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June 13, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Rep. DelBene: Obama should use power to avert more deportations

WASHINGTON — President Obama should use his full legal authority to curb needless deportation and detention of undocumented immigrants, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and 57 House Democrats urged in a letter released Thursday. The offices of DelBene, a freshman from Medina, and Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., drafted the letter, which calls on Obama to move more aggressively to…

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Comments | More in Federal government, Politics Northwest | Topics: immigration, Northwest Detention Center, Suzan DelBene

May 30, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Washington’s delegation reacts to Shinseki’s resignation

UPDATED AT 11:41 a.m. with Cantwell’s statement: WASHINGTON — Eric Shinseki’s resignation as secretary of Veterans Affairs Friday was greeted with grim welcome by members of Congress from Washington state, several of whom had recently called for Shinseki’s departure. The lawmakers made clear the resignation by itself does not address the systemic problems within the veterans agency that…

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Comments | More in Federal government | Topics: denny heck, Eric Shinseki, patty murray

March 17, 2014 at 4:36 PM

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene to go ‘undercover’ to deliver for UPS

WASHINGTON — Some politicians knock on doors for votes. U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene will knock and deliver your UPS package. The freshman Democrat from Medina on Monday announced plans to go “undercover” as a Woman in Brown to make delivery rounds in Redmond Wednesday morning. The reasons? To bring attention to the benefits of higher minimum wage…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Minimum wage, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Suzan DelBene, UPS

January 28, 2014 at 8:11 AM

What your congressperson is (publicly) betting on the Super Bowl

Washington state’s congressional delegation on Monday submitted a strong entry into this year’s political Super Bowl betting sweepstakes, announcing a mass wager with Colorado’s delegation. That means all members of Congress representing Washington and Colorado — 17 in all; 10 from Washington and seven from Colorado — are offering to give something to the other side…

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Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest, State government, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate | Topics: Adam Smith, Cathy McMorris Rogers, Dave Reichert

December 17, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Former Microsoft exec Kurt DelBene to tackle Obamacare website fix

WASHINGTON — Kurt DelBene, former chief of Microsoft’s Office division and husband of U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, was tapped by President Obama on Tuesday to take over the continuing fix for the troubled Affordable Care Act website. Kurt DelBene will assume his new assignment from Jeff Zients, who was brought in temporarily to tackle the…

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Comments | More in Congress | Topics: Kurt DelBene, Microsoft, Obamacare

November 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM

DelBene bucks Dems in vote for continued sale of canceled policies

Updated at 1:35 p.m. with DelBene’s comments: WASHINGTON — Washington state’s U.S. House delegation voted along party lines — with one exception — on a bill that would allow insurers to keep selling canceled health plans that ran afoul of coverage requirements under the Affordable Care Act. The House voted 261-157 for the GOP-sponsored Keep Your Health…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: canceled policies, Obamacare, Suzan DelBene

October 2, 2013 at 2:40 PM

DelBene pushes new immigration bill to break House stalemate

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene rolled out a new immigration bill Wednesday,  attempting to restart a move toward comprehensive reform that has stalled in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. The bill, called the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, largely mirrors a measure passed by the Senate earlier this year. It would, among other…

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Comments | More in U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: immigration, Suzan DelBene

September 19, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Republicans struggling to find challenger for DelBene in 2014

Washington’s 1st Congressional District is supposed to be swing-voter territory, but so far it looks as though Democratic Rep. Suzan DelBene has little reason to fear a major Republican challenge in 2014. While Republicans are well on their way to targeting vulnerable Democratic incumbents in other parts of the country, the GOP has no obvious prospects…

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Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: 2014 Congressional races, Suzan DelBene

September 3, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Suzan DelBene remains undecided on possible Syria strike

WASHINGTON — The Washington Post is counting U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene as among 19 House Democrats who are leaning against U.S. military action against Syria. But a spokesman for the Medina freshman said Tuesday DelBene’s position is more accurately “undecided.” “She wants more information from the administration and to hear more constituent input…

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Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest | Topics: Suzan DelBene, Syria

July 18, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Oops! NRCC warns DelBene of failing ‘Illinois voters’

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) regularly fires off boilerplate attacks on Democratic members of Congress, including Washington’s rookie U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene. So this was probably bound to happen. On Thursday, the NRCC emailed a news release ripping DelBene for failing to join an anti-Obamacare vote taken by the U.S. House of Representatives. The release warned…

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Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Obamacare, Suzan DelBene

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