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  • 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

  • DelBene Visits Galvanize to Mark Startup Day
    Posted in Press Releases on August 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    SEATTLE – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today visited a startup supporter, Galvanize, to discuss the economic benefits a vibrant startup ecosystem provides our communities. Startup companies in the area are creating innovative new products and services and using technology to solve real-world problems. Galvanize helps these businesses through training and counseling, and by helping to develop a pipeline of workers equipped with the skills needed for promising startups to grow. “Washington ... Read more

  • A visit from Rep. Suzan DelBene to Seattle's Galvanize
    Posted in In the News on August 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Science and Technology

    What better place to host a media event between startup companies and one of the Puget Sound region's top legislators than a hub for entrepreneurial growth and activity named "Galvanize?" To celebrate national startup day, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene met with a select group of Seattle-based entrepreneurs and startup founders at Galvanize Seattle's offices. After a brief tour of the facilities with Galvanize’s Stephanie Donner, Tracy Aiken, and Joanna Shea, Congresswoman DelBene and the business comm... Read more

  • Gig Worker Benefits Bill Gains Republican Supporter
    Posted in In the News on July 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Science and Technology

    A Democratic bill intended to spur experimentation with health insurance and other portable benefits for gig economy workers has gained the support of a Republican senator, sparking optimism that other GOP lawmakers could follow. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) signed on as the only co-sponsor for the Portable Benefits for Independent Workers Pilot Program Act ( S. 1251, H.R. 2685). The bill was introduced May 25 by Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), a longtime advocate of benefits for gig workers, such as thos... Read more

  • DelBene Introduces Bill to Protect State Enforcement of Marijuana Laws
    Posted in Press Releases on July 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) reintroduced the State Marijuana And Regulatory Tolerance (SMART) Enforcement Act (H.R. 3534) to protect medical patients, recreational users and businesses in states that have legalized and regulated marijuana from being prosecuted now or in the future. “My bill will fix the conflict between state and federal law by giving states effectively regulating marijuana themselves, such as Washington, a waiver from the Controlled Substances Act.” DelBene said... Read more

  • Marking the Anniversary of Dodd-Frank
    Posted in eNewsletters on July 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Dear Friend, Today is the anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act being signed into law. This landmark legislation helps protect consumers by monitoring financial systems and identifying risks to economic stability. Unfortunately, the House of Representatives chose to gut these critical safeguards last month, passing a bill that will remove or weaken many Dodd-Frank Wall Street reforms and cripple the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. What’s more, the Hou... Read more

  • Uber and the gig economy used to love Obamacare. What happened?
    Posted in In the News on July 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Jobs and the Economy

    The Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare is, for now, mothballed, in no small part because of Democratic resistance, fierce opposition from industry groups, and, above all else, GOP disarray. What didn’t help doom the effort: an enormous U.S. industry that repeatedly joined President Obama to promote the Affordable Care Act. Uber, Lyft, and a long list of other technology companies that power the so-called gig economy once rallied behind Obamacare as a major boon for their freelance... Read more