TAX CREDIT PROVIDES BOOST TO FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN STARTING NEXT WEEK

From the South Seattle Emerald:

At an event to increase awareness of the coming credit, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-Medina) said that the enhanced benefits will reach 1.4 million children in Washington State alone, including 642,000 Children of Color.

“The Child Tax Credit has existed for many years, but one-third of kids were left behind because their parents didn’t make enough money to receive the full tax credit, because it was offsetting their taxes,” DelBene told the Emerald. “That never made sense. It was so important that we got it to the folks who needed it most.”

DelBene and others in Congress want to make the enhanced CTC permanent and have for years. Pushing for a permanent change in the CTC is the best move for families, DelBene said.

“Kids don’t grow up in a year or five years, so we need to make sure they know it’s going to be there for them throughout their child’s life and people who are starting families know that it will be available to them as well,” DelBene said.

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HOW DOES THE NEW CHILD TAX CREDIT WORK IN WASHINGTON?

From the Seattle P-I:

On July 15, many Washington families will receive the first of six monthly payments from the federal government as part of its newly augmented child tax credit.

From now until December, eligible families can receive $300 per month for each child under 6 and $250 per month for each child between the ages of 6 and 17. This is thanks to a massive COVID-19 relief package that Congress passed in March.

At a press conference in Seattle last month, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Medina) said the tax credit will benefit 1.4 million children across the state.

But how exactly does this work? Who’s eligible? And when will the payments arrive? Keep reading for answers to the questions many families across the state are asking about the expanded tax credit.

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EXPANDED CHILD TAX CREDIT TO REACH 1.4 MILLION WASHINGTON CHILDREN, REP. DELBENE SAYS

From the Seattle Times:

DelBene, who pushed for the policy before it was included in the federal aid package, touted how many more families could benefit from the expansion.

“The child tax credit is the largest federal investment that we make in our children,” she said. “But until the American Rescue Plan, it left behind one third of all kids and families who earn too little to earn the full benefit.”

The expanded tax credit will be fully refundable. Families can receive the full amount they’re eligible for as a check, if their income isn’t high enough to receive a large enough tax offset. According to DelBene, this will allow the payments to reach 1.4 million children in Washington, including 642,000 children of color.

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THE TIMES RECOMMENDS: SUZAN DELBENE FOR THE 1ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

From the Seattle Times:

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.

Read the full editorial here.


EVERETT HERALD: DELBENE REPRESENTS 1ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WELL

From the Everett Herald: 

“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.”

Read the full editorial here.


VOX: BIDEN INCLUDES DELBENE’S CHILD TAX CREDIT EXPANSION IN PLATFORM

From Vox:

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.

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BEYOND THE PODIUM: REP. DELBENE VS BEELER

From KOMO News:

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.

View the interviews here.


LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS ENDORSES DELBENE

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.”

Read the full release here.


DELBENE WINS AUGUST 2020 PRIMARY

From the Seattle Times:

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.

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SKAGIT VALLEY HERALD: SIX CHALLENGERS AIM FOR DELBENE’S SEAT IN CONGRESS

From the Skagit Valley Herald:

Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene faces six challengers in the race to represent District 1 in Congress for the next two years.

DelBene is the only candidate who described the COVID-19 pandemic as the greatest challenge for the winner of the race come the General Election in November.

Read the full article here.