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  • DelBene Amendment Boosts Apprenticeship Programs
    Posted in Press Releases on June 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today successfully added an amendment to the Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act (H.R. 2842) to help 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. Apprenticeships and on-the-job training are an important part of that equation,” DelBene said. “We need a national commitment to address... Read more

  • A ‘third status’ for the gig economy
    Posted in In the News on June 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    The rise of the so-called “gig economy” — loosely defined as a market of freelance, self-employed and contract workers, often with low-to-median skill levels, who make a living performing a succession of short-term assignments — has been changing what it means to have a job in America. As those effects continue to be seen across the country, we should welcome a growing number of experiments with alternative ways to provide what long have been considered essential workplace benefits and protectio... Read more

  • DelBene: We Cannot Return to a Time of Taxpayer Bailouts for Wall Street
    Posted in Press Releases on June 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Budget and Fiscal Responsibility

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today opposed dangerous legislation that would dismantle consumer protections established to prevent another financial collapse at the hands of Wall Street’s risky practices. “This irresponsible bill puts Wall Street special interests ahead of the American people,” DelBene said. “I’m deeply disappointed that instead of coming together to develop policies that will support working families and grow the economy, House Republicans have chosen to push a bill that... Read more

  • DelBene Joins Sen. Murray in Calling for Federal Minimum Wage Increase
    Posted in Press Releases on May 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today cosponsored the Raise the Wage Act, which would increase the federal minimum wage over seven years and index it to inflation. “Strong economic growth can only be achieved when all working families have the opportunity to succeed,” DelBene said. “To build an economy that works for everyone, we need to ensure Americans working a 40-hour week aren’t living below the poverty line. Congress should raise the federal minimum wage to restore the middle class an... Read more

  • DelBene Introduces the SNAP Work Opportunity Act
    Posted in Press Releases on May 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Jobs and the Economy

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today introduced the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Work Opportunity Act to ensure those looking for work don’t lose vital nutrition assistance. “Eliminating nutrition assistance for people trying to find work doesn’t help if jobs are not available,” DelBene said. “The SNAP Work Opportunity Act would protect – not punish – these individuals. By helping people find good-paying, long-term employment in a high-demand industry we can ensure ever... Read more

  • Legislation to Test-Drive Portable Benefit Model Introduced in the House and Senate
    Posted in Press Releases on May 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Science and Technology

    Today, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) introduced legislation to test and evaluate innovative portable benefit designs for the growing independent workforce. As many as one-third of the U.S. workforce is currently engaged in temporary, contract or on-demand work, and the Warner-DelBene proposal seeks innovative ways to provide these workers with access to many of the social insurance protections typically provided to workers through traditional full-time emplo... Read more

  • DelBene: LGBT Americans Deserve Equal Protections Under Our Laws
    Posted in Press Releases on May 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today helped reintroduce the Equality Act, a comprehensive bill that aims to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. “In too many states, people who are LGBT can still be fired, denied credit and evicted from their home simply based on who they are and who they love,” DelBene said. “What’s worse, our nation is seeing a proliferation of state laws stripping protections from transgender Americans and legalizing discri... Read more

  • DelBene, Paulsen Launch Bipartisan Digital Trade Caucus
    Posted in Press Releases on May 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Science and Technology

    Reps. Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today launched the congressional Digital Trade Caucus to promote a U.S. trade policy that works in the digital economy. “Trade has gone digital and protectionist policies don’t work in an internet-age,” DelBene said. “We need continued American leadership in the digital economy and for that to happen our laws need to be up to date with the way the world works. I look forward to working with Congressman Paulsen on the forward-looking policies ... Read more

  • DelBene Denounces Canada’s Protectionist Dairy Policies
    Posted in Press Releases on April 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Jobs and the Economy

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today helped lead a bipartisan group of colleagues in writing to President Trump, urging the administration to hold Canada accountable for its trade commitments in the dairy sector when renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Canada recently changed its dairy policies making it difficult for U.S. farmers to export a variety of dairy products. The change potentially violates Canada’s existing trade commitments to the United States and re... Read more

  • Bipartisan Coalition Reintroduces Remote Transactions Parity Act
    Posted in Press Releases on April 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Tax Reform

    Reps. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) today led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in reintroducing H.R. 2193, the Remote Transactions Parity Act (RTPA), which aims to create a level playing field so Main Street stores and online retailers can compete fairly. Reps. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Steve Womack (R-AR), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Steve Stivers (R-OH), Lou Barletta (R-PA), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Peter Welch (D-VT) and David Cicilline (D-RI) joined Noem and Conyers as lead cosponsors ... Read more