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  • 03/09/14
    Rep. Suzan DelBene: We Need More Policymakers Who Understand Technology

    Before Rep. Suzan DelBene went to Washington to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, she worked in the technology sector, spending 12 years at Microsoft, most recently as corporate vice president of the company’s mobile communications business. So she knows first-hand the impact what is needed to pass effective technology policy, the impact technology has on our daily lives, and how important it is that the people forming and implementing policy understand that technology.

  • 02/23/14
    The Seattle Times: Editorial: Preserve the historic Green Mountain fire lookout

    The historic Green Mountain fire lookout should remain exactly where it was built 81 years ago — atop 6,500-foot Green Mountain, in the Glacier Peak Wilderness east of Darrington, Snohomish County.

    The big-view lookout, on the National Register of Historic Places, has been a destination for thousands of hikers for decades. It slowly crumbled under the weight of many winters, so the Forest Service rebuilt it in 2009.

  • 02/20/14
    The Washington Post: Immigration reform as a women's issue

    While House Republicans have been adamant that immigration reform is all but dead this year, a coalition of women’s groups is hoping to revive the issue, wrapping it into the “war on women” offensive.

  • 02/19/14
    The Daily Reporter: Patty Murray, Suzan DelBene bring minimum wage fight to Seattle's 'Main Street'

    U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Suzan DelBene on Tuesday brought their fight to raise the national minimum wage to $10.10 an hour to Seattle, where advocates want to raise it $5 higher.

  • 02/19/14
    The National Journal: DelBene statement on FCC Open Internet proposals

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene issued the following statement regarding Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to issue new rules to preserve net neutrality protections that were struck down by the D.C. Circuit Court earlier this year:

  • 02/18/14
    KCTS: The Delegation, Ep. 2, The Freshmen

    Episode 2: The Freshmen

    The Freshmen features Representatives Denny Heck, Derek Kilmer, and Susan DelBene discussing the pros and cons of being a rookie in Washington, D.C., what they expected to find, and what really greeted them in their first terms as a U.S. representative.

  • 02/18/14
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Minimum wage: A just cause that Democrats are running with

    President Obama is doubling down on a $10.10-an-hour federal minimum wage as a cause that will lift thousands out of poverty, assist millions in reaching the middle class and help Democrats in the 2014 midterm election.

  • 02/13/14
    The Huffington Post: Democrats introduce bill to restore net neutrality rules

    A group of House and Senate Democrats introduced legislation Monday that would allow the Federal Communications Commission to restore federal net neutrality rules struck down by a federal appeals court last month.

  • 02/13/14
    The Skagit Valley Herald: Skagit flood groups prepare next move

    The long-running Skagit River General Investigation Study’s team could choose next month one of the flood control projects it has been studying to receive expanded analysis.

  • 02/08/14
    The Everett Herald: 500 families won't lose rent subsidies after all

    The 500 low-income Snohomish County families who received notices last month about federal rent subsidies running out are off the hook — for 2014, at least.

    The Housing Authority of Snohomish County on Monday mailed a second letter informing those households that their Section 8 vouchers will last through year’s end.

  • 02/07/14
    The Bellingham Herald: Op-Ed Suzan DelBene: The Paycheck Fairness Act would lessen gender wages gap, aid families

    In 1963, President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act at a time when women were paid 59 cents for every dollar paid to men. Since then, we have made great progress, and our economy has been transformed by women in the workforce. Yet, even as we see women appointed to the Supreme Court and to executive leadership roles in Fortune 500 companies, the typical woman in Washington state today still only earns 76 percent of what the typical man does. This means we have one of the widest wage gaps in the entire country. For a state like Washington, where we pride ourselves on our progressive values and our commitment to equality, this is unacceptable.

  • 02/06/14
    KOMO News: Immigration reform: STEM visa program a 'broken system'

    Immigration reform is an issue that often includes the emotional debate about undocumented workers, but there's another piece of the puzzle that's creating headaches and heartaches for some of the region's most promising young minds.

  • 02/06/14
    The Everett Herald: U.S. House votes to preserve Green Mountain Lookout

    The U.S. House of Representatives today approved an omnibus public lands bill which includes a provision to preserve Green Mountain Lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness.

    The bill passed by the House on a 220-194 vote contains the Green Mountain Lookout Heritage Protection Act sponsored by Democratic Reps Suzan DelBene and Rick Larsen of Washington. President Barack Obama, who opposes the bill, did endorse the section calling for preservation of Green Mountain Lookout.

  • 02/05/14
    The Skagit Valley Herald: Farm Bill raises funds for Skagit specialty crops

    A significant piece of the federal farm bill for Skagit County agriculture is the increased and permanent funding for specialty crop research and grant programs.

    The bill is the first to provide long-term investments for the programs and raises funding 50 percent over levels offered in the last farm legislation, providing $80 million per year to the Specialty Crop Research Initiative and $72.5 million per year, to start, for the Specialty Crop Block Grant program.

  • 02/05/14
    Publicola: Morning Fizz: One-Stop-Shop Liberalism

    Go to the 2:25 mark in this video and watch U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA, 1) play hardball with the DOJ on what she sees as a loophole in President Obama's recent proposal to supposedly scale back the government's ability to use tech companies for surveillance.

  • 02/04/14
    The Bellingham Herald: Panelists to discuss unequal pay for women during Bellingham event

    U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, who represents north and east Whatcom County, will be part of a panel on equal pay for women sponsored by the Bellingham branch of the American Association of University Women.

  • 02/02/14
    The Hill: Rocky Mountain oysters, smoked salmon on the line in politicians' Super Bowl bets

    Politicians are revved up for the epic battle between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

    On hand at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium will be Rep. Diane DeGette (D-Colo.), the deputy Democratic whip, and Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.).

    DelBene is a mega Seahawks fan and longtime season ticket holder, her office said. She once was a high school football referee and regularly schools her staff on the finer points of the NFL rulebook.

  • 01/30/14
    Progressive Grocer:

    The House of Representatives’ passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (commonly known as the Farm Bill) clears the way for the Senate to consider the bill, which includes numerous priorities the Organic Trade Association (OTA) has been seeking for more than two years.

  • 01/29/14
    Wired: Meet the ex-Microsoft exec on a quest to save Obamacare

    Kurt DelBene’s office is on the sixth floor of the fortress-like Department of Health and Human Services, overlooking the Capitol reflecting pool. With little but a desk, a laptop, and monitor, it looks barren, like someone just moved out.

