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  • 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

  • House of Representatives extends NSA warrantless surveillance program, a blow to privacy advocates
    Posted in In the News on January 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    The House of Representatives has passed a bill extending the National Security Administration’s warrantless surveillance program for six years, rejecting a years-long effort from a bipartisan group of lawmakers to make changes that would protect the privacy of American citizens. The law allows the NSA to obtain the communications of foreigners from American companies like Google and AT&T without a warrant, even if data on American citizens is swept up in the process. The law now faces a vote in ... Read more

  • President Signs DelBene, Herrera Beutler’s Fix for Child Abuse Survivors Into Law
    Posted in Press Releases on December 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Trump today signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2018, which included part of Congresswomen Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Jaime Herrera Beutler’s (WA-03) Child Abuse Accountability Enhancement Act (H.R. 1103), closing a legal loophole that denies justice for some survivors of child abuse. “Anyone who falls victim to physical, sexual or emotional violence — particularly children — deserves the opportunity to seek justice, regardless of who abu... Read more

  • DelBene to Trump: Establish a Joint Commission on North Korea with Regional Allies
    Posted in Press Releases on November 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today urged President Trump to form a joint commission and intensify America’s regional diplomatic strategy in order to effectively deal with North Korea. This week, Trump departs for a 12-day tour of Asia, visiting five countries. “Given North Korea’s increasingly provocative behavior this year, preventing North Korea from continuing its bellicose activities, including the proliferation of illegal nuclear weapons needs to be a top priority ... 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

  • DelBene’s Fix for Survivors of Child Abuse Clears House in Must-Pass Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on July 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    The House today passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2018, which included Congresswoman Suzan DelBene’s (WA-01) bipartisan Child Abuse Accountability Enhancement Act (H.R. 1103) to close a legal loophole that denies justice for some survivors of child abuse. The NDAA now heads to the Senate before reaching the President’s desk. “It is unacceptable that current law shields some convicted child abusers from paying the restitution they owe. Anyone who falls victim to physical, ... Read more

  • Surveillance reform déjà vu
    Posted in In the News on July 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Congressional surveillance reform advocates are attempting to use the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to rein in post-9/11 warrantless mass surveillance programs. If the recent past is any guide, the House GOP leadership will do everything it can to ensure their amendments never get a vote on the House floor. Click here for the whole story. Read more

  • Rep. DelBene Says N. Korea Launch a Continuing Escalation
    Posted in In the News on July 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Rep. Suzan DelBene, a Washington Democrat, discusses North Korea's escalating threats against the U.S. with Bloomberg's David Gura on "Bloomberg Markets." (Source: Bloomberg) Click here for the video. Read more

  • DelBene’s Fix for Survivors of Child Abuse Clears Committee, Heads to Floor
    Posted in Press Releases on June 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    The House Armed Services Committee today added Congresswoman Suzan DelBene’s (WA-01) bipartisan bill to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), closing a legal loophole that denies justice for some survivors of child abuse. “Anyone who falls victim to physical, sexual or emotional violence — particularly children — deserves the opportunity to seek justice, regardless of who abused them,” DelBene said. “It is unacceptable that current law shields some convicted child abusers from pay... Read more

  • DelBene to Trump: America Deserves an Independent Investigation
    Posted in Press Releases on May 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today issued the following statement after President Trump fired the Director of the FBI, who was actively investigating the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia: “The American people deserve to know the full extent of Russia’s grip on the Trump administration,” DelBene said. “Firing the head of the department investigating this severe threat to our democracy only creates more chaos, confusion and questions. The lack of transparency, and frankly now blata... Read more