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  • 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

  • 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