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  • ICPA: Momentum to modernize outdated data law builds in Congress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

  • Protecting a Free & Open Internet
    Posted in eNewsletters on May 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Dear Friend, As many of you may know, before becoming a Member of Congress, I had a long career in the technology sector and as an entrepreneur. I’ve seen firsthand how quickly technologies can develop and become critical components to our everyday lives. Today, more and more people are constantly connected to the online world, between our mobile phones and smart watches, cars and home appliances. With an estimated 20 billion connected devices expected to be used by 2020, there is growing demand... Read more

  • Legislation to Test-Drive Portable Benefit Model Introduced in the House and Senate
    Posted in Press Releases on May 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Science and Technology

    Today, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) introduced legislation to test and evaluate innovative portable benefit designs for the growing independent workforce. As many as one-third of the U.S. workforce is currently engaged in temporary, contract or on-demand work, and the Warner-DelBene proposal seeks innovative ways to provide these workers with access to many of the social insurance protections typically provided to workers through traditional full-time emplo... Read more

  • Reps. DelBene, Clarke, Flores, Issa and Lieu form Reality Caucus
    Posted in Press Releases on May 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    U.S. Representatives Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), Bill Flores (R-Texas), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) have formed and will serve as co-chairs of Congressional Caucus on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality Technologies for the 115th Congress. The co-chairs released the following joint statement regarding formation of the caucus: “We are proud to announce the launch of the Congressional Caucus on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality Technologies. As these t... Read more

  • DelBene, Paulsen Launch Bipartisan Digital Trade Caucus
    Posted in Press Releases on May 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Science and Technology

    Reps. Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today launched the congressional Digital Trade Caucus to promote a U.S. trade policy that works in the digital economy. “Trade has gone digital and protectionist policies don’t work in an internet-age,” DelBene said. “We need continued American leadership in the digital economy and for that to happen our laws need to be up to date with the way the world works. I look forward to working with Congressman Paulsen on the forward-looking policies ... Read more

  • Editorial: Keep internet access open and equal
    Posted in In the News on April 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    If you’re not happy with the high-occupancy toll lanes on I-405 that allow drivers who can afford it pay a fee to escape slower traffic, imagine the same two tiers for users on the information super highway. Since 2015, the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet rules have prevented broadband service providers from creating those toll lanes and otherwise restricting access to a fast, fair and open internet. That policy, also referred to as net neutrality, says broadband providers can’... Read more

  • Why tech workers showed up to March for Science
    Posted in In the News on April 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Science and Technology

    Science itself may be nonpartisan, but the March for Science this weekend simply couldn’t be. Demonstrators, many tech workers among them, turned out in an estimated 600 cities around the world to rally for science and its role in policy-making. The march was organized after the Trump administration proposed and began to implement steep budget cuts to federal science agencies in the U.S., notably the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institutes of Health. A mix of politicians, sci... Read more