“During her tenure in the House, DelBene has been a valued voice on issues related to foreign trade, labor and employment, technology, consumer privacy and data protection and health care.
It’s on that last issue where DelBene’s past work and experience might be most needed next year in Congress.
If the ACA is thrown out [after November 10th oral arguments before the US Supreme Court], DelBene’s knowledge of the law and its provisions will be necessary to help restore its protections and health care coverage; if preserved by the court, she and others can help shore up a program that has seen its effectiveness sapped by four years of the Trump administration’s attacks.
DelBene, during her four terms, has shown herself to be an able legislator and responsive representative for district constituents. Voters in the 1st District should return her to her House seat.”
On Thursday, the Joe Biden campaign made official the most significant antipoverty proposal of his candidacy: making the child tax credit much bigger, and available to all parents as a monthly check.
The CTC expansion is based on a bill called the American Family Act, which grew out of Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) offices in 2017 amid the fight over Trump’s tax proposal. The AFA was reintroduced in 2019 by Bennet, Brown, and Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Suzan DelBene (D-WA), with substantial support within the Democratic party: 38 of 47 Senate Democrats have sponsored or cosponsored it, as have 187 of 232 House Democrats.
Poverty among children would fall from 14.8 percent to 9.5 percent, meaning 4 million kids would escape poverty. Deep poverty — the share of kids living on half the poverty line or less — would fall almost by half, from 4.6 percent to 2.4 percent. The effects might be larger in 2020, when baseline poverty is likely to be higher in the absence of additional government relief measures to combat the recession.
KOMO News is going “Beyond the Podium” to interview candidates to find out where they stand on current issues.
Today’s segment features the candidates running for Washington’s 1st Congressional District — incumbent Suzan DelBene (D) and her challenger Jeffrey Beeler (R), a Sultan business owner and council member.