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  • DelBene, Beyer Introduce Direct Air Capture Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on September 10, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Science and Technology, Energy

    Today, U.S. Representatives Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Don Beyer (D-VA) introduced the Negate Emissions to Zero (NET Zero) Act, legislation that would substantially increase tax incentives to boost the developing direct air capture industry. DelBene and Beyer serve on the House Committee on Ways and Means, which has jurisdiction over tax policy in the House of Representatives, and which is currently writing clean energy tax incentive provisions in the Build Back Better Act. “Climate change is an e... Read more

  • IAPP: Rep. DelBene on what it will take to pass US privacy legislation
    Posted in In the News on June 4, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Prospects for a federal privacy law in the U.S. ramped up in recent years, but nothing has come close passing even though data protection is a bipartisan issue. At the same time, U.S. state activity is swarming and many countries around the world are developing and implementing their own national privacy laws. So what’s it going to take for the U.S. to pass a federal law? Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., was the first congressional lawmaker to propose federal privacy legislation in 2021. Her bill re... Read more

  • DelBene, Clarke Introduce Legislation to Expand Smart City Technology
    Posted in Press Releases on May 20, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Smart Cities Caucus Chair Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) introduced the Smart Cities and Communities Act to promote the use of smart city technologies and enhance federal coordination of these programs. Smart technologies enable cities to improve community livability, services, communication, safety, mobility, and resilience to natural disasters; to reduce costs, traffic congestion, air pollution, energy use, and carbon emissions; and to promote economic ... Read more

  • GeekWire: Rep. Suzan DelBene on out-of-date privacy laws, and why she’s not giving up on federal legislation
    Posted in In the News on April 17, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    It’s one of the hottest topics in tech, but despite broad agreement about the importance of online privacy, the United States has yet to pass comprehensive, modern, federal legislation that addresses the issue. U.S. Rep Suzan DelBene, a Democrat from Washington state, wants to change that. “Technology has created incredible new opportunities, but our laws have not kept up,” she says. “So it is incumbent on Congress to make sure that our laws keep up, that we protect people’s rights in our changi... Read more

  • DelBene, Pocan, & Schakowsky Applaud Biden Reversal on Fetal Tissue Ban
    Posted in Press Releases on April 16, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Science and Technology

    Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Mark Pocan (WI-02), and Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) released the following statement in response to the Biden administration’s reversal of the Trump-era prohibitions on the use of fetal tissue in biomedical research. “We applaud the Biden administration and Secretary Xavier Becerra for prioritizing science and reversing the Trump administration’s arbitrary barriers to both extramural and intramural researchers on the use of fetal tissue in scientific research,” ... Read more

  • Dems Call on Biden Administration to Reverse Trump Fetal Tissue Ban
    Posted in Press Releases on April 13, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Science and Technology

    Today, Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), and Mark Pocan (WI-02) called on the Biden administration to immediately revoke Trump-era bureaucratic hurdles that effectively prohibit the use of fetal tissue in biomedical research. In a letter to U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, 26 House Democratic lawmakers underscored the immense value that fetal tissue research adds to advancing scientific and medical knowledge. “The previous administration’s restr... Read more

  • Protecting Your Personal Data
    Posted in eNewsletters on March 13, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Dear friend, In our digital world, we all want to know that our personal data is safe and secure. Yet, a stunning 70 percent of Americans believe that their personal data is less secure now than it was five years ago. While states like California and Virginia are adopting more rigorous privacy standards, these laws become increasingly confusing as you cross state boundaries. Sensitive health, location, and financial data, protected in one state, may not be protected in another. We need one unifo... Read more

  • DelBene Introduces National Consumer Data Privacy Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on March 10, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) introduced the Information Transparency and Personal Data Control Act, legislation that would create a national data privacy standard to protect our most personal information and bring our laws into the 21st Century. Currently there is no federal data privacy law, resulting in states pursuing their own consumer privacy policies. However, in our digital world, a patchwork of different state laws will lead to confusion for people and businesses. A nationa... Read more

  • GeekWire: Rep. DelBene introduces federal privacy bill in latest effort to avoid ‘patchwork’ of state laws
    Posted in In the News on March 10, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wa, introduced new federal privacy legislation, warning that efforts by states to enact their own privacy laws threaten to deepen the country’s privacy predicament. Among other provisions, the bill would require companies to let consumers know when their personal information is shared, and with whom, with the goal of increasing overall transparency. DelBene has championed the cause repeatedly with past attempts to pass federal privacy legislation. She acknowledged that... Read more

  • Axios: State efforts likely to prod Congress on privacy
    Posted in In the News on March 5, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    In the absence of uniform federal rules, states across the U.S. have ramped up online privacy legislation, which could in turn push Congress to pass its own law faster and with tougher provisions. Driving the news: Virginia became the second state to enact a consumer privacy law this week. A number of other states are working on similar bills. Some privacy advocates have said the Virginia law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2023, is too industry-friendly. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) called it an "i... Read more