunities for education and recreation. As someone who loves the outdoors, I ... Read more

  • Reps. Schiff, DelBene, DeFazio and 44 Colleagues Urge Increased Funding to Build Out Earthquake Early Warning System
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Budget and Fiscal Responsibility

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) were joined by 44 Members of Congress – primarily from California, Washington, and Oregon – in sending a letter to the Appropriations Committee urging them to increase the federal funding level to $16.1 million in the Fiscal Year 2019 to fully build out and maintain an earthquake early warning system on the West Coast. A limited earthquake early warning system developed by Caltech, UC Berkeley, Univ... Read more

  • Pacific Northwest Lawmakers to Secretary Zinke: Hands Off Our Coast
    Posted in Press Releases on February 2, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Energy

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ahead of the Interior Department’s public meeting in Tacoma, Washington on February 5, Washington, Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-WA), led a bicameral, bipartisan group of 16 Pacific Northwest lawmakers in a letter to Secretary Zinke calling for the removal of the Washington/Oregon planning area from the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2019-2024. The bipartisan group of lawmakers wrote, “We... Read more

  • Ballard Locks, federal infrastructure, deserve more funding
    Posted in In the News on December 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Budget and Fiscal Responsibility

    Washington lawmakers are right to press President Donald Trump’s administration to fund much needed maintenance and upgrades at the Ballard Locks in Seattle. In a letter sent Friday, a coalition of representatives urged Trump and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fund the locks improvements in their 2018 and 2019 budgets. This work is needed to ensure that the Lake Washington Ship Canal’s linkage to Puget Sound continues to operate safely and reliably. The locks are among numerous public facil... Read more

  • Lawmakers urge Trump administration to fund 'critical upgrades' to Ballard Locks
    Posted in In the News on December 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Budget and Fiscal Responsibility

    The Ballard Locks are in desperate need of repairs and urgently need federal funds, according to a letter written by our state’s top lawmakers to the Trump administration today. An analysis of the locks by the Army Corps “found that many lock and dam components are in poor or failing condition,” the letter explains. “An extended, unplanned closure of the ship canal and locks could have significant negative impacts for the more than 200 businesses that rely upon this project, endanger the lives o... Read more