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  • DelBene Introduces Bill Calling for Joint Commission on North Korea
    Posted in Press Releases on April 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today introduced H.R. 2231, which establishes a Joint Commission on North Korea, and would include government officials from the United States, Japan and South Korea, among others in the Indo-Asia Pacific Region, as a diplomatic effort to stop North Korea’s hostile actions. “Preventing a nuclear-armed North Korea must be a top priority for the United States and our regional partners,” DelBene said. “Recent actions have made it clear North Korea is already vio... Read more

  • WA Members Call for Information from DOJ and FBI on Disturbing Threats Targeting Jewish Community Centers
    Posted in Press Releases on March 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Today, Rep. Adam Smith (WA-09), joined by Reps. Rick Larsen (WA-02), Dave Reichert (WA-08), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Denny Heck (WA-10), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), released the following statement in response to Monday evening’s bomb threat that lead to the evacuation of the Mercer Island Jewish Community Center in Mercer Island, Washington: The Members of Congress joined in sending a lette... Read more

  • DelBene Helps Introduce Bill to Require President to Disclose Foreign Assets
    Posted in Press Releases on February 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Tax Reform, National Security

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today helped introduce the Presidential Trade Transparency Act to require the President to disclose foreign income, assets and liabilities when initiating trade or investment negotiations with a foreign country. “With the lack of financial transparency from this President, Congress must exercise its oversight responsibilities to ensure there isn’t improper influence by foreign entities when he is negotiating trade policy,” DelBene said. “The American public d... Read more

  • Northern Border Caucus Express Concern Over Proposed Biometric Screening Requirements
    Posted in Press Releases on February 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, National Security

    As the critical relationship between the United States and Canada is in the spotlight after Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau’s visit to Washington, D.C., several members of the House of Representatives Northern Border Caucus are sending a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly cautioning against the existing proposal requiring implementation of biometric screening at Land Ports of Entry (LPOE). The bipartisan letter is signed by Northern Border Caucus co-chairs ... Read more

  • Democratic Reps. condemn immigration order, demand briefing
    Posted in In the News on February 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    SEATTLE - Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, D-07, and other Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee are asking for an emergency briefing before all House members, on the extreme vetting executive order and its chaotic rollout over the weekend. A letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly cites “urgency, widespread confusion and dangerous impact of the Executive Order,” and requests a briefing by the end of the week in response to President Donald Trump's orde... Read more

  • How Your Elected Officials, and Some Really Smart Lawyers, Are Fighting Trump
    Posted in In the News on February 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    At 4:42 p.m. EST last Friday, when President Donald Trump signed a sweeping executive order banning refugees and specific travelers from entering the U.S., it launched a nationwide explosion of resistance, from the airports to the streets to the courts. In Seattle, that resistance was just as swift from elected officials and attorneys as from local residents. By early Saturday afternoon, Port Commissioner Courtney Gregoire had already raced to Sea-Tac, demanding answers from U.S. Customs and Bor... Read more

  • Stop that plane: The frantic race to halt a deportation
    Posted in In the News on January 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    When Courtney Gregoire read about the chaos unfolding in New York’s John F. Kennedy airport Saturday morning, she began to wonder how President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries would play out in Seattle. Gregoire, an attorney and the daughter of former Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, is a commissioner of the Port of Seattle, which oversees the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. So she picked up the phone to ask. It was the beginning of an astonishi... Read more

  • ‘I actually wept:’ Lawyers’ frantic efforts stop a plane, allow 2 men to enter U.S. at Sea-Tac
    Posted in In the News on January 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    They were running for the gate, the two attorneys, one specializing in immigration law, the other a Port of Seattle commissioner. They knew they might not make it in time. An Emirates airplane was about to leave for Dubai at just after 5 p.m. Saturday, and on it were two men who had landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. They had been told they could not stay because of an order signed the day before by President Trump. When Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) Executive Director ... Read more

  • As the Feds Detained Banned Travelers at Sea-Tac, Local Political Leaders Were Given Virtually No Info About What Was Going On
    Posted in In the News on January 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    As chaos unfolded at airports across the country on Saturday, it quickly became clear that officials ranging from frontline border patrol agents to high-ranking members of the administration were unprepared for President Donald Trump's travel ban. In Washington, that turmoil translated to a group of state and federal leaders unable to find answers to questions as basic as how many people were being detained at Sea-Tac International Airport. Now, two Seattle-area Congresswomen want answers from f... Read more

  • First “Small Victory” Achieved Over Immigration Ban at Sea-Tac
    Posted in In the News on January 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    Washington politicians are demanding answers after the weekend scuffle over immigration at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport. Representatives Pramila Jayapal, Suzan DelBene, governor Jay Inslee, and other officials were quick to denounce president Donald Trump’s immigration ban from seven Muslim-majority countries after two men—from Yemen and Sudan—were detained at the airport on Saturday. The men, who had arrived in the U.S. with visitor visas, were released Sunday after U.S. District Court ... Read more