Jobs and the Economy

Geek Wire: Univ. of Washington jostling for a slice of R&D funding from the CHIPS and Science Act

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The University of Washington is chasing research funding unleashed by the CHIPS and Science Act, signed into law in August by President Biden. The UW is spearheading a proposal submitted to the U.S. Department of Defense focused on quantum computing and is a partner on three other DoD proposals, which together seek more than $500 million in funding. Other Pacific Northwest…

DelBene, LaHood, Bera, Smith Introduce Resolution to Promote the U.S. Digital Economy and Digital Trade

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Today, Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Darin LaHood (IL-16), Ami Bera (CA-06), and Adrian Smith (NE-03) introduced a bipartisan, bicameral resolution outlining the importance of the U.S. digital economy and the need for greater U.S. leadership in negotiating agreements on digital trade.  The resolution encourages negotiations of strong, forward-looking, and enforceable…

DelBene Blasts GOP Debt Prioritization Bill: ‘Signals our willingness to bring the United States to the brink of default’

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Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) blasted House Ways & Means Committee Republicans for advancing legislation (H.R. 187) that would favor paying foreign bondholders, such as the Chinese government, over veterans’ benefits should the U.S. default. This measure is an attempt to deceive the American people into thinking Republicans are taking action on the debt ceiling but does…

I’m Fighting to Protect WA Families from GOP Surprise Unemployment Bills

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Dear Friend,   When millions of workers found themselves jobless overnight at the start of the pandemic, Congress increased unemployment insurance benefits so Americans could put food on the table, keep a roof over their head, and heat their homes.  Many workers filled out their claims in good faith based on information from their employers and state agencies. Some of…

Republicans Insist on Sending Parents Surprise Unemployment Bills

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Today, House Ways & Means Committee Republicans rejected an amendment offered by Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) to H.R. 1163 that would protect parents from receiving surprise bills for pandemic-era unemployment insurance benefits during a committee markup. The underlying Republican-led legislation would rescind the estimated remaining $400 million in American Rescue Plan…

DelBene, Casten, Vargas, Phillips Introduce Legislation to Support Sustainable Retirement Plans

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Today, Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Sean Casten (IL-06), Juan Vargas (CA-52), and Dean Phillips (MN-03), introduced the Freedom to Invest in a Sustainable Future Act, legislation that would give workplace retirement plans the freedom to consider environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors in their investment decisions or offer ESG investment options. Relatively few…

DelBene Statement on President Biden’s State of the Union Address

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Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene issued the following statement on President Biden’s State of the Union address.  “Tonight, President Biden highlighted the historic progress that he and Congressional Democrats have made over the past two years - creating millions of good-paying jobs, lowering costs for working families, and starting to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure. He also…

DelBene, Walberg, Craig, Estes, Sherrill, Allen Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Expand Telehealth Benefits for American Workers

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Today, Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Tim Walberg (MI-07), Angie Craig (MN-02), Ron Estes (KS-04), Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), and Rick Allen (GA-12) introduced bipartisan legislation to expand access to employer-sponsored telehealth benefits. The Telehealth Benefit Expansion for Workers Act would allow employers to offer workers stand-alone telehealth benefits, similar to dental and…

DelBene, LaHood Introduce Legislation to Provide Tax Relief for Beauty Professionals and Salon Owners

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Today, Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Darin LaHood (IL-16) introduced the Small Business Tax Fairness and Compliance Simplification Act (H.R. 45), bipartisan legislation that would bring tax relief to beauty salon owners and workers by extending the Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) tax tip credit to the beauty service industry. The tip credit helps ensure accurate…

DelBene, Larsen, Cantwell Welcome Pentagon Report Urging Action to Protect American Aluminum Production

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Today, Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Washington Senator Maria Cantwell issued the following statement in response to a Congressionally mandated Defense Department report that highlights the need to bolster domestic aluminum production as a matter of national security. The report concludes that high-purity aluminum is critical to our national defense and…