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  • DelBene Applauds House Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Protect Taxpayers from ID Theft
    Posted in Press Releases on April 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform, Science and Technology

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene’s (WA-01) bipartisan legislation that offers taxpayers identity theft protection passed the House of Representatives by voice vote. Her bill, sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN), offers all concerned taxpayers the option of signing up for an IP PIN over the next five years, which would be used to fight back against identity fraud when filing tax returns. “Today is Tax Day all across America – a day that should never equate with taxpayers having their identity... Read more

  • DelBene, Bishop Applaud Unanimous Committee Passage of Legislation to Modernize the IRS
    Posted in Press Releases on April 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform, Science and Technology

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-08) applauded the unanimous House Ways and Means Committee passage of H.R. 5445, the 21st Century IRS Act, to modernize technology and protect taxpayer identity at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Their bipartisan legislation is part of a larger package of bills aimed to redesign and update the IRS for the first time in over 20 years. “As a former tech CEO, I was astounded to learn that the IRS is still using fax equip... Read more

  • Bipartisan DelBene-Paulsen ID Theft Prevention Bill Clears Key Committee Hurdle
    Posted in Press Releases on April 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform, Science and Technology

    The House Committee on Ways and Means today approved H.R. 5437, bipartisan legislation introduced by Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN) that will reduce the risk of taxpayer identity theft by expanding the IRS’ Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) program. The legislation was approved this morning with a unanimous bipartisan vote. An IP PIN is a six-digit number assigned to taxpayers each year that helps the IRS validate the authenticity of a filer’s tax return. I... Read more

  • Bipartisan Group Introduces CLOUD Act in House
    Posted in Press Releases on February 6, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) joined Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers in introducing the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act today. The CLOUD Act would better balance the interests of cloud users while incentivizing bilateral agreements for law enforcement to fight crime. Collins and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) sponsored the legislation in the House, and cosponsors include DelBene, Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Tom Marino (R-Pa.... Read more

  • DelBene Opposes Bill that Undermines Americans’ Rights to Privacy
    Posted in Press Releases on January 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology, National Security

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) opposed S. 139, a bill that extends the authority of government agencies to conduct warrantless searches of Americans’ private communications under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) without any reforms. “Bulk collection of American communications records is a gross violation of our civil liberties and we must protect these communications from warrantless searches,” DelBene said. “Our first priority must always b... Read more

  • Editorial: Open internet now up to Congress, Legislature
    Posted in In the News on December 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    When the decision came down in last week’s 3-2 vote by the Federal Communication Commission to dismantle the Open Internet rules that had been adopted by the FCC in 2015, no one noticed a change in online speeds or the cost of services. But the “net neutrality” protections are gone, or are nearly so. The government will no longer regulate high-speed internet services as a utility. Adopted in 2015 as the Open Internet rules, the regulations prohibited internet service providers from blocking lega... Read more

  • DelBene Statement in Opposition of the FCC Vote to Repeal Net Neutrality
    Posted in Press Releases on December 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) released the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal net neutrality rules that were put in place to protect consumers: “America has been a world leader in innovation in large part because we’ve benefited from a free and open internet, but we won’t remain at the top by adopting backward policies that hurt consumers,” DelBene said. “I strongly oppose the FCC’s decision to fully repeal net neutralit... Read more

  • Washington to sue after FCC votes to repeal net neutrality
    Posted in In the News on December 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Thursday he will file a lawsuit against the FCC's decision to undo net neutrality rules implemented under the Obama administration. The vote was 3-2, with Republicans on the FCC board carrying the majority. "Yesterday I sent a letter to the FCC asking them to delay their vote gutting net neutrality. Unfortunately, they did not, Ferguson wrote in a statement. "Today, I am announcing my intention to file a legal challenge to the FCC’s decision to... Read more

  • Connelly: Washington fights Trump FCC rollback of net neutrality rules
    Posted in In the News on December 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Washington state leaders are laying on protest letters to the Federal Communications Commission, vowing Wednesday that the state will act to defend net neutrality rules if they are repealed by the FCC on Thursday. "It's a free speech issue as well as a business development issue," Gov. Jay Inslee told an Olympia news conference, flanked by Attorney General Bob Ferguson and legislators from both parties. The FCC's Republican chairman, Ajit Pai, is intent on rolling back Obama-era neutrality rules... Read more

  • What undoing net neutrality could mean for Seattle startups
    Posted in In the News on December 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the Federal Communications Commission prepares to undo its net neutrality rules this week, large internet companies like AT&T and Comcast are saying there’s nothing to worry about But in Washington state, many — from local politicians to small start-up companies — aren’t buying it. Under the FCC’s rules, passed two years ago, internet providers like Comcast and AT&T aren’t allowed to slow down a company’s websites or video streams, and they can’t give special treatment to o... Read more