    But DelBene, a longtime Microsoft executive, moved in six weeks ago. He came from the other Washington, after President Barack Obama named him HealthCare.gov’s new fix-it guy — the successor to “tech-surge czar” Jeff Zients. DelBene is here to shore up the famously flawed Obamacare website, not decorate an office. The most telling evidence of DelBene’s arrival hangs on the wall to the right of his workstation: A large whiteboard, covered with scribbled notes about databases, security features, website capacity, and the like. It’s a big list of lists.

  • 01/28/14
    The Seattle Times: Nancy Pelosi pays up after losing Super Bowl bet against Seahawks

    No Michael Crabtree-Richard Sherman rivalry here.

    A smiling House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday afternoon made good on the bounty she promised Washington congressional Democrats if the Seattle Seahawks eliminated the San Francisco 49ers from their Super Bowl march.

  • 01/10/14
    The Bothell-Kenmore Reporter: Rep. Suzan DelBene makes wager on Seahawks' game

    With the 2013 NFL playoffs entering the divisional round this weekend, Rep. Suzan DelBene, along with Derek Kilmer and Denny Heck have placed a wager with New Orleans Congressman Cedric Richmond on the upcoming game between the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints.

  • 01/03/14
    The Union-Bulletin: Long-term jobless voice fears as unemployment checks end

    After working for 14 years as a billing specialist, Uzorigwe Alintah has not earned a paycheck for a year. He is among many in the Seattle area and one of 4.1 million nationwide — nearly 40 percent of the 10.9 million jobless — who have been unemployed for more than six months.

  • 12/20/13
    Center Solutions: Congresswoman DelBene Leads Bipartisan Letter to FCC Chairman Wheeler Urging Action to Improve Internet Access in Schools

    Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash. (1st CD), issued the following news release: Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01), along with 25 other members of Congress, sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging action to improve and modernize the federal E-rate program, which has provided critical discounts for schools and libraries for telecommunications and Internet services since its enactment in 1997.

  • 12/19/13
    The Skagit Valley Herald: Pressure mounts for farm bill approval

    Farmers and agriculture advocates heard an update on the progress of the federal farm bill and voiced a few concerns with the proposed bill to U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene at a round-table discussion Wednesday afternoon.

  • 12/19/13
    The Suburban Times: Washington Democrats Ask for State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Extension

    Thursday, U.S. Reps. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., Rick Larsen, D-Wash., Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., Denny Heck, D-Wash., and Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., sent a letter to Ways and Means Chair David Camp and Ranking Member Sander Levin asking for an extension of the state and local sales tax deduction that is set to expire January 1.

  • 12/12/13
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer: State’s U.S. House delegation unanimous for budget deal

    Our state’s congressional delegation ranges from liberal Seattle Democrat Jim McDermott to right-wing, anti-environmental Pasco Republican Doc Hastings, but all 10 Washington House members on Thursday voted for a two-year budget compromise that Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., helped hammer out.

  • 12/09/13
    KUOW: Tech giants say enough spying, Rep. DelBene agrees

    Ross Reynolds talks with US Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., about a bill called the USA Freedom Act that would reign in government surveillance capabilities.

  • 12/05/13
    Publicola: Congress passes patent reform with DelBene support

    The U.S. House passes legislation that could make it harder for companies like ArrivalStar to sue transit agencies for supposed patent infringement.

  • 12/02/13
    The Kirkland Reporter: Congresswoman Suzan DelBene visits LWIT, fights for nutrition assistance funding

    At 50 years old, Chris Doty of Bothell faced homelessness.

    Once a successful plumber of 30 years, Doty, like many others during the recession, found himself laid off with the fear of losing his house, car and “everything that normal people have.”

  • 11/29/13
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Lawmakers' holiday message: "Shop small"

    “Small Business Saturday,” the holiday shopping antidote to Black Friday, has won enthusiastic backing from two members of Washington’s congressional delegation.

  • 11/22/13
    The Everett Herald: Effort starts to save Green Mountain lookout

    Sen. Maria Cantwell says it's high time to get to work on a bill that would save the Green Mountain forest fire lookout from being pulled off the peak.

    Cantwell, D-Wash., got a commitment from a Senate committee chairman Thursday that he will move ahead on the proposed bill to preserve the lookout, located in the Glacier Peak Wilderness of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

  • 11/19/13
    The Monroe Monitor & Valley News: Veterans Day celebration a success in Sultan

    Close to 200 people gathered under crisp, sunny skies on Monday afternoon in Sultan for the Veterans Day Ceremony. When the wind picked up just after the closing prayer, the flags flying above the Memorial Wall at First and Main Street stood at attention, seeming to give the ceremony an official salute.

  • 11/01/13
    The Bellingham Herald: DelBene sponsors bill to curb government surveillance

    U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene has announced that she is co-sponsoring a bill aimed at curbing NSA surveillance of Americans.

    According to the press release from her office, the bill has bipartisan support, as well as endorsements from a wide range of organizations, including the National Rifle Association and the American Civil Liberties Union.

  • 10/31/13
    The Everett Herald: DelBene: Rein in the NSA

    The Pacific Northwest spawns gadfly lawmakers who don't shape-shift to political currents. Sens. Wayne Morse of Oregon and Ernest Gruening of Alaska were the only U.S. senators to vote against the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin resolution authorizing the use of force against North Vietnam. In the mid-1970s, Idaho Sen. Frank Church shepherded a select committee to investigate extralegal intelligence activities, including efforts to assassinate foreign leaders and the "HTLINGUAL" program that opened U.S. mail.

  • 10/30/13
    The Washington Post: After years of delay, House and Senate negotiators meet on farm bill

    In farming terms, it’s as if the cows are coming home.

    House and Senate negotiators began long-delayed public talks Wednesday in hopes of striking a deal on a new farm bill by the end of the year amid worries that a bipartisan agreement may be impossible in the current political environment.

  • 10/30/13
    Publicola: Morning Fizz: Troubled by the revelations

    Some more Fizz editorializing: It's official, freshman U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA, 1) is now PubliCola's favorite member of the Washington state delegation.

  • 10/30/13
    Crosscut: DelBene to NSA: Back off

    Freshman U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene is co-sponsoring a bill to end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of data.

  • 10/28/13
    The Huffington Post: Show bipartisanship at work by bringing comprehensive immigration reform to the floor

    By Rep. Joaquin Castro, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. Joe Garcia and Rep. Suzan DelBene

    In the aftermath of a sixteen-day government shutdown that cost our country $24 billion, the message from the American people was clear: we are tired of the partisan gamesmanship and bickering on Capitol Hill. Now, more than ever, the American people are wondering if their Congress can rise to the challenge and pass legislation that lowers our deficit, creates jobs, encourages entrepreneurship, and leads to long-term, sustainable economic growth. We can accomplish all of this if we finally come together and finish the job on comprehensive immigration reform.

