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  • 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

  • The Senate health care plan is a disaster for gig economy workers
    Posted in In the News on July 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Jobs and the Economy

    The gig economy owes a lot to Obamacare. In the wake of the financial crisis, as smartphones were just becoming the norm, millions of Americans were out of work. Then, Uber hit the market one year before Obamacare was passed, and suddenly, the “gig economy” seemed feasible. Startups could launch without providing costly healthcare, and their workers—excuse me, independent contractors—didn’t have to worry about going broke if they got sick, thanks to help from the government. The gig economy expl... Read more

  • House Passes DelBene Amendment Boosting Apprenticeship Programs for Workers
    Posted in Press Releases on June 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today welcomed House passage of her amendment, included in the Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act (H.R. 2842), which helps people find good-paying jobs in high-demand industries through apprenticeships. “Helping people find long-term employment in a high-demand industry is one of the best ways to ensure everyone has economic security. As technological advancements like automation change the way our economy works, apprenticeships and on-the-job tr... Read more

  • Boosting apprenticeships for American workers
    Posted in eNewsletters on June 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Dear Friend, Today, the House of Representatives passed my amendment boosting apprenticeships for American workers. Included as part of the bipartisan Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act (H.R. 2842), the amendment helps people find good-paying jobs in high-demand industries through apprenticeships and on-the-job training. Technological advancements like automation are dramatically shifting the way our economy works. We cannot allow Americans to be left behind. I believe we need a nat... Read more