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  • DelBene Cosponsors Police Reform Package Led by Congressional Black Caucus
    Posted in Press Releases on June 8, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) released the following statement after the introduction of the Justice in Policing Act, which will eliminate qualified immunity, call for independent investigations into police brutality, and make lynching a federal crime, among other changes. The bill was developed by the Congressional Black Caucus in light of the murders of George Floyd and other Black Americans at the hands of the police. “For too long, Black Americans have endured systemic racism and discr... Read more

  • DelBene Condemns Trump Statements on Voting by Mail
    Posted in Press Releases on April 8, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, National Security

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) released the following statement in response to recent comments by President Trump about voting by mail during the COVID-19 pandemic: “The president should be embarrassed by his recent comments about voting by mail. Forcing people to go to a polling location during a public health crisis is shameful. People should never have to choose between their health and exercising their right to vote during an election, like voters in Wisconsin were forced to do t... Read more

  • DelBene Issues Statement on Meeting with CBP Officials
    Posted in Press Releases on February 3, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    Today, Congresswoman DelBene and Congresswoman Jayapal met with officials from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to discuss the multiple cases of Iranian Americans being detained and questioned at length while entering the US from Canada at the Blaine Peace Arch crossing in January and the recently leaked CBP memo directing CBP agents to discriminate specifically against individuals of Iranian descent. “We met with the Director of Field Operations and Chief of Staff of the Seattle Field Office... Read more

  • Washington Democratic House Members Comment on Report that CBP Targeted Iranian-Americans
    Posted in Press Releases on January 31, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    Today, members of Washington’s Democratic delegation in the House of Representatives issued a joint statement after an internal memo from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shows Iranian-Americans and others were deliberately targeted for detainment at the Blaine Peace Arch crossing in early January. The Washington Democratic delegation includes Representatives Suzan DelBene, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Kim Schrier, M.D., Denny Heck, Adam Smith, and Pramila Jayapal. “This latest news is dee... Read more

  • DelBene Responds to CBP Memo Confirming Intent to Detain Iranian Americans at the Border
    Posted in Press Releases on January 30, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) made the following statement after an internal memo from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shows Iranian-Americans and others were deliberately targeted for detainment at the Blaine Peace Arch crossing in early January. “I am deeply alarmed that CBP was dishonest regarding the detainment of Americans of Iranian, Lebanese, and Palestinian descent. This memo shows the CBP’s initial story, that the detainments were caused by staffing issues, to be a... Read more

  • DelBene Votes in Favor of War Powers Resolution on Iran
    Posted in Press Releases on January 9, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) joined House Democrats in passing a War Powers Resolution that directs the Administration to halt the use of U.S. Armed Forces against Iran without authorization from Congress. This vote was taken in response to the president’s military airstrikes against high-level Iranian officials without any Congressional consultation. “Today’s vote was the result of this administration failing to consult with Congress regarding the airstrikes that targeted high-lev... Read more

  • DelBene Sends Letter to DHS Demanding Answers on Iranian-Americans Being Detained at Border
    Posted in Press Releases on January 8, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-1) led a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “to obtain more information regarding the holding of Iranian Americans in secondary inspection upon entering the United States in Blaine, Washington” over the weekend. The letter is co-led by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), and Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA). The letter is signed by 70 Members of the House. “There have been reports that more than 60 Americans of Iranian descen... Read more

  • DelBene Denounces Supreme Court’s Travel Ban Decision, Vows to Fight Back Against Ruling that Undermines Freedom of Religion
    Posted in Press Releases on June 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene issued the following statement shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s travel ban directed at citizens of predominately Muslim nations. “I am deeply disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision. As Justice Sotomayor said in her dissent, President Trump’s ‘policy now masquerades behind a façade of national security concerns,’ when we all know that he once championed this policy as a means of discriminating openly against Muslims,” said DelB... Read more

  • DelBene Blasts President’s Decision to Pull Out of Iran Deal
    Posted in Press Releases on May 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) made the following statement shortly after President Trump announced the United States’ withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement with Iran. “President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran deal is a reckless move that undermines our credibility on the world stage, and worse, puts our national security at risk. We will no longer be able to maintain a watchful eye over Iran’s nuclear weapons program or keep them from t... 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