  • 10/28/13
    Lake Stevens Journal: New initiative aims to fight childhood obesity and improve academics

    Gear Up & Go!, a new initiative by the Snohomish Health Leadership Coalition aimed at combating childhood obesity, launched today at Stocker Farms. Gear Up & Go! aims to increase physical activity among the county’s youth to improve academic performance and create lifelong healthy habits that extend into adulthood.

  • 10/28/13
    The Bothell-Kenmore Reporter: North Creek Forest in Bothell awarded Land and Water grant

    The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) announced $793,030 in grants today for three projects, including one in Bothell, from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. The grant for $43,030 will go towards partial funding to preserve Bothell’s last urban forest, North Creek Forest.

  • 10/25/13
    The Cordova Times: King crab fishery back in full swing

    Commercial fishing for Alaska's lucrative Bristol Bay red king crab was in progress, several days after the official Oct. 15 opening, with the end of a partial federal government shutdown that delayed issuance of critical fishing permits.

    Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers, a seafood industry trade association in Seattle that represents nearly 70 percent of the fleet, noted that those individual fishing quota permits were issued in short order once furloughed National Marine Fisheries Service biologists were back on the job.

  • 10/14/13
    The Bothell-Kenmore Reporter: DelBene named to conference committee to negotiate a Farm Bill

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene was named as a member of the conference committee to negotiate a reauthorized Farm Bill on Friday. The House of Representatives yesterday passed a resolution to enter formal talks with the Senate, and today named their conferees. DelBene issued the following statement:

  • 10/09/13
    Huffington Post: A nation of immigrants

    Co-written by Rep. Joe Garcia, Rep. Steven Horsford, Rep. Jared Polis and Rep. Suzan DelBene

    The United States always has been, and always will be, a nation of immigrants. That fact is central to who we are -- as each generation leaves our country better off for the next, we do so not just for our children, but for newcomers, too.

  • 10/08/13
    Skagit Valley Herald: More funds for fledgling farmers

    More educational offerings and support services for beginning farmers will be added to the Viva Farms program in Burlington as a result of a substantial federal grant from the Department of Agriculture.

    As part of $3.2 million in federal Specialty Crop Block Grants recently provided to the state, Viva Farms received $115,226 to fund a case study of the Viva model and additional educational programs for new and disadvantaged farmers.

  • 10/05/13
    KIRO 7: Government shutdown threatens king crab season

    Just 10 days before the lucrative king crab season is supposed to start, the government shutdown is preventing the required permits from being distributed to fishing vessels.

    The permits designate catch quotas for each boat and are required for crews to begin legally fishing. Until then, boats remain docked and idle, which could cost the industry millions of dollars.

  • 10/04/13
    KIIRO 7: Local representatives say congress will pass law to give federal workers back pay

    It's day four of the federal government shutdown and KIRO-7 is getting answers directly from the only people who can end it, members of Congress.

    Local representatives said that on Saturday, Congress will likely pass a law to give federal workers back pay once the shutdown is over.

  • 10/02/13
    The Seattle Times: House Democrats try to revive immigration talks

    With the nation preoccupied with shutdown of the federal government, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Medina, and a group of House Democrats on Wednesday attempted to jump-start stalled immigration talks by introducing a bill similar to one the Senate OK’d in June.

  • 10/01/13
    The Seattle Times: Some members of Wash. delegation to forego pay

    Six members of Washington state's 12-member congressional delegation have promised to give up their pay during the federal government shutdown that began Tuesday.

    Reps. Derek Kilmer and Suzan DelBene, both Democrats, and Republican Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Doc Hastings and Dave Reichert, have all confirmed that they will forgo their salary for the duration of the shutdown. Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler announced on Twitter that she will give 100 percent of her salary to a local charity. Members of the House and Senate make $174,000 a year, and some in leadership roles make more

  • 09/25/13
    The Bellingham Herald: Several research grants to to help Whatcom agriculture industry

    A few key federal grants announced this week could help Whatcom County berry farmers improve growing efficiency and export sales.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded $3.2 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants to Washington state, with about $345,000 going toward programs that will benefit local farmers. The funding for these grants is already in place and shouldn't be affected by the current Farm Bill debate taking place in Congress, said Viet Shelton, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Bothell, whose district includes parts of Whatcom County.

  • 09/24/13
    The Skagit Valley Herald: Larsen, DelBene discuss importance of funding food stamps

    Concerns over cuts to the federal nutrition assistance program were discussed Tuesday when U.S. Reps. Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene met with anti-hunger advocates at the Community Action Agency.

  • 09/24/13
    The Bothell-Kenmore Reporter: DelBene praises $3.2 million in grants to boost Washington specialty crops

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene praised the announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture(USDA) today that $3.2 million in grants were awarded to Washington state through the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) Program. These grants will support Washington producers of fresh fruits and vegetables by funding research to improve growing practices and helping farmers gain access to new international markets.

  • 09/22/13
    The Everett Herald: Values and food stamps

    Politics, for all its sound and fury, still signifies something. Ideally, it's an expression of public values. Thursday in the U.S. House, "ideally" was nowhere to be seen.

    The U.S. House voted 217 to 210 to give 3.8 million Americans on food stamps the heave-ho. Three Washington lawmakers -- Republican Reps. Dave Reichert, Doc Hastings and Cathy McMorris Rodgers -- voted with the majority to whack $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Reichert, a moderate, chairs the House subcommittee that oversees food stamps. Message: The United States is an exceptional nation, which can be exceptionally foolish when it comes to addressing challenges of the working poor.

  • 09/13/13
    The Everett Herald: A good return on our investment

    Rep. Suzan DelBene knows that saving nature is not just a good idea, but also a good business plan for Washington.

    Rep. DelBene's district is anchored by the North Cascades National Park and the nearby Ross Lake National Recreation Area. The National Park Service estimates that visitation to the two parks generated nearly $25 million within the immediate region in 2011. Interestingly, back-country visitors to these parks spend about twice as much per person as front country users.

  • 09/09/13
    Roll Call: Take five: Suzan DelBene

    It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work. This week, Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., talks about her travels during recess, social media and the great outdoors.

  • 09/08/13
    The Everett Herald: Care for nature and it will reward our state

    We are fortunate that Washington state's economy has a diverse array of strengths as we work to continue our recovery from the Great Recession. We build the world's best airplanes. We design software that's changed the way we work and socialize. We grow some of the country's best fruits and vegetables, producing, in fact, 92 percent of the nation's red raspberries. But to keep our economy growing, we need to recognize all of our strengths and leverage them to our advantage.

