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  • ‘This is wrong, it’s outrageous’: Washington state leaders, advocates respond to Trump’s birth-control rule
    Posted in In the News on October 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    The Trump administration’s new rule allowing insurers and employers to opt out of covering contraceptives in the Affordable Care Act because of religious and moral objections brought swift condemnation from politicians and groups focused on women’s health care. “President Trump wants to make birth control about ideology, but let’s be clear: for women and their families in the 21st century, birth control is about being healthy and financially secure — and allowing a woman’s employer to decide whe... Read more

  • DelBene: Sweeping Abortion Ban Punishes Women, Cruelly Burdens Survivors of Sexual Assault
    Posted in Press Releases on October 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) opposed legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It lacks any meaningful exemptions to protect a woman’s health and imposes cruel barriers on survivors of sexual assault. The bill (H.R. 36) passed the House and now heads to the Senate for further consideration. DelBene’s floor speech follows and video can be found HERE: “Today I rise for Stephanie from my district. This is her story. “Stephanie and her husband... Read more

  • House approves GOP bill outlawing most late-term abortions
    Posted in In the News on October 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Most late-term abortions would be outlawed under legislation Republicans pushed through the House on Tuesday, a major priority of the GOP and conservative groups that won't reach an eager President Donald Trump because it faces certain Senate defeat. The House approved the measure by a near party-line 237-189 vote. Though the bill's fate is sealed, the push for abortion restrictions remains a touchstone issue for most Republicans, even as the party splinters between traditionalist conservatives ... Read more

  • Thanks to DelBene Amendment, DOJ Announces $24 Million in Grants for Opioid Use Diversion Programs
    Posted in Press Releases on September 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today lauded the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) announcement that as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), it has awarded $24 million in federal grants to localities to implement community-based substance use diversion programs and other treatment alternatives to incarceration to help address the opioid epidemic. Last year, President Obama signed CARA into law, which included a DelBene amendment authorizing these funds ... Read more

  • DelBene Calls for Clean Reauthorization of Home Visiting Program
    Posted in Press Releases on September 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Tax Reform, Seniors

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today called on Republicans to work with Democrats on a clean reauthorization of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program to ensure states and communities can continue helping children and families thrive. This traditionally bipartisan program provides in-home help to ensure new parents can raise children who are healthy, happy and ready for school. “I strongly support reauthorization of the Home Visiting progr... Read more

  • DelBene Calls for Clean Reauthorization of Home Visiting Program
    Posted in In the News on September 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) has called on Republicans to work with Democrats on a clean reauthorization of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program to ensure states and communities can continue helping children and families thrive. This traditionally bipartisan program provides in-home help to ensure new parents can raise children who are healthy, happy and ready for school. “I strongly support reauthorization of the Home Visiting program before it expires ... Read more

  • DelBene, King Lead Bipartisan Letter Rejecting Cuts to Medical Research
    Posted in Press Releases on September 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Congressman Peter King (NY-02) today led more than 85 bipartisan members of Congress in urging House leaders to protect medical research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The President’s budget proposed cutting the agency by $7.2 billion next year, primarily through a harmful limitation on facilities and administrative (F&A) costs – also known as indirect costs – in NIH-funded research. “To maintain America’s role as a g... Read more

  • In Response: We need to protect life-saving air ambulance services
    Posted in In the News on September 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Imagine you and your loved ones are hiking through the Chippewa National Forest, fishing on Mille Lacs Lake, or relaxing on your family farm. Suddenly, you start to notice tingling sensations in your arms followed by chest tightness and pain and a struggle to catch your breath. Imagine all of a sudden you're having a heart attack. When unexpected medical emergencies like this strike, it is critical to access the right kind of care as quickly and as safely as possible. In a state like Minnesota, ... Read more

  • Harnessing the Future of Medicine
    Posted in In the News on September 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Science and Technology

    Medicine is changing rapidly. Innovations in precision medicine, immunotherapy, population health and genomics are dramatically transforming the outlook for hundreds of heartbreaking conditions — including Alzheimer’s. But to harness the full potential of these advances, Congress must be forward-looking in protecting and strengthening the life-saving medical research underway in labs across the country, including right here in Washington state. This summer, I had the opportunity to meet with sci... Read more

  • DelBene Calls for Bipartisan Approach to Tax Reform
    Posted in Press Releases on August 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Tax Reform, Seniors

    BOTHELL – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today reiterated the need for a bipartisan approach to comprehensive tax reform while Speaker Paul Ryan visited the Boeing Co. in Everett: “We have a once in a generation opportunity to modernize our tax code, if Republicans include Democrats in the legislative process. There is no question that our tax laws are in desperate need of thoughtful reform. Done properly, tax reform could eliminate inequities in the code, and give working families and busi... Read more