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  • 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

  • DelBene’s Landslide Bill Clears House Natural Resources Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on December 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Natural Resources Committee passed with unanimous support Congresswoman Suzan DelBene’s (WA-01) National Landslide Preparedness Act – a bipartisan, bicameral bill she introduced earlier this year with Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA). “Lawmakers need to do more to ensure we fund resources and research efforts to prevent future natural disasters from becoming national tragedies,” DelBene said. “It is time that landslide hazards are addresse... Read more

  • DelBene’s Landslide Bill Receives House Committee Hearing
    Posted in Press Releases on November 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing on Congresswoman Suzan DelBene’s (WA-01) National Landslide Preparedness Act – a bipartisan, bicameral bill she introduced earlier this year with Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA). “Lawmakers need to do more to ensure we fund resources and research efforts to prevent future natural disasters from becoming national tragedies,” DelBene said. “It is time that landsli... Read more

  • 'It's devastating:' Rep. DelBene visits homes wrecked by flooding
    Posted in In the News on November 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Homeowners in Lyman devastated by Skagit River flooding got a visit from Rep. Suzan DelBene before she heads back to Washington D.C. on Tuesday. "It's devastating, You can see it right here a lot of land was lost, houses at risk," she said. DelBene, who represents Washington's first district, toured land that's less than half of what it was last week. Swift currents Thanksgiving Day feasted on the bank, cutting more than a hundred feet of property overnight, all while homeowners waited for help ... Read more

  • DelBene, WA Members to Trump: Allowing Import of Elephant Trophies Sends a Terrible Message to the World
    Posted in Press Releases on November 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today led House members of Washington’s delegation in sending a letter to President Trump urging him to reinstate President Obama’s ban of importing elephant trophies into the United State from Zimbabwe and Zambia. This week, the president reversed this critical protection for African elephant, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. “We strongly urge you to reconsider your decision. The United States must continue t... Read more

  • WA Dems to Trump Admin: “Listen to Our Fishermen” and Save Bristol Bay, WA Fishing Jobs
    Posted in Press Releases on October 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Jobs and the Economy

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Patty Murray (D-WA), U.S. Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Adam Smith (WA-09), Denny Heck (WA-10), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Rick Larsen (WA-02), Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and 36 of their Senate and House colleagues sent a forceful letter to President Trump urging him listen to Washington fisherman and businesses before removing the science-based environmental rules that protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay and the livelihoods of thousand... Read more

  • WA Democratic Sens. and Reps. Urge Immediate Action from Feds to Protect Native Salmon from Fish Farm Fiasco
    Posted in Press Releases on August 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Patty Murray (D-WA), joined by Reps. Adam Smith (WA-09), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Rick Larsen (WA-02), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Denny Heck (WA-10), and Suzan DelBene (WA-01), wrote an urgent letter to the heads of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to press the two agencies to take quick and decisive action to address the impacts of hundreds of thousands of escaped farmed A... Read more

  • Cantwell, Murray: Agencies must also immediately halt permitting of new and expanding net pens
    Posted in In the News on August 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Today, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Patty Murray (D-WA), joined by Reps. Adam Smith (WA-09), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Rick Larsen (WA-02), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Denny Heck (WA-10), and Suzan DelBene (WA-01), wrote an urgent letter to the heads of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to press the two agencies to take quick and decisive action to address the impacts of hundreds of thousands of escaped farmed Atlantic salmon in W... Read more