  • 09/04/13
    Bipartisan Policy Center: Washington Representatives with history look forward in bipartisan Wilderness bill

    This month, BPC highlights Representatives Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Dave Reichert’s (R-WA) work on a natural resources and wilderness bill, and the interesting path that led the duo to create it. H.R. 361, the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act, was introduced by Rep. Reichert in January 2013 and has been co-sponsored by his once former congressional opponent, Rep. Suzan DelBene.

  • 08/30/13
    The Skagit Valley Herald: White House official visits Mount Vernon to discuss climate change concerns

    As more carbon is pumped into the atmosphere, temperatures will rise, and the Pacific Northwest will feel the impact for generations.

    A diverse group of Skagit County policymakers met Thursday to talk with a White House official about how they are preparing for the effects of climate change.

  • 08/29/13
    KPLU: White House Council chair to visit area, discuss climate change

    A special guest will tour sites in the Skagit River Valley today. Nancy Sutley, the chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality will be in Mount Vernon to discuss the impacts of climate change on communities in Washington state.

  • 08/29/13
    The News Tribune: Bellingham airport gets federal cash for de-icing

    Bellingham International Airport is receiving two federal grants totaling about $1.1 million to upgrade the aircraft de-icing facility and to fix an apron used by private aircraft.

  • 08/28/13
    Redmond Reporter: Startup Day 2013: DelBene to visit local company to discuss job growth and more

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene will be visiting Redmond startup business Kymeta Corporation tomorrow to discuss the positive impact startups have on the local economy. The visit will focus on the business climate for tech startups and ways federal policy can encourage job growth to ensure a vibrant, innovative startup community in the Pacific Northwest.

  • 08/27/13
    The Seattle Times: U.S. envoy finally headed to N. Korea to request Kenneth Bae’s release

    U.S. State Department officials are finally making a public entreaty to North Korea for the release of Kenneth Bae, the Lynnwood man who has been detained in North Korea since November 2012.

  • 08/21/13
    Everett Herald: Those who pushed for Wild Sky Wilderness celebrate its 5-year mark

    Five years later, Wild Sky is still wild.This was precisely the goal of the people who pushed for the creation of the Wild Sky Wilderness area in the Cascade Mountains -- to set aside a wild area to make sure it stays that way.

  • 07/30/13
    Seattle PI: Bipartisan push for sales tax deduction

    In a rare show of bipartisanship, House members from Washington are lining up behind legislation that would make permanent the ability of state residents to take a federal income tax deduction for the state sales taxes they pay.

  • 07/24/13
    Everett Herald: The good, bad and ugly

    We know from Ecclesiastes, there is a time to break down and a time to build up. When it comes to America's wild places, an ambidextrous Congress manages to build up and break down simultaneously.

  • 07/17/13
    Seattle PI: At long last, Alpine Lakes bill gets House hearing

    A House Natural Resources subcommittee will at long last hear testimony on legislation to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and protect the Middle Fork-Snoqualmie River in eastern King County, after more than two years in which a Republican-run House has ignored legislation sponsored by a Republican congressman.

  • 07/11/13
    KGMI: Congresswoman DelBene disappointed with latest version of Farm Bill

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene is disappointed with the latest version of the farm bill which excludes nutrition programs.

    In a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives DelBene says while the new bill includes funding for specialty crops it leaves out protection for dairy farmers.

  • 07/10/13
    Xconomy Rep. DelBene, Former Tech Exec, Talks Immigration, Electronic Privacy, Sales Tax

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene represents what has been described as one of the most evenly divided districts in the country. The redrawn First Congressional District of Washington state also contains several geographical and economic elements—from agricultural and high-tech businesses to a lengthy stretch of Canadian border—that have a major stake in the outcome of the immigration reform effort under way in Congress.

  • 07/03/13
    Go Skagit: Local shops rebounding, but not out of the woods

    Skagit County business owners say they are seeing signs of recovery after experiencing up to 60 percent dips in sales during the Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge closure.

  • 07/01/13
    Seattle Times: Editorial: Congress must reverse doubling of student-loan interest rates

    CONGRESS squandered a year of potential progress on student-loan interest rates. The result of its inaction was a sharp rise in rates on Monday.

  • 06/26/13
    Go Skagit: Money secured to fund flood study

    The area’s congressional delegation has secured nearly $300,000 to allow work to continue on a Skagit River flood protection study through October.

  • 06/26/13
    Go Skagit: Money secured to fund flood study

    The area’s congressional delegation has secured nearly $300,000 to allow work to continue on a Skagit River flood protection study through October.

  • 06/20/13
    Bothell Reporter: DelBene introduces legislation to protect children, families from nutrition cuts

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene introduced amendments to the Farm Bill that would save free school meals and update eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) while also reducing the federal deficit. Currently, H.R. 1947, the Farm Bill, cuts $20.5 billion from nutrition programs like SNAP, which would result in nearly two million people losing SNAP benefits altogether and more than 210,000 children losing access to free school meals.

  • 06/17/13
    Seattle PI: Washington’s politicos in D.C. finally tell feds: ‘Leave our legal pot alone’

    Dear federal agents, please don’t take us to court or arrest our people for enacting the will of the people in the creation of a legal market for marijuana.

  • 06/14/13
    Seattle PI: Republicans modify abortion bill, allow for rape and incest

    The House Republican leadership had modified a bill designed to ban all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, including an exception for rape and incest that had been rejected on a party line vote by the all-male 23-member GOP majority on the House Judiciary Committee.

  • 06/14/13
    Columbian: Feds release $15.6 million for bridge repair work

    The federal government has made $15.6 million in emergency funds available to repair the Skagit River Bridge.

    U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, and U.S. Reps. Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene announced in a press release Thursday that the funds, from the federal Department of Transportation, will be used on both a temporary span for the collapsed section of bridge and a permanent fix.

  • 06/13/13
    Woodinville Patch: SNAP Challenge: DelBene to Live on Food Stamp Budget

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene announced June 13 that she will be living on an average food stamp budget for one week – $4.50 a day – to raise awareness about the importance of nutrition programs for low-income families and children in combating hunger.

  • 06/12/13
    Seattle Met: DelBene: proposed sweeping abortion ban "unconscionable" and "unconstitutional"

    Freshman US Rep. Suzan DelBene calls a proposal that passed out of a house committee today to ban all abortions after 20 weeks' gestation "unconscionable" and "unconstitutional; meanwhile, a Republican makes more neat comments about rape.

  • 06/06/13
    Woodinville Patch: DelBene 'Deeply concerned' about U.S. secretly collecting American phone records

    The government has been secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a secret court order, according to an Associated Press report on Huffington Post. The vast roundup of U.S. phone records has been going on for years and was a key part of the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance program, a U.S. official said Thursday in the report.

