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  • 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

  • DelBene Donates Computers to Local Boys & Girls Club as Trump Attempts to Gut Their Budget
    Posted in Press Releases on April 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology, Budget and Fiscal Responsibility, Education

    MOUNT VERNON – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today visited the Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County to donate computers and highlight the devastating effects of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts on our community — including this important afterschool program. “It’s shameful the President is proposing the elimination of funding for vital afterschool programs like the Boys & Girls Club. These investments provide an essential safety-net for middle-class families, improve academic achieveme... Read more

  • On the value of science, healthcare and education, our Washington delegation is listening
    Posted in In the News on April 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology, Education

    This week, I spent a few days in the “other Washington” where I had the opportunity to meet with the members of our federal legislative delegation and their staffs. I shared with them the invaluable, vital work that our University of Washington community does to expand the frontiers of scientific research, improve healthcare, develop creativity through the arts and provide quality and affordable education to our students. I also detailed the truly devastating effects some of the cuts in the Pres... Read more

  • What Is the Future of the U.S. Digital Service?
    Posted in In the News on March 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    It’s arguable that few agencies better exemplified the Obama administration’s approach to technology, innovation and their combination in government than the U.S. Digital Service. Formed as a continuation of the private sector tech experts who helped salvage Healthcare.gov, the USDS has since grown and expanded to become the go-to team for managing difficult digital projects across agencies, and now includes branches within the Defense Department. But will it survive in the Trump administration?... Read more

  • FedScoop’s Top Women in Tech 2017: Rep. Suzan DelBene
    Posted in In the News on March 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology

    Suzan DelBene had a long career in technology before coming to Congress. The Washington state Democrat served as CEO and president of Nimble Technology, a business software company, and spent 12 years at Microsoft. “Updating our laws to reflect the way the world works in the 21st century has been one of my top priorities in Congress,” she says. “When current law affords more protections for a letter in a filing cabinet than an email on a server, it’s clear our policies are woefully outdated.” Th... Read more