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  • Sen. Cantwell and Rep. DelBene seek $220M/year in federal funding for ‘smart city’ programs
    Posted in In the News on October 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    A new bill introduced by Washington state Sen. Maria Cantwell and Rep. Suzan DelBene would set aside $220 million a year in federal funding to help local governments implement smart city technology over five years. “Smart,” in this case, is a blanket term for internet-connected, data-collecting devices for city services like utilities, transportation, and public safety. The earmarked funds would toward programs like equipping public pipes with leak detection technology to reduce water waste, or ... Read more

  • Smart cities bill would provide $220 million annually
    Posted in In the News on October 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Federal legislation introduced on Monday proposes an increase in funding for local governments on the path to becoming smart cities. The Smart Cities and Communities Act of 2017 — written by Senator Maria Cantwell, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, and Congressman Ben Ray Luján — would set aside $220 million per year to replace outdated infrastructure with smart technologies like connected roadway infrastructure, environmental sensors and data analytics. Click here to read the whole story. Read more

  • DelBene, Cantwell Introduce Bill to Boost Smart Cities
    Posted in In the News on October 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Rep. Suzan DelBene and Sen. Maria Cantwell unveiled legislation Oct. 2 that would authorize a $1.1 billion, five-year initiative to improve U.S. infrastructure through smart city technologies. DelBene (D-Wash.) and Cantell (D-Wash.) are aiming to bolster federal resources, reporting and coordination with localities to ensure communities of all sizes can better implement sensors, data analytics and software to upgrade government services. Dozens of urban areas in the U.S. have begun using smart c... Read more

  • International Communications Privacy Bill Reintroduced
    Posted in In the News on September 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology, National Security

    A bipartisan quartet of House members has reintroduced the International Communications Privacy Act (HR 3718), which would clarify the rights and limitations on law enforcement accessing electronic communications stored abroad. The bill would allow law enforcement to require the provider of an electronic communications service to turn over the contents of an electronic communication no matter where it is stored, but only pursuant to a warrant. That allows cloud storage of U.S. information abroad... Read more

  • Harnessing the Future of Medicine
    Posted in In the News on September 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Science and Technology

    Medicine is changing rapidly. Innovations in precision medicine, immunotherapy, population health and genomics are dramatically transforming the outlook for hundreds of heartbreaking conditions — including Alzheimer’s. But to harness the full potential of these advances, Congress must be forward-looking in protecting and strengthening the life-saving medical research underway in labs across the country, including right here in Washington state. This summer, I had the opportunity to meet with sci... Read more

  • DelBene Joins Collins, Jeffries, Issa in Reintroducing the International Communications Privacy Act
    Posted in Press Releases on September 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) joined Reps. Doug Collins (R-GA), Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) in introducing the International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA), H.R. 3718, to outline when and how law enforcement may access electronic information stored abroad. “Updating our laws to reflect the way the world works in the 21st century has been one of my top priorities in Congress. I’ve supported a number of different proposals to reform our electr... Read more

  • ICPA: Momentum to modernize outdated data law builds in Congress
    Posted in In the News on September 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Today marks another important step in the building momentum for legislation to clarify how U.S. warrants for digital information apply domestically and abroad. The International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA) has now been introduced in the U.S. House by Representatives Doug Collins (R-Georgia), Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York), Darrell Issa (R-California) and Suzan DelBene (D-Washington). ICPA was introduced in the Senate this past July by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Chris Coons (D-Delaware) a... 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

  • When can law enforcement access data stored abroad? Only Congress can tell
    Posted in In the News on June 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on lawful access to data stored abroad. This is a timely hearing about an issue that will have significant impact on the future of cloud technology and jobs in the United States – and it’s time for Congress to take the lead. Data drives the U.S. economy – the software that generates and powers that data contributes $1 trillion to the U.S. GDP and supports almost 10 million U.S. jobs (and counting). But data isn’t confined within U.S.... Read more