  • 06/04/13
    Go Skagit: Skagit farmers weigh in on farm bill

    MOUNT VERNON — Local farmers and agricultural advocates largely supported the newest versions of the 2013 farm bill on Wednesday at a round-table discussion with U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene.

  • 06/04/13
    KING 5: DelBene backs anti-animal fighting measure

    Washington state Rep. Suzan DelBene is one of more than a dozen members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee that voted to include the animal fighting spectator prohibition language in the House Farm Bill.

    The amendment would make attending an organized animal fight a federal offense and impose additional penalties for bringing a child to an animal fight.

  • 05/29/13
    Bothell Reporter: DelBene to join UW Bothell students in push to stop student loan interest rates from doubling

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene will join local college students and college administrators to call on Congress to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling in July.

  • 05/24/13
    The Hill: Washington State members monitoring bridge collapse

    Two Democrats from Washington State say they are staying in touch with emergency workers and state officials after a portion of a bridge on Interstate 5 spanning the Skagit River collapsed.

  • 05/24/13
    King 5 Video: Congresswoman DelBene discusses Skagit Bridge collapse

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene discusses the collapse of the Skagit Bridge.

  • 05/22/13
    Whidbey News-Times: Congressman announces economic data

    U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, and U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, WA-01, today highlighted new economic data showing jobs progress in Northwest Washington and called for Congressional action to accelerate the jobs recovery.

  • 05/20/13
    Seattle PI: Smokey, spare that lookout — Washington lawmakers to Forest Service

    The Green Mountain Lookout should be let stand in its present perch, atop a popular Snohomish County hiking trail, and not be moved or removed, according to a tough-worded letter sent to the U.S. Forest Service by Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and U.S. Reps. Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene, D-Wash.

  • 05/15/13
    Seattle Met: Wednesday Jolt: McGinn's Human Services Director Bolts, DelBene Schools Holder, and Bad News for Sonics Fans

    In the old days, political gamesmanship starred people like LBJ muscling fellow legislators in private cloakrooms for their support. Today's version is locking someone down on camera for all to see.

  • 05/14/13
    Bothell Reporter: DelBene Statement on DOJ seizure of AP phone records

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, who represents Bothell in the 1st Congressional District of Washington, issued the following statement today on reports of DOJ’s collection of Associated Press telephone records:

  • 05/11/13
    Bellingham Herald: Sen. DelBene bl would block border-crossing fee

    U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene has introduced legislation to block the Department of Homeland Security from taking steps to impose a fee on people entering the country at land border crossings such as those in Whatcom County.

    DelBene's bill is a response to Homeland Security's recent request for funding in its 2014 budget to pay for a study of how such a fee could be put in place. Her bill consists of a single sentence that prohibits Homeland Security from collecting a land border crossing fee, or from studying such a fee, on either the northern or the southern border.

  • 05/10/13
    Everett Herald: DelBene idea tucked into GOP farm bill

    Democratic Congresswoman Suzan DelBene is not a sponsor of the farm bill put forth today by House Republicans.

    But the Medina lawmaker did get her proposal to boost job training for food stamp recipients included in the legislation offered up by Republican Congressman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma.

  • 05/06/13
    Seattle Times: Internet sales-tax bill backed by Amazon passes Senate

    The Senate approved legislation Monday that would give states the right to require most Internet retailers to charge sales taxes, a vote that has the blessing from Amazon.com.

  • 05/03/13
    Seattle Times: Bill would reduce federal tax rate for craft distilleries

    Four members of Congress from Washington have introduced a bill that would reduce the federal tax rate small distilleries pay.

    Currently, the distilleries pay the same rate as large liquor manufacturers, who dominate the market. The bill would reduce the amount paid by a craft distiller by 80 percent.

  • 05/02/13
    Go Skagit: DelBene talks loan increases with SVC students

    Shielding student loans from rising interest rates was a prime topic for discussion Wednesday during U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene’s visit to Skagit Valley College.

  • 04/29/13
    KGMI: Congress members send letter in opposition of border fee

    A proposal to study a border-crossing fee is being criticized by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress.

    Washington Democrats Suzan DelBene and Rick Larsen are among the 19 congress members who signed a letter urging the Homeland Security Department to reject the proposal.

  • 04/29/13
    KGMI: Congress members send letter in opposition of border fee

    A proposal to study a border-crossing fee is being criticized by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress.

    Washington Democrats Suzan DelBene and Rick Larsen are among the 19 congress members who signed a letter urging the Homeland Security Department to reject the proposal.

  • 04/26/13
    KGMI: Specialty crops a priority for farm bill

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene is going to bat for specialty crop producers in Washington.

    The First District Democrat introduced a bipartisan resolution this week that highlights the importance of specialty crops to the economy as legislators move forward creating a farm bill.

  • 04/25/13
    Everett Herald: Boost mainstreet retailers

    Federal lawmakers should come together in common cause to unscramble a tax dodge that squeezes small business while sapping state coffers.

  • 04/25/13
    KIRO: Senate poised to pass online sales tax law

    Senate leaders have set May 6 as the day they'll vote to force online sellers to charge sales tax to all online buyers.

  • 04/18/13
    NPIA: U.S. House endangers digital freedom by passing CISPA for the second year in a row

    Ignoring a veto threat from President Barack Obama, the U.S. House of Representatives voted today to pass Republican Congressman Mike Rogers’ Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, better known as CISPA, for the second year in a row. The vote on final passage, which happened this morning, was two hundred and eighty-eight to one hundred and twenty-eight.

  • 04/12/13
    Sky Valley Chronicle: DelBene co-sponsors bill to stop student loan interest rates from doubling

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D) of Washington's 1st District co-sponsored legislation this week to maintain low interest rates on subsidized Stafford student loans, which are set to double in July unless Congress takes action.

  • 04/10/13
    Everett Herald: DelBene takes 8.2% pay cut

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene is giving herself a pay cut.

    She figured it's the least and most fair step she could take as across-the-board spending cuts begin taking root in federal agencies.

  • 04/10/13
    Redmond Reporter: DelBene Campaign raises $249,000 in first quarter of 2013

    Demonstrating strong early support, freshman Rep. Suzan DelBene announced that she has raised $249,159 in the first fiscal quarter of 2013 for her re-election effort in the 1st Congressional District.

  • 04/04/13
    KING 5: Senate passes bill that would force online shoppers to pay sales tax

    A new law could add millions of dollars to the state's coffers.

    The U.S. Senate recently passed a bill that would force online shoppers to pay sales tax.

