Update 11:45 a.m.: DelBene's office also sent out a statement Wednesday saying that DelBene has co-sponsored the Violence Against Women Act, which was re-introduced in the 113th Congress. Following is her statement:
“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.
“I urge House leadership to move quickly on this bill and allow it to come to a floor vote. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, I am eager to work with my colleagues to pass it and send it to the President for his signature.
“We cannot tolerate any instances of violence against women, and VAWA is bipartisan legislation that can help save lives and reduce violent crime.”
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Editor's Note: The following is a news release from Congresswoman Suzan DelBene's office.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene today announced her four subcommittee assignments for the 113th Congress.
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.
“My membership on these subcommittees will put me in a strong position to help businesses create jobs in a variety of industries critical to Washington’s economy,” said DelBene. “By serving on these two Judiciary subcommittees, I will work to ensure that our laws keep up with our fast moving economy so local businesses can continue to innovate and grow.”
In her role on the House Agriculture Committee, DelBene will serve on the Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture, which has jurisdiction over fruits, vegetables, organic agriculture, research and education. Her other Agriculture assignment is the Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry, overseeing water, resource conservation, energy and bio-based energy production.
“Agriculture is a significant part of the 1st District’s economy, as well as Washington state’s economy as a whole. I’ll be a strong voice for our farmers and local growers, and I’ll fight to help our thriving agricultural sector, starting with a long-term farm bill,” said DelBene. “I’m eager to get to work on these subcommittees, moving forward in a bipartisan way to deliver results for my constituents and build the foundation for a strong economy.”
Prior to her election to Congress, DelBene served as head of the Washington State Department of Revenue, where she oversaw more than 1,000 employees. Previously, DelBene pursued a successful career in business, working as an executive at Microsoft, and in biotech, technology and microfinance.