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  • DelBene, Schweikert Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Ease Use of Virtual Currency
    Posted in Press Releases on January 16, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform, Science and Technology

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06) introduced the Virtual Currency Tax Fairness Act (H.R. 5635), a bipartisan bill which would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to specifically address transactions made with virtual currency. This bill creates a structure for taxing purchases made with virtual currency, further strengthening the legitimacy of virtual currency in the digital economy by creating parity in the tax code. Currently, any gains rea... Read more

  • DelBene Announces Congressional App Challenge Winner
    Posted in Press Releases on December 20, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA01) is excited to announce the first congressional district’s entry to the 2019 Congressional App Challenge. The winning app, called Driver Vision, was created by Sohil Bhatia and Sayan Bhatia of Redmond High School. Driver Vision uses machine learning models and an Internet of Things (IoT) device to detect distracted vs. attentive driving behavior. It then provides the user with a report on their driving speed activity against the speed limits in the area and the... Read more

  • DelBene Statement on Passage of USMCA
    Posted in Press Releases on December 19, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Jobs and the Economy, Science and Technology, Budget and Fiscal Responsibility

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) made the following statement: “I am pleased that the House of Representatives has approved the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a deal which will support our region’s farmers, workers, and families. “This new agreement includes important provisions that will help our region’s dairy farmers, who for years have struggled to export their products to Canada. It also eliminates a rule in British Columbia that requires imported wines to be place... Read more

  • DelBene Reintroduces Critical Bipartisan Legislation Ensuring Patient Access to Breakthrough Medical Products
    Posted in Press Releases on December 6, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Science and Technology, Seniors

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) reintroduced the Ensuring Patient Access to Critical Breakthrough Products Act of 2019 (H.R. 5333). This bill would guarantee Medicare beneficiaries access to cutting-edge medical innovation by streamlining the coverage determination process and improving the availability of breakthrough devices for patients. DelBene’s bipartisan legislation is being co-led by Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN), Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Rep. Terri ... Read more

  • DelBene Hosts Annual App-a-thon for Local Students
    Posted in Press Releases on October 29, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    This past weekend, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) hosted her annual App-a-thon – an event that gives local middle and high school students access to mentors, industry professionals, and hands-on computer science experience. All apps created by students meet the requirements for submission to this year’s Congressional App Challenge (submission deadline Nov. 1st). The students participated in a friendly competition at the end of the App-a-thon on Sunday and judges selected the winning apps. T... Read more

  • New Democrat Coalition Endorses DelBene’s Privacy Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on October 15, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA), announced that the New Democrat Coalition (NDC) has endorsed her privacy legislation, the Information Transparency and Personal Data Control Act (H.R. 2013). The New Democrats are the largest coalition in the House of Representatives, with over 100 members. “I’m very pleased this critical legislation has received the support of my New Democrat colleagues,” said DelBene, who serves as NDC’s Vice-Chair of Policy. “Our coalition is about finding solutions ... Read more

  • DelBene Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Lower College Textbook Costs
    Posted in Press Releases on September 19, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to help college students save money on textbooks by encouraging the use of low-cost or free digital course materials in higher education. The bill was introduced with Rep. Josh Harder (D-CA) and Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN). The E-BOOK Act – or Electronic Books Opening Opportunity for Knowledge Act – would direct $20 million for the Department of Education to create 10 pilot programs at public institutions throughout the ... Read more

  • DelBene Hosts Roundtable Highlighting Importance of Smart Cities Technologies
    Posted in Press Releases on August 23, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Science and Technology

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) continued her “Suzan Shows Up” tour by meeting with local government officials in addition to representatives from private companies and universities to highlight the value of smart cities technologies. DelBene toured the King Country Metro Traffic Control Center and got an up-close look at their traffic grid, followed by a roundtable discussion to see how government, the private sector and others can work together on investing in smart cities. “The Uni... Read more

  • DelBene and Katko Introduce “Internet of Things” Legislation to Determine if Spectrum Supply Meets Future Demands
    Posted in Press Releases on July 17, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Congressman John Katko (R-NY) introduced the Internet of Things (IoT) Readiness Act, bipartisan legislation that would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide Congress with the data it needs in order to be prepared for the continued growth of IoT devices, and devices that use 5G mobile networks. Whether it be a fitness watch or sensors to monitor traffic, IoT devices require enough spectrum so data, such as time, location, or te... Read more

  • House Passes DelBene’s Legislation to Protect Communities from Landslides
    Posted in Press Releases on June 3, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Science and Technology

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene is pleased to announce that the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1261, the National Landslide Preparedness Act. The bill passed by voice vote and now goes to the Senate. “This victory has been a long time coming for the victims, families, friends and the entire Oso community, and honors our commitment to do everything possible to ensure we have the tools to help prevent these types of disasters. None of us will ever forget March 22, 2014, when a tragic land... Read more