  • 04/02/13
    PS Business Journal: Ex-Microsoft exec Rep. DelBene: H-1B visas par of 'comprehensive immigration reform'

    While Congress is in recess, many members are making the rounds in their districts. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash. 1st District, has been touring Eastside businesses to discuss the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would require online retailers to collect and remit sales tax.

  • 04/02/13
    Go Skagit: Tesoro accident investigation needs completion, congressional members say

    Three years ago, an explosion at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes killed seven people. Today, a federal investigation into the incident remains incomplete.

    Six members of Washington’s congressional delegation say that’s unacceptable.

  • 04/01/13
    Seattle Times: Leaders celebrate San Juan Islands preservation

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Sen. Maria Cantwell, Reps. Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene celebrated the designation of the San Juan Islands National Monument with environmental, tribal and other community leaders Monday morning at an event in Anacortes.

  • 04/01/13
    North County Outlook: Cyber Summit focuses on system protection

    In late March, Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) joined with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to cosponsor a Cyber Summit aimed at sharing information about protecting critical systems. The event addressed the unique cyber assets in Washington state and the approaches that companies and organizations are taking to confront challenges.

  • 03/29/13
    Bothell Reporter: DelBene meets with local executives and university officials at Amgen in Bothell

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene met with members of We Work For Health at Amgen in Bothell on Friday. The group is made up of local business executives and officials from Washington state universities.

  • 03/28/13
    Kirkland Reporter: DelBene speaks to Kirkland businesses about Marketplace Fairness Act

    U.S. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Representative of Washington’s 1st Congressional District, learned of the Kirkland Bicycle Shop’s struggles, and other Kirkland businesses, during her tour to discuss the need for the Marketplace Fairness Act on Thursday.

  • 03/18/13
    Seattle Met: 50 most influential people in Seattle right now

    The 50 people here are those we believe will thrust the city into its next phase—in politics, the arts, tech, food, sports, and more. They aren’t the same 50 people you would have chosen. It’s a list meant to push the conversation. Let’s call it an idea. We hope it will start something.

  • 03/14/13
    Bothell Reporter: DelBene co-sponsors legislation to restore ability for consumers to unlock cell phones

    Rep. Suzan DelBene joined the leadership of the House Judiciary Committee in co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation to restore consumers’ ability to unlock their cell phones allowing them to switch from one wireless carrier to another on Thursday.

    The bill also directs the Copyright office to determine whether similar treatment should be given to other wireless devices.

  • 03/07/13
    San Juan Islander: Cantwell, Murray, Larsen, DelBene introduce legislation to preserve federal land on San Juan Islands

    Today, the Northwest Washington Congressional delegation introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate and House to designate nearly 1,000 acres of federally owned land on the San Juan Islands a National Conservation Area. This designation would preserve the land and ensure public access for future generations.

  • 03/03/13
    Political News: Murray, Cantwell, DelBene, Larsen introduce bill to protect Green Mountain Lookout

    U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and U.S. Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Rick Larsen (WA-02) introduced legislation that would protect the Green Mountain Lookout in Glacier Peak Wilderness. The legislation comes after a group based out of Montana filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for using a helicopter and machinery to repair Green Mountain lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness within the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. As a result, the U.S. District Court ordered the USFS to remove the lookout.

  • 03/01/13
    Edmonds Patch: Former Edmonds Mayor, Congresswoman DelBene talk sequestration cuts

    Earlier today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene released the following statement Friday after Congressional leaders were unable to come together to prevent federal budget cuts known as sequestration:

  • 03/01/13
    Seattle Times: Bipartisanship saves Violence Against Women Act

    All but one member of Washington’s congressional delegation voted Thursday to pass the U.S. Senate’s version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

    Bravo! We just witnessed a rare and welcome display of bipartisanship on an issue that has divided the political parties for months.

  • 02/28/13
    Seattle Met: another Thursday jolt: Violence Against Women Act passes

    Today's winners, of course, include McMorris Rodgers' Congressional colleagues Rep. Suzan DelBene, a first-term House member from northwestern Washington's sprawling 1st District who sponsored VAWA in the House, and longtime Senator Patty Murray, who has been the most vocal advocate for the inclusive Senate version of VAWA.

  • 02/24/13
    KING 5: Inside Politics: Rep. Suzan DelBene on immigration reform

    Rep. Suzan DelBene from the 1st Congressional District talks about immigration reform and the sequester.

    And Public Radio's Austin Jenkins and The Seattle Times Mike Lindblom talk about a proposed gas tax and the state's new Transportation Secretary.

    WATCH HERE.

  • 02/22/13
    Redmond Reporter: DelBene meets with business leaders in Redmond to discuss immigration reform

    The world is changing on a regular basis, and policy needs to keep up with that, says Congresswoman Suzan DelBene.

    The United States needs comprehensive immigration reform, “it will help us get on a better path,” she told a group of local high-tech business leaders during a roundtable discussion on Wednesday afternoon at Concur Technologies in Redmond.

  • 02/22/13
    Skagit Valley Herald: Farmers say immigration reform vital to their businesses

    MOUNT VERNON — Local farmers who attended a roundtable discussion Thursday with U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene agree: Comprehensive immigration reform is needed if their businesses are to survive and thrive.

    Farmers representing organic and conventional methods and operations large and small offered up their thoughts as part of a comprehensive national dialogue on how to provide undocumented workers in the United States a path to citizenship.

  • 02/22/13
    KUOW: Congresswoman DelBene Talks Sequestration, Immigration And More

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene was elected in November to represent Washington's 1st District. How has she spent her first few months in office? Ross Reynolds sits down with Congresswoman DelBene for an update on what she has been working on and her thoughts on gun control, marijuana legalization, immigration and looming federal budget cuts.

    LISTEN HERE.

  • 02/20/13
    Seattle PI: U.S. ‘green’ scorecard: Republicans flunk

    The environment used to be a bipartisan cause, particularly in Washington — witness the state’s million-acre 1984 wilderness bill — but Republicans have bailed here and across the country, according to the 2012 National Environmental Scorecard compiled by the League of Conservation Voters.

    Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell get scores of 93 (out of 100) and Reps. Rick Larsen (94), Adam Smith (94) and Jim McDermott (97) aced near perfect scores.

  • 02/19/13
    Bellingham Herald: In Bellingham visit, DelBene hopes for immigration overhaul soon

    BELLINGHAM - After a Tuesday, Feb. 19, visit to Whatcom County to hear local viewpoints on immigration issues, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene said she is hopeful that a comprehensive immigration reform bill can be passed in the current session of Congress.

    "There has been a bipartisan dialog," DelBene said. "That's a big change from the last Congress."

  • 02/18/13
    Seattle PI: We should be in D.C.

