For Washington’s 1st Congressional District, incumbent Rep. Suzan DelBene is the best choice, hands down.
The hallmark of her first four terms representing an area stretching from Medina to the Canadian border is pragmatic, effective service for a district that runs high-tech to rural. The Democrat is focused on her district but understands the importance of the larger landscape, including global markets for Washington products, whether agriculture or high tech.
“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.
From the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund:
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect pro-environment candidates, announced its endorsement of Suzan DelBene for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington’s 1st Congressional District.
“Representative Suzan DelBene has been a strong advocate for public lands and Washington State’s outdoor economy by expanding research for green energy technology and fighting to keep offshore drilling from our coasts,” said LCV Action Fund Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld. “She is committed to protecting the health of our planet and communities by tackling the climate crisis and growing our clean energy economy. We are proud to endorse her for re-election.”
“Representative Suzan DelBene understands the importance of addressing the climate crisis to protect the health of Washington families and our precious public lands,” said Washington Conservation Voters CEO Alyssa Macy. “In Congress, she has helped lead efforts to expand protections for the San Juan Islands, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, and Illabot Creek and we know she will continue this fight.”
The 1st Congressional District, which sprawls across Western Washington from Interstate 90 to the Canadian border, was redrawn a decade ago to be competitive. But Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Medina, led handily in her race for a fifth term, with 56% of the vote.
DelBene, during her six years in the House, has only served in the minority. Given the chance to be part of a Democratic majority and a voice for good governance and fair debate of issues, we expect DelBene to show herself as a leader in Congress.
[DelBene] advocates strongly for policies that grow and protect jobs, invest in workforce training and, recently, trade-adjustment assistance for workers suffering from repercussions of President Donald Trump’s ill-considered tariff war…DelBene is the best choice. First District voters should keep her as their representative.
BOTHELL – U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene (WA-01) released the following statement following her victory in the 2016 general election:
“I am honored that the voters of the First Congressional District have re-elected me to Congress for a third full term. In the 115th Congress I will continue to work on building an economy that works for everyone, fighting for equality, and passing comprehensive immigration reform. We can only make progress on these and so many other issues when our leaders commit to work together to move our country forward. I continue to be committed to doing just that.”