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  • These lawmakers want to make college savings a big employee perk, which is pretty admirable
    Posted in In the News on March 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget and Fiscal Responsibility, Education

    There are 13 million college savings accounts in this country, and more than half received at least one deposit in 2016. Those are decent numbers, and growing—but they cover just a tiny fraction of the country’s college-bound population. H.R. 529 say it could address both a lack of awareness of the plans—by encouraging employers to add 529 plans to their benefits package—as well as inflexible spending rules, by offering more ways to use 529 funds without getting hit with a penalty.' data-reactid... Read more

  • Seattle girls take fight against bullying to Washington D.C.
    Posted in In the News on March 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    SEATTLE, WA - A group of Seattle middle school girls known as the D.C. Bully Busters are fresh off their trip from our nation's capital. They met with lawmakers from all over the country to raise awareness about bullying, and to take action against it. 12-year-olds Grace Thordarson and Lilah Amon-Lucas tell us what their mission is all about. Click here to watch the video. Read more

  • DelBene, Meehan Introduce HELP for Students and Parents Act
    Posted in Press Releases on March 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform, Education

    Reps. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) and Suzan DelBene (D-Wa.) this week introduced the Higher Education Loan Payments (HELP) for Students and Parents Act, bipartisan legislation that will make college more affordable by modernizing how the tax code treats employer contributions toward student loan repayment. “The average American student graduates with more than $37,000 in student debt and for too many middle class students, a college degree is simply out of reach all together,” said Congressman Meeha... Read more

  • Larsen, DelBene Lead Effort to Prevent Mass Shootings in Schools
    Posted in Press Releases on March 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    U.S. schools could receive additional resources to prevent mass shootings under bipartisan legislation led by Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and cosponsored by Reps. Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Mike Coffman (CO-06) and Susan Brooks (IN-05). The School Safety Act of 2017 would renew the Secure Our Schools program, which provides resources to local, state and tribal governments to meet schools’ individual security needs. The program has not be funded by Congress since 2010. “In the years since Congress negl... Read more

  • Jayapal, DelBene Host Congressional Anti-Bullying Event With 11 and 12-Year-Old Activists
    Posted in Press Releases on March 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Today, Reps. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Suzan DelBene (WA-01), hosted a pledge-signing event to promote anti-bullying tactics in American politics. They were joined by other members of the Washington State delegation including Representatives Adam Smith (WA-09) and Derek Kilmer (WA-06). Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen, and Reps. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) and Eric Swalwell (CA-15) also attended and spoke at the reception. Prompted by the D.C. Bully Busters – a group of 11- and 12-year-old girls fro... Read more

  • From the heart: Kids make valentines for veterans
    Posted in In the News on February 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans, Education

    It wasn’t a typical assignment, but Machias Elementary School sixth-grader Liv Harrison put her heart into it. “To someone special,” Liv wrote. She had decorated her pink construction-paper card with hearts and Cupid’s arrows. Benjamin Studley, a 37-year-old Navy veteran and former Machias Elementary Bobcat, was on a mission when he visited his alma mater Thursday. As Liv, her classmates and other students created cards, Studley made his rounds at the Snohomish district school. He was there as p... Read more

  • DelBene Delivers Valentines for Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on February 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans, Education

    BOTHELL – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today visited a local VA hospital to drop off hundreds of valentines made by First District students. Valentines for Veterans is a program that encourages the community to recognize veterans throughout the year. See photos attached. “The Valentines for Veterans program is a wonderful opportunity for our local students to make a connection with a veteran and thank these brave men and women for their service,” DelBene said. “We should all show our appr... Read more

  • Biopharma executive-turned-lawmaker: Want breakthroughs? Fund research
    Posted in In the News on January 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Science and Technology, Education

    It was during the House special investigation into stem cell research that Democratic Rep. Suzan DelBene had had enough. Still in her second term at the time of the September hearing, the Washington state congresswoman was mercilessly excoriating her Republican colleagues’ decision to investigate fetal tissue science, an effort she saw as a shameful attempt to harass those engaged in medical research. “As someone who started her career in biomedical research, I’m deeply disappointed to see the i... Read more

  • DelBene co-teaches physics at Stella Schola
    Posted in In the News on December 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Rep. Suzan DelBene (D) from Washington’s 1st Congressional District spent the morning of Dec. 19 in an eighth-grade classroom at Stella Schola Middle School in Redmond. DelBene co-taught a physics lesson with teacher Brigitte Tennis. Click here for the full story. Read more

  • DelBene Marks Computer Science Education Week
    Posted in Press Releases on December 5, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today marked the start of Computer Science Education Week, which provides students with computer science education opportunities, such as the Hour of Code. “Ensuring all students have access to computer science learning opportunities is critical to preparing them for the careers of tomorrow,” DelBene said. “As a former entrepreneur in technology, I know the future of innovation in the United States is going to rely in part on talented coders getting engaged e... Read more