    LACEY — The state Democrats’ annual crab feed is a happy occasion to drink beer, eat a messy meal, greet old friends and enjoy (sometimes endure) the hyperbole of Gov. Jay Inslee. Yet, three new Washington members of the U.S. House of Representatives wished Monday night that they were across the country.

  • 02/18/13
    Woodinville Patch: Immigration Reform: DelBene asking area farmers, businesses, workers to weigh in

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene is travelling throughout the 1st Congressional District to hear from local businesses, farmers, workers, students and families about what types of reforms they want to see to reform the nation’s immigration system.

    During the week of Feb. 18-21, DelBene will make stops in Bothell, Redmond, Lynden, Blaine and Mount Vernon to highlight the impact immigration reform could have on the local economy, schools, businesses, families and communities.

  • 02/13/13
    King 5: Obama proposals face quick opposition in Congress

    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama set up high-stakes clashes with Republicans over guns, immigration, taxes and climate change in a State of the Union address that showcased his determination to mark his legacy. Rep. Paul Ryan said Obama could better achieve his goals if he would get out of "campaign mode.”

  • 02/05/13
    Monroe Monitor: DelBene meets Monroe seniors to talk about food programs

    Less than a month into her first term as U.S. Representative for the 1st District, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene Friday accepted an invitation from Snohomish County Senior Services to tag along with Meals on Wheels in order to see the value of food programs for the elderly.

  • 02/03/13
    Bellevue Reporter: DelBene co-sponsors reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act

    U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA-01) has co-sponsored the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act in the 113th Congress. she represents Medina and the Points communities.

    “I am honored to co-sponsor the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for the 113th Congress,"DelBene said. "Protecting women against violence is a bipartisan issue, and this bill is too important to allow political gridlock to keep it from becoming law."

  • 01/29/13
    Seattle Times Editorial: Expand Alpine Lakes, wilderness for all

    EFFORTS to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness are under way in Congress again, with strong local and bipartisan support.

    The legislation reintroduced last week by U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., would add 21,000 acres to the nearly 400,000 acres that now make up wilderness area. In particular, the Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie rivers would be designated as wild and scenic.

  • 01/24/13
    Everett Herald: Panetta: Women are willing to fight and die

    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, in lifting a ban on women serving in combat, said women have become integral to the military's success and have shown they are willing to fight and die alongside their male counterparts.

  • 01/23/13
    Kirkland Patch: DelBene Co-sponsors Violence Against Women Act

    “I am honored to co-sponsor the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for the 113th Congress. Protecting women against violence is a bipartisan issue, and this bill is too important to allow political gridlock to keep it from becoming law. Since it first passed in 1994, VAWA has been a critical tool in combating domestic violence and sexual assaults. It has assisted millions of victims in getting the support they need, and it has provided law enforcement with the necessary means to prosecute these terrible crimes. This legislation maintains these provisions while also expanding protections to victims in the LGBT, Native American and immigrant communities.

  • 01/23/13
    Bothell Reporter: DelBene subcommittee assignments, Judiciary and Agriculture

    In the House Judiciary Committee, DelBene will be serving on the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, which handles the administration of the U.S. courts, as well as oversight over information technology and copyright, patent and trademark law. Her second Judiciary assignment is the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, which will tackle bankruptcy law, state taxation affecting interstate commerce and antitrust matters.

  • 01/22/13
    Monroe Monitor: Monroe mayor meets with new U.S. Rep. Delbene

    Suzan DelBene, who this month assumes the job of representative from the newly-redrawn 1st District to the U.S. Congress, paid a visit to Monroe Friday to discuss issues important to area residents.

    “Our meeting lasted about an hour and we discussed a number of issues that are affecting and impacting residents and business in Monroe,” said Monroe Mayor Robert Zimmerman. “The biggest of which is transportation and the need for funding the Highway 2 bypass.”

  • 01/21/13
    KXLY: Inaugural date night saved by senator

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -

    Thanks to Sen. Patty Murray, Sharon and Blake Ilstrup can have their big inauguration date night after all.

    Last week, the Seattle-area couple, along with many others, were shut out of the first-come, first-served official Presidential Inaugural Ball ticket sales when a mistake by Ticketmaster, the ticket vendor, inadvertently released tickets for both the inaugural ball and parade early, as CNN first reported.

  • 01/17/13
    Publicola: Rep. DelBene Calls Obama's NSA Reforms too "Limited"

    In response to President Obama's half-measure proposal to rein in the NSA (an attempt to alter his probable legacy as the President who exponentially expanded government surveillance), U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA, 1), who, as Washington state's only member of the judiciary committee, has led the national charge (in response to the Snowden revelations) to curtail all this thoughtcrime policy, issued the following statement this morning:

  • 01/16/13
    The Bellingham Herald: Washington Democrats, Pelosi make friendly wager on NFC championship game

    Democrats in Washington's Congressional delegation have made a friendly wager with Senate majority leader Nancy Pelosi over Sunday's NFC championship game between the the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

  • 01/14/13
    Bothell Reporter: Grand opening ceremony at new Bothell HealthPoint center

    Dignitaries included, HealthPoint CEO Thomas Trompeter, Attorney General elect Bob Ferguson, Bothell Chamber of Commerce representative JD Davis, Bothell Mayor Mark Lamb, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Dr. David Fleming of King County Public Health and Vice President of Swedish Health Services Don Dixon.

    The new HealthPoint facility is located at 10414 Beardslee Blvd. in Bothell.

  • 01/14/13
    Politico: New House members of 113th Congress: D-E-F

    Suzan DelBene

    (D-Wash. 01)

    HOMETOWN: Medina, Wash.

    BORN: Feb. 17, 1962

    FAMILY: Husband, Kurt; two children, Becca and Zach

    EDUCATION: B.A., Reed College; M.B.A., University of Washington

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Corporate vice president of mobile communications, Microsoft; vice president of marketing and store development, drugstore.com; director, Washington State Department of Revenue.

  • 01/12/13
    Skagit Valley Herald: Lawmakers discuss Skagit flood study

    MOUNT VERNON — Skagit County residents could decide as soon as spring which method they prefer to protect the valley from catastrophic flooding.

    U.S. Reps. Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene met Friday with local mayors, dike district and county commissioners to discuss county flood protection. A representative from U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell’s office also attended the discussion.

  • 01/09/13
    Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Patch: Welcome ‘Send-off’ Planned for DelBene, 46th District Legislators

    U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and state legislators from the 46th Legislative District will be on hand Friday evening in Kenmore to meet with constituents before they start their upcoming sessions.

    Joining DelBene will be Sen. David Frockt, Rep. Gerry Pollet and Rep.-elect Jessyn Farrell.

