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  • Bipartisan, Bicameral PNW Members Defend Their Farmers from NAFTA Renegotiation Threat
    Posted in In the News on September 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Jobs and the Economy

    Today, September 20, 2017 U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Representative Dave Reichert (WA-08), and Representative Suzan DelBene (WA-01) led a bipartisan group of members of Congress urging the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to abandon a proposal to establish a trade remedy provision for perishable and seasonal products that would harm the competiveness of fruit and vegetable growers in Washington state and Oregon. The provision is being considered as a part of the North American ... Read more

  • DelBene Named Co-Chair of Jobs for America Task Force to Create an Economic Agenda
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) announced that she will serve in a leadership role in the House Democratic Caucus Jobs for America Task Forces, a unified effort from the House Democratic Caucus to craft a legislative agenda that will benefit hardworking Americans and middle-class families. DelBene will serve as co-chair for the New Economy Task Force. “Congress needs to update our laws to ensure all Americans succeed in the rapidly changing economy. Democrats believ... Read more

  • A Busy August in WA01
    Posted in eNewsletters on September 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Dear Friend, It was a busy August back in the beautiful First Congressional District! I had the opportunity to travel throughout the district talking to folks about ways Congress can update our laws to ensure all Americans succeed in the rapidly changing economy. Nowhere in the country is the economic impact of innovation and entrepreneurship more visible than in Washington’s First District, where our local industries — ranging from aerospace, manufacturing, and high-tech to agriculture, clean e... Read more

  • The Future of Our Economy Depends on Total Workforce Engagement
    Posted in In the News on August 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Want to be your own boss? If so, you’re in good company. Contingent workers — gig workers (i.e., temporary employees), freelancers (e.g., Uber drivers), and independent contractors (e.g., marketing consultants) — now comprise over a third of America’s labor force. According to Intuit CEO Brad Smith, 43 percent of the workforce will be contingent by 2020. In a nod to the gig economy’s growth, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) have introduced resolutions into their re... Read more

  • New Job Corps program focuses on student success
    Posted in In the News on August 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Education

    SEDRO-WOOLLEY — Ashley Bennett had never been to Sedro-Woolley until four months ago when she arrived in search of a better future. “I wanted to get my life together,” said the 17-year-old from Spokane. Now, Bennett is among the first students in the Cascades Job Corps College and Career Academy and is on track to achieve her lifelong dream of helping the elderly. On a sunny afternoon Monday, Bennett and four classmates were busy with their studies in the program’s new health care track — one o... Read more

  • DelBene hears need for stronger regional workforce
    Posted in In the News on August 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene sat down with representatives from various Sky Valley industries earlier this month. She was out to discuss what it takes to maintain and improve a viable regional workforce. The stop at the WorkSource in Monroe marked the start of her August tour of the 1st Congressional District. That includes most of Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties, and part of King County. Workforce Snohomish president and CEO Erin Monroe facilitated the talk. “We know that there are opportunit... Read more

  • DelBene, brewers tap into bipartisan Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act
    Posted in In the News on August 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Tax Reform

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene joked that she was in a brewery, but everyone was drinking coffee. After all, it was near 11 a.m. on Tuesday. With Postdoc Brewing Company co-owner Debbie Chambers leading the way, DelBene toured the Redmond hop-spot before gathering with a group of craft brewery owners to discuss the bipartisan Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (H.R. 747), which is aimed at lowering the federal excise tax for small brewers so they can tap into expansion and hire more em... Read more

  • Pre-apprenticeship program gives potential construction workers a leg up on competition
    Posted in In the News on August 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    SEATTLE — Construction is everywhere in our region. But a problem that many companies are having is finding qualified construction workers. A program that started about 18 months ago is hoping to give potential construction workers a leg up on the competition. It’s called the Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Education, or PACE, program, and several people said it’s changing lives along with the Seattle landscape. Santos Luera’s life has changed. The former Yakima resident is graduating from the p... Read more

  • SMART Bill Reintroduced in Congress
    Posted in In the News on August 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01) has reintroduced the State Marijuana And Regulatory Tolerance (SMART) Enforcement Act (H.R. 3534). This bill prohibits state-sanctioned marijuana consumers and businesses from being prosecuted by the federal government. By a margin of more than 6 to 1, Americans say that individual states should be able to make their own laws governing the use and sale of marijuana. The SMART Enforcement Act acknowledges this voter sentiment while also ensuring states are op... Read more

  • Allowing States to Effectively Regulate Marijuana
    Posted in eNewsletters on August 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Dear Friend, Twenty-nine states and Washington, D.C., have legalized some form of marijuana. And more are expected to vote on legalization in 2018. Yet, marijuana possession or use for any purpose is still prohibited under the federal Controlled Substances Act, leaving every participant in the state markets — including cancer patients — at risk of prosecution. That’s why I reintroduced the State Marijuana And Regulatory Tolerance (SMART) Enforcement Act (H.R. 3534) to protect medical patients, r... Read more