  • 01/08/13
    Redmond Patch: Reps. Reichert and DelBene Honor Redmond Centennial

    Redmond, WA – Tuesday afternoon, Representatives Dave Reichert (WA-08) and Suzan DelBene (WA-01) honored the centennial anniversary of the City of Redmond. They presented Redmond Mayor John Marchione and members of the Redmond City Council with a joint Statement to the Record as well as a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol on December 31, 2012, the date of Redmond’s centennial.

  • 01/08/13
    Redmond Reporter: Jobs Autos Homes Rentals Classifieds Coupons Green Editions Legal Notices U.S. Reps. DelBene and Reichert wish Redmond happy 100th

    U.S. Reps. Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Dave Reichert (WA-08) visited the City of Redmond Tuesday afternoon to congratulate Mayor John Marchione and the city on Redmond's centennial.

    The two representatives presented the mayor with a joint statement they issued last month, as well as a U.S. flag that flew over the capitol in Washington, D.C. in honor of Redmond's 100th birthday, which was Dec. 31, 2012.

  • 01/07/13
    790 KGMI: Local Farmers Get New Voice In D.C.

    WASHINGTON D.C. -- Farmers in our region have a new advocate in the nation’s capitol.

    U.S. government officials recently announced that Washington 1st District Congresswoman Suzan Delbene has been appointed to the house agriculture committee--her second committee assignment for the 113th congress that took office last week.

    In her new position, Delbene will help draft policies that will support our nation’s agricultural production and ensure wide access to safe food and agricultural products.

    Appointment comes on the heels of being named to the house judiciary committee last month.

  • 01/04/13
    Lake Stevens Journal: DelBene to serve on House Agriculture Committee

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) has received her second committee assignment for the 113th Congress and will be serving on the House Agriculture Committee.

    On the Agriculture Committee, DelBene will help craft federal policy to support our nation’s agricultural production and ensure that consumer’s continue to have abundant access to the world’s safest food and agricultural products. The committee tackles a wide variety of issues ranging from agricultural research and development, rural economic development, crop insurance, food safety, international trade, and commodities regulation.

  • 01/03/13
    NY Times: Day of Records and Firsts as 113th Congress Opens

    WASHINGTON — As the 113th Congress opens, the Senate and the House are starting to look a little bit more like the people they represent.

    The new Congress includes a record number of women (101 across both chambers, counting three nonvoting members), as well as various firsts for the numbers of Latinos and Asians as well as Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. But it was the rise of the female legislator — 20 in the Senate and 81 in the House — that had the Capitol thrumming with excited potential on Thursday.

  • 01/02/13
    Woodinville Patch: DelBene Supports Bipartisan ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene released the following statement regarding her vote today on the bipartisan budget proposal to protect our nation’s economic recovery and provides tax relief for working families:

    “While not the perfect deal, Congress was able to finally come together with a bipartisan proposal that prevents the most damaging consequences of the fiscal cliff from hitting millions of American families and small businesses.

  • 01/02/13
    KOMO Newsradio: DelBene Says Yes, Smith Says No To Fiscal Cliff Deal

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene voted for the fiscal cliff deal Tuesday night. Her fellow democrat, Congressman Adam Smith, voted against it. KOMO Newsradio talked with both of them this morning.

  • 01/02/13
    Seattle PI: House rulers: Learn from private sector — DelBene

    Rep. Suzan DelBene has served in the U.S. House of Representatives less than two months, but has already witnessed political gamesmanship, brinkmanship and delays that, she says, “would not be tolerated in the private sector and is not healthy” for the country.

  • 11/07/12
    In the Seattle Times: DelBene beats Koster in race for U.S. House

    Dems hold state's most competitive district

  • 11/07/12
    KUOW: DelBene Wins Race For U.S. House

    Democrat Suzan DelBene beat Republican John Koster in the congressional race for the newly drawn 1st District. Election returns show DelBene ahead in three of the four counties.

  • 10/22/12
    In Case You Missed It: DelBene receives Skagit Valley Herald and Bellingham Herald endorsements

    Continuing her campaign’s momentum, Suzan DelBene was endorsed by the Skagit Valley Herald and the Bellingham Herald on Sunday October 21st. These endorsements are in addition to the Everett Herald’s endorsement of DelBene earlier in October.

  • 10/08/12
    In Case You Missed It: Everett Herald Endorses Suzan DelBene

    Herald Endorsement: Elect Suzan DelBene

  • 09/25/12
    In the Seattle Times: 1st Congressional District candidates differ on how to create jobs, fix economy

    For the first time since the primary, voters in the newly drawn 1st Congressional District had a chance to watch the two candidates vying to represent them in Washington, D.C.

  • 08/08/12
    DelBene will face Koster for 1st District seat in Congress

    In the Seattle Times: John Koster to battle Suzan DelBene for 1st District seat in Congress

  • 07/19/12
    Latest Poll Shows DelBene Building Momentum

    A new 1st Congressional District poll, by the consultant firm Strategies 360, shows the race tightening as ballots are being mailed this week, with Democrats Darcy Burner and Suzan DelBene virtually tied.

  • 05/17/12
    In the Bothell Reporter: DelBene sets up office in Bothell while running for First District

    DelBene, a Democrat, is one of seven candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 1st Congressional District, which includes Bothell and Kenmore. Jay Inslee left the seat vacant to run for governor and it will be filled in the November 2012 general election.

  • 05/13/12
    The race is on to fill new 1st Congressional District

    Seven candidates are running for Congress in Washington's new 1st District, which became more rural and conservative after the once-a-decade redistricting process.

  • 05/04/12
    Publicola: DelBene and the WEA

    The Washington Education Association, the state’s teachers’ union, endorsed Suzan DelBene in the crowded race for the 1st Congressional District.

  • 04/16/12
    DelBene leads in latest 1st District money report

    Suzan DelBene leads the Democratic pack of candidates in the fundraising race for Washington's 1st Congressional District, raising more than $341,000 in the first three months of this year and winning an endorsement from Gov. Chris Gregoire.

  • 04/07/12
    Political Junkie: Interviewing Suzan DelBene

    Suzan Delbene brought a quiet but direct energy to our interview. “I’m a workhorse, not a showhorse” she said, echoing her line from a recent labor forum. “We need more workhorses in public office, people getting involved in the details of crafting good policy.”

  • 03/27/12
    Publicola: DelBene at $300,000

    According to a fundraising update that Democratic Congressional candidate Suzan DelBene tweeted this morning, she’s raised $300,000.

  • 03/04/12
    Everett Herald: Diverse new 1st District a political battleground

    As a result of redistricting, Monroe finds itself in a physically reshaped and politically reoriented 1st Congressional District with an open seat up for grabs in the November election.